The Bottom Line
The Tom Bihn Tri-Star is the latest carry on bag to come out of Bihn's bag factory in Seattle. While I have yet to travel with it, the construction, the versatility, and the clips, compartments, and useful pockets make me want to hit the road--and not many bags can make me want to get in those big bus-like things they call airplanes these days.
If you travel frequently, have lots of random stuff floating around in your bag (think technology) you'll love this bag, trust me on this.
- Ruggedly constructed bag, like all Tom Bihn Products
- Versatile - use as a backpack or shoulder bag
- Pockets and compartments aplenty!
- Pricey, but worth it if you're a frequent traveler
- Fairly heavy for a non-wheeled bag
- Exterior made of U.S. 1050 denier Ballistic nylon: claimed to have twice the abrasion resistance of 1680 denier fabric.
- Meets most non-commuter domestic and international airlines' carry-on size standards
- Overall dimensions: 19" x 13" x 8" / 480 x 330 x 205mm
- Weight: 3.4 lbs / 1550 grams
Guide Review - The Tom Bihn Tri-Star Carry On Bag
When you are on the road for 6 months a year, you learn right away not to skimp on your luggage. Break a strap or rip a seam and life suddenly becomes very, very difficult.
That said, I've always been a fan of small companies who listen to their customers and produce durable bags that folks want to carry; that's why you find the likes of Red Oxx and Tom Bihn bags on the top of our Top Carry On Bags list. (And that's what's wrong with American car companies, but I digress.)
The Tom Bihn Tri-Star represents the latest evolution of the carry-on; it has a place for just about everything most travelers bring on a short trip--it's durable, it repels water, and you can carry it by handle, shoulder straps, or backpack straps.
When you open the Tri-Star in the light, you might be blinded by the yellow "Dyneema/nylon ripstop fabric" lining. Unless you're in an unlighted coal bin, you know you've left a splash-resistant zipper open on the Tri-Star (and fans say the bright yellow really helps them to locate things inside when the light is bad).
There's even a zippered pocket that holds a water bottle. When you don't have a water bottle, it becomes the perfect place to stash your boarding pass/ticket. There's a clip for your keys. Why? Who doesn't have keys they'll only need upon returning home?
The Tri-Star is ideal for short trips where a larger bag like the Aeronaut is too big. Still, I got over a week's worth of clothes in the larger of the three compartments.
Check out the Tri-Star, especially if you make frequent, short trips. We've made a short Tri-Star Review Video in high def so you can see the details (if you have the bandwidth).