Tom Bihn Empire Builder

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sic, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Sic macrumors 6502

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    woohoo!! in a few days,i'll be the proud owner of a Tom Bihn Empire Builder. it's been a long trawl through website after website but i finally decided on this bag. probably a pointless thread, but i'm excited, and if anyone would be able to share in/empathise with my excitement, it'd be you guys!!

    anyone else got one?
     
  2. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    Most threads are pointless - don't worry about it. :)

    Can you post a link? I want to know what an Empire Builder looks like.
     
  3. Sic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    here

    i'm getting the shoulder strap as well, as im too young for a briefcase ;)
     
  4. ozone macrumors 6502

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    I own a Tom Bihn Brain Bag (backpack). High quality stuff. I've long considered getting the Empire Builder. Let me know how you like it.
     
  5. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    I gave my wife the small Cafe Bag about 6 months ago, and she loves it. I had a difficult time deciding which bag I wanted to get for her, but luckily I had a business meeting coming up in Seattle, so I was able to go to the Tom Bihn store and check them out in person. As others have said, very high quality stuff.
     
  6. Sic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah, i'll certainly be back to tell everyone about it! it's taken me ages to decide which bag to get. i was going to get a crumpler, but they seem really expensive for what they are. can't wait for this new one. it's in san francisco at the moment...so just a few thousand miles away - but it's going USPS express so it should hopefully not take long :D:D

    i'm so excited...powerbook will be here tomorrow...finally
     
  7. buddhagoth macrumors newbie

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    I think you'll be happy with that bag. My experience with all Tom Bihn products has been very good to excellent. High quality, really nice customer service and products that really are designed with a lot of thought put into them.

    My first experience with them was about three years ago when I ordered a Medium Cafe Bag to keep all my daily stuff in. Ordered online and was awaiting delivery. Apparently there was some really weird weather in Oregon, causing delays in UPS deliveries. Someone at Tom Bihn called to apologize for the delay in getting my bag to me! When it arrived, it was exactly as described and is now currently next to my desk. Over the years, it seems that it has been impossible to wear or tear any part of it.

    I'm also considering either an Empire Builder or Brain Bag for my next travel companion and I'll be interested to hear about your experiences.

    Cordially,
    B.G.
     
  8. Michael7k macrumors member

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    Great choice as I purchased the same bag about five months ago. I would like to suggest the Brain Cell to protect the laptop if you did not order one. Brilliantly, I accomplished a three foot drop while the Powerbook was inside the Brain Cell. The Cell protected it so well during the drop. Well worth the fifty bucks. Great idea to order the strap at the same time as you have done.

    Enjoy your bag as I have enjoyed the Empire Builder.
    Michael
     
  9. Sic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i didnt order the brain cell as i've got a foofbag as a sleeve, so i'll see how that goes for now.

    it'll also be nice to have a bag that hardly anyone in the UK will have! :D

    not looking forward to the duty charges though :(
     
  10. OldCorpse macrumors 65816

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    So, how did you like the Tom Bihn Empire Builder? I just ordered the Buzz :)


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  11. Sic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ha! i looked at the thread title and i was like "ooh, i've got one of those!!" then it was me that started the thread...heh

    i LOVE it. the only thing is i dont like the shoulder strap. the bag is too big to wear on your shoulder, and the strap isn't wide enough to support the weight of it proprtionately. i dont care though, it makes me feel important carrying it like a briefcase :D
     
  12. OldCorpse macrumors 65816

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    Aaah, good to hear. Glad you're happy with it. I ordered the Buzz for my 12" iBook. It's a bit small, but I like the slingpack style, you can truly take it anywhere and it's the definition of portable... while the Empire Builder looks good to me, I couldn't carry such a large bag around as much as I imagine I'll be able to with the Buzz... YMMV.

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