My Tom Bihn Co-Pilot Bag Review and why I Prefer it the Most !! Everything Explained
For a little more than a year my daily home/office commute bag has been the Tom Bihn 11″ MacBook Air Ristretto. Today i changed to Tom Bihn Co-Pilot and so here i am Writing this Post in order to tell my Experience with using This .
The following image can tell you guys what I carry in my bag every day .
- An 11″ MacBook Air, with charger
- An Apple Bluetooth Keyboard in an Attractive Case
- An iPad mini
- A Moleskin planner
- A Sony RX100 camera in an ACME MADE case
- A Waterfield small cable pouch
- An energy bar and some Glucon D(just in case)
- An iPhone 6
- My wallet and keys
- The case for my sunglasses
- A pen and a pencil.
- A novel (that I wish I read more).
The vertically Oriented Ristretto has two compartments:
- The 11″ Macbook Air is Contained in a padded sleeve in the back of Ristretto.
- A U-zippered front pocket.
This bag has 10.6 liters of volume and weighs 560 grams.
Here’s what all that gear looks like in the Ristretto:
SO WHY CHANGE BAGS?
I loved the Ristretto and all Tom Bihn bags and it’s very well designed and constructed but the bag had two major problems for me:
- Firstly, when all my gear is packed in the bag, it used to get quite tight in Depth (from front to back). But yes it’s tall, there’s still a lot of unused Volume in the upper Part of the bag.
- Second, it Offers only a Single Additional compartment , so i Needed to Dig Around to get my belongings from Deep within the Bag.
Although the Tom Bihn Co-Pilot is labeled as a “carry on” bag, they also serve well as Laptop Bags and you can use them in That way and hence i consider it as a Ristretto replacement.
The horizontally-oriented Co-Pilot has four compartments:
- A large as well as open compartment in the back, which is suitable for Laptops and Tablet Devices. In addition, this compartment also contains two large inner-pockets which is best suited for cable pouches or headphones. (Though this compartment is not padded)
- There is a Medium-sized Front compartment that is located in the right side of the bag. In this compartment you’ll find a storage pocket for four pens, along with a keystrap attached to an O-ring.
- Then there is one medium-sized Front compartment which gets located on the left side of the bag. In this compartment or Pocket , you’ll find a Soft pocket suitable for an Iphone or any Other Phone, along with another Ring.
- Finally, there’s an interesting Center-located pocket, with a Vertical Zipper, sized for a water bottle.
The Co-Pilot bag has 9.6 liters of volume which is around 9% less than the Ristretto and weighs 385 grams and is about 30% less than the Ristretto Bag.
In Addition, I paid $30 extra for the “Absolute Strap”, which I’d read good things about, and turns out to be quite comfortable.
Here’s what the bag looks like, both closed and open with my stuff inside:
As you can Analyse from this review, Why i made a Choice of Migrating from a Tom Bihn Ristretto to a Co-Pilot! The Co-Pilot is light Weight , Spacious and very well Designed!
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll try to answer them as soon as possible.
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