REVIEW – Tom Bihn bags are awesome. They ooze quality, made in USA, and are really durable. How durable? Read about the time I got hit by a car. I was excited to get the chance to review something bigger, without getting hit by a car.
What is it?
The Road Buddy is a 60 liter-sized duffle bag that looks as good as it works.
- U.S. high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon exterior
- 210 denier 2×2 Ballistic nylon lining
- #10 YKK Coil Zippers
- Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components
- Made in USA with fabric from Korea / Japan / U.S.A.
- 100% finished seams
- Dimensions: 26″ (w) x 14″ (h) x 12″ (d) / 660 (w) x 355 (h) x 305 (d) mm
- 1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 2 lb, 14 oz / 1310 g
- Volume: 60 liters / 3700 cubic inches
- Total O-rings: 12 (4 in the main compartment, 2 in the inside-flap zippered mesh pocket, 1 in the left side compartment, 1 in the right side compartment, 2 in the left exterior pocket, 2 in the right side mesh exterior pocket)
What comes with the bag?
A very nice shoulder strap comes with the bag. The pad feels grippy and durable, and the strap itself feels very similar to seatbelt material.
I found this collection of cord and plastic. What is it? They’re zipper pulls! Very easy to assemble.
Design and features
Here’s a shot of the duffle with the shoulder strap removed.
There are loops on the bottom (and sides) for external lash straps. Two straps come with the duffel. Strap on a camera tripod, blanket, sleeping pad, you name it!
The main handle is also nicely detailed. Two metal snaps keep the two halves together, and the thickly-padded wrap keeps its shape even when released.
The end pockets are slightly different from each other. They both have single zippered pouches but one end is made of mesh.
Another slight difference is found on the inside. Both are roomy but one has an attachment for a Tom Bihn key strap. One is included.
The main compartment is roomy. I was able to pack 34 t-shirts without difficulty. Under the flap is yet another mesh pocket.
On the ends of the interior compartment are two divided pouches on each side for a total of four.
What I like
- Premium materials
- Beefy zippers
- Made in USA
- Lifetime guarantee
What needs to be improved
If you want the best, look no further. Just be prepared to pay for quality.