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iPad Case Review: Tom Bihn Ristretto Bag

Initial Thoughts

We instantly took notice of Tom Bihn Ristretto Bag’s superior quality. The materials used in this iPad case were strong and sturdy. It is very detailed and obviously done with superior quality and care. The Tom Bihn logo at the bottom right side of the bag is sized enough to be seen.

Best Use

Tom Bihn Ristretto Bag is not only for the iPad but it can also be used as an everyday bag. There are several compartments to keep your day-to-day things. You can place small or big items inside because the compartments are quite spacious. It is an ideal iPad bag and a messenger bag at the same time.

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The Ristretto Bag from Tom Bihn features a number of remarkable elements. First, it has a solid buckle for opening and closing the asymmetrical flap. When you open the bag, the interior has a different color that beautifully contrasts the exterior. There are layers of compartments inside. The first layer is an organizer when you can put small stuff like your pens, cell phones and other small things.

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Next, there’s a zipper compartment where you could place more important items like your wallet. The main compartment is divided into 2 portions by a built-in cache. The thick cache has 4 layers of Taslan that makes it soft yet strong. The back side is also padded with stronger foam for a better protection on your iPad.

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At the back, there is a handle. The Ristretto Bag also boasts an absolutely strong shoulder strap that is made of neoprene pad. The length of the strap can be adjusted or it can even be removed by the connecting hooks so you have different carrying options. This shoulder strap magically makes the load half lighter than its actual weight. Moreover, there’s another compartment at the back and another buckle strap that you can secure around your waist.

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Tom Bihn’s Ristretto Bag is made of tough and durable materials. The exterior is made of 1000 denier Cordura and carefully lined with 500 denier Cordura. The Ristretto Bag consists of sturdy buckles and a zipper. The interior is padded with 4 layers of Taslan which is thick but feels soft. Your iPad is definitely secured inside this Ristretto Bag. The shoulder strap is made from neoprene pad that is soft and wide. The snaphooks also allow you to remove the shoulder strap and carry it by its top handle.

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The Ristretto Bag is reasonably priced at $110 each. But it’s worth every penny because it serves not only as an iPad bag but it also functions as your everyday bag. You would surely get your money’s worth.

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Tom Bihn’s Ristretto Bag for iPad is wonderfully made. The quality is superior and there isn’t any hint of mass-production feel. It also serves dual function – an iPad bag and your daily messenger bag.

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The Ristretto Bag offers a number of amazing features like the asymmetrical flap, sturdy buckles and a zipper, a series of spacious compartments and the shoulder strap that can make the load feel lighter. Your iPad is also protected by a built-in Taslan cache.

Tom Bihn’s Ristretto Bag retails for $110 or add $20 more for an Absolute Shoulder Strap. It comes in 6 different color combinations namely Cocoa/Steel, Olive/Cayenne, Black/Wasabi, Cocoa/Cayenne, Black/Steel, Navy Steel, and Steel/Wasabi. You can get this iPad case on Tom Bihn’s official website.

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3 Responses to “iPad Case Review: Tom Bihn Ristretto Bag”

  1. Doreen R #

    This bag catches my eye.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:17 am
  2. Melvyn #

    Would it take a small notebook (Lenovo X200) as well as an iPad?

    December 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm


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