Like Santa’s bag, Tom Bihn's Cadet case holds more than you’d think

Tom Bihn's Cadet is small, but you can pack a lot of stuff into it. How much stuff? How about a 12-inch MacBook, an iPhone 6, power cords for both, a few small accessories, earphones and a couple of magazines.

I admit that I was pushing it. My Cadet was bulging by the time I had all my tech gadgets and goodies crammed in. You may not want to have your case bursting at the seam, but this item -- another topnotch offering from Tom Bihn -- is like Santa's bag: it's a lot more spacious than it looks.

The Cadet comes in sizes for a variety of Apple products ranging from the iPad Air to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Using two clips, the bottom edge of the case attaches to two vertical pieces of webbing sewn into the Cadet. When passing through a TSA checkpoint, you can slide your iOS or OS X device (still in its protective Cadet Cache) out of the Cadet for X-ray inspection; the electronic device remains protected and attached to the Cadet.

The Cadet also has an ultrasuede-lined iPhone pocket; however, I'd certainly recommend you have your Apple smartphone in a protective case just in case the Cadet gets banged around. The case has an exterior of 1050d U.S. ballistic nylon, an interior lining of ultralight Japanese Dyneema/nylon, YKK splash-proof Uretek zippers, three exterior access compartments, six interior organizer pockets, and one exterior open-top pocket.

The Cadet isn't inexpensive, but that’s not surprising considering it's hand-sewn and hand-stitched. It costs $185 and includes the Cadet Cache protective laptop sleeve and a shoulder strap. However, the folks at Tom Bihn are so confident in its appeal and durability, they offer a lifetime guarantee. The Cadet is available in Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Steel/Solar, Forest/Steel, Navy/Solar, and Cardinal/Steel flavors.

The Cadet isn't a flashy case, but it's attractive enough. More importantly, it's extremely well constructed, tough and flexible enough to accommodate multiple Apple products simultaneously.