For those who were fans of my Cache review (it was one sentence long), you will like this one, too and it's even shorter:
Synapse = awesome.
See how easy these reviews are?!
For a little more detail, I've been in a tactical bag mode for a couple years but the idea of having to add all these MOLLE pouches for the functionality I want, and probably sticking out like a guy with tactical training (which I have none of), which is unnecessary. After I picked up my Cache, a Travel Tray and a couple other small odds and ends, I knew I would need a proper Tom Bihn bag one day.
Scored a barely carried Synapse 25 in Olive/Steel on the 2° market and have been using it all week. So far I LOVE it. We'll see how it does on planes as I have two trips coming up in the next two weeks, but I suspect I am going to love it.
It struck me as being smaller than I thought it would be, but as I started putting things into it it seemed to grow and grow and grow! The side and bottom pockets swallow a LOT of stuff and that water bottle pocket is great, too, even though I haven't been using it yet. It does restrict what can be put in the small front pocket a bit, but not terribly.
Anyway, this bag swallows a LOT of stuff without it being a mess and it's comfy to carry, too. I'll report back in after my trips.