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  1. #16
    Volunteer Moderator Badger's Avatar
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    Apr 2011
    Badger State
    Not to beat a dead horse here, but I'd put in another vote for the 25. I love my 19 but it can be a squeeze sometimes, even with only a few books. Certainly if you're using textbooks, I think that you'd appreciate the room.

    My 19, by the way, thinks of itself as very butch. Not that I've had any deep gender-identity conversations with it. Lately.

  2. #17
    TOM BIHN Crew (we work here) Darcy's Avatar
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    May 2003
    The far west
    Keep in mind that Tom originally designed the Synapse to be a light-in-weight day hiking pack or an urban pack for carrying modern light/thin laptops and devices. It's not really designed to, nor would we recommend that you, carry multiple heavy books or textbooks in the bag.... the shape/contour of the bag doesn't, in our opinion, lend itself to that. Instead, we'd recommend the Brain Bag or Smart Alec -- both specifically designed to allow one to carry several textbooks plus other stuff. If you're set on the Synapse, however, we'd recommend the Cordura version over the 400d Dyneema/nylon if you're going to use it to carry a heavy book or two. If you're going to be carrying a lot of heavy stuff anyway, the weight difference between the 400d Dyneema/nylon and the Cordura isn't as significant, and the Cordura version is more abrasion-resistant.
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine, Founder's Briefcase, Synapse 19 (day hikes), Guide's Pack (longer day hikes), Yeoman Duffel (winter/emergency stuff for the car), Aeronaut 30 (travel), Night Flight Travel Duffel (camera bag), Moveable Feast + Shop Bags (food)

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    May 2013
    Hopefully my S25 in dyneema holds up then. I've been using it as a work bag and usually have my heavy work provided laptop, heavy folder with paperwork some basic tools and other EDC in it. Had it for a month so far no signs of wear. A little heavy sometimes but I find that the sternum straps helps out a lot when it is.

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  4. #19
    TOM BIHN Crew (we work here) Beau's Avatar
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    Jan 2013
    Seattle, WA, USA
    Quote Originally Posted by blackfungi View Post
    19 is the bag for females. the 25 is for the guys. i rather have a bag that is too large.
    Tom actually really likes using the Synapse 19 when he goes on hikes. Doesn't look too small on him, and he's 6'0".

    Synapse 19 or Synapse 25?-tompeakclimb-jpg

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