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    TOM BIHN Crew (we work here) Darcy's Avatar
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    Synapse 25

    How do you use the built-in organizational features of the Synapse 25? Do you use Packing Cubes, Organizer Pouches, Freudian Slips or other accessories to organize your Synapse 25? And if so, which ones? Post your organizational strategies, hacks, and advice for using the Synapse 25 here!

    Want some inspiration? Here's a few great posts about organizing the Synapse 25 from around the Forums:
    Packing the Synapse 25 for school
    w/Wasabi and Grey Accessories
    Organizing w/Pouches and Stuff Sacks
    Video: What's in Scott's Synapse 25
    Packing Strategy for the Synapse 25
    Best bag video ever? Featuring the Synapse 25 (and what it can fit)
    Happily ever after with the Cache + Snake Charmer
    Synapse 25 kitted for summer travel
    Video: Packing the Synapse 25 for world travel
    One week in France w/the Synapse 25
    An engineer's Synapse 25 packing strategy
    Business trip packing list
    Last edited by Darcy; 08-20-2016 at 11:18 AM.
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    Synapse 25 for a library and coffee shop day

    I've recently posted about how I used my Synapse 25 this summer as a travel bag. Here's how I often use my bag closer to home.

    When I venture out for a day of research, writing, and editing, I use both digital and analog tools and like to move around—from spot to spot in the library, and then over to a coffee shop for some editing work. I take the Synapse 25 because there’s room for a bunch of books and a jacket, and I’ve knocked together a Side Effect with some editing supplies so I can keep all my stuff within reach without taking up too much of a small café table.

    Synapse 25-unpacked-jpg

    Vertical Cache: 11” MacBook Air
    Tall Yarn Stuff Sack: Headphones
    Synapse 25 Freudian Slip: manila folders, paper, notebooks, Hobonichi Techo, power supply, Post-Its
    Side Effect: Post-Its, pens, notepad, earbuds
    Size 3 Travel Stuff Sack: jacket

    Synapse 25-contained-jpg

    Main compartment: Cache, S25 FS, Size 3 TSS
    Front bottom pocket: SE
    Water bottle pocket: Klean Kanteen
    Small front pocket: hand sanitizer, advil
    Side pocket: sunglasses
    Side pocket: Klean Kanteen insulated travel cup

    Synapse 25-s25stuff-jpg

    Synapse 25-s25allpacked-jpg

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    Thank you for the wonderful links, Darcy and pictures, Badger!



    In this post An engineer's Synapse 25 packing strategy, a tpnl says that a vertical size 1 Brain Cell fits into the bag!

    Could anyone point me to or post a link to a picture featuring the BB, the S25 and the S19 together?
    Last edited by backpack; 08-28-2016 at 10:58 AM.

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    I'm out and about but I will try to remember to snap a pic for you later today!


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    Quote Originally Posted by backpack View Post

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    In this post An engineer's Synapse 25 packing strategy, a tpnl says that a vertical size 1 Brain Cell fits into the bag!
    ...
    Indeed, @backpack, the S25 can hold a Size 1 Brain Cell (TB does not recommend it as it "just" makes the zippers but I have found it ok) ...

    But, did you know it can hold 2 Brain Cells ??
    Here are a few pictures of my EDC when I needed to carry 2 laptops:

    My S25 sticking its tongue out at me - "I eat 2 Brain Cells for lunch!"...
    Synapse 25-s25_2bc_partialopen-jpg


    Now its just opening its mouth ...
    Synapse 25-s25_2bc_top-2-jpg


    Here it is looking very satisfied saying - "Guess how many Brain Cells I have" ....
    Synapse 25-s25_2bc_allpacked-jpg


    Here is all the TB accessories I find indispensable to use ...
    Synapse 25-s25_2bc_quarterview-jpg


    Here is what I have packed into my 2 laptop EDC:

    Main Compartment:
    Size 1 Brain Cell (wonderful current parapack version) with 15.6” laptop (Lenovo T510)
    Size 6Z Brain Cell (original 500d Cordura version) with 14” laptop (Dell E4550)
    Blue letter size portfolio with ˝” thick papers
    I can still fit a 3D Organizer Cube (3DOC) on top of the smaller Brain Cell

    Middle Bottle Compartment:
    Zojirushi 16 oz Thermos

    Middle Front Compartment:
    Gum
    Business Cards
    iPod
    Misc. small items I need quick access to

    Right Side Pocket:
    3DOC (Iberian) with power supplies for laptops
    Mini OP(Organizer Pouch) (Nordic) – ‘On the Go’ kit: Earphones, Bluetooth headset, Aspirin, 1 band aid, Transit Tokens
    Mini OP (Sitka) – Laptop ‘accessories’ kit: Logitech T630 bluetooth mouse

    Left Side Pocket:
    Mini OP (Fjord) – ‘Survival Tool’ kit: Pocket knife, Firestarter, combination wrench, tape measure, lighter
    Mini OP (Monarch) – “Backup Power” kit – backup battery/charger for phone, etc, multi adapter ca ble
    Compact Camera in a Lowpro hardcase
    Pen
    AA Flashlight (Fenix LD15)
    Screwdriver Pen

    Bottom Pocket:
    First Aid Kit
    Smart Alec Lower Module Pocket with my lunch in it

    I am really amazed that the S25 could hold 2 laptops in Brain Cell - no less!

    Hope this helps!
    Cheers!
    Last edited by tpnl; 08-29-2016 at 12:00 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backpack View Post
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    Could anyone point me to or post a link to a picture featuring the BB, the S25 and the S19 together?
    Here is a comparison picture from @dorayme (with bonus TB Swift and vintage TB Rucksack if I am not mistaken):



    Here is her post with some other excellent pictures:

    Who says short people can't carry big bags?

    Hope this helps
    Cheers!
    Last edited by tpnl; 08-29-2016 at 08:01 AM.
    TB Ballistic Black/Iberian Dyneema backpacks and briefcases for every occasion together with my cherished Nordic and Solar Dyneema!

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    My Tom Bihn Synapse 25 is the Gorgeous Red Blend

    It took me such a long time to decide on this color; and I am so happy with the size. This is not a child's color red, but a mature adult red. Thank you Tom Bihn!
    Attached Images Attached Images Synapse 25-tom-bihn-s25-jpg 

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    o0o0o... A thread for great pics and "bag dumps"!

    I consider this a light carry loadout. Lots of essentials with room to spare! When the temp drops and the clouds roll in (unlikely in SoCal, ha), a thin pullover and umbrella will be rotated in the daily loadout. When I need to carry more things, I implement more organizer pouches. For this light carry, the built-in organization of the Synapse is great!

    Main compartment
    13" MacBook 5,1 w/ neoprene sleeve
    Padfolio
    Document folder
    iPad mini
    Journal

    Top zippered pocket
    CANTEEN (ah, refreshing!)

    Second top zippered pocket
    Leashed small Cordura organizer with pills, bandaids, and a lighter (non-smoker, for my paracording needs, and for emergency)
    Snacks!
    Adventure Lights Guardian Tag-It clip-on safety beacon attached to paracord zipper pull

    Bottom ballast
    Power adapter and other cables

    Left ballast
    Olight S2 Baton flashlight
    Gerber suspension multitool
    Kershaw Skyline folding knife
    EMT shears (great for conquering clamshell packages!)
    Spare carabiner
    Zip ties...lots of zip ties!
    Stick of deodorant... Big Grin (JUST. IN. CASE.)

    Right ballast
    Eye glasses case
    Writing tools
    Bluetooth earphones
    iPhone clip-on lens kit
    Key strap for keys

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    Last edited by PandaOps; 09-01-2016 at 11:20 AM. Reason: Forgot image!
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