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BigMikeD.
08-05-2009, 02:01 AM
I was lucky enough to get some "alone" time with the Synapse today due to an alignment of the planets and a small twist of fate that put me in need of a Braincell for my wife's new laptop (HP dv3t), getting the new 2XXLT size Braincell for my own computer (HP HDX18t), and a small pug sneaking onto the elevator and taking a tour of the seventh floor just before I arrived at the store... 10 minutes early.

While Tom and the ever gracious and extremely helpful Darcy were distracted by locating and securing all the canine delinquents (well, Ichiro appeared to be chillin' but you could tell he was daring the pug to get into mischief) I was able to thoroughly examine and assess the Synapse. While I found it wasn't suitable for my wife's use, I was really impressed with it as a day/hiking pack.

First off, it is small. I sat it next to my Brainbag and it barely came up to the top compression straps. It's even shorter than the Buzz. However, the arrangement of the pockets and internal space is really well done. The only thing I didn't see was a mesh outside pocket for wet umbrellas, but that's getting really nitpicky and I don't want to imply that as a defect in the design. The bag is small, but that is deceptive as it provides you with plenty of room for:
a small (~13") laptop in a soft sleeve
a short-handled umbrella
a water bottle
a microwavable 24 oz. lunch container
lightweight windbreaker
possibly a small pocket book
room for keys, pens, mp3 player, and a cell phone
I know this because I crammed all them in there while Tom and Darcy were distracted by the dogs and other customers. It was remarkably easy to load and unload it: I got everything I listed out of my Brain Bag, into the Synapse, and back out in 3 minutes tops. With practice I could probably cut that down to 60 seconds.

Unfortunately, my wife also carries her large purse* in her backpack as she commutes to and from work. That last bit of added luggage ruled out the Synapse for her personally, but the backpack itself is pretty awesome. If I had a small laptop rather than this gorgeous beast of mine, I could easily see myself using a Synapse exclusively, both for daily use and swapping out contents for a day hike or a river run. I liked it so much, I spent 20 minutes trying to justify owing one when I already have 2 cases, 3 duffels and a Brainbag. All in all I think Tom has created an truly excellent back pack that is sized and arranged perfectly for people who want all their modern accoutrement without including the clutter. *looks pointedly at wife*

PS: I intentionally left the camera in the car so I wouldn't be tempted. :)

*(don't ask... some women just have to have their purse on hand AT ALL TIMES... I gave up trying to understand it years ago because whenever I asked all got was mutterings about the "zombie apocalypse")

falconea
08-05-2009, 03:07 PM
a microwavable 24 oz. lunch container


Can you measure and tell me what size your lunch container is?

I need to be sure that my 7 3/4" x 5 3/4" lunch box will fit in there and stay flat.

Thanks!

Audrey

mrae
08-05-2009, 04:48 PM
I was lucky enough to get some "alone" time with the Synapse today due to an alignment of the planets and a small twist of fate that put me in need of a Braincell for my wife's new laptop (HP dv3t), getting the new 2XXLT size Braincell for my own computer (HP HDX18t), and a small pug sneaking onto the elevator and taking a tour of the seventh floor just before I arrived at the store... 10 minutes early.

While Tom and the ever gracious and extremely helpful Darcy were distracted by locating and securing all the canine delinquents (well, Ichiro appeared to be chillin' but you could tell he was daring the pug to get into mischief) I was able to thoroughly examine and assess the Synapse. While I found it wasn't suitable for my wife's use, I was really impressed with it as a day/hiking pack.

First off, it is small. I sat it next to my Brainbag and it barely came up to the top compression straps. It's even shorter than the Buzz. However, the arrangement of the pockets and internal space is really well done. The only thing I didn't see was a mesh outside pocket for wet umbrellas, but that's getting really nitpicky and I don't want to imply that as a defect in the design. The bag is small, but that is deceptive as it provides you with plenty of room for:
a small (~13") laptop in a soft sleeve
a short-handled umbrella
a water bottle
a microwavable 24 oz. lunch container
lightweight windbreaker
possibly a small pocket book
room for keys, pens, mp3 player, and a cell phone
I know this because I crammed all them in there while Tom and Darcy were distracted by the dogs and other customers. It was remarkably easy to load and unload it: I got everything I listed out of my Brain Bag, into the Synapse, and back out in 3 minutes tops. With practice I could probably cut that down to 60 seconds.

Unfortunately, my wife also carries her large purse* in her backpack as she commutes to and from work. That last bit of added luggage ruled out the Synapse for her personally, but the backpack itself is pretty awesome. If I had a small laptop rather than this gorgeous beast of mine, I could easily see myself using a Synapse exclusively, both for daily use and swapping out contents for a day hike or a river run. I liked it so much, I spent 20 minutes trying to justify owing one when I already have 2 cases, 3 duffels and a Brainbag. All in all I think Tom has created an truly excellent back pack that is sized and arranged perfectly for people who want all their modern accoutrement without including the clutter. *looks pointedly at wife*

PS: I intentionally left the camera in the car so I wouldn't be tempted. :)

*(don't ask... some women just have to have their purse on hand AT ALL TIMES... I gave up trying to understand it years ago because whenever I asked all got was mutterings about the "zombie apocalypse")

I'm drooling. From your description it will easily fit my side effect, a water bottle, and anything else I carry on a daily basis. Did you try it on at all and if so was it comfortable.

backpack
08-05-2009, 05:13 PM
Thanks for sharing your findings about the Synapse BigMikeD.

The lunch box tidbits, the comparison with the Brain Bag and the transfer of stuff from the Brain Bag to the Synapse is extremely helpful.

You should go to the store more often and give us the latest, it is thoroughly appreciated.


However, I am one of those people who must carry their Large Cafe Bag with them everywhere. I usually add a Swift as well.

I need reading material, food and drink in case I am stranded somewhere.
I live in an area with very minimal public transportation and sometimes need to do some errands walking in a town not friendly to pedestrian or bike riders.

In summer it is usually from the 70' to the 90's outdoor during business hours for me that means hat and sunglasses but the building air conditioning is set so low that I will get a cold if I don't wear a cardigan inside...

It would take a volume to explain why I need my stuff but I don't want to take too much of the thread space.


You wife is not alone when she says she needs to carry her purse. ;) :)

When my husband ask the same question I answer it is the weather and I need my stuff.


The more I hear about the Synapse, the more I think it is going to replace the Swift as the second bag.
Especially since I saw the cutest notebook and showed it to my husband who also said that it was cute.

BigMikeD.
08-05-2009, 06:20 PM
Can you measure and tell me what size your lunch container is?

I need to be sure that my 7 3/4" x 5 3/4" lunch box will fit in there and stay flat.

It's roughly 5 1/2" tall by 6" wide (http://www.aladdin-pmi.com/shop/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=10-00031-008) and had to go in sideways.


Did you try it on at all and if so was it comfortable.

I did not, as I was only trying to assess it as a replacement for my wife's current Fred Meyer B-T-S Special. Comfort is subjective anyway and my comments would only have value if you were built like Drew Carey ;)


Thanks for sharing your findings about the Synapse BigMikeD.

The lunch box tidbits, the comparison with the Brain Bag and the transfer of stuff from the Brain Bag to the Synapse is extremely helpful.

You should go to the store more often and give us the latest, it is thoroughly appreciated.

You are most welcome. It was my humble pleasure to visit the store but I am reluctant to spend too much time around Darcy lest she realize that I'm stalking her. :D

marbenais
08-10-2009, 10:50 AM
I'd like to add another vote for having Plum as a color option! Any interior color is fine, but I'd really like to have another purple bag :-)

backpack
08-10-2009, 05:06 PM
I'd like to add another vote for having Plum as a color option! Any interior color is fine, but I'd really like to have another purple bag :-)

Me too love Plum!

mrae
08-10-2009, 11:40 PM
Plum would be great. It would match my side effect.

nosilla
08-13-2009, 05:08 PM
I remember asking about when this thing would come out last year. I needed a new backpack for my senior year in high school...

... I still need a new backpack, but now it's for my first year of college! :D

mrae
08-13-2009, 06:49 PM
I remember asking about when this thing would come out last year. I needed a new backpack for my senior year in high school...

... I still need a new backpack, but now it's for my first year of college! :D

It HAS been a long wait. But the more I here about it the more I think it's been worth it.

BigMikeD.
08-17-2009, 12:17 PM
Darcy is a horrible tease (http://forums.tombihn.com/showpost.php?p=13661&postcount=5) ;)

Darcy
08-17-2009, 03:59 PM
I think you guys probably have a sense of how exact June, Tom, Lisa, and Fong are about getting things just right. There's been so fascinating much back-and-forth this week about the absolute most perfect way to construct the Synapse...and I think an agreement has been reached. We should have final samples this week, and hopefully pictures, too.

Darcy
08-17-2009, 04:07 PM
Darcey - Kelly would be a nice option - what's the minimum number you can make in one colour? If you could get pre-orders for the right number could a Kelly be possible? Even if you just offer the pre-order for a few days and then make the right number?

My husband will want the Indigo one and we definitely don't want 2 in the same colour!

Anyway, a specific question about size: our lunchboxes are 150 x 195 mm and we need them to sit flat in the backpack (on top of other things if necessary to create a flat base). Will it fit? It should from the outer measurements. I also need to fit in A4 papers (or a large pouch), flat. Will that fit?

Audrey

Audrey,

The lunchboxes and A4 papers should fit in the Synapse just fine, but I'll double check on that and get back to you.

As for colors: the first batch of the Synapse will be offered in a wide variety of color combinations. The next batch after that will be reduced to four or five color combinations. I will put in a strong word for Kelly. :)

Darcy
08-17-2009, 04:09 PM
I'm still wondering about the weight of the bag, please...

travelwkid

I'm sorry that we haven't posted the weight yet - I haven't had a fully constructed bag to weigh. I should be able to share the weight soon.

falconea
08-18-2009, 01:04 PM
The lunchboxes and A4 papers should fit in the Synapse just fine, but I'll double check on that and get back to you.

As for colors: the first batch of the Synapse will be offered in a wide variety of color combinations. The next batch after that will be reduced to four or five color combinations. I will put in a strong word for Kelly. :)

Brilliant, just brilliant! I'm on my second cheap local-brand chinese-made backpack for work and the coating on the inside is just starting to flake off - and they don't make this backpack any more! I expect the Synapse to be much more polite.

Audrey

PS: this is the lunchbox in question:
http://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Storage-3-Cup-Rectangular-Plastic/dp/B0000CFTP7/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1250625606&sr=1-26 (The size they give must be with packaging)

Here you can see how they go together:
http://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Storage-10-Piece-Clear-Blue/dp/B00005B8K5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1250625559&sr=1-1

It's the most efficient glass box I've ever been able to find! Heavy, but that's why a good backpack is essential. :+>

maverick
08-18-2009, 07:40 PM
Brilliant, just brilliant! I'm on my second cheap local-brand chinese-made backpack for work and the coating on the inside is just starting to flake off - and they don't make this backpack any more! I expect the Synapse to be much more polite.

Audrey


it's sad that some companies will put out products they know have such a limited life, and that often have a demise that has a completely negative impact on the environment.

if we just stop and think, it is so clear that we are just hurting ourselves, our loved ones and everyone in this world by making irresponsible choices that might result in a few extra bucks in the short run at the cost of our environment and our health in the long run.

i am glad that tom bihn works so hard to make products that will last a lifetime and uses materials that are sensitive to environmental impacts!

marbenais
08-19-2009, 08:18 AM
While we're all anxiously waiting for pictures and pre-ordering, how does the Synapse look like it'll compare to the Ruck's Sac? From the capacity, it seems like it'll be closer to that than to the Smart Alec.

falconea
08-19-2009, 12:20 PM
it's sad that some companies will put out products they know have such a limited life, and that often have a demise that has a completely negative impact on the environment.

It is quite well designed, and it has been lasting me for about 2 years. The old one I don't use for work any more gets used for my marine research expeditions.

A Synapse will be heaps better, though!

Audrey

bluedawg
08-19-2009, 02:16 PM
i swear, i'm really trying to be patient and not ask a million questions, but now i'm wondering... will the synapse fit a 15" macbook pro? i think Darcy mentioned way back when that she was squeezing hers in there, but i'm not sure if i'm misremembering, and i'm also not sure if dimensions have changed since then.

nosilla
08-19-2009, 02:32 PM
That'll probably work! I was able to even squeeze my 15.4" MBP in the Synapse when I had to, but we probably won't recommend doing that because it puts too much stress on the corners of the bag...

From this (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?t=1466) thread.

falconea
08-19-2009, 02:38 PM
(quote from the Cache thread) No - it won't attach. However, smaller sizes of Cache - such as the Netbook, AIR, or EEE size - will be able to slip into an open-top pocket within the main compartment of the Synapse.

Now that's starting to sound perfect - a pocket to shove in a small bundle of A4 size papers! Or a folded newspaper.

Audrey

bluedawg
08-19-2009, 03:14 PM
From this (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?t=1466) thread.

thanks, nosilla! i also seem to remember Darcy saying that she carried an MBP in the synapse inside of an archetype, but that was also awhile back, and i think there has been some tinkering with the design since then... so i'm not sure if anything has changed, height-wise... hmmm.

i'm super-interested in the synapse and i would definitely be able to use it on non-laptop days, but i'm wondering if it would also be okay on laptop days when i'm not carrying all that much else. the smart alec is great and all, but smaller is better for me and my cranky back. ;)

Darcy
08-19-2009, 03:41 PM
The 15" MacBook Pro definitely won't fit in the Synapse. The 13" MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air will, though!

bluedawg
08-19-2009, 03:50 PM
thanks, Darcy! now i guess i just need to buy a new laptop for synapse days! ;)

backpack
08-19-2009, 06:18 PM
From Tom Bihn's twitter :)

Just received from Seattle factory: Three Synapse backpacks in Olive, Plum, and Indigo. They're Don Draper handsome.

timarelay
08-20-2009, 05:09 AM
I really hope this is available soon! It seems my Imago just isn't quite enough for med school. It can hold everything but it's hard to access everything and it's too much weight for just one shoulder.

JoelSmith
08-20-2009, 08:17 AM
The 13" MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air will, though!

Awesome! Now I can get that new MacBook Pro 13", as well as a new Synapse backpack. Too cool.

nosilla
08-20-2009, 08:42 AM
Aghhh... I can't wait until I can buy it! I keep checking the blog and forum every hour or two hoping to see the Synapse. Also, thank you for making it in Olive. :D

moriond
08-23-2009, 07:46 PM
Hi Timarelay,

I'm also hoping that the Synapse is available soon. However, with regard to the Imago, I suspect (based on the picture you posted and the dates and comments of your earlier post) that you have the first generation Imago which didn't allow you to choose another strap. Using the Imago with the Quick-Adjust Messenger strap (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0520) is more comfortable to carry on your shoulder and it's also easier to shift the bag around for access. I also have the first generation Cocoa/Cocoa/Wasabi Imago (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=11888&#post11888) but, as you'll see from my Post Script and its links, I usually use a second generation Hunter/Cork/Sage Imago (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=4247#post4247) in ballistic nylon with the Q-AM strap. (Credits to eristick for the latter nice picture that inspired my purchase).

I really hope this is available soon! It seems my Imago just isn't quite enough for med school. It can hold everything but it's hard to access everything and it's too much weight for just one shoulder.

However, the most comfortable Tom Bihn day bag I've found to carry and shift around was the original Buzz, described here (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=2504#post2504) and in its links, and, as noted in the comments following this post (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=1846&highlight=#post1846), the front pocket contents were easy to get to. I have the redesigned Buzz (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0152) for larger laptops, but I have to say that I love the original Buzz design more; I just can't use it any more for the larger laptops. I'm hoping that if Apple ever goes back to a 12" laptop that Tom will be able to dust off this design again. Very comfortable sling style.

moriond

MtnMan
08-24-2009, 05:20 AM
From the news and rumors sites/podcasts I've been paying attention to (MacRumors (http://www.macrumors.com/), MacOS Ken (http://macosken.com/), AppleInsider (http://www.appleinsider.com/)), it sounds like Apple may release a pseudo-netbook tablet sometime after New Year's 2010. The rumors circulating make it sound like this mystery product is like a giant iPhone 3GS, any may even combine WiFi with 3G cellular access. If these rumors are to be believed, this mystery tablet computer is going to be marketed as an entertainment device. It sounds (to me, at least) like it may even run MacOS X and iPhoneOS together for the best of both worlds.

You should take all of this with a grain of salt, but it sounds like what I would expect of Apple.

mrae
08-24-2009, 08:44 PM
Is there any possibility this will be available soon? I know this sounds cheap but I'd like to pay for shipping only 1x and order this and the large shop bag.
I am so excited about the new shop bag. I was just wishing today when I got my groceries that you made a larger bag.

Darcy
08-25-2009, 12:48 PM
Is there any possibility this will be available soon? I know this sounds cheap but I'd like to pay for shipping only 1x and order this and the large shop bag.
I am so excited about the new shop bag. I was just wishing today when I got my groceries that you made a larger bag.

Yes, soon - you can wait to pre-order the Shop Bag until the Synapse is up for pre-order. :)

timarelay
08-25-2009, 05:10 PM
Yes, soon - you can wait to pre-order the Shop Bag until the Synapse is up for pre-order. :)

Yay!



Hi Timarelay,

I'm also hoping that the Synapse is available soon. However, with regard to the Imago, I suspect (based on the picture you posted and the dates and comments of your earlier post) that you have the first generation Imago which didn't allow you to choose another strap. Using the Imago with the Quick-Adjust Messenger strap (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0520) is more comfortable to carry on your shoulder and it's also easier to shift the bag around for access. I also have the first generation Cocoa/Cocoa/Wasabi Imago (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=11888&#post11888) but, as you'll see from my Post Script and its links, I usually use a second generation Hunter/Cork/Sage Imago (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=4247#post4247) in ballistic nylon with the Q-AM strap. (Credits to eristick for the latter nice picture that inspired my purchase).


However, the most comfortable Tom Bihn day bag I've found to carry and shift around was the original Buzz, described here (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=2504#post2504) and in its links, and, as noted in the comments following this post (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=1846&highlight=#post1846), the front pocket contents were easy to get to. I have the redesigned Buzz (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0152) for larger laptops, but I have to say that I love the original Buzz design more; I just can't use it any more for the larger laptops. I'm hoping that if Apple ever goes back to a 12" laptop that Tom will be able to dust off this design again. Very comfortable sling style.

moriond

I do have a slightly older Imago. I can switch the strap but I bought it before there QAM strap was available and since have not been able to justify the purchase. My current set-up is generally sufficient and comfortable.

In terms of accessing things though, I actually meant that it's just stuffed so full that there isn't enough room to reach around what's in it. I've taken to dropping my coursebooks off in my study carrel so I'm only carrying around one or two at a time while I'm at school.

I was originally intrigued by the Buzz, but the new one is simply way too big (and maybe the old one was too? I never saw it and I don't know how much bigger this one is).

maverick
08-27-2009, 10:00 AM
i'm very excited to hear the synapse backpack will be available for pre-order next week! yay!

mrae
08-28-2009, 11:33 PM
i'm very excited to hear the synapse backpack will be available for pre-order next week! yay!

Next week? Where does it say that? What day? I'm so excited. I don't think I've ever waited this long for a product.

travelwkid
08-29-2009, 12:00 AM
Hi mrae,

It was on the blog, a day or so ago.

http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/1079

travelwkid

timarelay
08-29-2009, 05:15 AM
Hi mrae,

It was on the blog, a day or so ago.

http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/1079

travelwkid

That's so exciting! I wonder how long till it ships?

mrae
09-01-2009, 03:16 AM
Is this next week?

bluedawg
09-02-2009, 09:08 AM
i'm trying to be patient, i really am... but do we have, say, any pictures to share, maybe? a fun detail? a list of colors? [/whine]

Minda
09-02-2009, 09:17 AM
I registered for this forum just to say that I am on the edge of my seat to know details about the Synapse pre-order!

maverick
09-02-2009, 09:47 AM
I registered for this forum just to say that I am on the edge of my seat to know details about the Synapse pre-order!

hi minda,

welcome to the forum!

we have all been waiting for the synapse. this is going to be one amazing bag! trust me when i say that when you get it in your hands, you will agree that it was well worth the wait! tom is uncompromising when it comes to getting the right design, and we are all grateful for that!

bnett
09-02-2009, 06:26 PM
A quick search of the forum suggests that this bag has been under development since at least the beginning of October 2007 (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?t=1043&highlight=synapse), and probably earlier. Is this a record for the company (that is, longest product development)?

No doubt it will be worth the wait. This is the sort of effort that often yields genuine product innovation in a very crowded field.

Regards,
Brian

nosilla
09-03-2009, 05:26 PM
I'm guessing a Friday debut of the Synapse then? At least I hope it's still on track for being released this week... hopefully Friday or this weekend.

Darcy
09-04-2009, 12:15 PM
I will post the link to the Synapse later today so that you can see and pre-order the bag, but we won't officially debut it until Tuesday. Note that the first batch of Synapse will be available in eight color combinations - we specifically chose to do this so that those of you who have been waiting two years for this bag will have more of a chance of getting the color you've been hoping for. The next batch of Synapse will be available in only four color combinations.

marbenais
09-04-2009, 12:19 PM
Awesome! I keep refreshing the forum pages to see if there's news . . .

moriond
09-04-2009, 12:20 PM
Whoopee!!!

I will post the link to the Synapse later today so that you can see and pre-order the bag, but we won't officially debut it until Tuesday. Note that the first batch of Synapse will be available in eight color combinations - we specifically chose to do this so that those of you who have been waiting two years for this bag will have more of a chance of getting the color you've been hoping for. The next batch of Synapse will be available in only four color combinations.

Now I can ask to have my Shop Bag order consolidated with this.

Thank you, all.

moriond

JoelSmith
09-04-2009, 01:24 PM
This is one time when living on the east coast and being 3 hours ahead just doesn't help. I can hardly wait ;-)

Darcy
09-04-2009, 02:04 PM
I hope you guys enjoy the bag as much as I do. There's one more ....color combination we've added as a surprise. It's my favorite combination and the one I plan to use!

Darcy
09-04-2009, 02:05 PM
Introducing the Synapse (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110) (!)

moriond
09-04-2009, 02:20 PM
Introducing the Synapse (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110) (!)

I've been looking through the pictures, and trying to decide whether I now want Indigo instead of Plum!

moriond

bluedawg
09-04-2009, 02:21 PM
so excited, so excited, so excited!

*clicks excitedly*

JoelSmith
09-04-2009, 02:24 PM
Wow. It's worth the wait. That's a beautiful bag.

What will be the standard 4 colors, and which are the extra first run? Just curious?

maverick
09-04-2009, 02:24 PM
so excited, so excited, so excited!

*clicks excitedly*

bluedawg, i completely share your sentiments!

wow! wow! wow!

WOW!!!

timarelay
09-04-2009, 02:27 PM
YAY!

Is mid-November a realistic shipping date or a safe over-estimate? I don't own a backpack anymore and I'm traveling on October 1st so if it definitely won't be out by then, I need to buy a temporary bag.

I'm finding myself strangely drawn to the Steel Synapse... Thought I'd be choosing between Olive and Black. Hm.

Also, I'm really amused that there's a Size "netbook" for the cache.

bluedawg
09-04-2009, 02:39 PM
The back panel of the Synapse is padded with 1/4", high quality, closed-cell foam with exterior of Dri-Lex Aero-Spacer mesh and 1050 denier U.S. ballistic nylon. This new combination of mesh and 1050 denier ballistic nylon is designed to provide maximum breathability while still being gentle on most fibers used in clothing.

oooh, thank you! i'm really excited about this development, because apparently i have delicate-flower clothes that need to be babied. :)

the bag looks really great, and i can't wait to see more pictures of the other color combinations. i love the colors you guys chose--i'm having a really hard time deciding! at the moment it's a four-way tie between navy, plum, indigo, and kelly... but i also like the olive and steel options. how sick is it that i'm actually thinking about getting a smaller laptop so i can carry it in the synapse? heh.

thanks so much for the sneak peek before the debut!

travelwkid
09-04-2009, 02:52 PM
As a committed "travel-light"er I find the dyneema/dyneema bag a really interesting idea. I'd love to see pictures of it (when they arrive on the webpage) and see how it holds its shape. I also wonder how much weight you save going for that option instead of the cordura and whether its just worth having the extra weight for the structure it would give.

Oh, so very interesting!

travelwkid
http://www.enjoyingtravelwithkids.blogspot.com

moriond
09-04-2009, 03:06 PM
i love the colors you guys chose--i'm having a really hard time deciding! at the moment it's a four-way tie between navy, plum, indigo, and kelly... but i also like the olive and steel options. how sick is it that i'm actually thinking about getting a smaller laptop so i can carry it in the synapse? heh.

thanks so much for the sneak peek before the debut!
I'm guessing that Kelly might not be carried long-term. And maybe not Navy, either (thinks about getting navy…). There was this really beautiful navy/plum/steel combination in the early announcements for the redesigned Buzz. That went away when, initially, they thought the wouldn't be able to get any more plum Cordura. sigh…

OK, back to considering plum, indigo, and navy.

m.

mitt
09-04-2009, 03:18 PM
I was dead set on Indigo, until Navy became an option. My guess was also that Navy might not last long, since not too many bags seem to be available in that color. Choice made.

falconea
09-04-2009, 03:38 PM
<sob> Kelly with Steel is not as good as Kelly with Solar. Now I'll have to consider what to do! My husband wants the Indigo of course, so I may even consider the Navy!

Oh, and the all Dyneema one is intriguing! How much weight is saved, and how foldable is it - this is the sort of thing I'd pack and use at destination.

And finally, Darcy, have you worked out whether the Pyrex lunchbox would fit in there, flat?

Shall be ordering 2 or 3 of them soon!

Audrey

nosilla
09-04-2009, 04:05 PM
Squeeee! I just ordered mine... but now I kinda want a Sigg bottle to go with it. Hah.

I'm wondering when the "video" tab on the Synapse page will be viewable. And what the video is of. Maybe a "tour" of the bag? Hm.

maverick
09-04-2009, 04:08 PM
I was dead set on Indigo, until Navy became an option. My guess was also that Navy might not last long, since not too many bags seem to be available in that color. Choice made.

it's coming very soon - thanks for being patient...

in the mean time, may we invite you to view the trailer...

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gmich
09-04-2009, 04:24 PM
Wow -- that was a long wait. I'd kind of given up on this bag, thinking it was going to be too small, but it's looking good. I may have to give it a try.

BigMikeD.
09-04-2009, 04:44 PM
It really is a great bag. I am seriously contemplating weakening the stitching on my wife's back-to-school special so she'll be forced to buy something "better" ;)

thax
09-04-2009, 05:10 PM
That is one great looking bag, and for the same price as a Buzz. Hmmm, not really a backpack guy but I really like the design as I see it on the preview page, but what color to get??

Excellent job Tom and crew!

thax

residue
09-04-2009, 05:10 PM
looks great. i'd really like to see pictures of the black/steel and the dyneema.

moriond
09-04-2009, 05:31 PM
looks great. i'd really like to see pictures of the black/steel and the dyneema.

To get an idea of the structure of the Dyneema version, you can look at the Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0924) design, and the earlier Original Packing Cube Backpack for the Aeronaut (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0925). The part of the bag that rests against your back is probably constructed the same way as the Cordura Synapse versions, though.

For an impression of the black/steel color combination, look at the same combination on the Aeronaut pages. To judge navy vs indigo, examine the color combinations (with navy or indigo) shown on the Buzz and Swift pages, or look at the indigo Side Effect.

cromulent
09-05-2009, 09:57 AM
Great work! Looks really nice. Going to be tough deciding between grey, navy and olive.

Could we find out the dimensions of the main compartment? Thanks.

residue
09-05-2009, 06:05 PM
To get an idea of the structure of the Dyneema version, you can look at the Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer) (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0924) design, and the earlier Original Packing Cube Backpack for the Aeronaut (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0925). The part of the bag that rests against your back is probably constructed the same way as the Cordura Synapse versions, though.

For an impression of the black/steel color combination, look at the same combination on the Aeronaut pages. To judge navy vs indigo, examine the color combinations (with navy or indigo) shown on the Buzz and Swift pages, or look at the indigo Side Effect.
thanks. for some reason i thought it was going to be a two tone like the smart alec. i guess i'd consider navy or dyneema since i don't want a completely black bag on the outside.

moriond
09-05-2009, 06:54 PM
thanks. for some reason i thought it was going to be a two tone like the smart alec. i guess i'd consider navy or dyneema since i don't want a completely black bag on the outside.
I should have added that another good page to use for checking colors is the small cafe bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/200/TB0201) product page which, together with the Swift (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/KNIT/TB0660) product page, has the most comprehensive range of colors in Cordura. There are nice pictures of bags in navy, black/steel, kelly/steel combinations, etc. The pages I originally linked for the Swift and Buzz are useful for seeing what these colors look like against the black zippered areas, and the Buzz page is also a good page for seeing the crimson cordura.

mrae
09-05-2009, 11:48 PM
I am totally excited. I just maxed out my credit card paying for surgery for my dog but I don't think I can wait much longer for this bag. I am still going to get the plum. I love the color of my side effect.
I'm curious about the dyneema though. I have knitting sacks in each color so I know what they look like but I'm having trouble picturing them in a thicker, backpack.

maverick
09-06-2009, 03:12 AM
I am totally excited. I just maxed out my credit card paying for surgery for my dog but I don't think I can wait much longer for this bag. I am still going to get the plum. I love the color of my side effect.
I'm curious about the dyneema though. I have knitting sacks in each color so I know what they look like but I'm having trouble picturing them in a thicker, backpack.

hi mrae,

my synapse is indigo, and the solar dyneema looks great with it! i held up my plum side effect next to the solar dyneema, and that also is a wonderfully pleasing combination. you can do the same with your plum side effect and solar knitting sack.

keb
09-06-2009, 09:44 PM
looks awesome. in all the development talk i was afraid this would be too small, but i have been using an 11-liter pack all along with external pockets, so this would internalize all the external (and therefore visible) stuff. Looks great. I think the Navy is calling my name...

Maverick, Tom, or Darcy-- two questions. 1) I'm a little over 6 feet and wear a 44 jacket; I'm assuming the fit will be fine (and probably better than what I have now); and 2) I have been known from time to time to hang some wet board shorts from outer webbing straps so that they hang behind me and dry in the air rather than wet everything in the bag. Is there anything on the outer bag other than the webbing loops on the front straps that would work for this, or, for example, am I looking at hanging an extra key strap out of one of the side pockets?

Darcy
09-08-2009, 08:54 AM
Anyway, a specific question about size: our lunchboxes are 150 x 195 mm and we need them to sit flat in the backpack (on top of other things if necessary to create a flat base). Will it fit? It should from the outer measurements. I also need to fit in A4 papers (or a large pouch), flat. Will that fit?


The lunchboxes should fit, no problem. They're very familiar - I use lots of Pyrex at home. :)

The A4 papers will also fit, though they'll be hitting the top of the bag and may get a little scrunched up there over time.

Darcy
09-08-2009, 09:17 AM
Update: we should have a Steel Dyneema/Solar Dyneema Synapse to photograph late next week.

Darcy
09-08-2009, 10:37 AM
Below: the main compartment of the Synapse. The thickness varies from 2-1/2" - 3-1/2".

slinstar
09-08-2009, 02:55 PM
I have been known from time to time to hang some wet board shorts from outer webbing straps so that they hang behind me and dry in the air rather than wet everything in the bag. Is there anything on the outer bag other than the webbing loops on the front straps that would work for this, or, for example, am I looking at hanging an extra key strap out of one of the side pockets?

Keb, how about putting the board shorts in a wetbag & stashing it in one of the pockets?

http://www.wahmies.com/pages/wetbags.php

The regular size would work well for board shorts. We got them for cloth diapering but now that those days are over we use them for swimwear. If you put sopping-wet swimsuits in it and leave it for hours and hours it will eventually dampen the outside of the wetbag, so you do want to wring things out pretty well & then put the wetbag in a separate pocket from your most prized possessions just to be safe, but they work pretty well and breathe better than putting your shorts in a ziploc to get all nasty. Plus board shorts don't hold as much water as women's swimsuits so it would probably work even better...

keb
09-08-2009, 03:04 PM
Keb, how about putting the board shorts in a wetbag & stashing it in one of the pockets?

Oh I do that too. I prefer to have them dry out while I am walking around. feels cleaner when I put them back on....

Moot point probably. I preordered a Navy/Solar with a couple of extra keystraps and I'll figure it out....

rodrigues
09-09-2009, 09:49 AM
I saw someone ask this earlier but I didn't see a response - will there be a significant weight difference between the dyneema vs. other options? And what are some of the pros/cons of the dyneema in this backpack?

maverick
09-09-2009, 09:54 AM
I saw someone ask this earlier but I didn't see a response - will there be a significant weight difference between the dyneema vs. other options? And what are some of the pros/cons of the dyneema in this backpack?

hi rodrigues,

the dyneema version will be lighter, but i imagine that they will likely need to sew one before they can provide a weight. darcy mentioned late next week as a time frame for having a dyneema version ready to photograph.

i can't imagine other than weight and appearance, what other differences there might be.

moriond
09-09-2009, 10:06 PM
Hi,

hi rodrigues,

the dyneema version will be lighter, but i imagine that they will likely need to sew one before they can provide a weight. darcy mentioned late next week as a time frame for having a dyneema version ready to photograph.

i can't imagine other than weight and appearance, what other differences there might be.
This is just speculation, but I imagine the weight will come out between the weight of the Cordura Synapse (1 lb, 8 oz -- or 680 grams) and the Packing Cube Backpack (9.2 oz -- or 260 grams). Since I imagine they will keep the same material for the back padding, and the bag is slightly larger and has more pockets than the Packing Cube Backpack, it might come in just under a lb.

moriond

rodrigues
09-10-2009, 07:25 AM
I didn't actually think there would be a difference in the style. I was more hoping to have a discussion about the pros and cons of the difference in materials. Is one more water resistant? Is the loss of rigidity going to make the bag harder to access the pockets or use in general? That sort of thing.

maverick
09-10-2009, 07:34 AM
I didn't actually think there would be a difference in the style. I was more hoping to have a discussion about the pros and cons of the difference in materials. Is one more water resistant? Is the loss of rigidity going to make the bag harder to access the pockets or use in general? That sort of thing.

hi rodrigues,

the dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric will definitely be more water resistant, but that isn't to say that the 1000d cordura isn't sufficiently water resistant for normal use.

i don't think that rigidity or access to the compartments of the synapse will be of issue because of the integral structure of the bag. the 1/4" closed-cell foam used in the back panel of the synapse, along with the way the front compartments are constructed should help the dyneema synapse to keep its shape.

jmart
09-10-2009, 09:29 AM
Will the bottom pocket hold a rubbermaid Tupperware container that is 7"x7" I usually put my sandwich in there so it does not get crushed. If not, are there any other sandwich containers that would?

Thanks
jmart


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Already own and love: Brain Bag w/ brain cell and freudian slip, Medium Cafe bag, and Aeronaut

maverick
09-10-2009, 09:35 AM
hi jmart,

how high is the container? the bottom pocket is more long than it is squarish, and my concern is that 7" may be a bit of a squeeze in the narrower dimension.

this stainless steel container from lunchbots (http://www.amazon.com/LunchBots-Stainless-Steel-Lunch-Container/dp/B002G9UHXS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1252600312&sr=8-3) will hold a sandwich nicely, and will also fit in the bottom pocket of the synapse nicely. let me see if i can take a photo this evening in order to demonstrate.


Will the bottom pocket hold a rubbermaid Tupperware container that is 7"x7" I usually put my sandwich in there so it does not get crushed. If not, are there any other sandwich containers that would?

Thanks
jmart


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Already own and love: Brain Bag w/ brain cell and freudian slip, Medium Cafe bag, and Aeronaut

jmart
09-10-2009, 09:45 AM
Cool Maverick that would be awesome! The container is 2" high.

Here is a picture of it. ( thank goodness for iphones :) )
file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/jmartellotta/Desktop/IMG_0240.jpg


hi jmart,

how high is the container? the bottom pocket is more long than it is squarish, and my concern is that 7" may be a bit of a squeeze in the narrower dimension.

this stainless steel container from lunchbots (http://www.amazon.com/LunchBots-Stainless-Steel-Lunch-Container/dp/B002G9UHXS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1252600312&sr=8-3) will hold a sandwich nicely, and will also fit in the bottom pocket of the synapse nicely. let me see if i can take a photo this evening in order to demonstrate.

jmart
09-10-2009, 09:46 AM
Oops no photo, how do I attach a photo?


Cool Maverick that would be awesome! The container is 2" high.

Here is a picture of it. ( thank goodness for iphones :) )
file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/jmartellotta/Desktop/IMG_0240.jpg

maverick
09-10-2009, 12:09 PM
Oops no photo, how do I attach a photo?

hi jmart,

please see this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrlUL5ms7E8) of a screen capture demonstrating how you can upload an image to the forum.

sorry for the lack of voiceover in the video - i wanted to get this to you right away, and don't have my microphone and audio capture module with me right now. hopefully, the visual demonstration will make the process easy enough to understand. i'll go back and add audio later!

Darcy
09-10-2009, 12:10 PM
hi jmart,

please see this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrlUL5ms7E8) of a screen capture demonstrating how you can upload an image to the forum.

maverick! You are amazing!

maverick
09-10-2009, 12:51 PM
maverick! You are amazing!

awe darcy, it was easy! actually, the kudos should go to apple for packaging in a screen video capture feature in quicktime x which is part of snow leopard.

jmart
09-10-2009, 08:17 PM
Wow! Thanks Maverick! You rock! :) I'll upload the photo tomorrow morning. Late homework night with the kids. Well I ordered the synapse anyway since I am a bag freak. LOL. You videos just sold me. Have a wonderful evening.

Thanks


hi jmart,

please see this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrlUL5ms7E8) of a screen capture demonstrating how you can upload an image to the forum.

sorry for the lack of voiceover in the video - i wanted to get this to you right away, and don't have my microphone and audio capture module with me right now. hopefully, the visual demonstration will make the process easy enough to understand. i'll go back and add audio later!

jmart
09-11-2009, 07:36 AM
Ok, here is a picture of it.

thanks

maverick
09-11-2009, 07:56 AM
hi jmart,

i tried two lunch boxes - one was 7" x 5.5" x 2" and another was 6.8" x 5.1" x 2.55". both fit into the bottom pocket of the synapse. i don't think you could go much more in the vertical dimension than 5.5" with a 2" height. but this size lunchbot (the green one (http://www.amazon.com/LunchBots-Stainless-Steel-Lunch-Container/dp/B002G9UHXS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1252680805&sr=8-3)) will hold a pretty big sandwich and some fruit or vegetables on the side.

i still want to get you a picture... give me until this evening - thanks!

timarelay
09-11-2009, 11:16 AM
So I'm trying to pick a color so I can finally pre-order, and I'm stuck deciding between Steel and Black. I really like the color the steel seems to be in the picture, but it seems darker than steel seems to be in pictures for other bags. If the Steel actually looks like the Synapse picture, then I definitely want it.

backpack
09-11-2009, 01:58 PM
I love Steel, it is a gorgeous color, it is a neutral but it has such personality that is not a run of the mill gray, it actually subtly change hue depending on the time of day, weather or not it is sunny or if you are indoors or out.

One of my Brain Bags is Steel, I have a Kit, many pouches in that color and most of my Swifts are Steel and something else.

It is a very conservative but not stuffy color.

I also have Black pouches and a Kit, no offense to the Tom Bihn team but it's just black, just like the seams of most bags.

Get it in Steel, you won't regret it.

moriond
09-11-2009, 02:16 PM
Hmm, it does look a bit darker in these pictures.

So I'm trying to pick a color so I can finally pre-order, and I'm stuck deciding between Steel and Black. I really like the color the steel seems to be in the picture, but it seems darker than steel seems to be in pictures for other bags. If the Steel actually looks like the Synapse picture, then I definitely want it.
I think the colors in the Side Effect (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0412) product page pretty accurately reflect the recent colors. It looks as though Steel shown there is a bit lighter than the Steel on the Synapse page, but I actually think the Steel color is a bit darker in person than it appears on the Side Effect page to me. (I have a Steel Side Effect).

I also pondered the colors (and sent questions to maverick). The plum cordura color used now is slightly different from the plum in in my earlier Ristretto, which had a redder or more magenta cast. It's a bit brighter than the Plum on my original Buzz -- unless that darkened with age!

moriond

maverick
09-11-2009, 04:00 PM
hi jmart,

i tried two lunch boxes - one was 7" x 5.5" x 2" and another was 6.8" x 5.1" x 2.55". both fit into the bottom pocket of the synapse. i don't think you could go much more in the vertical dimension than 5.5" with a 2" height. but this size lunchbot (the green one (http://www.amazon.com/LunchBots-Stainless-Steel-Lunch-Container/dp/B002G9UHXS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1252680805&sr=8-3)) will hold a pretty big sandwich and some fruit or vegetables on the side.

i still want to get you a picture... give me until this evening - thanks!

hi jmart,

please see this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xaj3QtjvIY) demonstrating how you can pack the lunchbots lunchbox inside of the synapse bacpack.

mrae
09-11-2009, 07:59 PM
hi mrae,

my synapse is indigo, and the solar dyneema looks great with it! i held up my plum side effect next to the solar dyneema, and that also is a wonderfully pleasing combination. you can do the same with your plum side effect and solar knitting sack.

I would definitely by one with the solar dyneema on the outside. It's the steel on the outside that I'm questioning.

I wonder if the dyneema is one of the temporary ones or if they might make one with a solar exterior at some point.

timarelay
09-12-2009, 12:57 AM
I love Steel, it is a gorgeous color, it is a neutral but it has such personality that is not a run of the mill gray, it actually subtly change hue depending on the time of day, weather or not it is sunny or if you are indoors or out.

One of my Brain Bags is Steel, I have a Kit, many pouches in that color and most of my Swifts are Steel and something else.

It is a very conservative but not stuffy color.

I also have Black pouches and a Kit, no offense to the Tom Bihn team but it's just black, just like the seams of most bags.

Get it in Steel, you won't regret it.


Hmm, it does look a bit darker in these pictures.

I think the colors in the Side Effect (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0412) product page pretty accurately reflect the recent colors. It looks as though Steel shown there is a bit lighter than the Steel on the Synapse page, but I actually think the Steel color is a bit darker in person than it appears on the Side Effect page to me. (I have a Steel Side Effect).

I also pondered the colors (and sent questions to maverick). The plum cordura color used now is slightly different from the plum in in my earlier Ristretto, which had a redder or more magenta cast. It's a bit brighter than the Plum on my original Buzz -- unless that darkened with age!

moriond

Thanks for the feedback! I ended up ordering the Steel. Can't wait! :D

marbenais
09-14-2009, 02:09 PM
After much deliberation -- a whole five minutes after the pre-release-pre-order! -- I ordered one in Plum/Solar and one in Steel/Solar Dyneema. Why two? Poor impulse control, for starters . . . but then I rationalized it all.
I'll use the Plum as an everyday backpack, if I'm not carrying my small army of notebooks & big hardcover books, and when DC isn't requiring an extra sweatshirt in case of sudden chills.
I'm planning to flatten the Dyneema one into the Smart Alec when I travel -- although I'll probably still carry either the Imago or the Swift as my personal item on the airplane.

I can't wait for more pictures! Darcy, do you have any timeframe on when we'll see the Dyneema pictures?

Darcy
09-18-2009, 10:39 AM
I can't wait for more pictures! Darcy, do you have any timeframe on when we'll see the Dyneema pictures?

Within the next two weeks or so!

marbenais
09-22-2009, 10:21 AM
Within the next two weeks or so!

Yay! I'm so excited. Will that be when we get a weight for it, also?

bluedawg
09-24-2009, 04:47 PM
i just noticed that kelly is no longer an option on the synapse... is that right?

Darcy
09-25-2009, 10:38 AM
i just noticed that kelly is no longer an option on the synapse... is that right?

That's right. We also removed Crimson. These two pre-order colors have likely sold out, and they won't be made again in the next batch.

backpack
09-25-2009, 03:52 PM
Is the next batch likely to include Plum/Steel or Indigo/Steel?

Just asking :)

bluedawg
09-25-2009, 10:01 PM
thanks for clarifying, Darcy... i didn't realize that pre-orders could sell out. i thought it was sort of a "we'll make it if you order it" kind of thing. i are smrat.

i guess my decision just got one color easier!

Darcy
09-26-2009, 10:42 AM
Is the next batch likely to include Plum/Steel or Indigo/Steel?

Just asking :)

I'd like to say we have that planned this far in advance - but we don't. Makes it all the more exciting, doesn't it? ;)

bluedawg
09-27-2009, 11:30 AM
i finally made up my mind, and just ordered the navy/solar. now for the waiting! :)

maverick
09-27-2009, 01:33 PM
i finally made up my mind, and just ordered the navy/solar. now for the waiting! :)

that sounds like a beautiful choice, bluedawg! i'm sure you're going to love it!

moriond
09-27-2009, 10:05 PM
Hi bluedawg,


thanks for clarifying, Darcy... i didn't realize that pre-orders could sell out. i thought it was sort of a "we'll make it if you order it" kind of thing. i are smrat.

i guess my decision just got one color easier!


i finally made up my mind, and just ordered the navy/solar. now for the waiting! :)

If you look in the thread for Aeronaut, you'll see the anxiety over color selection in the pre-order phase. Over a year and a half after the original design thread started there was finally an announcement that the bags would be in production, and we worried that some of the colors would be sold out before they were seen. See, for example, this post (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=2680&highlight=#post2680) from someone who noticed that "Sage" was no longer available as a color, and read the follow-up posts. At the time, they were manufacturing a version of the Aeronaut with the strap placement optimized for smaller frames, and this wasn't put into production until the first batch of regular Aeronauts came out. So some people were panicked that color options might have disappeared before the smaller bags were even put into production.

As it was, I hedged my bets by also putting in an order for a regular sized Aeronaut in crimson, since I figured that they would also quickly sell out of the regular sized Aeronaut colors. (They did). Sage was a lovely grey-green that, like the Indigo of the Tri-Star, was never as impressive in photographs on web pages as it was when viewed in person. You can view this color ins some of the pictures in eristick's posts (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=2886#post2886) (scroll down to see more pictures), but as I said, the color balance of web pages doesn't convey how nice this color is.

I'm now automatically trained to get my orders in early! The navy/solar combination sounds like a nice one.

moriond

kengreen
09-29-2009, 12:57 AM
I've watched this video many times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzl6AnMxP7U

The loving attention to detail is fantastic, and that video alone will likely help Tom Bihn sell a few bags.

My only complaint with the video is that there isn't a shot at the end of everything that was unpacked. It would have offered a nice perspective to see everything that was pulled out in a pile out of the bag. For me personally, I wanted to see the Klean Kateen bottle that was stored in the side pocket. I've watched that part of the video (2:20) again and again, and the angle is bad - it's really hard to tell what size bottle that is.

I have a 27 oz. Klean Kanteen bottle and suspect that it may be too tall for the side pocket of the Synapse - that the bottle in the video must be a smaller size. Can someone please confirm what size bottle that is? Or let me know the height of the side pockets of the Synapse? My 27 oz bottle (http://www.kleankanteen.com/products/classic/klean-kanteen-27oz-classic.html) is 9" tall without a cap, so about 11" tall with sport cap.

I'm pretty confident my bottle would fit in the center pocket of the Synapse (since it claims to swallow liter bottles), but it would be nice to have the option of carrying it in the side pocket as well.

Thanks.

maverick
09-29-2009, 04:35 AM
I've watched this video many times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzl6AnMxP7U

The loving attention to detail is fantastic, and that video alone will likely help Tom Bihn sell a few bags.

My only complaint with the video is that there isn't a shot at the end of everything that was unpacked. It would have offered a nice perspective to see everything that was pulled out in a pile out of the bag. For me personally, I wanted to see the Klean Kateen bottle that was stored in the side pocket. I've watched that part of the video (2:20) again and again, and the angle is bad - it's really hard to tell what size bottle that is.

I have a 27 oz. Klean Kanteen bottle and suspect that it may be too tall for the side pocket of the Synapse - that the bottle in the video must be a smaller size. Can someone please confirm what size bottle that is? Or let me know the height of the side pockets of the Synapse? My 27 oz bottle (http://www.kleankanteen.com/products/classic/klean-kanteen-27oz-classic.html) is 9" tall without a cap, so about 11" tall with sport cap.

I'm pretty confident my bottle would fit in the center pocket of the Synapse (since it claims to swallow liter bottles), but it would be nice to have the option of carrying it in the side pocket as well.

Thanks.

hi kengreen,

that is an excellent idea! let me add a shot of everything to the video at the end. the side pocket will hold the 18oz klean kanteen bottle - that is what you saw in the video. and the center water bottle pocket will hold your 27oz klean kanteen bottle nicely.

let me know if there is anything else you would like to see added to the video.

kengreen
09-29-2009, 09:13 AM
Thanks so much for your willingness to post the videos. It is the closest thing to actually being in the store and feeling the product.

Having the pile of stuff at the end is all I'd really want. Your videos are perfect for the online shopper: you are enthusiastic, thorough, and aren't trying to be "cute" in the video (it's clear the video is about the product and not you).

I think you may have given me an excuse to get an 18oz Klean Kanteen. ;)

One thing I'm still curious about with the Synapse center pocket (the water bottle pocket): what does holding a liter bottle/27oz Klean Kanteen do to the cargo space in the bag? And what does it do to the exterior lines of the bag? In other words, where is the bulge? (never thought I'd be posting that question in a public forum.....)

Does carrying a big water bottle cause the exterior of the Synapse to change? Or is the space taken up in the interior? I know there is a warning about being careful when carrying a netbook or Kindle, because the water bottle pocket sits directly in front of the place where the computer would be carried. Trying to guess here, I'd think that a large bottle would take up some space of the main compartment, and if you stuffed the main compartment, you might see a bulge from the outside.

None of this matters too much. I'm getting a Synapse. Just curious about some of the details. The only thing that might cause me to return the Synapse is if it ends up looking too small on me. I want a small backpack for short hikes, day trip bag, weekend family outing, etc. But I don't want to look like I'm carrying a kid backpack. I'm 5'10" and 195. Not a huge guy, but quite far from svelte. My Brain Bag fits me (and I love it), but it looks like a BIG bag, and is way too big for what I'm looking for in the Synapse.

moriond
09-29-2009, 10:32 AM
Thanks so much for your willingness to post the videos. It is the closest thing to actually being in the store and feeling the product.
In some ways maverick's videos are better than being in the store, since I doubt many of us would arrive with all the stuff that gets packed into these bags as displayed in the videos. The really nice thing about maverick's videos is the fact that they're made by someone who regularly uses these bags, so you can see the kind of packing solutions and content usage that you, as another user of the product, might actually adopt.


I'm getting a Synapse. Just curious about some of the details. The only thing that might cause me to return the Synapse is if it ends up looking too small on me. I want a small backpack for short hikes, day trip bag, weekend family outing, etc. But I don't want to look like I'm carrying a kid backpack. I'm 5'10" and 195. Not a huge guy, but quite far from svelte. My Brain Bag fits me (and I love it), but it looks like a BIG bag, and is way too big for what I'm looking for in the Synapse.

Take a look at the posts in a question thread asking about the relative size of the the Smart Alec and Synapse starting with this post (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=14320&highlight=#post14320) and reading down to the post that links to another maverick video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6L1m2HafI) that shows the Synapse (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110) inside a Ruck's Sack (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0102) inside a Smart Alec (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0103). The other posts contain links to useful descriptions and pictures, so read those, too. Your Brain Bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0104) is much bigger than the Smart Alec (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0103), but this should give you an idea. There are also pictures of maverick wearing the Synapse (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110) on the product page and elsewhere in the forum, so you can calibrate the relative sizes of the bags on mavericak, for example by comparing to pictures of marverick wearing the smart alec (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?t=2078). Since the bag was field tested on people who are 5' 1" tall, as well as Tom who is 6' tall (according to earlier posts in this thread), it should work for you.

moriond

kengreen
09-29-2009, 11:30 AM
In some ways maverick's videos are better than being in the store, since I doubt many of us would arrive with all the stuff that gets packed into these bags as displayed in the videos. The really nice thing about maverick's videos is the fact that they're made by someone who regularly uses these bags, so you can see the kind of packing solutions and content usage that you, as another user of the product, might actually adopt.
I agree. He's doing a great service to both Tom Bihn and Tom Bihn customers.



Take a look at the posts in a question thread asking about the relative size of the the Smart Alec and Synapse starting with this post (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=14320&highlight=#post14320) and reading down to the post that links to another maverick video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6L1m2HafI) that shows the Synapse (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110) inside a Ruck's Sack (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0102) inside a Smart Alec (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0103). The other posts contain links to useful descriptions and pictures, so read those, too. Your Brain Bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0104) is much bigger than the Smart Alec (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0103), but this should give you an idea. There are also pictures of maverick wearing the Synapse (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110) on the product page and elsewhere in the forum, so you can calibrate the relative sizes of the bags on mavericak, for example by comparing to pictures of marverick wearing the smart alec (http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?t=2078). Since the bag was field tested on people who are 5' 1" tall, as well as Tom who is 6' tall (according to earlier posts in this thread), it should work for you.

Thanks. Trust me, I've looked at all the pictures and videos I can find. And read the descriptions (we are a tad obsessive about our bags, aren't we?) The video of the Synapse fitting inside the Ruck Sac is what got me worried about the small size. I have always considered the Ruck Sac a very small frame or kids backpack - definitely too small for me. But I could be mistaken.

This is just one of those things that won't be apparent until I'm actually wearing the backpack. I have a pretty good idea that the Synapse is exactly what I'm looking for. But that very last part of shopping - actually having the bag, with my stuff in it, on my back - hasn't happened yet.

maverick
09-29-2009, 11:36 AM
One thing I'm still curious about with the Synapse center pocket (the water bottle pocket): what does holding a liter bottle/27oz Klean Kanteen do to the cargo space in the bag? And what does it do to the exterior lines of the bag? In other words, where is the bulge? (never thought I'd be posting that question in a public forum.....)

Does carrying a big water bottle cause the exterior of the Synapse to change? Or is the space taken up in the interior? I know there is a warning about being careful when carrying a netbook or Kindle, because the water bottle pocket sits directly in front of the place where the computer would be carried. Trying to guess here, I'd think that a large bottle would take up some space of the main compartment, and if you stuffed the main compartment, you might see a bulge from the outside.


actually, the way the compartments in the front of the synapse have been sewn together is genius! the way the front middle compartment for the water bottle has been positioned between the left and right front compartments creates a cavity in that front middle pocket for a water bottle such that the bottle neither causes a reduction of storage space in the main compartment of the synapse, nor does it cause a bungle. let me get you a picture of the outside of the bag and of the inside of the main compartment when there is a one liter water bottle in the front middle compartment.



None of this matters too much. I'm getting a Synapse. Just curious about some of the details. The only thing that might cause me to return the Synapse is if it ends up looking too small on me. I want a small backpack for short hikes, day trip bag, weekend family outing, etc. But I don't want to look like I'm carrying a kid backpack. I'm 5'10" and 195. Not a huge guy, but quite far from svelte. My Brain Bag fits me (and I love it), but it looks like a BIG bag, and is way too big for what I'm looking for in the Synapse.

the synapse is perfect for short hikes, day trips and weekend family outings (i've actually used it for all of those purposes). i also take it to the office with my laptop and more.

i'm 5' 8", and i weigh about 200 lb., and the synapse feels very comfortable on me. i don't think it looks at all kiddish.



The video of the Synapse fitting inside the Ruck Sac is what got me worried about the small size. I have always considered the Ruck Sac a very small frame or kids backpack - definitely too small for me. But I could be mistaken.


oh dear - i'm sorry for the confusion. i should explain... the reason that video shows the synapse coming out of the ruck's sac is because the ruck's sac has a larger main compartment than the main compartment of the synapse. but the synapse overall is a larger bag than the ruck's sac - the synapse will hold more than the ruck's sac.

the ruck's sac is also designed to fit well on people with smaller frames, including children, while, as moriond mentioned, the synapse fits well on those who are 5' 1" to 6' tall.

kengreen
09-29-2009, 12:10 PM
actually, the way the compartments in the front of the synapse have been sewn together is genius! the way the front middle compartment for the water bottle has been positioned between the left and right front compartments creates a cavity in that front middle pocket for a water bottle such that the bottle neither causes a reduction of storage space in the main compartment of the synapse, nor does it cause a bungle. let me get you a picture of the outside of the bag and of the inside of the main compartment when there is a one liter water bottle in the front middle compartment.
Wow. Thanks.



the synapse is perfect for short hikes, day trips and weekend family outings (i've actually used it for all of those purposes). i also take it to the office with my laptop and more.

i'm 5' 8", and i weigh about 200 lb., and the synapse feels very comfortable on me. i don't think it looks at all kiddish.
Thanks. I think the Synapse is exactly what I'm looking for. Seeing the photos of the Synapse on you, and knowing you are 5-8, 200 really helped. It does not look like a kid's backpack on you.



oh dear - i'm sorry for the confusion. i should explain... the reason that video shows the synapse coming out of the ruck's sac is because the ruck's sac has a larger main compartment than the main compartment of the synapse. but the synapse overall is a larger bag than the ruck's sac - the synapse will hold more than the ruck's sac.

the ruck's sac is also designed to fit well on people with smaller frames, including children, while, as moriond mentioned, the synapse fits well on those who are 5' 1" to 6' tall.
Yeah, I realized that when I looked at both bags' specs (19 liters vs. 16 liters). I had come so close to ordering a Ruck Sac for one of my daughters, that I've always just had the idea it's a kid's backpack in my head.

moriond
10-05-2009, 05:42 PM
Darcy,

Is there an estimated weight for the Synapse in Dyneema (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/1122)? I'm curious about whether it weighs in slightly under 1 lb with the Dyneema used in place of Cordura for the outside. I couldn't find any additions to the description on the product page (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110).

Thanks,

moriond

backpack
10-06-2009, 07:54 AM
Darcy,

Would it be possible to use the Dyneema Synapse as a "packing cube" inside of the Brain Bag?

And... the shipping date, how late in November?

Just
10-06-2009, 01:09 PM
I had my doubts about how a Synapse in Dyneema would look.

But the picture posted on the blog is gorgeous!!

Darcy
10-06-2009, 02:04 PM
Darcy,

Would it be possible to use the Dyneema Synapse as a "packing cube" inside of the Brain Bag?

And... the shipping date, how late in November?

You could - it will fit in the Brain Bag - but, surprisingly, because the Dyneema/nylon Synapse has an exterior and an interior of the Dyneema/nylon fabric, it's not all that much more malleable than the Cordura version. And you wouldn't want to bend the back foam. The Packing Cube Backpacks might be a better choice for that purpose.

Darcy
10-06-2009, 02:05 PM
Darcy,

Is there an estimated weight for the Synapse in Dyneema (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/node/1122)? I'm curious about whether it weighs in slightly under 1 lb with the Dyneema used in place of Cordura for the outside. I couldn't find any additions to the description on the product page (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110).

Thanks,

moriond

We're re-doing the weights because of the addition of the pen/pencil pockets and the iPhone/cell phone pocket, but it looks like the weight difference between the Dyneema/nylon and Cordura versions is about seven ounces.

moriond
10-06-2009, 05:40 PM
Thanks, Darcy,

We're re-doing the weights because of the addition of the pen/pencil pockets and the iPhone/cell phone pocket, but it looks like the weight difference between the Dyneema/nylon and Cordura versions is about seven ounces.

I was thinking there would be a slight savings that would take the weight down from 1 lb 8 oz to just about 1 lb. I knew that the back foam meant that you wouldn't gain a lot. I really think this would be a great, light-weight carry-along with my Aeronaut, and I'll gladly pack it flat inside for the luxury of having the fitted pockets, ergonomic design, back foam, etc. compared to using the the packing cube backpack to pack items.

Darn, I'm going to have to start adding to my orders. And since I had everything set to ship together, I won't get to see the cache for a while unless I can move it from shipping with my Synapse order to my order for additional 3D Clear Packing Cube (in Indigo), various additional Kindle size pouches (including the Leaf Green Ultrasuede), etc. that is waiting on the larger size Shop bags to ship.

moriond

Just
10-06-2009, 07:20 PM
Darn, I'm going to have to start adding to my orders. And since I had everything set to ship together, I won't get to see the cache for a while unless I can move it from shipping with my Synapse order to my order for additional 3D Clear Packing Cube (in Indigo), various additional Kindle size pouches (including the Leaf Green Ultrasuede), etc. that is waiting on the larger size Shop bags to ship.

Okay, somehow I missed the LEAF GREEN ULTRASUEDE!!!

Gosh.. I really don't need one.. but so want!!

backpack
10-06-2009, 08:40 PM
You could - it will fit in the Brain Bag - but, surprisingly, because the Dyneema/nylon Synapse has an exterior and an interior of the Dyneema/nylon fabric, it's not all that much more malleable than the Cordura version. And you wouldn't want to bend the back foam. The Packing Cube Backpacks might be a better choice for that purpose.

I was so happy to find, in the picture of the Dyneema Synapse this morning, that it also had the back foam.

But of course, I forgot all about it when asking about using it as a Packing Cube.

Frankly, I was just thinking of being able to sneak a third bag by putting the Synapse inside the Brain Bag and pack inside and around it.

I find the Brain Bag versus the Swift much easier to deal with when doing any type of serious walking with a Large Cafe Bag as a purse.
But for sightseeing the Synapse looks like a much better fit.

marbenais
10-07-2009, 11:33 AM
You could - it will fit in the Brain Bag - but, surprisingly, because the Dyneema/nylon Synapse has an exterior and an interior of the Dyneema/nylon fabric, it's not all that much more malleable than the Cordura version. And you wouldn't want to bend the back foam. The Packing Cube Backpacks might be a better choice for that purpose.

How likely is it that either the Dyneema or the Cordura version could be squished, unfilled & flat, into the back of a Smart Alec? I ordered a Plum/Solar version for everyday use and a Steel Dyneema/Solar Dyneema for traveling, once I've unpacked.

bluedawg
10-14-2009, 03:36 PM
from the blog...

One subtle change has been made to the Synapse since we first introduced it - the lower back panel will be made out of 420 denier nylon instead of 1050d ballistic nylon. The 420d nylon is a finer weave than the 1050d ballistic nylon, and because of that, it will be even gentler on one's clothing. Though lighter-weight than 1050d ballistic nylon, 420d nylon is still an incredibly tough and long-lasting fabric.
wow! i feel both guilty (for whining) and excited (for benefiting). ;) this is a really great tweak, and i appreciate it a ton. i know it's not "for me" but i'm probably the most annoying whiner so i want to make sure i speak up to say THANK YOU! :kiss kiss:

sweetwert
10-15-2009, 07:57 PM
Darcy,

Is there any chance that there will be any surplus Kelly Synapses (Synapsi?) left after fulfilling the pre-orders? I missed the cut-off.

Thanks, sweetwert

P.S. My Indigo Tri-star is a triumph of travel engineering!

Darcy
10-20-2009, 12:19 PM
Is there any chance that there will be any surplus Kelly Synapses (Synapsi?) left after fulfilling the pre-orders? I missed the cut-off.

Yes, there is a chance - I'll post in this thread if there are any Kelly or Crimson Synapse bags (see the avoidance ;)) left after we fill backorders. Some customers have changed colors, etc.

bltkmt
10-21-2009, 10:37 AM
Yes, there is a chance - I'll post in this thread if there are any Kelly or Crimson Synapse bags (see the avoidance ;)) left after we fill backorders. Some customers have changed colors, etc.

Cool - count me as interested in kelly!

Darcy
10-23-2009, 12:43 PM
I just received word from June (our Factory Manager) that the very first Synapse backorders will be shipping next week. The remainder will ship within the next 2-3 weeks.

maverick
10-23-2009, 01:51 PM
I just received word from June (our Factory Manager) that the very first Synapse backorders will be shipping next week. The remainder will ship within the next 2-3 weeks.

yay! :) this is indeed exciting news!

marbenais
10-23-2009, 02:16 PM
I just received word from June (our Factory Manager) that the very first Synapse backorders will be shipping next week. The remainder will ship within the next 2-3 weeks.

I'm so excited!

Now, if only I didn't live on the other coast . . . I've got to work on my patience.

backpack
10-24-2009, 02:31 PM
http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=15065#post15065


Check out the new close up picture of the Synapse taken by Maverick.

Unfair! It is so gorgeous, I want to reach into my monitor and grab the bag.


That would make for a broken monitor and no bag. :(

Loki
10-24-2009, 06:16 PM
In thinking about the ways I might be able to use my new synapse, I got to wondering. I normally use my osprey pack for long day hikes, but when I travel and i really appreciate being able to use a hydration pack with it. It would be great if I could take something smaller, lighter, more packable (cue synapse). Would the back pocket of the synapse work with a Platypus Hoser (1.0L Reservoir - 34 oz.) hydration bag?

slinstar
10-27-2009, 10:15 AM
Hooray! But what does "very first" mean? Is there an order date cutoff? I ordered on 9/5, the day after pre-order opened up, because I had to obsess about colors for a bit :)


I just received word from June (our Factory Manager) that the very first Synapse backorders will be shipping next week. The remainder will ship within the next 2-3 weeks.

Darcy
10-27-2009, 11:43 AM
Hooray! But what does "very first" mean?

It means...however many bags the factory finishes in the first round before moving on to the next. :)

keb
10-28-2009, 07:30 AM
Navy/Solar Synapse must be on its way!!!!! The palpitations begin!!!!

Katy
10-28-2009, 07:34 AM
By this time next week you may have your synapse in hand! What a great color choice as well.

mitt
10-28-2009, 08:19 AM
Very exciting, now I have a package to obsessively track for the next few days!

ltsching
10-28-2009, 09:25 AM
I am interested in the Synapse in Steel Dyneema/Solar Dyneema for daily and travel usage. Is the bag rigid enough for a 13" MacBook in a Cache, a digital camera and other office "stuff"? I like that it is light weight, but am wondering if it retains shape like cordura. Thanks.

keb
10-28-2009, 10:14 AM
By this time next week you may have your synapse in hand! What a great color choice as well.

Nice to speak to you this morning by the way... UPS says Nov 4!!!

Katy
10-28-2009, 12:04 PM
That is next Wednesday! YAY!!!! Congrats on your new synapse!

Tom Bihn
10-28-2009, 02:00 PM
In thinking about the ways I might be able to use my new synapse, I got to wondering. I normally use my osprey pack for long day hikes, but when I travel and i really appreciate being able to use a hydration pack with it. It would be great if I could take something smaller, lighter, more packable (cue synapse). Would the back pocket of the synapse work with a Platypus Hoser (1.0L Reservoir - 34 oz.) hydration bag?

I've used a two-litre MSR Dromedary® Bag quite a bit with the Synapse - I'd assume if that works so would your Platypus. I slide it into the center bottle pocket and just let the hose poke out of the end of the zipper - works great, feels quite balanced.

bluedawg
10-29-2009, 08:03 AM
i just got an email from UPS! squeeeeee!

Loki
10-29-2009, 08:15 AM
I've used a two-litre MSR Dromedary® Bag quite a bit with the Synapse - I'd assume if that works so would your Platypus. I slide it into the center bottle pocket and just let the hose poke out of the end of the zipper - works great, feels quite balanced.

Excellent! I was only looking at the one liter bag because that was the biggest one that I thought would work based on my impressions of the bag. I'm thrilled a two liter bag will work.

Thank you!

Chris

mrae
11-02-2009, 09:15 PM
Just wanted to say that I'm in love. Although I have quite a few Tom Bihn products I haven't bought a backpack. I've been waiting for the perfect one. And it's finally here. I haven't used it yet but it's the perfect size for me and so comfortable. I guess I'm going to have to buy a Cache and find a new home for my Braincell.

The solar goes with all my accessories including the new huge shop bag that also came today. And I love plum. What a great product. I'll report in after I've used it for a few days.

marbenais
11-03-2009, 02:17 PM
UPS says my Plum/Solar Synapse will arrive on Friday the 6th. I am so very impatient! Does anyone have pictures yet?

Foggy Morn
11-03-2009, 02:43 PM
Mine arrived! Wow, it's the perfect size. Just what I was hoping for. Now to figure out what goes where... love all the pockets.

The color (plum) is gorgeous, too, especially with the solar interior.

Loki
11-03-2009, 03:09 PM
Went home from work at lunch to pick up the box... but am waiting to open it until I have a moment to really appreciate it. I will post pictures as soon as I can.

backpack
11-03-2009, 05:38 PM
I was hoping that the lucky new owners of the Synapse Backpack could help MtnMan?

On the thread below, he describes all his gear and wonders if they can all fit inside the Synapse and how?

http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=15274&posted=1#post15274

bluedawg
11-04-2009, 08:01 AM
it's here, it's here, my pretty navy synapse is here!

it just arrived moments ago, but i've already done the all-important MBP test, and it passed! :) i'm able to slip my unibody 15" MBP inside, in its hard speck case. that means no cushy protection, but i can live with that. YAY!

i have to go to campus today, and i plan to take the synapse with me. i'm nerdily excited.

maverick
11-04-2009, 08:17 AM
it's here, it's here, my pretty navy synapse is here!

it just arrived moments ago, but i've already done the all-important MBP test, and it passed! :) i'm able to slip my unibody 15" MBP inside, in its hard speck case. that means no cushy protection, but i can live with that. YAY!

i have to go to campus today, and i plan to take the synapse with me. i'm nerdily excited.

yay! congratulations bluedawg!

i'm excited to hear that there is a solution for the 15" unibody macbook pro in the synapse!

jmart
11-04-2009, 11:44 AM
it's here, it's here, my pretty navy synapse is here!

it just arrived moments ago, but i've already done the all-important MBP test, and it passed! :) i'm able to slip my unibody 15" MBP inside, in its hard speck case. that means no cushy protection, but i can live with that. YAY!

i have to go to campus today, and i plan to take the synapse with me. i'm nerdily excited.

I got mine on Monday and it is awesome! I can't believe how much it holds! I fit all the stuff from my Brain bag, plus my new programming C for Mac Book inside. I was able to fit my new 15" macbook pro that I just got last month inside in the cache. It's a really tight fit, but it give the bag some nice support. I think after its been in there for a while the bag material may stretch a little and make it fit a little better. Other then that this bag is probably the perfect size for day to day use. I'm traveling to Houston tomorrow and I am using this bag and my Aeronaut!

My wife thinks I'm crazy since she keeps seeing Tom Bihn gear shipped to the house... LOL She told me she is going to talk to Tom and tell him not to sell me anything. I told her I'll have to use another name. HeHe. (I guess i understand where she is coming from since I own close to 40 bags!!)

Ciao,
J

maverick
11-04-2009, 12:41 PM
My wife thinks I'm crazy since she keeps seeing Tom Bihn gear shipped to the house... LOL She told me she is going to talk to Tom and tell him not to sell me anything.

i'm reminded of the $50,000 cease and desist t-shirt (http://www.zappos.com/zapposcom-gear-50-000-cease-and-desist-t-shirt) that zappos was selling that said "it only cost me $50,000 to stop my wife from shopping at zappos.com!"

:)

jmart
11-04-2009, 01:19 PM
LMAO! That is too funny. Yeah, I have 2 basement closets full of all sorts of bags, ranging from Targus, ebags(Brand), timbuk2, chrome bags, Brenthaven, lowpro, redoxx, and some other ones. But... i must say these are the best quality and most functional bags I have owned.

Now add the Aeronaut, synapse, small cafe, and the brain bag to all that...

I think I can start my own resale shop.. :)

maverick
11-04-2009, 01:48 PM
I think I can start my own resale shop.. :)

great! i'll send you all the briggs & riley luggage that's been sitting unused in my basement for the past several years to sell in your resale shop! ;-)

JoelSmith
11-04-2009, 04:39 PM
Wow. Seriously. Wow.

Very much worth the wait. Thank you for making something genuinely special.

And it got here just in time for the fall fishing trip.

pet_rhino
11-04-2009, 08:07 PM
Any word on when the navy/solar, black/steel pics will show up on the product page? It's only a matter of picking a color for me at this point!

bltkmt
11-05-2009, 05:11 AM
My navy/solar bag Synapse should be here any day...very excited. It will be replacing my Ego. I have determined that I am more of a daily backpack person rather than messenger bag. I carried a Booq backpack for about 10 years and loved it, but it was bigger than I need currently and was really geared towards carrying a laptop which I do not. The Synapse should be perfect. And hopefully the elusive camera insert will fit in my Ego and that can become our camera bag?

Waiting patiently....

bluedawg
11-05-2009, 08:46 AM
i took a few pictures of my navy synapse, because a couple of people have been asking about it. i know it's not the same as product page pictures :) but maybe it will at least give you an idea! i took a couple of shots of the synapse next to a steel/black smart alec, too, for comparison. i'll add notes to my pictures in an hour or two, when i get to campus.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/veganchai/tags/synapse/

MsMoon
11-05-2009, 09:14 AM
Did you see the fabulous pictures of the Synapse ready to be shipped on the blog? Makes me want four!

MsMoon
11-05-2009, 09:20 AM
i took a few pictures of my navy synapse, because a couple of people have been asking about it. i know it's not the same as product page pictures :) but maybe it will at least give you an idea! i took a couple of shots of the synapse next to a steel/black smart alec, too, for comparison. i'll add notes to my pictures in an hour or two, when i get to campus.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/veganchai/tags/synapse/

Ok, how did I miss that one of the side pockets is lined in Ultrasuede?? What a great feature! You did a great job capturing the Synapse!

bltkmt
11-05-2009, 09:26 AM
Did you see the fabulous pictures of the Synapse ready to be shipped on the blog? Makes me want four!


Yes, what a tease especially that crimson and kelly are NOT available!

Darcy
11-05-2009, 09:33 AM
Here's the story -

Crimson/Steel is sold out. However, all of us think it's such a great color of Synapse that we may produce it again.

There are two Kelly/Steel left. The first folks to order any color of Synapse and then in the comments box during the checkout process note you'd like the Kelly/Steel instead will receive them. We won't be making Kelly/Steel again (though it is also a very popular color among our crew.)

bltkmt
11-05-2009, 09:37 AM
Thanks for the info, Darcy! Unfortunately, I think you shipped my Navy one already...I would love Kelly instead.

rabergnc
11-05-2009, 10:11 AM
The Synapse just made its appearance in my office in all of its Navy/Solar glory. I have to say that I am impressed with this bag even though I have played with it for only a few minutes. It is deceptive in appearance in that it really looks small, yet it holds far more than one might guess just looking at it. I have loaded with with my typical daily load - 13in Macbook in its brand new cache(another fine bag!), the power adapter, an assortment of TB pouches, a couple of files (about 1 inch of paper), various pens, post it note pads, phone, etc. and ther is lots of room to spare. The straps are comfortable and the bag has the smoothest operating splash proof zippers I have had to date. This likely will become a daily bag and I can see using it for a travel bag (as personal item for laptop, kindle and assorted stuff). I look forward to using it over the next several days to put it through its paces.

bluedawg
11-05-2009, 10:30 AM
I have to say that I am impressed with this bag even though I have played with it for only a few minutes. It is deceptive in appearance in that it really looks small, yet it holds far more than one might guess just looking at it.

i totally agree! i was pretty much in love with it after only looking at it for a couple of minutes, and i was also surprised at how small-yet-roomy it is. i love that it looks so compact and streamlined! it seems to be a really great fit for my 5'3" frame (and also, it's just so cute!). but i was really quite surprised by how much i could put in it, with room to spare.

the pockets on the front are especially surprising--they look smallish, but i keep being able to put stuff in that i didn't think would "go." the water bottle pocket does indeed stow a 1.0L sigg bottle (that's what i'm carrying in there today... yesterday, i carried my 16oz. contigo travel mug in there).

the only "challenge" i'm having is trying to figure out what to carry in the front/bottom pocket. but just a minute ago, i thought, "i wonder if i could get my yoga clothes in there," and gave it a try. i rolled up my capri pants and yoga tank, looked at the pocket and thought, "nah, i doubt it," but then lo and behold, they went in! it was a squeeze, but the pocket zipped closed pretty easily. awesome!

i really heart this bag. thank you, tom and darcy!

bluedawg
11-05-2009, 10:46 AM
I was able to fit my new 15" macbook pro that I just got last month inside in the cache. It's a really tight fit, but it give the bag some nice support. I think after its been in there for a while the bag material may stretch a little and make it fit a little better.

sooooo tempted to try this! the 4Z cache is currently shipping in one business day, hmmmm...

is it a tight fit as in, "difficult to zip closed," or is it a tight fit as in, "distorts the shape a bit, but still easy to zip"?

gmanedit
11-05-2009, 10:57 AM
Hi, bluedawg.

Loved the pictures, especially the last one. Do you have any advice for dealing with cat hair? I have black bags and a white cat.

rabergnc
11-05-2009, 11:01 AM
For what its worth - there is about 1 to 1.25 inches from the top of my 13" Macbook in the cache to the top of the Synapse. Might be tight... especially where the bag starts to taper near the top.

Darcy
11-05-2009, 11:43 AM
Fantastic pictures, bluedawg!

bluedawg
11-05-2009, 12:00 PM
Loved the pictures, especially the last one. Do you have any advice for dealing with cat hair? I have black bags and a white cat.

heh, we have one charcoal grey cat, one lynx-point balinese cat (the one in the picture), and one brindle greyhound, so between our three animals we have probably 7 shades of hair kicking around here! ;) and yes, this morning after less than 24 hours in my possession, i definitely had to lint-roller the synapse before photographing it. i don't have any particularly great advice other than what is probably super-obvious: (a) keep the bag where your cat isn't likely to nest in it, and (b) invest in those sticky-roller things!

good luck with (a), because i know my kitties find nests pretty much wherever they like. ;) so (b) has been my best option thus far. we have one lint roller on the first floor and another on the second floor, so there's always one close by! i also keep one in my office (i can't tell you how many times i've gotten to campus only to realize that i have cat hair on my pants), and i'm about to buy one to stash in my glove compartment.

maverick
11-05-2009, 12:07 PM
i took a few pictures of my navy synapse, because a couple of people have been asking about it. i know it's not the same as product page pictures :) but maybe it will at least give you an idea! i took a couple of shots of the synapse next to a steel/black smart alec, too, for comparison. i'll add notes to my pictures in an hour or two, when i get to campus.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/veganchai/tags/synapse/

awesome pictures, bluedawg! thank you for sharing!

Just
11-05-2009, 04:11 PM
Ok, how did I miss that one of the side pockets is lined in Ultrasuede??

I thought the exact same thing when I started playing with my Synapse, which just arrived!

I don't think it was highlighted in Maverick's video... (perhaps his version doesn't have the Ultrasuede?)

The Synapse is fabulous! The color contrast between the Ultrasuede and the rest of the bag is a very nice touch.

jmart
11-05-2009, 04:52 PM
Hey all - If your curious what you can get in the synapse, here is a quick shot of what I have in mine. I took this with me to Houston, which is where I'm at right now.

Katy
11-05-2009, 07:48 PM
are my eyes deceiving me or is that a magic mouse?

jmart
11-05-2009, 08:14 PM
Yep... That is a Magic Mouse... It's awesome!! I just bought it today at Best Buy in Houston.. I was just going to buy a cable and saw it and could not pass it up. So far its great!

BTW Katy, thanks so much for getting the bag to me so quickly, I'm very happy with it. Tell Tom and Darcy to keep it up!!!!

gmanedit
11-05-2009, 08:25 PM
It looks great in black. I like how the zippers blend in.

bluedawg
11-05-2009, 08:38 PM
sooooo tempted to try this! the 4Z cache is currently shipping in one business day, hmmmm...

is it a tight fit as in, "difficult to zip closed," or is it a tight fit as in, "distorts the shape a bit, but still easy to zip"?

*shamelessly quoting myself*

jmart, in case you missed my question upthread, i'm re-posting it. :) can you give me an indication of what you mean by "tight fit"? thanks!!

jmart
11-05-2009, 08:44 PM
*shamelessly quoting myself*

jmart, in case you missed my question upthread, i'm re-posting it. :) can you give me an indication of what you mean by "tight fit"? thanks!!


With the 15" and 4z cache, you have to tuck it into the back of the bag. I'll see if I can get a picture of it, since it's easier to show then explain. :)

jmart
11-05-2009, 09:03 PM
Here are some pictures with my macbook pro 15" inside the cache in the synapse. Hope this helps! It's really not hard to get in in there and once that backpack is over your shoulder or worn as a backpack it sinks down more and looks fine. It could be an inch bigger, but I have no complaints. Its really a great size, especially how much it holds. If you need more pictures let me know and I'll be happy to post.

Darcy
11-05-2009, 10:31 PM
jmart: The 15" MBP is just too tight of a fit for the Synapse. It is pushing out the corners and will wear out the zippers prematurely. When that happens, and if we can repair it, it will not be covered under the guarantee. Sorry! :( Can you remove the pictures? I don't want people to get the wrong idea. They're great pictures, though. And I hope you can continue to use your Synapse!

Everyone else: please don't put your 15" MBP in your Synapse - let your Synapse live a long life!

jmart
11-06-2009, 04:15 AM
jmart: The 15" MBP is just too tight of a fit for the Synapse. It is pushing out the corners and will wear out the zippers prematurely. When that happens, and if we can repair it, it will not be covered under the guarantee. Sorry! :( Can you remove the pictures? I don't want people to get the wrong idea. They're great pictures, though. And I hope you can continue to use your Synapse!

Everyone else: please don't put your 15" MBP in your Synapse - let your Synapse live a long life!


Will do Darcy. It actually looks tighter then it really is though. Its not pulling on the zippers like it looks in the picture... :)

residue
11-07-2009, 12:18 PM
Like many others, I am also the recipient of a navy Synapse. I haven't had the opportunity to put it to daily use yet but it is clear that significant thought went into the design. Everything from the comfortable padding to the snag resistant zippers to the detachable waist strap appears to be made from quality materials. Well executed!

My wife keeps asking why I'm walking around indoors with a backpack on but she already has intentions to borrow it.

timarelay
11-07-2009, 07:40 PM
I'm so happy I have my Synapse! This is exactly what I've been waiting for all these years. I haven't actually used it yet because I want to make sure I'm happy with the Steel (wondering if I should get black instead) before I take it for a test drive, but color aside, this is absolutely the right backpack for me. It fits exactly how I want it to. It sits perfectly on my back; not too high and not too low. I'll post pictures once I have more time (and fix my camera/buy a new one... It stopped working recently).

I love this bag. I can't wait to travel with it, and it might be replacing my Imago as my daily school bag!

marbenais
11-09-2009, 02:23 PM
I have used my Plum Synapse for the past three days, and I'm in love! It has forced me to downsize from all of the stuff I carried around in the Smart Alec, which is much better for my back, and everything just works so well. And it's a gorgeous bag!

However, waiting for it to arrive on the East Coast . . . it's just so hard to justify expedited shipping when it would only save a few days. It would be nice to have a wormhole or portal between DC and Seattle!

bltkmt
11-10-2009, 12:32 PM
My navy/solar showed up today...beautiful as expected. It is smaller than I had anticipated, so I will try it for a few days and see. Ideally, I would like it to be about 30% larger than it is. Love all the pockets and organization.

gmich
11-10-2009, 06:54 PM
I'm in the same boat as bltkmt. The bag is awesome -- the design, pocket placement, construction, materials -- everything is top notch. But I'm 6'0", and I think it might be a little small for me to use as an everyday bag. I knew it was on the small side before I ordered it (I have a Brain Bag and was looking for something for those days when I don't have such a load to carry), but since I've been following the development of the Synapse since it was first mentioned a couple years ago, I was hoping it would work out. I'm still going to think about it for another day or so, because it really is a great bag. If only it was 1/3 larger it would be perfect for me. Maybe a Synapse Grande?

residue
11-10-2009, 07:39 PM
which accessories would best complement the synapse?

i can't see putting anything other than a key strap in the side pockets and i didn't see rings in the top two pockets.

would the side effect or 3d cube fit in the bottom pocket?
small or medium organizer pouch attached to the main compartment rings?

keb
11-10-2009, 09:23 PM
After a few days I decided to post. I actually like the capacity-- I currently use a bag with even smaller internal capacity and a bunch of external mesh pockets that leave everything in them visible. Navy/Solar is just awesome and with the red ultrasuede pocket it is just such a cool color scheme.

The small backpack I normally use is a much thinner ripstop fabric similar to dyneema with very flexible padded straps with a back yoke style configuration. When I tried the Synapse on I got the nagging sensation that the straps were too close to my neck (I'm 6 ft, 210 or so), especially with the sternum strap clipped, and that they were a little stiff and therefore difficult to get on. I was a little disappointed that I wasn't jumping for joy at how great it was. However, the Synapse was empty.

I put it away in the closet and plan on using it the next time I need a pack. I remember having the same reaction to the Western Flyer, thinking that it was too small and the back wall wasn't flexible enough because of the backpack straps. Now I love my Western Flyer. Like all TB bags, I am sure the Synapse was designed for use, and when I put things in it the straps won't hug my neck because there will be weight in the bag and I will be glad for their width. And I will be thrilled at the structured stiffness of the bag when I need to get things out in a hurry, and for the protection that structure will give the items. And that the weight of the contents of the bag and the little bit of flexibility in the straps that will come with use will make it easy to get the pack on and off my shoulders, and I won't have to worry about things falling out (or being lifted) the way I do with my current pack. So as usual the bag looks great and I am looking forward to finding out all the great things about the Synapse that don't become apparent until after it is used, the way all TB bags are designed...

bluedawg
11-10-2009, 11:15 PM
which accessories would best complement the synapse?

i can't see putting anything other than a key strap in the side pockets and i didn't see rings in the top two pockets.

would the side effect or 3d cube fit in the bottom pocket?
small or medium organizer pouch attached to the main compartment rings?

you can definitely fit a mini organizer pouch (or organizer wallet) in the side pockets; that's where i carry my wallet. :) and there is room for more than one on each side, if you carry multiples.

i seem to remember someone (maybe maverick?) saying that a 3D organizer cube will fit in the bottom pocket. i also seem to remember mention of a side effect, but don't recall the verdict, sorry.

my synapse is upstairs and i'm stuck underneath two cats at the moment (heh), so i can't investigate further at this hour, but maybe someone else will know more!

maverick
11-11-2009, 02:56 AM
you can definitely fit a mini organizer pouch (or organizer wallet) in the side pockets; that's where i carry my wallet. :) and there is room for more than one on each side, if you carry multiples.

i seem to remember someone (maybe maverick?) saying that a 3D organizer cube will fit in the bottom pocket. i also seem to remember mention of a side effect, but don't recall the verdict, sorry.

my synapse is upstairs and i'm stuck underneath two cats at the moment (heh), so i can't investigate further at this hour, but maybe someone else will know more!

hi bluedawg,

indeed, you can carry the 3d clear organize cube (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/TBP/TB0917) or the side effect (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0412) in bottom pocket of the synapse.

i've been using a large clear organizer pouch (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/TB0319) for carrying papers in the main compartment of the synapse.

jmart
11-12-2009, 05:25 PM
Hi All,

I just received my vertical 4Z cache and wanted to let all of you know that it is a better fit in the Synapse! I think because the top goes in more since this is where the lip is. So I can fit that along with my kindle and a programming book! There is no stress on the zippers at all! So there you have it :) If I have time I'll make a video to show you all.

gmich
11-15-2009, 12:15 PM
OK, so I've changed my tune on the Synapse. When I got it I immediately liked the design and feel of it, but when I put it on it just seemed so small. I've been using the Brain Bag on a regular basis for the past couple years, and compared to that, the Synapse seemed tiny. But once I actually tried loading it up, I realized that it could hold quite a lot and still maintain a sleek profile.

So now I'm sitting on an Amtrak train, my Synapse on the seat next to me, and I'm realizing what a great bag it is. I'm carrying a 12 inch tablet pc (in a Soft Cell), two folders full of papers, a book, pens, phone, an Archos PMP, charging cables for the laptop, and a few other odds and ends.

I had to walk about a half mile to get to the train, and the load felt light and well balanced. So contrary to my first impressions, it looks like the Synapse is going to work out well for me after all. I guess Tom knows best!

bltkmt
11-16-2009, 04:58 AM
Yes, after a week with my Synapse I feel the same way. While it seems small when you first see it up close, once you load it up you are amazed at what you just fit in this "small" bag! It has become my daily commuting bag, and I look forward to bringing it with me on a Thanksgiving trip to Los Angeles to see my family. Great bag!

residue
11-16-2009, 08:49 AM
after a week of usage, i've noticed a few things -

there's an opening between the water bottle pocket and the bottom of the two side pockets. i guess this is intended.

the straps tend to make the bag sit up high on the back. i actually like this but it feels different. i wonder if this contributes to the "small" feeling. i'll have to experiment with the strap lengths more.

sometimes the center pocket cord pulls get in the way when closing the side pockets. not a big deal.

the navy color looks great.

dclawyer
11-16-2009, 09:13 AM
These posts are helpful. I'm thinking of buying a Synapse but I'm on the fence. People seem to like it but not love it like the Aeronaut -- or at least that's my impression.

bltkmt
11-16-2009, 09:56 AM
These posts are helpful. I'm thinking of buying a Synapse but I'm on the fence. People seem to like it but not love it like the Aeronaut -- or at least that's my impression.

I'm not sure about that - too early to make such a statement. This is only my 2nd TB bag - first was the Ego. I love them both, and they both have strengths and weaknesses. The Synapse is currently my daily carry bag, and I love it. However, if it were offered in a slightly larger size, I would grab that one as well. It seems like the Smart Alec is the next size of TB backpack, but the style puts me off a bit.

falconea
11-16-2009, 01:52 PM
I'm in love with mine, as as I keep using it I keep marvelling at how wonderful the design is!

What is not apparent from any of the information is that the main (back) compartment is divided from the front pockets by basically a flat Dyneema wall. The water bottle pocket and the side pockets do not intrude at all into the main compartment. I was baffled when I saw the first pictures that the pocket inside the main compartment was against the water bottle holder - I wanted that pocket flat against my back - but this is no issue at all.

The water bottle holder is magnificent. I carry a 1 litre (approx 1 quart) heavy glass bottle to work twice a week, with my milk for breakfast. The empty bottle weighs about 1 kg (2 lb) all by itself. I tried to put away my empty bottle on Friday last week and couldn't - because Wednesday's bottle was still in the pocket! I'd never noticed it at all the following 2 days! I am very impressed that I was able to lose such a large object in the bag and never notice. I never even noticed the extra weight!

The divider between the bottle holder and the side pockets is a mesh type material. I lined the water bottle holder with a large Stuff Sack which will contain any minor leaks or condensation.

The Synapse is the commuter bag of my dreams.

Audrey

Just
11-16-2009, 04:13 PM
Absolutely love it. The Synapse is the backpack I've been waiting for.

timarelay
11-17-2009, 04:53 AM
These posts are helpful. I'm thinking of buying a Synapse but I'm on the fence. People seem to like it but not love it like the Aeronaut -- or at least that's my impression.

I love it.


Absolutely love it. The Synapse is the backpack I've been waiting for.

Yup, I feel the same way.

I think a lot of us who fall in love with the bag are going to be shorter, because there really aren't that many well designed small backpacks out there. I'm short and because of the way my back is shaped, I do actually need a bag with a short profile so it actually lies flat against my back. The first time I put the Synapse on there was an 'omg!' moment because the bag actually felt comfortable. And then I put things in it, and was I really carrying my computer, my clean kanteen (12oz) and my thermos (16oz), all of them full, and yet my back and shoulders didn't hurt at all? Amazing! I could never comfortably carry that much in a messenger bag without my shoulder eventually aching a bit.

I love all the little pockets and the layout and I think it is wonderfully designed. I fell in love with it when I first got to see and try on a prototype, and I love my final model too. The steel color of my bag is even starting to grow on me.

My only regret is that as it's not a messenger bag, things aren't quite as easy access, which means I need to figure out a new way to have hand sanitizer at my disposal all the time. This is no fault of the synapse; it's a backpack problem.

I am just really, really happy to have finally found a backpack I can love.

ex machina
11-17-2009, 03:39 PM
I love it.
My only regret is that as it's not a messenger bag, things aren't quite as easy access, which means I need to figure out a new way to have hand sanitizer at my disposal all the time. This is no fault of the synapse; it's a backpack problem.


This sounds like a job for... The Small Cafe Bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/200/TB0201)! https://forums.tombihn.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

Katy
11-17-2009, 04:29 PM
My only regret is that as it's not a messenger bag, things aren't quite as easy access, which means I need to figure out a new way to have hand sanitizer at my disposal all the time. This is no fault of the synapse; it's a backpack problem.

Where do you keep your keys? I have a hand sanitizer key chain. Love it!!

backpack
11-17-2009, 04:45 PM
This sounds like a job for... The Small Cafe Bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/200/TB0201)! https://forums.tombihn.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

I second that!

I have switched from the Large Cafe Bag and Swift pair to the Small Cafe Bag with the Aeronaut Backpack Packing Cube.


The Small Cafe Bag holds the essentials which need quick grabbing action: glasses, phone, beauty/health stuff in Small and Medium Organizer pouches.

The Aeronaute Backpack Packing Cube is used to carry letter size paper in a Large Organizer Pouch, small plastic envelope with junior and mini size writng pads and a pencil my camera in its Medium Padded Pouch and Yarn Stuff Sack with small needlework project.

That set up is a way to find out what would be fine tucked away in a small backpack; yeah, I am thinking Synapse :) and what must be within instant reach in a Cafe Bag.

Just
11-17-2009, 05:05 PM
This sounds like a job for... The Small Cafe Bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/200/TB0201)! https://forums.tombihn.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

I was going to say Side Effect (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/500/TB0412), myself. https://forums.tombihn.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

ex machina
11-17-2009, 07:15 PM
I was going to say Side Effect (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/500/TB0412), myself. https://forums.tombihn.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

Good choice, too. :)

timarelay
11-18-2009, 12:07 AM
This sounds like a job for... The Small Cafe Bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/200/TB0201)! https://forums.tombihn.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

For some reason I hadn't thought about that. I guess I could carry two bags. Don't quite have the budget to buy a small cafe bag just yet, but I do have my medium! I also do have a few other random little bags.


Where do you keep your keys? I have a hand sanitizer key chain. Love it!!

My keys are sometimes in my pocket, sometimes in my bag, depends on how big my pockets are. :) I've been trying to find hand sanitizer that either allows me to hook it to a key chain, or that has a pull mechanism like my ID does. Maybe I should try hunting through a few drugstores. So far online I've only found options to buy in bulk.


I was going to say Side Effect (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/500/TB0412), myself. https://forums.tombihn.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

Not a huge fan of the Side Effect (I just can't see myself wearing it) and it also doesn't meet my criteria in that I would need to zip it open in order to access my hand sanitizer. Yeah, I'm picky. :) Thanks for the suggestion though!

ex machina
11-18-2009, 04:31 AM
...it also doesn't meet my criteria in that I would need to zip it open in order to access my hand sanitizer. Yeah, I'm picky. :)

Hey timarelay, I resemble that remark!https://forums.tombihn.com/images/icons/icon12.gif

I keep antimicrobial wipes in the outer pocket of all my bags. Thanks for sharing, I feel... vindicated! https://forums.tombihn.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

gmanedit
11-18-2009, 11:25 AM
The Synapse arrived late yesterday. My initial impression: It's bigger than I expected. Also, it's overbuilt, like other TB bags.

I just transferred everything from the Large Cafe Bag. (Amazing how much lighter that bag became. Paper is heavy!) The Small Shop Bag went into the bottom outside pocket. Now it's shakedown time—use it and move things around between pockets till everything has found a home.

Also in the delivery, an indigo Kit. I have no idea what's going to end up in it, but the color is gorgeous. And a large Shop Bag; the first, Small Shop Bag changed buying groceries from a chore to a pleasure. (There's a saying, "A poor workman blames his tools," but in my experience, it's harder and less fun to do a good job without good tools.) Actually, three large Shop Bags, the other two for holiday presents. And a Snake Charmer—no immediate use for it, but you never know.

Finally, a Brain Bag. I'm still not sure why I ordered it—I think I got carried away by people here raving about how comfortable it is. For my purposes (for example, going to dance class and putting my clothes in a bag instead of a locker—that can be a lot of bulk in winter), I would have preferred a single compartment, but what can you do. I haven't checked it out thoroughly yet, but I did put it on. I don't know if it's the two-inch-wide waist strap or the vertical fold line of the back panel, but it felt as if I were being hugged. Wow.

To everybody at TB, good job!

bltkmt
11-19-2009, 05:03 AM
Totally love my navy Synapse now...it just took me a week to see its charm. Holds just the right amount, the pockets are laid out perfectly...love it. I would really love a vertical Freudian Slip that fit it though.

Katy
11-19-2009, 07:59 AM
I've been trying to find hand sanitizer that either allows me to hook it to a key chain, or that has a pull mechanism like my ID does.

I have one of these latched to my keys http://www.troop629.org/images/gear/Purell-Hand-Sanitizer-Gellwrap-large.jpg

bltkmt
11-19-2009, 09:03 AM
It may have been answered in one of these 31 pages (!!), but what what size organizer pouches fit in the side zip pockets? I know mini's do, but do smalls as well?

bluedawg
11-19-2009, 12:13 PM
It may have been answered in one of these 31 pages (!!), but what what size organizer pouches fit in the side zip pockets? I know mini's do, but do smalls as well?

you're in luck, because i happen to have both in my office right now! i regularly carry a mini in one of the side pockets, but i have a small cork pouch with me today (carrying a passport drive). it is a tighter fit, but definitely goes in and zips shut with no problem. it might depend on what you have in it, how many pouches you're trying to cram in there, etc... but a small definitely fits. right now i have the small (with passport drive inside) and mini (wallet organizer) sharing a side pocket with no problems whatsoever (and there is a 1.0L sigg bottle in the center pocket).

gmanedit
12-05-2009, 12:21 AM
dclawyer said: "I'm thinking of buying a Synapse but I'm on the fence. People seem to like it but not love it like the Aeronaut -- or at least that's my impression."

It grows on you. I've been using it for two weeks. When there's not much in it, the shoulder straps seem like overkill—a lot of padding for not much bag. Yesterday, however, I loaded it up while shopping, and really appreciated how those solid shoulder straps let me carry all my stuff without feeling overburdened.

dclawyer
12-05-2009, 02:19 PM
Thanks for all the helpful responses. I ordered a Synapse (Black/Steel) and it is scheduled to arrive Dec 9. I will let you know what I think.

gmanedit
12-07-2009, 12:28 PM
Okay, it's official: I love this bag. It and the Large Shop Bag handle all of my daily shlepping. (The Smart Alec is too big, the Large Cafe Bag too small.)

JoelSmith
12-08-2009, 08:05 AM
I'm a very happy Synapse user. Before it arrived, I envisioned using the Synapse as a general purpose weekend activities backpack. I planned to continue using my BrainBag for my laptop(s) and books for work. Since it arrived, the Synapse has taken over daily duties. It holds all the little stuff, like note cards, pencils, flash drives, flashlights, camera, external USB drive, MacBook Pro, and occasionally a netbook and power supply, and a magazine and book or two. Even carrying all that, it weighs less and feels much more sleek than the BrainBag. (I haven't packed away the BrainBag, and it still does a great job when I need more capacity, like a couple bigger laptops or a scanner and laptop, etc.)

Since I carry the Synapse daily, and it's easy to carry, I have to say I do love this bag. I also love my Aeronaut, but it's a different kind of bag. When I need the Aeronaut, there's nothing I'd rather carry.

The Synapse is the best daily use bag I've ever owned. It constantly surprises me how much space it has for something that seems so compact.

Shiva
12-08-2009, 12:36 PM
Hey JoelSmith:
A quick question: the MacBook Pro--is that a 13inch new one? and if so do you carry it by itself or in a cover of some sort?

thanks

JoelSmith
12-08-2009, 12:51 PM
It's a MacBook Pro 13" unibody. I carry it in a vertical Cache. Fits perfect, and carries very nicely. The Cache is really nice, too. I love the fold-in flap closure. At first, I wondered about not having velcro, but silent opening can be a huge benefit.

ex machina
12-08-2009, 04:57 PM
At first, I wondered about not having velcro, but silent opening can be a huge benefit.

I have to agree. There's a sense of refinement and elegance to silent openings as opposed to the schnikkkttt of hook and loops being wrent asundered: another example of the thoughtful qualities in TB products.

dclawyer
12-20-2009, 05:33 PM
Well, I took my Synapse out today for its maiden voyage. I live in Washington, DC and we had a big snow storm -- 16 inches or so. I walked to the grocery store for some food and took the Synapse to carry my groceries back. I wanted to walk hands free through the slush and snow, especially at intersections.

I am 5' 5" tall and found the Synapse very comfortable empty and fully loaded. I removed the waist strap as I don't use them on small backpacks. It's nice that no hardware is left behind. I did use the sternum strap and found it both comfortable and easy to adjust. The two main backpack straps seem more substantial than one would expect on such a small backpack. But they are very comfortable. They may look like overkill but they feel wonderful. I put my wallet in the bottom compartment, my pocket camera (a Canon S90) in the small compartment on top. I clipped my keys in one of the two side compartments. The Synapse was full of groceries coming home. It held more than I imagined and I barely knew I had it on.

I'm glad I bought it. The price seemed high but the quality is evident. I also didn't worry about my camera getting wet with the heavy duty zippers the Synapse has throughout.

The Synapse is a perfect backpack for a man my size. The interior is really nice as well, which I appreciate. I bought it in black -- elegant and a color of which I will never tire.

Here's a photo from yesterday when the snow was really coming down. And today I ventured out further with the Synapse.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/enzel/4198374424/" title="Blizzard_12_19_2009-1152.jpg by dclawyer, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2615/4198374424_ff23ca7865.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Blizzard_12_19_2009-1152.jpg" /></a>

gmanedit
12-21-2009, 04:14 PM
It's odd—the more I put in it, the lighter it feels.

I'm so glad you like it.

timarelay
12-21-2009, 05:16 PM
Traveled with my Synapse as my carry-on Saturday-Sunday, which was one of the main reasons I wanted a backpack. It performed admirably. It is consistently a pleasant surprise how much fits inside that little backpack. My only regret is I forgot to pack my chest and waist straps, so my shoulders did hurt a bit after long period of carrying, but that's not the bag's fault. =)

I do need to better organize the main compartment, though. I tend to have lots of smaller things (the biggest thing in my backpack was my 10" netbook) and I found myself having the "lots of things bunched in the bottom of the bag" problem.

Maybe I should take a picture of what I carry and see if you guys have any suggestions. :)

gmanedit
12-21-2009, 06:14 PM
Let's see the pictures!

I put immediate-access little things in the shallow outside pocket; pens, small pad, glasses case in one side pocket; notebook and mini pouch (MetroCard) in the other side pocket; flashlight and small shop bag in the bottom pocket; and everything else small and miscellaneous in various bags in the main compartment.

ex machina
12-21-2009, 06:47 PM
Keystraps of both sizes and pouches for them too can solve a lot of the bunching at the bottom syndrome.

timarelay
12-22-2009, 09:23 AM
Let's see the pictures!

I put immediate-access little things in the shallow outside pocket; pens, small pad, glasses case in one side pocket; notebook and mini pouch (MetroCard) in the other side pocket; flashlight and small shop bag in the bottom pocket; and everything else small and miscellaneous in various bags in the main compartment.


Keystraps of both sizes and pouches for them too can solve a lot of the bunching at the bottom syndrome.

I'll post the pictures as soon as I fix my camera! :) Or steal a relatives... Or, actually, I guess I could just make a Flip Video? I could at least make stills from it. I'll do that later tonight.

Hm. When I get home I'll have to see if I have pouches that fit most of these things (like my DS and my psp).

backpack
12-22-2009, 11:22 PM
I second the use of Pouches and Straps as the best organizational tools of the decade. I am surprized Tom hasn't won a design award for them.

ex machina
12-23-2009, 12:15 AM
Hm. When I get home I'll have to see if I have pouches that fit most of these things (like my DS and my psp).

Tom has pouches in a nice variety of sizes, padded as well, and in cork too. For the gaming systems I would look toward a padded pouch, likely in medium, or the cork Kindle sleeve. Be sure to measure twice so you order right the first time. Keep us posted please, timarelay, as I am sure a few people would like to know how the pouches work out in fit with the gaming systems.

Merry Christmas everyone! :)

timarelay
12-24-2009, 01:21 PM
The problem with the padded pouches is that they're not quite the right size and add too much bulk. My DS just barely fits in a small (just barely enough that I'd rather not bother), and a medium would be far too big. What would be best would be a soft cell sort of case that has a very minimal or even no real closure. I think I might just sew simple pouches for my handheld consoles. Anything is better than the current nothing! (I do have a hard case for my psp but I recently stopped using it).

Anyway, I was prepping to make the video and I made the amazing discovery that psp+DS+ipod all fit together in the side pocket with the ultrasuede! Imagine that! I hadn't even thought the try before. Those pockets are far bigger than they seem!

So that frees up the main compartment considerably. Three fewer small gadgets (from a general total of five, the others being cell phone and flip video camera) in the main area is great. The flip and the cell phone canlikely also find homes in outer pockets, I think, and I'm all set!

I just still need to find some sort of a clip on hand sanitizer thing... Somehow I've just completely lucked out and haven't found any anywhere in stores.

Boy do I miss my digital camera (lens got stuck and then I didn't pack it right in my suitcase and the lcd is now busted). I'd love to take pictures of my current set up.

ex machina
12-25-2009, 03:22 AM
Boy do I miss my digital camera (lens got stuck and then I didn't pack it right in my suitcase and the lcd is now busted).

I sympathize. I butterfingered my first digital camera when the lens was extended and bent it. The money to repair it was nearly the price of the camera. So it went away and I was camera-less for a long time. Now with my new camera, I always use the lanyard having learned the hard way.

Glad to read your finding effective solutions for your stowage needs.

marbenais
04-08-2010, 01:03 PM
For anyone who bought the Dyneema version -- how is it holding up as compared to the ballistic or Cordura fabric bags?

maverick
04-08-2010, 01:07 PM
For anyone who bought the Dyneema version -- how is it holding up as compared to the ballistic or Cordura fabric bags?

hi marbenais!

i don't have a dyneema synapse, but i have other bags in dyneema, including the shop bag which i use on a daily basis during the week. i use it to take my lunch, and it also comes with me to pick up groceries. the fabric is just amazing - it looks as good as the day i got it!

i am very excited to see tom bihn offering the synapse and co-pilot in dyneema, and hope that we'll see more bags offered in dyneema in the future!

marbenais
04-08-2010, 01:30 PM
maverick, I have the Shop Bags and the Tri-Star packing cube backpack in Dyneema, but they're largely unstructed bags which I use for groceries and other non-daily use. I'm afraid that using a Dyneema bag as my everyday bag would not survive the DC Metro system!

Darcy
04-08-2010, 01:33 PM
Dyneema/nylon is a surprisingly abrasion-resistant fabric. If it wasn't, we wouldn't use it as an exterior fabric. That said, it's not nearly as abrasion-resistant as our 1000d Cordura or 1050d ballistic nylon. If you think you're going to be exceedingly tough on your Synapse, you might want to choose Cordura instead.

Espresso
04-08-2010, 03:04 PM
I have a dyneema Synapse that I use as an everyday bag. I carry with me everywhere -- on the subway, on the street car, shopping, to work. It's also gone on one trip cross country trip. I've had it since last November and it looks good as new.

It's a great sized bag. If I were to make any suggestions it would be to make the phone pocket just a little bigger to accomodate a Blackberry. Also, an o-ring in the water pocket would be helpful. I also wonder about moving the small pocket in the main compartment to the back. That way, the straps attached to the o-rings would fall into the pocket and papers would be less likely to get folded. Right now, if the outside bottom pocket is full the papers in the inside smaller pocket in the main compartment seem to bend.

Other than that, the dyneema synapse has worked out really well for me and it holds an incredible amount of stuff in a way that everything is easily accessible.

notmensa
04-09-2010, 05:44 AM
Hi,
I've had the Dyneema Synapse since November. I use it every day, packed with almost everything in
this photo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/22691278@N06/4135723274/in/pool-57753561@N00).

It's had 750 mL of water spilled through it (thankfully on an evening when my laptop wasn't in there!), been placed on the ground (concrete, paving, bricks, etc) at various times and been with me on planes, trains, buses, taxis (but as yet no ferries). My daily commute is a 30 min walk each way, so the Synapse get lots of sun and sometimes rain. There are absolutely no signs of wear or abrasion, and no fading. Dyneema also doesn't collect fluff which is awesome since my bag sits on the carpet floor at work.

sleestak3
04-14-2010, 07:29 AM
I'm afraid that using a Dyneema bag as my everyday bag would not survive the DC Metro system!


It has only been a few months, but our Dyneema synapse seems to be holding its own against the DC Metro system. Time will tell, I guess.

ex machina
04-14-2010, 08:46 AM
I have a shop bag in Steel Dyneema, and I would be surprised if Dyneema wasn't up to the rigors of daily use. In my experience it has been quite durable. I like it as a material for bags. I got a shoulder bag made in Solar Dyneema too. That however, I have used as a packing cube, and have yet to take out as a shoulder bag.

cody
04-14-2010, 08:21 PM
Dyneema has been used for quite some time as an external material by several companies in their climbing/hiking packs.

Zpacks.com, Mchalepacks.com, cilogear.com are all respected backpack makers that depend on Dyneema and Spectra fabrics to be durable in an outdoor environment.

I've got a bag from Cilo Gear in Dyneema. The bag itself is only a single layer of Dyneema, and it has held up well with no issues at all.

The only complaint I have about Dyneema is the noise factor. To me, Dyneema is loud in the same way a GoreTex hard shell is. I hate the way GoreTex makes the swooshing, crinkling noise as you walk, and Dyneema is much the same.

Normally, I overlook the noise Dyneema makes when it offers significant weight savings. In the Synapse though, you're only saving a few ounces because of the construction. As such, Cordura seems just as well suited for me on that bag.

For those who complain about Cordura picking up lint and hairs, Dyneema doesn't do that in my experience. It's a smooth faced fabric, and hairs don't stick to it.

bltkmt
05-07-2010, 07:50 PM
It looks like the Dyneema Synapse is not available...will there be more made?

Doug
05-12-2010, 01:29 PM
Hi All,

I just received my vertical 4Z cache and wanted to let all of you know that it is a better fit in the Synapse! I think because the top goes in more since this is where the lip is. So I can fit that along with my kindle and a programming book! There is no stress on the zippers at all! So there you have it :) If I have time I'll make a video to show you all.

Now that a few months have passed, can I ask how the MBP 15 / 4Z cache / Synapse combo is working out? It would be a near ideal combo for my needs.

Thanks.

Doug
05-12-2010, 01:41 PM
I am interested in the Synapse in Steel Dyneema/Solar Dyneema for daily and travel usage. Is the bag rigid enough for a 13" MacBook in a Cache, a digital camera and other office "stuff"? I like that it is light weight, but am wondering if it retains shape like cordura. Thanks.

I can't find a reply to this post. Can anybody comment on the Dyneema Synapse versus Ballistic from a structural "rigidity" point of view?

Any experience on how compressible the Dyneema Synapse is, when carried inside another bag?

Conflicting requirements I know - rigid enough to stand up, flexible enough to be easy to pack away. Not easy being a bag...

backpack
05-12-2010, 04:25 PM
I can't find a reply to this post. Can anybody comment on the Dyneema Synapse versus Ballistic from a structural "rigidity" point of view?

Any experience on how compressible the Dyneema Synapse is, when carried inside another bag?

Conflicting requirements I know - rigid enough to stand up, flexible enough to be easy to pack away. Not easy being a bag...


I think Darcy answered that question, she said that the padded back makes the Dyneema Synapse rigid.

Packing cubes are the items you would want to order if you want to compress a bag inside a bag.

bltkmt
05-13-2010, 07:20 AM
It looks like the Dyneema Synapse is not available...will there be more made?


Any update on this?

jmart
05-13-2010, 07:39 AM
Now that a few months have passed, can I ask how the MBP 15 / 4Z cache / Synapse combo is working out? It would be a near ideal combo for my needs.

Thanks.


Doug - It has been working out perfect, no issues with any seams busting or any zipper problems. This by far is one of the best and well made backpacks I have ever come across! I own about 15 different backpacks all by different manufactures, and nothing beats the quality of this bag. As a matter of fact, I was on my way into the city this morning (I Live close to Chicago, and take the Metra in) and it was pouring rain out, and the water proof zippers worked like a charm! I can go on and on about this bag and how versatile it is.... Anyway hope this helps. J

Doug
05-14-2010, 02:36 PM
Doug - It has been working out perfect, no issues with any seams busting or any zipper problems. This by far is one of the best and well made backpacks I have ever come across! I own about 15 different backpacks all by different manufactures, and nothing beats the quality of this bag. As a matter of fact, I was on my way into the city this morning (I Live close to Chicago, and take the Metra in) and it was pouring rain out, and the water proof zippers worked like a charm! I can go on and on about this bag and how versatile it is.... Anyway hope this helps. J

That helps a lot -- thanks!

moriond
05-14-2010, 06:05 PM
Doug - It has been working out perfect, no issues with any seams busting or any zipper problems. This by far is one of the best and well made backpacks I have ever come across! I own about 15 different backpacks all by different manufactures, and nothing beats the quality of this bag. As a matter of fact, I was on my way into the city this morning (I Live close to Chicago, and take the Metra in) and it was pouring rain out, and the water proof zippers worked like a charm! I can go on and on about this bag and how versatile it is.... Anyway hope this helps. JThat helps a lot -- thanks!
Doug, I was talking to Katy yesterday to add some items to my order, and she said that they're not currently making the Synapse in Dyneema. I bought two versions of the Synapse when it came out: one in Indigo and one in Dyneema. I've used the Indigo Synapse nearly every day (color matches my Tri-Star). My thought was like that of Marbenais, that I'd use the Dyneema Synapse when I was interested in ultra-light travel, and especially if I wanted to pack it into a bag like the Aeronaut (it packs a little flatter).

How likely is it that either the Dyneema or the Cordura version could be squished, unfilled & flat, into the back of a Smart Alec? I ordered a Plum/Solar version for everyday use and a Steel Dyneema/Solar Dyneema for traveling, once I've unpacked. If you really want a Synapse in Dyneema, pm me. I've been looking wistfully at the Navy Synapse ever since pictures were posted, but couldn't really justify getting another Synapse in a color so closed to Indigo. (Navy was my second choice color). Again, this is really for future use, since I expect the Synapse to hold up really well. It's the bag I most waited for in recent years. Maybe we could do a swap where I send you my Dyneema Synapse and you purchase a Navy Synpase and have that mailed to me instead.

moriond

rodrigues
08-11-2010, 04:06 PM
Time to resurrect this thread - I'm wondering about the ultrasuede pocket. Are they the same colour in every bag? I just got my Indigo/Solar Synapse and I love it ... *except* for the red/orange (is it cayenne?) ultrasuede pocket, which is my LEAST favourite Tom Bihn colour. <shudder>

Is the ultrasuede the same colour on every Synapse?

gmich
08-11-2010, 08:53 PM
Pretty sure it's the same in all of them. My wife and I each have a Synapse (one plum, one navy), and the ultrasuede pocket is Cayenne in both.

ex machina
08-11-2010, 09:40 PM
I have an Imago and both of the Ultrasuede pockets are black. I purchased that bag some time ago, perhaps over two years ago. Still looks new too. :D Yay, Tom Bihn!