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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by gmich View Post
    Hey Darcy,

    What happened to the pics of the Synapse?
    Delayed. Tom's putting more finishing touches on it that will change the look a little bit.

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  • gmich
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    Hey Darcy,

    What happened to the pics of the Synapse?

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by Patrick View Post
    By the way, how "limited edition" are the special straps available right now? Mod Italian, Yellow Vinyl, etc. Will they still be around a year from now--or much less? I don't know if I'd buy a second messenger bag(the Ego) now that I've picked up the ID, but I like the Mod Italian design a lot.
    We have enough of the Mod Italian and Yellow Vinyl fabrics to make just a few more strips than what we currently have in-stock. I'd say they'll be around until the end of February, but I can't be sure!

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  • Patrick
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    Well, I went ahead and ordered a black/steel/crimson ID bag today. I decided I couldn't wait until "late 07/early 08" before I saw a Bihn bag arrive at the door. I would have preferred a hunter green Ego bag--but those aren't available right now so I can only kick myself for not buying one this summer when it was in stock.

    I still want a backpack, though--so if the synapse fits the bill expect another order from me this summer

    By the way, how "limited edition" are the special straps available right now? Mod Italian, Yellow Vinyl, etc. Will they still be around a year from now--or much less? I don't know if I'd buy a second messenger bag(the Ego) now that I've picked up the ID, but I like the Mod Italian design a lot.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by Patrick View Post
    Have you got a picture for us yet Darcy?
    In about two weeks...

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  • Patrick
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    Here's what the newsletter had to say about the Synapse:

    Main Entry: The Synapse (working title)
    Idea origin: Tom's idea vault, encouragement of TOM BIHN forum members
    Dates: Idea conceived early 07. First prototype spring 07. Pre-order
    in November 07. Ships: late 07/early 08
    1) People who found both the Smart Alec and Brain Bag too big will find the Synapse the perfect size. It features many organizational pockets and a completely new look.
    Have you got a picture for us yet Darcy?

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  • mrae
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    Thanks for posting that . It sounds great. I love my Imago and was looking at the beautiful new colors yesterday. I have shoulder problems and think a backpack might be better given that. Plus because of my body type I end up wearing messenger bags like a shoulder bag instead of across my chest.
    But I might end up with a red Imago instead.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by Patrick View Post
    I only just now subscribed to the newsletter--so I don't have the october 30 letter that talks about this Synapse. Did it share any cool information about the bag?
    Here's what the newsletter had to say about the Synapse:

    Main Entry: The Synapse (working title)
    Idea origin: Tom's idea vault, encouragement of TOM BIHN forum members
    Dates: Idea conceived early 07. First prototype spring 07. Pre-order
    in November 07. Ships: late 07/early 08
    1) People who found both the Smart Alec and Brain Bag too big will find the Synapse the perfect size. It features many organizational pockets and a completely new look.

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by Just View Post
    Hihi moriond,

    5'4" here, and reporting re: Brain Bag. It's awesome great, for hauling. What I am using it most often for these days is hauling water... take the 24-pack of Aquafina 16.9oz bottles, slash and slice to get the bottles out, load up Brain Bag with bottles, toss packaging, and haul! (Bottled water was never my thing, but the mother is fanatical about water.) But for anything else, just a bit silly huge. School - would almost never need to haul that much around (or if I thought I needed to, I just would find a way around it), and it's awkward to put it on my lap while on the bus, because it's taller than my torso - hits at right about my neck. V. v. uncomfortable. This also goes for the Smart Alec. Lay flat? Still too tall for that. The compression straps help with the excess thickness, but can't do anything about the excess height or width.
    Thanks for the report, Just. I think I'd really like something along the lines of the smaller Brain Bag (Synapse?). I'm thinking about something that I can use for more general purpose daily functions with a backpack design. If I'm not carrying so much, the Buzz is fine. I'll wait to see what comes up with the new design.

    Cheers,

    moriond

    P.S. I've opted for a second (ballistic nylon) Imago in the Hunter/Cork/Sage combination that eristick got. I'm going to try this one with the Q-AM strap. There may not be as many color combination options down the line, and the new pouch sizes in cork also make this attractive.
    Last edited by moriond; 11-01-2007, 08:59 PM. Reason: added link to blog post about cork organizer pouches

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  • Patrick
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    Originally posted by timarelay View Post
    So this bag we're talking about is the Synapse? Well, I like the name!
    I only just now subscribed to the newsletter--so I don't have the october 30 letter that talks about this Synapse. Did it share any cool information about the bag?

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  • timarelay
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    So this bag we're talking about is the Synapse? Well, I like the name! That's a start. I really, really hope I like this bag. I fairly desperately need a new backpack at this point and if I could get one before I travel for Christmas that would be amazing (traveling through London, only one carry-on allowed; current backpack is terribly uncomfortable and imago is too small).

    My imago is wonderful on a daily basis. Like mrae, if I'm carrying something to drink, I just stick it on top of everything (but I need to be careful that bag is closed tightly or it'll slip out!).

    I'm really excited to see pictures of both the Synapse and the new Smart Alec.

    Oh, and Happy Halloween!

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  • mrae
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    Actually the Imago works ok with a water bottle. I stick one in on top of everything and can easily pull it out to drink from it.
    But- I really want a Tom Bihn backpack that works for me- which means several pockets, a water bottle holder etc. The brain bag is my perfect backpack except for size. I use it when I go to the coast for a weekend and it holds everything I need.

    Maybe I'm just being unreasonable- wanting the one backpack that Tom Bihn doesn't make.
    The new Smart Alec might work though it seems to lack enough pockets. I'll look for a link on that to see the description.

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  • Just
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    Originally posted by moriond View Post
    I know there are other forum users about my size (5' 4" height) who use the Brain Bag, but I've never heard this aspect extensively discussed as it was, say, in the original design specs planning thread for the Aeronaut. (Maybe Just would like to weigh in with some comments about her Brain Bag?)
    Hihi moriond,

    5'4" here, and reporting re: Brain Bag. It's awesome great, for hauling. What I am using it most often for these days is hauling water... take the 24-pack of Aquafina 16.9oz bottles, slash and slice to get the bottles out, load up Brain Bag with bottles, toss packaging, and haul! (Bottled water was never my thing, but the mother is fanatical about water.) But for anything else, just a bit silly huge. School - would almost never need to haul that much around (or if I thought I needed to, I just would find a way around it), and it's awkward to put it on my lap while on the bus, because it's taller than my torso - hits at right about my neck. V. v. uncomfortable. This also goes for the Smart Alec. Lay flat? Still too tall for that. The compression straps help with the excess thickness, but can't do anything about the excess height or width.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    If you don't need the isolating material and can use a smaller bottle I think the brand new Clear Botton Yarn Stuff Sack could fit the bill.
    That's a great idea!

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  • moriond
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    Comments on Stuff Sack as water bottle carrier for LUX

    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    If you don't need the isolating material and can use a smaller bottle I think the brand new Clear Botton Yarn Stuff Sack could fit the bill.
    This actually doesn't work badly for the recent versions of LUX, which I think mrae has. You can easily fit in a couple of 500 ml, or even the 1 liter size bottles in this sack, I think, and pull the drawstring. The stuff sack attaches to a D-ring on the side of the LUX. (I got the LUX when it first came out, so I don't have D-rings at the side of my bag, but I think recent bags have rings at the low points on each side of the bag. I'm also guessing that the stuff sack height is the same as the prototype models for the Swift -- about 8".)

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