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    Synik 30? Aeronaut 30? Both?

    I'm really torn. I bought a A30 which I have never used. Still has the tags on it. haha. I bought it for trips 4 days or longer which I really haven't done like I thought I would. When I do travel its usually for 1-3 days. I think I want a real back pack for this purpose as I like using a backpack but the one I have been using, an old Tumi, has limited space. I am 6' tall and have been thinking of getting a Synik 30 and selling the A30 but am I just kind of buying the same thing? I like the organization of the Synik though. I thought of getting the Synik 22 but was advised that this might be too small for my frame? I am so confused now I dont know that to get. Can anyone advise me? If I do decide to sell the A30 is there a sell forum here? I didn't see one. Thank you in advance.

    #2
    You do not mention if you travel with a laptop - do you? The Synik has a dedicated laptop compartment. If you do not necessarily need that and are looking in the 22-30 liter range, then maybe the Synapse 25 backpack (no laptop compartment though) might be an option as well. I love mine.
    Today is a good day for a good day!

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      #3
      I do not travel with a laptop. I do like the clamshell design of the Synik and a couple of the other improvements though. I guess I’m wondering if it will be too big for a 1-3 day trip and/or too small for a longer trip. Probably over thinking it.

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        #4
        Hi jawjah. Have you had the chance to test pack the A30 for different types of trips. Perhaps using summer/winter
        options. Perhaps with gifts plus clothes to replicate bringing back gifts. Perhaps with different types of shoes... if I'm travelling to a rainy place I really appreciate having an extra pair of shoes and they need extra space

        I love my a30 because
        -don't travel with a laptop
        -shoes are seperate
        -always use a handbag for day bag so no need for a backpack
        - always stay at least 3 nights in any one place and like to use the bag as a "dresser drawer"

        If you are a "backpack person" for day trips then maybe order the synik and test pack side by side? TB has a very active members community that will gladly buy sell and trade bags. Members only section (within forum) plus Facebook TB groups.

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          #5
          Those are great points in favor of the A30. I think its a bit much for a shorter 1-3 day trip though. For that size trip what would you guys recommend. Here is a sample packing list for a 3 day trip.
          Misc:
          • Sunglasses
          • Suntan Lotion
          • Hat
          • Sunpass
          • Regular Glasses
          • Pillow?
          • Bed?

          Bathroom:
          • Contact Lenses
          • Toothpaste
          • Shaver
          • Toothbrush
          • Deodorant
          • Floss
          • Nail Clippers
          • Tweezers
          • Sleep Mask

          Medical:
          • Tylenol
          • Ibuprofen
          • Benadryl
          • BP Pills
          • Vitamins
          • Bandaids


          Electronics:
          • Ear Buds
          • Watch
          • Watch Charger
          • Long Charger Cord
          • Ear Buds
          • Bluetooth Speaker and Charger

          Clothes:
          • Wear: sneakers, jeans, golf shirt, hat
          • Flip Flops
          • Swim Suit
          • Belt
          • 2 T Shirts
          • 1 Golf Shirt
          • 1 Long slacks
          • 2 shorts
          • 2 socks
          • 2 boxers

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            #6
            Welcome to the Forums jawjuh

            If you're not going to regularly carry a laptop, the two Syniks may be more than you need in terms of weight & cost. I would consider - as mentioned above - the Synapse 25 instead.

            You may also want to look at the larger Brain Bag which has a different style & organization than the Synapse.

            And yet more options to mull over are the Shadow Guides 23 or 33, which have minimal organization but can swallow a lot of stuff, especially if you like packing with cubes or stuff sacks....

            I love my A30 but I feel it's a duffel first with a nice backpack option for wandering around but it's not a backpack first... so depends on your preference.


            And, as to your thread title, it's a dangerous question - we tend to enable people to Buy All The Bags

            I myself have significantly more backpacks than I have backs to carry them on
            Last edited by G42; 03-22-2021, 07:50 PM.
            I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too! My search unicorn is the Sapphire Dyneema original Small Shop Bag...

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              #7
              Originally posted by G42 View Post
              Welcome to the Forums jawjuh

              And, as to your thread title, it's a dangerous question - we tend to enable people to Buy All The Bags

              :
              +1

              I (approximately) packed your list into shadow guide 33 and it was less than half full. My clothes are smaller than yours, however I added one extra pair of slacks on top.

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                #8
                Thank you all very much. Think I’ll keep the A30 and add probably the Synapse 25. I really appreciate all your help. 😊

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jawjuh View Post
                  Thank you all very much. Think I’ll keep the A30 and add probably the Synapse 25. I really appreciate all your help. 😊
                  jawjuh, Your post reminded me of @Badger’s 05-12-2016 thread:

                  Synapse 25 kitted for summer travel

                  https://forums.tombihn.com/forum/tom...-summer-travel

                  One of the later uses was a 3 day/2 night weekend trip to Chicago. I’ll also note that she used the A30 packing cubes, although the all Aether versions shown there have since been switched to Aether/mesh combos, as I commented at the end of that thread.

                  moriond

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by moriond View Post
                    jawjuh, Your post reminded me of @Badger’s 05-12-2016 thread:

                    Synapse 25 kitted for summer travel

                    https://forums.tombihn.com/forum/tom...-summer-travel

                    One of the later uses was a 3 day/2 night weekend trip to Chicago. I’ll also note that she used the A30 packing cubes, although the all Aether versions shown there have since been switched to Aether/mesh combos, as I commented at the end of that thread.

                    moriond
                    That was a great thread! Thank you for sending that. I think my decision is made!

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