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How to organize / pack the Synapse Backpack?

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  • nukediver
    I agree with Moose on this. I also find it takes a few days to get "settled" with a new bag. I also use the Synapse for my EDC, and have it configured this way (also using Moose's configuration of looking at the non-strap front side of the bag):

    Left side pocket - pens, work badge and ID
    Right side pocket - TB Organizer wallet, iPhone, keys
    Middle pocket - sunglasses (in case), spare glasses (in case)
    Bottom pocket - tissues, 2 TB small OPs with toiletries, spare car key on lanyard - clipped to o-ring
    Main part of bag, inner pocket - kindle, loose papers
    Main part of bag - iPad in sleeve; Medium OP with Kindle & iPad chargers, headphones, iPad camera connection kit; small cork OP with bluetooth headset and charger; large Moleskine 2012 planner; medium spiral notebook

    It all fits with TONS of room leftover for whatever else finds its way into the bag over the course of a day. Hope this helps :-)

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  • Moose
    Hi uniquest,
    I find it takes a few days to "move in" to a new bag. I too sometimes get confused about what's where. As you look at the front (non strap) side of the bag I put my checkbook and small coffee kit in the right side pocket. There's also a USB cable in the ultra suede pocket on the right side. In the left side pocket goes pens, pencils, eraser, highlighter, kleenex and crochet hooks. The water bottle pocket is either empty or has a water bottle in it. I put my keys in the smaller front pocket like you do. The bottom pocket holds a pencil style zipper bag with a stitching project in it and fold up umbrella when necessary. This helps balance the bag so is sits up on it's own, more or less, sometimes. If I need my Shop Bag it goes in the bottom pocket too.

    Everything else, Field Journal, Kit, Side Effect, lunch and Kindle go in the main compartment. I keep my wallet, phone, fold up tote bag and other bits in the Side Effect. It doubles as a purse as needed. On one of the straps I have a shoulder pad, headlight threaded around the webbing and a small Timbuk2 pouch wrapped around the strap.

    I think the "moving in" process takes a few days. I usually move things around a couple of times with a new bag. Once I get it right though it never changes. I can find anything in two seconds even in the dark. It is an individual process too. I'm left handed so what works for me would probably drive a right handed person nuts. Just try stuff until you hit on the right combo. I'm sure you'll find it.

    Take care,
    Last edited by Moose; 08-04-2012, 10:42 AM.

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  • uniquest
    started a topic How to organize / pack the Synapse Backpack?

    How to organize / pack the Synapse Backpack?

    For those who carry the Synapse daily how do you organize it? What do you put in each pocket?

    I really like the backpack. The size is perfect, it's doable for business, feels good on the back. Lot's of pockets, 6 in total, but as much I thought I wanted a backpack with numerous pockets I'm finding it more inconvenient than useful. Meaning if I want to grab a variety of items from the backpack I have to unzip and zip a lot of pockets to get at my stuff.

    I use the Synapse as a daypack, everyday bag, tech bag, man-purse for work and leisure. I don't like to carry much in my pants pockets, especially in the summertime when wearing shorts etc.. I also prefer a backpack over a messenger bag.

    Here's what I usually carry:

    - 13" MacBook Air and/ or iPad
    - wallet
    - keys
    - small wallet size zip pouch for med's
    - phone
    - moleskine notebook medium size
    - occasionally a bottle of water
    - small clear sided pouch for small items, pocket knife, sd card reader, headphones ...

    First I tried utilizing all the pockets. I put the moleskin notebook, iPad, Mac in the main compartment, the phone in vertical zip pocket on the right side, med's pouch and pens in the left vertical pocket. Sometimes I'd cram my wallet in either of the vertical zip pockets or use the horizontal zip pocket at the bottom, keys go in the top small zippered compartment. In the long pocket on the front a water bottle but usually it has small items in it, (which are hard to find and remove since the pocket is narrow and long). So to get at my stuff, for example when I arrive at the office, or at a restaurant where I want to do some work while I'm waiting ... to get at my stuff it's six pockets I have to open, zip, zip, zip, zip ... It doesn't feel right, it's inconvenient and cumbersome, (nor do I like one pocket backpacks where everything sits at the bottom.

    Then I tried using only the main compartment for almost everything, my iPad or Mac and moleskin would go in the main section and I'd dump almost everything in the inner sleeve pocket in the main compartment but it was also cumbersome to get at things.

    * I wish the Freudian slip would fit the Synapse ... Undo one zipper and all your stuff is there, well organized and easy to get at. It would be such a beneficial accessory to this backpack.

    I'm interested to hear how others use and pack their Synapse, I feel like I'm doing it wrong or missing something.
    Last edited by uniquest; 08-03-2012, 08:05 PM.