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    Having just had to pack my Synapse 19 for a half-day trip into the city tomorrow, I am now less patiently waiting for the Muse! My Sprout was just atiiiiiiiiiiiny bit too small, and the S19 is nearly twice as large as what I need. Everything I've seen so far on the Muse makes it seem like it would be the perfect in-between.
    Rambling On. . . . .

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    So my MacBook is asking whether there might be a special place for it inside the bag formerly known as the Muse... Big Grin
    Last edited by maverick; 05-18-2017 at 03:48 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveltech View Post
    Could we at least know if the "muse" is in the Synapse family or the Aeronaut family? I am holding off purchasing an Aeronaut until the release...
    They just updated the existing Aeronaut bags to include some additional changes. They've stated that the "muse" is smaller than a Synapse 25, would you want an Aeronaut smaller than 25L?

    If you're buying an Aeronaut, I'm guessing (I don't work at Tom Bihn, nor do I have any inside information) that if you're in the market for an Aeronaut 30 or Aeronaut 45 now is a great time to buy.

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    You guys asked for a hint, but you're getting more of a riddle:

    What backpack has only one zipper, but has two separate zippered pockets and a zippered main compartment?

    Tom had to pay a brief visit to (his favorite) chronosynclastic infundibulum to figure this one out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy View Post
    You guys asked for a hint, but you're getting more of a riddle:

    What backpack has only one zipper, but has two separate zippered pockets and a zippered main compartment?

    Tom had to pay a brief visit to (his favorite) chronosynclastic infundibulum to figure this one out.
    Smart Alec?

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    Hero's Journey top pack? Seems to fit all the clues....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy View Post
    You guys asked for a hint, but you're getting more of a riddle:

    What backpack has only one zipper, but has two separate zippered pockets and a zippered main compartment?

    Tom had to pay a brief visit to (his favorite) chronosynclastic infundibulum to figure this one out.
    Hehehe! Nice, @Darcy!

    First, I had to google "chronosynclastic infundibulum."

    I don't think it's the Smart Alec, because there are different zippers for the main compartment (#10 YKK Aquaguard coil zippers) and the side pockets (#8 YKK AquaguardŽ coil zippers).

    I am going to guess that you are referring to the backpack formerly known as the Muse! Big Grin
    -m

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus View Post
    Hero's Journey top pack? Seems to fit all the clues....
    I would love a bag similar to Hero's Journey top pack that I can purchase separately. I will then be able to carry all my wardrobe in my S19 and a shoulder bag for in-flight tech and necessities. This Tranformer bag can then be used as a day backpack at destination. I have 4 overseas trips planned (3 to 8 days' trips) for this summer and this combo would be ideal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy View Post
    You guys asked for a hint, but you're getting more of a riddle:

    What backpack has only one zipper, but has two separate zippered pockets and a zippered main compartment?

    Tom had to pay a brief visit to (his favorite) chronosynclastic infundibulum to figure this one out.
    Ooh, sounds like a very clever bag. Only a few weeks to wait!

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    Riddles aren't my thing, but I'm thinking some of its design influence has come from the Smart Alec as well. Look at this early version of the Smart Alec. One main compartment with a zip with two "hidden" zippered side pockets.

    Maybe this new backpack has "stealth" zippered openings? Hmm...

    Long live Burnt Orange! Zest! 152!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeon View Post
    Riddles aren't my thing, but I'm thinking some of its design influence has come from the Smart Alec as well. Look at this early version of the Smart Alec. One main compartment with a zip with two "hidden" zippered side pockets.

    Maybe this new backpack has "stealth" zippered openings? Hmm...
    Oh wow, that web archive takes me way back!

    The crimson Smart Alec was my first TOM BIHN bag!

    Thank you for that, @Aeon! Smilie
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    These definitions may be more or less than helpful, but the riddle is certainly intriguing! elisa

    chronosynclastic: time-curved.
    infundibulum: funnel-shaped cavity.

    From Yahoo: Science-fiction fans may have come across the splendid phrase chronosynclastic infundibulum that was invented by Kurt Vonnegut in The Sirens of Titan, which he explained, perhaps less than helpfully, as being “those places ... where all the different kinds of truths fit together”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeon View Post
    Riddles aren't my thing, but I'm thinking some of its design influence has come from the Smart Alec as well. Look at this early version of the Smart Alec. One main compartment with a zip with two "hidden" zippered side pockets.

    Maybe this new backpack has "stealth" zippered openings? Hmm...
    Very interesting! That old version of the Smart Alec looks like many of the stealth, low profile EDC backpacks sold today by various companies. Tom Bihn seems to have always been ahead of the times on design. I'm excited for the new release. Hope it's coming soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaGirl View Post
    These definitions may be more or less than helpful, but the riddle is certainly intriguing! elisa

    chronosynclastic: time-curved.
    infundibulum: funnel-shaped cavity.
    Wibbly-wobbly....timey wimey.

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    Lisa and Fong are making the first totally 100% done finished samples of The Bag Formerly Known As The Muse this week. Oh, and samples of the other new bag too!
    Have a question? @Darcy (to make sure I see it)

    Current carry: testing new potential materials in the form of Original Large Shop Bags.

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