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    I love the idea of a S22 and S28 “Tech” version with a built in cache... I know there’s lots of other companies doing bags with built in tech carrying options, but none of them can come close to what I love about my TB.
    current EDC- Black Ballistic Travel Cubelet with an Orange 152 COW. I have MANY pouches... My goal is 1 in every color 好的朋友

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    My druthers are for a 22ish liter mini Brain Bag style vs Synapse style
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by G42 View Post
    My druthers are for a 22ish liter mini Brain Bag style vs Synapse style
    I would be thrilled with this too! What I would really love to see is a 22L or so bag that came closer to maximizing the personal item dimension limits. I’m petite so there’s no way even an under packed S25 or BB would work, and I need something a little bigger than my S19. I love my S19, S25, and BB equally so it doesn’t matter which one it looks like.

    ** and for those that aren’t keen on the aesthetic of the BB, don’t knock it until you try it! I am constantly amazed how much this thing can swallow. I can only assume a baby BB would behave similarly.
    current EDC- Black Ballistic Travel Cubelet with an Orange 152 COW. I have MANY pouches... My goal is 1 in every color 好的朋友

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    My S19 halcyon is the bag I keep coming back to for my daily use, more so than the S25. I just find that 19L is enough for the essentials. Any more than that and the bag gets a bit too big and heavy for all day carry. If you're using it for travel and will plan on leaving it in your room or for carrying to work, imo just go for a big bag. I think the idea of the S19 is to be light, carryable and functional.

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    I love my S25, and would dearly love one with a bit more capacity. I think that adding a second main compartment with cache rails might be just the ticket...kind of a hybrid between the Brain Bag and the S25.

    Part of what I love about the S25 is the versatility. I like that I can pull the cache when I don't need a laptop.

    My partner has a Brain Bag, and there's a lot to like about it. The upper pocket is great, and the side pockets are super handy. I actually want a Brain Bag, since I think it could be the ultimate one bag for me for trips to to 5 days, but I really want the internal water bottle pocket. The clip/strap deal on the BB is a no go for me.

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    I'm under 5 feet, so I hear ya on the size limitations. What I've realized for myself though is that sometimes the volume measurement is not the whole story. I've not tried the S25, but I like the Smart Alec (18.5"long/26L) as its vertical dimension works for me. I'm still playing with the A30, haven't decided on whether it fits me better with the internal frame or without. Same thing with the lighter backpacks - DLBP (11.8" long/16.5L) fits me better than the PCBP (18.1" long/13.5L), due to their different lengths. (Oddly, the SA is longer than the PCBP, but seems to fit better, perhaps because the greater depth or the different strap construction changes the way it sits on me.)

    Quote Originally Posted by DeBru View Post
    I’m petite so there’s no way even an under packed S25 or BB would work, and I need something a little bigger than my S19. I love my S19, S25, and BB equally so it doesn’t matter which one it looks like.

    ** and for those that aren’t keen on the aesthetic of the BB, don’t knock it until you try it! I am constantly amazed how much this thing can swallow. I can only assume a baby BB would behave similarly.

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    Just chiming in here. Dedicated laptop compartment and a full clamshell zip would make synapse the perfect backpack. It's already the best i've ever used, but I keep finding myself reaching for a different option when I need to pack the bag like a suitcase.

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    This is a bit "tomato/tomah-to" - I don't think either side will convince the other of their wisdom, but when I read your comment it reminded me of a backpack I had from another manufacturer. It had both the laptop compartment and a full clamshell zip. I never really used it much - I didn't like the pockets and the straps were uncomfortable - so it looked pristine. But actually the zippers were tricky - they were so slippery that if the pack was half-full, the weight of the load would cause the zippers to slowly open, till all my groceries or books fell on the ground behind me. If I was lucky, a friend would be walking behind me and alert me to the escape, but I stopped using it after the second time this happened.

    On the other hand, today I needed to bring my laptop with me. I put it in a padded sleeve and then into my S19. I was in a hurry to pick up my son from school, so I headed out with the zippers open more than half-way. It wasn't till I arrived at school and was waiting for my son to come out that I noticed the zippers were unsecured. But, because the opening doesn't go all the way down the sides, my wallet and computer were still sitting inside. Not sure if I have sticky zippers or the half-clamshell design to thank for saving my stuff, but either way the setup is what I need to protect me from my sometimes-forgetful self!

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