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    Forum Member GEOcycle's Avatar
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    Synapse continues to surprise.

    TIL (Today I Learned) just how handy those side pockets on the Synapse are, and how much attention went into their design.

    After 5 months of ownership, and always taking off the backpack to access the sides (since this is how every backpack I've ever owned had been) I was thinking about the backpack and how I see everyone else here in Japan with their shouldered-bum-bags (fanny packs?) and how they just swing them over and have access.

    Today I learned that by swinging the backpack under your shoulder, the side pockets are the EXACT SHAPE to pull open with one hand, grab whatever you need, and close again. Mind = BLOWN.

    Really ... 5 months of ownership and I never realized this. This single fact has changed how useful this bag is, how I lay out the potkcets, and just how I approach the designs I see here to begin with.

    This fact should be mentioned on the product page, just so people who apparently can't see the obvious don't make this mistake again!

    Of course, no post would be complete with out photos ... so I give you: Synapse Side Pocket ... and the train gate.


    Using the Synapse by G e o cycle, on Flickr


    Using the Synapse by G e o cycle, on Flickr
    Expat living in Japan
    iPad Ristretto Aeronaut Synapse Lg Shop Bag lots of little accessory pouches - straps - and other goodies!
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    Now ... what else do I "need" ...

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    Tom says:
    "Well of course! Thanks for the great photos demonstrating the how-to."
    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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    Don't feel bad, it took me about two months to see it, and I had the same reaction!

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    Seriously, the reason why it's so bright in there is because a massive lightbulb went off.
    Expat living in Japan
    iPad Ristretto Aeronaut Synapse Lg Shop Bag lots of little accessory pouches - straps - and other goodies!
    Flickr Blog
    Now ... what else do I "need" ...

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    Carry a Small Shop bag in the Synapse side pocket for easy access

    In a few earlier forum posts I've mentioned that I carry a Shop Bag in my Synapse, but that I use the side pocket rather than the bottom zipped pocket. The kind of easy access that GEOcycle describes is the reason why. Instead of folding the Shop Bag into a pocket, as shown in Maverick's YouTube video on how to fold the Shop Bag, I fold down the top of the bag so that the carrying handles rest inside the bag, and the top of my fold runs above the Tom Bihn label, but below the black piping for the top of the bag. Then, I roll the bag and slip it into the side pocket that GEOCycle is using.

    This works really well with the small size Shop Bag, and it's very easy to pull out the bag when you need it. I usually carry the Small Shop Bag in Sapphire Dyneema (shown in Maverick's video) in my Indigo/Solar Synapse, but I also have this size bag in Solar, Steel, and Ultraviolet. (I'd really like to get a Small Shop Bag in Iberian Dyneema, too, but I don't think they ever made it in this size. And the last time I tried asking for this option, Darcy said they were considering dropping the small size Shop Bag, which really sent me into a panic. Fortunately, they reconsidered this, and even offered their latest Dyneema color option, Ultraviolet, in the small size Shop Bag.)

    moriond

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    I see a Synapse in my future...
    In our household: Black/Steel Aeronaut (with 2 large packing cubes and Absolute shoulder strap), Forest/Steel Aeronaut (1 large and 2 small packing cubes), Olive/Wasabi medium Cafe Bag, Linen/Olive Medium Cafe Bag, Cocoa/Cocoa/Wasabi Imago, Cardinal/Hemp/Steel Imago, Hemp Little Swift, Solar Shop Bag, Plum/Wasabi Side Effect, Black/Steel/Solar Smart Alec, Horizontal and Vertical Freudian Slips, TB Wallet, Hemp Little Swift, FOT pouch, Black/Olive ID

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    Quote Originally Posted by moriond View Post
    Darcy said they were considering dropping the small size Shop Bag, which really sent me into a panic. Fortunately, they reconsidered this...
    Oh my goodness, I'm glad they reconsidered, as well!

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    A Synapse is already on my wish list.

    Tom is creative in his engineering and so logical. Then you add the fantastic quality, and the family / staff! What a company!
    "Buy the best, cry once" - Pasquale

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    Quote Originally Posted by moriond View Post
    In a few earlier forum posts I've mentioned that I carry a Shop Bag in my Synapse, but that I use the side pocket rather than the bottom zipped pocket. The kind of easy access that GEOcycle describes is the reason why. Instead of folding the Shop Bag into a pocket, as shown in Maverick's YouTube video on how to fold the Shop Bag, I fold down the top of the bag so that the carrying handles rest inside the bag, and the top of my fold runs above the Tom Bihn label, but below the black piping for the top of the bag. Then, I roll the bag and slip it into the side pocket that GEOCycle is using.

    This works really well with the small size Shop Bag, and it's very easy to pull out the bag when you need it. I usually carry the Small Shop Bag in Sapphire Dyneema (shown in Maverick's video) in my Indigo/Solar Synapse, but I also have this size bag in Solar, Steel, and Ultraviolet. (I'd really like to get a Small Shop Bag in Iberian Dyneema, too, but I don't think they ever made it in this size. And the last time I tried asking for this option, Darcy said they were considering dropping the small size Shop Bag, which really sent me into a panic. Fortunately, they reconsidered this, and even offered their latest Dyneema color option, Ultraviolet, in the small size Shop Bag.)

    moriond
    LOOOL! you recommended me to the thread I actually read up on before my S19 puchase. and yeah do this all the time(referring to original post's picture)
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    *facepalm*

    Seriously!?!? This is such a simple solution and it would have saved me much frustration if I knew it sooner!

    I guess that's just one more reason I need to visit Japan: the Japanese have it all figured out!
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    What?? How did I miss this? Thanks for the tip!
    Active Duty: Synapse 25 (Nebulous Gray/Northwest Sky) daily carry, Original, First-Run Synapse 25 (Black/Wasabi) knock-around, weekend use

    Special Teams/On the Bench: Daylight Briefcase (Grey), Aeronaut 30 (Black/Wasabi), Western Flyer (Black/Wasabi), Pilot (Black/Northwest Sky), Synapse 19 (Black/Iberian), Imago (Cardinal/Hemp/Steel), ID (Black/Steel/Wasabi), Original Cadet 13/15 (Black/Wasabi), Ristretto (Black/Steel), Medium Cafe Bag (Olive/Wasabi), Small Cafe Bag (French Blue/Steel)

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    Ahhhhh, such a useful tip! How many times have I taken off the bag to get to my wallet or earphones? Of course now I'll have to rethink which pockets hold what again.....

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