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    Would a sharp tweezers or needle nose pliers...

    Would a sharp tweezers or needle nose pliers help? Also, before attempting surgery, I would suggest shooting Tom Bihn customer service a direct email with this question.
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    I don't use eBay or even PayPal any more if I can...

    I don't use eBay or even PayPal any more if I can help it. For casual sales I just ask people to snail mail me a check. It's not that I'm a Luddite, as I take advantage of credit card points, mobile...
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    The NFTD -- for sure -- holds more than the...

    The NFTD -- for sure -- holds more than the Synapse 19. I've done side-by-side packing tests. The rectangular shape is wonderful for maximizing capacity, and the three-part organization makes it more...
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    I'm so curious about this. I'd love something...

    I'm so curious about this. I'd love something that can be carried as either a shoulder bag or a backpack, and is the right size and shape for a plane bag. The Stowaway was very interesting and I was...
  5. I like the 525 colors better, (particularly Deep...

    I like the 525 colors better, (particularly Deep Blue vs. Navy and the "new" Aubergine), and I will appreciate even a slight weight-savings. So I'm interested to see the Western Flyer in 525 fabrics....
  6. Love mine! It's very easy to carry for short...

    Love mine! It's very easy to carry for short trips. Though it's black, which is an uninspiring color, and I'm seriously tempted by the new Deep Blue that will be offered.
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    I've gotten more useful travel tips on the TB...

    I've gotten more useful travel tips on the TB forums than most other places; my feeling is that people here travel the same way I do, and are more consistently intelligent and helpful (and even...
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    So glad you like your Synik, Tonya! I agree with...

    So glad you like your Synik, Tonya! I agree with you; it's completely fine when wearing it. Holding it by the handle, it seems heavier.

    I tried switching back to carrying two smaller bags today,...
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    Thought I'd post an update two months out... ...

    Thought I'd post an update two months out...

    Still loving the Synik 22. I carried it for quite a few weeks. My initial observations, that it's a really great bag, but on the heavy side compared to...
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    Sticky: Looks like the Makers Bag is coming out in 525...

    Looks like the Makers Bag is coming out in 525 fabrics! Yay! SO much... Island... which is my least favorite of the colors. But that's ok, there are other options.
  11. I haven't tried out the Truck, so I can't comment...

    I haven't tried out the Truck, so I can't comment on that. But I just wanted to chime in that the Zip-Top bags are really nice. You can always leave them open, but if it rains, having the zipper is...
  12. I don't usually carry my laptop, but I found it...

    I don't usually carry my laptop, but I found it useful for stashing my iPad, and even for my phone, because it is a quickly accessible pocket if I want to secure my phone without taking the time to...
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    Wow, thanks for all the creative ideas!! I don't...

    Wow, thanks for all the creative ideas!! I don't know about the luggage-strap size handles; I've used those kinds of things on actual luggage and they are too large to be comfortable for my hands....
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    Hand-carrying a Side Kick

    I'm pretty sure there was a thread discussing this recently: Is there a good way to hand-carry a Side Kick?

    I'd really like this feature. Wearing a backpack, all of my shoulder real estate is...
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    I do think the Synapse and Synik are relatively...

    I do think the Synapse and Synik are relatively heavy bags within the Tom Bihn lineup. They have a ton of built-in organization and zippers, and those back panels, and while it's great to have all...
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    Sticky: They are surprisingly secure with a Freudian Slip...

    They are surprisingly secure with a Freudian Slip inside, because then you have at least two zippered pockets.

    However, my experience with carrying a SCB is that the overflow I need for my...
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    If you want two dedicated water bottle holders, I...

    If you want two dedicated water bottle holders, I agree that the Maker's Bag deserves a look!
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    I agree about the Co-Pilot being too large as an...

    I agree about the Co-Pilot being too large as an EDC, though it is a great flight bag. It was not allowed into one museum I tried to visit during a layover (maybe Switzerland...?), and it is bulky....
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    No, choosing randomly is fairer. Those who can...

    No, choosing randomly is fairer. Those who can order first tend to be the privileged few with flexible work situations. Not everyone has that luxury.
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    Another way to think about it is that the next...

    Another way to think about it is that the next round of Syniks may have tweaks or improvements based on all the feedback that TB will get. So I think it depends on whether or not you have an...
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    I like Aubergine a lot (and chose it for my...

    I like Aubergine a lot (and chose it for my preview Synik), but I think it clashes with some shades, particularly many other purples and reds. Not sure about teal. IMO it goes well with most greens,...
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    I enjoyed doing this review, and all the fun...

    I enjoyed doing this review, and all the fun side-comments on this thread too. I'm grateful for the opportunity to try out this bag.

    Can't wait to see who opts for the Synik 22 and what...
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    Hi, Fabrice, Here is my S22 almost empty. It...

    Hi, Fabrice,

    Here is my S22 almost empty. It doesn't have cinch straps but it does seem reasonably thin, particularly compared to the other backpacks I see people wearing on my commute, which...
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    Finally, I thought I would try to redo @Lia's...

    Finally, I thought I would try to redo @Lia's packing exercise, comparing the Luminary 15 to a Synik 22 (rather than the Synapse 19).

    I did my best to replicate her things, but I think mine may...
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    An alternative way to pack the Synik 22 for a...

    An alternative way to pack the Synik 22 for a weekend trip:

    Here I am showing the S22 with two small Western Flyer packing cubes, with the long sides aligned to the vertical length of the...
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