Video: How the Q-AM Shoulder Strap Works

With the Q-AM (Quick-Adjust Messenger) Shoulder Strap, you can wear your messenger bag slung low on the hip or, with a quick tug, cinch the strap up snug so the bag rides high on your back. Here’s how it works. (Shown with our Ego messenger bag.)

Akknitter’s Synapse 25 and Swift

Originally posted by Akknitter on Ravelry.

“I have a new name for this bag. It can no longer be the Synapse 25. She is now my Tardis.

Okay, let’s start out with her packed only with my Swift. Essentially, I packed my Swift for travel and stuck it in the main compartment:

Akknitter's Synapse 25

For those wondering about the size of this bag, I’m 5’6”.

Next: fully loaded after a fun weekend at MDS&W or Rhinebeck

Akknitter's Synapse 25

Okay, pictures of what it holds.

Akknitter's Synapse 25

5 skeins of sock yarn and 2 skeins of worsted that went in the bottom pocket (3 sock), water bottle pocket (2 sock) and side pockets (1 each worsted)

Add to that, 3 four ounce braids of fluff in the main compartment on top of the Swift.

And finally, my Swift

For those who are curious. What’s in my Swift for travel.

Akknitter's Synapse 25

I tuck the iPad in its case behind one of the pockets. Fits beautifully.

Food in a size 2 travel sack.”

In stock: Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air, Vertical Cache Air11, more

Thanks to our crew, the following bags are back in stock and ready to ship within one business day:

Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air, all colors

Cache, Vertical, Size Air11 (for the 11″ MacBook Air)
This size was previously only available in Horizontal orientation.

Vertical Brain Cell, Size 15″ MacBook Pro Retina

TOM BIHN Ristretto for the 11" MacBook AirRistretto for 11″ MacBook Air in Black/Steel.

Video: Packing Strategy for the Synapse 25

Our Synapse 25 backpack is shown loaded with our various optional organizational pouches.

Bottom exterior pocket: Snake Charmer (Wasabi)
Left and right exterior front pockets: Travel Stuff Sacks, Size 1 (Steel)
Top exterior pocket: Mini Padded Organizer Pouch (or any other Mini Organizer Pouch, Pocket Pouch, or Clear Organizer Wallet)
Exterior water bottle pocket: Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2 (Wasabi)
Main compartment: 2 Medium Tri-Star Packing Cubes (could alternately fit 4 Small Tri-Star Packing Cubes), 3D Mesh Organizer Cube (3D Dyneema or 3D Clear would work as well) in Olive tethered with a Key Strap in Wasabi.

Synapse 25 Packing Strategy

In stock: Camera I-O

Thanks to our crew, the Camera I-O is back in stock and ready to ship within one business day.

Dan Bihn — Tom’s brother — made this series of videos for us that demonstrate how the Camera I-O is used. Dan was recently interviewed by Alexander Fox of 5D Film Making and Crew of One — check it out and read Dan’s take on what it’s like to work solo on complex film projects.

Eric’s Video Reviews: Aeronaut, Tri-Star, Western Flyer

Eric has four of our travel bags — two Aeronauts, a Tri-Star, and a Western Flyer — and he’s made several videos about them designed to help you choose which bag is right for you.

In this, the first video, Eric shows the Aeronaut in both 1050d ballistic nylon and 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop and explains the differences between the two materials. Also shown are Aeronaut Packing Cubes.

We’ll post Eric’s other videos next week, but if you (understandably) don’t want to wait, here are links to the other two: Tri-Star and Western Flyer and Western Flyer.

See also:
Discuss Eric’s videos on our Forums
Aeronaut, Tri-Star, and Western Flyer

(more) Great photos from maverick


“inside the aeronaut are 4 changes of warm clothes for me (heading to the uk), 2 changes of workout clothes, swimming trunks, a thicker book, and two 3d clear organizer pouches with toiletries. i’ve packed in a wf sized packing cube backpack (everything but socks and underwear) and a small packing cube (for the socks and underwear).”

aeronaut and synapse 25 stack nicely in the overhead bin of this 777-200!

“the aeronaut and synapse 25 stack nicely in the overhead bin of this 777-200!”

Posted by maverick in the Forums.

See also: the Aeronaut, the Synapse 25

In stock: Medium Cafe Bag, Travel Tray, 3D Mesh Organizer Cube, more

Thanks to our crew, the following bags are back in stock and ship within one business day:

Travel Tray, all colors

Medium Cafe Bag, all colors

Smart Alec Upper Modular Pocket, all colors

3D Mesh Organizer Cube, all colors, including new Iberian, Wasabi, Ultraviolet, and Steel Dyneema/nylon

Handle Loop w/Snaphook

Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount

TOM BIHN Medium Cafe Bag in Steel Dyneema/nylonMedium Cafe Bag in Steel Dyneema/Steel.

Video: Tom talks design and build

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Loaded Pocketz reviews the Synapse 25

Loaded Pocketz Synapse 25 backpack review

“The new Tom Bihn Synapse 25 is the larger 25 liter/1526 cubic inch version of the Synapse (now called Synapse 19). For those familiar with the original pack, the Synapse 25 keeps much of the original design. The multiple pockets, which don’t cannibalize space from the main compartment, are still there. So is the 1000D Cordura Nylon exterior, 400D Dyneema Riptop interior, water resistant YKK Aquaguard zippers and bulletproof (made in the U.S.A.) build quality. In essence, Tom has taken everything good about the original Synapse and incorporated it into a larger package with some tweaks to make it even more user friendly. Let’s take a closer look.”

Read the full review at Loaded Pocketz. See also: the Synapse 25.