“I like that the larger Synapse is still low profile. During a packed train trip into Chicago, I was able to put the bag in my lap when someone sat next to me. I haven’t flown with it yet but at 1,526 cubic inches in volume, it should be an ideal sized day pack for travel – especially if you need to carry a laptop and a few extras.”
“What can the Lower Modular Pocket be used for? Like a little Sherpa on your back, it can be leveraged to carry loose items that you don’t want to root around for to access in the main compartment of the Smart Alec. Things that you take in and out of your pack often. For me, in the winter, that would include items like my hat, gloves, chapstick, and sunscreen.
I’ve also used the Lower Pocket with my Source Tactical Kangaroo Collapsible Canteen. Source is an Israeli company that makes excellent hydration systems used by military units around the world. The Kangaroo has a 1 Liter capacity and is an excellent alternative when you don’t want or need to haul a full sized reservoir.”
“I’m partial to the WF. It’s all I’ve used for months (I mean one-bag only for up to 5 nights of business or 10 nights vacation). I would consider it as an under seat bag. I wear a size 12 US, and have given up the stress of overhead bin space. The WF, either ridiculously over-stuff, or politely filled has sat under the seat in front of me on 757, 737, CRJ200 and yes even the ERJ145! The WF also offers the option of getting the slip pocket on the back, rather than the back-straps, to create more ease of use when dealing with multiple pieces of luggage. IMHO the tough ballistic exterior, the multiple carry options, and the subtle organization would make it a good choice. Keep in mind, with any Tom Bihn bag, the use of organizer pouches and key straps to keep all your stuff connected is a great feature when going through security or in flight.”
For the last week, I tracked my package on the UPS site like I was following Santa Claus on NORAD. I knew it wouldn’t come a day earlier, or a day later than expected but what can you do when you have ants in your pants?
I want to thank Beau for helping me with my very first Tom Bihn order; a Tri-Star in steel/ultraviolet and then – 48 hours later – my second order (Ego) because I just had to. NOW I feel like I am well equipped for my trip to Budapest to cover the World Dog Show (and vacation).
Best of all is the box art!
“I’ve become a bag nerd mostly out of practicality. Being that I walk and take public transit to get around most of the time, carrying a bag is really a smart idea. I’d previously gotten by with carrying things in plastic bags and/or the packets of my pants or hoodies. That’s fine for small items, but not so much for bigger things, like my iPad. Since I don’t drive, I don’t have a car where I could throw things in as I move from place to place. Carrying a bag allows me to do so, to the point where not having my bag with me feels not dissimilar to the “naked” feeling I get when I don’t have my phone on me (or I have it but it’s dead). As I said, I searched a long time for the right bag, so I fully appreciate what the Cafe bag allows me to do. For lack of a better word, carrying a bag feels genuinely liberating. Besides, a bag is so much nicer than a plastic bag or overstuffed pockets.”
Medium Cafe bag in Black/Steel.
“Inspired by Proctor’s awesome post I began looking for a solution to be able to clip in some non-Tom Bihn accessories I often travel with. I ended up using a cheap keychain carabiner I had laying around the house by threading it through one of the loops of the Key Strap.”
Dear TOM BIHN,
I’m not sure if you are a real person. Perhaps you are a mythological creature that doesn’t exist. Perhaps you are a 8th realm bag God from another galaxy. Or maybe you’re from the future. Either way, thank you.
For the past 10+ years I have been looking for a bag that I don’t need to replace in 6 months. I’m ashamed to say that I’m a bit of a bag addict. I’ve tried them all. The ________, the ________, the ________, the ________, the ________, the ________ of the world and much more. I must have spent at least $3-4k over the years; A drug addiction may have been cheaper. This was a dark time in my life.
A few months back a friend of mine told me to checkout the Tom Bihn Synapse. I heard of Tom Bihn but for some reason never gave it the time of day until then. As soon as I saw the Synapse I relapsed and ordered it in black/wasabi. I also ordered a Tri-star to use as my all purpose bag for travel and gym.
Upon receiving these bags and running through the basic routine — taking them out of the box, playing with the zippers, smelling the fabric, wearing it empty, wearing it with heavy load, etc. — I realized these were unlike any other bag I’ve had. The quality was top notch, the zippers were amazing, the dyneema interior felt tough and looked great, the shape of the bags was sleek, there were tons of configuration options (thanks to plenty of pockets and glorious o-rings), they both sat comfortably on my back. I’ve had other bags that ticked off some of these features… but never all of them. And unlike every other bag I’ve purchased, there was no regret. I was in love.
So thank you Tom Bihn for curing me of my addiction. Thanks for saving me from spending more money on other inferior bags. I know I have found the pinnacle of bag engineering and there is no higher summit. Now if only you made jackets…