Backcountry Treks: Field Journal Notebook Review

More at Backcountry Treks. See also: the Field Journal Notebook

Video: We’re TOM BIHN

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Video: Packing the Smart Alec for a hike

Bags + accessories:
Smart Alec in Black/Black/Wasabi
Vertical Brain Cell, Size 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina (unclipped/removed in the beginning)
8-inch Utility Strap
14-inch Utility Strap
Travel Stuff Sack, Size 4, Wasabi
Travel Stuff Sack, Size 3, Steel
Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2, Iberian
Whistle Sternum Strap Half in Bright Orange

Packing List:
Wool hat
Jacket
First Aid Kit
Emergency Blanket
Emergency Fire Starter Kit
Multitool (tethered to an 8-inch Utility Strap)
Knife
Compass
Flashlight (tethered to a 14-inch Utility Strap)
Gaiters
Rain/snow pants (in a Travel Stuff Sack, Size 4, Wasabi)
Water filter (in a Travel Stuff Sack, Size 3, Steel)
Stove fuel
Burner (in a Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2, Iberian)
Mountain House “Chicken and Rice” and Natural High “Brownies”
Camera
Bandana
Hand warmers
Hydration bladder
Spork
Bobo’s Oat Bar
Pen
Notebook
Crampons
Map
Whistle Sternum Strap Half in Bright Orange

Stephan’s bags/accessories from the Tri-Star video

Tri-Star "one bag" travel luggage

After we posted the Tri-Star video in the Forums, adamwebb asked for a list of the accessories shown. Great idea, we thought. Here’s that list:

Stephan’s bags: Tri-Star in Steel Iberian, Absolute Shoulder Strap, Tri-Star Packing Cubes in Large, Medium, and Small All Fabric, two Size 1 Travel Stuff Sacks in Steel, Horizontal Brain Cell Size 15″ MacBook Pro Retina, Travel Tray in Steel, 3D Clear Organizer Cube in Navy, the included (with the Tri-Star) 8″ Key Strap in Black, an additional 8″ Key Strap in Black, 16″ Key Strap in Black, Cache for iPad mini, Clear Organizer Pouch in Mini, and RFID Blocking Passport Pouch.

Times in the video you can jump ahead and see specific accessories/how they’re used:

0:22 – Packing Cube, Tri-Star, Large

0:35 – Horizontal Brain Cell, Size 15″ MacBook Pro Retina

0:38 – Size 1 Travel Stuff Sack, Steel

0:48 – Travel Tray, Steel

0:49 – Two Size 1 Travel Stuff Sacks in Steel are put on one side of the Horizontal Brain Cell in the main compartment of the Tri-Star

0:53 – The Travel Tray, cinched shut, is put on the other size of the Horizontal Brain Cell in the main compartment

1:00 – Packing Cube, Tri-Star, Medium

1:01 – Packing Cube, Tri-Star, Small All Fabric (with a pair of Size 12 Merrells)

1:07 – 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Navy

1:09 – 16″ Key Strap in Black clipped to an o-ring inside of the Tri-Star clipped to the 3D Clear Organizer Cube

1:13 – Cache for iPad mini

1:16 – Clear Organizer Pouch, Mini (with earbuds)

1:19 – RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Steel, tethered with an 8″ Key Strap in Black

1:32 – Absolute Shoulder Strap

And once more: the Tri-Star video

Video: One Woman’s Minimalist / Ultralight Synapse Packing List

Video by Allison Levine of Off The Blueprint. Read her detailed packing list and advice here and/or discuss the video with Allison in the Forums. See also: the Synapse 19.

Video: the Tri-Star

One bag travel with our Tri-Star carry-on bag.

Backcountry Treks: A Bag to Travel the World (Synapse 25)

Justin Lukasavige of Backcountry Treks reviews the Synapse 25:

“In the video above I traveled to Seattle for a three day trip, packing everything (including laptop) in only one bag. This summer I’ll be traveling throughout Asia and again, only bringing the Synapse 25.”

Video: the Side Effect

Starring Lulu (Quality Assurance) and Scott (Shipping Lead and editor of this video) and shot on location in our Seattle factory.

Think of the Side Effect as a deluxe, tricked out, fully organizable 3D Organizer Cube. The main compartment zips with two sliders; inside the main compartment are two O-rings set dead center and two open-top organizer pockets sized for your phone, a small notebook, or a wallet. The open space in the main compartment can fit larger items: 8-oz water bottle, small camera, sunglasses, power supplies, souvenirs. And it can be carried four different ways: via the included 5/8″ Shoulder Strap, the optional Waist Strap, optional Handle Loop, or clipped inside of a larger bag via a Key Strap.

Video: the Smart Alec backpack

Nik’s Smart Alec:
Black/Black/Steel with the Glowire in Lime Green. Included reflective bungee attached.

Chris’s Smart Alec:
Black/Steel/Steel with two 1″ GateKeeper Straps.

Ayva’s Smart Alec:
Black/Aubergine/Wasabi with Upper Modular Pocket in Aubergine, Lower Modular Pocket in Aubergine.

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.)