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.)

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

Video: Tom talks design and build

See more of our videos.

Video: Bartacking the Synapse 25

Bartacks are reinforced stitches that we use liberally in high stress areas on our bags: where shoulder straps or grab handles join the main body of the bag, where a critical seam ends and begins — anywhere necessary to make 100% sure the stitching on your bag never fails. In this video, Kieu adds several of the 24 total bartacks to our Synapse 25 backpack.

Kieu’s the master bartacker here in our Seattle factory: if there was a bartacking Olympics, we’re pretty sure she’d get the gold. Check out her focus on her work in this video and note that she slowed down to about half her usual speed so we could film the process.

And those of you with backorders for the Synapse 25 might be glad to know that this video was shot last week: our factory crew is hard at work making the first batch of Synapse 25 and we expect them to ship soon.

Loaded Pocketz: Cache with Rails video + more Synapse 25 photos

Loaded Pocketz: Smart Alec and Synapse 25 side-by-sideSide-by-side: the Smart Alec (with the Upper Modular Pocket and Glowire) and the Synapse 25.

See more at Loaded Pocketz. See also: the Cache with Rails and the Synapse 25.

Video: Synapse 25, Swift, Ristretto — Everyday

Synapse 25 | Swift in Cork | Field Journal Notebook | Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air