roadpotato: Synapse 25 Maiden Voyage

Synapse 25: Maiden Voyage

“Here’s an initial review of my first adventure with the steel dyneema/wasabi Synapse 25. Shout out to dorayme for her wonderful comparison shots of the 19 and 25. I do a week or less trips, at least twice a month and a total sucker for backpacks. I can manage with a 15 liter pack for a 2-day trip. The cavernous S25 was perfect for the 3-4 days mix of business and leisure. I believe I can do a week with just the S25 (excluding cold weather areas).”

Read roadpotato’s full review/trip report (with more photos) in the Forums.

Synapse 25, working on a tan in Palau

Synapse 25, working on a tan in Palau

Read maasan’s entire post in the Forums. See also: the Synapse 25.

Franco: Brain Bag in Europe

Brain Bag in Europe

Thanks to Franco for posting this photo in our Forums. See also: the Brain Bag.

Eugene Eric Kim: Bags for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Tom Bihn Bags for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

“I’m brand loyal to very few companies, but one of them is Tom Bihn, a Seattle-based company that makes beautiful, functional bags. I bought my first Tom Bihn bag in 2008, and I have consistently bought new bags (for different purposes — these things are designed to last forever) approximately every two years. I also have a boatload of accessories. They are not cheap, but they are high-quality, they look great, and they are superbly functional. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Read the full post at Eugene Eric Kim’s blog.

Trusty Travel Companions

Synapse in Korea

bradnd99: My first trip with Tri-Star and Co-Pilot

“I’m on a 6-day work/personal trip and I was determined to only pack in my two new Tom Bihn bags.

Packing my clothes and work laptop were a snap with the Packing Cubes tailored for the Tri-Star. My toiletries and accessories took some rethinking but I managed to get it all in.

The Tri-Star was heavy but easily managed on my back. There was definitely a sense of freedom with only one bag.

I just boarded the plane and the Tri-Star (as packed as it is) fit easily in the overhead bin and the Co-Pilot fit beautiful under the seat in front of me with plenty of legroom to spare.”

Read the full thread by bradnd99 in the Forums.

My first trip with Tri-Star and Co-Pilot

Synapse 19 in Ecuador

Synapse 19 in Ecuador

“I recently traveled out to a friends farm in the Southern part of Ecuador where the foothills of the Andes come down into the beginnings of the Amazon basin. My Synapse 19 was my only bag for the 3 day trip.” — jea

Read jea’s entire post in the Forums. See also: the Synapse 19.

Practice for #livinglight & bigger adventures

With the Aeronaut.

P.S. The Aeronaut is now in stock in all 18 color combinations — a rare situation (often, at least one color combination is on backorder.)

Tammy: How I packed for a month in Europe with one carry-on

Packing for one month to Europe with the TOM BIHN Aeronaut

Tammy of Lemons, Avocado and The Bay has posted her packing list for a one month trip to Europe using only one bag — the Aeronaut.

She writes:
“When we first started packing for our European vacation I imagined taking a big suitcase and lots of fabulous clothes. Hey sometimes a girl just wants to look fashionable ya know?

Well, then we started planning our trip and I had scary visions of dragging a huge suitcase across a big Italian train station. Somewhere along the line I got it in my head that it might be a good idea to pack less, and pack even less in a carry-on.

Enter Tom Bihn and their Aeronaut bag. This thing has incredible reviews, and if you ask me it’s pretty, really good quality, meets carry-on size requirements, and somehow manages to fit a ridiculous amount of my “necessities” inside. You can wear it as a backpack or use the shoulder strap (really cushioned and comfortable!) or handles too.”

Read Tammy’s full post at Lemons, Avocado and The Bay (includes many great photos of what she packed and how).