Top exterior pocket: Nothing. As you can see, it’s zippered shut. It’s small enough that you might not need further organization. That said, you could fit a Pocket Pouch here or add an 8″ Key or Utility Strap to tether your keys, flashlight, knife, or other small items.
Exterior water bottle pocket: Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2, in Iberian.
Main compartment: Two Tri-Star Medium Packing Cubes would fit, but we chose instead to use one Tri-Star Medium Packing Cube, one Tri-Star Small Packing Cube, and a Travel Stuff Sack, Size 2, in Wasabi. We liked how the Travel Stuff Sack fit nicely on the other side of the Tri-Star Small Packing Cube. Yet another option would be one Tri-Star Medium Packing Cube and two Clear Quarter Packing Cubes (one in front of the other). And don’t forget the open-top pocket inside of the main compartment of the Synapse 19: put your tablet (in a case or sleeve) here, or a Medium Organizer Pouch. Last but not least, there’s a 3D Clear Organizer Cube in Black, tethered with a Key Strap in Wasabi, that’ll fit/rest on top of the Packing Cubes.
Shawn Blanc interviews Patrick Welker, a freelance graphic and web designer living in Germany, about his setup — everything from office chairs to Macs to water filters — and why he uses what he does to get his work done.
Of his bag — the Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air — Patrick says:
“When I’m on the road I use a messenger bag to carry my MacBook and iPad. I choose to go with the Ristretto from Tom Bihn despite the high shipping costs and customs tax that are due when importing something from the United States. The bag is equipped with the fantastic Absolute Shoulder Strap and a lot of their nifty pouches and leashes. Ninety percent of the times when I leave the house I travel with my bike, and due to Tom Bihn’s Guardian Dual Function Light I feel a lot safer when riding in the dark.”
Above? Patrick’s health appliances. He explains: “When you live and work all day long within a tight space and share it with another person, my belief is that the room you choose needs to have a feel good atmosphere. Moreover, if it is a home office you have the permission to go nuts. To conclude, for me this means transforming my workspace into a whimsical little world with a touch of kawaii.”
Jodi Ettenberg quit her job in 2008 to travel the world. Five years later, she’s still traveling, and has compiled a list of the top tips, tricks and resources she’s learned in that time. That’s everything from advice on pre-trip planning and insurance to what clothing to take to bags. Jodi’s bag? The Synapse 19. Of it, she says: “I went through a slew of different daypack options over my 5 years of travel but have ended up with a 19L Synapse bag from Tom Bihn. It’s small but holds more than you would think, it is really well built and they even have a safety whistle on the sternum strap. Friends recommended them heartily and I tried them out only in 2012, but I’m very happy with my purchase.”
The Synapse 19 backpack.
Ristretto for iPad, all colors
Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer), all colors
Packing Cube Backpack (Aeronaut), Steel, Iberian, and Ultraviolet (Wasabi ships by early July)
Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Steel, Iberian, and Ultraviolet (Wasabi ships by late July)
Travel Stuff Sacks, all sizes and colors except for the Size 2 Travel Stuff Sack in Steel which is available for backorder and ships by early July.
Synapse 25 in some colors: Black/Wasabi, Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Navy/Iberian, Navy/Ultraviolet, Olive/Steel, Steel Dyneema/Steel, and Nordic Dyneema/Steel. All other colors ship by mid-late June.
Cache with Rails, all sizes
“The short summary of this review is simple: this is the benchmark backpack on the market today…. The Synapse 25 is the perfect backpack.”
First let me say tat the flight back and forth there involved 5 flight transfers and on every flight (even on the smallest plane) the Western Flyer and Tri-Star fit underneath our seats. You might ask where did I put the Synapse 19on the planes? I placed it in the middle compartment of the Tri-Star (empty and flat except for Ipad Mini and a 2 phones and wires) and it fit perfectly. We did not did any heavy clothes since it is so hot there (except for a gown for the misses and long dress pants for me since we were in the wedding. All other dress clothing was rented for the occasion when we got there.
The Synapse 19 was the perfect bag for EDC as the jeepneys, vans, and Tricycles as they are all to crowded to be getting in and out of with a larger day bag. The packing cube backpack was used as our grocery bag at the markets and the shoulder packing cube was my wife’s only purse.”