“Suffice it to say, I travel with a lot of stuff, even for short trips. But the Synapse 25 accepted everythingng that I had and still had plenty of space left for more. Heavy? Sure. But Tom Bihn’s more vertical design of the 25 does an amazing job of stabilizing the weight of the bag, instead of having it feel like you’re going to tip backwards at any given point.”
“If it doesn’t fit in your knapsack, leave it behind.”
Our Cork fabric is a natural material. It’s made from real bark from cork trees that grow on the Iberian Peninsula and it has a life and an aging process of its own, not unlike leather. Over the years, the color of cork fabric will deepen in some areas and lighten in others; natural creases will appear, especially if the bag is folded; and an uneven texture, similar to the surface of tree bark, may develop. Even some minor flaking of bark can be expected.
Below are photos of a Little Swift in Cork that’s been in regular use for the past 3+ years.
Notice the natural creasing and wrinkling apparent in these photos, the well-earned marks of character.
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:
0:35 – 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
1:01 – 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)
1:32 – Absolute Shoulder Strap
And once more: the Tri-Star video
“While technology makes our lives easier nowadays, there is always the chance that it can be used by individuals that want to take advantage of it and those using it. As of 2006, the U.S. government required all new passports to be outfitted with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips. While these chips store information that allows for better screening of travelers it also opens up the possibility that technology savvy criminals/terrorists can remotely steal your information and use it to their benefit. RFID chips are also in mobile phones and in some credit/debit cards, which means that your financial information is at risk too.
The RFID Blocking Passport Pouch allows the user to rest easy whenever traveling with small items that use RFIDs to store sensitive information. The outer fabric is lightweight tough Dyneema, the world’s strongest fabric, which is 15 times stronger than steel. It is waterproof, heat resistant, UV resistant, and it floats!”
The backorders have shipped and the following bags are back in stock:
Aeronaut, all colors (except for Steel Dyneema/Wasabi, which ships by late July)
3D Clear Organizer Cube, all colors
3D Dyneema/nylon Organizer Cube, all colors
3D Clear Organizer Cube in Steel Dyneema.
“Tom Bihn’s Synapse 25 backpack taught me an important lesson over the month I spent testing it on numerous road trips. That lesson? Stop buying cheap backpacks. Investing a little extra money right now can save you time packing, unpacking, and getting through airport security in the future. Say hello to the Synapse 25 backpack, the road traveler’s best friend.”
The guy in our Tri-Star video? That’s Stephan Bernard, who served as our broker back in 2011 when we were searching for a new, bigger factory location. Stephan found the building we’re in now and it’s awesome — brighter and lighter with more room to grow. After the ink was dry — in part as thanks and in part because we got to talking about travel (business and pleasure) and bags as we got to know Stephan — we sent him home with a couple of our travel bags. He’s been using them ever since, so it only made sense for him to be in our video about the Tri-Star.
Three interesting things about Stephan: he’s originally from France, he was a pilot in Alaska, and he knows pretty much everything there is to know about forklifts.
Tom and Stephan on the day(s) of our move to the new factory space.