“Using the Gatekeeper Clips on the pocket, you can attach [the Smart Alec Modular Pockets] to the inside of the Tom Bihn Smart Alec using the webbing loops that are normally used to attach a Brain Cell. Just remove the Annex Clips and you can use both rows of webbing and the top four Gatekeeper clips on the Pocket to secure it in place.”
Travel Hack #6:
Add a reward card to traveling wallet. My good friend Susan lost her wallet while we were scootering in Goa. She got the wallet back without the cash but with her cards. Learned to always include your information in your travel wallet (phone, email, address) in case someone finds it you have a better chance of getting it back.
Go here to read Noah’s Top 8 Travel Hacks; post a comment and you might win his customized Aeronaut travel set-up. (Aeronaut in Steel/Ultraviolet; Absolute Shoulder Strap; Packing Cube Backpack in Iberian; 2 Aeronaut Packing Cubes, Small)
“I am loving my Swift!! Full of knitting and more. Here we are together at Joshua Tree National Park.”
“I asked the TB crew to “draw your favorite thing ever” and this was the result!” — Posted by Rocks in the Forums
So many new things debuted last week that we thought we should post a recap, just in case you missed anything:
The Synapse 25 — a much-anticipated larger version of the Synapse 19 — was introduced. Discussion on the forums followed. Loaded Pocketz published a First Look review of the Synapse 25 and tCook posted a photo in the Forums of the Synapse 25 with the Synapse 19 and Smart Alec.
Introduced in conjunction with the Synapse 25 was the Cache with Rails — a protective laptop sleeve that allows one to use the Synapse 25 as a checkpoint friendly backpack. (See this Loaded Pocketz video demonstration of how the Cache with Rails works.)
We shared two new videos: in our Everyday video, the Synapse 25, Swift in Cork, and Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air are shown. The second video — Synapse 25 — has just the Synapse 25 footage from the Everyday video.
Ready for order is a 5′ / 1.5 m Glowire electroluminescent wire kit for the Smart Alec backpack. Tom’s design choice of allowing you to add or remove the Glowire with ease ensures not only that you can remove the Glowire on days or trips you don’t anticipate using it, but also that, should it fail, you can simply get a replacement Glowire instead of having to chuck the entire bag.
Another exterior safety light option is also now available: the Guardian DF Light Strap-Mount: it features a clever base that allows you to mount the light securely to either a 1″ / 25 mm or a 1.5″ / 38 mm webbing (strap) and works well with the Brain Bag, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec.
“Next Monday I am headed on a week long trip that has been complicated to pack for because of my itinerary. Three different hotels, one rental car, several cabs, and lots of different events…I was worried if my Synapse would do the job but of course, with some practice packing and careful clothing selection, I am sure that it does the job!”
“I like that the larger Synapse is still low profile. During a packed train trip into Chicago, I was able to put the bag in my lap when someone sat next to me. I haven’t flown with it yet but at 1,526 cubic inches in volume, it should be an ideal sized day pack for travel – especially if you need to carry a laptop and a few extras.”
Thanks to our Seattle crew, the following bags are back in stock and ready to ship within one business day:
Western Flyer, Backpack Straps, all colors
3D Clear Organizer Cube, all colors, including new Wasabi, Iberian, Steel and Ultraviolet Dyneema/nylon versions
Aeronaut, all colors but Steel/Wasabi and Black/Iberian (both ship by late April)
Left: Western Flyer nearly empty Right: fully packed