Synapse 25: The 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).
What I Love:
1. The straps! They don't slide off and seems to be fine against bare skin as well.
2. Lightweight! A feature that made me want it to begin with.
3. Seems to be lint and dustproof except for the splashproof zips.
4. Tested it against the tropical heat, dusty rides, sand, turbulent flights and finally, the rain when I got home last night. It certainly kept all interiors dry even if all the zippers were totally soaked.
5. I don't really dislike this feature so I'll add it here - on torso length, it's a inch+ longer than my exact measurements but I don't mind as it molds well on my lower back.
6. I love the water bottle compartment. I could fit 2 of my klean kanteen 24oz.
7. I've read that a few don't like the handle webbing as it looks cheap or thin and the likes. I actually prefer it that way. It never gets in the way.
8. The removable straps are awesome.
9. It's a handsome piece of pack. Kudos to the makers!
What I Dislike:
1. The slight gaps on the zips. It doesn't completely close as much as I wanted it to.
2. The zips might fade sooner than the body or actually, it's the only feature that seems to have the potential to fade/whiten with friction.
3. I was walking under the scorching sun with it on my back and it was fairly breathable. Could be better but it serves its purpose.
4. While wearing the pack, the webbing won't budge if I want to adjust the length. I had to take them off to do this.
5. The straps could have used a velcro snap.
1. Could have something like a compactor system at the bottom when the bag is barely filled out. I was forced to use it as a day pack with a laptop on and only a few items. The laptop corners made the bottom sag.
2. How about a couple small webbing loops at the bottom for a sleeping bag holder if needed? I'll probably do a DIY using the 2 loops of the waist strap and the webbing for the bike light at the front.
So without further ado here are a few photos.
My packing list. There are 2 more shirts missing on the pile plus a few knick knacks. Yes, that other bag behind the laptop was also inside the pack.
Kudos TB-ers! Got another flight and adventure to catch tomorrow. Naturally, the S25 will come with me :cool: