Dear Navy/UV Synapse 25,
When you first arrived, I was skeptical. You felt long on my back - an odd sensation after having grown accustomed to the way your smaller cousin fit me. There was always so much room left in your main compartment after I put in all my daily carry items. And was Navy really the color for me while I still nurture a flame for Indigo in my heart?
It didn't take long for your unique charms to grown on me. I love your cheerful UV interior. I carry Wasabi and Iberian Dyneema accessories. The three colors of Dyneema look great together. There's enough contrast between them to make finding the right pouch easy, even in low lighting.
I love the way that my stuff fits in your pockets. It's not quite how I carried items in the Synapse 25, but this arrangement is better. I keep a Snake Charmer stocked with wipes, diapers, a tiny first aid kit, and a wet bag in your lower compartment. This separates the diaper bag items from the rest of my daily carry, so I don't feel overwhelmed by momness when I go out to lunch with coworkers. I can pull out the Snake Charmer and hand it to Dad if he's wrangling the stinky kid, but all of my personal items stay with me (keys, wallet, etc).
Your front pocket is a convenient place to stash my phone and a flannel handkerchief.
Your water bottle pocket has held a water bottle, but more frequently it holds my keys on a 16" strap and whatever odds and ends had to be snatched up quickly and stowed.
One side pocket contains a Size 2 Travel Stuff Sack with non-perishable snacks and bribes (granola bars and gummy bears).
Your other side pocket carries a few Flip & Tumble 24-7 bags for shopping.
Every day, your main compartment carries my Side Effect (purse) and my knitting. Occasionally it also houses a notebook, my MBA13 in a Cache, my iPad Mini in a Waterfield bag, extra layers, stuffed animals, Lego, wooden trains, Matchbox cars, extra outfits for the kids, lunch, books, apples, bananas, more Matchbox cars, more books.
Carrying you feels so natural that I never switch to another bag, even if I'm bringing less with me that day. I'd rather carry you than any other bag, even if you are mostly empty. I put you on my shoulders and only take you off if I really need to. You bike with me, you walk with me, you shop with me, you work with me, you go to the park and the playground with me. Kids step on you. You get slammed in the car door every once in a while. My cat pooped on you...twice. I drop you. I knock you over. I get you wet (usually it's just rain). I love you.
Will you be my BBF? My Best Bag Forever?
With affection bordering on obsession,
ps. Navy really is the color for me. Don't tell Indigo.