vivelly, I too am giving consideration to the larger Synapse. I'd love some steel/ultraviolet combo. Just what I need, yet another bag. :) I'm anxious to find out if the larger Synapse will sit up on its own too. I can get my smaller ones to sit up but it takes carefull packing of the bottom front pocket to do so.
My bag collection has grown over the last three years or so. I notice you just joined the forum. Your collection will grow now too. The Freind of Tom comes from a gift TB gift sent out a couple of years ago. It was a lovely medium pouch. TB puts customer service first every time. I, and apparently many others, really appreicate that these days. It's becoming a lost art. The bags are a bit pricey sometimes but the quality will last a lifetime and more than worth the small extra cost. I prefer to purchase less stuff and hold out for quality rather than bulk up on lesser quality mass produced bags that come from heaven knows where. I also really like supporting a company based in the US whenever I can.