About a month ago I stumbled across the synapse while looking for a new every day carry backpack. I was immediately drawn to the synapse because of the dedicated bottle pocket and also the reported high build quality. I was preparing to order on the TB website but found one on ebay for a little less and I went for it. When the s19 arrived I absolutely loved it and appreciated the high quality materials and also build. Unfortunately being a big guy, the left shoulder strap didn't quite fit me right and it would dig in making it quite uncomfortable. I gave it to my sister who now uses it every day and loves it as much as I did. Below is a picture of the s19 with my Arcteryx 18L day-pack.
I have been wanting to become a 1 bag traveler for quite some time now. I just imagine having one carry on bag being so much easier than dealing with a large clumsy roller luggage. I knew that if the s19 was as good as it was, the larger TB bags would be amazing. 2 weeks after getting the s19, I placed an order for the Aeronaut in steel/steel...I was not disappointed. Even though the Aeronaut uses the same straps, they are mounted wider on the bag and that made all the difference for me. I can put it on my back fully loaded without an issues. 2 days after getting my aeronaut I placed another order for some packing cubes. I got a large cube, small cube, end cube and a clear quarter packing cube. Once again I was thrilled with all the pieces and the shipping crew included a nice little note.
So what's next? The outrigger hotel in hawaii was running a promo where the first 200 people to sign up would get an ocean view room for $10/night with a 5 night max. I got lucky and got in on the sale...for a total of $57 (taxes included) my girlfriend and I will be traveling for an impromptu trip for some much needed relaxation. As for TB bags, I wish I had included in my order a stuff sack to hold some of my cables and chargers. Maybe after my trip i'll give the s25 a try and include the stuff sack in the order. The Tom Bihn crew has gained a new customer for life.