The nature of my job has me traveling quiet often...and anyone familiar with frequently being on the move is aware that the correct travel tools are essential to surviving the road.
I've been searching for the perfect 2 bag combo for some time and finally stumbled upon the Tom Bihn website. Initially I ordered the Synapse 25 in Navy/Iberian...but the Navy just didn't quiet do it for me (however it is a very nice dark dark blue that I'm sure will appeal to a wide range of people). Thanks to Bihn's generous return policy (which really shows a company stands behind their product) I was able to swap it out for a Steel/UV version..............and it is stunning.
I was worried the colors would be too bright, but both the Steel and UV are extremely deep and satisfying. Photos online really don't do the colors justice, but I've tried to capture the contrast here:
The bags are much more rugged then I expected and the Western Flyer in particular holds a lot more then I expected. Some people think it's small, but I will be using it exclusively for cloths with the Synapse supplementing my electronics and accessories. I opt for the two bag system as it gives me a robust day pack to work with and decreases the dangers of having to check luggage at the gate with larger carry ons (international airlines have stricter size and weight policies then the states).
I will be traveling to Asia for an entire month and these two carry ons will be my only luggage.