Can the perfect backpack get any better? That's what I sought to achieve with my newly purchased Black/Wasabi Synapse 25. Let's dive right in...
*Since only 10 images can be displayed in a single post, I had to pick and choose...the rest are links to images hosted on Flickr -_-*
TB logo, front and center.
Main shot of the Synapse 25. Exterior is Black Cordura.
Close-up detail of the Cordura material, as well as the water-repellent YKK zippers.
Detail shot of the Wasabi Dyneema interior.
Here are the contents of the bottom pocket, which is substantially larger than meets the eye::
- Small Cordura Organizer Pouch in Olive
- Small Padded Organizer Pouch
- A few sets of keys
- 3D Clear Organizer Cube in Steel
- Mini Padded Organizer Pouch
Small Cordura Organizer Pouch, holding some tissue packages. Because you never know when you'll catch a cold, or bust into tears!!!
Within this Small Padded Organizer Pouch is my trusty Anker Astro E3 (2nd Gen) portable power supply. Quite literally it seems like these two items were made for each other...the power supply fits perfectly in this pouch!
The always handy Key Straps. They're straps. That hold keys. And other stuff.
Within the 3D Clear Organizer Cube, I've got cords and cables I use on a daily basis. However...I think I may soon swap this out with a 3D Mesh Organizer Cube, as it just feels more conducive to putting electronics-related cords & such in. Those cables aren't exactly the prettiest things to look at through the clear urethane sides -_-
In this Mini Padded Organizer Pouch, I have my FiiO E11 Portable Headphone Amplifier. Again another perfect, snug (but not too snug) fit.
On the left side pocket I've got pens for writing stuff, glasses for reading stuff, and minty fresh gum for minty fresh breath. *minty fresh sigh*
On the right side pocket, I've got a Small Cordura Organizer Pouch in Conifer and a Mini Clear Organizer Pouch in Black Dyneema.
Within the Mini Clear Organizer Pouch, I've got some low-budget Sony Headphones that I primarily use for phone conversations in the car...however I will be upgrading to a bluetooth headset in the (not too distant?) future. *Note, I definitely need more Black Dyneema in my collection!
Small Cordura Organizer Pouch in Conifer, holding my sunglasses.
The ultrasuede pocket holds my iPod Classic. It's so classic!
The small middle pocket holds my Forest-colored Clear Organizer Wallet, which in turn holds my work badge and assorted cards.
A closer look at that Forest Ballistic Nylon in all of it's Pacific Northwest-inspired glory.
This particular Organizer Wallet came with Steel and Olive ultrasuede dividers.
The deep middle pocket holds my 21oz Camelbak Podium Chill Water Bottle. However, it sweats even though it's insulated so I'm definitely looking for a replacement...suggestions anyone?
Moving onto the main compartment, the top left clip holds my cleaner cloth
Now this is where things start to take an interesting turn. Several weeks ago I found a very interesting post, whereby the author hacked his Maxpedition JANUS bag into the main compartment of this Synapse 25 by way of the webbing loops and some these nifty little things called ITW Web Dominators. The temptation to further increase the functionality of my S25 was too great to pass up, so alas I did this very same mod. I also included one of Maxpedition's California State Flag velcro patch because I had to rep my home state! Apologies for the slight blur on this image.
A closer more detailed look at the Maxpedition JANUS pack.
...and yet an even closer look at this beautiful California State Flag patch!
Here's the backside of the JANUS pack, locked into place using the built-in loopings and two ITW Web Dominators.
A close-up view of the contents within my JANUS pack. I'm using it to hold things like band-aids, floss, tylenol, hand sanitizer, and the like.
've got a pair of Sennheiser HD25-1 II headphones. If you're looking for the best over-the-ear headphones for under $250, look no further. It also comes with a handy bag for safe keeping.
A notebook and hard-sided folder I picked up at my local Mitsuwa store.
Here's one of many applications where ITW Web Dominators can be used. The extra slack on an unused sternum strap can be kept at bay!
Another example of ITW Web Dominators dominating loose straps.
ITW Web Dominator side view.
Taming those loose waist straps with a couple ITW Web Dominators!
After all that, and still a ton more room in the main compartment for anything...a hoodie, or a cache/laptop, or just about anything else!
A link to the full-sized photo set on Flickr can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2k4UiL.
In closing, the Synapse 25 is the best backpack I've ever owned (oh wait, I already owned the Synapse 19). In closing, the Synapse 25 is tied for the best backpack I've ever owned! Add in some inexpensive ITW Web Dominators and a Maxpedition JANUS pouch, and this is my ideal setup!
Thanks for looking!