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Thread: Synapse 25 A Photo Review + Mods + What's In My Bag

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    Synapse 25 A Photo Review + Mods + What's In My Bag

    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.
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5554/...0576d995_b.jpg

    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.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3896/...329d3310_b.jpg

    Detail shot of the Wasabi Dyneema interior.
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5591/...74f6951d_b.jpg

    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!!!
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3908/...c41ba1a1_b.jpg

    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.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3873/...d32aa05f_b.jpg

    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 -_-
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3909/...c89acc59_b.jpg

    In this Mini Padded Organizer Pouch, I have my FiiO E11 Portable Headphone Amplifier. Again another perfect, snug (but not too snug) fit.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3912/...01cdf002_b.jpg

    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*
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3865/...922c2b17_b.jpg

    On the right side pocket, I've got a Small Cordura Organizer Pouch in Conifer and a Mini Clear Organizer Pouch in Black Dyneema.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3896/...a24bca01_b.jpg

    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.
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5572/...2856f90c_b.jpg

    The ultrasuede pocket holds my iPod Classic. It's so classic!
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3881/...1e995d2d_b.jpg

    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.
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5581/...a78a0dd6_b.jpg

    This particular Organizer Wallet came with Steel and Olive ultrasuede dividers.
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5563/...d2dfd8c2_b.jpg

    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?
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5590/...af936033_b.jpg

    Moving onto the main compartment, the top left clip holds my cleaner cloth
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/...7c74a33c_b.jpg

    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!
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5585/...9c8d2644_b.jpg

    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.
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5568/...cb78ed0a_b.jpg

    '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.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3876/...c7be36c8_b.jpg

    A notebook and hard-sided folder I picked up at my local Mitsuwa store.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/...7f68d040_b.jpg

    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.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3911/...f1d2db64_b.jpg

    ITW Web Dominator side view.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3918/...360d9501_b.jpg

    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!
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3912/...a49b0e4e_b.jpg


    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thephotomatt View Post
    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!
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5585/...9c8d2644_b.jpg

    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.
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5568/...cb78ed0a_b.jpg

    '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.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3876/...c7be36c8_b.jpg

    A notebook and hard-sided folder I picked up at my local Mitsuwa store.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/...7f68d040_b.jpg

    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.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3911/...f1d2db64_b.jpg

    ITW Web Dominator side view.
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3918/...360d9501_b.jpg

    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!
    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3912/...a49b0e4e_b.jpg


    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!
    Glad that hack worked out for you. ;-)

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    Nice setup.

    I really like how the JANUS pouch attaches via ITW Web Dominators.

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    Oooh, I've got to try the ITW Web Dominators to take up the slack on the sternum straps of my Brain Bag. Love this hack! Thank for sharing it.

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    Web Dominators look sweet. Anyone have a trusted e-tailer, preferably that ships to Canada on the cheaps?
    Own: Aeronaut 45 (Navy/Iberian), Aeronaut 30 (Steel/Ultraviolet), Night Flight (Coyote/Steel), Guide's Pack (Steel), Synapse 19 (Olive/Steel), Daylight (Navy), Aeronaut Packing Cube Backpack (Wasabi), Founder's Briefcase (Black), Pilot (Steel 400d/Steel), Co-Pilot (Black/Iberian), Side Effect (Black/Ultraviolet), Travel Tray (Iberian), various cubes, pouches, sacks, and straps

    Want: EVERYTHING.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pocketz View Post
    Glad that hack worked out for you. ;-)
    Indeed! The only downside I've seen thus far is that if you're digging around the main compartment and bump into the JANUS pouch, sometimes one side can slip off a Web Dominatora, and I'll have to re-attach it.

    Oh well, this is very minor :)

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    Instead of the web dominators try out the maxpedition grimlocs. That's how I've had my janus mounted for some time and haven't had it fall off. Nice thing with the Janus is with the the additional molle I've attached additional grimlocs to the bottom of it with some key o rings. Which allows me attach key straps for pouches that I keep inside the synapses pouch and out of the way from the rest of items in the main compartment.

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    Nice, might have to try the grimlocs. Just got my S25 and wished there were a set of rings on the front side to hang a 3D organizer or similar pouch.

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    Nice post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanderson9 View Post
    Nice post!
    Thank you! It was a pleasure doing the write-up :)

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    Maxpedition Janus installed in S19 with grimlocs:

    looking into the pack and below that with the janus flipped out of the pack to see the grimlocs:
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsablur View Post
    Web Dominators look sweet. Anyone have a trusted e-tailer, preferably that ships to Canada on the cheaps?
    Try MilSpec Monkey. They have the cheapest price if you don't mind cutting your own cord. Also All Day Ruck-off is cheap on the dominators, already assembled.

    I do have a set of brown dominators from MSM I can mail to anyone CONUS who would like to try them. I have plenty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsablur View Post
    Web Dominators look sweet. Anyone have a trusted e-tailer, preferably that ships to Canada on the cheaps?
    Search on Ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsablur View Post
    Web Dominators look sweet. Anyone have a trusted e-tailer, preferably that ships to Canada on the cheaps?
    Quote Originally Posted by RhoFro View Post
    Try MilSpec Monkey. They have the cheapest price if you don't mind cutting your own cord. Also All Day Ruck-off is cheap on the dominators, already assembled.

    I do have a set of brown dominators from MSM I can mail to anyone CONUS who would like to try them. I have plenty.
    Mil-Spec Monkey has carried these in the past, but the last few times I've looked web dominators have been out of stock. (By brown, do you mean Marine Coyote? Tan seems closer to the color of the Coyote webbing used in the Guide's Pack and Lead's Pocket, Founder's Brief Case, etc.)

    @chrisc983, @Dandelion Nice solution with the grimlocs

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    I have the tan dominators as spares. I use black and coyote.
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