Now that it's been out for a bit, I was hoping I could tap into some of your experiences for some thoughts on the Synapse 25 vs. the Smart Alec. I currently use the Empire Builder as my primary work bag (which I love), but there are occasions when I need a backpack for the job (usually it's because I need a *bit* more room for the day's agenda, or my lovely back is acting up). Typical loadout is a Lenovo Thinkpad 420, iPad, assorted notebooks, lunch, camel back water bottle, snake charmer for chargers & such, and a couple of organizer pouches for keeping essentials.
I have a Brain Bag that I love for the flexibility, but I find it can be a bit unwieldy sometimes with the size of the beastie. Having looked at the Synapse & Smart Alec, I think that the 25-26 L size is spot on for my needs. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts/comparisons on the use of either of these bags as the EDC work bag. I'm thinking either would do great double-duty for casual use.
Thank you for your thoughts in advance!