Hey, All! Bag fever has struck again.
I have a Brain Bag for overnights, work, and generally heavy needs (like camping), but she's too big for general running about. I am looking for a daypack for traveling and recreational purposes. While it has to be a good airline companion that will stow under the seat, the primary role will be recreational: sightseeing, day trips, amusement parks, visits to a friends house, that kind of thing. Perhaps a hike or two.
As for carrying needs laptops not not apply, but room for my iPad is important. Contents will vary based on the day's adventures: bottle(s) of water, camera, light jacket, a towel/bathing suit, kids electronics, snacks, a bottle of scotch (or wine, or both), a few cigars, a hat... any of these sorts of things could be possible!
Here's my dilemma: I keep seeing the Synapse as (nearly) the ideal bag in design for almost everything outlined above... but I am not quite sure if it's a shade too small. I'm really intrigued by the new modularity/flexibility of the Smart Alec, but I wonder if it's a might too bulky for a daypack (I'm trying to avoid the bulk that something like the Brain Bag brings). And then the Son of Synapse is due soon, just to complicate matters.
Any thoughts from those with the current Smart Alec and/or Synapse would be greatly appreciated! Does anyone have comparison pictures (BB vs SA vs Synapse, or some combination) by any chance?