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I'd be curious to hear an answer, too, to your question regarding the Synapse 25 vs. the Synapse 19 on shorter people. I like the Synapse organization. It's more flexible than you would think from the description, because the different sections of the bag adjust depending on which sections you are packing full. But the Smart Alec probably works better if you want to use it heavily for overnight travel packing of clothes, shoes, and bulky items, if you're not a smaller person, and want the flexibility of tossing everything in with maximum use of space without compartments. I do think that having contrasting interior colors of Dyneema is more important in this setting. With the Western Flyer, Aeronaut, and with the two outer sections of the Tri-Star, the compartments open up, so having the steel Dyneema works fine. You get some contrast for finding things against the grid pattern, and you may likely be using packing cubes and pouches to organize things anyway. However, even with the central compartment of the Tri-Star, which does not zip down all the way, and which is of limited size, I find having the lighter solar Dyneema an advantage. In the larger vertical bags like the Smart Alec, having a dark color in the interior doesn't matter if I'm only going to be carrying large, blocky items like laptops and textbooks. But if I carry other smaller items inside that I haven't placed into packing cubes or other organizers, I really, really want a contrasting color in the interior to help me locate them easily. This is also true for the Synapse 25, although the sides zip down half way. It is absolutely true for the Smart Alec. That's why I want the interior colors to be available in Iberian, Wasabi, and Ultraviolet in addition to Steel. (And if they ever decide to bring back Solar, I'd like that color option as well.)
Just my thoughts. YMMV.
Last edited by moriond; 04-04-2013 at 08:09 PM. Reason: Corrected "Smart Alec 25" to read "Synapse 25"
I think I know that answer to this question; but I wanted to confirm.
Is there a way to add the Cache Rails system to an old Cache? I'd think probably not, but I thought I'd ask.
We are definitely going to consider Nordic for the next batch.
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Fancy Panda-if it helps I'm also 6'1" and weight about 220. As much as I love my Synapse 19, it is a tad too small, in my opinion, for folks our size. My wife, who I think wants my synapse, always says it looks like I have a kids backpack on when I wear my synapse. I've already put in my preorder for the 25 and can't wait to get it.
Synapse 25 (steel dyneema/wasabi), Synapse 19 (conifer/steel), Empire Builder (black/steel), Ristretto for Ipad 2 (olive/cayenne), Brain Bag (black), Zephyr (black/red), Aeronaut (steel/steel), guardian dual function light, RFID blocking passport pouch, packing cubes (various sizes), horizontal freudian slip, The Kit (forest green), ultra suede screen cloth, Tom Bihn Luggage tags (x3), and who knows what is next.........
I think I said simple three times in that video. Well, you guys get the idea. ;-)
Here is a pic of the rails on the back of the Cache, which I neglected to show in the video...
Last edited by Pocketz; 04-04-2013 at 05:11 PM.
Putting the rails on the Cache rather than on the bag (a la Cadet) is a much more elegant solution. I hope this design works its way through future iterations of TB's product range.
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Darcy, I like the loops!
I have been hanging the 3D cube made in dyneema to the O-Rings in the main compartment of my Synapse, using split key rings. I can take a photo of my set up this weekend.
When I saw the loops on the Synapse 25, I said to myself - if there are loops on the 3D cube, I can hang it on those loops inside the main compartment, using the single gatekeeper clips - it will be more stable compared to my current set up.
Why would I hang the 3D cube? It makes efficient use of the top space in my Synapse. Most of the time, that space is wasted for me as most of the stuff I carry sink to the bottom of the bag. Also, hanging the cube means I get to it easily. P.S. I also tried hanging a second 3D cube using the 2 short key straps attached to the O-rings on side of the cube and to the split rings. Did not work well - better to just tether.
So maybe a line of accessory pouches, in addition to the caches (is that a word?) that attaches to those loops with a single gatekeeper (removable) would have a market. I will buy them myself.
Thanks Darcy! (I don't know if anyone else picked up on this- but the "pencils" in the photos of the new Synapse are really travel chopsticks, aren't they?
I have : many pouches & wallets & 3D Cubes & CQPCs & Stuff Sacks & Shop Bags, plum & black Side Effects, steel/ultraviolet Citizen Canine, black FJN, plum/wasabi SCB, Cork Little Swift, black/steel Co-Pilot, old plum/olive LCB, plum/black (C) Swift, old plum/olive (C) Imago, old plum/wasabi Ruck's Sac, steel WF/TS PCB, plum/solar & black/ultraviolet (C) & steel/ultraviolet (D) Synapses, black/iberian Smart Alec, steel Brain Bag.
I'm 5'3" and average torso length (as far as I can tell). I own the smaller Synapse and Smart Alec (and others, but this isn't about them!), and got to visit the store and play with the Synapse 25 yesterday. Attaching a picture for a visual. I felt like the Synapse 25 and Smart Alec were comparable in height, but obviously have a different shape and organization. I tried on the Synapse 25 and felt like it fit me fine - I could feel it at the base of my neck and the top of my hips, but would definitely still call it a viable bag for me. Consider that I also wear a full Brain Bag on occasion, so the bigger bags do work for some of us shorter folks!
I love the new features like the loops for the cache with rails - if I carried my 13" MacBook Pro regularly, I would be very tempted to get the Synapse 25.
Thanks for the photo tCook.
Now I just need to decide on a colour combination Navy/Iberian looks great but the Steel seems attractive too!
Last edited by fancypanda; 04-04-2013 at 10:11 PM.