July 15, 2013

The Cache and the Rails System explained

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Wondering what's up with the webbing "rails" and Gatekeeper Clips on the back of your new Cache?

They're a design update that allows you to secure your Cache inside of some of our larger bags, turning them effectively into convenient and checkpoint friendly laptop bag solutions.

The following bags currently have the webbing loops that allow you to attach the Cache via the rails system: Synapse 25, Synapse 19, Smart Alec, Cadet, Founder's Briefcase, Tri-Star and Brain Bag.

Here's how it works: on the back (or bottom, depending how you look at it) of your Cache are two parallel "rails" of 1" wide, lightweight nylon webbing which extend from the top to the bottom.

Included with your Cache are what we call "Gatekeeper Clips". (If you ordered your Cache before we included Gatekeeper Clips with the Cache, it's necessary to order a pair from our Parts page should you choose to secure the Cache inside one of our larger bags via the rails system.)

Here's how to operate the Gatekeeper Clips:
Squeeze the black part of the Gatekeeper Rail Clip together and flip up the rectangular metal bar to unlock the clip. Slip the open clip through the ribbon on the back of the Cache and flip the metal bar shut over the top of the clip. Repeat for the other side. Repeat the same process of opening and closing the Gatekeeper Rail Clip to attach it to the Rail Loops in your bigger bag. Slip the Cache inside the bigger bag, and pull it back out: you'll see that the Gatekeeper Rail Clips ride the rails of the Cache, allowing you to remove your laptop from your bigger bag entirely while it is still encased in the protective Cache.

8 comments

Eli - February 17, 2022

How can you use two caches in the same bag?
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TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Eli! You can use one cache per set of rail loops and the Synapses have
two sets of loops – one on front, one on back!

Eli - February 16, 2022

Synapse 25: My cache is perfect for carrying a Macbook Pro, but I’d like to add an iPad Pro to my daily carry. Should I just use a larger cache (both devices in the same cache) or should/can I have two caches in the same pack?
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TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Eli! I’d personally do it but for the best protection, it’s best in two
Caches

Thom Goodsell - November 27, 2021

You’ve had this system for long enough now that I take it for granted. But flying several weeks ago a TSA Agent (of all people) told me how cool they thought it was.
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TOM BIHN replied:
That’s cool!

Greg Hammond - September 23, 2021

Effing brilliant. I just received my Tri-Star and Western Flyer, with a cache for each, one sized for my iPad Mini [for the Western Flyer when I’m going minimal], and one for my iPad Air when with the Tri-Star. At first, it wasn’t clear to me where to latch the rail clips on the Western Flyer, but I blame that on a couple of glasses of wine. All good. Just brilliant.
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TOM BIHN replied:
Yeahhh! Glad you’re happy with your Tri-Star, Western Flyer, and Caches — and, hey, bags and wine go hand-in-hand (or so we say!)

TB Crew - December 13, 2019

@Bryan Glad it works for you, Bryan!

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