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A Synapse 25 in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Synapse 25 in Ursa Ballistic with a Moss 210 Cerylon interior. A Synapse 25 in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic. A Synapse 25 in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (grey with light grey grid) 210 Cerylon interior. A Synapse 25 in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A Synapse 25 in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synapse 25 in Marine X-Pac The Synapse 25 in Marine (blue) X-Pac with a Northwest Sky (grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior The Synapse 25 in Black X-Pac with a colorful label The Synapse 25 in Black X-Pac with a Zest (orange with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior The Synapse 25 in Black X-Pac with a grey label The Synapse 25 in Black X-Pac with a Northwest Sky (grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior.
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Color: Taiga 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

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One backpack for: Ultralight travel. Day hikes. EDC.

25 liters / 1526 cu.in.

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TLDR

With 30% more volume than the Synapse 19, the Synapse 25 is an everyday backpack designed with ultimate utility in mind. 

  • Main compartment with 2 O-rings
  • Interior, banded open-top pocket
  • 5 exterior front pockets with independent volume
  • Comfortable, durable, edgeless shoulder straps
  • Breathable back panel
  • Removable sternum strap and waist strap
  • Webbing loop on exterior bottom of bag to hook items on the outside
  • Meets the personal item size requirement on most airlines
  • Generally fits folks between 5'6" and 6'6" comfortably

Full Description

 

Main Compartment

The main compartment closes with #10 YKK® Racquet-Coil zipper and is designed to fit large, flat items like notebooks. On the front interior side of the main compartment, there is a banded open-top pocket. It's spacious enough to fit a wide range of items, such as books, tablet, pair of sandals or our Clear 3D Organizer Cube. Above this open-top pocket is a set of Cache lops where you can secure a device as large as the 16" Macbook Pro in a Cache

On the back interior side of the main compartment are an additional set of Cache loops and two O-rings for tethering additional pouches.

5 Front Exterior Organizational Pockets

The Synapse 25 has an abundant amount of organization for your everyday essentials, big and small. The exterior of the bag has five pockets with independent volume, meaning that the pockets are designed and patterned in such a way that they don't steal space from each other and they look good (not too caved in, not too bulgy) whether full or empty.

The water bottle pocket is intentionally centered in the bag, allowing one of the heavier objects in your bag to be balanced in the middle, resulting in a more comfortable carrying experience while maintaining a clean, straight-forward exterior aesthetic. We've found that most standard 32 oz / 1 liter water bottles can comfortably fit in the water bottle pocket.

Below the opening for the water bottle pocket is another small zippered pocket that is just deep enough for keys, a wallet, glove liners, or a small camera.

The side pockets are generously sized for sunglasses (in a case or alone), a first aid kit, or even a light Windbreaker-type jacket or down vest compressed in a Travel Stuff Sack. The right side pocket has a small organizational pocket; the left pocket has one pen slot and two wider slots for tools or more pens. 

The bottom pocket is a great spot for extra clothing or snacks and will easily accommodate a thin sweater, light down jacket, or Windbreaker-type jacket. If you care to add organization, we recommend storing a Size 2 Handy Little Thing here. 

Each of the top four pockets has its own O-ring, and the bottom pocket has three O-rings. You can use them to attach our mini or small Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches or Mystery Organizer Pouches.

Edgeless EV50 1/2" Shoulder Strap

Conformity is overrated — except, perhaps, when it comes to shoulder straps. The edgelessness of this strap allows it to more softly conform to your shoulder; we find that this increases comfort. Yet the straps aren't too soft: the 1/2" thick foam means the strap is robust enough to carry a heavy load.

There's enough length on the shoulder straps to accommodate a wide range of body types. If you need to tighten the straps to the maximum amount, don't worry about having dangling ends — we've included sewn-in strap keepers to help keep those at bay. 

Breathable Back Panel

The back panel of the Synapse 25 is padded with 1/4", high quality, closed cell-foam with an exterior of Spacer mesh and 210 denier nylon. This combination of mesh and smooth nylon is designed to provide maximum breathability while still being gentle on your clothing.

Webbing Loop on Exterior Bottom

On the exterior bottom of the bag is a 1.5" / 38mm webbing loop. Originally, the Synapse was designed for hiking, so the intended use of the webbing loop was for hooking on a flashlight (highly recommended if you ride a bicycle or walk in the dark). If you're planning on using the Synapse for travel, we've found the webbing loop serves as an extra grab handle, allowing you to easily pull the Synapse from under the seat or the overhead compartment no matter which direction you stowed it on your flight.

What's Included

Included Removable Sternum Strap + Waist Strap

As with all of our major backpacks, we include adjustable and removable sternum and waist straps: if you don't like or don't use your waist or sternum strap, remove them!

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls

A set of pulls to extend or replace your metal pulls.

What's Optional

Size 2 Handy Little Thing (HLT)

You can attach a Size 2 Handy Little Thing (HLT) to the pair of cache loops above the open-top pocket, or you can store the HLT in the bottom front pocket of the Synapse 25. It is the perfect clamshell organizer pouch for those looking for a lot of organization.

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag is the perfect 2-in-1 packing cube. It's big enough to store rolled up shirts. Once you reach your destination, attach a shoulder strap and use it as a crossbody. 

Freudian Slip

Love organizing and want even more pockets? The Synapse 25/Synik 30 Freudian Slip adds an additional fifteen organizational pockets to your bag. One side of the Freudian Slip has two folder pockets that can fit folders/papers horizontally or vertically, as well as four open-top pockets for a small tablet in a Cache or a notebook. The other side has two mesh pockets for bulky items, two large zippered pockets, four pen slots, and a business card slot.

Cache

The Synapse 25 can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you plan on putting a laptop or smaller tablet in the interior banded open-top pocket, we recommend adding a Cache.

The main compartment closes with #10 YKK® Racquet-Coil zipper and is designed to fit large, flat items like notebooks. On the front interior side of the main compartment, there is a banded open-top pocket. It's spacious enough to fit a wide range of items, such as books, tablet, pair of sandals or our Clear 3D Organizer Cube. Above this open-top pocket is a set of Cache lops where you can secure a device as large as the 16" Macbook Pro in a Cache

On the back interior side of the main compartment are an additional set of Cache loops and two O-rings for tethering additional pouches.

The Synapse 25 has an abundant amount of organization for your everyday essentials, big and small. The exterior of the bag has five pockets with independent volume, meaning that the pockets are designed and patterned in such a way that they don't steal space from each other and they look good (not too caved in, not too bulgy) whether full or empty.

The water bottle pocket is intentionally centered in the bag, allowing one of the heavier objects in your bag to be balanced in the middle, resulting in a more comfortable carrying experience while maintaining a clean, straight-forward exterior aesthetic. We've found that most standard 32 oz / 1 liter water bottles can comfortably fit in the water bottle pocket.

Below the opening for the water bottle pocket is another small zippered pocket that is just deep enough for keys, a wallet, glove liners, or a small camera.

The side pockets are generously sized for sunglasses (in a case or alone), a first aid kit, or even a light Windbreaker-type jacket or down vest compressed in a Travel Stuff Sack. The right side pocket has a small organizational pocket; the left pocket has one pen slot and two wider slots for tools or more pens. 

The bottom pocket is a great spot for extra clothing or snacks and will easily accommodate a thin sweater, light down jacket, or Windbreaker-type jacket. If you care to add organization, we recommend storing a Size 2 Handy Little Thing here. 

Each of the top four pockets has its own O-ring, and the bottom pocket has three O-rings. You can use them to attach our mini or small Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches or Mystery Organizer Pouches.

Conformity is overrated — except, perhaps, when it comes to shoulder straps. The edgelessness of this strap allows it to more softly conform to your shoulder; we find that this increases comfort. Yet the straps aren't too soft: the 1/2" thick foam means the strap is robust enough to carry a heavy load.

There's enough length on the shoulder straps to accommodate a wide range of body types. If you need to tighten the straps to the maximum amount, don't worry about having dangling ends — we've included sewn-in strap keepers to help keep those at bay. 

The back panel of the Synapse 25 is padded with 1/4", high quality, closed cell-foam with an exterior of Spacer mesh and 210 denier nylon. This combination of mesh and smooth nylon is designed to provide maximum breathability while still being gentle on your clothing.

On the exterior bottom of the bag is a 1.5" / 38mm webbing loop. Originally, the Synapse was designed for hiking, so the intended use of the webbing loop was for hooking on a flashlight (highly recommended if you ride a bicycle or walk in the dark). If you're planning on using the Synapse for travel, we've found the webbing loop serves as an extra grab handle, allowing you to easily pull the Synapse from under the seat or the overhead compartment no matter which direction you stowed it on your flight.

Included Removable Sternum Strap + Waist Strap

As with all of our major backpacks, we include adjustable and removable sternum and waist straps: if you don't like or don't use your waist or sternum strap, remove them!

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls

A set of pulls to extend or replace your metal pulls.

Size 2 Handy Little Thing (HLT)

You can attach a Size 2 Handy Little Thing (HLT) to the pair of cache loops above the open-top pocket, or you can store the HLT in the bottom front pocket of the Synapse 25. It is the perfect clamshell organizer pouch for those looking for a lot of organization.

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag is the perfect 2-in-1 packing cube. It's big enough to store rolled up shirts. Once you reach your destination, attach a shoulder strap and use it as a crossbody. 

Freudian Slip

Love organizing and want even more pockets? The Synapse 25/Synik 30 Freudian Slip adds an additional fifteen organizational pockets to your bag. One side of the Freudian Slip has two folder pockets that can fit folders/papers horizontally or vertically, as well as four open-top pockets for a small tablet in a Cache or a notebook. The other side has two mesh pockets for bulky items, two large zippered pockets, four pen slots, and a business card slot.

Cache

The Synapse 25 can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you plan on putting a laptop or smaller tablet in the interior banded open-top pocket, we recommend adding a Cache.

Materials

Upper Back

Spacer Mesh

Back Pad

Closed-cell foam

Shoulder Straps

Edgeless EV50 1/2” / 12mm shoulder straps (EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® foam)

Zippers

1x #10 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent zipper with metal slider (main compartment)
5 #8 YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent zippers with metal sliders (all other exterior zippers)

Specs

Dimensions

13.4" (w) x 20" (h) x 9.1" (d) / 340 (w) x 508 (h) x 230 (d) mm

Weight

400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop: 1 lb 13 oz / 822 grams
X-Pac®: 1 lb 13.1 oz / 825 grams
630d Ballistic: 1 lb 15.8 oz / 900 grams

Volume

25 liters / 1526 cubic inches (ASTM Standard Measure)

Straps

.375" / 10 mm padded and contoured backpack straps with .75" / 20 mm removable sternum strap

Total O-Rings

9

(2 in the main compartment
1 in the top center pocket
1 in the small center pocket
3 in the bottom front pocket
1 in the left side pocket
1 in the right side pocket)

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
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273 reviews
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 hours ago
    So far, so good after 1 month

    Got this as a bday present for myself, just fits my favorite 32oz owala water bottle (and the weight centering really makes a difference!), a5 notebooks and ereader in the bottom pocket, pens, pencils, cables, portable battery, a comically large swiss army knife, keys, wallet in the side pockets; in the main compartment: umbrella, sweater, normal sized dslr and spare lens, enough clothes for a week long trip, toiletries, etc. I keep hand sanitizer, gum, earbuds in the small top pocket, I was able to fit a passport but didnt seem the safest placement for it. The back padding is good but the straps are unreal! Once I adjusted them the excess was pretty long but the keepers work well enough for me. My partner got me extra keystraps because I would not shut up about how nifty they are lol. When its not full for traveling theres enough space in the main compartment for a small grocery run. Example of what I fit: 1 6pack soda, 12 pack drinkable yogurt, onions, deli meat and cheese, round loaf of bread, butter, and a small container of cookies.

    Sophia C.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 days ago
    Fantastic Backpack

    Absolutely beautifully designed and built backpack. Would recommend it to anyone. The o rings are such a great idea and work so well for a work bag. The laptop sleeve pairs so well with this bag.

    Logan W.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 days ago
    Perfect backpack for me

    I love this backpack. It's got tons of compartments, is lightweight, attractive and I especially love that the water bottle holder doesn't impact the interior storage.

    Priya P.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    6 days ago
    Everything I’d hope for!

    I am always on the search for a better backpack with organizational pockets to stow my stuff. When I came across TB, they looked promising, albeit expensive. After much contemplation, I made the decision & ordered the Synapse 25.

    Could not be more pleased!

    This is the best, highest quality materials, most attention to assembly details backpack with the smoothest operating zippers I have owned (or seen)! An impressive detail (that should be commonplace) is that the front pockets do not steal space from the interior space, but are independent. So frustrating to load up a backpack only to find the external pockets merely push into the internal space. Heresy!

    This is my first TB product. Won’t be my last. I’m now trying to decide on the colors for a Synik 30 for when I need the extra 5 liters of room and additional features.

    You get what you pay for if you’re lucky. With TB products, you absolutely do get what you pay for. And then some.

    Gary C.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Great work bag

    Well constructed, professional grade materials. Really enjoying it.

    Brett L.
    Verified Buyer
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