The Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) Ballistic with an Zest (orange with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) Ballistic with an Tidal (pale blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) Ballistic with an Seafoam (pale green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) with the Marigold (yellow with light yellow grid) 210 Cerylon interior. A Nebulous Grey Ballistic Synik 30 with the side pocket open showing the Cobalt Cerylon lining color. The Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) 525 Ballistic with an Acuity (light blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) 525 Ballistic with a Moab (dark red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) 525 Ballistic with a Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) 525 Ballistic with a Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) Ballistic. The Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic with a Wisteria (lilac purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic with a Zest (orange with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Coyote (brown with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic with a Acai (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic. The Synik 30 in Wilderness (forest green) Ballistic with a Wisteria (lilac purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Wilderness (forest green) Ballistic with a Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with a Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with a Moab (dark red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Wilderness (forest green) Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Wilderness (forest green) Ballistic. Synik 30 in Aubergine Ballistic with Wisteria Halcyon interior. Synik 30 in Aubergine Ballistic with a Tidal 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic with a Dusk (purple with light purple grid) 210 Cerylon interior. The Synik 30 in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic with a Mountain (grey with light grey grid) 210 Cerylon interior. The Synik 30 in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic with a Marigold (yellow with light yellow grid) 210 Cerylon interior. The Synik 30 in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic. The Synik 30 in Cloud (light grey) Ballistic with a Cerise (pink with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Cloud (light grey) Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Cloud (light grey) Ballistic. A side shot of the Synik 30 in Black Ballistic with the new Red Label and a Sakura 200 Halcyon interior. A side shot of the Synik 30 in Black 525 Ballistic with the new Red Label and a Cerise 200 Halcyon interior. A side shot of the Synik 30 in Black 525 Ballistic with the new Black Label and a Zest 200 Halcyon interior. A side shot of the Synik 30 in Black 525 Ballistic with the new Black Label and a Seafoam 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Black 525 Ballistic with a Sitka (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Black 525 Ballistic with a Moab (brick red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Black 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A side shot of the Synik 30 in Black Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Black Ballistic. A side shot of the Synik 30 in Black 630 Ballistic with the new Black Label and a Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon interior. A side shot of the Synik 30 in Black 630 Ballistic, closed pocket, with the new Black Label and a Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon interior. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Black 630 Ballistic with the new Black Label. The Synik 30 in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with a Mountain Grey (grey with light grey grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Burnt Orange 630 Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Burnt Orange Ballistic. The Synik 30 in Constellation (light blue) Ballistic with a Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Constellation (light blue) Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Constellation (light blue) Ballistic. The Synik 30 in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Coyote (brown) Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Coyote (brown) Ballistic. The Synik 30 in Mars Red 630 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Mars Red 630 Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Mars Red 630 Ballistic. The Synik 30 in Ursa (brown-grey) Ballistic with a Zest (orange with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Ursa (brown) Ballistic with a Dusk (blue-grey with light blue-grey grid) 210 Cerylon interior. The Synik 30 in Ursa (brown) 525 Ballistic with a Cobalt (blue) 210 Cerylon interior. The Synik 30 in Ursa (brown) Ballistic with a Mountain (grey) 210 Cerylon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. The Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with a Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Navy (dark blue) 420 Parapack with a Mountain Grey (grey with light grey gridding) 210 Cerylon interior. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Navy (dark blue) 420 Parapack. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Navy (dark blue) 420 Parapack. The Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with a Moab (brick red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with a Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with a Island (bright blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with a Zest (orange with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. The Synik 30 in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Synik 30 in Black X-Pac with Zest (orange with white grid) interior. Synik 30 in Black X-Pac with Acai (dark berry purple with white grid) interior. The Synik 30 in Black X-Pac® with a Wasabi (green) 200 Halcyon interior. The Synik 30 in Black (black with black grid) X-Pac® with a Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Synik 30 in Black X-Pac with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) interior. The Synik 30 in Black (black with black grid) X-Pac®. The Synik 30 in Black (black with black grid) X-Pac®. The Synik 30 in Black (black with black grid) X-Pac®. The Synik 30 in Black (black with black grid) X-Pac®.
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Full clamshell main compartment. Two-point access suspended laptop compartment fits up to 16" laptops. Need we say more?

30 liters / 1830 cu. in.

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TLDR

The Synik 30 is our bestselling everyday travel backpack, designed to do —and fit— it all. It has many of the well-thought out features of our original Synapse:

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

Plus, we added more features to the Synik:

  • Full clamshell zipper opening to main compartment
  • Two-point access suspended laptop compartment, fits up to 16" Macbook Pro
  • Fully integrated, yet removable, internal frame 
  • Rolling luggage handle pass-through pocket
  • Padded grab handle and bottom

Full Description

What the synik shares with the synapse

Now, here's what's unique to the synik...

Design Story

The original Synapse 19 debuted in 2009. Tom originally designed the Synapse to serve as a day-hiking backpack, but our customers saw the backpack's potential beyond hiking and began using it both for everyday carry and minimalist travel. Over the years, we started receiving requests to make a slightly larger version, and we did: the Synapse 25 debuted in 2013. 

You've also asked us for other sizes and features over the years: maybe a 22-liter Synapse, or a 30-liter version, and what if we added more travel-specific features, like a full clamshell zipper opening? How about a dedicated laptop compartment? A luggage handle pass-through on the back panel? Done, done, and done: meet the Synik. 

5 Front Exterior Organizational Pockets

The Synik 30 has an abundant amount of organization for your everyday essentials, big and small: the exterior of the bag has five pockets with independent volume. 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

Interior Banded Open-Top Pocket

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 are two O-rings, where you can tether additional pouches, such as the Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches. Between the two O-rings is a set of Cache loops. It is the perfect spot to tether a Size 2 Handy Little Thing or a small device stored in a Cache. All these tethered items can be stored inside the open-top pocket too, if you want.

Edgeless EV50 1/2" Shoulder Straps

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. 

Webbing Loop on Exterior Bottom

On the exterior bottom of the bag is a 1.5"/38 mm 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 Synik for travel, we've found the webbing loop serves as an extra grab handle, allowing you to easily pull the Synik from under the seat or the overhead compartment no matter which direction you stowed it on your flight. 

Full Clamshell Zipper Opening

The biggest change we made between the Synapse and the Synik is the opening of the main compartment. The Synik can open fully clamshell — the zipper starts at the bottom edge of the bag, rather than the middle, so you can pack your bag like a suitcase.

Due to the clamshell style opening, there are also additional features added to the main compartment of the Synik. First, on the back interior side of the main compartment, we have included two sets of removable tie-down straps. You can strap down clothes or even a Packing Cube without worrying about the contents falling out while opening the clamshell all the way. Second, we added padding to the exterior bottom of the main compartment to protect the zipper sliders. 

If you are using your Synik for daily use and don't need to fully unzip the clamshell each time, know that you can also unzip the main compartment halfway and pack it like the Synapse or any front-loading backpack. The #10 YKK Aquaguard zippers that we use have enough resistance to keep the main compartment in place when it is opened just halfway. We've test-packed the Synik to its maximum to see if that would unintentionally force the clamshell open, and rest assured, it did not.

Two-Point Access Suspended Laptop Compartment

On the back interior side of the main compartment is also a built-in zippered laptop compartment. It is made with the same padded foam fabric as our Cache on the side facing the main compartment, and backed by the main lining fabric of the bag. The laptop compartment is suspended off the padded bottom of the bag, ensuring that your laptop is protected each time you place your backpack on the ground, whether gently or not.

There are two access points to the laptop compartment. You can access it from the inside of the main compartment. Or you can access it from the external zipper, located on the back left side (when facing the front of the backpack). We find the external zipper especially helpful when you want to directly pull out your laptop without having to rummage through the contents of the main compartment (say maybe in the security line at the airport). 

Above the interior zipper are two additional O-rings. More places to attach pouches.

The laptop compartment (size 14.15" x 9.75" x 0.75" / 359mm x 248mm x 19 mm) can fit devices as large as the 16" Macbook Pro. Please note: It's no biggie in practice, for these bigger laptops, if you want to fit them through the external side zipper access, you will need to do a two-point turn (no need if using internal zipper access).

Integrated Yet Removable Internal Frame

The Synik is designed to accommodate an optional internal frame. It is made of die-cut .055" thick High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), with a nylon webbing sleeve sewn down the center that encases a 8-1/4" / 210mm tall and 1/2" / 13mm wide 6061 aluminum half-stay.

We include it for you, but if you're not a fan of the extra rigidity, you can remove the internal frame (here's a video tutorial) by sliding it in and out of the back panel through an opening at the top of the panel. You won't see the frame itself unless you're adding it or removing it, and we've tested the bag enough to know that the frame also won't slip out.

The internal frame assists in ensuring a laptop stowed in the laptop compartment is suspended off the bottom of the bag, as well as adds a firm barrier between the laptop and (if you're using one) a rolling luggage handle that's inserted through the luggage pass-through slot. 

On the internal frame is also an aluminum half-stay. It allows us to pre-bend the frame at a curve that will be comfortable to the vast majority of people. 

Rolling Luggage Handle Pass-Through

We know many of you like to use our bags as personal items alongside roller luggage when traveling, so we added a pass-through pocket to the Synik, tucked between the back panel and the internal frame.

We recommend making sure that the internal frame is closest to the bag itself and the handle of your rolling luggage is on the outside of the frame. This ensures that there's a barrier between the laptop compartment and the luggage handle.

There are, of course, different sizes of rolling luggage with different handle lengths and widths. If you'd like to place your Synik 30 over the handle of your rolling luggage, that handle will need to be at least 470 mm / 18.5" height and at most 185 mm / 7.25" wide.

 

More Substantial Grab Handle

The depth on the shell of the Synik gave us the real estate needed to add a more substantial, padded grab handle (vs. the simpler webbing handle on the Synapse). The padding offers extra support, and the bowtie shape is more ergonomic.

P.S. does our bowtie handle look familiar? It's the beloved side grab handle from our Tri-Star.

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!

Note: we slightly lowered the waist strap attachment point on the Synik so that it better fits a wider range of heights and tall folks in particular.

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 Synik 30. It is the perfect clamshell organizer pouch for those looking for a lot of organization.

Synik 30 Packing Cube

If you're using the Synik 30 as a travel bag, we recommend that you use our Synik 30 Packing Cube to organize your clothes and shoes. Cinch it down with the included tie-down straps for extra security. 

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. You can pack this on top of the Synik 30 Packing Cube.

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 Synik 30 can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you plan on stowing your laptop in the built-in compartment, we think there is enough padding to skip a Cache. If you plan on putting a second device directly in the main compartment, outside of the laptop compartment, or in the interior banded open-top pocket, we recommend adding a Cache. 

The original Synapse 19 debuted in 2009. Tom originally designed the Synapse to serve as a day-hiking backpack, but our customers saw the backpack's potential beyond hiking and began using it both for everyday carry and minimalist travel. Over the years, we started receiving requests to make a slightly larger version, and we did: the Synapse 25 debuted in 2013. 

You've also asked us for other sizes and features over the years: maybe a 22-liter Synapse, or a 30-liter version, and what if we added more travel-specific features, like a full clamshell zipper opening? How about a dedicated laptop compartment? A luggage handle pass-through on the back panel? Done, done, and done: meet the Synik. 

What the Synik shares with the Synapse

The Synik 30 has an abundant amount of organization for your everyday essentials, big and small: the exterior of the bag has five pockets with independent volume. 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

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 are two O-rings, where you can tether additional pouches, such as the Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches. Between the two O-rings is a set of Cache loops. It is the perfect spot to tether a Size 2 Handy Little Thing or a small device stored in a Cache. All these tethered items can be stored inside the open-top pocket too, if you want.

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. 

On the exterior bottom of the bag is a 1.5"/38 mm 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 Synik for travel, we've found the webbing loop serves as an extra grab handle, allowing you to easily pull the Synik from under the seat or the overhead compartment no matter which direction you stowed it on your flight. 

Now, here's what's unique to the Synik...

The biggest change we made between the Synapse and the Synik is the opening of the main compartment. The Synik can open fully clamshell — the zipper starts at the bottom edge of the bag, rather than the middle, so you can pack your bag like a suitcase.

Due to the clamshell style opening, there are also additional features added to the main compartment of the Synik. First, on the back interior side of the main compartment, we have included two sets of removable tie-down straps. You can strap down clothes or even a Packing Cube without worrying about the contents falling out while opening the clamshell all the way. Second, we added padding to the exterior bottom of the main compartment to protect the zipper sliders. 

If you are using your Synik for daily use and don't need to fully unzip the clamshell each time, know that you can also unzip the main compartment halfway and pack it like the Synapse or any front-loading backpack. The #10 YKK Aquaguard zippers that we use have enough resistance to keep the main compartment in place when it is opened just halfway. We've test-packed the Synik to its maximum to see if that would unintentionally force the clamshell open, and rest assured, it did not.

On the back interior side of the main compartment is also a built-in zippered laptop compartment. It is made with the same padded foam fabric as our Cache on the side facing the main compartment, and backed by the main lining fabric of the bag. The laptop compartment is suspended off the padded bottom of the bag, ensuring that your laptop is protected each time you place your backpack on the ground, whether gently or not.

There are two access points to the laptop compartment. You can access it from the inside of the main compartment. Or you can access it from the external zipper, located on the back left side (when facing the front of the backpack). We find the external zipper especially helpful when you want to directly pull out your laptop without having to rummage through the contents of the main compartment (say maybe in the security line at the airport). 

Above the interior zipper are two additional O-rings. More places to attach pouches.

The laptop compartment (size 14.15" x 9.75" x 0.75" / 359mm x 248mm x 19 mm) can fit devices as large as the 16" Macbook Pro. Please note: It's no biggie in practice, for these bigger laptops, if you want to fit them through the external side zipper access, you will need to do a two-point turn (no need if using internal zipper access).

The Synik is designed to accommodate an optional internal frame. It is made of die-cut .055" thick High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), with a nylon webbing sleeve sewn down the center that encases a 8-1/4" / 210mm tall and 1/2" / 13mm wide 6061 aluminum half-stay.

We include it for you, but if you're not a fan of the extra rigidity, you can remove the internal frame (here's a video tutorial) by sliding it in and out of the back panel through an opening at the top of the panel. You won't see the frame itself unless you're adding it or removing it, and we've tested the bag enough to know that the frame also won't slip out.

The internal frame assists in ensuring a laptop stowed in the laptop compartment is suspended off the bottom of the bag, as well as adds a firm barrier between the laptop and (if you're using one) a rolling luggage handle that's inserted through the luggage pass-through slot. 

On the internal frame is also an aluminum half-stay. It allows us to pre-bend the frame at a curve that will be comfortable to the vast majority of people. 

We know many of you like to use our bags as personal items alongside roller luggage when traveling, so we added a pass-through pocket to the Synik, tucked between the back panel and the internal frame.

We recommend making sure that the internal frame is closest to the bag itself and the handle of your rolling luggage is on the outside of the frame. This ensures that there's a barrier between the laptop compartment and the luggage handle.

There are, of course, different sizes of rolling luggage with different handle lengths and widths. If you'd like to place your Synik 30 over the handle of your rolling luggage, that handle will need to be at least 470 mm / 18.5" height and at most 185 mm / 7.25" wide.

 

The depth on the shell of the Synik gave us the real estate needed to add a more substantial, padded grab handle (vs. the simpler webbing handle on the Synapse). The padding offers extra support, and the bowtie shape is more ergonomic.

P.S. does our bowtie handle look familiar? It's the beloved side grab handle from our Tri-Star.

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!

Note: we slightly lowered the waist strap attachment point on the Synik so that it better fits a wider range of heights and tall folks in particular.

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 Synik 30. It is the perfect clamshell organizer pouch for those looking for a lot of organization.

Synik 30 Packing Cube

If you're using the Synik 30 as a travel bag, we recommend that you use our Synik 30 Packing Cube to organize your clothes and shoes. Cinch it down with the included tie-down straps for extra security. 

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. You can pack this on top of the Synik 30 Packing Cube.

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 Synik 30 can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you plan on stowing your laptop in the built-in compartment, we think there is enough padding to skip a Cache. If you plan on putting a second device directly in the main compartment, outside of the laptop compartment, or in the interior banded open-top pocket, we recommend adding a Cache. 

Upper Back

Spacer Mesh

Back

Closed-cell foam back

Straps

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

Components

Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Zippers

1x #10 YKK Aquaguard® water-repellent zipper with metal slider (main compartment)
6x #8 Racquet Coil water-repellent zippers with metal sliders (all other exterior zippers)
1x #5 coil zipper with plastic slider (interior laptop compartment zipper)

Specs

Dimensions

13.4" (w) x 20.0" (h) x 8.0" - 10.8" (d) / 340 (w) x 508 (h) x 205 - 275 (d) mm

Weight

Bag with Frame:
400d Halcyon: 2 lb 13.7 oz / 1295 grams
X-Pac®: 2 lb 13.9 oz / 1300 grams
630d Ballistic/200d Halcyon Lining: 3 lb 0.1 oz / 1365 grams
420d Classic Parapack: 3 lb 1.0 oz / 1390 grams

Frame Sheet:
5.1 oz / 145 grams

Volume

30 liters / 1830 cubic inches (ASTM Standard Measure)

Shoulder Straps:

.5" / 13 mm padded and contoured backpack straps with .75" / 20 mm removable sternum strap

Laptop Compartment Maximum Dimensions

14.15” x 9.75” x 0.75” / 359mm x 248mm x 19mm

Luggage Pass-Through Sizing:

Minimum Length: 20" / 510mm
Maximum Width: 7.25" / 185mm

What's Included:

1x 8-inch Black Webbing Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
1x Black Zipper Pulls w/ Plastic Ends (8-Pack)
1x Sternum Strap Assembly
1x Gatekeeper Waist Strap
1x Internal Frame w/ Aluminum Half-Stay
1 pair Tie-Down Straps

Total O-Rings:

11

(1 in the water bottle pocket
1 in the small middle pocket
1 in the left pocket
1 in the right pocket
3 in the bottom pocket
4 in the main compartment)

Choosing an Exterior Fabric

You like choices and we like to give you choices! Our Materials Glossary explains each fabric in great detail, but here are some quick facts that may help you decide which exterior fabric to choose.

High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon

Weave
2x2 “ballistic” weave
Fibers
630 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon, twisted
Coating
heavy urethane
Made in
South Korea with Canadian Yarn

Choose this fabric if

  • You want your bag to be soft and supple yet tough as nails.
  • You want a fabric that's stately enough to be at home at work, the mountains, or a nice hotel.
  • You don't want your bag to collect pet hair or abrade your clothing.

X-Pac® RX-30

Weave
3-Ply Polyester Laminate
Fibers
300 denier 100% Recycled Polyester Face
Coating
0.5mm Polyester Film
Made in
USA

Choose this fabric if

  • You want a lighter weight fabric that has remarkable tear strength and good abrasion resistance.
  • You're looking for a fabric with a modern, "technical" appearance.
  • You want a fully recycled fabric with 0-Chain DWR coating

420d HT Nylon Classic Parapack

Weave
1x1 plain weave
Fibers
420 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon
Coating
heavy urethane
Made in
U.S.A with U.S.A. yarns

Choose this fabric if

  • You want your bag’s fabric to have a soft, smooth hand yet be quite durable and have an interesting backstory.
  • You want a fabric that's stately enough to be at home at work, the mountains, or a nice hotel.
  • You don't want your bag to collect pet hair or abrade your clothing.
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  • Michael M.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Unique, Good Storage Size, Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA
    1 week ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Unique, Good Storage Size, Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Synik 30 Black X-PAC

    The Synik 30 in black x-pac material is an absolute game-changer. As someone with a plethora of travel bags, this one stands out as a true favorite. Let's dive into what makes it exceptional.

    First off, the layout is incredibly intuitive. Those side access pockets? Pure genius. Perfect for quick-grab essentials, and the seamless integration with Tom Bihn accessories is nothing short of remarkable.

    Now, let's talk about that centrally located water bottle pocket. Not just for hydration, it's versatile enough to accommodate a light jacket or even bulky items like my Sony XM5 headphones (without the cumbersome case). Speaking of which, the protection it offers is reassuring.

    During a recent four-night trip, this bag effortlessly housed all my essentials. The bottom pocket? A godsend. It's like having a dedicated space for toiletries and tech gear, making TSA checks a breeze.

    And the comfort level? Impeccable. As someone on the shorter side, I often struggle with larger bags, but not with the Synik 30. The straps are a dream, and there's zero rubbing on my back, even when fully packed.

    Plus, despite its ample capacity, it still slips neatly under my seat on flights—a lifesaver for those cramped domestic journeys.

    Let's not forget the lighter 200 Halcyon material, which makes finding items a breeze. No more digging through a black hole of belongings.

    Oh, and did I mention? The laptop compartment easily accommodates a 16-inch MBP—a testament to its versatility and…

  • Matthew S.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality Finishings
    1 week ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, High Quality Finishings
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    The ultimate solution

    So I am loving this bag. I got it mostly as a computer bag for work. The organization is top notch and the build quality is second to none. The xpac fabric is very water resistant and give the bag a great look too.

  • Klaus K.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Versatile
    3 weeks ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Versatile
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Worth Every Penny

    I was on the fence with the S30 because of the price point of a backpack. After some research and rationalizations , I pulled the trigger for some up coming international travel. I am very pleased with this piece of packing genius. The evolution of personalized packing is still on going, but the S30 checked every box. I packed the Side Hustle inside the S30 for the EDC efficient effect. Love Tom B gear.

  • Jani J.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Durable
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Durable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great travel bag!!

    I was looking for a travel backpack that was big enough for a 3-4 day trip but wouldn’t require a million little organizers to make it work. My first trip with this bag is about to wrap up and I could not be happier with my purchase. This pack holds a lot! I got a pair of jeans, 3 t shirts, a base layer, leggings, a raincoat, and all my intimates inside the main compartment easy. My daughter made me a toiletries kit that fits in the bottom front zipper pouch. The front side zipper pouches holds all my vitamins, muscle scraper, and other random stuff. And my tumbler, bujo, and kindle also fit in as well. It wasn’t super bulky like I worried a 30L pack would be. I love the XPac material as well. Smooth and waterproof.

    As I was packing my cats were very interested in the pack as well and my daughter said I should just pack the younger one in and take him with us. Not only do my cats approve of the bag but they love the box it shipped in as well. Could not be more happy with my bag.

    I will say the zippers are a bit stiff but I think as the bag wears in they won’t be as stiff. I’d rather them be stiff than slide down when I don’t want them to.

  • Aharon Z.
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    Bought For Other
    Product Standouts Durable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Comfortable, Versatile, Thoughtful Design
    1 month ago
    Bought For Other
    Product Standouts Durable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Comfortable, Versatile, Thoughtful Design
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    What is there to add?

    I don't think I'll be able to say anything that wasn't already said in the nearly 700 reviews of the S30 on this site (on top of the well over 700 happy customers who haven't written reviews here). But this bag really is amazing. I can't recommend it enough.

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