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 Zest (orange 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 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Mars Red 525 Ballistic. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Mars Red 525 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 Steel (dark grey) 420 Parapack with a Navy (dark blue) 420 Parapack interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Steel (dark grey) 420 Parapack. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Steel (dark grey) 420 Parapack. 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 Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with a Northwest Sky (bright blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Original (black with white 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. The Synik 30 in Night Walk (blue-grey 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 Night Walk (blue-grey with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. A face shot of the Synik 30 in Night Walk (blue-grey with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. The Synik 30 in Beaver Camo (camouflage) 1000d Cordura with Coyote (tan) 210 interior. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Camouflage 1000d Cordura. A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Olive (green) 1000d Cordura with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior A profile shot of the Synik 30 in Olive (green) 1000d Cordura. Synik 30 in Marine (blue) X-Pac with Zest (orange with white grid) interior. Synik 30 in Marine (blue) X-Pac with Moss (green with light green grid) interior. The Synik 30 in Marine (blue with blue grid) X-Pac®. The Synik 30 in Marine (blue with blue grid) X-Pac®. 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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$330.00


Color: Ursa Ballistic/Dusk 210 Cerylon

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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.

Looking for the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, or Synik 22?

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.

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