visible variant TB0418-ZD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan) 210 Ballistic showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan) 210 Ballistic showing the attachment points. Interior of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Coyote (tan) 210 Ballistic. The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Seapine Green (dark green) 630 Recycled showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Seapine Green (dark green) 630 Recycled showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-SR The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Logic Blue (light-medium blue) 630 Recycled showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Logic Blue (light-medium blue) 630 Recycled showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-LR The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Nebulous Grey (dark grey) 630 Recycled showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Nebulous Grey (dark grey) 630 Recycled showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-GR The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-ID The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Iberian (bright blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-LD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-ND The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-UD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-WD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Acuity (light blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Acuity (light blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-AD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Sitka (forest green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Sitka (forest green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-KD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Tidal (faded blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Tidal (faded blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. An open interior shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Tidal (faded blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon showing the attachment points. An open interior shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Black 210 Ballistic showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner. Reverse shot of the Handy Little Thing #1 in Black 210 Ballistic showing the attachment points. visible variant TB0418-BJ visible variant TB0418-ZD visible variant TB0418-ZD visible variant TB0418-FD visible variant TB0418-FD visible variant TB0418-FD The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Island (blue) 210 Ballistic showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner.  The back of a Handy Little Thing size 1 in Island (blue) 210 Ballistic.  The inside of a Handy Little Thing size 1 in Island (blue) 210 Ballistic. The front of a Handy Little Thing #1 in Dawn (purple/grey) 210 Ballistic showing the front zipper with two slider and logo at the bottom-right corner.  The back of a Handy Little Thing size 1 in Dawn (purple/grey) 210 Ballistic.  The inside of a Handy Little Thing size 1 in Dawn (purple/grey) 210 Ballistic. Photo Coming Soon! This bag/color combination is brand new! As soon as few finish the first production run here in our Seattle Factory, we'll put up an actual photo of the bag. You can still sign up to be notified via email when this color is in-stock.  A HLT1 hung with carabiners on an airline seat.
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Size 1 Handy Little Thing (HLT)

$70.00

A clamshell organizer pouch with tons of pockets, webbing and elastic loops, and other spots for cords, pens, tools, and more.

Zest 200 Halcyon
Wasabi 200 Halcyon
Acuity 200 Halcyon
Coyote 200 Halcyon
Fjord 200 Halcyon
Island 200 Halcyon
Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Solaris 200 Halcyon
Taiga 200 Halcyon
Tidal 200 Halcyon
Ultraviolet 200 Halcyon
Logic Blue 630 Recycled
Nebulous Grey 630 Recycled
Seapine Green 630 Recycled
Black 210 Ballistic
Coyote 210 Ballistic
Dawn 210 Ballistic
Island 210 Ballistic
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Description

The HLT (Handy Little Thing) is a sweet clamshell organizer pouch with four zippered pockets, plenty of interior elastic and webbing loops (to retain cords and tools), and some clever ways to carry it. You can clip it to your Synik or other bag, to the seat pocket on the airplane, or hook your hand and thumb through it and use it as a write-in notebook holder or work-out-of tool pouch. It can be worn as an impromptu waist pack, sling bag, or cross-body bag, and it’s available in two sizes: Size 1 (Synik 22) and Size 2 (Synik 30).

When Nik was designing the Synik, Darcy envisioned creating a new style of ultra organizer pouch that would work with the Synik (but also any of our other bags) and would be useful in a variety of ways and scenarios. And like the Synik, it would clamshell open. Nik thought she must have been joking because he was pretty busy with the Synik 22 and 30. Months later, and and after several prototypes and much testing, we can now say that vision has become reality… or, rather, a thing. 

Here’s how you can use it:

Clipped to the Synik as a main compartment organizer
You know those two O-rings above the open-top pocket in the main compartment of the Synik? You can clip your HLT to those O-rings using the included one set (two total) of our Medium Swivel Double Carabiners; these Carabiners arrive already clipped to the thumb loops on the exterior of the HLT (more about those thumb loops later).

Once your HLT is clipped in your Synik, you can either leave it zipped shut or leave it zipped open — in the latter case, you’d use it as a sort-of Freudian Slip. 

When you need to access stuff out of that open-top pocket in the Synik, slide the HLT (still connected to the O-rings) up and out of the top of the  Synik. 

Tucked in the bottom external pocket of the Synik
We’ve sized the HLT 1 to fit in the bottom external pocket of the Synik 22. And the HLT Size 2 is sized to fit in the bottom external pocket of the Synik 30.

Note: the Size 1 HLT also fits in either exterior side pocket of the Synik 30.

Carried on its own as a minimal waist pack, sling, or shoulder bag
The HLT was designed and intended as a pouch you’d use inside of a larger bag. That said, you can easily add a waist belt or a shoulder strap to carry it on its own.

If you have a Synik or any of our backpacks, you’ve already got a 1” Gatekeeper Waist Belt that you can detach and use with the HLT. If you’d rather not do that or you don’t have one, you can choose the optional 1” GateKeeper Waist Strap if you’d like to carry the HLT as a waist pack or a cross-body sling bag.

Choose the optional 1” Shoulder Strap if you’d like to carry the HLT cross-body or over the shoulder. You might already have one of these if you have our Side Kick.

Note: if you choose an HLT 2 and you’ve got it heavily loaded, you may notice that it tips outward slightly as the attachment points for the waist strap or the shoulder strap are on one side of the bag as opposed to two sides. We personally didn’t find this to be annoying or anything, but it’s worth mentioning. As we said, the HLT is primarily intended to be an internal organizer pouch.

Clipped to the seat pocket on the airplane
This use was inspired by how our Forum members use the Side Effect as an in-flight bag. See herehere, and here.

Basically, instead of clipping the HLT to your Synik, you’ll use the same Swivel Double Carabiners to clip it to the back seat pocket on the airplane seat in front of you. 

This way your in-flight items — earbuds, snack, sleeping mask, utility cloth, pen, notebook, cables, wallet, phone, etc. — are easily within reach throughout your flight. 

Note: this method works better on some airplane seat pockets than others, so YMMV. If you find yourself on a plane with a low seat pocket, you can weave the bottom of the carabiner through two thumb loops. It's a bit of a hack, but it means the HLT won't hang as low. (This also works if you're clipping it into the Synik.) Here's a photo of what we're talking about:

Use as a write-in notebook holder or work-out-of tool pouch
Here’s where things get interesting: slide your hand through the webbing handle loop on the back of the HLT and tuck your thumb in one of the thumb loops, and you’ve got a notebook holder that rests securely in one hand so you can take notes, write, or draw with the other hand. 

Worth noting: because the HLT 1 is a smaller pouch overall, folks with larger hands may only be able to get three fingers through the handle, whereas most folks will be able to slide their whole hand through the handle on the HLT 2. It’ll still work as a write-in notebook holder for those folks, it’s just that they won’t be able to get their entire hand through the loop. 

We designed the HLT so that its notebook function will work for both left-handed (like Nik) and right-handed (like Tom) people.

The details, per size:

Handy Little Thing Pouch, Size 1 
Designed to clip to the O-rings in the main compartment or fit in the bottom front exterior pocket of the Synik 22. Also fits in either front exterior side pocket of the Synik 30. Of course, it also fits well in a variety of our other bags.

One exterior zippered pocket with an included 8” Key Strap in Black. Two small interior zippered pockets; one mesh zippered pocket. Six O-rings. Ten elastic or webbing loops for cords/pens/flashlights/tools. Four exterior loops for left or right thumbs or additional places to hook pens/flashlights/tools. 

Hidden slot under the mesh zippered pouch through which you can tuck a notebook cover.

Fits smaller notebooks, such as the doane paper or Field Notes 3-1/2" × 5-1/2" (89mm x 140mm) size.

Handy Little Thing Pouch, Size 2
Designed to clip to the O-rings in the main compartment or fit in the bottom front exterior pocket of the Synik 30. Of course, it also fits well in a variety of our other bags.

One exterior zippered pocket with an included 8” Key Strap in Black. Two small interior zippered pockets; one mesh zippered pocket. Six O-rings. Fifteen elastic or webbing loops for cords/pens/flashlights/tools. Six exterior loops for left or right thumbs or additional places to hook pens/flashlights/tools. 

Hidden slot under the mesh zippered pouch through which you can tuck a notebook cover.

Fits up to A6 size notebooks.

Worth noting: the very original first inspiration for the HLT came from requests on our Forums for us to offer a version of our First / Second Aid Pouches without the embroidery.

Materials

Specs

Dimensions

7.3” (w) x 4.5” (h) x 2.6” (d) / 185 (w) x 115 (h) x 65 (d) mm

Weight

200 Halcyon: 4.2 oz / 120 grams
210 Ballistic: 4.4 oz / 125 grams
630 Recycled: 5.0 oz / 140 grams

Volume

85 cubic inches / 1.4 liters

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Great well made organizer. Fits way more than you think, ballistic nylon very study and durable. Highly recommended.

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Perfect for hauling arty essentials. I love the way it fits in the hand for on the go sketching. Great bag! Thank you !

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It IS a handy little thing

This is the pouch I never knew I always needed. It can go from a medical bag to an EDC to the perfect little purse. The ghost whale pouches add perfect organization so when the HLT is opened, it looks s perfectly put together. I use this more than I thought and will definitely order another one.

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HLT for Brain Bag front pocket

After using my Brain Bag for 5 years and just stuffing things in the front pockets, I read on the blog a list of smaller organizers that fit the pockets. (Didn't think to look, so thanks blog!). Bought a Size 1 HLT for one side, it gets filled with personal stuff and doubles as a cross-body. It's got pockets and loops that fit all my pen and stain pen, chap stick, small notebook, and all the little gewgaws. The other side got a First Aid pack for the travel medical stuff. Both fit perfectly and have made the Brain Bag even more useful.

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HLT 1: Perfect companion to Synik 22

Top-quality materials and detailing. Organizes lots of electronics and cords (battery pack, wall chargers, international plug converter, etc.

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