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Suspended laptop compartment that fits most 13" laptops, rolling luggage pass-through, and full clamshell opening.

22 liters / 1340 cu. in.

Looking for the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, or Synik 30?

TLDR

The Synik 22 is the smaller version of our bestselling Synik 30, 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 on the outside
  • Meets the personal item size requirement on most airlines
  • Generally fits folks between 5' and 5'10" comfortably

Plus, we added more features to the Synik:

  • Main compartment with full clamshell zipper opening
  • Two-point access suspended laptop compartment, fits up to 13" 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 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 22 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) or a first aid kit. 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 light clothing or snacks. If you care to add organization, we recommend storing a Size 1 Handy Little Thing here. 

Each of the top four pockets has its own O-ring, and the bottom pocket has two 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 1 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 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. 

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 in designing the Synik is in 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 just 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 i 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: 12.35" x 8.65" x 0.75" / 314mm x 220mm x 19mm) can fit devices as large as the 13" Macbook Pro. Please note: It's no biggie in practice, but 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 22 over the handle of your rolling luggage, that handle will need to be at least 400mm / 15.75" in length and at most 160 mm / 6.25" 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 the 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 points 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 1 Handy Little Thing (HLT)

You can attach a Size 1 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 22. 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 19/Synik 22 Freudian Slip adds an additional ten 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 three open-top pockets for a small tablet in a Cache or a notebook. The other side has two mesh pockets for bulky items, two pen slots, and a business card slot. 

Cache

The Synik 22 can accommodate a 13" Macbook or a wide range of smaller devices. If you plan on showing 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 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 22 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) or a first aid kit. 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 light clothing or snacks. If you care to add organization, we recommend storing a Size 1 Handy Little Thing here. 

Each of the top four pockets has its own O-ring, and the bottom pocket has two 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 1 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 in designing the Synik is in 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 just 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 i 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: 12.35" x 8.65" x 0.75" / 314mm x 220mm x 19mm) can fit devices as large as the 13" Macbook Pro. Please note: It's no biggie in practice, but 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 22 over the handle of your rolling luggage, that handle will need to be at least 400mm / 15.75" in length and at most 160 mm / 6.25" 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 the 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 points 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 1 Handy Little Thing (HLT)

You can attach a Size 1 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 22. 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 19/Synik 22 Freudian Slip adds an additional ten 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 three open-top pockets for a small tablet in a Cache or a notebook. The other side has two mesh pockets for bulky items, two pen slots, and a business card slot. 

Cache

The Synik 22 can accommodate a 13" Macbook or a wide range of smaller devices. If you plan on showing 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

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
6 #8 Racquet-Coil water-repellent zippers with metal sliders
1x #5 Coil Zipper with plastic slider

Specs

Weight

400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop exterior: 2 lb 7.9 oz / 1130 grams
Ballistic/200d Halcyon Lining: 2 lb 9.6 oz / 1180 grams
420d Classic Parapack/210d Ballistic Lining: 2 lb 10.2 oz / 1195 grams
X-Pac®: 2 lbs 8.1 oz / 1140 grams


Frame Sheet: 5.1 oz / 145 grams

Included

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

Total O-Rings

10 (1 in the water bottle pocket, 1 in the small middle pocket, 1 in the left pocket, 1 in the right pocket, 2 in the bottom pocket, 4 in the main compartment)

Dimensions

11.4" (w) x 16.0" (h) x 7.1" - 9.4" (d) / 290 (w) x 410 (h) x 180 - 240 (d) mm

Volume

22 liters / 1340 cubic inches (ASTM Standard Measure)

Straps

.5" / 13 mm padded and contoured backpack straps with .75" / 20 mm removable sternum strap with removable 1" / 25 mm waist strap included

Laptop Compartment

Maximum: 12.35” x 8.65” x 0.75” / 314mm x 220mm x 19mm

Choosing an Exterior Fabric

You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the Synik 22 is typically available in three different exterior fabrics. Our Materials Glossary explains each fabric in great detail, but here are some quick facts that may help you decide which to choose.

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

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.

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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    Product Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Durable
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    Product Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Durable
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    Perfect size for a day, day backpack

    I carry around just what I need in this size. I love the light blue color, quality fabric and construction

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    Product Standouts Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, Comfortable, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Finishings
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    Product Standouts Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, Comfortable, Thoughtful Design, High Quality Finishings
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Comfortable everyday carry, overnight and personal item travel bag - NOT recommended for "one-bag travel."

    I had a tough time deciding between this bag and the Synik 30 for a ten-day trip to Michigan in May 2024. In the end, I decided that the smaller Synik 22 would work better for my modest everyday carry needs. I don't travel often, but I did need an everyday bag for work.

    The Synik 22 works well as a "personal item" that fits under an airplane seat. However, I still needed to pair this bag with a roller suitcase for my 10-day trip. I have an ancient carry-on roller, and its 6.5" wide handle meant I could not make use of the Synik 22's luggage pass-through. The Synik 22 would juuuust fit over that handle when empty, but not when packed.

    I also have a 2018 iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation). This big boy would slide in and out of the side pocket in a half-empty bag, but I struggled to slide that iPad into the side pocket in a packed bag. In a packed bag, the zipper grated against my iPad's Smart Cover. Fortunately, the TSA at the Burbank (BUR) and Detroit Metro (DTW) airports now have machines that did not require removing my electronic gear from my bag. I sent the whole Synik 22 through the spiffy new CT scanners without opening a single zipper. I packed the bag with my iPad, chargers, cables, Apple Pencil, power bank, electric toothbrush, noise-cancelling headphones, earbuds, snacks, brush, and a few days' worth of clothes in case my checked luggage went missing (it didn't). It was easy to find everything I needed. It fit under the seat in front of me, and I had no trouble…

  • Mina T.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Durable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA
    1 week ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Durable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Great but too heavy for me

    It’s an beautifully designed, high quality product with thoughtfully designed features. I bought the pretty halcyon one for travel and commuting—thinking that it would be a bit lighter, less rugged than ballistic nylon, and kinder to my petite frame and poor YOLO-abused spine. Alas, it turned out to be heavier and larger than I expected. Even sadder, I can’t return or exchange it since it’s considered “used”— my own fault for not reading the fine print.

  • Michelle P.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, High Quality Finishings, Easily Adjustable
    1 week ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, High Quality Finishings, Easily Adjustable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Love This Backpack!

    I wish I found this backpack sooner! I was on the market to replace another backpack I had for several years. Already familiar with the brand ( I have and adore the Cafe bag as my everyday), I ventured to their storefront when I was visiting Seattle. I was helped by one of the guys there who recommended me a few styles that would suit not only my stature but also what I intended to use the backpack for. We even simulated the weight of what would be carried with an old laptop and a 5lb weight block. Though for a while the price did deter me, I bit the bullet and ended up with the Synik 22 in a one-of colorway, "the orphan" as he put it. I know that this bag will last me at least 10-15 years.

    As i've been using it for about a month now, here are my thoughts on the backpack:

    - really well built, I can toss the bag around and travel with it without worrying the fabric would get punctured or stained.

    - Zippers are incredibly sturdy and can hold all your belongings in when its packed full and you're looking through your bag. it also fully unzips so you can load things in as if it were a luaggage. really allows but best space optimization when traveling.

    - sooooo many pockets!! I love the organizational aspect of the pockets, everything has its place without needing to carry smaller bags within the backpack to keep everything organized. Cables in one pocket, pens in another, gum in another - all within reach.

    - bag itself is standard weight of a "well built" backpack. meaning its…

  • Luis E A.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Compact, Unique, High Quality Finishings
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Compact, Unique, High Quality Finishings
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Perfect backpack

    I got the synik 22, on black xpac with Acai inside. This bag is awesome. I don't know whether it looks better, fits better, or works better, honestly

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