Beware…annoying issue I ran into for a popular onebag backpack model

September 13, 2017 - Comment

The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures. I recently went on a 2.5 week vacation using the Tom Bihn Synapse 19. I’ll post my packing list and experience in more detail at some point later, but I wanted to mention one rather large gripe I had with the bag that I didn’t come

The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures.

I recently went on a 2.5 week vacation using the Tom Bihn Synapse 19. I’ll post my packing list and experience in more detail at some point later, but I wanted to mention one rather large gripe I had with the bag that I didn’t come across when doing research to buy the bag.

So my wife’s powder basically exploded while in the center pocket and there was a ton of powder residue not only in this pocket (which was obviously to be expected) but in both of the side pockets. I found out that there are small holes on the bottom of the center pocket on each side into the side pockets so that they aren’t completely separated. Here are some pics and a GIF showing what I’m talking about.

I contacted Tom Bihn about the issue the they responded with the following:

The small gaps inside the Synapse pockets are necessitated by the construction process. The radical curves and unique shape of the Synapse’s pockets make them almost impossible to sew — the small gaps in the extreme corners of the vertical pocket dividers are simply a small compromise with the real-world of manufacturing things and allow the pockets to expand to enormous sizes. They’re simply a compromise we made to be able to pack more into the Synapse to make it work better for more people.

I get that there are manufacturing constraints but it’s still a bit annoying…especially for a pocket that they advertise as perfect for holding water bottles, as a spill could easily travel to the other pockets. And the cost of the backpack.

So this is just a heads up for those of you considering the bag. Even considering this, I actually really like the bag and am hard pressed to find a suitable replacement with the same features. Guess we’ll see…

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