Tom Bihn Synapse: Review


The Tom Bihn Synapse backpack is one of the best backpacks I have had the privilege of using. It's about 70% the size of a regular size full-sized backpack. However, it does offer a large main compartment for carrying a laptop or your iPad. Sometimes, size doesn’t really matter.  The main compartment is divided into two compartments making it easier to find items inside. The Synapse also offers five outside, zippered pockets. The inside of the backpack is made of a stain resistance type material. The inside compartment is a yellowish color making it easier to see objects inside the backpack.

The Tom Bihn Synapse has well padded shoulder straps and a waistband which makes carrying the backpack well-balanced. Whether you are hacking, biking, or just an everyday commute this backpack is well-suited for any of these situations. The Tom Bihn has a lifetime warranty. It retails for $129 and comes in a variety of colors.  They offer several accessories for carrying smaller objects inside the backpack.  The main features are listed below. These are copied from the Tom Bihn website.

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  • Exterior of 1000 denier U.S. Cordura, lined with ultra-lightweight yet abrasian-resistant Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric made for us in Japan
  • Back panel with exterior of Dri-Lex Aero-Spacer mesh and U.S. 1050 denier ballistic nylon; padded with 1/4" (6mm), high quality, closed-cell foam.
  • Use as your everyday bag or as a day-hiking backpack
  • 16" x 11.5" x 7.9" 
    410 x 290 x 200mm 
    Volume: 19 liters (1160, ASTM Standard Measure
  • Weight: 1 lb. 9 oz. / 710gr (Cordura®)
  • #8 YKK® Uretech® splash-proof zippers
  • 3/8" (10mm) thick padded and contoured shoulder straps with removable sternum strap; removable waist strap
  • Internal front pouch helps organize main compartment - sized to fit an iPad (or Netbook.) (Add a Cache to protect your iPad.




Overall, I think the Tom Bihn Synapse is one of the best backpacks available on the market. If you are looking for a backpack suited for any type of adventure, Tom Bihn Synapse is a great choice. It's a very well balanced and versatile backpack suited for many occasions.  The Synapse backpack can be purchased at Feel free to leave any comments below.


Mitch Stevens

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