Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/2)

Important: Choose the Adventure or Athlete hip belt – otherwise you will have literally no padding on your hips. I don’t recommend using the bag without a hipbelt either. The Adventure belt is more comfortable as it provides two layers of foam padding and a wider webbing and buckle – it’s also bigger and bulkier.

Positive
21 days ago

Hiking

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/1)

I also purchased a Capture Clip from Peak Designs which allows you to fix the camera to the shoulder strap in place while hiking – a great addition to this pack.

Positive
21 days ago

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/1)

I got the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 guide edition specifically for hiking as well as using as a day bag to carry my laptop. I think it's perfect but if you need more space then the 30L you're thinking about should work, although that's a big pack.

Positive
zerozerozerohero
7 months ago

Compartment

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/1)

This little laptop “compartment” is designed very well, and the thinking here is that you can easily slide your laptop out when you go through security. All you need to do is slide the laptop out and it will stay connected to your bag. Send it through the conveyor belt, pop the laptop back in, you’re good to go.

Positive
1 month ago

Carry-on

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/1)

I have alway used a single bag, normally carry-on. My lightbulb moment was a recognition that others didn't do this. I was going on a multi-week service trip in 1996 and was asked to have an extra max-size checkthrough to transport project supplies. No problem

Positive
maverber
2 years ago

Size

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/3)

First of all, it’s not as large as you’d imagine because of all the other pockets inside this pack. Remember that water bottle pocket? Yeah, if you’re utilizing that you will lose a ton of space in this main compartment—which is kind of a bummer.

Negative
1 month ago

Strap

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/1)

My only complaint is that I would love if it had a hip strap that effectively transferred weight for the days I really load it as the grocery store.

Negative
maverber
2 years ago