I have previously featured the Tom Bihn Aeronaut travel bag on this blog. Tom Bihn has made a name for themselves, manufacturing high-end fabric bags and cases in Seattle. Not only do they design and manufacture themselves, right in Seattle, they even source the fabric from the US.
I just came across the Synapse 25 laptop backpack from Tom Bihn. The word “luxury” and “backpack” are not usually two words that I associate, but after trying this bag out, that is the impression I was left with. Like the Aeronaut, this bag feels more like military grade crossed with Gucci than your standard backpack. The zippers are all covered on the outside. The padded laptop case is suspended from internal clips, as if your laptop is a $200,000 high-tech laser. The fabric is tough but doesn’t have that annoying roughness of most backpack fabrics.
Although the price tag is a little more than entry-level bags, this is obviously one you will luxuriate in having. I would not give a standard bag as a gift either, but this one definitely qualifies.