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Searching for underseat backpack with trolley sleeve (like Synik 22, but cheaper)

Searching for underseat backpack with trolley sleeve (like Synik 22, but cheaper)

Old Jan 5, 20, 4:11 pm
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Searching for underseat backpack with trolley sleeve (like Synik 22, but cheaper)

The Synik 22 looks amazing. But for this bag I want to keep it under $125 if possible.

Any suggestions? Iím having a tough time finding alternatives that arenít hideous, oversized, or lacking of exterior pockets.

I have a ton of bags and backpacks but want a backpack I can throw on my Platinum Elite spinner to roll around airports instead of carrying.
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Old Jan 6, 20, 10:17 am
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Patagonia Mini MLC (at 26L) might be a good alternative. It is a bit more expensive than your ask at $169, but they also use good materials (such as YKK zippers), and I've had good experiences with their full size MLC (which is too big for me).

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Old Jan 6, 20, 5:28 pm
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STIO has a backpack that I am currently using as a personal item.It does not have a sleeve, but I find that the chest strap will keep the bag on my roller while traveling.
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Old Jan 6, 20, 6:38 pm
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Originally Posted by MacPDX View Post
STIO has a backpack that I am currently using as a personal item.It does not have a sleeve, but I find that the chest strap will keep the bag on my roller while traveling.
Iíve had poor luck with this with my Osprey backpack so really want a dedicated sleeve.
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Old Jan 6, 20, 6:42 pm
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Originally Posted by LordHamster View Post
Patagonia Mini MLC (at 26L) might be a good alternative. It is a bit more expensive than your ask at $169, but they also use good materials (such as YKK zippers), and I've had good experiences with their full size MLC (which is too big for me).
Man they ruined it with that ENORMOUS logo. Ityerwuse it dies look good if not a hair too big for a personal item.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 2:07 am
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Tucano Tugo has a small strap on the back but no easy access to laptop sleeve
https://www.ebags.com/product/tucano...uctid=10511117

Thule Subterra 23L keeps some of the organization inside the bag's main compartment
https://www.thule.com/en-us/backpack...-23l-_-3204052

Timbuk2 Division Deluxe has a trolley sleeve and dedicated laptop opening. Smaller volume than TB Synik 22.
https://www.timbuk2.com/collections/...ackpack-deluxe

Uniqlo's 3 way bag just came back in stock
https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/3-way-b...ries-and-shoes
I have a slightly larger earlier version and the quality is nice for the price point. The orientation is towards length wise like a briefcase. The backpack straps much less built out (aka better with less weight) than the Synik 22's or Osprey.

Onebag spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...#gid=744941088

I have the Synik 22 and Synapse 19 (model before there were two sizes). A gear tie around a backpack strap & handle bar side helps with the Synapse 19. I got the Synik 22 because I can often use the extra few liters and like clamshell openings if I'm traveling with a (heavy) backpack + purse.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 8:22 am
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Originally Posted by freecia View Post
Tucano Tugo has a small strap on the back but no easy access to laptop sleeve
https://www.ebags.com/product/tucano...uctid=10511117


I own this bag and the laptop compartment is actually separate from the rest of the bag so it's easy to get to and it's very well padded. You can see it in the below pic. The one downside is that none of the external pockets have any kind of gusset so they don't expand at all. If the main compartment is full, you'd be hard-pressed to stick anything thicker than a pencil or a few pieces of paper into the external pockets.


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Old Jan 11, 20, 3:58 pm
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ordx Thanks! I was eyeing the Tucano Tugo for a long time (pre-Synik). It ticks a lot of the desired feature list - clamshell, padded handle, side handle, sternum strap, trolley sleeve, bright lining, and "right personal item size". For some reason I thought the sleeve sewn in the bottom of the main compartment was the laptop pocket :/ Good to hear from an owner. It looks to be about 20L and fit a 15" laptop? Might be a bit better for carrying clothes than in-flight needs & frequently accessed tech accessories, then. Unless it was under packed or a small pouch right at the top so you don't need to unclip to open the main compartment.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by freecia View Post
ordx Thanks! I was eyeing the Tucano Tugo for a long time (pre-Synik). It ticks a lot of the desired feature list - clamshell, padded handle, side handle, sternum strap, trolley sleeve, bright lining, and "right personal item size". For some reason I thought the sleeve sewn in the bottom of the main compartment was the laptop pocket :/ Good to hear from an owner. It looks to be about 20L and fit a 15" laptop? Might be a bit better for carrying clothes than in-flight needs & frequently accessed tech accessories, then. Unless it was under packed or a small pouch right at the top so you don't need to unclip to open the main compartment.
Agreed on all counts. I'm careful not to overpack it and I use a small case to hold headphones, book, etc which can be easily removed from the bag.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by freecia View Post
Tucano Tugo has a small strap on the back but no easy access to laptop sleeve
https://www.ebags.com/product/tucano...uctid=10511117

Thule Subterra 23L keeps some of the organization inside the bag's main compartment
https://www.thule.com/en-us/backpack...-23l-_-3204052

Timbuk2 Division Deluxe has a trolley sleeve and dedicated laptop opening. Smaller volume than TB Synik 22.
https://www.timbuk2.com/collections/...ackpack-deluxe

Uniqlo's 3 way bag just came back in stock
https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/3-way-b...ries-and-shoes
I have a slightly larger earlier version and the quality is nice for the price point. The orientation is towards length wise like a briefcase. The backpack straps much less built out (aka better with less weight) than the Synik 22's or Osprey.

Onebag spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...#gid=744941088

I have the Synik 22 and Synapse 19 (model before there were two sizes). A gear tie around a backpack strap & handle bar side helps with the Synapse 19. I got the Synik 22 because I can often use the extra few liters and like clamshell openings if I'm traveling with a (heavy) backpack + purse.
Thank you! FWIW for me the laptop isnít necessary as I only travel with an iPad
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Old Jan 31, 20, 4:18 am
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Or, get the bag you like the best and get a bungee cord. Much less expensive.
https://www.amazon.com/Keeper-06119-Adjustable-Flat-Bungee/dp/B0044FPNIG/ref=zg_bs_511390_5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=JBETJ2M7AMC814FEKM04 https://www.amazon.com/Keeper-06119-Adjustable-Flat-Bungee/dp/B0044FPNIG/ref=zg_bs_511390_5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=JBETJ2M7AMC814FEKM04
I also just started using one of these on my rollaboard for my jacket since my airport transits the past 2 weeks have been AUS-DFW-FRA-CAI-LXR-ASW-ABS-LXR-CAI-MUC-LHR-AUS
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FQ79RK4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FQ79RK4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old Feb 2, 20, 3:09 am
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Swissgear has a number of backpacks and offers a 10 year warranty if purchased direct.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 11:52 am
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I just saw that there's a new version of the highly respected MEI Voyageur that has a great price. There's not enough info on website to see if it has a trolley sleeve, but the company is known for customizing. Or, perhaps the compression straps could be used. (I'm hoping someone buys one and posts a review.)

https://meipacks.myshopify.com/produ...-voyageur-mini
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Old Feb 15, 20, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Rusearch View Post
I just saw that there's a new version of the highly respected MEI Voyageur that has a great price. There's not enough info on website to see if it has a trolley sleeve, but the company is known for customizing. Or, perhaps the compression straps could be used. (I'm hoping someone buys one and posts a review.)

https://meipacks.myshopify.com/produ...-voyageur-mini
Verrry interesting! I know the Voyageur is highly respect. For $85 it might be hard to bear.

I was curious if Targetís new line would have anything but it appears even their smalles new daypack is larger than a personal item.
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Old Feb 15, 20, 3:19 pm
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Ikea has backpacks with a pass through sleeve. Might be suitable for some less frequent travelers or looking for a budget bag.

Roll top https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/foerenk...lack-20313571/
Smaller personal item https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/foerenk...lack-20313566/
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