Mystery Ranch Tower 47 vs Tom Bihn Synapse 25

  • Great for a day pack or two
  • Webbing straps for securing a stick clip
  • Top pocket
  • All the pockets
  • Lightweight
  • Great for travel
  • Durable and well made
  • Lots of pockets for organization
  • Innovative thinking
  • Classic design

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

Size

Mystery Ranch Tower 47
New travel backpack from Mountain Hardware
The design reminds me of Black Diamond's Transit series packs (the Creek Transit, Creek Mandate, and Street Creek), except that BD's packs are smaller (20-32 liters). I'm also reminded of the Mystery Ranch Tower 47, which wasn't designed for travel (and doesn't have a laptop compartment) but is a \*much\* better pack. If I wanted a travel pack I needed to check, the Tower 47 would be on my short list.
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3
Indelible_Eraser
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Tom Bihn Synapse 25
Tom Bihn Synapse 25 Travel Backpack Review | Pack Hacker
At the time of this review, we’ve been testing the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 for about three weeks, including a weekend train trip to Chicago. We’ve also chatted with our friend, Winston, who has been using the 19-liter version of this pack in black for over six months
PositivePositive
6 months ago
packhacker.com
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Carry-on

Mystery Ranch Tower 47
definitely worth it
Haven't found anything I don't like about the pack, except that I am skinny so the straps are kind of long lol. I've taken it on 3-4 climbing trips now. I love the webbing straps which can secure a stick clip really well, the side handle while I'm at the air port, the top pocket, all the pocket stas...
5/5
aaronc
10 months ago
moosejaw.com
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Tom Bihn Synapse 25
Your Evolution with One-bagging
In 2017 I went to Tom Bihn synapse 25, great bag but too much built in storage. I sold it in spring 2020 and am now using the Tentree Mobius, mostly in the 16L mode but I love the clamshell and ability to expand when I want to bring camping gear with me. No particular bags on the horizon for me, they just don’t make EXACTLY what I am looking for.
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25
mmolle
2 years ago
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Strap

Mystery Ranch Tower 47
definitely worth it
Haven't found anything I don't like about the pack, except that I am skinny so the straps are kind of long lol. I've taken it on 3-4 climbing trips now. I love the webbing straps which can secure a stick clip really well, the side handle while I'm at the air port, the top pocket, all the pocket stas...
5/5
aaronc
10 months ago
moosejaw.com
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Tom Bihn Synapse 25
The search for the holy grail of bags
Generally I found bags with lots of separate pockets annoying because they were the wrong size for my things and didn't match the way I naturally managed day to day life. The Tom Bihn Synapse 25 was different... it had exactly the right number of sections that were perfectly sized ***for me***.
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2
maverber
2 years ago
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Comfort

Mystery Ranch Tower 47
Best comfort, organization and build quality
I’m pleasantly shocked with my new forever climbing pack! Surprisingly, there are not many reviews to be found about this amazing pack; however, after much research (with a fine toothed comb), I narrowed down my search to this ultimate climbing mule pack / haul bag / crag pack (and more?) -
At 5...
5/5
ColoMadi
1 year ago
moosejaw.com
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Tom Bihn Synapse 25
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Best Minimal Travel Bags: Tom Bihn Synapse 25 Review
That being said, the synapse 25 compares really well to all those bags and, if you're looking for a versatile and durable option, that's gon na offer plenty of space and an awesome organizational layout.
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Traveling Salseros
7 months ago
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