Recently I had the pleasure of reviewing Solo’s Executive Backpack and now have the added luxury of reviewing one of its Active versions.
Designed for people on the go, the Active 17.3-inch Tech Backpack is very much like the Executive in terms of high quality craftsmanship, outstanding functionality, impressive design and affordability. Moreover, both backpacks feature a padded compartment for laptops up to 17.3 inches, a dedicated interior pocket for iPads, tablets or e-Readers and superior cushioning I’ve never before experienced. With the cushioning alone, this makes for a much better choice than what's else is currently on the market, especially for someone who spends extended periods sitting at a desk.
What’s missing in the Active Backpack that’s offered with Solo's Executive Backpack is the convenient “Rear Ride Along” feature that allows the bag to slip over the sliding handle of a rolling suitcase. While the Active’s bag comes equipped with a water resistant bottom, mesh side pockets and a very convenient quick access pocket just below the handle, I would have preferred the “Ride Along” option. And surprisingly, the Active bag is slightly heavier than the Executive version, even though by all appearances, the exact opposite should be true, especially since the Executive bag is significantly wider.
In spite of some concerns, the Active 17.3-inch Backpack is a solid buy and it’s likely I’ll put it to good use, more so than the Executive Backpack I also proudly own. That's because although the Active is described as heavier, it's not as bulky. Yet in terms of features, comfort and design, both backpacks surpass other similarly priced products I’ve used or inspected over decades of backpack use. True, it's a selling point but it's the absolute truth. And perhaps it's not fair to compare the Executive over the Active, since as a standalone, the latter really is outstanding.
Just based upon that observation and the added cushioning for my back, Solo's Active 17.3-inch Backpack also gets a five star rating.