Prior to using the Solo Elite Backpack, I was lugging around AER’s Gym Duffle 2 Bag. And while it is a pretty nice bag aesthetically, the majority of the time I don’t need that much bag. If you’re looking for a more manageable bag that will suit all of your needs, here’s why you should consider Solo’s Elite Backpack.
Available for $86.99, the Solo Elite Backpack is already less than most gym bags on the market, but it’s much more versatile with its large capacity style. Made to fit up to a 17.3″ laptop (in its own separate compartment), the Elite Backpack is a bag that you can carry with you to work, on a trip, or even to the gym.
You’ll notice that there’s a rain cover attached to the top of the bag that will protect the bag’s contents while covering the big zippers on the front of the bag. What I love the most is that the front of the bag unzips to reveal a large compartment exposing enough space for me to toss in my gadget bag for all of my cables, an extra shirt, an umbrella; you name it, I’ve probably thrown it in there.
And that’s just on the days that I don’t have to go to the gym. When I do, I can easily toss in a spare set of clothes, all of my toiletries, and thanks to the separate shoe or laundry compartment, I can also throw in my running shoes.
I’ve always preferred wearing a backpack versus a traditional over the shoulder bag, but that could just be me. Finally, on the inside of the bag, there’s a nice little internal pocket for you to toss your wallet, some gum, and your keys so they won’t get lost in between your clothes. Who says having compartments isn’t fun?
On the sides of the Elite Bag, you’ll see there are two different compartments where you can place a water bottle while keeping those liquids separate for your things, which is a HUGE deal for me.
The Elite Backpack is my personal bag of choice for now, not just because of the reasonable price, but because it holds and separates the items that I carry every day. The ability to just reach my items from the front of my bag is great, especially when commuting, and it will come in handy if I’m on a plane and need to quickly reach into my carry-on to grab my headphones or snacks. If that’s not enough, here’s a video showing all of the various ways you can use the Solo Elite Bag.
For more information on the Solo Elite Backpack, head over to their site.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit
What I Like: Large capacity, and it can fit larger laptops with overall back comfort; Can also replace a gym bag
What Needs Improvement: Not everyone will be impressed with the cover-all over the main compartment