Solo Velocity 15.6" Laptop Backpack Duffel, Blue/Grey
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- Backpack coverts to duffel
- Fully padded 15.6” laptop compartment
- Internal iPad/ tablet pocket
- Separate shoe compartment
- Large side zippered pockets
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Equipped with a padded compartment for a laptop and tablet, front zippered pockets, and side zippered pockets that fit most water bottles.
Part backpack, part duffel, the Solo Velocity Backpack transforms seamlessly between backpack and duffel without sacrificing functionality.
Padded Shoulder Straps
Padded back and backpack straps for added comfort.
Separate compartment for shoes or clothes.
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Origin: China
- ASIN: B01AC3ZXOC
- Item model number: ACV731-5
- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 15, 2016
- Average Customer Review:
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What follows is a list of different aspects of the bag, good or bad (but frankly, there's a lot more bad than good). Full disclosure here, I think a lot of these issues are either from my unrealistic expectations or my misuse of the bag. That said, your mileage may vary, and decide for yourself if these are dealbreakers for you. Honestly, I was sucked in by the look of it, and overlooked some glaring functional and practical flaws. And keep in mind, there's quite a bit to be enjoyed about this bag and plenty of use to get out of it, I'm just sure it's not for everyone. At least, not me.
Carrying capacity: I'm not sure what the measured liters are, but the bag doesn't carry a whole lot by default. The laptop pocket has a little bit of space for an extra folder or thin book. The other problem comes from the way you plan to carry the bag. There's a bit of space where the bag is meant to expand (near the handle), but that makes the bag somewhat banana shaped and unwieldy.
Duffel: The bag didn't come with a shoulder strap, so I used an old one of my own with carabiner clips attached to the loops on either end of the zipper. This may not be their intended purpose (they might just be for holding the bag taut while zipping the main compartment), but after a few months rather significant pulling of the stitching occurred. I stopped using the shoulder strap for fear of the bag breaking. So if you opt use it as a duffel without risking the shoulder strap, you're left with the two thin handles in the middle, which I found quite frustrating for two reasons. The handles are quite thin, so bag was generally heavy enough to make it uncomfortable to hold for any extended period of time. And even if the weight itself doesn't bother you, the handles didn't distribute the weight efficiently, causing the bag to droop at a sharp angle from the handles. It doesn't seem safe.
Backpack: I've learned a very clear lesson with this bag: vertical main pocket zippers are uncommon for a reason. You can't really open them partway to get things from the main pocket, and there's rarely enough room to actually put your bag down to open the main pocket, as you'd have to. Another rather annoying design flaw, the only two "accessory pockets" excluding the shoe pocket (along the middle near the handles) are virtually inaccessible if you fill the bag near capacity.
Organization: The shoe pocket and accessory pockets have that sort of non-rigid fabric that sort of hangs off of the stitching. In some scenarios, this is fine, but given the unusual shape of the pockets, it's a nuisance. There are no holders or item-specific pockets other than the bottle pockets and shoes, but this leaves out pen pockets, phone pockets, card pockets, really anything a typical backpack user might want. Stuff gets lost in the shoe pocket because the fabric is loose, and flops around into the main compartment.
That last point leads me to my biggest complaint with this bag. The limited amount of space is further exacerbated by the fact that all of the pockets share the same volume. You put something in one pocket, you lose that space in the main compartment. Don't bother trying to put gym shoes, textbooks, and water bottles in your bag at the same time.
In conclusion: It's an attractive, certainly eye catching bag design with limited/very specific functionality. Think carefully on the problems I've described if you're thinking about getting this one.
i agree with another post on here regarding the limited volume inside. but on the flipside, its not bulky.