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Solo Rival Backpack
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Solo Rival Backpack

A solid backpack for protecting and toting your tech gadgets and other goodies.

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I’ve seen my fair share of nice but expensive laptop and tablet backpacks for those looking for something durable to carry their portable tech in. So needless to say I would always carry mine around in just some plain old backpack that might not be fancy, but gets the job done. Luckily the company Solo has come up with a nice way to blend functionality with a high end feel with their Solo Rival Backpack. If you’re looking for a great way to tote your tablet or laptop while still having plenty of space for a change of clothes and other stuff without spending a fortune, this is the bag for you.

Coming in at around two pounds or so while being made of solid polyester and measuring 19.25″ x 15.5″ x 7.5″, this bag can handle carrying your 17-inch laptop, the huge original iPad Pro and then some on your travels, and also comes in handy as a carry-on bag for airplane flights. This pack is broken into three nicely sized compartments, starting with the ultra-cushioned and protective laptop/tablet pocket section at the back, then a roomy compartment for books, a change of clothes or whatever you wish to cram in there, followed by a nice miscellaneous compartment that can hold pens, pencils, iPods/Phones (there’s even a convenient headphone port on the bag), and more. There’s also some nicely added hard shell side pockets and plenty of reflective strips all around the pack and straps to make sure you’re seen in low light conditions for those late night travels.

As long as you don’t try to carry a ton of stuff in this backpack (using it like you should, it shouldn’t weigh anymore than nine to ten pounds), it feels pretty comfortable on your back thanks to the nicely cushioned shoulder straps and an added chest strap to help prevent too much strain on your neck and shoulders. It also makes your back feel nice thanks to the mesh back padding that keeps things cool as air travels through it. In the unlikely event something should go wrong with your backpack, it’s nice to know that Solo stands behind their products with a five-year limited warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship, but not if you’re trying to carry a ton of stuff and cause straps to break and such. It’s a pretty solid and well made backpack though, so again as long as you’re using it properly and take care of it, you should get years of use out of it.

If you’re looking for a nice backpack to carry your portable tech around while still having plenty of room and spaces for other goodies, you’ll want to pick up the Solo Rival Backpack. It’s a great blend of functionality and high end tech protection without breaking the bank (can find it for $80 or less) that also comes in handy as a travel bag / carry-on for plane flights. Throw in a five-year warranty that shows Solo stands behind their products, and you have a solid backpack to protect your tech during your travels and adventures.