I just donated five bucks to Wikipedia. Why? Because a company called Solo (www.solo.net) sent me one of its bags for editorial consideration. This is not particularly unusual, but when it came time to dig into a little background information about the brand, the Solo website had only this to offer: “Solo designs bags and cases for people who know what they want and aren’t shy about demanding it” and “You’ll find Solo’s designs hanging off the shoulders and in the hands of people who live life on their own terms.” Motivational, perhaps, but not exactly informative.
According to Wikipedia, Solo is a company that makes business cases and is owned by U.S. Luggage LLC. A quick search of the Internet brings up the LinkedIn page for U.S. Luggage and it is there that we finally learn a little bit about Solo:
“Solo is one of the largest laptop bag & tablet case brands in the world. From backpacks to briefcases, tablet cases to totes, Solo designs and manufactures innovative solutions that fuse smart design with style to enhance the lives of ambitious professionals looking to achieve more with confidence. Solo products can be found at departments stores, specialty stores, mass merchants & big box retailers around the world.”
Thanks, Wikipedia, for connecting the dots.
So, why did I want to know more about this company? Mostly, because of the price of the bag. At $79.99, the Eclipse Backpack (PRO751) is a really good deal. The Eclipse is a sleek daypack-sized bag that houses a fully padded compartment that’s big enough to hold a 15.6” laptop as well as a padded pocket for a tablet. This entire section of the backpack is hidden under the strap/handle yoke which makes it impervious to sneaky hands when the bag is strapped on. On the face of the bag there’s a zippered flap for access to the interior organizer section. This is perfect for carrying items like books and pens and a Bluetooth speaker (for example). There’s also two front pockets, one with a key clip, that work well for quick access to whatever smallish items get dumped in there.
Things of note: The Eclipse is handsome and nicely appointed. The materials from which it’s made are posh yet rugged. It features water-resistant zippers, a cool camo-pattern lining, and mesh-foam padding in the back and straps to keep things cool and lightweight.
Click here to check out the extensive lineup of tech-savvy bags and cases on offer from Solo.