Unbound Backpack From Solo New York Review

One of the latest entries in Solo New York’s Urban Nomad Collection is the Unbound Backpack, and I recently took it out for a test drive.

The Unbound Backpack is similarly styled to the Route Slim Briefcase I reviewed a few months back in terms of its black and gray colorings, and the lay flat design both bags employ to provide for quicker bag screenings at the airport if you’re traveling with a laptop. Unlike the Route Slim though, the Unbound is purely a backpack, but a functional one at that.

Its 19″ x 13″ x 9.25″ dimensions are divided into four distinct storage compartments that include a small zippered pocket, a compartment with felt lined pockets for storing office supplies, a compartment with mesh pockets that is mostly open for storing books, folders, and other larger items you may have to take with you. Finally, there is a compartment solely for laptops and tablets, and it can hold up to a 15.6″ laptop. This compartment can be fully unzipped and laid flat, which allows you to keep your laptop in your bag while going through a TSA checkpoint.

The Unbound Backpack also sports two mesh pockets on its sides, which can be used to hold water bottles, or other loose items. The back pad is designed in a way to allow you to slide other baggage handles through it too, so it’s great for air travel if you want to stack your luggage together for easier transport.

The bag feels quite rugged to boot thanks to the high quality materials it is crafted from. The bottom is reinforced with a tough vinyl-like material that also appears to be water resistant. The fabric sports a nice dark grey color that feels sturdy to the touch. The straps could benefit from a bit more padding, but quite frankly they’re just as thick as most backpack straps out there, and I didn’t find them to be uncomfortable while wearing the pack for extended periods of time.

Again though, to me the best aspect of this particular backpack from Solo New York is its visual style. I just love the dark grey and black coloring, and the bag’s dimensions don’t make it look like you have a turtle shell on your back. If you want a bag that looks rad on your back, and has plenty of compartments to store your gear, then you should definitely consider the Unbound.

You can pick one up today directly from Solo New York.

Review Summary

Build Quality - 8.5
Functionality - 8
Price - 6.5
Style - 8.5



You will pay a bit more for a Solo New York bag, but that's because of the quality they provide. The Unbound is no different from the other Solo bags we've reviewed, so if you're comfortable with spending a bit more for a quality backpack, you can't go wrong with the Unbound.

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