Solo Everyday Max Backpack REVIEW

No matter how many times I think I’ve found the ‘ideal’ backpack for my hectic lifestyle, I find another one that seems to top the last. I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of getting to know Solo NY and their products over the past year or so and I really can’t find any fault with their bags. They have a way of designing bags that simply fit extraordinary circumstances. I typically look for a backpack that will encompass all of my needs and sometimes that isn’t very feasible. Therefore, I narrow down my search to those that include a place for my laptop and other technical gear. I like to stay organized. And with that in mind, I usually find bags that have lots of pockets in the main compartment. The Everyday Max Backpack is normally a bag I would pass by, but since I was given the chance to review it, I had to give it a second glance. I’m so glad I did.


The backpack has a fully padded 17.3” laptop compartment, internal iPad/Tablet pocket (does not fit extra large 12-inch tablets), and a separate shoe compartment. In addition to the laptop pouch, there is a large main compartment that can be accessed from a top zipper or from a side zipper like a duffle bag and one small mobile phone pouch on the outside of the main compartment. The bag has padded carry handles on the top and sides and a padded back and shoulder straps for easy transport. The bag only weighs 2.4 pounds empty and is measures 21 x 13 x 8, which complies with current FAA carry-on regulations.

User Experience

All of these things combined make for a fairly hefty pack. I didn’t take the time to weigh each piece individually, but I can say that the Everyday Max Backpack keeps weight evenly distributed. I did have some concerns about this since the large compartment tends to allow things to fall towards the bottom. I have carried this for the past couple of weeks as my main work bag. It’s been great knowing that I have the extra large pouch so that I can just toss things in there as I need to. I have never run into a problem where I didn’t have enough room in the backpack.

While there are some internal pockets, they line the main compartment and aren’t very easy to access. I would have loved to see a few more options for organization, but then again, that’s not really what this bag is intended for. One feature I was very excited about is the duffle opening. I didn’t think I would use it at first, but I have been using it quite a bit to search for items I’ve tossed into the bag. I have also taken this backpack on a weekend trip and found it to be spacious enough to handle tech items and clothing.


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Originally published at on May 30, 2018.

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