So, you’ve invested a lot of money into expensive electronic devices, and you’re always on the go. You need something to not only carry all of your gear around but keep it protected, as well. That’s where the next product to land on the review desk comes into play. The Boyd Backpack, from Solo New York’s Highland Collection.

“Influenced by Scottish lifestyle alongside the contemporary trends of New York City”, the Highland Collection features three different bags – the Alastair Vertical Brief, the Hamish Briefcase, and the one I’m using, the Boyd Backpack.

Let’s talk about the Boyd Backpack

Solo New York Boyd Backpack

The Boyd consists of a waxed canvas body and has a dark blue and gray plaid pattern reminiscent of a flannel shirt. It looks stylish but maintains a professional appeal, which is a nice touch, in my opinion.

Designed with a pocket to fit laptops up to 15.6″, the backpack also features a pouch for carrying a tablet. This works perfectly for my Samsung Spin 7 (13.3-inch screen) laptop and LG G Pad X 8-inch tablet. There’s also a velcro strap that comes down over the devices, keeping them secure.

The inside of the bag is made of a material that feels kind of like soft blue jeans – a worn denim if you will. There are several other pockets for storage on the inside, as well as two zipper pouches on the front of the bag – one smaller at the top and another large enough to fit a pair of over-ear headphones on the bottom.

Travel without fear of scratched devices

Also worth noting, there are no zippers on the inside of the bag. This means you don’t have to worry about getting scratches on your device. On the outside, the zippers are large and feel quite “premium”. They’ve got leather pulls that are both easy to grip and easy to zip and unzip.

Solo New York Boyd Backpack Back

They Boyd Backpack features padded shoulder straps and a padded fabric panel that runs from top to bottom. This allows you to slide the bag over the handlebars of a rolling suitcase making for easier navigation at busy airports. And if you do any flying, you know exactly how invaluable that can be.

Rounding things out, there’s a carrying handle made of a rugged rubber-like material at the top of the bag. There are water bottle compartments on both sides of the bag, and the bottom is made of the same material as the carrying handle. It feels nice and sturdy, and also looks to be water resistant.

In terms of dimension, the Boyd is 23″ x 15″ x 7.5″ and weighs 2.3 pounds.

THE GOOD
  • Looks great, feels great
  • Made of rugged, durable materials
  • Light – Until you fill it with stuff, obviously
  • Super easy to carry
  • Can be strapped onto a rolling suitcase
THE NOT-SO-GOOD
  • A bit on the pricey side, all things considered
  • Only available in one color option

Where to buy the Boyd Backpack

This bad boy can be had via the Solo New York website for $134.99. That’s a bit on the pricey side, but when you’re talking about protecting thousands of dollars worth of devices, it’s a solid investment.

At the time of this review, there’s also a limited stock available on Amazon from the third-party retailer, Online Quality Brands LLC, for $99 each. At that price – or even at full retail, I highly recommend this bag.