I bought this backpack as an airline personal item to go with my carry on. Since it is Samsonite, I figured it would be good for traveling. Unfortunately, I should have known by the name Tectonic it is...
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I bought this backpack as an airline personal item to go with my carry on. Since it is Samsonite, I figured it would be good for traveling. Unfortunately, I should have known by the name Tectonic it is designed almost exclusively as a Laptop Backpack. The backpack does have a nice extremely well padded laptop sleeve built in. My problem was that I was not carrying a laptop and that area, about 1/3 of the bag, was useful only for a book. It is very well constructed, as you would expect from the zippers to the back padding.
Very well constructed.
Good shoulder and back padding.
Looks more professional than the usual kid-style backpack.
Very good laptop sleeve padding.
Not good if you don't have a laptop.
Does not have compression straps on the side.
Does not have a back flap that slides over the handle of a roller suitcase to allow you to pull it along with your carry-on or just attach it when you are sitting down waiting for your flight.
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Trip to Punta Cana
May 28, 2013
The Samsonite brand products are very well constructed and can stand up to the abuse at the airlines. When I left Punta Cana, I could see from my seat the airport personal loading(i.e throwing)luggage...
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The Samsonite brand products are very well constructed and can stand up to the abuse at the airlines. When I left Punta Cana, I could see from my seat the airport personal loading(i.e throwing)luggage onto the plane. You definitely need good quality luggage when you see how it is treated.
The 25in Silhouette Sphere is very deep and holds a lot of stuff. You do have to be careful not to go over the 50lb limit of check-in bags or you have to pay an additional fee. The construction is excellent from the outer material to the zippers, plus the pockets along the inside where very useful.
There is one concern I had with the bag. Although it is a spinner, it is ONLY designed to roll upright on all four wheels. The instruction sheet specifies the bag can not be tilted and rolled on only two wheels. Bad if you are rushing though an airport.
Another brand had an overweight indicator set at 50Lbs. Not sure how accurate it was, but it would be a good feature if it was accurate.
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