The Solo RE:MOVE Duffle bag won’t be mistaken for high-end designer luggage, but in many ways, the $64.99 bag is better than its more expensive cousins.
First, the bag is spacious and well designed. Simplicity, but with the right pockets for a run to the gym or an overnight trip (remember those?). Dual front pockets hold pens/styli, accessories and keys via an installed clip. The large interior pocket looks deceptively narrow when empty, but it puffs up nicely as clothing, shoes or other items fill its various niches. The black camo interior offers a bit of urban whimsy (but as noted in the What could be improved section, its a bit noisy).
Second, the bag is light, weighing in at only 1.24 lbs.
Third, and perhaps most important, this bag’s material derives from 16 recycled PET bottles. On top of that, Solo has partnered with the National Forrest Foundation to plant a tree for every Solo Re:cycled series bag. Take Solo’s Green Pledge and they will plant a second tree in your name. Kudos to Solo.
Fourth, the design includes a roller bag strap. I personally hate carrying anything when I travel, so any bag that attaches to other bags receives higher marks. If you like shoulder straps, it also includes a removable one of those.
Fifth: a 5-year warranty. A winning piece of luggage even if it wasn’t made primarily from recycled bottles.
What could be improved
I am not a big fan of Velcro handle fastening. Not the feel. Not the sound. I have also had bag handles fail from poor stitching on the Velcro. Magnets would be better. The technology is here and the cost trade-offs aren’t that high.
I would also appreciate a less noisy (crinkly sounding) interior fabric. When never needs a loud bag in a quiet conference room. Luggage designers need to start including acoustic profiles for their designs.
Solo RE:MOVE Duffle Bottom Line
This eco-friendly, cost-conscience bag hits all the marks. It holds enough for a weekend getaway, or as a complement to other luggage on a longer trip. The modern style won’t be mistaken for a high-end bag, but it holds its own in the looks department. The handle, shoulder strap, and built-in bag strap make it a great travel companion despite a bit of noise from interior fabric and Velcro handle closure.
The Solo RE:MOVE Duffle was provided to Serious Insights for review purposes. Images courtesy of Solo.
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Daniel W. Rasmus
Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.