As an avid traveler and adventurer, it’s safe to say that bringing along a few essential items for the trip is pretty important. I’ve had lots of backpacks over the years just like anyone else, but none have come close to the amazing design of Solgaard’s Lifepack.
Before we get into my personal opinion of the backpack after having used it for just over a week, I want to break down what makes this bag so special and unique.
The main feature of this backpack is the Solarbank. It uses solar power and UV rays to charge any and all devices you choose to bring on your adventure. From phones to camera, even laptops, your equipment will never die while your out creating content. Not only does the Solarbank work extremely well during a clear day, but it also charges when it’s cloudy out, just out a slower pace. One hour of sunlight for the Solarbank means 25% charge for your smartphone. When you’re nowhere near an outlet or civilization, that’s pretty useful.
The Lifepack also features two different compartments to separate your work equipment from your personal items. You can keep your electronics in one compartment (utilizing the plush drop-proof laptop sleeve for your laptop) and your clothes in the other. There are plenty of pockets, pouches, and zippers to separate everything, including cables, lenses, sunglasses, etc. It helps maintain a clean environment within the bag.
The Lifepack, as well as all other items featured and produced from Solgard, are made from Shore-Tex, using upcycled ocean plastic. Every purchase from Solgaard removes 5lb’s of plastic from the ocean, helping the environment.
The bag also features a anti-theft locking cable, as well as four secret compartment. This helps ensure that nobody steals your valuables while your bag is unattended. If you want your bag to charge while you enter a building or store, secure the cable to the zippers and lock it to a nearby pole.
Alright, now that we got the main features out of the way, let’s talk about my honest opinions on the bag.
The Solarbank charger has already proven itself very useful. I recently just went on a very long road trip, and the charger helped ensure that my devices never died. Not only did my devices remain charged for the entire trip, but the Solarbank never fully lost power, since it was constantly charging from the sun right outside the car window. Even if the bag didn’t have any of the other cool features that it does, this solar powered charger already makes it worth the money.
I mentioned that the bag has two separate compartments, one for work and one for play. That’s true, and it’s not let me down. Instead of having to fumble through my backpack, trying to figure out where my camera is within all of my clothing, I know where each individual item is. My sunglasses have a specific spot, so do my normal glasses. There are different sized pouches which is perfect for different items. I use the smaller pouch for my airpods case, the larger one for my camera and tripod, and the laptop sleeve for none other than my Macbook Air. This bag has it down for organization.
Regarding the fact that my purchase helped remove 5lb’s of plastic from the ocean, I am very happy. I’m finally able to sleep at night knowing that the sea turtles are swimming peacefully. No, for real, I am surprised with how well the bag feels. When I first heard that the bag was made from upcycled plastic, I had no idea what to expect with the texture. My worst fear was that it would be some kind of thin material that would rip easily. It’s completely the opposite. The bag feels amazing. There’s not really a way to put it into words, it’s just very satisfying to feel if that makes sense. The bag on its ow is also pretty lightweight, but also very sturdy. It feels like it would take a lot to tear a thread. There is cushioning on the two back secret compartments right where your lower back/ hip region would be, so no matter what you have in your bag, it will always sit comfortably on your back.
In terms of the anti-theft lock, I’ve messed around with it a bit, but I haven’t had to use it just yet. Not that I’m not happy with it, I think it’s something essential for this type of backpack and I know I’ll be using it as time goes on, but I typically just bring my bag indoors with me. The lock uses a three digit code that you can set to your choice. When I go to Spain next year, I know I’ll be using the anti-theft lock a lot, as I’ll be over seas and everything I have for that trip would be in there.
Something I forgot to mention is that the Lifepack also features a water proff bottom, meaning none of your clothing or electronics will get damaged when you set it down. Whether it’s raining or you literally just spilt a water bottle, it’s got you covered. That became pretty useful for me on my recent road trip, as it rained a lot during it. I placed my bag down o the ground temporarily, forgetting the ground was still wet from the rain, but luckily it was completely safe. The bottom also allows for the bag to stand completely upright without falling over. I’ve already personally noticed this, as I literally left it in the middle of my hotel room floor and it never fell over, not even once.
It’s hard to come up with complaints with something that I absolutely love, but if there was one thing I wish could of been included with this bag, it would be a wider range of colors to choose from. Solgaard offers this bag in charcoal, atlantic blue, baltic black, granada green camo, and granada green. My favorite color is red, so I was a little disappointed to learn that there was no option for that color. That is only a minor thing though, as I am very happy with the color I chose. I decided to go with atlantic blue, and admittedly at first I was iffy with it when I first received it, but that was only because of the lighting in the room. When I was able to fully see it in better lighting, especially outdoors, the blue became so much more apparent, just like the photos.
Overall, I give this bag a 10/10. What else could I give it, it is literally the perfect bag for an adventurer/ content creator, and I highly recommend it for those who love who travel or those who simply want an awesome backpack. To purchase a Lifepack backpack, visit solgaard.com or visit their instagram account to learn more.