15.4in Shock Stop review
Solo’s Shock Stop Laptop Case is one of the smaller models on test, at 39.4 x 41.9 x 21.6cm, but at 3.4kg it’s the heaviest. Unlike the other bags we've tested recently, the Shock Stop doesn’t have a separate laptop area; the laptop sleeve resides in the main compartment.
The sleeve itself is thinly padded nylon with a Velcro strap on top to secure your laptop. Although the sleeve doesn’t offer much protection from other items in this main compartment, the bag’s rigid outer shell does safeguard its contents. Elastic sections along the sleeve mean that thinner laptops – such as Apple’s entire MacBook line – fit almost as well as the bulkiest Windows notebooks.
The key feature of the Shock Stop is its suspension system. Like the other bags here, the Shock Stop uses inline-skate-style wheels, but on Solo’s bag each wheel is mounted on two spring-based shock absorbers. This may sound like a gimmick, but it does work.
With the bag fully loaded, bumps, rocks, and other shock-inducing ‘road hazards’ felt less jarring to our hands (which means the laptop had a similarly softer ride).