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Samsonite Tectonic Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 13, 2019

based on 2,102 reviews

We have checked thousands of reviews and found 17 reasons to buy the Tectonic - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

80% of the reviewers give the Samsonite Tectonic a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (67%)
Good (13%)
Average (6%)
Poor (5%)
Bad (7%)

Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Samsonite Tectonic:

Reviewers like these things about the Samsonite Tectonic

  • Other users love how the laptop compartment and protective sleeve for the laptop can be adjusted to fit the width and height of laptop.
  • Others love the presence of padding into the bag and straps, which means it sits nice and snugly against your back.
  • Some users love the vented and breathable padding as it prevents sweating.
  • Many users thought the bag itself is well balanced, so even when it's stuffed completely full the weight is distributed nicely across your back.
  • Others find the laptop section snug and padded.
  • One user thought the headphone section is great.
  • Many users thought the handle is well balanced, reinforced, and solidly padded.
  • so you can effortlessly lift it, even when it's loaded up.
  • Some are happy with how they are able to open everything and access any tool or part I want without having to flop open the whole bag and dig through.
  • Some reviewers thought the pockets/compartments and the protective lining feels rugged and fits their need perfectly.
  • A lot of users chose it for its great size and flexibility. It does not take up much room, it can easily fit under an airplane seat.
  • Some appreciate that it comes with soft pouch for sensitive equipment like glasses or computer mice.
  • Many reviewers find the multiple compartments and dividers helpful in protecting equipment from other items during transit.
  • Many reviewers thought the two elasticated side pockets are surprisingly useful to easily pop in a water bottle.
  • Some reviewers liked its good carrying handles and wide padded straps.
  • The adjustable laptop compartment is one of the favorite features of the bag.
  • Some reviewers find the discreet nylon loops a good security feature.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some users thought it’s got very poor quality.
  • One reviewer said that zippers were good, fabric was resistant, but it was put together in very very negligent way.


Crowdsourced specs across all Samsonite Tectonic models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight2.35-3.1 oz (1.1-1.4 kg)
Length iconLength9-19 in (23-48 cm)
Width10-13 in (25-33 cm)
Height14-17 in (36-43 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 17 inches

Popular Models

Samsonite Tectonic 2

86% choose the Samsonite Tectonic 2

86 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight2.35 oz (1.1 kg)
Length iconLength9 in (23 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height17 in (43 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 17 inches

Samsonite Tectonic Pft

14% choose the Samsonite Tectonic Pft

14 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight3.1 oz (1.4 kg)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 17 inches

Samsonite Tectonic 2 vs Tectonic pft

The two most popular Samsonite Tectonic models are the Tectonic 2 and the Tectonic pft, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Samsonite Tectonic bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Tectonic 2 which is choosen by 86% (6.1 times as many as the 14% that choose the Tectonic pft).

Tectonic 2Tectonic pft
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Tectonic 2 is typically around $20 cheaper than the Tectonic pft, but check the deals before you buy.

Tectonic 2Tectonic pft

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Tectonic 2 is 0.8 kg (26.5 oz) lower than the weight of the Tectonic pft.

Tectonic 2Tectonic pft

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black and red. Only the Tectonic 2 is available in blue, grey and orange.

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Samsonite Tectonic features:
  • Laptop compartment

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


vs Samsonite Bags

The Samsonite Tectonic ranks #19 compared with the other Samsonite bags.

17Samsonite Aspire
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18Samsonite Xenon
Samsonite Xenon
19Samsonite Tectonic
Samsonite Tectonic
20Samsonite Lift
Samsonite Lift
21Samsonite Freeform
Samsonite Freeform

vs All Bags

The Samsonite Tectonic ranks #2538 compared with all the bags we have checked.

2536Thule EnRoute
Thule EnRoute
2537Samsonite Tectonic
Samsonite Tectonic
2538Dakine Over Under
Dakine Over Under
2539Arcteryx Aperture
Arcteryx Aperture
2540Sherpani Faith
Sherpani Faith

Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Samsonite Tectonic vs the Samsonite Xenon.

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Samsonite Tectonic vs Samsonite Xenon

Samsonite Tectonic
Samsonite Tectonic


Based on 2,102 reviews
Weight: 2.35-3.1 oz
Price: $$

Samsonite Xenon
Samsonite Xenon

Based on 1,525 reviews

Weight: 1.9-3 oz
Price: $$

  • The Tectonic is rated about the same as the Xenon.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,627 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Tectonic is 3% heavier than the biggest Xenon (3.1 oz vs 3 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Tectonic is available in these colors:

Bag ID 36009. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API and shop datafeeds.

Last updated on May 13, 2019