Review: Moshi Helios Lite backpack

Published On June 11, 2016 | By Aaron Kraus | Reviews

The hardest part of reviewing any Moshi bag is getting a chance to mention all the details. Small pockets that cover the ends of the zippers. Double stitched pocket openings that look like Italian suiting. Top notch vegan leather (that one took me a minute, but it looks like the real thing). The Helios Lite puts all of Moshi’s best features into a small backpack the lets you cart around Apple’s smaller MacBook Pro models and accessories in style.


Pack It In

By my count, there are nine unique pockets in the Helios Lite. For the main event, there’s a padded sleeve that holds a 13” MaBook snugly and a main interior pocket, which features an elastic band for holding a water bottle/umbrella and two cubbies for  chargers/cables.


The main pocket’s also got enough room for all my standard travel gear, which consists of:

  • mini umbrella
  • pencil case (full of cables, power bank, and a fruit roll up – you never know!)
  • small dopp kit (filled with personal essentials including painkillers, Alka Seltzer, Tide pen, etc.).

There is also enough room for my carry on toiletries bag, which simplifies airport security – both things I need to take out are in the same bag.


There are three zippered compartments on the Helios Lite. One is inside the main compartment, one’s on the external flap, and there’s a vertical Napoleon pocket around back. These easily stowed my iPod nano, couple sets of earbuds, earplugs, iPhone 6+, passport, wallet, olloclip (for spontaneous photo ops), and reusable shopping bag. A simple slit pocket is located on the side, and the loops on the Helios’ straps are perfect for attaching a carabiner or other clip.

The Little Things

Moshi’s bags don’t come cheap, but their well designed features are worth the price. The zippers have textured ridges that make them easier to grasp – that may not sound like a big deal, but when you’re sitting in coach and have to perform a contortionist routine to get into your bag, it’s actually amazing. The construction is of such a high standard that a spill in one of the pockets is contained by the weather-resistant materials, preventing a leaky water bottle from ruining everything in your bag (and yes, I did test this by accident). The magnetic snaps are mounted on fully adjustable straps with working buckles, so even a packrat like me can close the flap and keep everything secure.


The Helios Lite is available in two color combinations: Titanium Grey with tan accents, or Sky Blue with dark brown accents. Backpacks generally come in two varieties: kiddy styles or outdoorsman adventure styes. Neither are appropriate for the boardroom, but the Helios Lite can hold its own against any briefcase – and it leaves both of your hands free.

Provides: Protected carrying for 13” MacBook and accessories
Compatibility: 13” MacBook Pro and 13” MacBook Pro Retina (or smaller laptop)
Price: $119.95
Availability: Now at Moshi
Grade: A

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About The Author

was reared on a Mac Plus, graduated to a Performa 6400/180, detoured briefly into eMate 300 territory (which still runs), and is currently rocking several variants of MacBook. Aaron is a card carrying Borderlands™ minion, steeped in arcane Apple lore, and fluent in Reality Distortion™. He remains a cybersecurity consultant by day and hopeless technophile with aspirations to be a low-grade foodie.