Laptop Bags: STM Velo messenger bag review

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STM-Velo-BlackIntroduction:

Travelling with your laptop requires the use of a decent laptop bag which provides excellent drop and collision impact protection, as well as decent weather protection, preferably a good number of pockets for organising other gear as well as well as a tablet pocket if necessary. The latest bag from STM, the Velo, fits all the bills and has enough pockets to shake a stick at and funnily enough it's the latest one we got in to review!

Specifications:

Main fabric: 300D water resistant micro ripstop polyester
Lining: STM plush power corduroy lining
Laptop space: 13.2 x 9.6 x 1.6 in / 33.5 x 24.5 x 4 cm
External bag: 18.5 x 13.8 x 6.7 in / 47 x 35 x 17 cm
Weight: 2.4 lbs / 1.1 kg
Colours: Black (reviewed) or Mushroom
Sizes: Small (up to 13" screens) and Medium (up to 15" screens)

 

STM-Velo-Black-openReview:

 

First and foremost with the Velo is the shear number of compartments (and associated zips)! The main plush lined and heavily padded laptop compartment is uniquely accessed from the side of this messenger style bag which allows easy access despite the rest of the gear you may be carrying. The rear of the bag has a large padded, velcro-secured, slip pocket for housing documents. At the base of the slip pocket is a zip that when opened allows the Velo to be secured to a larger suitcase or similar (over a telescopic handle) which is ideal when you are travelling for longer distances. On the top edge of the bag is a fleece lined drop pocket to house any small electronics (smartphone/iPod) and both edges of the bag have zippered pockets that are big enough to hold drinks bottles or equivalently sized items (chargers, umbrellas etc). On the front of the bag is a flap that is held in place by two large chunky plastic clips that reveals another open pocket as well as two zippered pocket, the larger of which provides a further zippered pocket for stationary, some elasticated storage pockets and a keyring. The upper portion of the flap is zippered and allows access to yet another compartment that has 5 open compartments, including a dedicated nylex lined tablet/e-reader compartment, with enough room in the other compartments to fit magazines and papers easily.

The materials used throughout are excellent and in our eyes would provide the bag with a long life (as well as any laptop or tablet housed within) and every pocket is well lined.. The shoulder strap is well padded and spreads the weight well, making carrying any enclosed gear comfortable (nobody likes a thin shoulder strap) and all of the zips feel strong and open and close easily

Price:

~£60

STM-Velo-Black-BackVerdict:

4.5/5 - Of the STM bags we have reviewed from STM sofar, this has to be our favourite. It is manufactured from excellent, waterproof, materials that are built to last, and has enough compartments to allow everything to be organised well, whether you are going to work, travelling abroad, or popping over to a friends house. Of course you have to pay for the quality, but with these features we reckon that STM are bang on the money!