Jun 17, 2014
Life is good.
You have the tablet, portable keyboard, backup drive, stylus, power bank and even a jump drive or two. Maybe you’re going big and even pack a mobile scanner, over-the-ear headphones and an emergency phablet. You, sir/ma’am, are the picture of mobile productivity, and are ready to go.
All one needs now is more hands and baggy dungarees with dozens of pockets. And, hopefully, understanding TSA agents and fellow travelers who won’t jump one for creating the airport metal detector bottleneck.
Seriously, just about as important as the tech gear we obtain is the gear we use to protect and transport them. A proper go-bag is a must have, and it goes without saying that the same things we look for in mobile gear — affordability, style and portability, amongst others — are the things we would probably wanna see in a functional bag.
Enter STM Trust, a messenger bag that looks to strike a delicate balance between looks and functionality.
We received the small red version to try out (it also comes in olive and graphite, with differing sizes); the material is made of water-resistant poly. Officially, the exterior covers 1.22 x 14.96 x 4.72 inches for a capacity of 915+ cubic inches, and it weighs a bit over 2 lbs in weight empty. It looks quite unpretentious, with the red only broken by grey and silver snaps and zipper, black accents on the shoulder strap, and the grey bottom panel.
The bag compartmentalization is very well done, and will be perfect for folks high on organization and quick access. The front flap starts the party with a padded, zippered pocket, great for smartphones and other smaller delicates. Lifting that up reveals another zippered compartment, and another, more centralized pocket which is broken into smaller layers; this is suitable for all sorts of gadgets and devices. The main compartment is accessed from the top towards the back, and is lined as well. At the very back is a loose, easy-to-reach compartment without a a zipper, and there are pouches on the side.
The attention to detail is gratifying. The strap is easy to overlook, but on this bag, this key component is adjustable, optional and padded at the apex. The stitching is subtle and color-appropriate.
If I had to nitpick, I’d gripe about the placement of the hand handle, which is singular and offset towards the rear. I’d also prefer something other than hard plastic for the strap joints.
All in all, the STM Truth is easy to appreciate for its overall functionality and affordable style. It doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, and in the end, that might be its biggest draw.
The Small STM Truth Bag is available STM partner sites for $129.95.