Review: STM Trust Messenger Bag

Anthony Caruana
15 April, 2015
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STM Trust Messenger Bag



Spacious, robust, great for travellers


Shoulder strap catch can loosen, a little heavy


Review:  STM Trust Messenger Bag

If you spend a lot of time travelling you’ve probably put a lot of thought into what sorts of luggage you have. Similarly, you might have spent many hours in stores pondering what bag is best for carrying your MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

A look under my bed reveals a graveyard of bags that suited me for a while but fell into disuse after a few weeks or months because they didn’t quite meet my needs. Over the last year or so I’ve been using the STM Trust Messenger Bag. I haven’t used it every day or on every trip – sometimes I prefer a smaller bag as all I’m carrying is my iPad and a change of casual clothes. But for overnight trips it’s become my “go to” bag.

Just over a year ago, Jono, the previous Australian Macworld editor, reviewed the STM Trust Messenger Bag. Most technology magazines and websites review an item when it’s first released and move on. But I thought it would be worth coming back to see if the STM Trust lived up to the four and a half mouse rating we gave it a year ago.

I’ve taken the STM Trust on more interstate trips than I can recall and overseas several times. For overnight trips, it holds my 13-inch MacBook Pro, charger, iPad, headphones, notebooks and pens, a change of clothes (short, socks and jocks), toiletries and a few other bits and pieces.

When I’m attending events, I like the Trust as there’s plenty of room for papers and knick-knacks I collect as I walk through a show floor.

After a year of use, the Trust barely looks used. Even though it’s been packed to the point where the zippers have been hard to close and stiffed into packed overhear lockers in planes you would barely know it’s over a year old.

One of the things regular traveller hate is the ritualistic removal of the laptop from your bag when passing through airport security. With the Trust, as my MacBook Pro has it’s own pocket outside the bag’s ain compartment, this is easy and doesn’t requite unpacking the bag when it’s crammed with all my other gear.

The two pockets on the sides of the bag are handy for stashing my wallet and iPhone so I can get through checkpoints easily.

When loaded up, the padded section of the shoulder strap makes things comfortable although I’ve found the length adjustment can be released accidentally without too much effort resulting in the bag dropping below my hip in a hurry.

After a year, we can still recommend the STM Trust as a great bag for travellers and those that need to carry a lot of extra gear with their MacBook.

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