Good size; padded compartments for iPhone, iPad and Mac; large number of pockets
Shoulder strap padding could be thicker
Building and designing tech-protective gear since 1998 near Sydneyâ€™s Bondi Beach, STM has continued to produce laptop bags that suit the modern tech-junkie.
The STM trust, a part of the companyâ€™s new Annex range, is another laptop messenger bag for the fully equipped Apple fan. With a padded sleeve for laptops up to 13in, a padded sleeve for iPads, and a soft-lined and departmentalised pocket for multiple smartphones and/or iPods, the trust offers protection and access for all portable Apple gear.
The front of the messenger bag is a series of overlapping compartments; the first two can be zipped shut, while the third is the spacious main compartment. The outside pocket is where I would store my smartphone, with two equally divided departments, a soft lining and easy access.
The front of the bag is held in place via two, adjustable metal and plastic clips and covers a bum-bag style compartment beneath. The second compartment contains a number of sleeves for pens, cables, documents and the other accessories people carry day-to-day. The pocket also includes a clip to hold a set of keys and, while we wouldnâ€™t use it, it may be useful for some.
The main section of the bag, where you might shove clothes, books and other personal items, features a sleeve against the rear wall for a full-sized tablet and a series of smaller, unpadded divisions for bits and pieces.
In a familiar fashion, the laptop compartment sits against the back of the bag with a horizontal zip running across the top. This offers quick access to a laptop when travelling through airport security and means you donâ€™t have to sift through the main compartmentâ€™s contents to pull out your Mac.
Running across the back wall of the bag is a slim, unpadded pocket that would suit a handful of papers, potentially useful for flight documents when travelling. A smartphone pocket sits inside, but we would use the padded and zipped pocket on the front of the bag.
Interestingly, this seems to be where STM thinks you should house your phone as it is marked for that purpose. Maybe STM thinks this pocket is out of the reach of people passing by? If thatâ€™s the case, why wouldnâ€™t it be zipped and padded like the pocket on the front?
The bag weighs 1kg, features water-resistant lining, can hold a volume of 15L and would be suitable for a 13in laptop that measures less than 25.5 x 33.5 x 3cm.
Sold with a lifetime warranty, the trust is available in graphite (grey), olive (green) and red. The olive-green coloured bag that I tested was attractively lined internally with a sky blue and grey colour scheme.
Also of note, the main shoulder strap doesnâ€™t offer significant padding, and there are two handy external bottle holders on either end of the bag, each with fastening straps.
The STM trust messenger bag is a great choice for tech-carrying commuters, which offers both storage capacity and a fashionable look. If you are after a bag for travel, the trust will not be able to hold more than an overnight tripâ€™s worth of items, but it would excel as a carry-on bag.
The number of pockets will keep your gear organised and, in the case of your iPhone, iPad and Mac, protected.