By Louis Senecal on Thu, 11/03/2011
In one of my previous posts, I had mentioned that STM had just released their new bag called the Stash. This shoulder style bag is compact and designed to fit an iPad or most other 10" tablets. This comes in the colors black and berry.
The bag is made of microfiber and has soft padding in the device compartment. The strap is adjustable and removeable. For those of you who do not prefer a strap, there are two handles that are attached to the bag but hide away when not needed or wanted in view. It's a nice alternative, depending on your use of the bag.
On the outside front of the bag, you will find a very roomy zippered pocket.
Behind this is another zippered pocket that opens which has additional various size smaller pockets inside and a place to clip your keys, USB drive, etc. These range in size to accomodate pens, pads, business cards, etc.
The main compartment follows. I was able to fit my original iPad with Apple case in there. I think it's designed for a naked device or a something with a very slim case or shell. Anything larger than that and the space will become tight. It’s very padded so I feel that this does offer a great deal of protection when your device is enclosed.
There is one last pocket on the back outer side of the stash that is open at the top.
I have been using this bag for a few weeks. The only gripe I have with it is the strap. The strap is adjustable and not stiff which is nice. But I wish the strap was a little longer. While it fit okay on me, I would have preferred a little extra length. I brought this bag on a trip to Boston this past weekend and used it to carry all my tech along with accessories, power chargers and cords. I found this to be a great organizational tool on my trip. What's nice is that you can even use this to store your gear and then stow this into your larger bag if you wanted. In any case, I found there are multiple uses for this bag. The Stash allows you to bring more stuff with you and your device while still keeping a compact and light form factor
Specs and Features:
-main fabric: 300D water resistant micro ripstop polyester
-lining: soft brushed nylex
-laptop space: 10.6 x 7.6 x 1.4 in / 27 x 19.2 x 3.5 cm
-external bag: 11.2 x 8.3 x 1.6 in / 28.5 x 21 x 4 cm
-weight: 2.2 lbs / 0.98 kg
(At the time of this writing I saw that one of their online sale partners was selling it for $43.99)