By Louis Senecal on Thu, 04/04/2013
As a shoulder and messenger bag aficionado, I'm constantly on the lookout for that perfect bag that seamlessly combines style and functionality. I pack light most days but keep all of my daily essentials with me. Normally, I pack my phone, tablet, notebook, glasses, paper planner (yes, some people out there still use these), and some power accessories. While not a huge amount, it's more than I want to carry in pockets. Thanks to STM, I've been able to tote all of my stuff in its new Linear Shoulder Bag ($65) for the past two months, before its official release April 1.
If you look at the bag's pictures and dimensions, you can see why STM calls it a "north-south bag." It is designed to fit most laptops as wide as 13” and multiple types of tablets. My original iPad fits perfectly, as does my 7” Galaxy Tab.
This bag is equipped with 7 pockets for various needs:
- Main Flap has a large soft lined pocket secured with a zipper;
- Large vertical open pocket on the back (under the handle and luggage pass through strap);
- Large main soft lined laptop section (I have been using this for my notebooks and other items);
- Soft tablet pocket;
- Open nylon pocket in front and under the tablet pocket;
- Zippered pouch that contains multiple pockets, pen holders, and a clip.
- Check out STM's video to see the bag in action.
The main flap secures to the bag with two strong plastic push clasps. The strap accompanying the bag is removable and has a small (also removable) shoulder pad.
I tend to be a tough critic of shoulder straps that aren't easy to adjust. Not all of us can be petite, so I always report if the strap is truly usable. However, I’m happy to report the strap was plenty big for me, and was very comfortable to wear.
If I could change anything, I'd make the larger laptop compartment a tad wider. While I could fit all of the items I needed, the extra space would have been icing on the cake.
The overall workmanship and quality of the bag is great, and I really have no complaints at all. It protects all of my stuff, the bag has an overall small footprint, and it has stayed clean (I have exposed it to rain, snow, cold, and sun here). It comes in four colors (mine is grey).
Specs and Features
Soft-lined laptop section surrounded in high density padding for ultimate protection;
Comfortable and adjustable shoulder strap;
Front slip pocket big enough for a 10" tablet/iPad or notebook;
Front organization pocket;
Reflective tab for night time visibility;
Soft-lined zip pocket;
Fits most 13" laptops;
Main material(s): 300D velocity poly;
Lining: 200D water resistant polyester (laptop: 200g brushed nylex);
Device space: 8.9 x 12.7 x 0.9 in / 22.7 x 32.5 x 2.4 cm;
Outer dimensions: 13.9 x 10 x 3.1 in / 35.5 x 25.5 x 8 cm;
Capacity: 610.2 cu in / 10 L;
Weight: 0.9 lb / 0.45 kg;