By Louis Senecal on Wed, 11/07/2012
The following post talks about my usage of the above two STM products over the last few weeks. I want to thank STM for sending these review samples over, and apologize for the delay in getting this posted. All my photos will be at the end of the quick review. I’m always looking for a good shoulder/messenger type bag. That’s essentially my portable office. Between working at home and multiple store locations, I don’t have my own office. This is it and I really like to be organized. The Velo (I’m using the medium size, mushroom color.) is a shoulder bag that has loads of storage. It also has a very unique side entry loading slot for that will fit most laptops up to 15”. It has a very adjustable and comfortable shoulder strap (non removable) and a padded handle. The main flap can be sealed either by zipper or by two plastic clips (I use the clips, as I think it’s easier).
Check out all of these pockets:
-Small Pocket on main flap (great for phone or iPod),
-Two zippered side pockets. (I have some tools on one side and zip ties on the other in my side. This will also fit a bottle of water.
-“Side-entry laptop compartment lined with super plush corduroy and high density foam”
-Exterior Small pocket under flap
-Larger zippered pocket next in line, that has a meshed/zipped holding are as well as stretch elastic holders. (I have business cards, power cords, and a backup battery in mine).
-Larger 2ndpocket that is top loading that is divided into three (I have my glasses, note pads, pens, etc)
-Main Compartment is a larger open area. I have all kinds of files, pads, and my paper planner (Yes, a paper planner)
-Two smaller compartments behind the main compartment. One of them is for an iPad or tablet. (I keep my 7” Tab in mine, as well as a folded up reusable shopping bag and an employee handbook)
The size of the medium Velo is comparable to the STM Nomad I reviewed earlier in the year. The big difference here is that the storage spaces are more defined and protected with various padding and soft materials (and the unique laptop holder). I like all of the storage options and I have received compliments on the bag as well. It’s comfortable to use and I can also sit it on a desk and work from it directly. The only downside is that its a little heaver from the get-go because of all storage and design options put into it. I think the other positives far outweigh this though. If you go to YouTube, you can find some video reviews of it, if you want to see it in action. The product page below has additional specs and info from STM on the Velo.
Velo Product link:
The price varies on their partner outlets, but the average retail is around $100.00. (One of the partners had it on sale for approx $65 but they were sold out)
The other accessory I was using was the Tracer Deluxe Stylus. This review is basically going to be a one sentence summary. The deluxe is the Swiss knife of styli. The rubber tip worked well on both my iPad and Android device. But besides the stylus, on one end are two different pens (black and red). On the other end, under the rubber cap, there is a screwdriver (two different heads) and a sim ejection tool. This little guy packs a lot of stuff in it. The Deluxe comes in your choice of black or silver and retails for approx. $30. I think this could be one of those very neat stocking stuffers/holiday gifts.