Review: STM Nomad Messenger Bag

STM recently unveiled their new series of bags called the “Spirit Collection.” I have had the opportunity to use the Nomad messenger bag. The version I have is the S (small) that fits most laptops up to 13”. Included with the Spirit bag is a laptop sleeve that is removable and can be used with other bags or as a standalone accessory. Feel free to also use this sleeve to hold your tablet, or other accessories. The color of my bag is Mustard, but it also comes in Bondi Blue and Graphite. This is made of water resistant santori and is very light.

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The only thing I did not care for on other STM products I have reviewed in the past was the length of the shoulder straps. I found them to not be as long as they could be. I was worried this would be the same but I was totally surprised to find that it was not the case. The strap provided a more than ample length and was very adjustable and soft. Included on the strap is a removable shoulder pad (which I promptly removed for my use). The strap itself is non-removable.


Check out all of the pockets and accessibility this bag has to offer.

-Access to bag: Top zipper to take laptop/tablet out of laptop section. Or there are two metal hooks that slide into straps to keep the front flap secured.

-There is also a built in carry handle at the top of the bag.

-Front flap outer pocket: A good size storage space accessible by zipper. Inside there is five various size smaller pockets.

-Under Flap:  Two zippered and two open pockets. Inside each of the open pockets is an additional small pocket, one lined with soft nylex.

-Inside the bag:  On the far back under the top zipper is the laptop section. Since I don’t have a laptop that would, fit, I used it for other things. Next is the main compartment which is all open space. Towards the front is another lined pocket that is designed for an iPad or other tablet.


Don’t let this small version fool you, as the bag is not that small. You can fit a heck of a lot of stuff in there. I did not have a problem using it at all, to carry my files and tablet. It worked great for my needs. Since I have not been a road warrior in a long time, I wanted to find a way to really, really put this bag to the test. So I enlisted my son who goes to middle school. He’s been using it for the last week or so during the week. He may not be true a road warrior, but he has put it to the extreme and excellent test. The bag has been banged, dropped, filled to the brim with books/supplies, been through rain storms, and squeezed into a small locker multiple times. It was also sat on. What’s it look like after that? It looks just like I removed it from the package. Believe it or not, it does not appear even dirty after all that excitement. My son told me the strap was comfortable lugging around is school life with him.  I think this shows how durable the bag is. The only thing he did not like was that if he sat a certain way with the bag, the bag flap would become unclipped by itself. He said nothing ever fell out of the bag. He would just re-clip it when he noticed it. My son said he would recommend this bag to anyone looking for a messenger and liked it a lot.

Check out the specs, website and my pics below for further info on the Nomad messenger.


Specs and Features:

- external zipper pocket to secure valuables

- Multiple organizer pockets with space for pens, keys, cords, cables and accessories

- Easy access to laptop sleeve with zippered pocket on back

- Integrated iPad/tablet pocket lined with soft nylex

- Comfortable shoulder pad and wide shoulder strap with cam adjustor for a custom fit

- Removable laptop sleeve included

- Main fabric: 300x300D water resistant santori

- Lining: 200g nylex, 70D cross hatch nylon

- Laptop space: 9 x 13 x 0.9 in / 23 x 33 x 2.4 cm

- External bag: 13.4 x 16.9 x 5.5 in / 34 x 43 x 14 cm

- Weight: 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg








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