STM Linear shoulder bag for when less is less

11/04/2013 3:42 PM

11/04/2013 4:00 PM

After days of consternation over a new lightweight laptop and gadget bag, I ordered STM’s Linear shoulder bag in black.

Sometimes weighing in at nearly 30-pounds, my overstuffed backpack can be a bit cumbersome to lug around town. And as useful as backpacks are, sometimes you just don’t want to look like a middle-schooler.

My venerable Targus laptop backpack may be looking a bit haggard, but it’s cavernous dimensions easily accommodate two laptops, two tablets, a DSLR, a compact point and shoot camera, full-size headphones, a 16-ounce hot beverage mug, a 18-ounce stainless steel water bottle, lunch and a number of accessories. All of these are vital of course.

I settled on the STM Linear shoulder bag for it’s balance of price, functionality and style. The design could be called minimalistic, but some may find it boring. At $70, the Linear offers a padded partition for laptops up to 15-inches, a soft-lined tablet pocket, and a few other places to stash some small items and documents.

While I have no intention of giving up my large pack as my "base camp," I’m pleased with the STM Linear as a second bag after about a month of use. I do wish there was a bit more room for my headphones, but that is to no fault of the bag. It seems well constructed, but I’ll let you know how it goes.

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