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STM, $119.95 stm­ ★★★★

TRAV­EL­LING can de­mand dif­fi­cult choices. Do you take a lap­top or can you make do with a tablet com­puter? Do you need an e-book reader if you bring your tablet? Will your cam­era fit in­side your carry-on lug­gage? And where will you stash your charg­ers?

Bondi-based STM pro­poses a so­lu­tion with its Im­pulse back­pack from its new Ve­loc­ity range: take them all.

This slen­der bag isn’t de­signed to carry bulky items — no jumpers or pil­lows — but it has a sur­pris­ing num­ber of pock­ets, com­part­ments, hid­den zip­pers and slips to carry a de­mand­ing tech­nol­o­gist’s tool kit.

The bag is made from water-re­sis­tant polyester, in grey or black, and is sus­pended from two thick shoul­der straps that can be clipped to­gether at the chest. The back of this bag is heav­ily padded and a hor­i­zon­tal strap can be slipped over the han­dle of a wheeled bag.

The Im­pulse has three com­part­ments. The largest features a padded, lined com­part­ment for a lap­top up to 15 inches in size but, im­pres­sively, also a lined pocket for a tablet or e-book reader op­po­site.

The sec­ond de­liv­ers space for bulky charg­ers, as well as a doc­u­ment wal­let, while the front has a zipped pocket, pen hold­ers and enough room for a wal­let and cam­era.

Should that not be quite enough, the Im­pulse features a zipped side pocket, a zipse­cured space be­low the bag, and a water bot­tle holder. This bot­tle pocket is on the snug side, how­ever, and is not elas­ti­cated.

This case won’t suit all trav­ellers but the Im­pulse makes car­ry­ing tech­nol­ogy look easy.


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