IMPULSE MEDIUM LAPTOP BACKPACK
STM, $119.95 stmbags.com.au ★★★★
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.