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REVIEWED: STM Trilogy Laptop Backpack

This well-organised 24-litre ‘urban’ backpack for a 15-inch laptop and a tablet has pockets and pouches galore, but its design is uninspiring

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Tech pocket

The essentials are all here; a main compartment for a laptop and a tablet, which also has a mesh pocket on one side presumably for placing wash-kit essentials. However, there’s nowhere to store a shirt or clothes. Nor is there any kind of cable management for threading-through a power cable to recharge gadgets on the go.

Laptop clash

The design for extracting a laptop is also poorly thought-out; the bag is U-shaped here, especially if you grab the tough handle on the lip of the bag’s top, which makes a laptop’s corners hit the insides of the bag. No easy slide-out here.

Pockets galore

The front organiser pocket has spaces for phones, pens, a keyring etc., but it’s a small pocket. On the very outside are two more pockets; one small zipper-closed pocket for storing cables, and another open pocket perfect for stashing a book/magazine/pair of headphones while travelling. The sides both have simple mesh pockets for storing an umbrella/bottle of water, and both are elasticated.

Average quality

However, despite a respectable core design, the STM Trilogy definitely lacks a killer reason to buy. That’s partly because the fabric used is uninspiring, but it’s mostly because the back-panel and backpack straps are of very basic design you’d expect to find on a much cheaper bag. STM make some brilliantly design, innovative backpacks – such as the STM Velocity Haven, which TravGear adores – but the STM Trilogy isn’t one of them.

Price as reviewed: US$79.95 / GBP£69.95

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