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STM's Drifter Laptop Backpack

This design from the Australian company offers dual sleeves for tablet and computer, detachable raincover and more

by Josh Rubin in Tech on 16 July 2014

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Unsatisfied with the limited options for laptop bags, Ethan Nyholm ended up wrapping his computer in bubble wrap and tucking it into a sports backpack for his daily commute through the scenic Bondi area of Sydney, Australia. Later, he co-founded STM bags to build bags that fully protected electronics while suiting his on-the-go lifestyle.

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Recently testing out the Drifter Laptop Backpack we found it to be a useful companion that keeps on giving. The bag is lightweight—clocking in at just 2.29 pounds—but durable and the material is still soft to the touch. The clever pocket layout keeps items organized and within reach, both externally and internally. And in yesterday's flash flood conditions here in NYC, the rain-cover (which hides in the bottom zip pocket and is detachable) worked perfectly—though its bright blue color is anything but subtle.

The separate dual sleeves are great for those who travel with both a laptop and tablet, and there's also an integrated pass-through that allows users to secure the bag to a wheeled luggage handle. The sternum strap is removable—and we took it off immediately, so there weren't annoying flaps swinging around while on the move. Overall, it's a bag that's been carefully thought-out and is aimed to make the traveling experience a little less stressful.

The Drifter backpack is available in three colorways (you can't go wrong with gray) and retails for $140 online.

Images courtesy of STM

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