New ‘Velocity’ Travel Gear From Pocket-Crazy, Aussie-Based STM

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The fast-looking STM Impulse.

We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again — simply because we enjoy repeating things: STM makes a %@$# great bag. And they’ve just unveiled a revamp of their flagship bags in the form of a new family of gear they’re calling the Velocity Collection. Which is actually pretty damn apt for this line of fast, light, grab-and-go bags.

The most lust-worthy model from the new line is the Impulse backpack. It’s a strange combination of lightweight and travel-heavy features: a large, heavily-padded laptop compartment that’ll fit a 15’ MBP, a suspension system with thick padding along the back, luggage passthrough and a lot of pockets.

Then there’s the Velo 2, a modest update of the excellent-yet-aesthetically-challenged Velo we reviewed (and loved) last year. Thankfully the new version is much, much prettier.

Here’re the three remaining bags, straight from the press release. The new stuff isn’t up at STM’s site yet, and you’ll have to wait till April to get one. Also, no pricing yet — but expect to bag either an Impulse or a Velo 2 for about $100:

The linear laptop shoulder bag is designed with multiple pockets to manage the necessities of a digital day.  Encased in high-density padding, this bag provides soft protection for laptops and valuables, and also features a luggage pass-through for wheeled bags.  The linear is available for 13” and 15” screens, as well as 10” iPads and tablets.

The maryanne is a fashionable tote created to protect and carry laptops, tablets and everyday necessities.  With adjustable tote handles for shoulder or hand carry, it features a technology compartment for a laptop or a tablet in soft-lined and padded pockets.  The Maryanne is designed to carry most 13” laptops.

Lastly, the blazer is a water-resistant sleeve equipped with high-density foam for protecting and carrying laptops and digital gear.  Featuring pockets for valuable items, the blazer also features a quick-grab handle and removable and adjustable shoulder straps for carrying comfort.

  • bondr006

    They aren’t showing the Impulse backpack on their website yet, and I want it real bad. There is a store in our local mall that sells their bags though. I’ll have to take a ride over there this weekend.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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