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STM's "Drifter" laptop backpack

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STMs Drifter laptop backpack

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The STM "Drifter" is a lightweight 15"-class laptop backpack that protects your electronic devices and provides enough space to lug around your EDC load-out.



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(Updated: April 07, 2015)

STM's "Drifter" laptop backpack

It seems at least a couple times a month I find something else - or more - I want to carry with me to work. My tablet, a packable raincoat, charging cables, the occasional snack... I really needed a pack that would carry all my stuff AND protect the expensive electronics, too. Enter STM's "Drifter".

My previous EDC pack was a small ruck I'd picked up from a recruiter friend several years ago. One big pocket, bunch of external small ones, you know the type. I would put the tablet in the big pocket, but would always worry about a corner - either from outside or other stuff - damaging the screen. I have no such concerns with the Drifter.

The Drifter is marketed as a 15" laptop backpack. The main section has several pockets that are not only padded, but are also suspended inside the compartment. This protects from direct impacts AND drop shocks, something no other bag I've used would do. Even when the electronics are in the pack, there is still plenty of room for a windbreaker and a change of clothes.

Instead of just unzipping, the top of the main compartment hinges and flips out of the way, making for easy access. The top holds a see-through catch-all compartment for all the stuff that used to get los in the bottom of my other packs. Heavy-duty #10 YKK zippers close the main compartment and outside pockets, which are all well thought out. An elastic pouch on one side holds a water bottle, and a little travel umbrella fits nicely in the zippered space on the opposite side.

A topside strap makes it easy to grab the bag from behind the front seat. Both the back and shoulder straps are well-padded, and the back is covered with mesh foam for good air flow. The durability of this mesh is the only minor concern I have. 99% of the time I carry the pack by one strap slung over one shoulder. The spot where that position causes the mesh to rub on my back has started to pill a bit. Time will tell how it holds up in the long run.

Fit and finish on the Drifter is truly outstanding. Dirt and sand just brush off the water-resistant brushed polyester body. The reinforced bottom seems to be holding up well, and houses a detachable rain cover for the pack in case it's really raining.

One other great thing has nothing to do with the bag itself. Included with the Drifter is a RewardTag - part of an innovative system to try to get your bag back to you if you leave it in Starbucks. For more information about the RewardTag program, check out https://www.rewardtag.com .

The MSRP on the Drifter is $139.99. Its available online through Amazon, eBags, and other retailers, and Sears appears to be selling an olive version (mine is graphite) for under $75 -a steal! It's a lightweight, quality pack that looks great and protects your high-dollar gear from the bumps and of everyday to-and-fro. To check out the Drifter and other options from STM, go to www.stmbags.com .

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Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Lightweight, protective storage, good looks
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