We were lucky enough to get our hands on the STM Saga Backpack. It’s described as being a 20 litre 15 inch laptop backpack.
But there’s far more to it than just being a boring old laptop backpack. It’s got lots of features that make it stand out amongst a crowded market. It’s one to keep on your shortlist when looking for a new bag.
So, without further ado, let’s get into our STM Saga Backpack Review.
STM Saga Backpack Review
The STM Saga Backpack is a cleverly designed bag that makes transporting your laptop, tablet and other day to day work supplies a breeze.
STM have designed a lightweight backpack that will protect your laptop and allow you to be comfortable, even when carrying a full load of tech supplies and other stuff to get you through your work day.
My first impressions of the STM Saga Backpack were that I didn’t like the lightweightness to it at first. My current day to day backpack is the Manfrotto Street so I’m used to carrying around quite a bulky and sturdy bag.
I’d wrongly assumed that lightweight had meant it would lack proper protection for my laptop. I’m glad I was wrong, as the protective sleeve at the back of the bag has an interesting feature in that there isn’t much padding, the STM Saga relies on suspending your laptop above the base of the bag.
A refreshing idea to be honest. My only concern would be if I accidentally dropped the bag. There is some padding there, so shouldn’t be a problem in the real world.
Build Quality, Style & Features
It’s well thought out and it hasn’t been over engineered which some bags can be! I don’t need a pocket for every single gadget imaginable.
STM have created a fairly simple but extremely functional laptop bag that I can see becoming my daily go to backpack.
I was sent the black version which I’m really glad about, as in my opinion the purple is far too bright for my taste.
I like that the bag features zips that are internally facing, this adds a lot of strength to the zip mechanism. I also think it looks a lot cleaner than externally facing zips.
The backpack can accommodate 20 litres of your finest tech. It’s 44cm high, 29cm wide and 15cm deep.
It’s fairly low profile, which I like. It doesn’t scream ‘look at me I’m carrying a super expensive bag full of tech’ which is good. Because, often I am carrying a bag with expensive technology inside, I don’t want to draw unnecessary attention to myself when out and about.
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Internal Compartments – STM Saga Backpack Review
Of the three compartments, the main compartment is where you will put most of your stuff. The bag opens from the top, so don’t put your most used items right at the bottom, as you’ll probably have to empty it all to get to what you need.
The smaller pouch at the top of the pack is designed for smaller items, like your smartphone, portable charger or GoPro batteries etc.
The last of the ‘main’ compartments is on the front. This one doesn’t zip up, but I quite like that, as it’ll be useful for stuffing in some snacks or something of low value that you need quick access too.
There’s also a water bottle holder on the side of the bag. A nice touch that has become almost standard on most backpacks these days.
Back inside the bag is your main laptop compartment, I touched on this further up but it’ll accommodate laptops up to 16 inches. I used it to store my Surface laptop. It fits well and doesn’t move around, which makes for a comfortable walk.
Another point to note is that the fabric is coated in a water repellant, offering up some water resistance. It’s not fully waterproof, but will offer up some protection if you are caught out in the rain.
Some additional features & details:
- Easy access stash pocket
- Drop pocket for quick external access
- Internal mesh pocket
- Strong loop for carabiner, bike light etc
- Clip on key fob
- Material: 100% polyester
- Dimensions: H 44 x W 29 x D 15 cm
- Capacity: 20L
- Weight: 1.12 lbs / 0.51 kg
I feel this bag hits the nail on the head and everything STM have said about this bag is true. They haven’t over promised and under delivered, it’s a great backpack and the lightweight feel is really starting to grow on me.
The only thing missing, they could have utilised a buckle on the front open pouch to offer some security.
The STM Saga is available from Amazon.
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We were sent the STM Saga Laptop Backpack in exchange for an honest review.