STM Bags Drifter Laptop Backpack, Relaxed Looks but Serious Business

STM Bags Drifter Laptop Backpack

STM Bags offers an impressive array of different bags and cases to help protect your gear. One of their newest products is the STM Bags Drifter Laptop Backpack. I’ve been using it on and off for a couple of weeks, and I am impressed. Don’t let its relaxed, casual looks fool you, this is a serious laptop backpack!

This backpack comes in three different colors and is designed to hold a ton of gear. This includes a 15″ laptop, a tablet, a phone, and assorted other items. It has an impressive 18L capacity, so you’ll have more than enough room for your electronics and pretty much anything else you might want to carry. As STM Bags explains:

The STM Bags Drifter Laptop Backpack is like your favorite pair of cargo pants; easy to wear, pockets in all the right places and comfortable to boot. A hint of retro design yet space for all the daily tech needs. Room for work docs, gym gear, lunch, umbrella, water bottle, etc. It’s a thoughtful pack – lightweight despite its size and capacity. The drifter is the perfect carry for a 15” laptop, tablet, phone and all necessities of everyday life or world travel.

STM Bags Drifter Laptop Backpack Video Look

Let’s run down the features, and then look at the specific aspects that make this backpack one of my new favorites.


  • Three zippered front panel pockets:
  • – Top soft lined pocket for sunglasses or phone
  • – Middle for keys, wallet or other sundries
  • – Bottom for pens, biz cards, travel docs
  • Top load main compartment reveals a 15″ padded laptop cell that will hold most 14-16″ laptops)
  • Slip tablet pocket with cord and battery storage
  • See-through zippered pocket to hold all the doo-dads that tend to get lost otherwise
  • Plenty of main compartment capacity for books, shoes, clothing, etc.
  • Reflective light loop for better night safety
  • Side water bottle pockets with compression straps
  • Padded and contoured shoulder straps with sternum strap for a comfortable carry
  • Quick grab haul loop
  • 3D foam mesh back panel with air-flow channel for comfort on hotter days
  • Integrated luggage pass through secures the bag to the handle of your wheeled luggage
  • Bottom zip pocket holds detachable rain cover in case of a sudden downpour
  • Durable yet super light aluminum zipper pulls with large, #10 self-repairing YKK® zippers
  • Water resistant 320D brushed poly main fabric with 640D reinforced bottom fabric

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I initially thought this backpack would be too casual for me to use. It is casual, but it is designed so well and is such a pleasure to carry that I find myself grabbing it most days right now. With so many bags from which to choose, that says a lot. If you are in the market for a new backpack that can carry your laptop, tablet and assorted other items, and you don’t feel like taking yourself too seriously, then you’ll want to check the STM Bags Drifter Laptop Backpack out. Learn more and order yours here.

MSRP: $139.95

What I Like: Looks light a light, relaxed bag but is made to last; Protects laptops and tablets quite well; An amazing amount of storage and good organization; Comfortable to carry and use

What Needs Improvement: May be a bit too casual for some people

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.