If you carry a lot of gadgets with you on the go then you might be interested in STM’s Haven laptop bag, which is a backpack-style bag that features a minimal design and dobby construction, which is a woven fabric from the dobby loom that creates geometric features and extra texture for greater style and strength.
Inside, they have also used polymer for the lining creating a soft feel that should keep your gadgets unscratched and safe.
More importantly, the bag features a huge selection of pockets and even pass-through holes within those pockets that allow you to plug in your gear and get it charged on the go.
I received the ‘Frost Grey’ version of the bag, but you can also pick one up in black, ‘Moroccan Blue’, and steel.
I really enjoyed this design, it looks very sleek and it should be great for use with business or play. It is also water resistant and features YKK zippers, which provide a much stronger zip that shouldn’t break on you when you most need it.
The straps on the Haven are curved and nicely padded so that they are comfortable to wear, to continue this comfortability, there’s also padding on the back of the backpack to make sure whatever you have in your bag doesn’t stab you in the back.
Inside of the bag, you will find the real features, with a ton of pockets to choose from that you will allow you to neatly store everything from your pens up to your laptop.
On the outside of the bag, you will fill find the first extremely large pouches alongside two smaller compartments on the side, one of which is open and ready for drinks and the other is a zipped compartment. Just behind that front open pocket, you will find the first of the zippered pockets on the bag.
The inside of this pocket stretches right down to the bottom of the bag, but doesn’t expand very far, but still it is a great pocket for storing something like a notebook, documents, or a power bank and because it comes combined with a neat organising segment it is great for storing everything from cards to pens to your keys via the various segments that are available.
Just behind that section is a second, larger compartment which features even more zipped compartments inside of it.
This is the largest compartment of the lot and features enough space to store your shopping or a change of clothes, while including a single microfiber lined zippered pocket that’s big enough for a range of items that you don’t want to get scratched, such as a smartphone or a pair of sunglasses.
At the bottom of this second compartment is a netted pouch that I found useful for storing the odd cables and chargers.
You could also use the net for storing small clothing that you want to keep separate from the rest of the bag.
On the reverse of these compartments, there’s a large slot pocket inside of the section that could be easily used to hold documents, folders, or even a very larger tablet should the next and final section overfill.
This final section is a zippered compartment that features a padded pouch inside of it to fit any laptop or tablet that is sized up to 15-inches.
In front of that, there’s another slot compartment that could be used to store a second, similarly sized tablet or laptop and throughout all of these sections you will find that pass-through hole in the top corner, which can be used to pass through a set of headphones, or a USB cable for charging, however, there is no pass-through cable going to the outside, so if you are going to want to use the cable while wearing the bag, you might have to get a little creative.
I was quite impressed with the STM Haven during my time testing the backpack, I take a lot of stuff with me on the go quite often and the Haven seems to have a pocket/pouch for everything. It quite snuggly fit a few documents, books, notebooks in the front pocket, and the back pouch is just right from both my 13-inch Macbook Pro w/ Touch Bar and an iPad Air 2.
And there’s still a ton of room left, with room to fit a wallet, keys, a smartphone, some cables/chargers, portable hard drives and even my overly large 30,000mAh power pack, that last one is a pretty cool one because it can be paired with the cable cutouts to charge your gear on the go. And there is still room left for the shopping, a DSLR or anything else.
I would definitely recommend the STM Haven if you have a lot of gear that you need to take with you.
You can pick up for yourself from a number of retailers, including Amazon for around £60.
[alert type=blue ]Disclosure: STM sent us a sample of the Haven backpack for this review. It was sent back to them upon completion.[/alert]