Thursday, March 28, 2013

STM Jet Roller Wheeled Laptop Bag Review

If you love to travel, you also know the importance of a good bag to travel with. Being a light traveler, a good bag will also allow me to get all my stuff into one bag, so I won’t have to check-in a bag and pay the rising bag fees with airlines. I also want my hard earned money to go towards a high quality product that will last for years. Up for review is the STM Jet Roller Wheeled Laptop bag, which satisfies all my requirements.
Features and specs:
*Comfortable grip trolley handle with smooth rolling wheel system
*Two soft, easy grab handles for a fast overhead storage or removal
*Quick access front pocket for passport, travel docs, keys, pens, etc.
*Front organisational panel with soft lined tablet pocket and room for documents, accessories, drives, etc.
*Clear mesh internal pocket for smaller items or charging cords
*High density padded laptop compartment will protect most 17" laptops
*Large main clothing compartment perfect for 1-3 days of traveling
*Back slip pocket for paperwork or a file or two
main material(s): 300D water resistant micro ripstop polyester
lining: soft brushed nylex, 210D water resistant polyester
device space: 15.7 x 11.2 x 1.1 in / 40 x 28.5 x 3 cm
outer dimensions: 22 x 12.6 x 13.4 in / 56 x 32 x 34 cm
weight: 6.8 lbs / 3.10 kg

The bag came shipped in a standard brown box, and was wrapped in a plastic bag. Lifting the plastic bag off the STM Jet Roller revealed a very high quality bag. The cloth material is a very high quality, as well as the zippers and stitching. The materials, construction, and fit and finish were all excellent. It was obvious this was not your typical Walmart quality bag. I also really liked the zippers used, that had a cloth surround that covered them for a really clean look. The aluminum extension arm worked very well and had a solid feel to it. The wheels at the bottom were smooth rolling. As previously stated, this is a serious quality premium bag.

When it came to testing the performance of the product, I look for synergy. How good is the design and features and what kind of quality does it have. And then, does it have synergy, meaning that it performs better than the sum of the parts. The STM Jet Roller had great design and features as well as excellent quality materials in its construction and build quality. But the end result was even better!

I may sound like a bit of a fan boy, but this is my first experience with STM, and the Jet Roller WAS that good. And they thought of everything. The material was very durable, and zippers were smooth. It had not only a key holder, zipper pocket for loose items, pen holders and other small pockets, but it even had a tablet pocket as well as a laptop compartment. And in the main compartment there was an elastic snap together garment holder.  The overall size was just small enough to fit in an airline overhead compartment and be used as a carry-on. The wheels had bearings and rolled extremely smooth and were quite solid in build quality. I also liked the built-in handle at the very bottom, so you could carry it upside down if you so choose.  The alluminum handle extended from the top of the bag, and it's push button mechanism was smooth, sturdy, and locked solidly in place.  When I got to my destination to visit my family, they could not help but notice how nice the bag was. Then when I started to unpack, that’s when their jaws dropped. They immediately were in awe that I got so much into the Jet Roller.

The STM Jet Roller is an ideal travel bag for anyone, especially a techie! And it has pockets for all of your gadgets, whether they be an mp3 player, headphones, cell phone, tablet, or laptop. The laptop compartment was nicely padded, and the soft cloth lining in the tablet pocket was a nice touch! With an MSRP of $180, it might seem a bit pricey, but having used it, the STM Jet Roller is well worth it! Based on the design, features, quality, and performance, the STM Jet Roller has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at