Commuters have a lot to carry. From laptops, tablets, phones, chargers, and game consoles, all of it needs to fit in a way that doesn’t look clunky and disheveled.
The STM Goods Myth 18L Backpack is a solid solution for the everyday commuter. The structured backpack holds a minimalist yet rugged design with rubberized zip lining, matte rubber zip pulls, and a water-repellent fabric exterior.
The top exterior pocket includes a fleece lining to keep items like sunglasses from scratching. The bottom exterior pocket has a concealed zip with great interior options like a plastic key hook and a metal ring pass-through to feed a charge cable from the inside to the outside pocket.
The interior 15-inch laptop pocket includes fleece lining to keep the device protected from scratches. The pocket itself is a bit narrow and doesn’t stretch, so owners who have a thicker notebook with a disc drive may have trouble with the fit. A larger notebook could still fit in the interior, but wouldn’t receive the same protection.
Outside the laptop pocket are a wealth of open exterior pockets to hold miscellaneous documents, USB drives, and cables. The interior shell has another two pockets, a zip pocket, and the metal ring pass through to the exterior pocket.
Another bonus interior item is a rubber wrap-around at the top to keep wired headphones handy.
Bag comfort is a key factor for the modern traveler and the Myth 18L feels great to carry. The back exterior has generous padding and includes a pass-through to fit the bag on a trolley handle. The backpack straps have another ½ inch of padding in addition to a horizontal buckle nylon strap to keep the bag snugly strapped to the body. All of it weighs just about two pounds.
After a walk in the rain, the rubberized zip lining kept water out of the main compartment and, more importantly, away from the notebook pocket.
PUNCH JUMP recommends the STM Goods Myth 18L Backpack. The bag is modern, rugged, and offers plenty of function in a lightweight shell.
It sells at $119.99.