We're testing the STM Velo 2 & Cable Wrap to see if they solve our travel packing problems.
A Packing Challenge
STM to the Rescue!
The Velo 2 (Medium) is a particularly good choice. It has two water bottle holders – one of which could also work for an umbrella. A waist belt keeps it steady while darting through the airport. The back panel offers a zippered opening at the bottom and converts from a pocket to a slot for your suitcase’s telescoping handle. The small front pocket has a dozen tiny slots for pens, business cards, keys, and cords. In the main pocket, there is enough space for a DSLR camera, a 15 inch laptop, and lots of odds and ends. There are tiny loops to keep cords organized and a side access panel for when you just have to get laptop without disturbing anything else.
Making the Cut
Secondly, the dimensions are too large to be used as a personal item when traveling by air with carry-on luggage only. Would it squish? Sure. But I'd rather not take the chance it would be measured at the airport. This bag would be perfect for us just a few cms smaller at the measurements for the personal item size limits used by airlines (16x33x43 cm for Air Canada).
A Review of the STM Cable Wrap
The STM Cable Wrap has become an indispensable tool of the trade for me as a frequent traveler. It opens up flat to reveal a myriad of different size pouches that are perfect for storing all my digital and electronic odds and ends - then rolls up tightly, secures itself with a clip, and can easily be tossed in my bag.
On my recent trip to Montreal, I stored chargers for my iPhone, iPad, camera battery charger, ear buds, spare memory cards, and a stack of business cards. Everything stayed organized and it rolled up easily, even with the bulky battery charger in the middle. It was great to have a system that was more structured than just a jumble of tangled cords in a Ziploc bag.
I’d love to see the Cable Wrap come in some more creative colors (currently only grey and black) but, overall, I couldn’t find any faults with the design.
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A big congratulations to our winner: Valerie!!!
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Disclosure: STM furnished TST with the Velo 2 Medium and Cable Wraps for review. This did not affect our appraisal. This post may contain links from our sponsors.