Travel gear: Velocity Radial Messenger Bag and Haven Backpack by STM

LESS BULK FOR THE BAG: I greet each new collection of laptop bags with a prayer. For once, please design a bag so ingeniously engineered that it can hold a multitude of well-organized electronics, personal gear and other travel essentials, while maintaining a sleek, stylish silhouette that lets it slide into stingy storage spaces. I have finally found a match with the new Velocity Collection of laptop shoulder bags and backpacks from STM. So many tiers of pockets and pouches in just the right sizes for phones, cables, pens, cash, keys, a light jacket and more.

Such cleverly integrated sections for files and documents. The neat padded internal sling system safely suspends your laptop (up to 15 inches) above the floor of the bag. A warren of pass-through interior reinforced holes lets you route cables and cords between sections so you can use a battery pack or two to charge electronic devices on the go while stored in their own easily accessible compartments. The 15-inch-wide by 11-inch-high by 4-inch- deep Velocity Radial Messenger shoulder bag has a comfortable adjustable strap that can be worn shoulder-length, cross-body or at the hip, a front flap pocket, and a sturdy grab handle.

The 18-inch-high by 11-inch-wide by 5-inch-deep Velocity Haven Backpack has stretchable external pockets for water bottles, an umbrella and other quick-grab items. The well-cushioned back panel has mesh ventilation inserts and contoured padded back straps. Both bags are made of water-resistant coated nylon, weigh in at less than 2 pounds, and have luggage pass-through panels for securing the bag to the handle of a wheeled bag.

Velocity Radial Messenger Bag and Haven Backpack are each $99.95 at