There are days that you have to haul everything and there are those days that you don’t need to bring everything. I have a go bag for my Dell mobile workstation. It has everything in it from my wireless mouse, portable external hard drive, external optical drive, various dongles, AC charger, headphones, wireless presenter, USB flash drives, external card reader, USB hub and other items that I can’t currently recall while I am writing this article.
There are also days that I don’t need to bring everything with me. I can leave the big go bag at home and bring a smaller and lighter bag like the Lowepro StreetLine SH180.
The Lowepro StreetLine SH 180 (SRP P6,990.00) is a messenger-style laptop bag. The main compartment has a sleeve designed to hold a 13” laptop but my 15.6” Dell Precision 5520 mobile workstation had no problem fitting into it. There is an inner sleeve within the laptop sleeve meant to hold a tablet.
There are two low-profile FlexPocket™ compartments attached to the laptop sleeve. They’re compact when folded and don’t get in the way if nothing is stored in them. They can be expanded to be big enough to separately house a small DSLR and a separate lens. I’m currently using the two FlexPocket™ compartments to hold an Xbox One wireless controller and my headphones.
I have an extra shirt, towel and a 20000mAh power bank. There main compartment also has a zippered pocket that stores my wireless mouse and USB charging cable for my mobile device.
The front panel of the Lowepro StreetLine SH 180 has a front pocket with an additional two inner pockets. I use this to store items that I use often like my reading glasses, keys, pens and a portable external HD. There is also a zippered compartment on the front panel for additional storage.
The main flap which secures the bags contents has its own zippered compartment and is securely closed by using Velcro and two quick release straps which are hidden under the flap of the front panel when it is closed.
The Lowepro StreetLine SH 180 has a stretch side pocket that can be used to hold a small water bottle or a small folding umbrella.
The back panel has a trolley sleeve. The trolley sleeve also has thin ventilated padding that adds comfort as you carry the bag.
What do I like about the Lowepro StreetLine SH 180?
It has a lot of compartments. Its discreet look doesn’t call attention to itself and can also be used as a day bag when I don’t have to bring my laptop with me. The outer shell is water repellent and its base made of tarp and leather makes it resistant to scuffing.
Putting Velcro in between the two front straps was a brilliant way to secure the front flap but still allow quick access to the front pocket without having to fully open the bag.
The whole interior of the bag including the side stretch pocket has a water repellent lining that gives me further peace of mind.
What don’t I like about the Lowepro StreetLine SH 180?
The stretch side pocket could be a bit deeper to prevent the umbrella from falling out if the bag gets jostled while I am walking. I would have preferred to have fully lined the interior with water repellent lining instead of one side. Adding a durable mesh bottom would also act as a drain once you put a wet umbrella inside the side pocket.
The shoulder strap is adjustable but I would want it to have an additional smaller strap that would better secure it when I wear the bag across my body. More padding could have been added to the shoulder strap for better comfort.
I would recommend the Lowepro StreetLine SH 180 if you need a low-key laptop bag that can also double as an everyday bag.