Stow Lite Organizer Review

Native Union Stow Lite Tech Bag with accessories for Brad's Backpakck Travel Blog

Stow Lite Organizer: Our Verdict

Stow Lite Organizer Star Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Easy access to contents

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Use of side pockets limited
  • Triangle shape

Technical Details

Dimensions

11.5cm x 19cm x 6.5cm


Weight

90g


Main Materials

Nylon Plastic

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Stow Lite Organizer: First Impressions

The amount of tech I have as EDC is getting excessive. As much as I enjoy working in coffee shops and on my commute, I was spending increasingly more of my time finding my tech in my bag. A tech bag was needed, so naturally I bought a few to test and review. The first I bought was this Native Union Stow Lite.

I love Native Union Gear, They always look sleek and stylish, but I do get put off by the price. Even some of their cables are very expensive and there’s often cheaper alternatives like Anker. But I was keen to give it a fair and proper test.

Storage

Native Union Stow Lite Tech Bag Interior for Brad's Backpakck Travel Blog

Inside the zipper it’s an open design. Basically everything gets dumped inside so you still have to search for it but its a much smaller area to search. It does have some smaller inner pockets, these only work for small and slim items though. Anything too large (and thats most things) impacts the bags profile and makes the zipper difficult to close. Still, you can see in the photo above I have managed to fit a lot in. The biggest item, a bluetooth keyboard, has to be in the middle otherwise I cant close the zip. But with a bit of effort I managed to fit my Sony XM3 earbuds, Sandisk SSD and a Anker Power Bank, as well as some smaller accessories. 

My Usage

The bucket style makes it easy to use the Stow Lite irganizer. If I have lost track of time and need to pack up in a hurry, I can quickly throw everything in, zip up and go. Now the lack of organisation does mean I have to root around and look for it when I next reopen. But as I mentioned earlier I’ll find memory cards a lot quicker here than at the bottom of my daypack. It’s also an extra layer of protection in case something happens like my daypack gets soaked or a water bottle leaks. Its soft canvas material gives it a bit of stretch, so it can take tech that’s a bit of a bulky or awkward shape. The material also allows it to be squished and moulded in the corners of my daypack. This obviously only applies when its not filled to the brim.

Shape and design

Native Union Stow Lite Tech Bag exterior for Brad's Backpakck Travel Blog

I am not a fan of the triangualar shape. It is ok when I dont require a lot, but as soon as you put more than one bulky item in there it becomes a game of tetris to fit it in. For example I used to carry a foldable bluetooth keyboard and mouse, but wouldn’t be able to fit my charger too. Not any of these three items were particularly big, but they were awkward shapes which left little room for anything else. I had to get creative about how I fit it in and then eventually upgraded to a keyboard case for my tablet. The inner pockets easily bulk out the pack making it hard to close the zipper, so these have been used for memory cards, but nothing thicker than a USB memory stick. I think a more boxy shape would work a lot better and with the same materials would still have the same flexibility. 

After 3 months

So my Stow Lite has been used daily for about three months now. I’ve surprisingly managed to keep it clear, aside from the odd ink stain from a leaky pen. I’m often switching up the contents for what I need that day. Because of that the inner pockets haven’t had much use beyond the SD card that has made permanent residence there. It has made me a lot more productive being able to find all I need easily. The zip is still working smoothly and hasn’t gotten stuck. It doesn’t even feel dirty despite being pushed to the bottom of my bag. I can safely say it’s holding up well and I’m confident that will continue.

Stow Lite Organizer: Final Thoughts

After a few months of usage I can still say that I love the Native Union Stow Lite. It easily fits in my bag and looks great on my desk. It can be hard to find a tech organiser that doesn’t look like a pencil case for school but Native Union always nails it. They may be a tad on the expensive side but in this case I think it’s justified. The amount of usage I’m getting out of it, I want something made with quality materials that’s stylish too.

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