NOMATICis a company that was born on Kickstarter and their goal was to create the most functional Travel Pack ever. Their campaign launched with two product offerings: the Backpack and the Travel Pack. It was a very successful campaign with 10,573 backers raising $2,203,254 and is one of the most popular bags that we backed on Kickstarter.
Travel Pack Features
· Waterproof zippers and water resistant materials:I used the bag in the rain and the snow and it has kept all of my belongings dry. I know it is very important for many people so I want to mention that this bag does not use YKK zippers.
· Briefcase mode:There is a place to tuck the backpack straps in and hold the bag like a briefcase but I don’t particularly like the way the bag looks without the straps. Also, the way the promotional video demonstrates taking the straps out is a bit hard to figure out. Pro tip: slip your fingers underneath the straps and close to the buttons before thrusting your arms forward.
· Full perimeter zipper:While it is great to be able access all of your belongings from most sides of the bag (excluding the bottom), my biggest gripe with that is you can have a total of six zippers on one corner of your bag with no differentiating characteristics. My solution to this would be to make some of the pull tabs a different color or, better yet, make the pull tabs on each pocket a different material so you don’t have to look at the bag to know which pocket you’re opening.
Another downside with this zipper is the unique shape of the backpack. Because it’s not a continuous zip, when this bag is over packed a little, it makes closing the bag more challenging.
· Over 20 pockets:The organizational capabilities of this bag are seemingly endless with how many different pockets it has. It’s wonderful to have a place for pretty much anything you can think of carrying.
There are two issues that I had with the many pockets. The first being that the more options you have with pockets, the longer it takes you to figure out which pocket is optimal for which item. The second, more major issue, is that these pockets are split into three compartments. When I get to the office, I have to open up all three separate compartments to retrieve everything I need. One compartment holds my laptop; another holds my shoes, water bottle, laptop charger, wireless mouse, and snacks; and the final compartment holds my notebook, pens, and cell phone charger.
Triple Aught Design’s FAST series oftactical bags are some of the best ever made. But – though they are quick, easy, and expandable – they’re still too bulky for some extreme minimalists. Luckily, the brand has addressed that one drawback with their new FAST Pack Scout.
This mil-spec Invista Cordura nylon & Hypalon bag still features everything that’s great about their other FAST line bags – compatibility with their modular platform, a wealth of storage options (from PALS webbing to compartmental internal pouches and pockets), and easy access via a large clamshell opening. But it also has a major advantage when it comes to minimalism, as the Scout offers up 15 liters of storage in a package that weighs a total of 2.2 pounds. It also features an integrated meshhydration sleeve, compression straps, a 1″ stability belt, and a full-height zippered internal mesh pocket. This backpack is honestly one of the most comprehensively well-executed bags for its size we’ve ever seen – and it’s available for $195.
Overall if you want a bag that is built to take a beating and don’t mind paying a premium price, then this bag is for you. If you like this post you may like some others so please check them out.
Backpacks are an unfortunate reality we must all live with. Messenger bags, while a bit more stylish, are never big enough. They also don’t readily lend themselves to aimless stuffing. North Face’s new backpack, however, is the ultimate stuff bag. The Access Pack’s outside resembles a cool turtle shell, more for a jet-setting millennial than an elementary schooler. And knowing that our gadgets can bog us down, the Access Pack comes with a bunch of “ejector tabs” that you can use to take out your phone and other devices. But the bag’s true glory is its laptop compartment. It’s water resistant, can hold a 15-inch laptop, and has a pull handle to grab the laptop more quickly.
Pushing a button on the top of the pack releases the panel’s spring-loaded locking mechanism, leaving it opened for your random books, electronics, water bottles, and other day-to-day necessities. A thinner zippered panel on the back of the Access Pack is designed to hold your laptop—it’s slightly harder to quickly open for security reasons. And throughout the pack you’ll find a series of pockets that allow quick access to phones, pens, and other smaller items using ejector straps you simply have to pull.
This backpack was one of the most awaited bags to any tech or backpack reviewer. If you liked this review you may like some others so please check them out. Also don’t forget to like comment and subscribe.