Nomatic Travel Pack

NOMATIC is 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.

· Quick-access fleece pocket: All new backpacks really should have a quick-access pocket. I’m a big fan of this feature because I keep my headphones, gum, and eyeglass cleaning cloth in there. One small thing about it is that I wish it were just a little bit deeper. It’s too shallow and I find my fingers hitting the bottom of the pocket a lot quicker than I’m typically used to in these pockets.

· RFID blocking pocket: Understanding that identity theft is a concern for many people, I appreciate having this secure pocket. That being said, I do not use the RFID pocket for that purpose. I just like where it’s positioned and keep small papers and cords that I use in there.

· Removable hard protective case for glasses:Since I wear my glasses every day, I was very excited to have this addition into a bag. It’s wonderful that NOMATIC added this feature so that when I (rarely) play sports, I can throw on a pair of contacts and put my glasses in and not worry about them being damaged.

I don’t use this case too often because it is the size of one of the elastic mesh pockets so it reduces the amount of things you can use that pocket for. When it’s in there, it also gets in the way of other items that you may want quick access to. Another thing to mention is that once you pop off the cover, it takes a little getting used to to get the cover back on.

· Hidden pocket for cash and passport: I see many bags have a hidden pocket these days to keep your valuables and this Travel Pack is no different. I actually didn’t use this pocket because it is so hidden that it’s pretty hard to access. I would only put things in here that I really wouldn’t need access to.

· Cord pass through holes: I’m not actually a big gadget person so these holes weren’t useful for me but I have friends who are constantly charging their phones while I’m with them so I can definitely see the utility in these. What I appreciated was that when you don’t use these pass through holes, they’re not very conspicuous.

· Magnetic water bottle pockets: This is probably Geoff’s favorite part of the bag. It has water bottle pockets on both sides. I did find them very useful to carry a thermos in too.

· Retractable key leash: When I first saw this in the video, I was quite excited to have this key leash. Locking my door and just dropping my keys to have them zip right back into my bag was like a dream! I used the key leash for about a week before putting the keys back in my pocket. Unfortunately, I don’t always have my backpack with me when I go places so having to take the keys off the key ring every time became a hassle. Of course, this could be remedied by just adding an additional hook to your keys!

· Freestanding: This is something that I really do like about the bag. I don’t like it when my bags flop to the ground. Anyone who lives in NYC can tell you that when you are forced to put your bag on the subway, bus, a public bathroom (as HL can attest to), or a crowded restaurant you want as little of the bag touching the ground as possible.

· Full perimeter expansion: This is what really differentiates the Travel Pack from the Backpack. Being able to expand this bag to use it on a short road trip to DC was wonderful.

· Mesh dividing wall: While I understand the need to separate different sections of the bag, I actually found it easier to pack this bag with the mesh pocket open.


So all in all, this is a very functional backpack for those of you who love to have a place for everything. As an EDC, it definitely caters to those who carry more around. As a travel bag, it’s only decent. The materials used seem high quality but the bag as a whole takes a little getting used to before it becomes a part of your daily routine. If you liked this review then you may like some others so please check them out. Out of all the bags I own this is probably the best bag with amazing build quality and value for money, and you can get it for $70 off for Black Friday!

TAD Fast pack scout

Triple Aught Design’s FAST series of tactical 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 mesh hydration 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.

TAD Fast pack scout US

Pix Backpack

Imagine carrying around an animated Lite-Brite screen on your back. Now you can, with Pix, “the first animative backpack which is currently funding on Kickstarter. The backpack can display pictures, animations, and playable 8-bit games like Tetris and Snake, all through an Android or IOS app Early-bird backers can get the backpack for $199, which seems a little on the expensive side. But how important is a customizable illuminated screen to you?

For starters if your a cyclists, a cycling remote (which is offered in the $299 cyclers pack) attaches to your bike and can sync with the backpack through Bluetooth to display turn signals and stop signs. It can also display other widgets like time, weather, and mobile notifications.

You can use it to wait for your friend Ann at the airport

Or call a taxi at an airport

Overall, even though this is little on the expensive side and looks a bit goofy when you are carrying it, finally all eyes will be on you everywhere you go!

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By: Aryaman Harlalka

The North Face Access Pack


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. 

V-Moda ZN Earphones 

  
Top-flight headphone maker V-Moda is challenging listeners to recall their high school chemistry days with the brand’s first pair of in-ears in four years, the Zn. As those familiar with the good ol’ periodic table will recall, the Zn’s moniker is the elemental symbol for zinc, apropos here as the V-Moda employ a patented process to cast the futuristic buds from zinc alloy to leverage its “unique hardness and resonance.” Presented as a limited edition pair of buds, the stylish Zn boast a number of features to create an a high-performance in-ear that matches Italian style with “unmatched durability.” The Zn have been designed to be a go-to choice for every kind of listening, from your daily commute, to your workout routine, and even your late-night musical revery.

  
Inside the zinc alloy casings rest 8mm drivers, surrounded by Italian-made acoustic filters “from a limited supply” which V-Moda calls the “gatekeepers of golden acoustics.” The filters are designed to allow for tight detail, and rich resonance, while the drivers are said to be tuned for enhanced clarity of midrange instruments like vocals and acoustic guitar for a more natural sound. The claimed frequency response for the Zn is an impressive 2-25kHz, matching up on paper with V-Moda’s claims that the Zn were designed with audiophiles in mind. The earphones come with eight pairs of V-Moda’s patented Bliss 3.0 eartips to allow for a tight fit and improved noise isolation for any earsize. Other accessories include the company’s Kevlar-reinforced DiamondBack cable system, a three-button iOS mic piece, a small carrying case, and even removable wrap-around earpieces, letting you strap in for a good run, or let the earpieces hang during more relaxed listening applications.

  
Overall, this is an amazing, rugged and really well designed piece of tech that would be on the top of my list no doubt. V- Moda made only 25000 of these so they will sell out pretty quickly. Coming in at around $180 (₹12000). Also you can expect the best of quality as it is doing from one of the best headphone manufacturers too date. If you liked this post you may like some of our other so please check them out. Also I will put up 2 new posts every thursday. Don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe to our newsletter so you can get all the latest posts instantly. 

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U.S. – http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-In-Ear-Audiophile-Headphones-microphone/dp/B017LI9HCA

Logitech UE Roll

  
Ultimate Ears boasts an impressive record with its line of Bluetooth speakers since the release of the original UE Boom in 2013, which it followed up with the smaller UE Mini Boom and the larger UE Megaboom. All of these speakers pack big sound, loud colors and a portable form factor. Ultimate Ears’ latest and most compact speaker, the UE Roll, launched just in time for the Northern Hemisphere summer and we dive in to see how it hangs, dunks, floats, and sounds.

  
Although the UE Roll is perfectly comfortable playing music inside, it’s been designed to withstand the rigors of the outdoors. Those familiar with the Ultimate Ears Boom or Megaboom speakers will find the same plasma-coated acoustic skin on the Roll. Combined with the tough silicone body, which also protects and covers the auxiliary and USB ports, the UE Roll is IPX7 waterproof for splashing, dunking, and immersing (not to exceed 3.3 ft (1 m) for more than 30 minutes). Even the auxiliary and micro USB connectors are waterproof for those rare instances when liquid does sneak its way in a bit. In addition to the unique shape, the UE Roll features a marine-grade bungee cord. It doesn’t matter that this speaker can’t stand up on end like the rest of them, since users can hook or hang the UE Roll in so many more imaginative ways. Umbrella poles, bicycle handlebars, backpacks, and shoulder straps suddenly become mounts for your speaker. The only real limiting factor towards creative placement is the depth of the attachment point. Objects that are too thick won’t let the bungee reach around and stay clasped. Too thin, and all it takes is a light bump to unintentionally unlatch the bungee cord.

  
Overall the Ultimate Ears Roll proves that it’s possible for a pint-sized portable speakers to feature an original design with a well-rounded sound signature. While some similarly-sized speakers may have “better” audio output, they tend to be more expensive and the kind intended to stay indoors away from dirt, concrete, and water. Those who want to adventure outside will appreciate the UE Roll’s tough, waterproof exterior and go-everywhere attitude. The extended Bluetooth range and marine-grade bungee cord also lets the UE Roll be carried further and in more ways than your standard wireless speaker.

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India – http://www.amazon.in/ROLL-360-Wireless-Bluetooth-Speaker/dp/B00YARCGQA

U.S. – http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ue-roll-wireless-bluetooth-speaker-blue/5673021.p?id=1219655375202&skuId=5673021

FUGOO TOUGH – A speaker with a variety of ‘jackets’

  

  
Go into any big box electronics store, walk through the audio or mobile accessories aisles, and prepare to be bowled over by Bluetooth speakers. What started as a percolating entry point has turned into a full-blown fight for any flat surface a portable speaker can rest on. Now familiar names like Beats, Bose, Sony, Samsung, Logitech, Jawbone and Jabra (among many, many others) are coming to market with them. Then there’s Fugoo, a relatively unknown upstart looking to not only compete, but also sound better than the rest. Fugoo’s pedigree comes from its founders. Some of them came from companies like Harmon Kardon, JBL and Toshiba, and now they’re decided to push out yet another Bluetooth speaker backed by the same marketing line we’ve heard a million times already: big sound from a small package. Why would they do that? Fugoo’s creators believe their speaker is different, and they’re right. Silly name aside, it’s one speaker, available with different ‘skins’ to suit the user’s purpose, and built to be mounted nearly anywhere. Priced at $200, the Fugoo has some stiff competition in the sound quality department, but if it sounds good enough, its utility features might just send it over the top.

  
Decked out in black and turquoise, the Sport naturally exudes a sense of the outdoors, like a trip to the beach or a lazy Sunday by the pool. The jacket is made up of a mix of a polyester-like material, soft rubber and hardened plastic, though the core inside has a waterproof seal protecting the internal components. On the top are three buttons that are basically the ‘O’ action button we’ve become familiar with, flanked by two volume controls keys. One side features power and Bluetooth buttons, while the other harbors a microUSB charging port and Aux-In jack.

  
Overall this product is perfect for almost everyone and doesn’t break the bank coming in at around $150 (RS: 9800). For this price tag you are truly getting a bang for your buck. If you like this post you may like some of our other so please check them out. Don’t for get to subscribe to our newsletter and like this post.

http://www.amazon.com/FUGOO-Tough-Waterproof-Shockproof-Snow-proof/dp/B00IBJ3OBO

Audio Technica Ath M50x

  
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are the consumer follow-up to the ATH-M50, a pair of headphones designed for the pros that proved so popular with normal folk it seemed silly not to make a slightly more friendly edition. This new pair isn’t much more expensive than the original, selling for under $120 online, and gets you interchangeable cables and the same great sound that made the original set so popular. If you’re out for portable headphones and don’t mind them being a little large, you’d be remiss not to consider the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.

  

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are large over-ear headphones, which are generally much bigger than the kind of style-driven on-ear headphones you see at this price. While they are more a rival to the Beats Studio than the cheaper Beats Solo 2, they cost a good deal less than either. It’s refreshing to see a pair of high-quality portable headphones designed for normal people that cost less than $150. Some of you might think spending more than $100 on headphones is madness, but you’ll have to trust us: you’re getting a pretty good deal here.

  
Taking this style into account, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x look is actually pretty good. While big, the earcups don’t stick out miles from the side of your head, and neither does the headband (although it is beefy). Audio-Technica has not made any major changes to the look in making this more wide-reaching version of the original M50s. The one big difference is that the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, like most new full-size headphones, have a removable cable. While the socket is a standard 2.5mm affair, there’s a twist-to-lock mechanism that means you wont simply just be able to use any 2.5mm cable.

  
Lastly there are a bunch of different headphone colours to choose from and if you buy one in the U.S. It costs only $115 (RS: 7500) right now. Please check out some of the other reviews and subscribe. 

U.S. :

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50x-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR86

 India:

http://www.amazon.in/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50X-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR86/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458659937&sr=8-1&keywords=audiotechnica+ath+m50x

Jay Bird X2

  
Jaybird first introduced its now uber-popular BlueBuds X in 2012. While the landscape of wireless headphones has rapidly shifted in the years since, the BlueBuds X held up in a manner that can’t be said about much of their competition. Part of this is due to the BlueBuds’ quality, but it also has to do with the lifetime warranty against sweat-related damage. That said, it was certainly time for a refresh. While Jaybird covered sweat-related damage, some found that general wear and tear was enough to render their headphones unusable. This, combined with advances in terms of sound quality meant that it was a perfect time to introduce the sequel. Ditching the branding for a simpler name, the Jaybird X2 in-ears are instantly recognizable, and could even be confused for the BlueBuds, but there are big changes under the hood.

  
While the BlueBuds X were available in two colors, the Jaybird X2s bump that up to six options: Midnight Black, Storm White, Alpha, Ice, Fire, and Charge. The overall look is very similar to the BlueBuds X but with more color and less chrome. The design reflects the minimalism popular in 2015 designs, and the X2s definitely look better as a result. The build is plastic but still quite solid. Like the BlueBuds X, the Jaybird X2s come with a one-year limited warranty as well as a lifetime warranty against sweat-related damage. This sweat resistance makes the X2s a good option for bringing to the gym, as do the in-ear “fins” meant to hold them in place.

  
The original BlueBuds X claimed a battery life of around 8 hours, but often struggled to reach that number. The Jaybird X2s claim 8 hours as well, but they actually reach that number in use. For some reason Jaybird calls this Battery HD, which is puzzling, but this battery life is still impressive given the small size. The price is $150.

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Mini JamBox 

  
The Jawbone Jambox became one of the first big-name portable Bluetooth speakers when it debuted in 2011. Jawbone supersized it the following year and introduced the larger, more expensive Big Jambox. And now the company is going the other way: the new Mini Jambox is, as you can guess, a Bluetooth speaker that’s about half the size of the original. In fact, the $179.99 rechargeable isn’t much larger than an
iPhone. Make no mistake about it. This is first and foremost a lifestyle product. In shrinking down the originalJamBox, Jawbone’s engineers have created a wireless speaker that’s designed to be carried around with you wherever you go, a constant audio companion to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.The question is, of course, does it sound any good? Well, that depends on what you’re comparing it with. There are certainly other small speakers in this price range that sound better and can play louder (the Bose SoundLink Mini and UE Boom, for example). But at the same time you’d be hard-pressed to find a speaker that’s as tiny as the Mini Jambox that sounds as good.  Also if you would like to pick up pm for yourself at the moment it is only $56.

  
You can also get a sleek cover for it. So, just how tiny is it compared to the original? The key difference is the thickness. The Mini comes in at 6.06 inches in length, 0.96 inch in width, 2.28 inches in height and weighs nine ounces, while the Jambox is 5.95 inches in length, 2.24 inches in width and 1.57 inches in height and weighs 12 ounces. Basically, the Mini will fit in your pants pocket — even if you’re wearing skinny jeans. Still, the 90-degree edges make it quite annoying in that particular scenario, despite Jawbone’s suggestions to the contrary. Yes, it’s a much smaller speaker, but unless you’re wearing cargo pants, you’ll want to toss it in your bag. Chop off another quarter of the thickness or taper the edges in a future model, and the pocket thing could be more realistic.

Thanks for reading and hope you pick up one for yourself.