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!

Kickstarter Link

By: Aryaman Harlalka

  
When the original 3Doodler pen dropped on Kickstarter back in 2013, it was an almost instant success. After reaching its initial funding goal within hours, the device — which at the time was world’s first “3D-printing pen” — went on to rack up more than $2.4 million before the campaign finished. Now, less than two years later, the company is back with a new-and-improved design that’s slimmer, sleeker, and easier to use than ever before. We took it for a spin to see if drawing 3-dimensional objects in midair is as easy as they made it look in that Kickstarter pitch video. Here’s what we found.

3Doodler 2.0 knocks the socks off version 1.0 in just about every way, but build quality and design are definitely the most significant. In addition to a new sleek new aluminum enclosure, the new version is also ¼ the size of its predecessor, so it’s considerably more comfortable to hold in your hand.

  
Honestly, you’re not going to make many practical, functional, or truly useful objects with 3Doodler — but that’s not really what it’s made for. At the end of the day, it’s really just a fun artistic tool. If you’re looking for a legit 3D printer that you can make useful objects with, you should definitely look elsewhere. 3Doodler probably isn’t what you want. That said, if you like the idea of drawing objects in three dimensions, without having to jump over all the hurdles that lie between ideation and creation (like software, computer models, and properly calibrated machinery) then the newest 3Doodler should definitely be in your artist’s toolkit!

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The Cube

  
 
The Cube takes 5 inch displays and turns them into 120 inch displays. It works with your devices, so you can play with scale. Meticulously designed for unbridled imaginations, the Cube is autonomous and portable, vivid and powerful. Go places and take it with you, or stay put and be transported. Small, but made for big things,… the cube is engineered for portability and performance—20,000 hours of bulb life, 120 inches of display, and only 2 inches of lightweight aluminum equal infinite possibilities. From grand adventures and strokes of genius, to channel surfing and movie marathoning, the Cube is tuck-it-in-your-pocket tiny, and that’s kind of a big deal.
  
Stay in and go all out with the riveting size and clarity of the Cube’s display. Venture beyond the sofa and create a home theater in any room you choose; from rewatching old favorites under the comfort of your covers to camping out in your basement to set the mood for some film noir horror stories, the Cube is as versatile as your media queue. Like turning the screen in your pocket into a cinema on your ceiling, or upping the production value of your shadow puppet performances. The Cube is for indoor stargazing and outdoor cartoon-watching, for sharing experiences and creating memories. For watching the game on the big screen with the crew, or a simple media solution for your shoebox apartment without room for a TV—for impromptu work presentations in the field or in the office, or for a spellbinding art installation, the Cube is for using your small screen to transform any blank canvas.

  

To settle scores or defend your legendarily dextrous thumbs, hook the Cube up to your Xbox or Playstation and instantly create an immersive gaming arena. Epic adventures deserve to be experienced beyond the TV, even if you’re not budging from the couch. Triumph over evil, or just over your roommate, Brian. The Cube is for eternal bragging rights.

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