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.