Nomatic makes some of the most epic backpacks on the market which are all very different from one another. In this Nomatic travel pack review I break down some of its most significant differences.
- Nomatic Travel Bag – This is the largest of all the Nomatic backpacks is available at 40L capacity & 30l. Nomatic recommends the 40l travel bag for 3-7 day trips, and the Nomatic 30l Travel Bag for everyday use & short term travel.
- Nomatic Backpack – This is the smallest backpack from Nomatic. It’s a 20L (expandable to 24L) and is recommended for everyday use. This is a nice compact small bag, but by no means should be considered for traveling purposes. It’s more an everyday backpack.
- Nomatic Travel Pack – This is the mid-sized backpack in the Nomatic product line. The Travel Pack is a smaller 20L, but has a cool expansion feature that can increase its size to a good 24L! This bag is recommended for shorter 1-3 day trips, or for everyday use if you need to just carry a ton of stuff. While it is definitely possible to travel long-term with a bag this small, you will be sacrificing on a lot.
Nomatic Backpack vs Nomatic Travel Pack
Size and dimensions of the backpack
The dimensions for the travel pack are almost the same with a key difference in the width being larger on the travel pack.
In terms of the capacity, it increases thanks to their expansion system. The Nomatic backpack holds 20L and expands to 24L while the Nomatic travel pack starts at 20L and expands to a whopping 30L.
For the exterior, each backpack has a magnetic water bottle pocket each. This may seem like a silly feature at first but it’s meant been implemented to keep the pockets flat against your bag when you’re not using them. Kind of feels a little over the top, but you have to admit that it gives both bags a really nice aesthetic look.
Next, both bags have a retractable key leash attached on to a pocket on the inside. This comes in pretty handy when you want to quickly access your keys without all the fuss and hassle of fumbling to put them back.
Both bags share similar functionalities especially highly regarded innovative strap system that provides a lot of comfort and versatility. The back panel lets you tuck your backpack straps so that you can carry your backpack horizontally, like a briefcase which is great for expanding the use of the backpack informal work environments. All you have to do is unsnap the back panel, tuck in the straps, and then snap it back into place. I could see this as a great feature for travel or young professionals who commute to work.
These are just some highlighted features that the travel pack and backpack share but here’s a full list of all the things both these bags have in common:
- Waterproof zippers and tarpaulin water-resistant material
- A full parament zipper that offers a lot of accessibility on all sides of the bag
- A quick access fleece pocket for valuables
- Multiple meshes elastic and zipper pockets
- RFID blocking and lockable security pocket to deter theft
- A removable hard protective shell for glasses
- A notebook pocket
- And a hidden pocket for important and/or valuable items.
Overall, both bags share some pretty cool and nifty features but don’t be fooled. Even though the Nomatic Backpack and Travel Pack look quite similar, they both have specific features designed for their intended purpose.
Nomatic Travel Pack Review
I was immediately drawn towards the Nomatic Travel Pack when I saw it on Kickstarter. Since I travel so much, I was never happy with the backpacks at the time the travel packs weren’t versatile enough to be used apart from traveling
I was looking for a backpack that was stylish, functional, waterrproof, and built to stand the test of time and this was surprisingly hard to find until I came across Nomatic. It was a perfect balance of all the essential features that make a travel backpack.
I liked the minimal approach and the attention to detail simply blew me away! The organization is pretty neat with multiple compartments and pockets to store all your gear. The full-perimeter zippers and the material are of extremely high-quality.
At first, it all seemed too good to be true I started to wonder if the actual product is as good as it looked on the website.
(Spoiler Alert: it is)
In fact, due to Nomatic’s great success they have now successfully funded, manufactured, and also delivered three different products as promised and have a new one in the works!
Nomatic Travel Pack Dimensions
- Weight: 4 lb. 3 oz.
- Capacity: 20L – 30L (expanded)
- Outer Dimensions: 18.5″ H x 12″ W x 6-9.5″ D
Who is the Nomatic Travel Pack for?
The Travel Pack and other NOMATIC bags are for people who want an extremely rugged, high-quality backpack and care about function and design.
It’s perfect for someone looking to pack light and are only traveling a week or so at a time. It’s perfect if you are a digital nomad that doesn’t carry too much overall it’s great for another who likes its design, efficiency, and organization. It’s easily one of the best minimalistic bags on the market.
The only catch is you have to travel light.
This bag was designed for trips and those that don’t pack on a lot which is why it’s important to check how much you usually pack before deciding to go for this backpack.
All the bags have a very minimal look to them and are only available in one color; black. They are highly functional and hold a lot of stuff without wasting space.
Be sure to stop by their website to see the different options they have. You’ll get to see all of the all the features and differences beyond what I mention in this article.
Nomatic Travel Pack Pros:
- Minimal design
- Extremely functional
- Tuckable straps
- Retractable key leash
- Magnetic bottle holders
- Anti-theft features
Nomatic Travel Pack Cons:
- Slightly bulky
- Multiple features can be complex
Nomatic Travel Pack Features
Here I’ll be going through the key distinctive features of the Nomatic travel pack to give you a good idea of what makes it unique.
1. Waterproofing design
Whilst traveling it’s safe to assume nothing and be prepared for the worst. The same goes for your belongings and the one thing that keeps your belongings safe throughout is your backpack.
One essential factor that makes a backpack versatile to all conditions is being weatherproof and this is something Nomatic has to the T…
In fact, the Nomatic travel pack is made up of waterproof zippers and water resistant material that will ensure your belongings remain dry be it in rain or snow.
2. Briefcase mode
Another feature I really like is the versatility of the nomatic travel pack to turn into a briefcase. Although it looks like a normal backpack on the outside there is a place to truck the straps in so that you can hold it like a briefcase.
At first, I thought this wouldn’t be something I would use but over time there have been situations (think meetings) where I’ve found it much easier to just switch my pack to briefcase mode. It would be pretty awkward wearing a backpack to a meeting. (and unprofessional)
To be frank, no other brand has come close to nailing the briefcase mode as nomatic as.
Pro tip: Slide your fingers underneath the strap, close to the buttons before thrusting your arms forward.
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.
3. Full perimeter zipper
This is pretty cool as you can access your belongings from all the sides of the travel pack (Except the bottom) however the only issue I have is there a total of six zippers on the bottom and they have absolutely no differentiating factors.
I wish Nomatic could just make the pull tabs a different color or, better yet, make the pull tabs on each pocket a different material from the other so you don’t have to look at the bag to know which pocket is which.
This is actually one of my favorite features is the huge expansion ability. The extra space makes a lot of difference when you’re packing to a maximum capacity. I was also surprised by how well the expansion system is integrated into the design.
The Nomatic Travel Pack is just as functional when zipped as when unzipped and the expansion zipper blends into the bag so well that you probably wouldn’t notice it if you weren’t looking for it.
5. Cord pass-through easy access pocket
There’s a small top pocket for things like a phone that you want to reach easily. It also features a small hole to pass through a cord if you want to use a portable charger.
6. Closing the travel pack can be difficult
Another downside with the zipper is that because of the unique shape and because it’s not a continuous zip this backpack can be overpacked a little which making closing the bag difficult.
7. Easy access laptop storage
The organization is so neat that the laptop compartment is completely separated from the rest of the bag with its own full perimeter zipper meant to make airport checkpoints easier. It also keeps your laptop near the back of the bag and provides extra cushioning.
Nomatic Travel Pack Review: Should you get the Nomatic Travel Pack?
Hopefully, I’ve given you an idea of what makes the Nomatic travel pack unique.
I love the well-designed and appreciate the quality materials. But, I also travel a lot more than a normal person and bring a lot of tech and materials with me which is why the Nomatic travel pack is great for someone like me. To me, it’s the perfect travel bag because the features work for me to you it can be an overkill!
If you like the style and are willing to pay a little more for quality, then you’ll love the Nomatic travel pack. They really deliver on the quality and functionality promised. There’s also a 30-day return policy if for some reason you don’t.
I’d recommend really comparing all their travel bags, though. The slight differences between them make it easy to choose the one perfect for your circumstances!