The Travel Bag from Nomatic is a solid offering in one bag travel.
First of all, it’s got tons of organization. That’s one of the things you gotta be into when you purchase this bag. It’s got a lot of little bells and whistles for organizing your things into their own nooks and crannies. Shoe pocket, water bottle pocket, full featured tech pocket with an RFID area… all that and enough capacity to travel for weeks.
Second of all, it’s damn comfortable when you use the hip straps. I was really surprised by this. Because the bag is so rigid, it settles the weight easily on your hips. Honestly, high marks for how comfortable it is to carry this bag.
One caveat on the comfort: the part of the bag that goes up against your back is totally flat tarpaulin (a rubber-like material), which makes for your back getting sweaty. Not the best look. However, it’s a small price to pay for the other comfort and capacity and organization capabilities of this bag.
There’s a good deal of capacity in this bag as well. I’d say maybe not as much as the Tortuga Setout, but damn near close the largest capacity you can get in a carry on bag.
Tons of organization, comfort, capacity… this thing’s stacked!
My Personal Take: I don’t love the Nomatic logos so big across the bag, but it’s one of the most organization-rich options for large one bag travel. My wife loves this bag cuz she’s a total pocket whore. I’m not personally attracted to all the organization that much — as long as I have a place for my laptop and some quick access then I’m good to go. BUT, I do love how it feels to be in transit with this bag on my back. I tend to go more minimal with my bag choice, however.
Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
I'm not a huge fan of the "rubberiness" of the external material, but it is damn tough and water resistant and protective.
Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
We've traveled a lot with ours and it puts up with everything.
Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Really solid on water resistance. Zips are all weather coated and main material is completely impenetrable.
External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Solid. Almost too much external access.
Internal Organization:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
So much organization you can forget where you put shit! Is good tho.
Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
This is the big surprise here. With the hip strap this is one of the more comfortable bags out there. Back gets sweaty though.
Doesn't Look Weird:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Big nomatic logos and boxy/rubbery aesthetic are a little funky. However, it does what it does real well, so looks may not be your primary factor here.
Other Bags to Check Out:
The Headway MLC (Maximum Legal Carry-on) from Patagonia is a very functional gear bag that works better as a duffel due to it's uncomfortable (but hideable!) backpack straps.
The Subterra backpack from Thule is designed to be a minimal travel bag with room for both your tech needs, daily needs and weekend travel needs.
An extremely versatile and feature rich bag that doesn't look half bad, the Errant has lots of organization in an innovative pack for everyday use. One of my favorites.
The Mover Pack is an affordable duffel with simple backpack straps, solid materials and a few solid pockets for organization.
The Outbreaker backpack from Tortuga is a solid 1-bag travel pick. I personally prefer the less bulky (and more spacious) experience of traveling with the Tortuga Setout, so be sure to check out that bag too. This Outbreaker, however, has quite a bit more padding and protection around the entire bag, so if you know you'll have delicate stuff inside you may prefer this one.