Nomatic Travel Bag Review

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.

 


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.

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.

Nomatic Travel Bag Really solid water resistance and protection for your gear. Looks a bit boxy. 

Really solid water resistance and protection for your gear. Looks a bit boxy. 

Nomatic Travel Bag Crap tons of organizations and interesting pockets for organizing your gear. Organization enthusiasts rejoice!

Crap tons of organizations and interesting pockets for organizing your gear. Organization enthusiasts rejoice!

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