After gaining massive support from travelers worldwide, the Nomatic Travel Bag raised millions of dollars to become a highly functional travel bag with an urban-friendly design. It’s been optimized for carry-on specifications across a wide range of airlines, and it doesn’t have the appearance of a traditional travel backpack.
It was specifically designed with the most essential travel features in mind, to make travelling with a single backpack a much better experience. It’s geared mainly towards business trips, or backpacking adventures that are focused in urban areas, not for the wilderness.
It’s not trying too hard to appeal to all types of travelers, but that’s what makes it pretty unique. With such a plethora of travel-specific features, can it really be all that practical on the road? Today we’re giving you an honest review of the Nomatic Travel Bag, peeling back its layers to uncover what makes it one of the top travel bags around.
Nomatic Travel Bag Review in Canada
Our First Thoughts
This bag is definitely for the modern traveler. While it appears quite sleek, streamlined, and simple, the overall features and design go much deeper than you may think. As we mentioned in the intro, this pack isn’t trying too hard to be something that will accommodate to everyone.
Even though it is full of elements that are specific to travel, it’s not going to be that functional for traditional backpackers who might find themselves on a trek or two through the wilderness – it’s certainly not suitable for hiking.
But that’s something we like about it, because it’s a welcome breakaway from traditional backpacking-style bags. Its aesthetic leans more towards that of a suitcase in terms of its outward appearance, and internal construction. But it sits comfortably on the back, with a subtle appearance that doesn’t scream “tourist”.
It is on the pricey side and looks a little bulky to sit on the back, as it is literally shaped like a box. However, it can fit quite a lot of belongings and airline travel is at the forefront of its design.
Nomatic Travel Bag Specifications
21”H x 14”W x 9”D
Tarpaulin, Foam Padding, Ballistic Weave Polyester/Nylon
Casual Travel in Urban Areas
Overview of Features
- Durable tarpaulin material
- Suitcase clamshell style opening
- 15” Laptop & 8.5” x 11” tablet compartments
- Roller bag handle sleeve
- Removable waist belt
- Laundry bag
- RFID safe pocket
- Lightweight 1.5kg
- Large side pocket with numerous zippered pouches
- Quick-stash valuables pocket
- Bottle pocket
What We Love – Our Top 3 Features
GOLD QUALITY – Wide Opening
This is our first top-rated quality due to its seamless design. It opens exactly like a regular suitcase, with an extremely wide clamshell opening. It makes the interior contents easily and quickly accessible. We love that it eliminates the need to rummage through the entire pack to find something, as you can clearly see everything in one go. It also makes it easier to organised packing cubes, as you don’t need to stack them together or forget where you placed each one.
SILVER FEATURE – RFID Pocket
This may seem like such a small feature, but we think it really packs a punch in terms of feeling more secure. We haven’t seen many bags include this feature, and you usually have to bring your own RFID-safe cases to cover your credit cards and passport. With a single RFID-safe zippered pocket located on the side, your scannable valuables are easily accessible and remain protected from identity thieves.
BRONZE HIGHLIGHT– Briefcase Straps
They call these the duffle straps, but we think they act more as a briefcase, since it doesn’t fully hang over the shoulder and around the body like a traditional duffle would. We actually like this feature though, because it further increases its level of sophistication as it adds a whole other look. When you don’t want the appearance of a backpack, simply switch to the single snap handle in literally seconds.
Main Overview – Breaking Down Every Detail
Waterproof tarpaulin material makes up most of the body. It’s water resistant, so it makes moisture pool into beads much easier than materials that aren’t resistant to water. This tarpaulin is found on the top, sides, front, and bottom, along with the foam cushioning on the straps.The back panel has a ballistic weave material, that could be either polyester or nylon (it’s not specified).
This isn’t nearly as water resistant, but we think they’ve used this material on the back to stretch over luggage handles. Overall, both textiles are durable against general wear-and-tear and are designed for long-term use.
The back straps and duffle long shoulder strap are connected through a tension system, called a Duraflex slider that runs up the top of the bag. This allows you to change between the two modes, through pulling the little extra part of the straps, and carrying it using those.
They snap together with some small button clasps, so they won’t slip around in your hands. It’s quite a unique system that we haven’t seen done much before, if at all. Another great aspect of these straps is that they don’t swing or get in the way, no matter how you wear them.
There are two smaller handles – one on the top and one on the bottom. The top handle is extremely thick, possibly one of the most padded we’ve ever seen. I don’t think you can ever have too much padding in this situation, as it goes a long way towards providing comfort. You can grab it out of overhead compartments or off the ground with complete ease, as the padding takes on most of the weight instead of straining your hand.
The bottom handle is actually perhaps a little too thin, and we think it would have been better off located on the side. However, it is also useful for pulling the pack off overhead bins, conveyor belts at baggage claims, and so on. It’s quite long and easy to grab.
The box shape of this pack is quite interesting, not only for its look, but also for its purpose. It’s basically imitating a traditional suitcase, with quite sharp corners and straight edges. This maximizes the amount of space drastically when compared to rounded bags.
The clamshell-style opening and closing system is not only handy for packing in a more organised way, but also for airport security. It opens so effortlessly and quickly with a single perimeter zip, so you can take out your laptop or tablet and toiletries in seconds to put it through security before your flight. It also enhances the suitcase-like aesthetic, which gives it a more sophisticated feel.
The hip strap is rather wide and comfortable on this model. We appreciate that they’re detachable, which is important for a bag of this size. You’ll need to use this hip belt if it’s at full-capacity, and the ability to remove it means you won’t have any flapping or dangling parts when it’s not in use. The slanted zipper on the hip section is a nice touch. It lets you look down and inside the opening to access important valuables like your phone, keys, and so on.
There are heaps of pockets and pouches scattered throughout. On the large right-side opening, you’ve got a combination of mesh, fleece-lined, and zippered pockets. These are perfect for storing cords, power banks, earphones, and other miscellaneous items. These compartments keep things untangled, protected, and easily reachable.
On the left-side, there are two top entry pockets that are the perfect sizes for small books and other small items, and they’re also easy to reach in a hurry. A top quick-stash pocket is fleece-lined so it’s anti-scratch, which is ideal for storing your glasses or phone. To keep your water bottle, there is a top pocket lined with a waterproof material to keep other items safe in case it spills.
Can I use it as a carry-on?
It’s built to maximize carry-on space in the luggage compartments, and the 21” x 14” x 9” dimensions means it meets international carry on standards. You can fit it either in the upper storage, or even under the seats.
How many days can I travel with it?
With the 40L capacity, you can use this pack for 3-7 day trips. You can probably go a little longer, stretching it to 2 weeks. If you can wash your clothes and pack minimally, then you can obviously extend the trips even longer.
Can I use it with my roller luggage?
The entire back panel of this back has slits that run on either side. These slits or openings slide right over the handles of roller luggage.
Conclusion on Nomatic Travel Backpack
Built as a sort of duffel-backpack hybrid, the Nomatic Travel Bag truly does have function in mind. Each and every compartment, pocket, zip, strap, and panel have been thoroughly considered to form a highly practical travel companion.
Everything has a purpose and contributes to a more streamlined experience.
Some highlights that make this standout from the competition include the dedicated shoe and undergarment compartments, seamless shoulder-to-duffle system, wide suitcase capacity, abundance of pockets, and bonus laundry basket.
It’s durable enough to withstand constant ventures, yet it’s sophisticated and modern in appearance.