Our Verdict

4.7/5
The Nomatic Travel Pack offers killer features with a bold twist – from a high-quality construction to a water-resistant exterior and a super stylish vibe.

Pros

  • Sleek and minimalist in design: At 20L, this is a sleek bag that fits in anywhere in the urban setting and city exploration as much as hiking.
  • Expandable: With the ability to expand from 20-30L, you have the choice of a sleek and compact bag for urgent meetings and a loaded-out bag for travel.
 
  • Spacious and highly organized: With over 20 pockets, there is enough space for all your stuff and lots of organization going on throughout the pack.
 
  • Ergonomic design: Thanks to comfy straps, removable waist straps and a padded back panel, this is one comfortable bag you can rely on.
 
  • Versatile: Just expand the bag to a larger capacity for travel/hikes or maintain a smaller capacity for everyday use.
 
  • Water-resistant: The Nomatic Travel Pack has a water repellent exterior and zippers that hold it end very well in a slight rainfall.
  • Magnetic water bottle pockets: It snaps shut when not in use and expands to accommodate a big bottle.
 
  • Lifetime warranty: Should your bag develop issues, Nomatic has a lifetime warranty in which they’ll repair any manufacturing defects at no cost to you.
 
  • Carry-on sized: Yep. It meets most airlines’ carry-on requirements, is TSA friendly and even has a handy back panel that stows the straps away.
 
  • Nice additional features like a waist strap, retractable key leash, extra zipper located on the hip belt,  among others. 

Cons

  • Pockets can get distracting

If you use all the pockets in the bag, you may have a hard time locating specific items on time

  • Available only in black

Although a unique style of the brand, there are no other colours to choose from, if black isn’t your thing.

  • Not budget-friendly

This pack is an investment. It’s not for you if you’re on a tight budget.

  • Quality complaints

Some users have complained about scuffed exterior and uncomfortable thin straps.

Pros

    • Sleek and minimalist in design: At 20L, this is a sleek bag that fits in anywhere in the urban setting and city exploration as much as hiking.
    • Expandable: With the ability to expand from 20-30L, you have the choice of a sleek and compact bag for urgent meetings and a loaded-out bag for travel.
     
    • Spacious and highly organized: With over 20 pockets, there is enough space for all your stuff and lots of organization going on throughout the pack.
     
    • Ergonomic design: Thanks to comfy straps, removable waist straps and a padded back panel, this is one comfortable bag you can rely on.
     
    • Versatile: Just expand the bag to a larger capacity for travel/hikes or maintain a smaller capacity for everyday use.
     
    • Water-resistant: The Nomatic Travel Pack has a water repellent exterior and zippers that hold it end very well in a slight rainfall.
    • Magnetic water bottle pockets: It snaps shut when not in use and expands to accommodate a big bottle.
     
    • Lifetime warranty: Should your bag develop issues, Nomatic has a lifetime warranty in which they’ll repair any manufacturing defects at no cost to you.
     
    • Carry-on sized: Yep. It meets most airlines’ carry-on requirements, is TSA friendly and even has a handy back panel that stows the straps away.
     
    • Nice additional features like a waist strap, retractable key leash, extra zipper located on the hip belt,  among others. 

Cons

    • Pockets can get distracting

    If you use all the pockets in the bag, you may have a hard time locating specific items on time

    • Available only in black

    Although a unique style of the brand, there are no other colours to choose from, if black isn’t your thing.

    • Not budget-friendly

    This pack is an investment. It’s not for you if you’re on a tight budget.

    • Quality complaints

    Some users have complained about scuffed exterior and uncomfortable thin straps.

Nomatic Travel Pack Review 2021

Here’s the deal…

If you are on the hunt for a versatile backpack that translates easily from everyday carry to travel, this Nomatic Travel Pack review is for you!

The Nomatic Travel Pack claims to have innovative features that are designed to take care of your travel and everyday needs.

But does the rhetoric actually match the reality, and is this travel pack right for you?

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In this Nomatic Travel Pack review, we’re going to be looking at this Pack in more detail- from all its unique features to its every pro and con to help you decide!

So without further delay, let’s get suck into the Nomatic Travel Pack review! 

NOMATIC in a snapshot

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NOMATIC is a crowdfunded company based in Salt Lake City, Utah and founded by two cousins- Jon Richards and Jacob Durham.

Since launching their first project on Kickstarter in 2014, and raising over $1.7 million in funding, they have since designed and launched over 10 successful products that inspire confidence for life on the move.

Their wide range of products includes bags, camera gear, luggage, travel and everyday accessories – mostly available in black colours.

In this Nomatic Travel Pack review, we’re going to take a deep dive into all its features and what it has to offer. 

Table of Contents

Design & Quality

Nomatic Travel Pack review: Nomatic Travel Pack front view
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The Nomatic Travel Pack is the upgraded version of the Nomatic Travel Bag (pretty similar name there), with a sweet and compact profile. 

Designed for everyday use and short 2-3 days trips; it’s a 20-30L bag of smart packing, tons of features and a minimalistic design that blends in well in any urban setting.

This bad boy is sweet for professionals who want to look cool, and for people who hate having to check-in luggage at the airport.

Nomatic Travel Pack review: Nomatic Travel Pack front and back view
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Plus you can tuck those shoulder straps away and turn this baby into a briefcase for a professional vibe.

If you know anything about Nomatic, you won’t be surprised that this Travel Pack is available in only one color- black.

Note: If you buy the complete bundle, it comes with waist straps, shirt organizer, medium packing cube and a toiletry bag.
The whole kit is designed to give you a seamless packing solution for travel while still being able to fit in the carry-on compartment of most airplanes.

Materials & Construction

Nomatic Travel Pack review: the Nomatic Travel Pack back view of how the straps can be tucked and untucked
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The Nomatic Travel Pack is durable,  well designed, comfortable and with  beautiful aesthetics! 

It’s made of durable tarpaulin material with a water-resistant exterior that you expect will hold up well for a long time.

You should however note that while tarpaulin is sturdy, it’s quite sensitive and so accumulate scratches and marks over time that do not rub away or disappear.

Moving onto the leathery zippers, they are a bunch of YKK and Zoom with guards to keep water out while Woodjin hardware are on the strap adjuster and buckle.

A design flaw here however is that there are so many zippers that all look the same, so it’s hard to see which goes where. I wish they were colour-coded, so people can distinguish one from the other easily. 

Nomatic Travel Pack review: the Nomatic Travel Pack being carried as a briefcase by a male
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Now, let’s dig into the innovative features of this bag’s construction.

The Nomatic Travel Pack features a patent-pending strap design that allows you to switch between briefcase and backpack.

How does this work? Simply tuck the straps behind the back panel and snap them down to carry like a briefcase when you need to look more professional. Or pop the straps out to carry as a backpack whenever you’re on the move.

Expandable from 20-30L

Another winning feature, the Pack has a full perimeter expansion zipper that takes the bag from 20-30L. Inside this expansion, you’ll find another zipper that allows for clamshell access to pack like a suitcase. 

While the pack is quite heavy at 4.16lbs, much of the burden is taken off your shoulders and back courtesy of the harness system.

Yep, there are shoulder straps, padded back panel,  sternum straps, and a beefy waist strap, making it good to carry a heavy load.

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Cord pass-throughs in all compartments

They have also included cord pass-through holes between all compartments to allow you to charge seamlessly on the move. 

Included features

It also comes with magnetic water bottle pockets, a hardshell sunglasses case, a retractable key leash as well as a luggage strap in the back to attach to roller luggage.

Also, to keep you visible in the dark, Nomatic used reflective ink on the front and back of the bag.

And yes, the Nomatic Travel Pack can stand on its base without support when set down! 

Fit & Comfort

Nomatic Travel Pack review: the Nomatic Travel Pack back view
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For a pack that’s designed as an EDC and travel bag, you’ll find that the harness system is designed to make you get the best of both worlds.

It features three handles: two by the side for when you wanna carry the bag as a briefcase or lift it into an overhead compartment and a thickly padded handle at the top when you’re just carrying or picking it off the ground.

The decently padded shoulder straps are adjustable so you can tighten or loosen when needed.

While these straps work well for a 20L bag, some users have found the padding insufficient and not densely distributed enough for a loaded 30L bag you want to travel with.

Perhaps to make up for this, Nomatic includes sternum and waist straps to help spread out the entire weight of the pack throughout your entire torso and into your hips.

Even better, the sternum strap is adjustable so it doesn’t bite into your chest as you walk.

Nomatic Travel Pack review: the Nomatic Travel Pack back view of how the straps can be tucked and untucked
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I also like that the hip belt is detachable so you can take it out of the way when not in use and even spots handy pockets you can slide in small items. 

Oh, and both the shoulder and waist straps can be stowed behind the back panel so you can carry the bag as a briefcase without distracting straps.

And on top of that, the back panel is decently padded with a rigid frame that adds to the structure of the bag and a channel for airflow (though you’ll still sweat a little). Also, you can attach your luggage to make travelling with wheels a little more seamless. 

What’s not great

Despite all these, the harness system of the Nomatic Travel Pack is not the best.

For one, at 4.16lbs, it’s quite heavy and when loaded out at 30L, it can get uncomfortable to carry because the shoulder straps are not densely padded enough.

Also, there’s no strap management to prevent dangling when the shoulder or sternum straps are tightened. I would have loved to see some strap bands to help manage excess straps.

Storage & Organization

Nomatic Travel Pack review: the Nomatic Travel Pack different compartments
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Fair warning: This section would be pretty long due to the tons of pockets and compartments this bag has!

The Nomatic travel pack has 20 pockets all designed with a purpose:

  • a quick access fleece pocket great for your phone or sunglasses
  • magnetic water bottle pockets: The innovative water bottle pocket on each side of the pack is magnetic. It expands when you need the space and snap shut and looks sleek when not in use. How cool is that!
  • The accessory compartment: In front of the bag is a compartment with an organizer panel. It has four elastic mesh divider pockets for your cords, power banks, and other small items. Down below is a dedicated pocket for a notebook or bigger items.
  • On the other side of the compartment is a lockable RFID safe pocket for a passport and other scannable items. Directly below that is a zippered pocket as well as two divider pockets and then two slots for a pen/pencil on the side.
  • Hidden pocket: Behind the back panel is a pocket where you can stash your credit cards, cash and other valuables you need safe from thieves.
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Main compartment

Even better, you can open the main compartment completely like a suitcase to pack it or get to all your stuff thanks to its full perimeter zipper. With this, you won’t have to always dig around trying to find stuff in the bottom.

This compartment which opens clamshell-style has two pockets on one side of the bag and four mesh pockets on the other side with a sunglasses case and a retractable key leash.
Nomatic Travel Pack review: the Nomatic Travel Pack laptop and tablet compartment
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Tech compartment

There’s also a dedicated laptop and tablet compartment that opens and lays flat to make TSA checkpoint a breeze.

These pockets are surrounded by foam that can hold a 15-inch laptop and a 13-inch tablet comfortably as well as a pocket at the back for papers/folders.

I love two things about these compartments: first, it opens up clamshell-style with a Velcro strap to hold your devices secure so you can go through airport security. Secondly, it’s suspended a couple of inches away from the edge of the bag to protect your expensive device from accidental falls or hasty drops.

If you are big on tech-friendly backpacks, check out my comprehensive review on what is the best laptop backpack.

Expandable from 20-30L

One of the features I really love about the Nomatic Travel Pack is its full perimeter expansion zipper that takes the bag from 20-30L if you ever needed the space.  All you have to do is unzip the zipper in the middle of the bag.  

In the expanded compartment which also opens clamshell-style, you’ll see a big space with which you can better organize your 2-3 days travelling items with packing cubes. It also has an integrated mesh dividing wall to separate your clothes from the rest of your gear.

The summary? If you love organization, you’ll love this bag – whatever you’re carrying, there’s a spot for it.

Price

Nomatic Travel Pack review: the Nomatic Travel Pack Bundle
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At $260 mark, The Nomatic Travel Pack is not cheap.

In addition to that, you may have to upgrade to the Travel Pack bundle ( the addition of packing cubes, waist belt, shirt organizer, and toiletry bag) which means an extra cost- $314.98 to be exact.

While it’s optional– you can use the bag without them- the whole kit is designed to give you a seamless packing solution for travel.

Although expensive, I believe it’s totally worth the splurge because it’s one of the best everyday carry backpacks out there with features you’ll love.

However, if you like the features and aesthetic seen in this Nomatic Travel Pack review and want something cheap- read my review of the Nordace Siena backpack.  

Warranty

The Nomatic Travel Pack comes with a lifetime warranty!  

This means that if your bag gets damaged due to manufacturing defects, or component breakdowns whether it be in the zippers, materials, straps, or handle, they will fix it, or replace the bag, at no cost to you.

Note that the warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, normal wear and tear, abuse of the backpack, or the natural breakdown of colours and materials over extended time and use. 

You can learn more about it here.  

Users Thoughts/Reviews

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Users dig the Nomatic Travel Pack for its quality design and enviable features as well. It’s water-resistant, stylish, organization friendly, expandable and works well as a daily pack and as a travel pack.

Nevertheless, it could be better.

For the most part, when loaded out at 30L, the bag gets quite heavy and uncomfortable to carry. The straps are not thickly padded enough and so hurt when the bag is full of heavy items.

To mitigate this, I advise you use the hip belt if you’ll be wearing the backpack for a longer period for weight distribution.

Also, 20 pockets can get distracting: If you use all the pockets in the bag, you may have a hard time locating specific items on time.  The front access pocket and organizer panel can get so tight that you can barely fit or grab items when the main compartment is stuffed.

In addition, others noted that its exterior show scuffs with time- and as you know, a scratched up bag just doesn’t look professional.

Overall, from my extensive research of the Nomatic Travel Pack review and from what users experiences, I can say this pack is a great option for commute, work, hiking and travel.

Alternative to consider: The Nomatic Travel Bag (40L)

Nomatic Travel Pack review: the Nomatic Travel Bag 40L
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Do you wish for more space in a Nomatic bag?

Perhaps, you’re hunting for a perfect bag for hiking, weekend getaway, or extended travel, and you have the extra dollars to add, go for the 40L Nomatic Travel Bag.

It’s bigger and expandable to suit.

Note: This pack isn’t particularly well suited for day-to-day use due to its large size.

You can check it out here.

Final Thoughts

We’ve come to the end of the Nomatic Travel Pack review.

If you’re a digital nomad or tend to embark on short trips, you’ll be love this bag.  At 30L, this carry-on sized travel pack has plenty of clever compartments and pockets to make fitting everything in a pain-free process while ensuring the safety of your essential items.

Equally, at 20L, it’s the perfect size for commute, work, gym and even hiking.

While it may not be the most comfortable for a 30L pack due to its thin shoulder straps and insufficient mesh for ventilation, it’s still a decent pack you’ll grow to get used to and love.

In the Nomatic Travel Pack review, we have explored the good, bad and ugly aspects of the bag so you can make an informed decision. But if you still have any question you are welcome to drop me a comment below.

By the way, if you are passionate about eco-friendly backpacks that are just as reliable, well-made and versatile for any occasion, you’ll love my detailed review on the 10 Best Eco-friendly backpacks.



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12 thoughts on “Nomatic Travel Pack Review 2021 | Is It the Best Pack for EDC and Travel?”

  1. The Nomatic Travel Pack is certainly not budget-friendly for me. I however love a lot of the features. I absolutely love the pockets. Yes, my profession led to my organizational skills and abilities. Hence, I must have pockets included and so this is a biggy for me.

    It is also nice to know that when you get caught in the rain, there is little to worry about. Being stylish is also a selling point.

    I am thinking about someone who can afford this bag and would love it.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love the back pack. I liked the idea of the computer cord going through the backpack, this makes it easier for charging my laptop.

    Great compartments. Ideal for traveling on a plane.

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  3. As a frequent traveller (before Covid), I am particular about the bags I use and sadly I do have to pack a couple more bags to fit the agenda of the day.

    The Nomatic Travel Pack seem to have it all! Absolute love for how easy I would be able to take out my laptop and tablet without having my every other things taken out.

    I would invest in a good pack. This is one of it, though Im not sure what am I going to fit in all 20 pockets. Hahah. Anyway, a lifetime warranty is like icing on the cake. However paying $260 for a bag, I would have expected more of the pads to carry a heavy load comfortably.

    The rest of the accessories in the bundle pack are all useful too! Great, sleek design but the strap will probably be a huge problem for me.

    Still, awesome honest review. Thanks for this. Keep it up!

    Cheers.
    SAM

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  4. Woah! That is a lot of pockets on a single bag! With so many different compartments, this bag really is a winner and can literally fill your whole world into it lol. I really like the part about the straps being able to be stowed away. I just wish it had wheels on it but I guess that would just add to the weight of the bag. Also i wish there were other colors available, even though I love black as it is the most safest color.

    As always, a wonderfully written review, Femi! Your bag selection, recommendation, and personal feedback is always on point and this is why I am always finding myself coming to your site for more reviews!

    Thanks so much for sharing this and keep up your awesome work!

    Cheers,
    Sasha

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  5. This bag sounds like it could be confusing. I could see that with 20 compartments, I would forget where I had put everything. While the makers might think so many compartments makes it more organized, if you tend to forget which pocket was used for what, then you would easily lose everything in there unless you go opening every area just to find what you’re looking for.

    I do like that it can be used as a suitcase, but I still don’t know about 20 different zippered areas. I tend to favor the less is more philosophy when it comes to bags. Even small ones.

    Still, this is a great review and very in depth. I really appreciate this type of review, especially when I’m in Alaska and most everything has to be bought online.

    Katrina

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  6. When it comes to travel bags, I am all about pockets and storage and it looks like the Nomatic Travel Pack covers everything. It’s been fun to think about safely traveling again and this would be a great carry on bag. Definitely on the pricey side, but investing in a quality pack can be worth it.

    I wish it came in more colors! I understand that black is classy and versatile but I prefer a brighter color for luggage personally.

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  7. Wow, Femi! I have to say that is a great bag! I don’t mind that I can only buy it in black because black is a very classy color. My husband would love this bag, for sure, especially now he can take everything he needs with him. The possibility of using it as a suitcase would suits my husband very well. He is a businessman, and he usually takes a briefcase with him, but Nomatic is so much more, and that is convenient. I think this bag is excellent for men. As a woman, I would prefer something different! Thank you very much for this detailed review!

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  8. The nomatic travel pack is certainly practical for both travel and business. I like the idea you can quickly turn it into a smart looking briefcase and safely store your passport. It seems quite pricey though, and feel you’d need to be a serious traveller to warrant paying $260. Having said that, it has plenty of compartments to store things, and I love how it can store both a laptop and tablet. Also, the charging cable would come in really handy when you’re away from a mains power source. Thanks for sharing:)

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    • Hello Kathy, thank your comment and yes you are right, you need to be a serious traveller to pay $ 260 for this Nomatic backpack. But I think it’s worth it considering the host of features that I listed in the article. If anyone can afford it, I would definitely recommend it.
      Cheers
      Femi

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  9. I have been previously impressed by this Backpack /travel bag when I came across (accidently) it as a result of an advert.
    I loved it then but the detail was purely in a “Tik Tok” style adverse and lacked the detail that this article gave.

    Some of the things that stood out for me:
    I would expect nothing less than a place to store your laptop but what I hadn’t expected was the seamless way you could connect the device to your charger. Now that is cool.
    There are many facets of this travel bag which make it stand out, for example the fact I could easily use this bag and only this bag for a 2 or 3 night stay, thus if flying you would never need to check your case into hold luggage.
    I do not travel light but I see that a bag which allows expansion, (a lot of expansion) is easy to store, easy to carry as a case or back pack, a multitude of pockets for everything and will ensure (with a bit of planning) all toiletries/make up and accessories could be managed in this one bag.

    I did find the price a little steep and I would have liked to see further colours, (navy for example) but overall what a cracking bag. And one that looks to stand the test of time.

    Your article had it covered really impressed with the detail.

    Thanks for taking the time to research and write ?

    Cordelia

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