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NOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack

Editor's Rating
4.8?
Discovered on 2018-02-26

Make packing easy for your daily commute or vacation with the NOMATIC Backpack or Travel Pack. With smart storage solutions and a huge list of features, these bags are great for everyday use or any trip away from home. The NOMATIC backpack is for everyday use, with internal pockets for your clothes and gadgets. There are even separate compartments for shoes and documents. The bags expand to beyond their original capacity if required, and the Travel Pack has a TSA-approved laptop pocket. Both bags store your laptop safely, and the Travel Pack uses a neat compression system to hold all your clothes on longer trips. The innovative design lets you switch between shoulder straps and briefcase handles. Because both bags are waterproof, you don’t need to worry about bad weather. You also get a magnetic water bottle holder, a key leash, an RFID-blocking pocket, and many more great features.

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Backpack Dimensions :
18.5 x 12 x 5 Inches (Expandable)
Travel Pack Dimensions :
18.5 x 12 x 6 Inches (Expandable)
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Amit Singh
Hi guys - I sent an email to both support@nomatic.com and info@nomatic.com regarding an issue / question with my backpack. Haven’t received a reply yet - were the addresses above the right ones? Thanks!
Markus Sheldon
Has anyone lost their chest straps yet? I lost my right chest strap and am having difficulty getting a replacement. I sent the guys an email a while back but no response... Any advice to share from similar situations?
Grant Brugger
I checked out the messenger and laptop campaign. very well done. very descriptive. video is great and products seem top notch. I am just not a fan of sling style bags that go cross shoulder. Never comfortable for me and sit awkwardly on the back of your body and no way to get the bounce out so I always stay away from those style. But If I were to get one, it would be Nomatic. They definitely look more professional to bring to an office everyday than a backpack but I will sacrifice a couple things for comfort in my backpack!
Bruce Gilliland
@ GT - Thanks for clarifying your situation for me. Your point is well taken that we have to consider the loaded weight or total weight I hope you can find something that better meets your needs and not lose money on this.
GT
Bruce Gilliland, don't get me wrong; I still love the backpack. After few trips, i realize the additional expansion is not useful to me because it is already too heavy for me to carry the backpack + cloth and cube without expensing it. I end up carry another duff bag to spare my load. It is still a well made heavy backpack. My conclusion is that the travel backpack is too well made so materials are on the heavy side, it just isn't designed for female, that is all.
Bruce Gilliland
@ Thibaut - You need to email support@nomatic.com to report your problem. Include your full address so it can be compared with the initial address used. There may have been an issue with the address on the box, Were you contacted about any customs dues or fees. If you didn’t pay them, or go to claim your bag, it would be returned. Of course, the local carrier might have been responsible for collecting the fees. Each country seems to do things differently.
Thibaut Taittinger
Hey guys,
I have an issue with my delivery! It got sent but then was held by customs and sent back to you guys! Were can I get hold of you to figure out how to fix that one?
Bruce Gilliland
@ GT - It’s unfortunate that the pack did not meet your needs or expectations. The pack weight was listed on the campaign page, so we knew in advance what the weight would be. When the subject of weight came up several months ago, I looked at several other high quality bags available on line. Several of them weighed about the same as the Nomatic pack, give or take a few ounces. Yes, you can find plenty of lighter packs, but I have to wonder about the degree of protection they provide compared with the Nomatic pack and others made of similar materials.
GT
After using for a trip I am intend to give away. It is too heavy even without any stuff inside.... :(
Giltintur
I botched my description. For number 4 this is the spot: https://imgur.com/a/xRBkD
Giltintur
I really like the backpack, but would have a few points as advice for future iterations:
1) The fabric on the top/front is very delicate, any light scratches will show pretty soon (yes, I'm not the most careful with my stuff). It would be grand to have a bit more resilient material.
2) The blackpaint on the zippers is really poor: after two weeks, the inner part of both the puller and the slider were already missing the paint.
3) Really minor, but the shoe-bag could be waterproof: it would be awesome to keep my swimsuit in it after using it.
4) I don't really trust the place where the main pockets zipper bends, and where it accomodates the sewed part where starting from the side handle's top. (Sorry I'm not sure I could explain in detail even in my native language). It seems like there is a lot of stress at that part and it will there first during the life of the bag. On the plus side I especially like - beyond the look and the magnetic bottle pocket obviously - the massive handle on top. It feels awesome and I believe in it. And all the parts I haven't written about. It's easily a 4.5 / 5 bag but these small things could make it even better.
Bruce Gilliland
@ Thomas Beaudry - Contact support@nomatic.com (new e-mail address) to see about returning one of the packs. They stated in the project video that if a backer is not happy with the pack that it can be returned.
Bruce Gilliland
@ Vincent C - What I'm trying to figure out from the short video is whether there are two new bags, or just one with removable inserts. The video says messenger and laptop BAG, but in the video, it looks like one is slightly larger than the other when the guys pick them up.
Thomas Beaudry
@Women If you are looking at the page thinking about if you want to get this backpack don't. As a male I am happy with my bag, but I bought 2 of them, and my wife absolutely HATES it. The shoulder straps are too broad, and they didn't test this bag on women with boobs.
Vincent C
Any estimate when the next Kickstarter will launch? I want it
Richard Meeker
You guys have created travel products that are so superior to anything out there in the marketplace. I have purchased many travel bags in the past and have been so let down by the quality, workmanship and just plain old crap that doesn't even compare with your great products! Thank you for delivering first class quality travel cases to the marketplace that actually far exceed expectations and that have compartments that an be utilized. Every time I use my bags I find another compartment that I can use that makes so much sense its scary. Thank you very much again! I am a true believer in what you have created! Thanks again.
Ryan Valdez
Leaving a quick comment that the backpack is one of the best, if not the best, backpacks I've ever had. It's so functional and organized, and there are so many features to it. On top of that, the quality and construction are top-notch. Thank you so much for such an excellent product!
NOMATIC
HELLO TO ALL! Everyone who filled out their survey should have received their products by now. If you have not received your reward, or have any questions about your products, the best way to get a hold of us is email. We have created a new email specifically for Kickstarter requests: support@nomatic.com Please use this email moving forward. Also, please read our most recent update if you haven't already: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1131502390/the-nomatic-backpack-and-travel-pack/posts/2109811
Bruce Gilliland
@ Andreas - Questions: Did you secure the bottom main compartment zippers in any way? Did you use locks on any of the compartments?
Katarina Caesar
@michael
At last got responses and the backpack has arrived as well. Seems there was a shipping mixup...
The bag is just as amazing in real life as in the videos and I am looking forward to my first trips with it.
Best regards,
Katarina
Andreas Wederbrand
I've got the travel pack and this is my review of it. It's amazing. I've used it on a couple of short business trips and it easily fits all I need for one or two nights (probably more, just haven't had that long trips). Passing TSA is a breeze with the computer compartment and all of those different pockets helps me keep order with all of the cords, money, passports and stuff I always bring. I'll say this, when expanded it doesn't fit under the chair in front of me and with the kind of travel I do, inter European short distance flights, NO ONE flies with checked luggage and the over head compartments are ALWAYS full, that's important. While on the ground the expansion is great, I easily fit all the extra clothes I need for a winter Sweden but don't need in the warmer Madrid. Also, the bottle pockets are nice, it's convenient having the bottle on the outside, both for access and leakage. However, when in use the bag gets to wide when carried on the back inside the aircraft, I have to either remove the bottles or carry the back in front of me. Also, there is no good place for a luggage tag :) On the main handle it gets too close to my head and on the zippers they get caught up on different stuff and open. And, some color coded zippers would be nice! There are a lot of them and I sometimes open the wrong one. I guess I'll learn that in time but as an idea. Overall, this is an amazing product. I love how it stands on it own, it really is a bigger difference than expected.
Jack Dire
Uhhhhh *shut
Jack Dire
Oh my god. The travel bag. I can’t shit up about this thing. It’s the perfect bag. All the way around. It’s like a damned TARDIS inside. And having too-down access to those five thousand infinite caverns is sooooooo nice for planes and yeah. Love it. Made super well. Feels like a soft lead box. I still want to do a backflip every time I set it down and it stays upright. Good work, backpack making people.
Michel Godbout
@Katrina et Lisa
Did you folks read the last update. There may be a reason you did not get your order. Even then, I have written at the email given for some unrelated issues and usually get a response in about two days....
Katarina Caesar
I have the same problem as Lisa has. I even received an email first week of Jan saying my bag would be shipped on Thursday and that I would receive the shipping link. After that zilch, just being ignored on every email that I have sent. Extraordinarily unprofessional. Katarina
Bruce Gilliland
@ James - You can also contact Nomatic at info@nomatic.com. They have said that customers can return a bag if they are not satisfied with it. Ask them about returning it. I suspect it requires that the bag be in excellent condition.
James
The Tavel bag is awesome! But the backpack isn't working for me. Its a great product. But just doesn't fit my needs. If anyone is interested in buying a hardly used backpack, let me know. I am in the US.
Playcool92
@ Lisa - They have not been responding on KS, but they did when I approached them, via their website messaging system (when I also bought the travelbag on BF I had some extra questions), so you may also try that, not just that email, as for the rest, just wait a week, and if no reply arrives, try again, sooner or later you will be answered.
Lisa Marie Sparks Shutt
I have not received any notifications or tracking number and I have not received a back pack. I have left a message here on kickstarter to Jon & Jacob without a response back. So I emailed then directly at Info@nomatic.com. Anyone have any thoughts or input for help? thank you
Playcool92
@ Bruce Gilliland - Felt like it would be an help to anyone pondering on either products, and once you try both, the travelpack just seems a smooth evolution from me, it was just not making a smaller bag than before... they really brought out even more with the new project using their past experiences.
Cant wait to see what they will come up with next!
Just sucks that bag still probably wont get the same widespread knowledge than other brands with inferior products reach.
Bruce Gilliland
@ Playcool92 - I'm sure Nomatic will be glad to see your comments. Because of all the problems you had getting your bags, I was not sure you would like it. Yours is one of the best, most detailed reviews of the pack - and the only one that compares the new travel pack with the older travel bag.
Playcool92
I will review the travelpack and also the travelbag, which is why it took longer to leave the feedback here. Having used the travelpack greatly the last month, mostly with the bag not expanded, this product is BRUTAL!
It was worth the customs and the delay on my shippment (that was chaotic), and I paid extra 63€ for my bag, aside the 190€ + 70€ (in adds on)...
Extra pockets, waterproof, stand in place, built quality, flexibility in arragement, zipper inovation, opening the bag with the zipper on the expansion part, 2x external pockets outside, sternum clip to distribute the weight of your back, nice confty handle at the top, laptop and table compartiment... I use all of these features, alot, they are a game changer, the only downsides are, the hidden pocket (too hard to reach) and the straps could be a bit more padded. 10 out of 10 for this bag (at first I had my doubts it would fit my 15.6 laptop, but even that is managed, it is tight, but not too much).
You want to upgrade your life and you go in and out alot? Get this bag, the expansion + nomatic cube transform this bag, those 10 extra liters can make the difference! The bag is way bigger expanded, and whenever I dont need to carry as much, 20 liters size is perfect! Also consider getting the nomatic wallet, I got it as an add-on, 10/10 also, just a simple product yet I carry all I need there, money and cards and can just leave my bigger wallet inside the bag, while this one comes in my pockets and I barely feel like it is there, amazing product also, dont belittle this wallet, it really makes a difference along the bag! When I got the add ons for the travelpack, one of them included the vaccum bag, I thought I could use it on the travelpack and it works but you are much better using a nomatic cube for this matter(need to get a second one, great quality, doesnt ripe when even you pack ALOT). Thank god I also got the travelbag later with the BF/xmas sales, the vaccum bag excells here, yet this bag is inferior than the travelpack.
At first I was disappointed, as such I wanted to use it more before saying anything, and I do like it more now, but still and this is my major negative when comparing to the travelpack, anyone with an laptop larger than 15 inc (mine is 15.6) or that is more fat than an ultra book or a mac, BEWARE!!
The travelpack could fit my laptop with some care in fitting it in, it was tight but not too much, but sadly the same cant be said about the travelbag, the compartiment is a big narrower and that made all the difference, I though I could go in holidays only with me travelbag and have my laptop safe inside... seems I will have also to carry my travelpack for such matter, or try my luck with the laptop inside the bag itself but outside the safe compartment, the bigger bag should even fit a larger laptop, not a smaller one!!!
Disappointed with this...
Aside this major cons, as expected this bag isnt as functional as the travelpack, less pockets, and they are just easier to reach with the travelpack, but this is understandable since one is for everyday use, while this is for longer travels where you arent supposed to have easy acess to everything.
The doufel mode works but it could get some more padding in the handle, and the straps being longer.
That covers all the negatives.
It is still a great bag though, get the waist straps, they help alot, both for this bag and the travelpack when you need to travel for longer periods of time. The travelbag carries more than the travelpack as expect, the vaccum cleaner is godsent, and as long as your bottle isnt too large (had to get a new once, mine could fit outside the travelpack, but not inside the travelbag) it will fit.
Both bottom and top pockets for underwear/shocks & shoes work great, dirty clothes bag is a nice extra (would like someone to tell me if it is washable though), I like the mesh pockets on this one also, and when carrying I prefer to have it on vertical position, while I put it horizontal on surfaces that arent dirty and whenever I m on the bus and someone sitts near me, on my lap!
Very reliable bag overall, it is safer for travel vs the travelpack since when carrying on the back, the main compartment is up your back and not other way so people cant easily get acess to it neither, and it isnt easy to get acess to the side compartments neither, for longer trips, it wins at carrying more and feeling safer to use, while loosing in some flexlibility of acess vs the nomatic travelpack, as expected.
9 out of 10, you guys need to improve on the laptop section, it is a bigger bag, jesus!! Overall it feels like the Nomatic Travelpack is an evolution of the travelbag, it is smaller but even more efficient, it plays the game way smarter with its size vs the travelbag, on the travelbag I need to have the bottle inside and if it rains, dammit it, my umbrella is inside, while with the travelpack, wow, those outside magnetic pockets (which need some push for the magnets to tight it up) do the trick, having one in each side is pure fanservice, thank you! Overall it is just like Nomatic advertised, and both bags suceed in their goal, I love both but the travelpack is one of the biggest revolutions that ever happened in my life and it will remain so in the far of future.
Amazing products, great company, you have my support for your future products.
Bruce Gilliland
@ Francisco Boreki - If you have not already done so, you need to email info@nomatic.com about your problem. Confirm that you completed the survey. You should have gotten an email response confirming your pledge item(s) and your (now old) address. Let's hope Nomatic's response time has improved so you can find out what happened.
Mariana Fajardo
@Bruce Gilliland I had a positive experience with the zippers even though they're not YKK. And thanks for the response!
Mariana Fajardo
Today I had to walk for over 5 minutes under REALLY HEAVY rain and all my items (laptop, phone, clothes) inside the backpack were dry. No wet spot inside! I'm really impressed with the quality of the backpack and travel pack.
Francisco Borecki
I never received my backpack and have recently sold my house and moved. Who can I contact to get more information about securing my original backer item?
Bruce Gilliland
Sure has gotten quiet here. I don't know if that is good or bad. I suspect almost all bags have been delivered. That's "almost all," not "all." I would not be surprised if there a few still in limbo. However, it has been two months since the last update. It's past time for Nomatic to tell us how they plan to address some of the manufacturing problems reported by backers.
Bruce Gilliland
@ Jeffrey Wang - Scroll down to see my post on Jan. 1 as well as as the discussion I had with Simon Casey on Jan. 2-3. In my post, you will see suggestions, and a photo, on options for securing the bottom zippers.
digodi
@all You can skip commenting/asking on here. The guys from Nomatic haven’t been on here for weeks. Try to email them at info@nomatic.com. You won’t get an answer fast as some have reported on here if at all. I agree the shipping we even paid for was an absolute disaster.
Jeffrey Wang
Got my backpack, great quality and usability!
The only thing i dont get it is even if the top 2 zips are padlocked someone can still open the bag using the bottom 2 zips which cannot be locked down. Why?
Moein Akbarof
So a little bit of feedback from my experience (I have the travel pack):
1) Amazing support and fast answer! Great job there!
2) The bag is heavier than a normal bag but that's expected due to the high quality material and different layering inside and all the zippers
3) The place to keep the key is a killer for me as it was something that I always had issues with
4) Love how you can open the whole part for laptop and access all the accessories
5) Double side zipper is amazing
6) The compressor bag is AMAZING! In a 1 week trip I ended up using only the content of the compressor bag :D
7) Small issue in the zipper which can be ignored (you can feel it when opening one of the zippers but it's not annoying) I skipped lots of small details to avoid writing 30 points comment XD
I believe I haven't used all the features this amazing bag brings but each trip I'm loving it more Cheers guys and looking forward to even more amazing products from you!
Sunghyun Noh
Dear nomatic team, why do i have to pay duty to UK Customs despite being in Germany? Is shipping costs cheaper through UK? i don't understand yet. My delivery has espired and ich have and i have to contact GFS by phone. It's very annoying. I think, you should at least send me or the other customers a message about GFS-mail(it seems like spam).This is my first order by Kickstarter and i didn't know about the delivery process. sorry but i feel disappointed now. maybe never nomatic.. Thanks,
Bruce Gilliland
@ Mariana - Sorry for the late response. My recollection is that Nomatic did not use YKK zippers. I may be mixing projects, but one project I backed said they used a different brand of zipper (maybe Zoom) because they they about as good and cost half as much. I think they had good experience with the zippers on their earlier travel bag, with very few failures. They discussed this in the live video presentation last fall. As to the missing locks, update #1 made it clear that a TSA lock would be included with both packs. It is also clear that a number of people didn’t get the lock in their backpack. Nomatic has not addressed this issue publicly that I can recall. The question is whether this was a packing error, or a decision to address a shortage.
Mariana Fajardo
@Bruce I remember them saying it was YKK zippers, but they are not. They really look cheap... Do you remember anything about this info on the zippers? And I only got the TSA lock on the travel bag like many others...
Mariana Fajardo
@Alexandre Fugita I asked a friend who works with import/export and he said the math was right. Also there are federal and state taxes. I live I Santa Catarina and here is usually more expensive. The federal import tax is 60% of the product value (not what you paid, it's what they think it's worth it) plus shipping plus state tax
Bruce Gilliland
@ Andrew - Did you get an email with carrier tracking information? If so, what does it say? If you don’t have such an email, check your email app junk or spam folder. Also, did you respond to the survey several months ago to confirm your order and address? In any case, you need to contact Nomatic via info@nomatic.com to resolve your problem. Note that it could take a while to get a response. In my opinion, most of the bags have been shipped and received, especially in the U.S. International shipments do take longer.
Andrew Whigham
Hi. Jan 8th and I still haven't received my bag and accessories. Could you please let me know when I can expect delivery? Thank you
Justin.C
Oh, and my bag doesn’t stand up on it’s own either. So that was a fail.
Justin.C
Same thing happened to me, my outside zipper just came of on my backpack. I informed them via their email earlier this week but haven’t heard back, so decided to post here. Disappointed in that.
Bruce Gilliland
@ Gregg - If you have not done so already, you need to email info@nomatic.com. Since you have used it, Nomatic may not replace the pack based on the scratches (which others have reported). However, if the zippers are defective, they could replace it. Send photos. Be aware, it may take a while to get a response.