After raising an enormous $5m on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the NOMATIC Travel Bag promises to be “the most functional travel bag ever.” In practice we found that claim to be a little hit and miss. View Our Full Review:

0:00 – Intro
0:27 – Material & Aesthetic
2:19 – External Components
5:16 – Inside the Pack
10:33 – Durability and Testing
11:07 – Pros & Cons
11:55 – The Verdict

NOMATIC is known for their extremely successful crowdfunding campaigns, where they create innovative and unique travel gear. Designed as “the most functional travel bag ever”, the Travel Bag raised a massive $5m on Kickstarter and Indiegogo combined. It’s maximum legal carry on compatible and comes with lots of unique features that you’ve probably never seen before.

But will those features actually prove to be functional on the road? We took the NOMATIC Travel Bag around Detroit, LA, Joshua Tree, New York and Minneapolis for testing and to find out just how practical these unique features really are.

Not to be confused with their “Travel Pack,” The NOMATIC Travel Bag looks like a giant box on your back—because that’s basically what it is.

This bag comes with a lot of promises and a lot of unique features. We made sure to use the bag enough to really test those features out and discover if they’re actually functional in practice. While we did find many of them useful—namely the organizational elements, the water bottle pocket, the shoe compartment and the laundry bag—there are a couple that didn’t really work as well as you might think. There are areas of this design (such as the duffel strap system) that end up awkward and clunky, making us feel like more thought could have gone into it.

Overall, the NOMATIC Travel Bag uses some high-quality materials, a few novel features and has obviously had a lot of research and innovation put into it. However, the hit and miss experience of the features mean the bag seems greater in concept than it actually performs in practice.

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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the NOMATIC Travel Bag. A 40l carry-on backpack, crowdfunded through Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

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