When you first lock eyes on the Nomad Duffle from Sea to Summit, you may think it looks like an ordinary duffle bag – but don’t be fooled! This bag is so special because, you can carry it three ways: by the handles, over your shoulder, or backpack style courtesy of the multifunctional handles.
You won’t have to fumble around and waste precious time changing the handle position, as the high strength hooks allow you to adjust your bag quickly and efficiently. The handles are also magnetic, so they will stay together when your gear is on the ground – so you’ll always be ready to go. The fabric of the bag is water proof to protect your kit, and the dual zipper used is anti-theft for a bit of added security when you’re moving from place to place.
The large lid makes packing and accessing your stuff so much easier, and the lid and base are padded to protect your stuff from being roughed around in transit. The Nomad Duffle bag is tough so it’s made to last through all kinds of outdoor adventures, but it’s also perfect for travellers that are looking for a versatile gear-hauler for transit.
I used this bag on a winter trip around Norway and Iceland. It stood up to the elements with ease. I found the design to be superior over the common TNF base camp duffel which i also own. New features include quick-detach backpack straps - which were extremely handy in airport situations, padded base and lid, theft proof zippers and multi-functional handle. The furthest I walked with the duffel bag on my back was 1km (from bus stop to accomodation) with a load capacity of 17kg, as well as a few shorter walks in transit. The straps were uncomfortable on my traps after a while even after experimenting with different strap lengths. However this bag isn't intended to be used for long distances as it doesn't have the features of a multi-day pack and I didn't pack it like one either.
My husband and I each used one of these Sea to Summit 90L Nomad duffle bags on a 30 day photographic tour in South Africa and Namibia.
The handle system is truly clever. Use as hand hold, convert to single shoulder strap or back pack configuration. Simple to set up and the magnets in the handles are a great addition.
We were carrying a lot of gear in dusty and rainy conditions and the bags were great.
Our African mates, who occassionally helped move our groups luggage around, also loved these bags. Lots of good strong handle straps on every side of the bags.
The big lid meant eazy assess to clothing and gear. I added a bit of cut down yoga mat to the base and sides of the bag to add extra protection for lenses and hard disks etc just in case but my husband didn't. Shoving packing cells in through the lid was no problem at all. No breakages, damage to our gear or the bags despite being thrown into and out of trucks and buses and open jeeps.
Just love this bag. And the colours. We bought the sky blue and orange. We always knew where our bags were.
I will be adding the 45L to my luggage arsenal for short trips.
Can't recommend this bag highly enough. Nor the fabulous staff at Snowys.
Thanks Sarah, that's helpful. I clicked on the link in your message and it took me to exterior liners - I wonder which is best, outside or inside?
The link I sent you hopefully shows pack liners (90 Litres specifically) and these go inside your bag. You then pack your gear inside this and roll the top over a few times and secure it in your bag. The roll top ensures the whole thing is entirely waterproof so you can throw it down the river ahead of you if you like.
Exterior bags like pack covers, which I assume you're referring to, just cover the outside of the main area of your pack leaving space for the harness so you can still carry it. This means that water can creep in from the harness and wind increases this risk so if you need fully waterproof, a liner is the best way to go.
The other way of doing this though could be utilising several smaller dry bags (which are small waterproof pack liners basically) to pack all your gear into and then organising these into a bag which then doesn't necessarily need further waterproofing as all your individual items are already secure. The slight downside of this however, is that often these bags are round and so don't fit super well without losing space between them. So I guess it depends on what you think best suits your requirements.
Hi - I'm looking for a waterproof bag for a horse riding safari in Africa and I like the look of the STS 90l duffle bag. The details say it's waterproof (twice), the specs say it is water resistant. Please advise which?
I can understand the confusion, sorry about that, there's a bit of technical talk involved here. It is correct that the material is waterproof as stated but the bag itself as a whole is not as the zippers are not sealed. This means that rain could come in from this point or from seams eventually as these are also not sealed.
Having said that, the bag is very durable and would withstand a slight amount of rain however if you have a proper downpour or rain combined with blowing winds, the best way to waterproof any bag entirely is to use a pack liner which is literally a bag inside your bag to protect everything.
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