When you travel, you need to transport the stuff you bring along. Seems like a no brainer - but stick with us for a minute. We classify transport into 2 different categories. The first, is when you need to move everything you packed from one point to another. For instance, when you need to transport everything from home to your international destination. The second, is when you only need to carry a small portion of your stuff between locations. Think of this as packing for a day trip while abroad. You don't need everything, but will need a few key items.
In evaluating the gear that makes up our No Borders Bundle, we made sure both types of transport are possible. That's why we included a smaller backpack, the Matador DL 16, alongside the larger Nomatic Travel Bag. Use the Matador for those day trips, when you don't need to bring everything. And the Nomatic functions best when used to transport everything you bring between destinations.
Now, in choosing a bag to suit each of these transport types, we had a ton of options to choose from. The luggage industry is huge, and quickly evolving. We took the time to evaluate options to see if they met our 3 key criteria: versatility, durability, and comfort. Based on these criteria, the Nomatic Travel Bag and Matador DL 16 were by far the best fit for our No Borders Bundle. Lets dive into why below.
In assembling a Total Travel System like the No Borders Bundle, having versatile gear is a must. Versatile gear gives you numerous packing options, and the ability to carry in different ways - allowing your gear to function how you want it to. Which is important, as each traveler has their own personal preferences in terms of packing and carrying. And, each trip is different, requiring different gear and arrangements. You want luggage that is adaptable to who you are, and where you are going.
The Nomatic Travel Bag is one of the most versatile and sleek looking bags out there. The main reason is - it can be carried as a duffel or a backpack. The strap system was designed to allow a quick change between these carry styles, so you can switch on the go. Personally, we always carry as a backpack, as we believe in a hands free transport. But, having the option to carry as either is a huge bonus. Adding to the overall adaptability of the bag are the removable hip belts. These are key for when the bag is heavy, as it distributes the load to both your hips and shoulders. But, some people don't like the look, and prefer the clean appearance of carrying without them. Or, your bag might not be heavy enough to need them. So, hook them on when needed, or stow them away when not.
And further, the Nomatic Travel Bag can be slid over the handle of a rolling suitcase. If you find yourself needing to pack both a rolling suitcase and the Nomatic, this option gives you the flexibility to combine two separate pieces into one. These 3 main features - backpack or duffel carry, removable hip belts, and rolling suitcase sleeve - all make the Nomatic Travel Bag a perfect demonstration of the versatility needed in your travel gear. Plus, it packs all of that versatility into a great looking bag.
The Matador DL 16 is versatile due to it's ability to be a 'packable' backpack. The lightweight Cordura material used in its construction allows the Matador to pack itself into a small pouch, about the size of a can of Coke. The ability to function as a backpack and then having the option to pack itself up when not needed, provides you so many options. Let's say you are trying to take only one bag (bravo!), you wouldn't want to wear your Nomatic Bag around for a walking tour through Madrid. There would be only water, snacks, your phone, and jacket inside. The Nomatic is too big for that. That's where a second, smaller daybag comes in.
Since you can pack the Matador down so small, you were easily able to fit it inside your Nomatic during transport. So now you have the flexibility to use a smaller backpack for day trips when you need it (like the Madrid walking tour), but still only ever have to carry one bag during transport. Or, if you packed a bit heavy, you can wear the Matador on your chest in front, and the Nomatic on your back when transporting everything. Another option, another way to customize the gear to fit your needs, and another reason why we choose the Matador as part of the No Borders Bundle.
Let's face it, travel gear is expensive! To offset that initial high cost, the gear you purchase should last a long time. Otherwise, its a waste of money. Think of your luggage purchase as investment. Something that you will do once, and have it last through many years of travel. When deciding what to include in the No Borders Bundle, we made it a priority to choose quality made, durable products. Plus, life on the go is tough for a bag. Being tossed by baggage handlers, dragged across floors in customs lines, rolling around the under-storage area on buses - our bags take a beating over time. You want bags that will hold up to the wear and tear a life of travel inflicts. Invest in a bag that won't break down on you while you traveling. Besides missing your flight, its hard to think of anything worse happening.
The Nomatic Travel Bag is constructed out of Tarpaulin material. Tarpaulin is a strong, waterproof material, traditionally used in the construction of outdoor tarps. Recently, it has found its way into the world of adventure backpacks for its lightweight, durability, and waterproof qualities. Using Tarpaulin in the construction of the bag, ensures this bag can handle all the rigors of travel. While the material is waterproof, due to the zippers and seams, we would qualify the bag as a whole as very water resistant. It's going to keep your stuff dry, but don't expect it to keep out all the rain from a monsoon in Southeast Asia. The seam stitching is also reinforced in the right areas. The backpack straps and carry handles are all securely fastened, adding to the overall durability of the bag.
The Matador DL 16 is made out of lightweight Cordura. This material is puncture resistant, waterproof, and durable. Cordura is so widely recognized for its durability, that its most often used in military grade products. So, it's able to have all of these great features, while still being so lightweight that you can pack the entire bag into a small pouch. The Matador is also constructed with water resistant zippers, so the bag as a whole is very water resistant.
Not only are these two bags made to last, they are both covered by our lifetime warranty. Rest assured that you are buying these bags for the long haul. Their durability ensures they will be around, transporting you and your belongings as you explore the world!
Carrying your stuff during transport shouldn't be a chore. If you dread having to carry your backpack or wheeling your suitcase about - you're doing something wrong. The whole purpose of traveling is to focus on your experience. You shouldn't be wasting time thinking about your stuff, or the effort needed to transport it. One of the main reasons transporting gear becomes a hassle is due to a lack of comfort while carrying. When in transit, you have to carry everything through long security lines, in line to board the plane, and then through customs. But, once you leave the airport, your transport isn't over. You still need to get to your hotel. Most times this requires walking there or taking public transit - again this would require carrying everything. This is why comfort while transporting is so important.
We are big advocates of hands free transport, and a downside of that is that we must lug everything on our back. But, the Nomatic Travel Bag has the needed features to make carrying comfortable. First, it comes with padded and adjustable shoulder straps. Plus, there is an additional sternum strap. Which, when combined with the shoulders straps, allows you to adjust the carrying position to your size, keeping the bag close to your body and comfortable to carry. As mentioned in the Versatile section, there are hip belts included. These hip belts are key for dispersing the load between your shoulders and hips. By evening out the load, you lessen the strain on your shoulders, making transport less burdensome.
Look - there are a ton of luggage and gear options out there. If you search long enough, you head will start spinning. We put in the time to evaluate the best options out there. Plus, we used our extensive travel experience to help select only the best gear- and we have actually used all of it! The best options for Transport are those which are versatile, durable, and comfortable.
We carry the Nomatic Travel Bag and Matador DL 16 because they rate the highest in these categories. They are solid, well built, and together provide options for both types of transport - making them the perfect bags for the No Borders Bundle.