Channels located on the back panel are intended to aid with air flow, while the clamshell opening of the tool compartment helps speed up trail side repairs.
The Nomad's waist belt has shed a few grams thanks to the redesigned waist belt, and a magnetic cllip has been added to the shoulder strap. Straps are in place at the bottom of the pack to carry knee / shin pads.
|Fanny packs and bib shorts with pockets sewn all over them may be experiencing a bit of a resurgence, but channeling Batman and his utility belt has its limits, and at a certain point a hydration pack becomes necessary. That's where the Nomad comes in, with plenty of room for an extra layer, knee guards, water, tools, and the food that a long day in the saddle requires. There's plenty of adjustment in the sternum, waist, and shoulder straps to keep the pack from rolling and shifting while riding, and it never got in the way no matter how steep or rough the terrain. This pack accompanied me to the Trans-Provence, where it survived a week of 7+ hour days in the saddle without any issues, and in the months since then its trouble-free performance has continued - the bite valve hasn't leaked a drop, all of the straps have remained in place, and there are no blown zippers or seams. The little details are what make the Nomad such a good pack, things like the magnetic clip to keep the bladder hose attached to the shoulder strap, and the fact that the tool compartment opens up completely, like a clam's shell, making it easy to grab the tool you need without struggling with a pocket that only partially opens. Carrying a helmet, whether it's a full face or half shell, is easily accomplished, and there was plenty of room to accommodate either style of lid. The only thing that's missing is a raincover for those soggy winter days, but the nylon fabric does shed water fairly well, and as long as I remembered to unzip it and hang it up to dry after a long wet ride it was usually ready to go again by the next morning. For all but the longest excursions, when slightly more carrying capacity may be needed, the Nomad is an excellent choice, a durable and well thought out hydration pack that's built to last for multiple seasons. - Mike Kazimer|
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