One thing that’s always been a struggle for me is how to carry the tech I need on a daily basis without packing everything I own. My Boa Nerve laptop bag is a fortress and carries a lot of tech, but it is just too bulky and heavy, when it’s properly loaded, to grab and go for a quick coffee with a friend, or even as a carry-on. Enter Nomatic’s Navigator Sling 6L.
Nomatic began its product offerings with a small, minimalist wallet that I absolutely love. In fact, I’ve nearly worn mine out! This humble Kickstarter exploded, ending with 6,000 backers. Multiple campaigns later and the company has developed a wide range of products from luggage to personal accessories like the Nomatic Face mask.
First things first. Nomatic always gets points for packaging. For a retail price of $129.99, My Sling 6L came in a box branded with images of the 6L sling and Nomatic’s logo. Inside, the Sling is enclosed in a beautiful, matte resealable zipper bag also branded with Nomatic’s logo. This spoke to me! As the owner of two English Mastiffs, pet hair is a fact of life. So being able to store my gear in a resealable bag is very helpful.
But Nomatic’s attention to detail doesn’t stop there! This bag is packed with features that may not be obvious at first, but it’s those little things that really make this bag stand out from the competition. For example, the reflective bands that run across the top and bottom and increase visibility at night. Or the outer shell’s surprisingly tough, water-resistant material that feels almost like molded plastic.
The tamper-resistant outer zipper runs are covered in rubber to prevent moisture from creeping into your gear. The bag’s two handles (top and side) are tight and take a little effort to grasp, but it just feels so solid and premium. The hidden water bottle pocket easily held my 20-ounce Yeti travel cup or a small to medium-sized Nalgene bottle, and on the external pocket on the opposite side, it features a key leash for stowing car keys.
In the main storage compartment, I found 4 pockets including a zippered mesh pocket and an RFID safe pocket. The larger back compartment holds my 11inch iPad Pro or Nintendo Switch. Cable pull-throughs are incorporated throughout the bag so your tech stays organized and can be connected or charged inside the bag which makes this a great light-weight carry-on for travel.
From a wearability standpoint, I found the 6L to be very comfortable across my shoulder in a variety of situations. The card slot on the shoulder strap is handy for transit cards or ID badges and the quick release clasp and straps are over-engineered to be nearly indestructible. Nomatic is so confident in the durability of this bag that they covered it with a lifetime guarantee.
For design and durability, Nomatic’s Sling 6L gets all the points. It’s compact enough to use every day, yet it packs a lot of tech in its small footprint. Everything you want in a daily shoulder bag.