Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Scotty on Sat 15/Aug/15 12:03pm

(Yup, on Saturday... Shuddup I was busy!)

I’ve been spending a bit of time thinking about what makes this pack a stand-out from the millions of others of options out there, every man and his trail-dog does a hydration pack so to single one out for praise is a somewhat risky proposition.The ‘what’s in your pack’ thread is a pretty good illustration of the different things people go looking for in a riding pack, so bear in mind I don’t necessarily think THIS IS THE BEST PACK EVAR but it is one that I really like, which is what favourite bits Friday is really all about.

Onto the Nomad...

    Features
    100 oz. / 3L Shape-Loc hydration reservoir with Plug-N-Play disconnect
    New high flow Blaster bite valve
    Molded back panel with Air Channel Ventilation
    Breathable ergonomic shoulder straps
    Full face or trail helmet carry
    Armor carry straps
    Fleece lined padded phone pocket
    Internal organizer pockets
    Fleece sunglass pocket
    Removable waist belt
    Magnetic hydration hose clip
    Reflective logo
    Specs
    1100 cu. in. [ 18L ]
    18.5 x 9 x 7" [ 47 x 23 x 18cm ]

    Materials
    400D Nylon Ripstop
    600D Poly Filament (Marker Camo, Phoenix, Sportsman )

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I’ve had mine for a few years now and it’s quite telling that Dakine haven’t significantly changed the design of it in any way, I believe its because the pack itself does the basics really well without too much fuss. The reason it has managed to go so long without any major modifications is it was initially designed as a big-mountain freeride pack that you could fit your knee pads, helmet, trail tools as well as your riding kit. Marketing consisted of guys like Thomas Vanderham pushing their big bikes to the top of a massive mountain, strapping on the knee pads and fullface helmet that they had carried on the Nomad and bombing down the hill.

Which is why these days they're not a bad option for aspiring Enduro riders, you can easily carry your spare helmet and other enduro friendly bits without too much drama.

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Which brings me to the internal compartments, on hydration packs these usually follow two schools of thought.

School A wrote:“Let’s put a MILLION little pockets to individually hold every individual item so it appeals to OCD-inclined and makes it incredibly difficult to find what you want! OMG! Is that compartment 4mm wide instead of 5mm? What sort of hobo bag are we designing here?!?!”


OR

School B wrote:“Let’s not reinvent the wheel here guys: One compartment where we can maximize the available space and the user can decide how to organize things. Sure, everything important and heavy will settle at the bottom and you’ll probably find a year-old banana at the bottom at some stage, but that’s all part of the fun eh?”


Fortunately, the Nomad bridges these two world without being stupid, and gives you enough choice without being silly, the pockets are also made of a see through mesh so you can see what you’ve got and don’t have to deal with the aforementioned “unseen banana” scenario.

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Drawbacks? Personally I haven’t found too many. It’s not as light as some the more modern and minimalist packs out there. The shoulder straps are quite chunky and wide, I like this but I know some people aren’t into it. The Hydration system istelf isn’t bad, but it’s nothing write home about, it has a folding close system which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea comapred to Camelbak’s screw-lid system.

Despite these small annoyances, you can do a lot worse for a bit less that one-fiddy.

$138.49 on CRC
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Wobbler on Sat 15/Aug/15 12:12pm

I have one also, I fucking love it. The variety of the compartment sizes and whatnot just seems to work perfectly for me. Good capacity without feeling bulky when there is not much in it.
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Sat 15/Aug/15 12:14pm

Wachy loves his women's backpack.
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby wachtourak on Sat 15/Aug/15 3:27pm

Nah I got rid of that, have a Mavic one now. Pretty similar to that Nomad.

http://www.mavic.com/accessories-hydrat ... dropack-15
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Wobbler on Sat 15/Aug/15 3:37pm

130 euros my anus
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby wachtourak on Sat 15/Aug/15 3:38pm

I think I paid $130 NZ for mine or thereabouts
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Wobbler on Sat 15/Aug/15 3:39pm

omg support your lbs and pay full price
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby wachtourak on Sat 15/Aug/15 3:50pm

The mavic gear is super nice, I have some hashtag shorts and jersey too, the shorts in particular are really good, much lighter fabric than my old TLD ones, but still seems super solid.
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Scotty on Sat 15/Aug/15 7:21pm

Astoria Paranoia wrote:Wachy loves his women's backpack.

Fanny pack?

Shit should be banned...
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Sat 15/Aug/15 7:24pm

Scotty wrote:
Astoria Paranoia wrote:Wachy loves his women's backpack.

Fanny pack?


Nope
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Wobbler on Sat 15/Aug/15 7:25pm

Scotty wrote:
Astoria Paranoia wrote:Wachy loves his women's backpack.

Fanny pack?

Shit should be banned...


Nah he has a womens specific dakine pack
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Scotty on Sat 15/Aug/15 7:28pm

Wait....

wut? :lol:
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby wachtourak on Sat 15/Aug/15 9:29pm

I was down south with those blokes for brake burner a few years back, I decided I wanted a hydration pack for said race (drinking on the chairlift etc), the one that the shop down there that was priced right had the features I wanted etc was a "womens specific" dakine one with some pretty writing on it, the "mens" one was sold out, so I gave no fucks and bought the ladies one. They are just jelly I had a prettier hydration pack than they did.



I only recently replaced it, cause the bladder was all coozed and I wanted something with a bit more space/more breathable where it sits against your back etc.
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Wobbler on Sat 15/Aug/15 9:39pm

It is supapritty
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Re: Favourite Bits Friday: Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack

Postby Scotty on Sun 16/Aug/15 7:37am

Was there pink and sparklez?
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