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Ladder bridges or single track, the Nomad roams the gamut.
- Two bottom straps carry body armor for burly rides
- Two inner compartments keep your lunch separate from your muddy gear
- Stretch front panel holds a full-face or cross-country helmet
- Internal organizer stashes bike parts, tools, and snacks
- Fleece-lined pocket protects your sunglasses or mp3 player
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Years of use
I have used this nomad for 3 years now. I bought it as a mountain biking hydration pack that had enough room for my pump, tubes, food, and more but have used it just as much on day hikes and desert adventures. Plenty of room for a days worth of food, water, and tools of whatever activity you're pursuing. One of the zippers broke off this year but I've beat this pack up and have no complaints.
Just the right size. The carrying straps work great fro carrying my knee/shin guards and my elbow pads fit in the pack itself fine. It's way more comfortable than my camelback mule was when the bladder is filled up.
This pack is awesome! It has everything you need for a day out of DH or all mountain riding. Holds Pads, Helmet and any other gear w/ room to spare. The Water system is the best I've used ... and I've tried quite a few different ones. It allows you to take apart all the pieces and even clean out deep inside the pouch - so you never get that "funk" after letting it sit. If you have to pick one bag - this is it.
Better than 'standard issue'
It's just the right size for biking and other day trips. Much more comfortable than comparable camelpaks. The bladder is supeior in my opinion as well, BPA free is a big thumbs up in my book and you can turn it inside out, if you need to scrub your vodka and oj concoction out. not that i would do that... Although i do like the bite valve on the ceamelpaks better. the dakine has a larger diamater water line, but its bottle necked by the bite valve. not a major issue but i switched my bite vale w/ a camelpak bitevalve and it flows a lot more easily.
Best pack ever
This is the single greatest pack design I have ever seen, bar none. I've had my boyfriend complain of how heavy it is when full of water (and spare tube, pump, first aid stuff, etc., etc.), but when it's on your back, it's really not noticeable at all. I have the women's version, and it fits so much better than other packs I've tried. My ONE complaint is the Dakine/Hydrapak hose - it's failed on me and is leaking after one season (I have the 2010 pack). The hanging clip on the bladder also broke. Overall, I do like filling this bladder better than a Camelbak, so I've ordered a replacement valve & hose. I've even used this pack as a carryon in order to transport a full-faced helmet on a plane - it makes it easy to stow in the overhead bin when you can quickly unclip/clip the helmet from the pack.
An awesome pack for the everyday biker!
Really happy with this purchase. Very versatile, every feature is useful and it looks great. Very comfortable even when it's loaded up.
does any one know the length,width and...
does any one know the length,width and height of this backpack, it's for my son and he needs one large enough to put his home work in! thanks
18.5" x 9" x 7"
which isn't wide enough for a 3-ring binder..
I'd check out the DAKINE Amp 25L Hydration pack. It's dimensions are more suitable,, 17.5" x 12" x 9".. will fit school work, and is also on sale.
Here is the link on backcountry.com:
I've used this pack hard for 2 years. I absolutely love it for single day rides and and it shows almost no wear! The Nalgene bladder did start leaking after a year, but I just replaced it with a better one. The only thing that could make it even better is a small pocket on the waist belt for easy camera access.
I have posted a few pictures of this pack, but now I am ready to write my review. I really like this pack. There is easy access to the bladder pocket. The bladder can unclip from the hose, even while it is full of water, which really makes it easy to access. The main pocket is HUGE and can hold a lot of stuff. The 2nd pocket holds all of your tools, including a hand operated tire pump. The net pocket is great for attatching your helmet..even full face to the pack, and the bottom straps that hold the shin guards can be concealed inside the pack so that they are not waving around all the time. Dakine thought of just about everything with this pack! It is a great size for all day downhill or 3 hour cross country rides. But if you ride a shorter ride and you don't fill it all the way, you don't feel that it is too bulky either.
Plenty of room
Love the pack and no problems with leaking bladders (had some minor leaking issues from the nalgene ones -which i still think were better than camel backs, where hose connects to bottom of the pack). However I have issues with the bite valves springing holes that make it hard to get the water out sometimes and I end up sucking some air, so minus a star for that problem. It would be sweet if they sold replacement parts for the bladders. (And the slide-lock is awesome by the way! So easy to dump a tray of ice-cubes in there.)
Otherwise I have moved up from the Dakine Shuttle pack, to the Drafter, and now the Nomad. And there is no way I'd go back to the others for my needs. I just fill with the amount of water I need for the particular ride, and if it's gonna be long, it's nice to have the 3 liter option and plenty of room for snacks, pumps, and tubes. And if it's gonna be cold or rainy, it's nice to have room for a layer. And if you don't need it, just leave it empty. It fits great either way. Stuffing the smaller Drafter pack always made it feel like a log strapped to my back. And when I'm done riding I just store my gloves, sunglasses and helmet in the pack so they are always ready to go for the next ride. (I don't like putting my helmet in the helmet pouch though cause it falls out, too easy. Instead I use the straps that hold the helmet pouch shut and run them through the straps on my helmet to latch it to the outside of the pack. Much more functional that way.)
It has a waist belt, too, if you're into that, but it's removable, and I prefer to ride without it, and find it perfectly comfortable that way, and find it stays in place no problem.
The newer padded and breathable back panel and shoulder straps are sweet, too! Takes a ride or two to break in the back panel, but then it contours like magic.
another Photo on some great singletrack with my NOMAD pack
Here is some singletrack use with my Nomad. I use this pack for all types of riding..from XC to DH...here is some nice AM SINGLETRACK.
enough room for emergency gear, extra layer, food, full bladder and still does not feel bulky on your back.
drys quickly when it gets wet. the anti-sweaty back thing works better then others I have worn.
Is this the version with the Nalgene bladder...
Is this the version with the Nalgene bladder or the new hydrapak bladder? I have had two different packs (one dakine, one REI house brand) with the Nalgene Bladder with two years in between and they both had the same leaking issue at the detachable hose joint. If Nalgene can fix that they'd have a great system, but my back and pack was always soaked after even a short ride in cooler weather.
These packs have Dakine's new proprietary bladder in them that I have thus far not had any leakage problems. I used the previous ones and had the same problem you had. This one has been good so far. Its nice because it has a fold top with a slide lock instead of the Nalgene screw off cap.
They Hydrapack is better than any Nalgene or Camelbak bladder I have ever used.
Great hydration pack
I don't have any other hydration packs to compare this with, but I love it so far. Tons of room, but compressible, and i like the wider pack body (as compared with some hydation packs which are only like 10 inches wide...I like the protection aspect). The waist belt and chest strap also have a little more substance than some other hydration packs out there. My only gripe has been that the hose sometime pulls out slightly from the reservoir itself, which makes drinking impossible. You have to reach down into the pack and push the hose back in to get the water to flow again. Other than that, it's been great so far. Picture below is riding with it at Mount Washington, BC.
Raddest pack evah
This pack holds more H20 than I have ever drank in a single ride. I have not had pack leak issues AT ALL. I like the fold, slide, seal, and hook method the bladder has. There are a bizillion compartments for keys, tubes, pumps, sunglasses, etc. I love the print. The only negative for me is that the drink tube is already getting a little bent, but that could also be user error/abuse.
This bag is very small, so if you're using it for more than a day trip, check out the Dakine Apex.
I have seen complaints about last years...
I have seen complaints about last years pack, the water pouch would leak a lot of water. Is this last years pack or this years?
This is the 2009 pack.
the bladder never leaks on me but the bite valve does sometimes.
The Dakine Nomad Pack is awesome. Dakine really nailed it. They put a lot of organizational pockets into it and there is tons of storage. I like to be prepared for most scenarios on the trail and this pack lets me do that. I can carry my food, a jacket, pump/tools, extra parts, tubes, etc. The MP3 pocket is in a great place right up against your back so it's protected from any crashes you might endure. All in all this is the best pack I've owned.