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I have long been searching for a bag to carry my laptop and iPad and all that work related stuff. I needed a bag that could fit what I needed and have a little extra room for more.
1. It had to look nice, and not be something trendy that would be out of style in a few years.
2. It had to be professional looking. (Business meeting worthy.)
3. It had to be able to conveniently hold my laptop, and iPad, plus other stuff incase I didn't want to carry a purse.
4. It had to be sturdy and able to keep its shape.
5. It had to have a slim profile. Nothing big and bulky.
After months of research. And looking at tons of bags. So many that I lost count along the way... Here's what I choose:
The Nomatic Messenger Bag.
At the time of writing this I have been using The Nomatic Messenger Bag for a little over 6 months.
Look below for my pro/con list on this bag…
I love the look of it. It would be nice to see it in other colors, but black is sleek, professional and it goes with everything so I am not complaining!
It has a super comfy shoulder strap pad. I mean, Seriously. Comfortable. I have never had a messenger bag strap be this comfortable before.
It holds everything I need it to hold and it's not too bulky!
It has pockets for days… Which I love, but I know it can be stressful for some people. If you don’t like lots of pockets this bag probably isn’t for you.
It's waterproof. Need I say more!? I have been very thankful for this when I have been caught in a downpour and all my stuff inside stayed nice and dry!
It has an interchangeable inside. I picked the one that works for me and I have stuck with that one, but it is nice to know that there is another option should I need/want it. It's also fairly easy to switch between the two.
It has a separate laptop/tablet section in the back. And it’s really convenient! I like that it's in the back of the bag. The zipper can be opened just at the top so you can pull the laptop out quickly or it can be unzipped all the way around if you need full access to the back.
My iPad doesn't fit well in the dedicated iPad pocket. Because my iPad has a bulkier case on it there isn't enough room for it in the dedicated iPad pocket when I also have my laptop in the laptop pocket. Without the laptop it will fit just fine. With the laptop I can squeeze it in there, but I just don't like doing that. Instead, I put it in the space in the main section of the bag. It works well that way for me, but I do wish there was enough space to put it where it should go.
Sometimes it doesn’t stay upright like they say it does. Because it has a front section and a back section, there are times when one is heavier than the other (at least in my case) and when I set the bag down it either will fall forward or backward depending on what I have in there.
There's plastic peeling off the zipper teeth. So far it hasn’t caused a problem with the use of the zipper. However, they do have a warranty and if it does ever cause a problem, I am hoping they will fix that.
The strap gets twisted just about every time I set it down and pick it back up. It’s really easy to remedy due to the fact that the strap can be popped off and snapped back on quickly and easily. It just gets a little annoying to have to do that all the time because of it getting twisted so easily.
The glasses case... First I will say that I wear glasses 24/7 and only take them off to sleep, so I have no use for this feature, but something to note if you are wanting to use the glasses case: You know those interchangeable insides that I mentioned earlier? Well, you can't use the glasses case with both insides. You have to take it out to use the one that has the bigger open section. The second thing is, that even with the one you can use it with, it covers parts of the pockets and you may or may not have a problem getting your stuff in and out of there. I don't use the glasses case at all so this doesn't bother me or affect my decision in using this bag, but it may affect your decision so that is why I am mentioning it.
I don't like the retractable key ring. I find it hard to get in and out of the pocket. Mostly I forget it's even there. This feature (like the glasses case) is only accessible with one of the insides. I don't use it and it doesn't affect my decision, but just so you know, it's not as easily accessible as they make it seem.
*These photos are from the Nomatic website. I included them here so you would have a better understanding of what I am referring to when talking about the interchangeable insides, the glasses case and the retractable key ring. The photo on the left shows the inside that you can use the glasses case and key ring with. The glasses case is in the far left on the inside of the bag and the retractable key ring is in a pocket direct opposite the glasses case, however you cannot see it in the photo. The right shows the inside that you cannot use the glasses case or the key ring with. I hope this makes sense! I did not notice it in the photos before I purchased the bag. I only learned this when I was using it. They do not mention this on their website as far as I can tell. So, I do want to make sure you know about it!
Overall, the pros outweigh the cons for me and that is why I am recommending this bag. Check out the Nomatic Messenger Bag here if you want to take a closer look at it and/or purchase it.
I also wrote a review on the Peak Design Every Day Tote. If you haven't read it yet, check it out here!
Do you have a favorite bag? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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