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From Mountainbilly of Durango, Colorado on 1/22/2017.
This pack is amazing. Tons of adaptability. With the use of other modules this pack combines a hauling pack and a hunting pack. It will haul big loads back into the woods, and once there, drop a few bags and you have a great hunting bag.
Great quality, fit and finish.
From Ty Berry of Malad, Idaho on 1/6/2017.
Immediately the quality of fabrics and craftsmanship stands out. It is apparent that quality at the inspection level is a high priority. The pack is well thought out and functions well I feel like there are a few small tweaks I would make to the design but overall it works very well and I'm sure exactly as designed.
Best pack ever
From Eric of Chandler, Arizona on 10/24/2016.
This is by far the most versatile pack I have ever owned. Spotting scope and tripod pockets work quite well. Used this pack along with the grab it to pack out a bull elk and was extremely impressed with how easy it was to secure meat and how well it carried. I have been through many packs looking for the perfect pack and feel as if I found it.
From Todd Barton of Bozeman, Montana on 10/15/2016.
The Nomad combined with the Camp Bag and Grab It II handles virtually every backcountry hunting trip. I have hauled boned out and quartered meat, climbing tree stands, pop-up ground blinds and enough gear for 12 days of hunting (not at the same time) more comfortably than I could have ever imagined!
High Country Nomad Performance
From GColby of Spring Creek, Nevada on 10/5/2016.
After much debate about which backpack to upgrade to I landed on the Nomad because of the Batwing design and the ease of loading meat. I've owned many packs over the years, so I was a bit skeptical that folks were rating high due to the established name of Kifaru. I was pleasantly surprised on the comfort and how well it carried meat. It's not the lightest pack out there, however to me some weight is worth it (good glass)and the comfort of the frame trumps any weight concerns. I also liked the large pockets for getting the spotting scope (80mm Swaro) in and out over the course of a week. We've packed out two deer 12K feet plus in CO with ease, and onto the next test with a NV Bull tag. Thanks again Kifaru I'm a believer....
BackPacked 4 Miles
From Ross Choate of Cheyenne, Wyoming on 9/30/2016.
This fall a couple buddies and I hiked in 4 miles hunting elk. This backpack along with the camp bag performed awesome. With the camp bag, I barely filled the Nomad pockets and was really nice to just drop the camp bag and start hunting.
Nomad is perfect for me!!
From mike wygovsky of Trinidad, Colorado on 9/19/2016.
I absolutely love the Pack. I wanted a pack to compress down as a day pack yet expand for a back-country trip as well. Plus be my freighter. The Nomad for my style is perfect. I shot a bull on Labor Day and it handled the pack out far better than I!!. Not to mention the top notch support and accurate delivery times from Kifaru!! Not sure I'll need another pack but if I do i'll be pack.
Swiss army knife of backpacks
From Jacob Long of Grand Junction, Colorado on 9/4/2016.
My favorite pack so far. This super versatile pack can be ran crazy small or swallow 2 weeks of gear and a packraft. The pack is easy to organize, load, and can do damn near anything I'll ever need. Only thing I would like to modify is for the straps to not compress and restrict access to the wings. I'm going to make this happen on my pack. Either way, this is a 9 hot, 10 crazy.
Great multipurpose pack
From Joaquin Courtemanche of Shelter cove, California on 8/9/2016.
I just used this pack combined with a guide lid and grab it to haul a quartered out Blacktail off the coast, I like the open space near the bottom, which is great for lighter bulky items. I run my day hunt items and emergency supplies in the zippered wing compartments and a tripod in the sleeves out tucked up against the frame.
Great multipurpose bag
From Joaquin Courtemanche of Shelter cove, California on 8/8/2016.
I just used this bag to haul a quartered out blacktail and my gear back down the coast, paired with a guide lid and grab-it this makes a great backcountry pack that will get you home in one trip with all your gear.
From kent everevett of fontana, California on 3/1/2016.
Love the pack, love the quality. Only thing I would change is if the zippers ran north and south on each pouch instead of along the top. Very happy with it can't wait to add to it.
Nomad is Versatility
From Shawn of Castle Rock, Colorado on 11/19/2015.
The reason I picked the Nomad was its versatility to haul in a camp, and use as a day pack/ freighter. Before I found Kifaru packs, I would have harvested an animal and gone back to camp to get my freight hauler, then I’d go back to get the animal, and then bring the animal back. The base Nomad provides plenty of room to take what’s needed for day hunting, and It’s frame allows you to haul serious loads. This fall with the camp bag, & Long Hunter lid I packed a 6 man tipi, MED Oval Stove, sleeping bag, 5 days of food, clothes, and various other camp items. Still had plenty of room. I’d really like to test the Nomad with one of the new ultralight frames, sounds like a great combination.
From Eric Fink of Wonewoc, Wisconsin on 11/16/2015.
Nice pack for a days outing.. Fits everything you need and then some.
Better than anything else I've tried
From Brian Krupp of Evanston, Wyoming on 10/17/2015.
I've had this pack for three hunting seasons now and feel a review is in order. Pros 1. Very well thought out! 4 or 5 years ago I spoke with Aron on the phone and he mentioned this pack being designed and how it would work, he was spot on. I have tried quite a few other packs and systems and this is by far the most user friendly.2. After three years and much abuse it still looks new other than some stains.3. All of the pockets allow for great organization.4. Carries meat superbly!!5. So many possible configurations
From Wilderness Expeditions of The Blues, Washington on 9/27/2015.
This bag w the bikini frame is just the greatest pack there is. I've done every other pack for years and have to say I should have done this frame and Nomad sooner! I can get 7 days easy and the wings and buckles are virtually indestructible. Added was the guide lid and a great companion to this set up. Add a couple pockets and lookout elk! And yes, packing elk out is a breeze with this. Add the grab-it or grab-it 2 which I have and it's just added security for packing critters out and gear. My pack is everything besides our stock and living in the far off reaches of the wilderness with gear that works is paramount. I won't step foot without my Kifaru pack. Do yourself the favor quit reading reviews, this should be the last before you order the set up mentioned. Badass Packs!!! Mix it w the Mandrake and highlander like I did, cover all bases...
Light and versitile
From David G. Schneider of Melbourne, Kentucky on 9/3/2015.
Got my Nomad last year . Used it as may day pack all of September during elk season in Colorado. Very good day pack. I didn't kill an elk . When I got back to KY I used it all season. Probably carried the Nomad a total of 90 different days . I can haul out two whitetails ( broken down ) at a time . It is great to carry in my stand and climbing sticks . I use it to haul 50 pound sacks of corn up and down the KY hillsides . I looked it all over and got it ready for the 2016 season . It is in great shape . Just getting broken in . I'm excited to be using it again this year . I have no complaints . I didn't get to use it to haul in my camp but I'm sure it will do the job .Thanks Kifaru DGS
From William Cummings of Wasilla, Alaska on 8/16/2015.
The most versatile pack I have used and I have had a bunch...easily converts from full pack to freight hauler...just returned from an Alaskan Caribou hunt in the high tundra.. Went in with pack weighing 80 lbs of gear with camp bag installed...the camp bag is a must for this pack and is easily removed containing well organized item at camp you don't want to lug during day hunting....ended up taking a med size Caribou and packed out 2 trips of bone in meat around 90 lbs a piece. Now I'm not gonna BS ya and say it was pleasurable or even easy, but it was twice as comfortable as my other packs...this pack will carry more weight than you will ever want to haul.... it's very well made, every detail has been thought out and tweaked to perfection and ease of use...worth every penny I paid for it and so well made I know I'll get many, many years of hard use out of it....five stars.... Great Job Kifaru...I have not bought anything from your company that was not top shelf and the best quality I have seen...customer service is second to none as well...V/RSuper happy customerBill
Very Versatile Pack
From Ryan C of Ashland, Oregon on 4/1/2015.
I use this pack on a bikini frame. It can be expanded out to haul as much as I want, and cinches down to a tiny pack for when I don't need the space. I can break my AR10 in half and tuck it between the wings so I don't scare the hippies when I come down the mountain into town. I'm very happy with this pack and it's built sturdy enough that I might not ever have to buy another. Buy once, cry once.
not for everything all the time
From rpm of El Cajon, California on 1/28/2015.
I have a couple other Kifaru packs and have always been pleased with their products. The same is true for the Nomad, but nothing is perfect. I used this pack over the summer on three backpacking trips, for work on a regular basis, and during the hunting season on two mule deer trips and one elk trip. The Nomad is described as a "do anything" pack, but that doesn't translate to it "does everything really good". My thoughts:1) The overall construction, quality, and durability is awesome.2) Suspension system is the best and adjustable for light and heavy loads.3) with the grab-it pocket I was able to carry a tree stand during a coues deer hunt in AZ. I also attached a back pouch to the pack and used it to carry food and gear when I was in the stand.3) I found out some of the buckles/quick links form my older Kifaru components did not fit the buckles with this pack.4)The side straps are attached to the pack with hooks so they can be taken off or used for other purposes. This sounds attractive, but if your pack is empty or you are in the process of loading it they are constantly falling off. One of my straps was lost between home-airport-CO elk hunt.5) It can sometimes be difficult or awkward to load the pack. The "wings" flop around, buckles are hanging off, and long straps get in your way. It almost felt like I needed a app on my phone to determine all the different methods or configurations to load this pack. With a back pouch, pockets, grab-it, lid...it gets complicated, almost like putting together Ikea furniture with 14 different sizes of screws, bolts, and nuts.6) I've always used packs that have one big compartment (like the Timberline) and you can just stuff gear or stuff sacks in. As long as you balance gear in the pack, you don't have to think about the different configurations and components to use.7) It is awesome to carry large or awkward loads using the grab-it and wings to secure items in the pack. For work we had to carry buckets around 30-50 pounds and the grab-it and wings basically wrap around the buckets and they are very secure.Overall this pack is very versatile in different situations, but it also felt very "busy" or complicated to use at times. This probably just comes from my experience with the one compartment packs and personal preference. I will continue to use this pack for work, but in hunting situations it will serve as a day pack if I'm camped at my truck because the "wings" provide the room, the design with a grab-it pocket allows me to carry meat out, and I can also carry a tree stand with it.For a backpacking and wilderness hunts I will use my Timberline. Just stuff gear in it and go!
From Anonymous of Montpelier, Idaho on 11/21/2014.
Has a lot of room but no pockets on the in side so their is no organization but other then that I love it
From Kevin Rosse of Onida, South Dakota on 11/8/2014.
Love this configuration makes for a excellent small day pack with easy transition to large pack or meat packing
From Justin Cress of Twin Falls, Idaho on 10/27/2014.
Plenty of room
8/5/2016 – How are people running their hydration bladders in the nomad. I run two 3 liters when water is scarce?
Response From Kifaru Intl.: Hi Peter,If running a single bladder, you can hang it directly down the middle of the pack. If running two bladders, you can place them in the sleeve pockets on the back side of the cylindrical pockets.
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