Nomadik “Keep Warm and Carry On” Review + Coupon – December 2020
This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About this Outdoors Subscription
The Subscription Box: Nomadik
The Cost: $32.95 every month + shipping ($4.99 to Pittsburgh). Save with longer subscription commitments.
COUPON: Use code ADDICTION20 to get 20% off + free shipping.
The Products: Gear to explore the great outdoors, including one main product, 1-3 smaller products, and 1-2 educational or inspirational items
Ships to: The U.S. for $4.99 and International (for an additional charge)
Nomadik “Winter Travels” Review
There is a small trifold pamphlet that goes over the items included in this month’s box as well as Nomadik tips, the Nomadik challenge, and some brand discounts. Each box also has a neat sticker, although sometimes they are the same as previous months.
Parks Project Stewards & Outfitters Beanie – Estimated Retail Value $28
I have actually been waiting and hoping for a nice, warm beanie from an outdoor subscription. This one is right on the money. I’m not sure if everyone will get the same one, but mine was navy blue. It’s a little snug, but I have a large head and the website says it should stretch with time. I’ve been wearing it around for the past few days and I think it’s just about perfect for me. I wore it while disc golfing while it was in the 30s and it kept me plenty warm. I’d almost hate to take it camping so I don’t get it dirty or smoky. However, as nice as this one is, the price tag is a little more than I’d like to pay for a beanie. A quick search on a site like REI, and you’ll see most beanies cost less. Many of them are under $20. Having said that, Parks Project gives back to causes that are important to me. So it’s a little of a give-and-take.
I was unable to find the exact match for the hat I received, but there are several similar hats with different tags on the site. I chose the price from the Parks Project’s collaboration with National Geographic since the hat looks similar.
United By Blue 12oz Enamel Mug – Retail Value $15.99
I’m a big coffee guy and have the mug collection to prove it. But this is actually my first enamel mug encounter and I have to say I like it. This hand-dipped enamel steel mug is stovetop and open-flame friendly. It’s double-dipped on the high traffic areas (lip and handle). I received a terra-cotta “Home on the Range” mug. I’m not sure if they’ll be sending everyone the same one. Personally, I’d be more apt to take this cup car camping rather than backpacking. It’s not very heavy, but I have a light-weight mug that I prefer (also from Nomadik, I believe). However, I’m digging this mug. I’ve already had several cups of coffee in it since I received it. Fitting that this box also includes a pouch of coffee (see below). So gather around the fire and let’s have us a cup. United By Blue has several different mugs available, but isn’t selling the one I received. I found it on another site (linked above) for slightly less than the others.
UCO Geat Mini Firestarting Kit – Retail Value $4.99
Whether it is for ambiance, cooking, or survival, camping isn’t camping without a fire. If you don’t have a fire, it’s just a picnic. This kit makes it easy, even if the weather isn’t cooperating. The waterproof case comes with 12 “hurricane matches” and three “Sweetwater firestarter tabs”. The matches are wind- and rainproof and burn up to 12 seconds. The firestarter tabs, which are to be placed under the tinder, burn for up to seven minutes to make sure the fire catches. There is a replaceable striking pad for the matches on the outside of the case and two extra pads are included in the kit. I’ll admit that I haven’t used a match to start a fire very often, but went camping recently and used this kit. It worked perfectly, although we weren’t in adverse weather. This is a small enough item to throw in your vehicle or camping box and it just may be the spark you need one night.
Note: While I linked to UCO above, the site said it wasn’t available for purchase at the time of posting this review. So here is a link to Ramsey Outdoor (less expensive).
Pro Tip: If you don’t have a firestarter, Doritos work in the same way. Don’t ask me why, but they burn slow and are a simple, easy, and tasty way to start a fire.
Hiker’s Brew Hazy Hiker Venture Pouch – Retail Value $3.75
Depending on the hike, sometimes coffee in the morning can be a luxury. I’m lucky enough to have a “coffee guy” in my hiking group who takes care of this most sacred ritual for us java drinkers. He even brings a grinder and everything. My point is this: nothing beats a cup of joe in the morning, especially in the great outdoors, but if you don’t want to carry the equipment, these pouches are perfect. They’re light. They’ll fit in your mug (or just about anywhere). And they don’t taste too bad, either. I received the “Hazy Hiker,” which is a hazelnut brew. I typically don’t like my coffee flavored very much, but I’ve been drinking a lot of hazelnut coffee recently on account of my wife and I don’t mind it at all. This particular brew was OK, even if I made it in my kitchen. The site sells the pouches in packs of four for $14.99, which comes to $3.75 for a single.
Verdict: This month’s Nomadik box was my favorite yet out of the three months I’ve received it. I liked every item, but am going to have to pick the beanie as my favorite. It was just what I wanted and arrived just when I needed it. I like that it’s plain but of good quality. The value of this box clocks in $52.72 and that’s with me guessing the value of the beanie and finding the mug on sale on a different site. At around $38 for the subscription, that’s almost $15 of saved value. I usually think of it as getting something in the box for free. So in this case, it’s like I bought the hat, fire starting kit, and coffee at full price and got the mug for free. I also put a lot of value on things I will actually use. In this case, I’ve already used everything and plan to continue using them. That is to say, I’m very happy with this effort from Nomadik.
To Wrap Up:
Just pick your plan, sign up, and fill out your profile. A themed adventure box will arrive on your doorstep, get ready to plan your next trip. We re-bill on the 5th, normally the cut-off date is the 14th (if you order before that you get the box that month, if not you get it the next month). We ship on the 24th each month (except December, we ship on the 20th).
COUPON: Use code ADDICTION20 to get 20% off + free shipping.
Value Breakdown: At $37.94 ($32.95 + $4.99 shipping to PA) for this box, each of the 4 items has an average cost of $9.49. Some of the items cost more, some cost less. The beanie itself costs three times that. Ultimately, I was very happy with the value of this month’s box.
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What do you think of the items from this month’s Nomadik?