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About this Outdoors Subscription
The Subscription Box: Nomadik
The Cost: $32.95 every month + shipping ($4.99 to Pittsburgh). Save with longer subscription commitments.
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 internationally (for an additional charge)
Nomadik "Scouting" 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 Boonie Hat - Estimated Value $31.00
I love this hat. I've actually been wanting to invest in one, but 2020 wasn't the year for trying on hats in a store. Boonie hats are great for everything outdoors: hiking, kayaking, disc golfing, fishing, or just working in your backyard. It keeps the sun off your head, ears, and neck. It also dries quick when you need to wash it or get caught in the rain. This one is 100% polyester and it has a draw string to keep around your neck. My only issue is my head is too big – a life-long problem. It's really a shame, because I do love this hat. I think my demeanor in the photos says all there is to say about the "one size fits all" claim. However, that is just me. You'd be crazy not to like this hat if you're outdoorsy. I'm going to have to pass this along to someone, and I know just whose style – and head – this would fit.
As for the price, I arrived at this number by reverse engineering. According to one of our spoiler posts, Nomadik itself estimates this box at $59. All the other items' retail value totaled $27.85. That leaves us with $31.15. My first impression was that was a little steep, but I did a quick search for similar hats and that price is comparable. I had to do this workaround, because this particular hat is not currently available for purchase at the time of this post. However, I think it's worth mentioning that I had this issue last time Nomadik included a Parks Project beanie (My favorite item of 2020). Parks Project eventually offered the beanie for $28, but it is now on sale for $9.99. That is to say, they may offer the boonie hat in the future and it may even be on sale.
Ace Camp 11-in-1 Multi-tool - Retail Value $14.95
Multi-tools are interesting because they are so handy, but I rarely find myself using the ones I have. I always prefer to use the actual tool I need rather than opting for the multi-tool. This tool is very solid. The obvious comparison is to a Swiss Army knife. It has the same tools (knife, can opener, corkscrew, etc.) and is equally hefty. However, most Swiss Army knives with the same number of tools are two or three times as much. So you're getting a lot of bang for your buck here. I do have an issue with this design. The non-pivot end is a little too sharp for my liking. Not just the point, but the edge as well. I wouldn't take a chance throwing this into my backpack or anything that it may tear. It is obviously useful, but would likely keep it in the car or kitchen drawer.
Also, subscribers may be a disappointed to receive the same item from June 2020. I don't expect subscription boxes to be always be unique and I understand that there are new subscribers to consider, but I think this repeat is too soon. I don't know what the right amount of time is to wait before repeating items, but nine months isn't it.
Green Goo First Aid Salve - Jumbo Stick - Retail Value $9.95
This handy stick claims to be a remedy for more than 20 common outdoor problems, such as itches, bites, blisters, poison ivy, and sunburn. Those claims are "based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence." But if you are having any of those issues, you'd may be will to try anything to relieve the issue. I don't know about the claims, but I like this item. It's big, but easy to take with you. It smells pleasant, like a flowery underarm deodorant. And if it can help with itchiness, you'll be glad to have it along. I received a similar stick of dry skin salve I liked in the Winter Travels box. Although I don't currently have any issues that this salve says it will help with, I may throw it in my disc golf bag just to have something to keep the bugs at bay.
Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cup - Retail Value $2.95
I've used a lot of Bob's Red Mill food over the years, although never their oatmeal. I feel really confident in there products. So I was happy to receive one of their items as the snack Nomadik sometimes throws in their boxes. There is not too much to say about the oatmeal, because ... it's oatmeal. I did enjoy it and am glad to find another oatmeal I like. I should probably be eating more oatmeal these days anyway. So I may look into if my local grocery store sells it in bulk, since that'll be more cost effective.
Verdict: This was a good box from Nomadik for people who don't have large heads. I'm still going to pick the hat as the best item, even if I can't wear it. I know it will make all you normal-sized-head people happy, but my Boonie hat search continues. While I like it, obviously, if I had bought this subscription and couldn't wear the items they were sending me, I'd be bummed out. Some other subs do ask you for your sizes when you sign up. So, maybe that is something Nomadik could consider in the future. Or maybe there could be a return/exchange situation for people who literally can't wear certain things? The oatmeal was good and the salve will come in handy more so this summer. The knife was cool and useful, but I don't think I'll be taking it scouting due to it's sharp edges.
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).
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. Like I said above, Nomadik itself estimates it at $59. That is on the high end of the typical value for their boxes, which is awesome. However, your enjoyment of this box will hinge on how much you like the hat, since it is half the value. I personally loved it and that's coming from someone who can't even wear it.
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What do you think of the items from this month's Nomadik?