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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.
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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 "Stormy Weather" 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.
earth-pak Viewpoint Dry Bag (8L) - Estimated Value $16.00
I'm a big fan of dry bags. I have several, even though I do not often hike or camp where I need them. They're great just to keep your clothes in and a lifesaver if it rains. If you are doing a yearly yak-pack, which I do, they are invaluable and necessary. This bag is a translucent blue and holds eight liters, which is on the small end of dry bag sizes, but still nice. It comes with an attachable strap so you can carry it over your shoulder or sling it over a branch.
Strangely, I couldn't find an 8L bag for sale. The smallest is 10L for $16.99 and it goes up from there. So I estimated the price a little bit. The pack also came with a coupon for 15% off your next purchase from earthpak.
The Nomadik Lightweight Rain Poncho - Estimated Value $15.00
This light-weight, reusable rain poncho is the first Nomadik-branded item I have received. It measures around 50 x 80 inches (40 inches across for both the front and back) and has two plastic buttons on each side to keep it closed. It's 100% PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) and has the weight of close to a shower curtain liner. So it's not one of those plastic bag types that you throw away after one use. The poncho folds up nicely into the hood when you're not using it. I personally would have liked a roomier hood, because I have a big head. I also think it would have been nice to have eyelets in the bottom corners to have the option to close the poncho more tightly or even use it as a tarp if need be. Admittedly, I have never really used a rain poncho, but it is certainly an item you don't think you need until you do. At least I can be confident I will have a nice one when the time comes. I'll definitely be throwing this into my trunk in case my car ever breaks down in the rain.
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 $51. All the other items together total $35.75. I know that doesn't add up exactly, but since I estimated the price on the dry bag, I left some wiggle room. This poncho seems to be an exclusive for subscribers only. It's not even for sale on their website (at the time of this post). A quick search for rain ponchos will bring up an array of options and prices -- some cheaper. There are many that look like this one, but without holding them both in my hands and trying them on, I can't tell you how they compare. So, I'm going to take Nomadik's word on this one.
LUXPRO Universal Tactical LED Flashlight - Retail Value $7.99
This light is metallic blue with a rubber grip around the handle and a wrist strap. It takes three AAA batteries and produces 40 Lumens. While not the brightest light, this little guy still packs a punch for its size. It measures 3-3/4 inches long. I have two other flashlights the exact same size and this one outshines them all. For anything more powerful you'd have to good bigger or more expensive. It's heavier as well, which feels nice around the house but may dissuade you from taking it while backpacking. Like the poncho, this could be great to stash in my car, but I think I'm going to keep it on top of the fridge with the rest of my flashlights.
GEAR AID Seam Grip WP Waterproof Sealant and Adhesive - Retail Value $7.95
If you're camping and it's raining, you don't want things to get worse. Nothing will bum you out faster than leaky gear, which is inevitable. When you find a leak, this sealant and adhesive will do the trick to fix it. In addition to the sealant itself, it comes with a brush, direct application cap, and adhesive. You can simply apply the sealant to leaky threads or seams. If there is a tear or hole, you can use the adhesive. It permanently bonds to outer fabrics like nylon, canvas, vinyl, and rubber. It is waterproof, permanent, and flexible. I do not currently have anything to try this out on, but rest assured I am excited to try it out.
QuickSurvive 3 Piece Fire Starter - Estimated Value $3.75
It's not camping without a fire, but sometimes they are a pain to get going. Enter the QuickSurvive fire starter. Simply light the corner of one of the packets and let it slow burn beneath your tinder. The packs are waterproof, burn up to 10 minutes, and are safe for cooking. They can be used to start a fire anywhere, such as a grill, fireplace, wood-burning stove, or, you know, outside for survival. The packs can even be opened for easier lighting with a flint starter. I think these will pair nicely with the "hurricane matches" from the "Keep Warm and Carry On" box from December. I feel warmer already.
Note: The link is for a 12 pack for $14.99.
Verdict: I am a big fan of this month's box from Nomadik. Each item is useful, even if they are meant to be used infrequently. I really like the fire starters, but I am going to pick the dry bag as my favorite item. I know it's the easy pick, but they are so useful. The flashlight was perfect. The poncho is great, but I will only really use it in emergencies. The sealant will only be needed if there is a problem. The fire starters are going to go quick (as soon as it's warm enough to go outside). All in all, this was a very solid effort from Nomadik. Definitely one of my favorites so far. See below how the value stacks up.
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).
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Value Breakdown: At $37.94 ($32.95 + $4.99 shipping to PA) for this box, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $7.60. Like I said above, Nomadik itself estimates it at $51. That is around the typical value for their boxes. However, if you've read my reviews, you know I add a lot of value to items I actually plan to use and that will happen with each of these items. For me, that lifts this box above other recent boxes of the same listed value. For the cost of the subscription, I thought this month's box was money well spent.
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