Nomadik “Leave No Trace” Review + Coupon – April 2021
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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 internationally (for an additional charge)
Nomadik “Leave No Trace” 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.
Coalatree Nomad Packable Duffel Bag – Retail Value $20.00
Give me all the bags. I have a hard time passing up any useful bag, especially one like this that packs down to a small storage size. The site says the bag is 22 liters and made from recycled nylon. For a quick size comparison, I thought of the REI 18 Flashpack, which I own and is a pretty common sight on the trails. (They actually made a 22L Flashpack, but it’s not available anymore.) I personally prefer a backpack to a duffel bag, but this would be great for gym clothes, as a tent stuff sack, or for keeping something like a Mölkky set in one place. When not in use, the bag stuffs down into a small pouch about 5 x 7 inches. The same pouch can be used as a pocket for something special when you’re using the duffel bag for its intended purpose. Finally, I know this is the absolutely smallest nitpick: the bag says “MTN2CTY” on it a few times, but that seems to be counterintuitive to the camping image they are trying to convey. Shouldn’t it be “CTY2MTN”? I know. I know. It’s useful anywhere. I’m just saying.
United by Blue Straw Kit – Retail Value $15.o0
We’ve all been made aware of how one-use plastics – like straws – are polluting the oceans at an alarming rate. Enter United by Blue. This nicely packaged kit contains two metal straws, a silicone tip, and a brush to clean everything. I like how well presented the item is. It seems easy to bring along on a hike or just to have in your car. There is room for two more straws, but I’d like to see a little room for other utensils to just make it one simple kit for eating on the go. I like the idea of this item. It’s akin to using metal utensils instead of plastic ones. However, I am curious how many socially-conscious people are declining plastic straws at the take-out window in favor of their metal ones. I know we all agree less plastic is better, but why not just use no straw at all?
Dear Summit Supply Co. Trail Journal – Retail Value $10.00
If you read my recent The Box by Fashionsta for Men review, you know that I’ve been journaling for a long time and am a big advocate for writing down your thoughts. This little 5 x 3.5-inch trail journal urges you to record your thoughts during or after hiking. There are 28 pages, each dedicated to a different hike, with a few blank pages in the back for sketches and mementos. Every page has a different prompt to get you thinking differently about the hike you’re taking that day. In the back of the journal is a list of principles on how to leave no trace. I think this little journal fits the theme of this box very well. However, like in my Fashionsta review, I personally would prefer a plain journal to allow me to write freely. Unfortunately, between my kids and the weather, I don’t do much hiking these days. So it would take me a while to fill this journal up. I still think it’s a great, simple, important item.
All Good Original SPF 15 Lip Balm – Retail Value $3.50
I love a good lip balm, although I don’t ever seem to buy any. They just appear and disappear, am I right? This stick is made from plant-based ingredients and I think it goes on better than most balms I’ve tried. It has an SPF of 15 and leaves a little tingly feeling after it’s applied. I’ve had it on the whole time I’ve written this review and I can still feel it. All in all, I really like this balm and will definitely hide this from my wife. And for those unending Zoom calls, Candy Crushing marathons, or late-night scrolling: fear not. All Good Original lip balm protects “from HEV (blue light) from video calls and screens.”
Verdict: Good on Nomadik for making a box promoting Leave No Trace. I love camping and being outdoors. So messages like this are important to me and my friends. I think we can all agree we need to leave a smaller footprint on the Earth and these items will help. While I’m a big fan of natural lip balm, I’m picking the journal as my favorite item. I think everyone should journal. It’s sort of like meditating in the way it helps you clear your mind. The duffel bag was nice, but I will need to find a good use for it since I have so many bags. The straws were OK. Again, the idea is sound, but I just don’t see myself ever using them. I simply won’t use any straw – plastic or metal – but that’s more of a personal preference. All in all, an OK box from Nomadik, but none of these items wowed me. See below for the value breakdown. Do you subscribe to Nomadik? What did you think of this month’s box and Leave No Trace?
To Wrap Up:
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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. This box retails for $48.50. That is below the typical $50+ value of most boxes from this subscription. While I wasn’t disappointed in the items, none of them were particularly great in my opinion. So that, coupled with the lack of value, was a little disheartening.
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