Nomadik quarterly is a lifestyle subscription box for outdoor lovers. Every three months, they send 5-8 items for outdoor adventures including gear, snacks, and multi-use items for $149.99 (shipping is free). They promise a $200+ average retail value and access to fresh, best-in-class gear (never overstock or close-outs) based on seasons and/or interests. You can skip a month or even cancel or reactivate your account easily.
Nomadik also has a monthly subscription. Every month, they send 3-5 items for $34.99 + shipping. It promises a $60 average retail value.
Nomadik says that people who subscribe to both the monthly and quarterly boxes shouldn't receive the same or repeat items.
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.)
Inside The Nomadik Quarterly Box "Protection from the Elements"
ALPS Hydro Trail Pack + Bladder - Retail Price $159.99
I'm super pumped about this trail pack from ALPS. The bag is made from lightweight 200D nylon double ripstop fabric and features trekking pole loops, reflective details, and stretch side pockets. It has a 17 L capacity, weighs 2 lbs. 2 oz., and the waist band fits up to 54 inches. The color is chili/gray. The suspended mesh back panel will allow air to your back. I like that the sternum strap is removable; since this is a smaller pack I'll probably take mine off. A feature I like a lot is the rain cover. It is neatly stowed in a zippered pocket on the bottom of the pack. When you need it, just pull it out and wrap it over the pack. The front compartment is full of an array of different pockets.
The bag comes with a 3L ALPS hydration reservoir, with a great design. It had a dual cap system, which includes a large opening for cleaning and a smaller opening for filling. The quick-connect mechanism allows the drink tube to be disconnected from the reservoir, without leaking, for easy refill and cleaning. The tube itself is insulated for use in extreme cold weather.
This is about as great as you could get for a daypack. Great size, structure, features, and the water reservoir itself is amazing. I can't think of anything I'd change about it. This will certainly be my go-to pack for a day hiking or even outings with my kids. I can't wait to take it out.
ALPS Dayventure Waterproof Blanket - Retail Price $49.99
This super-soft, water-resistant fleece blanket – also from ALPS – provides comfort and protection on the go. It features a durable nylon bottom with waterproof inner-membrane shields. There are convenient stake-out loops at each corner, and it comes with a stuff sack for easy storage and transport. The blanket measures 80 by 58 inches and packs down to 12 by 6 inches. It weighs 2 lbs. 3 oz. For indoor and outdoor use. Machine wash, line dry. It could be used for a soft surface for sitting, like a picnic, or a warm wrap on a chilly or rainy day, like a concert in the park. Or maybe both if you are outside and the weather takes a turn. The waterproof membrane will provide a barrier between you and the elements. Call me almost 40, but I'm super excited about this item. For now, I think I'm going to throw it in my car, in case I need a versatile blanket in a pinch.
Fozzils Snapfold Bowlz - Retail Price $11.95
If you're tired of bulky, heavy plate wear while you're backpacking, check out these light, folding bowls from Fozzils. They pack, fold, and store flat and only weigh 1.4 oz each. They measure 9 x 10 inches flat, and 5.5 x 6 inches as bowls. There are handy measuring lines along one side. They have a non-stick, easy clean surface which is convenient and durable. They'd be great even just to use as a clean surface on the ground or picnic table. These are a great alternative to disposable plates/bowls, and are something you'll use over and over again. Nomadik's site says you can use them as cutting boards, but Fozzils's site doesn't mention it. They certainly seem robust enough, though!
Survivor Filter Collapsible Water Bottle - Estimated Price $9
This reusable water bottle from Survivor Filter is lightweight and easy to carry. It can be folded, rolled up, flattened or just attached to your backpack. It has an integrated handle and carabiner, which make it easy to connect to your pack or waist belt. Each canteen holds 1 liter (33 ounces) of liquid and will stand upright when full. It comes with a push-pull cap to protect the mouthpiece from dirt and damage. Obviously, this would be great for a backpacker to carry empty and fill up at camp. If you're going to drink from a natural water source, it would be smart to grab a Survivor Filter Straw, which is designed to attach to this water bottle. Pretty neat!
Note: These are sold in pairs for $18.
Alpine Start Instant Coffee - Retail Price $9.99
Finally, a drink mix from Nomadik that I'm excited about. I love starting my day on the trail or at camp with coffee. Sometimes, it's a pain to bring all the equipment necessary for a good cup of joe. This instant coffee from Alpine Start is convenient and decent, with a smooth, rich, and full-bodied flavor of 100% Colombian Arabica coffee beans. It can be added to hot or cold water. I like that there are eight packets and not just a sample. Simply mix, sip, and go.
This is our first review for the quarterly subscription from Nomadik and it did not disappoint. I can't tell you just how excited I am for the pack and blanket. I'll probably use both of them together a lot. The trail bag seems to be everything I want in a daypack. I'll have to use it for while before I can truly say either way, but I definitely plan on using it a lot. The blanket is so useful for so many scenarios: picnic, parade, campfire or just sitting on the back porch. Those two items alone made this box worth it. The folding bowls and water bottle will be great for backpacking. Every ounce counts, and they are so useful while barely adding any weight at all. The coffee is good for what it is. Again, I dig that it was a full-size box. Overall, I am very, very pleased with my first quarterly box from Nomadik. I do wish it came a little earlier in the year, when I would use the items. But that only gives me more to look forward to next year!
To Wrap Up
Order by the 15th, your first shipment will be processed on the 16th and ship in 2-3 days. Otherwise, it’ll get processed and ship by the 15th of next month.
Value Breakdown: This box clocks in at $240. That is above the promised $200+ value and $90 more than the cost of the subscription ($149.99, shipping is free). The backpack alone costs more than the subscription, so I'm pretty happy with this quarter's value. With the money I saved, I may gas up the Subaru and hit a nice Autumn hike.....ah who am I kidding? I'm definitely just going to take my kids somewhere for a quick picnic before they complain about being cold.
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