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Nomadik “Vagabond Voyager” Review – January 2024

Carlos Lamborn
ByCarlos LambornJan 23, 2024 | 0 comments

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1.9 overall rating
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Nomadik is a lifestyle subscription box for outdoor lovers. Every month, they send 3-5 items for outdoor adventures including gear, snacks, and multi-use items for $34.99 + shipping. They promise a $60 average retail value.  First-time subscribers will choose their first box. Future gear and kit themes are based on a variety of factors, such as: seasonality, available inventory from brand partners, interests, etc. But rest assured, the value, quality, and quantity of the items in all variations of the kits are comparable each month. You can skip a month, cancel, or reactivate your account easily.

There is also a quarterly version of this subscription. It costs $150 four times a year and promises a $200+ value for each installment.

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.)

First Impressions


Nomadik's tried and true monthly box is always a welcome sight. I like that you can immediately tell this is an outdoor box. Every box comes with a small tri-fold with information about the items and some other info or deals. There is also always a neat Nomadik sticker.

Inside The Nomadik "Vagabond Voyager" Box

DryFoxCo Nature Pack Microfiber Suede Towel - Retail Price $24


This pack towel from DryFox is 20 by 40 inches, weighs 4 oz., and comes with a snap hang loop. It's super-absorbent, antimicrobial, and made of quick-drying microfiber. It's big enough for bathing or swimming, but light enough to take anywhere. Just throw it in your pack and go. Ideal for things like hiking, backpacking, camping, or even a dog towel. When you're done, hang it from the snap loop and it'll dry pretty quickly. Although a second loop on the adjacent corner would allow users to hang it in a way that it would dry faster. I love pack towels and this may be the biggest and lightest I've had. I haven't had the chance to use it, but it's definitely going to be my go-to this summer. And I love the design.

Hillsound PackStack Weatherproof Modular Packing Pod - Retail Price $23


I'm very excited about this item. This packing pod by Hillsound is designed to help you pack your backpack more efficiently. The pod is weatherproof, light and durable, and, most interestingly, crescent shaped. The latter feature allows it to fit more efficiently into a backpack and eliminate dead space. There is a top handle to easily pull it out of your pack and also hang it from something. Inside, there is an integrated storage pocket to separate small items, or even hold another packstack. They make two versions for two different sizes of packs, so take notice if you're purchasing one. There are tall and short pods for 40L backpacks and tall and short pods for a 60L pack. The idea is to buy a system of these pods and use them to separate things in your pack. The one in this review is a tall pod for a 40L pack. I have a 70L pack, but often have it cinched down anyway. So this size will still work great for me. I'm excited for the next overnight hike to try this packing pod out.

Hillsound, if you're listening, I have a small suggestion. I think a handle on the front would be useful. My pack allows me to open it like a duffel bag, so I can reach for something in the middle of my pack without having to empty it. In this case, the top handle is not as useful, and one on the front would be. Just a thought.

Thread Wallets Neck Lanyard - Retail Price $11


This lanyard from Thread Wallets is smooth, simple, and solid. The entire item is 18 inches long and 3/4-inch wide. The strap is polyester with a genuine leather loop and robust metal clasp. I have never be a lanyard user, but of all the ones I've seen, I may like this the best. I just like the simplistic look with little to no branding. There are quite a few design options to allow your personality to shine through. Plain is my personality. For what it's worth, I also received one of their wallets in the "Winter Travels" Nomadik box (Oct. 2020) and enjoy it as well. Simple, solid products.

Byte Bars Lemmy Razz Protein Byte Bar - Estimated Price $2.08


Another nice edible throw-in. This protein bar from Byte Bars is tasty enough. It is a "lemon razzberry" bar that is vegan and nut-free. There are not one, but two bars inside. At first, I didn't understand why they would bother cutting it in half, but I guess it is nice to be able to eat one and save the other for later. While not my favorite tasting protein bar, it wasn't bad at all. It gave me enough energy to shovel my walk and play with my kids in the snow.

Note: These are bought in packs of 12 for $25. That comes to $2.08 a piece.

The Verdict

Another favorite installment from Nomadik. Once again, I just love functional, useful things. The towel will likely replace my old, tried and true pack towel I've used for years. This one is bigger and lighter. I like that I can wrap it around my waist, albeit barely. The packing pod was something I didn't even know existed and I'm so happy to have one. It'll be a great way to keep my clothes in one place. I may grab another one or two. The lanyard is simply nice. Not exciting, but still useful. The protein bar was just OK. Overall, I really enjoyed this installment. I know I said this last month, but this month may be my favorite. Keep them coming, Nomadik.

To Wrap Up

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Your first box will be your choice. More from Nomadik:

Just sign up, fill out your profile, and pick your first theme. Future boxes are curated based on: your profile, seasonality and product surveys. If you order by the 15th, your monthly box ships by the 24th of this month. Otherwise it will ship by the 24th of next month. Future shipments (after the first shipment) will ship by the 24th. When you sign up, you'll be charged and your subscription will automatically renew on the 4th of your renewal month. You'll be charged 1 time per month and you'll get 1 box per month.

Value Breakdown: At $40 ($34.99 + $4.99 shipping to PA) for this box, each of the 4 items has an average cost of $10. This box has a retail value of around $60, which is the promised value. I'm really happy with the value and mix of useful items. 

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Carlos Lamborn
Carlos Lamborn
Carlos is a husband and father of two. He likes coffee, beer, camping, disc golf, a good box cutter, and the accomplishment of even the most menial home-owning task. Carlos is new to the world of subscription boxes and loves the wonderment of receiving them in the new mailbox he just spent all day installing.

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