Pack Hacker Reviews

Nomad Tom Wahlin

We’re based in Detroit, Michigan and have been reviewing packs & other travel gear since January 2017. We believe the best trips start with quality gear, regardless if you’re traveling for business or pleasure.

What kind of bags do you review?

We’re mainly focused on Urban, one bag travel bags with an emphasis on living a remote lifestyle. We’re not necessarily focused on “new” bags. We’re most focused on the “best” bags with high durability that will stand the test of time.

While we strive for variety, we do believe in paying more for something that will last. And prefer brands with a good, ethical production process at a price point that makes sense for its lifeline.

Nomad Tom Wahlin

How do you review the bags?

We use each pack for at least two weeks before doing a formal review and sometimes longer. We also continue to test products, and update our usage timeline per review as we test for longer. It becomes easier to assess whether a bag will last long based on the quality of materials used, but in order to get the full user experience, we believe in real-world use before sharing our thoughts.

Nomad Tom Wahlin

What are your favorite bags?

We don’t really have any “favorite” bags, as that constantly evolve as we review more, and we don’t show favoritism towards brands.

Nomad Tom Wahlin

How do people use your reviews?

We help folks make informed decisions on whether or not they’d like to purchase gear through real-world testing and detailed reviews. We think it’s best to be as detailed as possible to help folks with their investments.

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We share 26 reviews from Pack Hacker

Thule Subterra 40 by Tom Wahlin, posted 24 April 2018 (Source)
GoRuck GR3 by Tom Wahlin, posted 22 April 2018 (Source)
Fjallraven Kanken 13 by Jesi Hoolihan, posted 24 March 2018 (Source)
Osprey Fairview 55 by Rebecca Coates, posted 12 March 2018 (Source)
Timbuk2 Wander 40L by Tynan DeBold, posted 19 February 2018 (Source)
Matador Beast 28 by Frances Beatty, posted 7 February 2018 (Source)
Chrome Macheto by Aidan DiPrima, posted 5 February 2018 (Source)
Peak Design Everyday by Caroline Ponessa, posted 1 February 2018 (Source)
Bond Travel Gear Escapade, posted 24 January 2018 (Source)
Minaal Carry-on by Aidan DiPrima, posted 20 January 2018 (Source)
Osprey Farpoint 40 by Nathan Coverdale, posted 10 January 2018 (Source)
Magpul DAKA by Tynan DeBold, posted 17 December 2017 (Source)
Matador Transit 30 by Frances Beatty, posted 7 December 2017 (Source)
Aer Flight, posted 25 November 2017 (Source)
Eagle Creek Pack It Specter by Sam Schaible, posted 23 November 2017 (Source)
Traywax Element by Kyle Nicholson, posted 15 November 2017 (Source)
Longchamp Le Pliage Large by Sam Schaible, posted 6 November 2017 (Source)
Mission Workshop Fitzroy by Tom Wahlin, posted 5 November 2017 (Source)
Peak Design Everyday by Tom Wahlin, posted 28 September 2017 (Source)
Traywax Contour by Tom Wahlin, posted 16 September 2017 (Source)
Tortuga Homebase by Tom Wahlin, posted 6 September 2017 (Source)
Aer Travel by Tom Wahlin, posted 20 August 2017 (Source)
Wandrd Prvke by Frances Beatty, posted 11 August 2017 (Source)
Mammut Seon Cargo 35 by Phil Oliver, posted 4 August 2017 (Source)
GoRuck GR2 by Tom Wahlin, posted 10 June 2017 (Source)
GoRuck Field Pocket by Tom Wahlin, posted 11 May 2017 (Source)

Contact us if we are missing reviews from this site (please be aware that we only share in-depth bag reviews from people who have actually used and tested the bags).

Last updated on August 16, 2018