First, the basics. For those who don't know, I'm sponsored by Beikou Hockey so make of that information what you will. I'd like to think that even with my sponsorship, I'm still an objective reviewer.
As a start, here's the information off the website for it:
- Fabric: 1000D laminated ballistic nylon, with 840D nylon base
- Capacity: 70 Litres
- Stick carry straps, allowing you to carry two sticks with ease
- Stick straps also allow for carrying of items such as umbrellas and ski poles
- Rugged water resistant construction with double stitching
- Padded backpack style shoulder straps
- Large D flap opening with zip fasteners
- Two internal pockets for storing valuables
- Carry handles on top and ends for added versatility
- ID pouch on top of bag
The Nomad Duffel is built super solid. Like, really solid. The nylon material feels thick and solid. The zippers are anchored into the material well, and I couldn't find any loose threads or manufacturing defects.
The bag comes with two sets of straps upon purchase. Backpack straps, and carry handles. After using the bag for a few training sessions, I decided I didn't like the backpack straps and was pleasantly suprised that the straps fed out through the loops, meaning I didn't have to chop them off and risk damaging the bag. Using the carry handles so far has been absolutely fine for how I want to use the bag and having the option to re-attach the backpack straps if I want to is also mighty fine.
The only addition I would make to the bag's construction would be perhaps a solid base, rather than just the extra layer of padding that exists there currently.
As you can see from the photos, there's two internal pockets as well as the main compartment. The mesh pocket under the lid of the bag has enough space for a whole lot more than what I have in it. It's well attached, and doesn't hang too much off the bag and drag it downwards which is good.
The second internal pocket is the standard valuables pocket, Again, no criticism here. Feels well constructed, no fraying or access issues. Zipper pulled smoothly and didn't jerk or snag.
Internally, the bag is huge. I've got two drink bottles, my hockey shoes, shinguards, two coaching folders, a ball bag, towel and my sumemr hockey uniform in there and its barely half full. Along with the stick racks (one on each side) there's a huge amount of room in the bag for whatever you need.
Also included were two smaller bags for wet clothing or training gear. I repurposed one as a ball bag and currently use the other for its intended purpose. These work pretty well. No complaints.
Overall, I really like this bag. Solid construction and ridiculosly bright colour helps me stand out, something my playing doesn't do.
The Beikuo Nomad Duffle is available for purchase here.
If you have any further questions about the bag, I'm happy to help and if all else fails message @Craggsy