June 30, 2013
I got the orange one and love it! I don't consider every pencil case on JetPens
do be a good deal and have bought others elsewhere. But this Nomadic Sider
Zipper case is a great value at an appropriate price. Shipping is fast, even the
free shipping. Other companies seemingly chose the slowest shipping possible,
especially for everything that is free shipping, often taking a week and longer.
Not on JetPens. If ordered on Monday, I can rely on the shipment to arrive on
Thursday at the latest. My mentioning of shipping policies has nothing to do
with the merchandise, but I want to mention it since fast shipping is one of
things that makes me a very happy return customer.
The case is small, but very sturdy and does hold a lot more than other cases of
this size can pack. I love the inner organization of it and it practically
invites me to play around with it to pack it to the max. The only thing that
could be worth of improvement by Nomadic is is adding half an inch in depth
since even standard size fountains end up pushing the limit of the case without
it buldging. I pack slimmer pens, refills and other flat items on the left side
and fountain pens (even the Pilot Petit minis) on the right side to keep bulging
down. When closing the full case items do rub on each other but that is due to
the design of the case enabling you to pack a great deal without it becoming a
huge item. A small, thin liner between the two side would be helpful, but that
is an easy fix for those who carry fountain pens inside they don't want to be
I appreciate the outer pocket as well. It's easy to pack pens and pencils into
the outside and one can also slide a pen into the other pocket that can be
reached quickly when having to sign something etc without having to take the
whole thing out of the bag and without having to open the case just to grab a
pen for 10 seconds.
Overall a great design and very much designed to be practical and small, while
being able to carry a ton of pens around without resulting in a gym bag of a pen
Nomadic describes this as "yellow" but just as other reviewers have mentioned -
just assured you will receive a bright orange that lovers of the Rhodia Orange
are sure to appreciate.
The black one also offered is probably more appropriate for executive office
requirements as the bright orange might not be appropriate in a limited amount
of settings. The zipper and material around it are grey which is easy on the
eyes and also practical since that area often stains first. The grey will help
the appearance of the case since white zippers can appear grungy-funky pretty
The pencil case comes to its new owner in a clear plastic sleeve and the tag has
suggestions on how to pack it for maximum capacity. That is something all of us
can figure out themselves, but it is a nice gesture by the manufacturer
nonetheless. The nylon lining on the inside is thick enough not to rip after two
weeks of usage, but thin enough to make for a small case. There is even a little
pen opening on the 'hinge' that connects the two sides of the pen.
I would describe the material, zippers and threads to be of high quality,
comparable even to my LLBean backpack that is practically indestructable. I
compared the material used in the Nomadic and I bet it would even survive the
very occasional washing in laundry maschine, medium or cold heat seatting, in a
garment bag to minimize impact on the material itself. I have to launder my
LLBean backpack (with a good dose of stain remover) in this way since things
become rather grimy after a few years of traveling that requires manual handling
of hands that might not exactly be squeaky clean.
I practically adore my little Nomadic and will be more than thrilled should
JetPens be able to carry the same model in blue again. I will happily purchase
another one since even two of these cases in one backpack are more convenient
that one bigger pen case holding more.
I look forward to traveling with my Nomadic pretty soon and I enjoy knowing that
my little case can pack as much as simple pouch without having to sprint across
the airports and having to listen to your precious writings tools rolling around
Great utilitarian design, very practical. I wished US companies would take a
good look at items like these since finding a nice pencil case in a brick and
mortar store is a completely fruitless undertaking in the US. I am a composer,
musician, translator/interpreter and illustrator which means that both
inspiration and my job require me to have access to very different tools without
Thank you to JetPens for offering this case at the appropriate price!
I am in no way being compensated for this review, I am merely a happy return
customer since 2011.
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