Nomadic WR-08 Wise-Walker A4 Shoulder Bag - Black

Nomadic WR-08 Wise-Walker A4 Shoulder Bag - Black

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Japan, with its dense population and complicated subway lines, creates the need for bags that can withstand crowds, walking and maneuvering. Hidden and/or easily accessible pockets, bags that stay close to your body and durable material are all critical for such travelers.

The Nomadic WR-08 is a shoulder bag designed for the busy city denizen. It features pockets that you can access without unbuckling the bag, so you don't have to show inner contents to others. A ticket or card can be removed from the outside zippered pocket, the side mesh side pocket can take 500 ml bottles, the inner mesh and nylon pockets can hold more items like gum, lighters, wallets or small albums, the secured inner mesh pockets are useful for checkbooks and bank booklets, an A4 (8.3 x 11.7") size pocket can hold your papers and folders, nylon inner pockets are great for CDs and media, a B5 (7" x 9.8") pocket can be used for notepads and a large free space area can hold everything else you need for life on the go.

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I had a two-week wait...
January 31, 2012
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I had a two-week wait for this bag (I don't live in the US) and when the Parcelforce man handed me the tiny, featherweight box, my heart sank. I suspected I'd ordered the wrong item. When I took it out of the packaging, the bag looked even smaller and I was steeling myself to the fact that I might need to return it. I really didn't believe it would take an A4 pad or a 13 inch laptop, let alone both. But it swallowed absolutely everything I loaded into it -- 13" laptop, several pads, A4 documents, pens, iPad, make-up bag, chargers, phone, snacks, and more -- with room to spare. It even took a Rhodia size 19 top-bound pad and its plastic cover, which is at least an inch longer than A4. I compared it to my other laptop bags (notably a Superdry one I bought recently) and they're much bulkier and yet only accommodate a fraction of the items that I can get into this bag with ease. The compartments are easy to access, and I can live with the Velcro noise. I took the precaution of spray-waterproofing it before taking it outside because I'd read reviews that suggested it might be showerproof but not rainproof, but that's probably my worry-gland working overtime. It sits close to the body so you can move through a train or plane easily - no smacking other passengers in the face with your bag as you struggle down the aisle. In other words - good design, and worth every penny. If they expand the colour and material range in this style, I'll be back for more.
11 people found this helpful
For context: I'm a bag...
June 13, 2012
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For context: I'm a bag whore. Just like another reviewer here. Have a million. Out of all of them, my gold standard is the Oakley Vertical Computer Bag 3.0 (no longer made but they have a good-enough replacement out). However, all of my equipment has gotten smaller, but my Oakley bag remains the same size, so I've been on the hunt for a long time for a replacement.

I've been through them all. ALL. Making liberal use of return policies, too. Most recently, the champ was the Tom Bihn Ristretto 13". Not really a huge fan of Tom Bihn but it seemed to fit the bill. Two weeks in and man, while it can expand gracefully, there just aren't enough pockets. And no reason why there couldn't be more.

The WR-08 has been on my radar for a long while, and I finally pulled the trigger. One day in so far. I'm really liking it overall. Very light but very durable, and as others mention, plenty of pockets. Where it shines in that like my Oakley, it has plenty of pocketing available without having to open any main compartment. This is one of those design features that every bag should have - quick access storage!

- Light! Durable!
- Pockets everywhere, both internal and external for quick access.
- Lightly padded interior for delicate bits of tech. (You may still want a sleeve for your laptop though.)
- Bright orange interior makes it easy to find things.
- Expands gracefully.
- Due to minimal internal structure, sits tight on your body whether you're wearing it one-shoulder or cross-body.

- No pen loops (aka pen holders). Kind of a weak omission. ;)
- Shoulder strap cannot be easily replaced. Sure you could rethread a new strap into the clamps with the help of a flathead screwdriver and patience, like a lot of other bags, but seriously: every bag should have D-rings. Every bag ever. Period.
- Shoulder pad is built into the strap; could also be much more slip-proof. It does have some rubber, but neoprene would have been a better fit.

- There are two clips on the sides that, in addition to velcro, hold the main front panel down. They're designed to allow you to get into the two front pockets, without fully lifting/disengaging the main front panel and thereby potentially exposing your goods to the outside world. I can see the reasoning behind these, but they're not removable. Ergo, if they're not clipped, they just sorta flop around; if they are clipped, it's more involved to get inside the main bag areas. Personally, they're a con, but I don't want to risk messing up the bag removing them with an X-Acto blade.

Anyway! Overall, solid 4/5. Highly recommended!
10 people found this helpful
I agree with all of the...
May 19, 2012
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I agree with all of the positives that everyone has said on this bag. It truly is amazing in terms of intelligent design, stylish look, not too big, and a zillion pockets to put everything you need into. I use it daily and really love it.

Unfortunately with daily use this bag has not held up as much as I had hoped. Because the bag only has one way to hold it - by the shoulder strap - the strap has started to degrade. The shoulder strap pad has started to fall apart and leaves little bits of black all over my clothing and skin every time I use it and now the white padding underneath is showing through. For such a costly bag I would not have expected this after only a few months of use. It's very disappointing.
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I've barely owned this...
May 22, 2011
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I've barely owned this bag for a week and I'm already confident in saying that it's going to be worth every penny - it has tons of pockets on all sides, it's very roomy but doesn't look huge and bloated, the strap is comfortable, and all the external compartments have very secure closures (zipper/velcro).

I especially love the fact that it doesn't look so large. My previous daily use bag was a tote which I would constantly lose things in, and it could get very bulky. This bag holds everything I usually carried around in that tote, but keeps it nice and neat. The zippered pocket on the flap is great for tucking small pieces of paper into, like receipts, and the back compartment is padded, which is comfortable but would also be great for storing a netbook or similar.

The only downsides I can see are the price - for me I think this is a little expensive (but worth it) and possibly the velcro closures which are really secure, so if you're a student try not to put things you'll need during class times into the velcro pockets...!
10 people found this helpful
I agree with the other...
September 25, 2011
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I agree with the other reviewers - this bag is amazing. The size is perfect, with just the right number of pockets. I can carry all my gadgets if I choose, a slender notebook computer, a tablet with portable keyboard, even my Alphasmart Neo, (I don't though - the weight would kill me! - but they WOULD fit) as well as good ole traditional paper notebooks.

A big plus is how lightweight the bag is itself. Very nice, especially if you like to carry a few too many items with you.

The only downsides - and note that I did not take off a ratings star for these - is the sound of the velcro (can be loud!) and (as another reviewer already noted) the lack of a small pick up handle.

Great, great bag!
5 people found this helpful