Nomad Tank Bag
Inspired by the hydration packs we use for backcountry skiing and mountain biking, we set out to design a completely different kind of tank bag.
Meet: the Nomad!
After talking to hundreds of riders around the world, and combining that input with our own personal wants and needs, we decided that, rather than start with a traditional ‘toaster’ shape, we would divide the Nomad’s space into six vertical layers, each with its own specific mission. We compiled a massive list of the things people store in their tank bags and found the majority of the items on the list were very small. A vertical layout maximizes the utilization of space without making the bag too tall.
The top layer of the Nomad features three columns of MOLLE webbing, which can be used to mount an included waterproof map pocket, or other MOLLE-compatible items that you might want quick access to. For example, it’s a great place to store a MOLLE-compatible multi-tool, fixed blade knife, or protective cell phone holder. MOLLE webbing enables you to customize the rider-facing top layer of the Nomad to suit your individual travel style. Some riders like a map pocket, some riders don’t.
Below the MOLLE webbing, the next layer is an expandable beavertail. If you already have some of our other bags, then you know just how handy a beavertail can be. On the Nomad, the beavertail serves as a quick-stash spot for things like sunglasses, gloves, snacks, or even a small DSLR camera. If you use it for your DSLR, we provided webbing loops on the beavertail side bellows, so you can clip the D-rings on your camera case directly to the bag. Inside of the beavertail we added a pocket for a Delorme InReach or SPOT beacon, and there’s even a gated clip to hold your GPS/camera/InReach lanyards so nothing tumbles out when the bike goes down.
The third layer zips back into your lap, and is specifically designed for small-item organization: things like charging cables, pens, change, batteries, earplugs, chapstick, passport, and bike documents. There are six mesh pockets, three elastic cable holders, two pen holders, and a fleece-lined glasses pocket. No more tangled soup of miscellaneous items floating around in the bottom of your tank bag, everything has a home.
The next layer is a large open compartment, featuring plenty of space for bulkier items like extra maps, spare gloves, wallet, CCW, and food. There are two large mesh pockets (one with side-walls and one flat), which are available if you need them, but compress out of the way if you don’t. Also, for contact lens wearers, on the foam-reinforced sidewall there’s a removable lens case holder, which can be rotated to keep the cases vertical depending on the orientation of the bag.
Under the main compartment, accessible from a pocket at the bottom of the bag, there’s a long, flat pocket that accommodates a 1.8L Platypus hydration reservoir, which is included with the bag. In warmer climates and on long distance trips, it’s really nice to relocate the weight of your drinking water from your back to the tank. If you’d rather keep the Nomad as tight as possible to the bike, and/or if you’d like to maximize space in the main compartment, you can remove the reservoir and store it elsewhere on the bike. With the hydration reservoir removed, there’s a large patch of hook/loop Velcro in this pocket, which is also a convenient spot for a CCW.
The sixth and final layer of the Nomad houses a quick-stash spot for two sewn-on, crushable backpack straps. Simply un-clip the Nomad from the bike, pull out the backpack straps, clip them to the D-rings at the bottom of the bag, and the Nomad converts into a fully functioning hydration pack. The side straps, which normally connect the Nomad to the bike, now become your waist strap. We use these backpack straps on dualsport trips all the time, from morning hikes to running errands around town. And the best part is that the Nomad doesn’t look or feel like a ‘tank bag on your back.’ It looks and feels like a real backpack.
The Nomad includes a waterproof rain cover, with a welded-seam top panel and sealed seams on the side, to keep all your belongings dry even in a heavy downpour. There’s a stash-spot for the rain cover on the top of the bag, and a clip to keep it connected to the Nomad so it doesn’t get lost.
After two years of work, and so much input from the riding community, we’ve tried our best to design the ultimate adventure touring tank bag. We hope you agree!
- The lower connection straps connecting the Nomad to the bike were supposed to have a female side-release buckle on one side and a male side-release buckle on the other. The reason being that when the bag is removed from the bike and worn as a backpack, those straps convert to a waist strap. The straps were made correctly on the production samples we approved, but they were incorrect on the production order itself. The production order was made with male buckles on both sides. While that works fine for connecting the bag to the bike, they don't convert into a waist strap. So the bag still functions fine as both a tank bag and backpack, just without a waist strap. We're working with the factory now to have replacement straps made that we can ship out to everyone who ordered a Nomad before the fix (which includes the Nomads we are currently shipping). We will send them to you as soon as they arrive. We expect that to be mid-July.
- Due to the Nomad’s long torso, it may not fit on smaller bikes or bikes without a front gas tank. This is a brand new bag, so we’ll be learning a lot about which bikes it fits on and which it doesn’t.
- We specifically designed the Nomad to sit much farther forward on the bike than a typical tank bag. It’s not uncommon for the top of the bag to extend over the handlebars on some bikes. We recommend rigging it as far forward as possible.
- The Nomad expands & contracts as needed. If you prefer a tight fitting tank bag with a low profile, remove the hydration reservoir and map pocket, and cinch it down tight to the bike. For more capacity, take full advantage of the beavertail.
Download a PDF of the Nomad's footprint to help with fitment to your bike HERE.
- Waterproof map pocket
- Welded-seam rain cover
- Six layers of vertical storage
- Three-column MOLLE panel
- Expandable beavertail
- Delorme InReach pocket
- Gated lanyard clip
- Fleece-lined glasses pocket
- Multiple pen holders
- 6 mesh storage pockets for small item storage
- Two large mesh pockets for larger items
- 1.8L Platypus Hydration reservoir
- CCW pocket
- Quickly converts to a hydration backpack with waist strap
- Capacity: 7 Liters (not including beavertail)
- Length: 15"
- Width: 8.5"
- Height: 5.5" (not including beavertail)
- Weight: 3.3 lbs
Download a PDF of the Nomad's footprint to help with fitment on your bike HERE.