Security and safety are amongst the first concerns in travelers mind when booking their trip.
Outside of natural phenomenon that could happen in the area; personal safety and how you will looks after your bag and belongings is next. In an ever growing market of more security minded products ranging from undergarments, bag attachments, pouches and belts we find Numinous, a British company, who got their break using Kickstarter.
The company’s focus appears to make the common backpack a self-contained fortress. Or at least take some security worries out of the travelers mind. From reading their website to looking at the pack in reality it is clear to see the pack has been designed with the global adventure backpacker in mind. It is obvious to see the care and quality that has gone into making the pack. The team designing the packs are genuine travelers who have built a product through their experience. Numinous packs come in four different sizes 25L, 55L, 65L and 80L of which I will review the Numinous 65 Litre Backpack.
The most evident (and lauded) feature of the pack is the slash proof Kevlar material. This material doubles up as a water resistant layer. This should make it possible to get away in most situations without needing a separate cover for the bag. The locks are the next most prominent feature on the pack. There are three locks in total, two covers the zippered sections and the third lock is cable based so the pack can be fastened to just about anything. It is worth quickly mentioning that the pack does not feature RFID technology. This may not be a deal breaker for most people, including myself, who prefer to carry items affected by RFID on my person when the pack will be stowed away.
The locks are TSA approved. As checks happen more often this feature will allow TSA agents to access the bag without the owner having to worry about non-approved locks being broken at the expense of the search. The locks also appear to be replaceable with access to screws neatly built into the side of the pack. The zips feel very sturdy, secure and satisfyingly sit in the locks. One other really neat detail is that the orange buckle can be used as a safety whistle.
The pack can act like a suitcase with the back cover zipping up to enclose any straps and harnesses. This is extra handy for checking baggage into flights and generally keeping the profile of the bag tidy when not used as a backpack. There are sturdy and comfortable handles on the side and on the top to make it easier for carrying. The pack completely opens up like a suitcase so the contents can be accessed quickly and easily. There are also straps to secure loose items inside. The lining of the pack is padded to provide extra security for more delicate items. Compression straps and reflective piping around the main seam of the bag are much-welcomed features.
The front features an open mesh cover that is fastened at the top with a buckle making it ideal for anything smelly or dirty that would normally go in the main compartment. There is plenty of space and two big mesh lined pockets in the front section. Once opened, the back/main section has the most space for storing clothing and more compartments for smaller items, pens, and documents etc. The extra pockets and slots for smaller items could have been placed in the front section for faster access. I don’t necessarily want to open the pack like a suitcase and expose everything just to get a pen. At the same time if you have other critical travel documents and possessions; you may want to keep them tucked away in the main section or a day pack. The pack has two side mesh holders but no extra expansion capabilities. Numinous recommend opting for one of their daypacks for more storage. This is my go-to choice for items I prefer to keep with me at all times.
Structurally the pack is sound and comfortable for shorter distance walking up to and around 5k. Because of the extra features, the pack is heavier than most 65L bags on the market. It has an adequate back and lumbar support system. The pack has built-in access to adjust back system to fine tune for comfort. I feel that there could be more colors available as light gray will get dirty fairly quickly. There is a chance the Kevlar will also reject dirt.
The Numinous 65Litre Backpack is a well thought out pack and built to a very high standard. Think of it more as a luxury Sedan of backpacks compared to National Lampoon’s Vista Cruiser. This pack is definitely for the security conscious traveler who is living out of their backpack but wants features from a suitcase.
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