I bet you’ve heard a lot of stories about travelers who get their travel packs destroyed, slashed, or stolen while they are on the road. These instances are often unavoidable especially when you’re careless, or simply when bad luck decides to knock on your door — truth be told, I have experienced being robbed and slashed
a couple of times in the past when I was still traveling in South East Asia with a backpack. Despite all of that, I just knew that there has to be a travel pack out there that can fully prevent theft from happening!
So for some time now, I have been on the search for the most secure pack for travelers, and when Numinous Packs offered me a chance to review their new anti-theft backpacks, I gladly took them up on their offer. Currently, they offer four variations for all types of travelers: 25L Day Pack, 55L Travel Pack, 65L Travel Pack, and 80L Wheeled Luggage, and they were very generous for giving me samples of the first three types.
Now, like most of the reviews that I do for this blog, I don’t just post and recommend products carelessly without thoroughly testing them out first; that’s why, I have actually been using the products for several months now.
My final verdict?
I love the Numinous Packs! Why…?
Why I Love Numinous Travel Packs
» Maximum protection due to Kevlar Anti-Slash Technology
The Numinous Packs are made of material that implements their Kevlar Anti-Slash technology which is 5x stronger than steel! What this means is that thieves won’t be able to slash your bag so easily — which is quite a common thing that they do.
So in retrospect, with Numinous Packs, you are somehow carrying a steel travel pack (that’s lighter, of course!) thereby giving no one the chance to slash your bag open and access your belongings. I have tried slashing the bags myself in one corner and I can guarantee you, no knife can easily get through these packs!
To add, not only is it water-resistant but the backpack also has a patented flap zip protection system (to cover the zippered areas), giving potential thieves a hard time accessing your bag whenever you’re mobile or on transit.
» Feature of Anti-Puncture Zipper Technology
I have once been a victim of thieves accessing my bag by puncturing through my zipper by probably using a pen or some tool. That’s why I was happy to hear when the Numinous Packs had this technology to combat that! I have tried my best to push through the zippers with a pen and I was unsuccessful; which is absolutely good news.
» TSA & Travel Sentry-Approved 3 Digit Dial Combination Locks
This is a feature that I love because it’s no news that airports can decide to inspect your luggage if they find the need to, and when they do so, your luggage may end up damaged as they pry it open if you don’t have a TSA-Approved lock. TSA locks may be predominantly used and needed when in the USA, but it’s said that the Travel Sentry system is also used by airport security around the world — which Numinous Packs have. Therefore, this is a very helpful feature!
To know how to use the locks on Numinous Packs, see the video below:
» Shield Protection Dual Combination Lock
As a traveler, there’s often a need to leave your backpack elsewhere, may it be in your hostel dorm, in the train you’re riding, etc. To give you the peace of mind whenever you’re separated from your Numinous Pack, they have also included a lock in the travel pack that enables you to securely fasten it to any fixed object using a retractable wire lock. It’s absolutely useful!
» Full Length Front-Loading Opening
When choosing a backpack, there are typically two types: top-loading and front-loading.
Top-loading backpacks are those typical backpacks that are like a rugsack wherein you pack your things vertically through one opening. So if you have travel pack that is larger than 25L, you can imagine how difficult it could be to organize your things. Like for example, if you want to locate a shirt that you want to wear that is at the bottom of your bag, you might have to unpack and repack everything just so you can get the item that you need!
That’s why often times, a front-loading backpack is preferred since it functions like a suitcase wherein you can lie it down and open it up so that you can see everything in detail. And this is why I loved Numinous Packs because they integrated this feature perfectly! When Jonas and I used these backpacks during our road trip in the south of Germany and Austria, we never had problems locating our stuff since it was such an ergonomic pack. As for the other features that it has:
- Interior compression straps: so that you can keep everything in place.
- Ergonomic design for maximum comfort: it will keep your things condensed and close to your back which will help lessen the strain on your back and shoulder.
- Extra pockets: combination of zippered and mesh pockets to hold your other stuff.
- For the 25L Day Pack: the inside of the bag includes one big zippered pocket and a separate padded pocket for your laptop.
» Fully-Adjustable Back System to accommodate users of all shapes and sizes
When I first ordered my Numinous samples, I was intrigued with how the travel packs didn’t have any specifications for the height of either male or females for fitting. That’s when I learned that such was unnecessary because they have an amazing back system which you can fully adjust to ensure your comfort while carrying the backpacks.
It also has a padded lumbar support system with enough airflow circulation to further ensure your comfortability! For sure, it’s very thick and intricate, yet not so harrowing to my shoulders. When I carried my 55L, I was a bit scared at first because once it’s full, it will be on par with my weight (yep, there you go, now you know my weight LOL) and I might have a hard time carrying it. However, I was surprised when it didn’t stress me so much.
*Rest assured, whenever you’re going to stow away the Numinous Packs somewhere during transit (for instance), they have included a full-zippered cover feature so that you can conceal this back panel system easily.
» Extras and Quick-Access Compartments
- Side carry handle for ease of loading
- Extra external compression straps
- Mesh side pockets
- Front compartment with:
- 2 big zippered pockets
- Secure padded laptop compartment
» They “give back”
When you purchase a Numinous Pack, you will be directly helping the ‘African Children’s Fund’ since every purchase that you make will help African children to gain not only education but food and nourishment.
To learn more about this campaign, see here.
» The CONS, however are:
Aesthetic Design – this was the first ‘con’ that I saw when I saw the Numinous packs. Though the design is sleek and modern, it’s not so aesthetically pleasing to the eye especially with the big numbers on front. Also, as of this moment, it’s only available in gray color so there’s no available variety for anyone who might want other colors.
Cost – if you’re on a budget, this could be a tough purchase to make. (The 25L is at $130, 55L at $300, 65L at $315, and 80L at $450.) But I assure you that with the superb comfort and security that Numinous pack offers, it’s well WORTH the hefty price. Besides, it’s better to invest on this than to regret it later when you lose your possessions.
Availability – As of this moment, the Numinous Packs are only available in the US, Canada and UK but they are definitely working on making it available in other countries.
I am absolutely satisfied with the protection that Numinous Packs can offer to travelers like me, and despite the ‘cons’, it’s truly a worthy investment to make so that we can all safeguard our valuables as we go on our adventures.
It took me a while to come up with this review so that I can offer you guys a comprehensive examination; so if you ever make the purchase, I hope you’ll be happy with this travel pack — the same way that I’m really happy with it!
DISCLAIMER: As previously mentioned, I received these free products from Numinous Packs in return for an honest review. As always, I only recommend and write about brands that I personally use or believe in. Therefore all views that are expressed here represent only those made by myself and NOT of any other entity in their favor.
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I am Aileen Adalid. At 21, I quit my corporate job in the Philippines to travel the world. Today, I am a digital nomad (entrepreneur & travel writer) living a sustainable travel lifestyle.
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