Nomatic Backpack vs Setout Laptop Backpack

Minimal Organization

The Nomatic Backpack's main interior compartment features minimal and confusing organization, including a removable panel. Because it's removable, it's also insecure. Your most important gear — including your laptop — are likely to slip around in a Nomatic Backpack.

Compare that to the Setout Laptop Backpack, which has three compartments to keep your gear organized.

In a Tortuga Setout Laptop Bag, your laptop sails over bumps in the road in a separate compartment with a padded electronics sleeve. Your laptop remains flush against your back for an optimally ergonomic carry. That compartment has one zippered mesh pocket for your laptop charger, travel mouse, USBs, and external hard drive.

Because the Nomatic's laptop sleeve is housed in the removable organizer in the main compartment, you need to go through all of your clothes and other belongings to get to your computer.

Setout’s second main compartment has room to pack clothes for a 1-2 day trip.There's no need to pack another bag for a short weekend getaway. Hello, one-bag travel.

On the backpack’s front is the third compartment where an organizational panel awaits your pens, keys, notebooks, headphones, and other small most-needed items.

Thin Shoulder Straps


Shoulder straps are an essential part of any laptop backpack. They should never be an afterthought.

Unfortunately, the Nomatic Backpack has flimsy, thin shoulder straps that will leave your shoulders in pain.

To avoid pain and discomfort on the go, choose a bag that puts an emphasis on ergonomics. The Setout Laptop Backpack does just that. The shoulder straps give you a nearly custom-fit thanks to an injection-molded foam that conforms to your body over time.

No Breathable Mesh Back Panel

A little bit of mesh goes a long way. That's a major advantage of the Setout Laptop Backpack's back panel over the Nomatic Backpack's.

The Expert World Travel review of the Nomatic Backpack says, "There’s no breathable mesh on the backpanel, so it’s definitely not the best ventilation you could ask for." 

The Setout Laptop Backpack is crafted with a comfortable, breathable mesh back. On a hot day, the mesh wicks sweat from your body instead of making it worse.

No Hideaway Straps

Have you ever walked down the narrow aisle of an airplane… with your backpack’s straps catching on every other seat? With the Setout Laptop Backpack, tuck your backpack straps for streamlined maneuvering down that tight aisle.

Traveling with the Nomatic Backpack? Your straps might catch in every obstacle you pass.

Not Ideal for Air Travelers

The Setout Laptop Backpack has a pass-through sleeve for use with a rolling suitcase, so you hook it right on the top of your suitcase.

Suddenly, your laptop backpack is a personal item that doesn’t topple off your suitcase and crack your laptop when you speed-walk through the airport. This small detail that makes it more ideal for air travelers.

The Nomatic Backpack lacks this thoughtful detail.

Too Conspicuous

When you’re on the road, many times it’s best to blend into the city rather than stand out. If you look like a tourist, your chances of being targeted by a thief, pickpocket, or worse skyrocket. 

City dwellers favor nondescript, dark colored bags and clothing. It helps them blend into the scenery and crowds rather than catch the eye of a potential criminal. Tortuga designs all of our products this way.

The Nomatic Backpack bears a large, unsightly logo. It's impossible to miss. We deliberately created the Setout Laptop Backpack with a locals-only-vibe with low-key branding.

You'll blend into the commuter workforce instead of looking like a tourist.

A Thoughtful Laptop Backpack

When you’re traveling and out of your comfort zone, you need a little creature comfort and some thoughtful design to ease your stride. With the Setout Laptop Backpack, you’ll find just that.