Today we’re taking a look at 2 bags from Nitecore. The first is the SLB04 which is a small 1.5L thin sling bag that weighs 135g (0.3lbs). It has two attachment points that are detachable and 3 zippered compartments. It is advertised as being able to be used in 3 different ways. The first is carrying it directly, second as a chest bag attached to the BP23 Backpack and lastly as a sling on its own. I can see this being a great tech carry packing cube for inside you main bag or as a transit bag for using while on the plane or transiting through the airport. For carrying your passport, power bank and a few other essentials for making travel easier.
Now for the BP23, this is a 23L 1030g (2.3lb) backpack with an interesting design and a lot of compartments for every day carry. But also would make a great travel bag. Taking a look at the bag you will see it has a velcro flap at the top a lot like the BP18 I previously reviewed. But unlike the BP18, the flap gives access to the front compartment which is more for flat items and smaller accessories. It, like the BP18 also has 2 zips either side for quick access. The flap has a soft side velcro strip where you can put patches to customise your bag. Theres a felt lined sunglasses pocket on the top of the flap too. The very front of the bag has a water-resistant slash pocket for small items. There are also a lot of Molle web strap points around the bag which is very handy. Theres 3 grab handles on each side of the bag, which also help make it very useful for putting into the over head compartment for airline travelling.
Taking a look into the front compartment you’ll see the nice contrasting orange lining that helps small items stand out. There are 2 pockets on either side and more soft side velcro for attaching other accessories or velcro backed pockets you might have. The interesting thing about these pockets is that they’re overlapped, they dont pass all the way through to the other side like it would appear. They actually stop about half way, so in reality theres 4 individual pockets. Behind the pockets is also another deep slip pocket for thin items.
Into the main compartment you’ll see more lovely contrasting orange lining. A laptop compartment (which supports uptown a 15.6″ laptop) and 2 internal side pockets which I found useful for a small travel umbrella and a water bottle but you could also store a power bank or other small items here. Theres a zippered mesh pocket at the top inner side of the flap and a laptop sleeve infant of the laptop pocket. And finally 2 additional mesh pockets which would be great for charging cables.
In terms of the capacity. I was able to fit my usual travel gear into this bag. Including my laptop, camera cube, toiletries and clothing cube. I still had a little room to spare and it felt comfortable to carry in this way. The bag is stated to be water resistant. And the weatherproof zips do help against water ingress but the main compartment zippers aren’t weatherproof zips so I’m not sure how much I would trust using it in the rain. I think the bag will be fine in light rain but probably not a heavy sustained downpour.
Now, lets talk about the comfort of the straps. I have been testing this bag packed with different weights and items and I found the straps comfortable for extended use. Clipping the sternum strap helped increase the comfort too. The sternum straps can be removed and the backpack straps can be unclipped and thread behind the velcro loop on the back, which also can be used for carrying the bag on a rolling suitcase.
Overall I have found it to be a great bag for every day travel and the variety of pockets allow for a lot of different packing options.