Long-story-short: I had my neck broken two decades ago. I could be pooping in a bag right now, but I got lucky. I spend my days with varying amounts of lingering chronic pain instead. I can't wear satchels for more than maybe an hour if they have anything more in them than the weight ofan iPad and a few sundries. If I do, the level of pain I experience goes up. Heavy backpacks without a hip belt to help distribute their weight? Same deal. This sucks, as one of my favorite packs of all time, the GoRuck GR0, weighs close to three pounds on its own. Loaded down with the things I might need to do my job and I can't handle having it on my back for more than a few hours at a time.
This is why I want to make out with the Arc'teryx Veilance Nomin backpack.
Made from water-resistant coated nylon, boasting taped seams and waterproof zippers, this two compartment beauty weighs next to nothing. I got my hands on mine back in early 2016. At first, its minimal profile and highly unmodifiable interior was a turn-off for me. I tend to lean towards gear that I can outfit differently for each task that I undertake. But when I noticed what a difference it made in my day-to-day comfort as I lugged it around, the Nomin slowly warmed and then won my heart.
Using it as part of my daily carry, I've removed it's internal divider, to make room for a Velocity Systems iPad cache--a pouch designed to fit inside of the LEAF Assault 30 backpack that accompanies me as a carry on and day pack when I travel without the motorhome. Between this and the 511 Tactical's 6x6 medical pouch that I carry a personal aid and Narcan kit in, I have all of the internal organization I need. The odds and ends that don't go in either of these pouches have a comofrtable home inside of the Nomin's internal stash pocket or, if the doo-dad has a case of its own, in the reasonably sized front pocket of the pack.
My only real complaint about the Nomin is its lousy back panel ventilation. My back sweats terribly against the unbreathable material of the pack in the summer heat. But that's a small complaint, considering how much of a life improvement this pack is for me.
If you'd like one of your own, the Nomin doesn't come cheap. But if you love Arc'teryx's minimalistic design language or can appreicate a well-made, lightweight pack that will give you years of service, I think it's definately worth the price.