Mosko Moto Nomad Tank Bag Review
My first impression of the Nomad is that it’s standard Mosko Moto: high quality materials, workmanship, and attention to detail. As you begin to explore all 24-plus inner compartments and storage points, you’ll understand just how much forethought and engineering the Mosko crew put into the Nomad.
On the outside, the Nomad offers a MOLLE top for attaching the included map pouch or anything else you desire. The MOLLE top hinges at the bottom to form an expandable beavertail opening with nylon mesh sides and adjustable quick-release buckles. Just below is a small zippered pocket, perfect for coins or other small items. In the bottom corners facing the rider are small anodized blue aluminum D-rings. These are for connecting the lightweight vented shoulder straps (which tuck in between the base and the bottom of the bag) in the event you have to bug out on foot, or if you decide to take your gear and hydration on a hike. The hydration pack drinking hose exits on the bottom right, wraps around the top and secures via a clip on the bottom left. And, just behind this drinking hose clip is a passthrough to the inner bottom compartment for charging cables.
The attention to detail continues inside, where the beavertail has a gated lanyard hook for attaching electronics (GPS, camera, etc.), something you’ll want quick access to. The beavertail provides a pocket specifically for a DeLorme inReach GPS communicator and six other pockets. The second level is a fully zippered compartment providing three zippered mesh pouches, three mesh pockets with an elastic loop over the top of each, and four small elastic loops. The three small pockets with the elastic loops are perfect for storing electronics adapters and/or assorted cables, preventing the familiar cable spaghetti. Tucked away at the top is a zippered, fleece-lined pouch for storing glasses (I successfully tested several styles).
The third level of the Nomad is the largest storage compartment and offers two zippered mesh pouches designed for larger and heavier gear. Aligned above the cable pass through port is a single elastic loop (approx. 14mm) to aid in cable management. The very bottom, or fourth, level of the Nomad stores the 1.8L Platypus Hoser hydration bladder.
Installation is straightforward on a 2011 R1200GSA and a 2013 F800GS. The Nomad seems to fit the larger tank hump of the GSA better; however, both installs were very solid, with secure mounts. Riders will not have to worry about the Nomad coming loose, and its low-profile design keeps the rider from those uncomfortable encounters while up on the pegs on the rough stuff. Long rear straps provide mounting options for every conceivable application, but some riders may frown upon the zip-tie attachments. On the GSA, they tucked away behind the seat; on the 800GS they were visibly attached to the frame below the seat.
The Nomad is not the typical single-zipper open-and-stuff bag. Rather, it is a highly efficient piece of moto-gear engineered in a superior manner, which provides the capability to help keep the rider organized. MSRP: $199.99 MoskoMoto.com
|▲ Technical design and organization||▼ Limited supply|
|▲ Integrated hydration system||▼ Rear strap zip-tie mounts|
|▲ Removable map pouch||▼ Map pouch does not fit standard double-folded map|