Jack Stillman: Nomad



The Nomad XL MKII: Handmade cross-body sling.


The Nomad Sling Bag looks unusual but it’s made to outperform and outclass any mass-produced, lazy-stitched nylon “sports” bag you want to challenge it with. The Nomad was conceived under the ideals of old-school military equipment that needed to be tough, practical and resistant to battle damage.


The Nomad is a mid-sized sling bag that has literally been made to last a lifetime.. It’s conceived as a day bag or commuting bag and is large enough to accommodate a 13” laptop or iPad inside one of our Tia Notebook sleeves. Designed to be worn across your body on either the front or the back, it also has both left and right wearing options. This makes the Nomad a great choice for people on the go, particularly walkers, motorcyclists, cyclists and  horse riders.

Significantly the Nomad was re-designed in 2021 to loose the outer zip in favour of our unique full-length YKK waterproof ridge-zip. This improves access to the bag, as well as  providing greater flexibility in folding or rolling the Nomad closed to ward off adverse environmental conditions. You won’t see another bag like the Nomad.

Like it’s predecessors, the Nomad is constructed from 16oz beeswaxed cotton canvas and features genuine, solid brass hardware and true vegetable-tanned, top-grain leather. Each Nomad is handmade in small batches. It’s not mass-produced. It’s made with meticulous attention to detail and care.

Note from Jarrod Stillman: Creator:


It was January 2019 and the Vietnam monsoon was unloading on Da Nang City. Gale force winds with rain so thick, it posed me a drowning hazard as I rode headlong into it on my 250 Yamaha scooter. My Nomad (XL version) was strapped across my front and we were both taking a bath! This was not what it was designed for. When I finally got home I unzipped the Nomad expecting to find frogs and lily pads but the interior of the Nomad was dry and so was my gear.

Thoughtful design, 100% cotton and a protective layer of beeswax had beaten this extreme weather. I wouldn’t recommend this kind of activity day after day but it re-affirmed to me that old-tech doesn’t mean obsolete. The Nomad is highly water-resistant, not water-proof”





STYLE: Handmade Cross-body sling bag

Dimensions: 42cm H x 24cm L x 13cm W (The top “peak” is 18cm W).
Strap length 78cm to 110cm
Approx 12 litres
Can fit laptops and tablets up to 22 x 33cm
Weight 0.950kg
Solid 2mm thick veg tanned leather anchors on all stress points
The design is expandable when more room is needed
Waterproof YKK ridge-zipper design
Waterproof YKK quick access pockets on the front and the back
Handmade from old fashioned materials
Internal organisation pockets
Cotton, burnt orange internal liner
REAL Solid brass hardware

All leather is 100% Vegetable tanned and hand-stained and burnished

T-Brace stability Strap Included

The Nomad XL MKII comes with a Ten-Year Warranty

CARE: We use 16oz heavy beeswaxed cotton canvas that can be re-waxed using Grandad Jack’s Fabric Wax by Jack Stillman to maintain water repellency and fabric durability. It’s old fashioned and it works

We make our own bags in-house. So we are very confident in how they are put together. This bag comes with a 10-year warranty covering failures in materials and workmanship.

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This is without doubt my favourite bag. It’s a unique design and it just works. Of course it looks great but more importantly it’s such a practical and versatile means of transporting your everyday gear around. My own Nomad is as comfortable by the side of a stream as it is when shoved under the seat in front of me when flying. It’s worth noting that a rolled up Drifter, a bottle of wine and two glasses fit perfectly inside!