Nayo Smart Almighty Backpack Review

balance of travel and modern productivity on a budget

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The 32-litre NayoSmart Almighty backpack holds true to the ‘almighty’ label as I’ve been impressed by its ability to handle my lifestyle. The travel backpack has a rugged and durable shell when compared to the Nayo EXP backpack, featuring useful details to travel smarter. I like how the Almighty strikes a great balance in organising everyday items, clothing for overnight or several day trips, and tech devices as an all-rounder backpack.

Whether you want the larger 32 litres for big packing capability or the 25 litres as a more nimble daily carry option, you get plenty of bang for your buck here. As an affordable travel backpack, it skips on the little details and durable materials of more expensive bags out there. But at the same time, the Nayo Smart Almighty is mighty impressive for what you get, at the accessible price point it sits in.

BRAND NAYOSMART
MODEL ALMIGHTY
TYPE TRAVEL BACKPACK
SUITED FOR URBAN, TRAVELLER, DIGITAL NOMAD, BACKPACKER
CAPACITY 25L / 32L
MEASURES 46 x 32 x 16CM / 51 x 35 x 17 CM
WEIGHT 1.2KG / 1.5KG
MATERIAL WATERPROOF TPU FABRIC
LINING 230D LINING + 12MM EVA
INCLUDED ONE TOILETRY BAG, ONE DATA CABLE BAG
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Almighty carry experience

I used the 32-litre version of the Nayo Smart Almighty, one because I have quite a large frame at 183cm tall, and second because I like to bring a few things. Having used it every day for the last two months, what amazed me the most is how comfortable this is. The shoulder straps and back are very padded with mesh holes to better ventilate my back. The chest sternum strap works to stabilise the bag and add extra support on heavier loads.

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The chest strap is rather basic and difficult to adjust for a tight fit, something I’ve been spoilt with adjusting on the fly on more expensive bags. Still, it gets the job done and I can say among Nayo Smart’s range and even other more expensive bags I’ve used, the Almighty sits right at the top when it comes to how comfortable a bag is to carry for a long period of time.

I’ve walked with this to the gym, sometimes a two hour round trip from my house. I walk with it every day to my workspace, it’s been my overnight bag in the city, and even packed it for several nights when staying with family. It strikes an excellent balance in comfort, size and functionality while keeping a clean profile at the same time.

25 or 32 litre

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At 1.5kg, the Nayo Smart Almighty sits a little on the heavier side for this capacity but comes well-equipped nonetheless. I was surprised because when worn, it feels very light on my back. That means it has great weight distribution which sits closer to my back, with extra support through the straps.

The 32 litre also works well for me as I am 6″0 or 183cm. The loose thread cinch down the shoulder straps for a closer body fit, but I would have liked a loop to tie the hanging piece.

A worthy mention is the metal handle above the shoulder straps. This makes a huge difference to the carry experience when you’re grabbing it off a chair. The metal handle doesn’t dig into your hand, fray or wear down over time, or break from heavy loads. I carry it from the handle frequently and find this a simple but super effective addition. More bags should do this.

external pockets

Let’s start off with the variety of pockets in the Nayo Smart Almighty backpack. There’s a total of six external pockets, each offering different use options. The top zip pocket is excellent quick access for a laptop charger or camera lens. This is handy so you don’t need to claw inside the main compartment.

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There are two side pockets on the outside, one with a zip to expand for larger sizes. You can use it for small bits like a charging cable as it’s fairly deep from prying eyes. On the other side is an insulation pocket to keep food or liquids cool. It’s not as big as the other side pocket but can be used for snacks and such.

There’s a security pocket towards the back, an essential for travel backpacks to keep valuables secure. Items like a wallet, passport, and important documents. The final two pockets are at the front of the Nayo Smart Almighty, a ‘document cache’ or section. It has bright access with space that runs to the bottom of the backpack, with decent thickness too.

Two pockets hold my travel passport and A5 book with space for two pens. I can fit my laptop stand inside a case, mobile keyboard and mouse. It’s practically my laptop setup among my travel and tech equipment organised in the bag. And finally, there’s a zipper on this compartment for thin and flat items, but I’ve rarely had a need to use it.

I use the top pocket the most and find the document section very useful for smaller bits. The external options are excellent, organising the different pieces nice and orderly.

main compartment loadout

The travel-focused backpack opens up like a clamshell, giving max visibility of the inside when laid on a table. The zip track sits towards the shoulder straps, meaning the inside space is mostly towards the front, sectioned off by an inside mesh zipper.

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The packable section has a zip pocket, two stretchy pockets and two storage cubes that attach by velcro. There’s a USB cable to connect a portable charger which feeds to the external connector to charge on the go. The cable length is reasonable enough to stow a portable battery in either the side joey pouch or wide zipper pocket.

This space is excellent for clothing and travel essentials enough for say a week. You can roll clothes or use a packing cube among other items like a pair of trainers and extra tech gear. Thinner bottles can fit in the side pockets, while the zip pocket is wide for small bits and pieces. Since this is the one section and not split, the cavity is deeper so you can fit many things.

I like this as it doesn’t restrict the thickness of your items. It keeps a clean outer shell even when you pack to the brim of the mesh divider. The part towards the top curves in as the top pocket on the outside uses this space, so do bear that in mind.

practical tech tray

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The tech tray has two pockets, one wide device pocket and the laptop sleeve behind it. Two of the trays expand for fairly thick items and flatten when not in use. The device and laptop pocket have elastic loops which stop your tech from sliding out. A 15″ laptop fits into the 25 litres while up to a 17″ laptop will fit in the 32 litres Nayo Smart Almighty. The entire back is very well padded and cushioned for protection and comfort.

The tech tray works great and stows many of the core tech equipment I work and travel with. It fits my XBOX controller, hard drives, Nintendo Switch and ASUS Republic of Gamers 14″ laptop. None of my equipment has ever slid out to this day. It’ll fit an iPad mini or Air, Surface Go tablet but with half of the screen exposed.

There are extra little bits the Nayo Smart Almighty bag offers such as a whistle on the sternum strap, a loop to hang sunglasses and card pockets on the shoulder strap, reflective strips, and luggage passthrough. The whistle is okay but not great, but I recognise it’s better than nothing out in the wilderness and saves having to actually get one.

toiletry and tech cubes

The two included storage cases are basic in construction but look functional on the inside: the tech case has a mesh zipper for memory cards, adaptors, and a stretchy open pocket with an elastic loop on the other side for items like a mouse and hard drive. It’s well-padded and does a fairly good job.

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The toiletry case has a hook to hang open and sideways. This features an open mesh similar to the tech case without the zipper on one side, and two elastic loops on the other. It wouldn’t be my main Dopp kit, but a few key essentials are handy storing here.

The inside is completely lined with an insulated reflective material that can bead water or keep innards at a neutral temperature. Both cases are the same size and occupy negligible space when not in use, roughly 3cm thick when filled. The exterior is sadly not water-resistant and feels quite flimsy, but they’re included with the Nayo Smart Almighty, surprisingly padded well and offer functional packing options for niceties.

You can secure them to the velcro attach points or slide them among your packed stuff. Despite their looks, which match the less than inspiring interior colour, they have been useful on occasions when I either need to bring just a few bits or need extra packing storage for bigger load-outs.

nayo smart almighty final verdict

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This is a travel backpack with every essential you could need in a bag. The good part is it does those things well too. A zipped insulation pocket to cool a water bottle, or an outside pocket for say an umbrella. A rear security pocket is a must-have for travel backpacks, which is found here but adds helpful features too.

While the Nayo Smart EXP backpack leans heavily toward travelling and expands its capacity, there’s something about the Almighty that feels more robust, appealing and better balanced to the modern travel and lifestyle. And though I favour the separate tech compartment in the EXP, the tech layout in the Almighty accommodates devices and accessories more intuitively.

From the gym to the city day trip, an overnight stay for family occasions to the week-long road trip. The Nayo Smart has been ‘almighty’ alright. I recommend the larger 32 litre capacity for its greater packing ability when travelling for longer periods. It offers a bigger capacity to not only fit clothes, but packing cubes, extra pair of trainers, or a camera cube for the creatives.

At a sub $100 price point, you’d be hard-pressed to find a very capable travel backpack which still handles your daily loadout like the Nayo Smart Almighty. It’s seriously comfortable that tops expensive alternatives in the market, and offers great loadout options for different occasions. It may not have the premium inner lining, most rugged durability or slickest aesthetic, but with form and function combined, this is an excellent affordable travel backpack.

CONCLUSION
An excellent modern-day travel backpack at an attractive price point. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles, premium lining and higher durable materials as expensive counterparts, but what it does, it does it very well. It strikes a great balance between your packing and modern productivity needs, all in a clean profile and design that's form and function combined.
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