A little over 2 years after getting on the wait list I had the pleasure of returning home last Friday to find my Koa/African Blackwood Nomad 2 waiting for me
. After a week of use, here are my thoughts so far.
The Koa body is so gorgeous I can't believe my eyes . There's a video Dan posted a few pages back (I quoted below) that shows the 3d effect (chatoyancy) of Koa to give you some idea. In person it almost doesn't look real. The way the wood changes as the light catches it is like nothing I have ever seen.
As much as I love my wood choice (and I fuckin love it) it's really just the icing on the cake of a beautiful design. Between the subtle curves and lines that bend the look, to the most simple, yet beautiful, reliant, and steampunk AF electrical system, the Nomad 2 is as good as it gets imo. Every variant I've seen is as beautiful as the next and Dan helps you get there so the options aren't overwhelming.
It feels great to hold the Nomad 2; so much so that despite not wanting to take mine out and about, I know I won't be able to resist. It's small enough to be considered stealthy but I don't find it awkward at all when firing. The magnetic function of the button is very satisfying as well.
How's it in use you ask? I have a few unregulated devices already so I had a rough idea of what to expect with the Nomad. Every vape is a little different though, and between the two heaters modules, straight glass stems, 6mm glass beads, wood capsules and two different stems from Mistvape (cooling spikes and wood end with glass beads), I've had a few variables to play with.
The high heater was all I used the first couple days, then the next two were all the low heater. I've been back to the high heater since. The low heater is less temperamental; I start with at least a 5 second preheat and then slowly inhale and if I don't feel vapor/heat at the back of my throat I'll pull my lips away and exhale while continuing to hold the button. A second or two later I inhale again, and shortly after the vapor is flowing or if not (because I'm drawing to fast) I pause again for a second or two.
I tend to inhale fairly quickly and I like dense hits, so I ride the button a lot, especially with the low heater. With the high heater my preheat is shorter and I momentarily pulse off the button every few seconds if I feel like I'm getting enough power (so I don't hot spot). I'll most likely use the high heater more out of convenience, but the low heater is a good option for easier low temp use.