I was browsing through Kickstarter and came across a travel backpack with so many features, it’s almost overwhelming.
Normally, I don’t like products with this many features. For example, Kickstarter had a moleskin notebook that also had a ruler, a built in USB drive, a section where you can display photos, and a on-the-go white board.
But after trying to pack for three different climates in a carry-on today, I’m a little more sympathetic to comprehensive luggage.
Especially since these are features you’d actually want to have on this product. (I’ve never found myself wishing I could plug my notebook into my computer).
The travel backpack
This travel backpack doesn’t have to be a travel backpack. You can convert it to a duffel bag, if that’s how you prefer to carry it.
Either way, as long as you convert it back to a backpack before you get on the airplane, it can count as your personal item. (You are usually allowed a piece of luggage and personal item–purse, briefcase, or backpack).
Now to the features
Just looking at that list is a bit overwhelming to me, but here are the things I like about it:
- There are small easy-access pockets for your tablet, cellphone, books, water-bottle and boarding passes
- The compartments are waterproof so spills won’t spread
- Slips easily onto your roller bag
- Pocket specifically for emptying your pocket pre-TSA
- Not too many unnecessarily bells and whistles (like USB charging or being wifi enabled or anything)
- Can vacuum pack into it (without a vacuum)
But there are things that make me not so keen on it:
- The price point–$180 is a little higher than I’d place it at myself
- The laundry bag system works well only if you have one stop on your vacation
- Not all the items that fit in neatly come with the bag. (The ones on the feature list do–but there are more)
- How specific everything’s place is. I think I’d feel the same way I feel when I’m trying to refold a map. (Kids, this is like Google Maps, but if you printed out the entire map of where you are going and taped it together in pieces)
I think ultimately, I’d end up staring at this thing in the hotel room, overwhelmed with how to reassemble it. But I can see how some people would love it. The type of people who look anxious when they see the dump-everything-in organization system I have going in my purse.
And people do love the concept. Currently, people are backing for over a million dollars when their original goal was $20,000.
More about Kickstarter
Please note, with Kickstarter, you are purchasing something before it is produced. This particular product will ship in January.
Please be careful with what projects you back. I focus on places that are currently running a business, or have had successful Kickstarters in the past. (This particular company has had successful Kickstarters for notebooks–not the complicated ones I described above). When an investment is risky, I make it knowing I could lose my money. For example, I put some money into a food truck that never ended up being executed on. This is against Kickstarter’s practices, but there’s nothing you can do if a place goes out of business.
I’m not in for this particular one, but I want to keep a close eye on this company. I like the way they think about products, so I’m going to follow their future Kickstarter campaigns.
Please note, if enough people get this backpack through my links, I could earn enough credit to get one myself. I highly highly highly doubt that, but wanted to disclose it just in case.