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A carry-on duffel bag with a killer feature: a vacuum compression system that can compact your soft gear for any adventure.
A carry-on duffel bag with a killer feature: a vacuum compression system that can compact your soft gear for any adventure.
A carry-on duffel bag with a killer feature: a vacuum compression system that can compact your soft gear for any adventure.
2,444 backers pledged £298,228 to help bring this project to life.

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GOBAG - A Vacuum Compressible Carry-On Bag For Any Adventure

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The campaign is over but you can still join us on this adventure... 

Thank you to all our amazing backers. The future is bright because of you!

If you missed out on our campaign don't worry, check out our website to see how you can grab a GOBAG.

www.wearegobag.co.uk

#PackSmallThinkBig

The GOB∆G is a carry-on sized duffel bag designed so you can travel compact with all the gear you need. Its killer feature is the Max Pack Bag, which allows you to vacuum compress your soft items. This enables you to carry enough for a long trip in a 35 litre bag.

GOB∆G’s simple and robust design is engineered to last a lifetime. The outer bag is constructed from only two pieces of TPU coated ballistic nylon, a material commonly used to make inflatable boats. This ‘less is more’ design approach is continued throughout the product.

The Full Edge Zip is a 2 meter long, durable YKK zip that runs along the outer edge of the front and side panels. This means more of your gear is next to the zip; you'll never have to dig around at the bottom of your bag again.

More zip. Less hassle.

This feature doesn't need much explanation. It's the perfect size for 95% of the major airlines' carry-on, even Ryanair!

The Max Pack Bag is the GOB∆G's killer feature. It's a welded bag made from TPU coated nylon with an integrated vacuum check valve to compress all your soft goods. Just throw your gear into the bag, seal it and compress it. You can compress the bag by either using a vacuum cleaner or compressing it by hand.

Pack. Vac. Go.

The Max Pack Bag is fully removable. Just unscrew the check valve, release the attachments inside the GOB∆G, and pop the cap on, then you're ready to go.

We've had enough of those disposable plastic bags you get at the airport. Our integrated wash bag means an end to wasting time at airport security – your liquids and pastes are ready to go from the off. Just rip off the wash bag from its velcro attachment and you're good to go.

We've also designed an adaptable laptop harness that holds your notebook securely away from the edges of the bag. It can take care of everything between 11-15 inches. One less thing to worry about.

Shhhh... we've added a hidden pocket to the bag. Who doesn't love a secret pocket?! It's also quite useful for your money, passport and other secret stuff. 

Here's what some of our early testers have been saying about the GOB∆G.

Its about to get a little detailed here, so skip this bit if you trust that we've used the best.

  • 1000d Codura Nylon is the ultimate in abrasion protection. We have placed it over the maximum wear areas like the base.
  • TPU Coated Ballistic Nylon the ultimate waterproof material. This is the stuff that inflatable power boats are made out of.
  • Carbon Steel G Hooks Forget those flimsy plastic buckles that you get on some bags. All of ours are made out of Carbon Steel. 
  • Monkey Fist Zip Pulls Made from high tensile strength para cord. A knot that a salty sea dog would be proud of.
  • YKK Zippers Everyone knows that all the best gear uses YKK zips not some rubbish imitation. Zips matter!

Due to the initial costs and high minimum order quantities for the first production run, we need your support. Here’s how you can support our campaign and be the first to own a GOB∆G.

James came up with the idea for the GOBAG two years ago. He was traveling a lot between London and Scotland for weekend trips on Easyjet flights and was frustrated that he couldn't take everything he needed as hand luggage. His budget but functional solution was to pack all his clothes in a bin bag, vacuum the air out and zip tie the end. He thought "There's got to be an easier way to do this..."

The GOBAG was born.

A picture of James' trusty Singer Sewing Machine, bought for £20 on Gumtree.
A picture of James' trusty Singer Sewing Machine, bought for £20 on Gumtree.

Over the last two years we have put the GOB∆G through rigorous testing. Here are a few shots from our most recent wear trials.

GOBAG Wear Trial; Loch Tulla, Scotland
GOBAG Wear Trial; Loch Tulla, Scotland
GOBAG Wear Trial; Rannoch Moor, Scotland
GOBAG Wear Trial; Rannoch Moor, Scotland
GOBAG Wear Trial; Salisbury Plain, England
GOBAG Wear Trial; Salisbury Plain, England

We have sourced and secured a great manufacturer in China whose other clients include some big outdoor brands.

If (*ahem...* when) we secure the funding for the first production run we plan on having a member of the GOBAG Team go to China to supervise the manufacturing and oversee the quality control, ensuring that you get a great quality product. 

We've got it all planned out.

   

Backers: kickstarter@wearegobag.co.uk

Business Enquiries: business@wearegobag.co.uk

Press Enquiries: press@wearegobag.co.uk

Thanks for taking the time to check out the GOB∆G! We'd hugely appreciate you sharing it with your friends.

#PackSmallThinkBig

We want to thank some fantastic people that have helped us out on the way.

ZZZONE BRISTOL Thanks Jonny for shooting the GOB∆G pictures. If you live in Bristol, you need to go down and say hi (or just check out his website zzzone.co.uk)

MATT ALANI who has worked on the audio for the videos. Check out some of his other work at shifted-sound.com

FRED INGLEBY braved the weather on a cold London afternoon to shoot the video. Thanks Fred!

CHRIS SLEIGH also helped us out in some wintery weather in the Scottish Highlands to get some great shots of the GOB∆G. 

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Risks and challenges

Designing and manufacturing new products always involves risk. We've spent over two years refining the GOBAG design and taking advice from UK based experts to minimise these risks.

If we find opportunities for improvement we will address them immediately with updated and improved design solutions. We will let you know if any improvements and alterations are made. These improvements will then be verified in the final testing stage in July 2015 when the first product articles from the production line will be tested. Final tweaks will then be made before the full production run in August 2015. We are experienced in sourcing and manufacturing in Asia and are therefore well prepared to deal with any potential issues.

When the volume production run commences we will be present in China supervising all aspects of the production and the quality assurance. We are completely committed to ensuring that the GOBAG lives up to our high expectations of functionality and craftsmanship.

We have kept our reward tiers as simple as possible to ensure fulfilment goes smoothly. We know this is where many Kickstarter projects have slipped up in the past and we do not underestimate this stage's challenges. We have already teamed up with a fulfilment company to ensure you get your GOBAG on time.

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    GOB∆G Treasure Map

    Can't afford a GOB∆G just yet?
    Don't worry we'll send you on an adventure instead. You'll receive a map with a #microadventure near you.

    (Sorry, no treasure. Or is there...?)

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    THE WASH B∆G

    Get yourself a GOB∆G wash bag.
    Then laugh at people using the disposable ones at airport security. Don't laugh maniacally, you might get strip searched...

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    THE ESSENTIAL EARLY BIRD

    Grab yourself a GOBAG with the awesome Wash Bag for a great early bird price. Beat the crowd and lock in a sweet deal.

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    THE ESSENTIAL

    Ok, you weren't as quick as the early birds but you still get a great deal! A GOB∆G with wash bag included.

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    THE WORKS EARLY BIRD

    Get yourself a GOB∆G with wash bag AND Max Pack Bag for a great early bird price.

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    THE WORKS

    Not as fast as the early birds but still a great deal. You get a GOB∆G with wash bag AND Max Pack Bag.

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