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The return of the classic Austrian backpack. Lightweight,  water repellent, sustainable.
The return of the classic Austrian backpack. Lightweight, water repellent, sustainable.
995 backers pledged €94,407 to help bring this project to life.

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Kamarg Classic Rucksack (re-introduced)

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Update: Now free rain cover for every Kamarg pledged!

We reached out stretch goal today and now can offer a free rain cover for every Kamarg pledged. The rain cover can be attached to the Kamarg with an elastic band and a hook, has a reflective logo and is very compact in size. A great companion for a great backpack.

Kamarg used to be the best selling Rucksack in Austria in the 50s and 60s, a trusted companion for adventurers. We now bring this classic back, protecting its timeless core while carefully adding the craft and sustainability of today. So smile and say hello to your new favourite bag.

 High quality materials. Built to last. 

We believe it’s time for a more sustainable approach to backpacks. We want Kamargs to last for decades just as the originals, that's why we use natural materials like sailcloth and leather and avoid plastic as much as possible. We assure longevity and higher durability by superior product design and more expensive materials like real leather.  

Durable simplicity

All Kamargs have a carrying system based on a patent first used to carry coal in the 1920s. It allows for a more even distribution of the weight, increasing comfort while reducing padding and additional weight of the backpack itself. And we think what worked so well to carry coal should work for your stuff, too. 

Finally water repellent

One thing we dramatically improved from the original was sailcloth. We made it fully water repellent while keeping its soft feel. So you can enjoy your Kamarg even on rainy days. 

Spacious while lightweight

Kamargs only weight 480g but are spacious enough for thicker books and your 15" Laptop. Their toploading opening is easy to reach. 

Repairs? Easy as pie.

If after years of good service, a part of a Kamarg breaks, it does not mean the end the of the joint adventure. Our product is designed to be easily repaired with replaceable straps, ropes and zippers that one will be able to order from our website. You can repair it yourself, ask your mum/dad or support a local repair shop.  

Ready for your adventure, wherever you are

  

  

 

  

   

 

 

    

  

  

  

Kamarg was founded in 1949 in Graz, Austria, with the aim to supply Austrian adventurers with high quality backpacks made of durable materials. The brand went on to become the best selling backpack in Austria in the 50s and 60s. In the 70ties Kamarg lost out to cheaper products from Asia and the the brand went into a deep sleep. It was in August 2013 when Franz came across a Kamarg backpack when cleaning out the attic of his parents’ house in Austria. He fell in love with the rucksack and since 2014 started to work on the project bringing in experts in design and production to help built a strong product in line with the original. 

They say it takes a village to raise a child, for us the support of many people truly helped us move forward. Thanks to all the Marketing Rockstar Academy attendants for helping sharping the ambition, Maria for pushing me back in the initial steps, Anne-Karin for supporting us with the trademark registration and fighting off ALDI, Matthias and Hannes for helping us find our production partner, Richard for the great product shots, Johannes for our great Kickstarter video, Michèle, Stefanie, Karoline, Martin, Christian for staring in it, Petra, Katrin and Andreas for helping with outreach and Lukas (LukeRoberts), Miriam (Herbert) and Stephanie (Ünique Skies) for all the advice and support for our Kickstarter campaign. We owe you.

We are here not just to pre-sell Kamarg but make our vision of sustainable, durable and repairable Rucksack accessible to more people. We would like to create an alternative to bags that just last a few months, wasting your time and the earth's resources. With your support we would like to start a small revolution in bags and also get other brands to rethink their approach. It is about time that products are durable enough to travel with us through the decades, becoming the companions for our adventures. 

If you are ready to join this exciting journey with us, please support our campaign and spread the word! A few clicks for you make a big difference for us. 

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Have a nice cup of tea and call a friend.
All shipping details and your preferred colour of your Kamarg will be collected in a survey once the campaign is finished. 

 

 

 

 

                

Kamarg wurde 1949 in Graz gegründet. Kamarg war schnell ein Bestseller unter den Rucksäcken in den 50er und 60er in Österreich, ein treuer Begleiter von Wanderern und Abenteurern. Wir bringen diesen legendären Rucksack zurück, treu dem Original aber mit dem Handwerk und der Nachhaltigkeit von heute. Sag hallo zu Deinem neuen Lieblingsrucksack.                                               

 


Hochwertige Materialien. Für die Ewigkeit gemacht.          

Wir glauben es ist an der Zeit ist für eine nachhaltigeren Zugang zu Rucksäcken. Wir wollen dass Dein Kamarg über Jahrzehnte hält, genauso wie die Originale, darum verwenden wir Segelstoff und echtes Leder und vermeiden Plastik wo es geht. Wir stellen die Langlebigkeit und Robustheit durch besseres Produktdesign und teuren Materialien sicher. 

 

Robuste Einfachheit.                

lle Kamargs haben ein Tragesystem, das auf ein einem Patent eines Tragegestells für Kohle aus den 20er Jahren basiert. Das Tragesystem erlaubt eine gleichmäßigere Gewichtsverteilung und ermöglicht so eine Reduktion der Polsterung auf den Riehmen und ingesamt ein leichteres Gesamtgewicht des Rucksacks. Und wir glauben, was für Kohle gut funktioniert hat, sollte ausreichend sein für alles, was Du in Deinen Kamarg packst.  

Nun endlich wasserabweisend.           

Das einzige was wir dramatisch gegenüber den alten Kamargs verbessert haben ist der Segelstoff. Im Gegensatz zum Original ist dieser jetzt wasserabweisend. Darüber hinaus gibt es erstmals einen Regenschutz für den Kamarg. 

                       

Geräumig und trotzdem leicht.

Kamargs wiegen nur 480g sind aber geräumig genug um dicke Bücher und 15" Notebook zu verstauen. Dank weiter Öffnung sind Dinge leicht zu zugänglich. 

Reparaturen? Nichts leichter als das.

Wenn nach vielen Jahren die Materialabnutzung einem Teil eines Kamarg zusetzt, kommt der Rucksack zur Reparatur, nicht auf den Müll. Im Gegensatz zu vielen Rucksack-Marken sind Kamargs so entwickelt, dass sie leicht mit austauschbaren Riehmen, Schnüren und Reißverschlüssen, die man auf unserer Webseite bestellen kann, wieder auf Vordermann gebracht werden können. Selber reparieren, den Papa oder die Mama fragen (wer es halt besser kann), oder zu einem Schneider im Ort tragen. 

Bereit für dein Abenteuer, wo auch immer.

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

  

  

  

  

  

Kamarg wurde 1949 in Graz, Österreich von Herbert Margutsch und seinem Vater gegründet, um österreichische Bergwanderern und Abenteurer Kamarg mit hochwertigen Rucksäcken auszustatten. Die Marke war schnell ein Bestseller unter den Rucksäcken in den 50er und 60er in Österreich. In den 70er Jahren verliert die Marke aufgrund von Konkurrenz aus Deutschland und Asien an Bedeutung und verfällt in einen tiefen Schlaf.  

Im August 2013 findet Franz einen alten Kamarg Rucksack als er den Dachboden des elterlichen Hauses im Rahmen eines Umzugs ausmistet. Nach einigen Monaten entscheidet er sich, die Marke wieder auferstehen zu lassen. Er sammelt ein Team von Experten im Bereich Markenrecht, Produktion und Design um sich der Aufgabe zu stellen.

Wir wollen hier Kamarg nicht nur zum Vorverkauf anbieten sondern auch unsere Vision von robusten, nachhaltigen und reparierbaren Rucksäcken der Kickstarter Community zugänglich machen. Wir wollen eine Alternative schaffen zu Rucksäcken die oft nur einige Monate halten, deine Zeit und die Resourcen der Umwelt vergeuden. Mit deiner Unterstützung wollen wir eine kleine Revolution im Bereich der Rucksäcke auslösen und auch andere Marken zum umdenken bewegen. Es ist an der Zeit, das Produkte wieder mit uns durch die Jahrzehnte gehen und die treuen Gefährten auf unseren Abenteuern werden.

Wenn Du bereit bist uns auf dieser spannenden Reise zu begleiten dann unterstütze unsere Kampagne und erzähl es anderen. Einige wenige clicks machen einen großen Unterschied für uns.  

1. Such' dir eine Belohnung aus- Wenn du etwas spezielles haben möchtest, schreibe uns einfach.

2. Gib' dein Land und deine Zahlungsart ein.  

3. Fertig! Mach' Dir eine leckere Tasse Tee und rufe einen Freund an.
Deine Adresse und deine gewünschte Farbe fragen wir nach Kampagnenende separat ab. 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Risks and challenges

This product is designed from the ground up taking into account scalability in production quantities, feasibility of sourcing of raw materials while also producing as locally as we can. We have created and tested a total of three prototypes that all brought further amendments and improvements. We are now ready to produce Kamarg bags with the level of quality that we want to bring a durable and sustainable product to market.

Unforeseen events may occur and cannot always be completely mitigated. However, we are working together with a very experienced production partner (established 1968) and a large network of experts, as well as other backpack startups and companies who have launched successful campaigns in the past and who are happy to share their experiences with us.

Delay due to scaling of production:
Depending of the outcome of the campaign there could be some small delays caused by adjustments to scaling. We also have already run scaling tests with our production partner in May which were successful so we are prepared.

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    Pledge €70 or more About $79

    Launch Day Special (-40%)

    Receive one Kamarg Classic Rucksack (three available colours: blue, beige and red, choose your colour when we ship)(Läuft 24h am ersten Tag)

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    Super Early Bird (-30%)

    One Kamarg Classic Rucksack
    (available colours: red, blue or beige, choose your colour when we ship)

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    Sharing is Caring Edition -40%

    Two Kamarg Classic Rucksacks. One for you and one to give away.

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    Can't Wait edition

    One Kamarg Classic Rucksacks from the pre-production run of 60. Available immediately after the end of the campaign

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