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 Our goal is to beat airline baggage fees

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We love to travel and we love our planet. 

Wandervest is designed to carry up to a week's worth of travel necessities so that you can carry more, and worry less. 

Conceived and designed in Switzerland, developed and manufactured in USA, Wandervest is the travel vest that will not only save on luggage fees, but will also help preserve the environment. Made with 100% eco-friendly sustainable fibers, the Wandervest proves that while travelling usually means burning fossil fuels, it is possible to limit its ecological impact.

 

 

Because it is a vest, you can wear your hand-carry luggage: 

  • less or no check-in luggage, save on check-in fees
  • carry more on-board luggage, without the fees
  • keep your stuff with you; no more lost luggage
  • no wait at the luggage carousel

Not only can it serve as your bag for an overnight, a week-end or even a week-long escapade, it is also designed for the traveller with "no check-in luggage" philosophy.

 

 

  

  

 

The Wandervest features 20 pockets to help you organize your travel necessities.

Our vest/tote is specially designed to carry the things that most air travellers take on-board: travel documents, phone, laptop, shoes/slippers, a few pieces of clothing and much more.

Because it is a vest that is worn during boarding, it is not counted as extra luggage, which usually means more fees.

But since it is at the same time a tote, once on board the plane, the vest can be converted into a bag and stowed either in the overhead bin or under the seat. 

Wherever you go

The vest also works for hiking, camping, and fishing; there are enough pockets to carry all the gear.

In a pinch, it can take the place of a shopping bag. Instead of getting bags for each item purchased, they can be stuffed into the vest pockets. Less bags, more eco-friendly!

It can also be carried as a tote.

It's better than a backpack because weight is spread more evenly.

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

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Wandervest is a minimalist luggage, using only exactly 3 materials: hemp, zipper and velcro. Nothing else!

Wandervest is made of 100% hemp fabric. Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Not only is hemp strong, it also holds its shape, stretching less than any other natural fiber. This prevents hemp garments from stretching out or becoming distorted with use. Hemp may be known for its durability, but its comfort and style are second to none.  

Hemp is an environmentally clean fabric, that's also anti-microbial, resistant to mold and mildew. Better than cotton, hemp is naturally UV ray-resistant, breathes well and wicks moisture away from the body. Hemp grows like weed, needs less land and water to cultivate, and does not require pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. 

Our vision is to mitigate the effects of travel on the environment.

 

 

  

  

Carefully follow our sizing chart & find the best fitting Wandervest for you. We are always happy to help guide you through the fit process, either now or later if you get into to any trouble.

 

 

  • Wandervest is made of 100% hemp fabric
  • Machine wash warm with like colors (40°C / 104°F)
  • Do not use bleach or fabric softener
  • Medium spin cycle and remove promptly
  • Hang dry
  • Hot iron, if needed
  • Do not dry clean
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To make the Wandervest a reality, we need your help. Your pledge will bring us closer to meeting our manufacturer's minimum order and make the Wandervest a part of every traveller's outfit. We are confident that you will love your Wandervest and that it will be a perfect companion for all your travels.  


Here are the wonderful rewards we have in line for our amazing backers.

 

 

Pledge more than $5,000 to unlock our luxury rewards package full of surprises.  

(See the rewards tab for more information)

  

  

The color of the original Wandervest is greige (grey / beige). Our fabric supplier can dye the hemp fabric, but requires twice the minimum order quantity for each additional color as well as a surcharge per yard. So, 

  

Please pledge and pass on this Kickstarter campaign to everyone you know to help us unlock many more different colors . . . 

 

 

 

Our concern for the environment is one of the underlying reasons for launching this project. We have chosen to use hemp fabric exclusively because after a lot of research on materials, we have found that hemp is more ecological than even organic cotton.

A portion of the funds will go to support the growth and development of the hemp industry.

Additionally, since hemp grows without the need for pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, it is our fabric of choice not only for the environment, but for health reasons as well. Thus, a portion of the funds will go to research on cancer and Alzheimer.

Because we are using 100% hemp canvas, which is priced at a premium, and our product is made in the USA, at least 66% of collected funds will go the production of Wandervest.

 

 

Can’t support us financially? It’s okay. We're not millionaires either : ) .  

Just 30 seconds of your time could make the difference in growing the community. Hit the button below and tag a friend, family, relation or whomever you think Wandervest would be a great choice.

 

 

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Your support on Kickstarter helps us bring Wandervest to life, and gets you early access to our innovative travel vest at the special Kickstarter rewards discount. See the rewards section for the different offers.

If the fit isn't right, we'll be happy to exchange it within 30 days from the time we ship the vest to you. The vest must be in the initial packaging, unused and with the tags attached. To initiate an exchange, please contact us at team@wandervest.com.

Please be aware that we do not accept returns of products purchased on Kickstarter, either for refunds or store credit. Kickstarter is not a store. The trade-off for being part of something special is that you're taking a risk.

International Backer

If you're an international backer, you may have to pay import duties, taxes, or fees when your shipment arrives. If your country charges any sort of tax or fee on your shipment, please be aware that it's your responsibility to pay it.

The idea for this project started when we went to Berlin 6 years ago. The airline had a one (1) hand-carry restriction; we couldn't even take a book outside of it. So we thought, “If only we had pockets big enough, we could take a lot of stuff with us". We started looking round for an apparel for this purpose, but could not find one made of natural fiber. So we decided to design our own! 

We've gone through a long journey, and have learned a ton before we got here. We have done a lot of research on fabrics and zippers and have settled on the best available without making the final product cost a fortune.

We have had two samples manufactured in the USA, after the initial prototype that was made in Switzerland. We have tested the vests, have proven that they are able to support a heavy load at the stress points, stuffing them will all kinds of clothes, including jeans and sweaters, shirts, as well as beach towels, lap tops, tablets, cameras, cables, phones, books, etc. We have taken them on several flights and received appreciative remarks, comments and looks from both fellow passengers and flight personnel. 

Please pledge to make the Wandervest part of everyone's travels

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Every new venture is risky. We’re making a specialized product, which is risky.

We feel confident that we have partnered with a great brand developer who has delivered great sample vests and who will grade our product.

But our journey still has a few hurdles:
With the guidance of our brand developer we have to settle on a factory for our production runs, and be satisfied with their quality, cost, and schedule on turning out a complex garment.

We have to price our garment appropriately. Because 100% hemp fabrics are priced at a premium, we must find the optimum price possible so as to allow us to make just enough gross margin to manufacture our product, but at the same time not drain our customer's pocketbook. Alas, as a compromise, we are constrained to ask our backers to share the cost of shipping.

For our Kickstarter run, we need to be able to make a production order at sufficient volume to satisfy the manufacturer minimum. This is why we need your help.

We have to coordinate logistics. We have done our research for partners on shipping and warehousing, but we haven’t worked with them before. However, we believe we have priced shipping appropriately.

We have much work to do to manage all this. But because we believe in our product, we have labored tirelessly to achieve what we have done so far and have sunk a lot of our own money into that belief. We will be transparent with you when new adventures come up. Honesty and openness are a key part of our culture.

Please pledge and pass on this Kickstarter campaign to everyone you know to make Wandervest a reality.

Thank you for your support!

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    Receive one original 100% Hemp Wandervest and take a trip to Switzerland, where the vest was conceived and designed!
    Reward includes a round trip coach flight with SWISS.
    If SWISS does not fly to backer's country, flight will be with backer's national airlines.
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    - un Wandervest de 100% chanvre
    - faites un voyage en Suisse, où le gilet a été conçu!
    Si SWISS ne vole pas à votre pays, le vol sera avec votre compagnie aérienne nationale
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    With this pledge, receive:
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    - 1 week accommodation in a Swiss luxury hotel
    - 1 week 1st class rail pass
    If SWISS does not fly to backer's country, flight will be with backer's national airlines.
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    Vous aimez voyager?
    Avec cet engagement, vous recevez:
    - un Wandervest de 100% chanvre
    - aller-retour avec SWISS en classe économique
    - 1 semaine d'hébergement dans un hôtel de luxe suisse
    - 1 semaine d'abonnement de train 1ère classe
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    With this pledge, you receive:
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    - one week ski pass on Switzerland's largest ski area on the Alps
    - one week accommodation at the ski resort
    - transfers to and from the airport
    If SWISS does not fly to backer's country, flight will be with backer's national airlines.
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    - aller-retour en classe économique avec SWISS
    - un forfait de ski d'une semaine sur le plus grand domaine skiable de Suisse sur les Alpes
    - une semaine d'hébergement à la station de ski
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