A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
A few years ago, we started drawing and redrawing what we’d call “the last backpack we would ever buy” and last year we decided to make it real. It took us 4 prototypes (including a horrible first one), year full of testing, manhandling and countless adjustments to design the first production ready backpack. Finally, we got a bag we can proudly say will make it through all of our demanding needs.
With the Kickstarter rewards we will be able to manufacture the Liger at scale and keep it below the 175$ mark, while using the highest quality fabrics and hardware.
A 40+ litres, roll-top backpack designed to work both as a day bag and luggage for long duration travels. Doesn't matter if all you carry is a book and a laptop to work, or a months worth of supplies for your trip through India.
Not for one or the other. Works with as much ease in the workplace as it does in the wild. Carryable to parties and board meetings.
What makes a Liger?
The Liger01 is YOUR backpack. You get to choose what "Manteau" you carry today, what kind of easy access items are needed in the "Reptiles" to be able to travel efficiently. What we are starting out with is a starter kit. Post that.. the backpack is your canvas. Build it up anyway you like!
This backpack makes it easy to decide what you want to carry and how you can do it. We use MOLLE system (acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment). Pioneered for the military forces this system is a great flexible way to attach pouches and accessories. This way you get a quick access to hold all your daily use things. From chargers to pens, notepads to a camera, things you need, right on top.
We want to give our backpacks a story. But its going to be your story. The manteau’s on top can change as you change and evolve, from blending into the world of blacks and blues and camouflage, to standing out with bright reds and greens. What ever you want the world to see you as that day…
Made from heavy duty materials and quality technical components that wont break without a story. We tested the Liger on the road, put them through airport check-ins and buses in Asia, soaked them in the rain, dried them in the sun. Sanded it on the beach, and slung it on motorcycles. We even rode with it in the worst rainfall that our city had seen in 300 years. And it performed, effortlessly.
The people of Portmanteau.
Olga and Karthik travel extensively. Karthik has his own design studio with projects ranging from architecture to design consulting. Together with Olga, who has worked in communications and operations in 4 countries, we hope to bring to life a backpack that will function under pretty much any condition.
With the help of the early backers we can grow Portmanteau from just an idea into a full blown luggage company. There is a whole list of accessories planned for the Liger01, and ideas for the wider range of travel gear.
Kite exclusively designed for our backers:
The reward tiers:
Risks and challenges
The Liger has been designed as a response to failure of our luggage in travel. It doesn't have too many structural plastic parts, nor do we expect our zippers and buckles to take the stress of the items they carry without reinforcement. The design doesn't call for too many components to be assembled, leading to stronger sturdier road worthy luggage
We have been sketching Liger01 for the last 5 years and testing our early prototypes for a year and they are yet to fray or let us down. The Liger has only gotten better since and it is ready for production.
For the last year we have been building a steady supply network for the Liger01. The backpack went through extensive prototyping, testing and remodelling in 3 different countries. After shortlisting the manufacturing factory three times over, we now have tested our pre production samples from the same factories that will make our final run. The surprises that come along the way have thus been minimised. The only adjustments we will make to the designs shown will be the ones that make the gear better, lighter, or stronger.
We anticipate the complexity of order fulfilment due to additional choices with rewards made post funding. We hope to ease them out without too many hiccups for our backers. We plan on keeping it as uncomplicated as possible.
Shipping and logistics.
In a previous avatar, the people at Portmanteau have worked in e-commerce and product fulfilment for over 2 years. We are confident that we have set out realistic expectations with logistics, and in case of delays, are committed to keep the backer community up to speed with the delays and developments.
All those years in commerce and we still don't have intimate knowledge of how customs work. We'll work hard to avoid your rewards getting held up, but in the end we can't guarantee you won't experience, heartburns, delays or be charged. We have people who can help us with such issues, but also, fingers crossed.
An all expense paid Trip to Ho Chi Minh city to Collect your Workation Kit, The kite, and spent time with the crew at portmanteau as we start shipping out rewards.
Includes Coach Airfare from major airports, hotels, internal transfers, food and events. Available only for three extremely generous donors.
The Liger01 with 1 reptile pouch
Manteau (the interchangeable cover of the Liger) of your choice
An actual flyable kite. For you to personalise.
Our galumphing manifesto for 2018.
Gramercy acknowledgement on the website
Hand written thank you note
An all travel+living expense paid, 5 day Trip to Ho Chi Minh city