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Our devices have gotten smaller and lighter… why haven’t bags kept up? The SlimFold™ Slim Pack is a weatherproof commuter backpack that’s lighter and stronger than traditional backpacks, yet more useful due to its modular design.
The patent pending geometry of the SlimPack allows it to open completely and give you visibility and access to what’s inside.
Weighing in at just 1.5 lbs including the removable padding or 1lb without it, it's 1/3 the weight of a traditional messenger bag or backpack. Achieve the weight savings of switching from a MacBook Pro to a MacBook Air by switching backpacks instead!
The Soft Shell is a custom produced technical fabric that's more expensive per square inch than most leathers and much more durable. Originally designed for motorcycle wear, its abrasion resistance was tested with a 70-mph crash-test simulation on real pavement. It’s environmental as well, made from Bluesign certified chemical processes.
You’ve probably never seen this exact zipper in person before. It’s from YKK’s highest line of zippers lab tested for water performance rather than their lower end glossy collections meant only for a waterproof look.
Based on my testing so far, I estimate the bag's rating to be towards the high end of Waterproof Class 2 on the WSRS rating system™...
That means it’ll keep stuff dry in almost any rain conditions without an additional cover.
The Slim Pack's main compartment is designed around the footprint of a 15” laptop with a rectangular footprint of 14.5" x 10.25" x 1.25" (37cm x 26cm x 3cm) or less. This includes almost all 15" laptops, including any generation 15" MacBook Pro.
Inspired by professional camera bags, the laptop divider can be completely removed and the interior can be configured exactly according to what you carry.
With a laptop inside, it also has room for a camera, notebook, and other accessories. Meanwhile, the front pocket fits an iPad and has interior pockets for organizing additional items.
The shoulder straps are full size, padded, vented, and feature a PivotStrap™ so their position adapts with you as you move.
Want some added stability? The optional sternum straps can be added using the integrated Minimal MOLLE™ system.
Perfect for Travel
The front and back padding of the Slim Pack is removable, allowing it to pack flat. At only 1lb in this configuration, it makes a great bag to put in the bottom of your suitcase or keep with you in your seat on an airplane as a “personal item”.
The unique sculptural shape was achieved by hand carving foam models and then translating the shapes onto 2D patterns. Over 100 prototypes have been made so far over the past 2 years to get to this point.
When talking to potential customers, having a pocket for a water bottle was high on their list of requirements. So I found a way to elegantly integrate one with the lines of the pack.
Made in San Francisco
Even as the business has grown, I’ve continued to use the same sewing house in San Francisco for over 4 years. They usually just do prototyping for companies, but I use them for both prototyping and production to ensure quality. Their main specialty is designer leather bags so making a backpack was right up their alley! We’ve been collaborating for the past six months in order to arrive at the latest samples.
As one of the rewards, I'm bringing back the popular Kickstarter Edition Soft Shell wallets.
"Having used the wallet for over a year, I can say it is my favorite wallet of all time…. The wallet still looks brand new. The combination of durability, simple design, and its thin profile is a winning combination. I think you made your wallet too durable, how are you going to get any repeat customers?" -Winston L. (Soft Shell Wallet Backer)
In addition, the Charcoal/Gold color combination is available for the wallets as well! Pledge for any reward tier and you'll get a survey at the end of the campaign where you choose between Black/Green and Charcoal/Gold.
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Risks and challenges
I delivered the rewards to all 8000+ backers of my two previous Kickstarter projects on time- so I know what it takes to design, produce, and deliver a product. With a project like this, I am dependent on several outside parties to complete it successfully. These include the suppliers of each component of the backpack, the sewing house, and the producer of the soft shell material itself. I have built relationships over several years with each of these suppliers and have high confidence in their ability to deliver. I’m fortunate enough to be dealing with the same distributors who supply material to major brands so as long as I can provide purchase orders which meet the minimum order quantities, they take delivery deadlines very seriously. However, if any unforeseen issues should arise, I’ll work with these vendors to promptly resolve them.
On the production side, I already have nearly final samples from the sewing house, have selected each piece of hardware, and crunched the numbers to know that if we reach the goal, I can meet the minimum order quantities needed to make this backpack.
I’ve enjoyed participating the Kickstarter community as a backer, creator, and advisor of numerous other projects.
Though my last projects were successful, I’m still looking for ways to improve. For this project I already have some ideas to help streamline the survey and fulfillment process to be even better than before.
"Dave, this campaign is still one of the best kickstarters I've backed, and the wallet still looks really good, Thank you."
-Philippe C. (Soft Shell Wallet Backer)
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