About this project
Code 10 Backpacks are fully waterproof, making them perfect for outdoor activities, commuting and travel. The roll-down design is fast and easy to use and prevents water from entering at the top of the backpack.
We've used a special TPU-Coated Fabric (PVC-free), which is 100% impenetrable to moisture. Rather than using a conventional stitching method, all seams on the bag are welded using a special high-frequency method, which makes the backpacks more durable and prevents any moisture leakage.
We designed the Code 10 Backpack to be theft-proof. The roll down design prevents pickpockets from accessing the main compartment of the backpack, and can be locked if necessary.
If you're leaving the backpack unattended, the bag itself can be secured to almost any fixed object using the integrated steel wire and combination lock, making it impossible for opportunistic thieves to access your belongings or steal the bag, without special cutting equipment. Perfect for when you want to leave your stuff and go for a swim at the beach!
Love it or loathe it, our tech products are now essential to our daily lives. We designed a removable tech sleeve that can accommodate all your daily tech products, so you can work anywhere! The tech sleeve uses Velcro to attach inside the backpack and is quick and easy to remove.
If you're carrying other heavy backpacks or suitcases and don't want to have our backpack on your back, our smart strap system allows you to convert the backpack into a messenger bag. The main straps can be hidden inside the back panel of the bag and replaced with the included shoulder strap. When the straps have been hidden, the backpack can also be attached to a suitcase.
Our main issue with regular waterproof bags? You can never find your things! We've included 4 outer pockets to help you store and access everything you need. The "secret" backpocket allows you to hide your valuables in the most secure place possible - between your bag and your body. The main front pocket is water resistant and great for storing your phone, wallet and cash when you're hiking. The card pocket on the front means no more searching around for your travel passes and the side bottle pocket is perfect for keeping you hydrated.
We know we've got an ambitious timeline but due to our experience in production, we're very confident we can produce and deliver all backpacks to our backers before Christmas!
Code 10 was founded by Charlie + Chris, two product designers from the UK and Switzerland. We met whilst working in Hong Kong a city where your working life and the outdoors blend together. We both love to travel, surf and spend our time adventuring.
With regular "Code 10" typhoons, Hong Kong can be a very rainy place - like many tropical places, it can go from sunshine to rain in a matter of seconds.
Over the last few years we therefore found ourselves using waterproof bags a lot, especially if we knew we would be taking our laptops to a client meeting in the morning, then heading off to a beach or a hiking trail in the afternoon.
However, we found that most waterproof bags aren't designed to be functional for everyday use. Usually they don't have practical pockets and have no space for your tech products. Our first step was to design a waterproof bag that would be really useful, and perfectly suit our mixture of work and leisure, city life and travel.
Although Hong Kong is generally a safe place, it’s still a big city and there’s always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft. We therefore designed the pockets on the bag so that we could keep our valuables in an easy-to-reach position, but also completely out of reach of criminals.
Both of us had also experienced theft several times while travelling, especially when we were surfing and had left our belongings on the beach. It was really important to us that we could leave our bag almost anywhere and be confident that no opportunistic thieves could get inside our bag, or carry it away.
Risks and challenges
With a combined 10 years of experience in design and manufacturing, we're very aware that even the best prepared projects can run into difficulties.
However, we've worked very hard with our production partners to make sure that our production will be smooth and seamless. We're therefore very confident that we can deliver all products to our backers in time for Christmas.
There's nothing worse than buying a backpack that looks great for a few weeks, then the zips stop working and the seams come apart! To make sure this doesn't happen, we've spent a lot of time sourcing the highest quality materials available. We're using YKK zips, specially-treated TPU-coated material and advanced manufacturing techniques to make sure our bag lasts for a long time.
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