This project's funding goal was not reached on August 31, 2014.
About this project
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Funnell evolved over the years from the need to stay dry in unexpected rainstorms while being active. A backpack with a quick and easy mechanism to pull out a built-in jacket was the solution. The jacket covers the backpack so that you and your belongings stay dry and in style.
AND IT IS EXTREMELY EASY TO REPACK
ITS CONTEMPORARY DESIGN SUITS ALL LIFESTYLES:Sport Addicts, Urban Dwellers, Travellers, anyone who wants to be prepared in a rainstorm
FUNNELL SPORT RED
FUNNELL SPORT BLACK
Funnell is meticulously designed for its practicality and stylish look.
HERE IS SOME DESCRIPTION ON THE MATERIALS:
The jacket is made with high performance fabric. The reason why we used a high performance fabric (such as the ones use in North Face and Columbia jackets) is that because we foreseen it to be used on Motorcycles as well, where the wind and rain factor multiplies due to the speed.
The fabric is made of polyester with multiple layers. It has a TPU membrane to give breathability, and it has been coated to be water repellent with a high performance of 3000mm. The membrane give a breathability of 1000. The weight of the fabric is also a mid weigh of 113/m sq. We did try some lighter weights but we chose the middle one because it is more versatile also with a high wind factor.
(keep in mind that in the future we are thinking to offer also different jackets in different weights. - this will enable you to change the jacket based on your needs, still using the same backpack. - WE LOVE MODULARITY).
In total he fabric is subject to 5 layer process: Dyeing, Embossing, Lamination, Waterproof coating, water resistant coating.
The backpack uses multiple materials. The body of the backpack is made with poly/nylon fabrics. Very strong. The zippers are all vislon zippers, which give a good resistant but also look more contemporary and cooler than the normal ones. Than the back pack also uses specially made panels in EVA coated with other fabrics. (for example, the inside of the compartment of the back pack holding the jacket is laminated with a water repellent fabric as well to allow you to store the jacket even when it is wet. The back panel of the backpack is made with breathable tech materials to prevent sweating on the back.
Extreme has a unique exposed red carbon fiber spine that gives it AN AGGRESSIVE AND PROGRESSIVE DESIGN!
The basic version of extreme is made with BLACK carbon fiber.
In the Extreme red version, the exposed spine will be red carbon fiber. A beauty! The back pack will still be black, as the details will still be in red.
Funnell has been created by a team. The creative and technical collaboration has made our idea become a reality. Ideas are great, but without planning to execution, they remain ideas. After helping many world brands to execute their ideas and bring their products to market, now we can use our experience to our own good. Below is the timeline to complete the project. We are looking for your support to meet our deadline and bring Funnell to you!
ERIK DAILEY - CEO, Cemalac (Lacoste Leathergoods) - Paris (France)
CISSI CHUI - Owner, The Well Leathergoods Mft. Ltd. - Hong Kong & CEO, Casa Sissi.
BRUNO BARDINI - Art Director - Italy
LUCA DI CESARE - Director, DiCesareDesign - Shanghai (China)
ANDREA BELLOTTO - Creative Director, RoofLab - Hong Kong
OR PERHAPS JUST THE BEGINNING OF YET A BIGGER ONE : )
This project has been in my heart since 2001. Each year I thoughtfully put the pieces of the puzzle together and worked through the challenges at each step of the way. We have gone through endless trials in figuring out the system, the function, the ejection, the materials and making the prototypes. Now the puzzle has been solved .
WE STUDIED AND TESTED EACH STEP. Until it started to work!
There were DRAWBACKS AND MOMENTS OF DOUBT in which we were close to dropping the project.
When I flew to Italy to make the video, I gathered the team and told them that I almost didn’t come because the samples of the product weren’t good enough, and felt defeated. Regardless, I returned to Hong Kong and with the team, worked day and night until the Funnell of today was created.
AND WE TESTED AGAIN
UNTIL WE WERE APPLYING THE FINAL TOUCHES
I BELIEVE IN EXPLORING LIFE BEYOND MY COMFORT ZONE, TO SEEK, TO LEARN, AND TO EXPERIENCE THROUGH TRAVEL.
I REALIZED MY DREAM BY TRAVELLING FROM CHINA TO ITALY BY MOTORCYCLE, AND ALONG THE WAY, THE IDEA FOR FUNNELL WAS BORN.
I am grateful and fortunate to have made such a journey and wrote a book about it.
A heartfelt THANK you to everyone who has joined me on the Funnell journey so far:
Samantha, Dennis, Tomaso, Alesandro, Beatrice, Ferruccio, Alvise, Neo, Nathania, Zi, Michael, Fiamma, Cissy, Luca, Bruno, Monica, Curtis, Jon, Ivan, Massimilliano, James, Kathy, Jenny, Bernard, Margherita, Jeffrey, Giulia, Marcello, Sky.
And to out testimonials that took the time and made the effort to tell you a bit about me.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!
Risks and challenges
Since inception day, we have travelled a long way working as much as possible on all the details. We made endless prototypes and tested the production constraints.
We do have identified the suppliers to make our bags. When funded the job will be to plan and execute.
Some risks might remain in the execution of the production. Funnel seems like a simple product, but it requires parts and coordination from 6 supplier. Not everything can be anticipated, even though we don't foresee any particular risk that will prevent us to execute.
We have a team experienced in producing high quality accessories and garments, and we are also based in Hong Kong and China. Working directly with our supplier day by day greatly reduces the risks involved with manufacturing.
Perhaps most crucial aspect in the planning of the production will be to secure the production space as soon as the Kickstarter campaign is completed. Time is of the essence.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
It is Inclusive.
What is the different between normal Funnel(Sport-City) and Funnel extreme. I want to know the different, pros-cons of each edition. (which one provided more space?)
The difference in the 3 FUNNELLS comes down the use.
I travel a lot for business and I need space and a bag that looks smart, but that I can still use it on my bike and now use the extra function. (so, not like the sport black Nike packs that are around and that really are not good for a more formal look). I use CITY. I love it.
The sport is more for people that travel light, or outdoors. It can still fit a MACpro (mine is huge), and has space in the front part for lots of stuff, like chargers, sweatshirts, some files if you want, water.
but it is more of travel light bag. The red is more sporty look, the black is perfect also for a more formal yet cool look. For example in EU lots of people live the city with bicycles, scooters or even motorcycles. Perfect for them.
The extreme made in carbon is smaller. We took of the front compartment and left the carbon spine exposed for a racer cool look. This is more of a fixation of mine. But the result is neat!
The back still has the computer compartment but it is more for a MAC air kind of device, perfect for Ipads and so on.
And it has a compartment still between the back computer case and the exposed funnel where you can put things. However, this is for a light use. For a ride. Or to look really cool :)
On the sports version have you thought about putting a hole for a straw or for the camelback or for headphones?
Yes, there was one in the early prototypes. It got lost in translation.... It will out back in production. It will also be in the City and Extreme
For the KS campaign we had to stay focused. So The red sport will have the red/grey jacket, the black sport, the black and grey, and the city , the black and brown as you see in the video. All designed by our Italian designer in Italy.
However, FUNNELL was thought as a MODULA PRODUCT. Therefore , in the future we will offer also the possibility to buy the jackets only, in different colors and materials.
Yes, we will make a video of instruction. It is easy, but packing it the right way ensures the perfect ejection.
Yes, the jacket is washable. As a rider I needed to take care of this aspect, so I could still look cool - and clean - :)
Does the jacket fit over most protective wear jackets that motorcyclist (at least in the United States) usually wear?
To go over big leather or nylon structures protection riders jackets, you will need a larger size jacket, i believe a couple of size bigger.
In the USA I have seen lots o riders (specially Harleys) wearing leather vests as well. FUNNELL will fit well over those.
The drainage is in case you need to store your wet jacket inside the back pack. It allows it to dry up and not get stuffy and smelly... well, anyway, always better you open it up to dry as soon as you can.
But in this way, you can store you wet jacket inside and don't worry because the waterproof compartment will prevent it from getting anything inside the back pack get wet!
Yes, of course.
Will things inside the backpack safe and protected from rain, or protected from getting wet if I store the wet jacket inside the funnell after use?
Yes, In all jackets there are reflective prints on the sleeves.
We are working on a full bodysuit that could be ejected. It is still under development and it will come up later.
Those who get FUNNELL now will be able to eventually buy the full suit later and attach it to the same backpack.
Would you please show more inside of the FUNNELL SPORT bag, I want to know how many small pouches inside and outside the bag? I like more small pouches to keep my things easier.
In the pre-production phase we will add more pockets to the sport.
The backpack also have the computer and Ipad case build in on the back.
In front you keep the other staff.
What is waterproof in not the packpack (in fact, we have been making backpacks for years, and only a few are really, completely waterpoof). The system is completely waterproof.
In other words, once it rains, you eject the jacket and you wear it.
It is the jacket that is perfectly waterproof and protects you and your backpack!
Restless Travellers is a brand and a philosophy of life.
Funnell is a product of RESTLESS TRAVELLERS. It is the result of ideas related needs that we experience in our life as people in motion, travelling the world and living our cities and outdoor in motion.
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