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By Dean R
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What

V1 Pack dimensions
V1 Pack dimensions

Features

  • 580gram (1.2lbs) weight 
  • 1000D Cordura fabric construction
  • YKK Water resistant zippers 
  • Removable sternum strap 
  • 20L capacity • tuck away straps 
  • Dedicated laptop pocket 
  • Passport + organizational pockets 
  • Felt lined front pocket (perfect for sunglasses)

My ultimate goal for this project was to design a lightweight (less than 1kg (2.2lbs) while empty), minimal backpack. One that would be perfect for daytrips and much longer. I settled on 20 L capacity as I have found it to be the perfect size to pack just the essentials and not feel too big or bulky.

Water resistant YKK zippers
Water resistant YKK zippers

YKK water resistant zippers ensure that light rain and splashes don't get your gear wet. Tested in light and pouring rain and the contents of the bag stayed dry and unaffected by moisture.

Removable sternum strap
Removable sternum strap

 Removable sternum strap. Because sometimes you need some extra support while carrying something heavy and sometimes you don't.

Document organization
Document organization

 Organizational pockets for 2 passports, 2 pens and a zippered compartment for credit cards or other small items. A velcro sealed pocket behind the passport pockets also provides more space for storage.

Tuck away straps
Tuck away straps

 Elastic straps on the back allow you to tuck away your straps without needing to unclip them. This allows you to grab a strap and use it in backpack mode quickly and easily.

Several internal pockets
Several internal pockets

Two velcro mesh pockets and two zippered flat pockets. And a document sleeve and velcro fastener. A light grey inner lining helps you to quickly locate smaller items in your bag when needed.

Optional Extra

Packing Cube set dimensions
Packing Cube set dimensions

 As an extra reward tier I have included a set of custom ultra lightweight packing cubes that fit into the V1 Pack nicely as you can see in the image below.

Packing Cube set
Packing Cube set

This set of packing cubes is ultra lightweight and altogether weighs around 100 grams (3.5 oz) so you won't be weighed down while packing.

 When/Where

The V1 Pack will be manufactured in a factory in Quanzhou, China and production will take around 1 to 2 months to complete depending when production starts. It can get backed up through the Christmas period so I am hoping to have production going before than. I will then have fulfillment and shipping handled in China with a company called China Division. We'll work together to make sure that your bags are shipped out as quickly and efficiently as possible.

I am expecting delivery to your door will be early January. This is factoring in all the lead time and production, delivery from the factory to warehouse and then fulfilled and forwarded to you. Of course I'll keep you up to date with what's happening through this page and my youtube channel.

Why

I designed this bag and am doing this kickstarter because I couldn't find a lightweight (less than 1kg (2.2lbs)) backpack that had all the features that I wanted in a carry on. I know that I'm not alone in this and so rather than keeping it to myself I want everyone who is enthusiastic about 'one bag' carry on travel to be able to enjoy its simple, durable and lightweight design. 

Who  

I'm Dean I run the YouTube Channel and review website PackingLite.co I've reviewed and travelled with multiple types of backpacks and have always enjoyed travelling. I always travel with just one carry on backpack weighing under 7kg (15 lbs). But I've always been on the lookout for a perfect 'all in one' carry on backpack that was lightweight and minimal.

Press Kit

A collection of photos of the bag, logos, etc

Risks and challenges

With every project there are risks and challenges especially for a first project like this. I am working closely with a reputable factory in China for the initial production run of the backpacks and a separate factory for the production of the packing cubes. They have informed me that production may be a little slower over the holiday period leading up to Christmas. We'll be working hard to get the bags produced and shipped by early January 2018.

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    Packing Cube Set

    A set of 3 Packing cubes that are 2 small sized and one large size.

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    V1 Pack Backpack (with sternum strap) + FREE shipping!

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