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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, December 6 2018 7:54 PM UTC +00:00.

Backpacks For LifeBy Backpacks For Life
First created
Backpacks For LifeBy Backpacks For Life
First created
$20,876
pledged of $120,000pledged of $120,000 goal
140
backers
20days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, December 6 2018 7:54 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Artwork by Samuel Alexander
Artwork by Samuel Alexander

Inspired by a United States Marine Corps. Veteran, The Bowery Pack was designed and engineered to not only sustain our homeless veterans during their time on the streets but also serves as a vessel suitable for your travel, hiking, and everyday needs. The Bowery Pack is the backpack that keeps on giving. Support this American Made, Patent-Pending Pack, built by the hands of military veterans and in turn, help thousands of homeless veterans get back on their feet. 

Backpack with Detached Grab-and-Go Lid
Backpack with Detached Grab-and-Go Lid

Despite the thousands of backpacks on the market, there isn’t one that specifically caters to veterans in need. This product was designed with ample storage, durable materials and added security features to make living on the streets a bit easier for our homeless veterans. While fitted and designed for a veteran, The Bowery Pack was also specifically created to cater to all walks of life, including the urban dweller whose constantly on-the-go and the trailblazing adventurer. 

With a prototype in hand since March of 2018, and with the help of our seasoned manufacturing team, we have carefully crafted, critiqued, and made all the necessary adjustments in every stage of The Bowery Pack’s development with the hopes that this pack is the best possible version of itself. Our manufacturer has multiple years of experience in fabricating workmen’s gear, outdoor shelters, and industrial grade bags, all of which are designed to withstand against the harsh elements of the outdoors. The manufacturing facility currently operates a vast portfolio of products, handles order fulfillment and prides itself on American made quality products. 

While creating The Bowery Pack, we focused on the quality of materials & meticulously emphasized the craftsmanship and design features. Instead of adding tons of pockets & devices that can become obsolete over time (which you may never use anyway), you have the choice to customize your backpack and add accessories that fit your specific lifestyle. 

Seabag Closure (Open Position)
Seabag Closure (Open Position)
Seabag Closure (Closed Position)
Seabag Closure (Closed Position)
Seabag Closure (Locked Position)
Seabag Closure (Locked Position)
Interior Pocket to Store Collapsible Mat
Interior Pocket to Store Collapsible Mat
Collapsible Mat
Collapsible Mat

Production 

The production of this backpack will be happening on the great soil of America at a manufacturing facility called Tsuga, located in Boone, North Carolina. Our production will be operated by transitioning military, who are looking to get into the manufacturing industry. Through a training program, operated by OVAAT (One Veteran At A Time), our production will not only be providing a training opportunity but eventual full-time positions for veterans to have a hand in what will be the first ever backpack designed with a veteran in mind.

We’re most excited to share that with the expansion of our manufacturer’s facility, our team will be taking over a 1,000 square foot space designed to cater to The Bowery Pack production, quality check, and fulfillment processes. With each backpack we are providing a place for veteran employment, a sense of community and a production cycle that continues to give; to our veterans in our facility and those veterans on the streets.

The Bowery Pack Specs:

  • Patent Pending US# 62/753,669
  • Approved Carry-On Size: 21”x 12.5”x 7”
  • Lightweight & Collapsible: 30L Body; 3L Lid
  • Detachable lid for a portable mini bag or toiletry kit
  • Overall shape of backpack supports even distribution of weight 
  • Locking cable: attach to a post with a lock to keep belongings safe (lock not included)
  • ¼ Inch Cell Foam Collapsible Sleep Mat: 61.5" x 23"
Extra Storage @ Quick Release Straps
Extra Storage @ Quick Release Straps
Detachable Grab-and-Go Lid with Zipper Pocket & Hang Loop
Detachable Grab-and-Go Lid with Zipper Pocket & Hang Loop

 MATERIALS & DESIGN

  •  1000D & 1680D Ballistic Nylon: water & abrasion resistant
  •  Mini Diamond Ripstop Material: prevents rips & tears
  •  Tubular Nylon: durable grab handles at back & lid of pack 
  •  Daisy Chain Accent Strips: attach your beloved accessories 
  •  Reflective Webbing: be safe & be seen
  •  WeatherMax: moisture wicking on inner straps
  •  Wide Ergonomic Arm Straps: even distribution of weight
  •  Lowered Arm Straps: keeps pack weight off lower back 
  •  Elastic Webbing Keeper: roll up loose end straps
  •  Sternum Quick Release w/ Whistle: signal or alert others
  •  Cell Foam Backing: reinforces good posture 
  •  Additional Storage: store sleeping bag or jacket under the front quick release straps
  •  Chevron Pattern Stitch Design: backside design, shout out to our military!
  •  American Made: manufactured in the USA & 70% of materials sourced in USA
Pack Locked to Post
Pack Locked to Post

The Story

Sgt. Brett D’Alessandro returned home from a 7-month deployment in Afghanistan to what he thought was the end of a long road. He learned very quickly that an even longer road filled with struggle and confusion lied ahead. Unfortunately, this story is all too familiar for many of our returning veterans. After a challenging deployment, Brett and those who he returned home with, were now facing the hardest part of deployment; reintegrating into their civilian lives while battling with the hidden wounds of war.

After having a face-to-face encounter with a homeless veteran on the streets of Rhode Island in the winter, something resonated with Brett. It was not just him or those he deployed with or this man on the side of the road…it was MANY veterans, nationwide, dealing with the issues of coming home and not knowing where to turn. Brett took this moment as a sign to do more and be more for his fellow servicemen and women.

Since then, Brett has devoted his life to making sure no veteran has to suffer as he did by providing them with the correct tools to recover. Some of which include coaching veterans, networking with organizations that provide resources for veterans, breaking bread with veterans, making them feel human and letting them know they aren’t alone. This is done through countless hours of personal interaction and through the physical distribution of backpacks. Backpacks represent the first line of defense, a symbol of hope and much more to the team at Backpacks For Life. Now is the time to continue our reach, spread our story and let our veterans know that they are not alone.

TESTIMONIALS

"I have always been looking for backpack that can haul all the gear that we take with us during our medical trips. We carry everything from medical supplies, photography equipment to solar lanterns and water filters. Our organization, The Black 6 Project is a veteran led nonprofit that conducts humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions around the world. During our most recent trip to the northern highlands of Benguet, Philippines we got to test out Backpack For Life's flagship backpack. In my backpack I carried 30 solar lanterns, 7 Sawyer water filters, 2 large boxes of chocolates to give to kids, a rain jacket, a point and shoot camera, and a few maps. The trek to the villages weren't far from where we'd park our vehicles. The backpack was a true gear hauler. My cargo weighed in about 30 pounds. All the supplies fit easily as I chaotically dumped all the supplies through its large top opening.  The fabric handled the rain well as the water beaded off. The fabric also stood strong against sharp rocks and jagged edges as we had to hand the bag up to other team members while climbing up shear cliffs. The Bowery Pack will increase our capacity and ability to bring in more supplies to remote areas. I have faith that its durable materials will protect the supplies inside. Its cargo size will also allow us to sustain ourselves should we need to stay in those areas for extended periods."

"The first time that I traveled with the Bowery Pack was on a ski trip to Squaw Valley, near Lake Tahoe in California. I didn’t have a proper ski bag and needed something that was carry-on approved. This backpack truly surprised me with how much I was able to fit inside. It housed my ski boots, my entire ski wardrobe (snow pants, jacket, layers, etc..,) and even a few books! The drawstring located at the top of the bag that helps to close it is one of my favorite features because it allowed me to fill the bag and compress my belongings with one easy pull. In addition, the lid that drapes over the drawstring closing mechanism ensured that everything was secure." 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Risks and challenges

Backpacks For Life has The Bowery Pack prototype in hand, which has been through numerous rounds of testing and is ready for mass production. A location has been secured in North Carolina where our product will be manufactured. We have also even been able to ensure the fulfillment obligations, such as packaging and distribution will be met. The next step is jumpstarting the production process, which is why we decided to launch this Kickstarter campaign.

One of our main challenges is marketing (as we are a small non-profit organization ourselves) and need sufficient funds to reach our goal of manufacturing The Bowery Pack and getting them to veterans in need as soon as we possibly can.

With help of experts in various fields of production and manufacturing, Backpacks For Life has produced a realistic production timeline so that we can quickly pivot and assess any small challenges we may face along the way.

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