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$25,774
pledged of $44,237pledged of $44,237 goal
55
backers
37days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 28 2019 12:00 AM UTC +00:00.

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 Early bird discount ends August 27th. Click the green Back this Project button in the upper righthand corner of your screen now to get the best deal.  

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3 Second Overview: 

  • Comfortable ergonomic hip belt and back panel that  with your body and matches your back’s natural curve 
  • Arca Swiss compatible lens and camera holster requiring no adapter plates 
  • Secure camera and lens storage up to an 800mm f/5.6

Interior:

Main Camera Compartment

Secondary Camera Compartment: Great For Non-Photographic Gear

Secondary compartment: Great for non-photographic gear
Secondary compartment: Great for non-photographic gear

Dividers

Never loose your lens caps again
Never loose your lens caps again
Maximize space with battery & memory card dividers
Maximize space with battery & memory card dividers

The Patent Pending Alotech ELEV 5800’ Backpack (expandable to fit non-photographic gear)

 An outdoor camera bag that’s been reengineered from the ground up.    

Room for Both Photographic & Non-Photographic Gear (Airline Compatible)
Room for Both Photographic & Non-Photographic Gear (Airline Compatible)

Wondering what makes the Alotech ELEV 5800’ different from all the other bags you’ve tried before? 

Firstly, it’s created for outdoor photographers BY outdoor photographers. And that means it’s got all the features that actually matter (and none of the ones that don’t).

The ELEV 5800' is the only camera backpack designed for your back... not a wall

Every other camera bag on the market uses a flat back panel, which sticks out from the body, causing sore aching shoulders, lower back pain, and nasty back sweat. 

(And you thought wildlife photography would be fun 😉)

The ELEV 5800' uses a contoured back panel, specially designed to match your spine’s natural curve, keeping you cool and comfortable all day long.  

Designed to fit the natural curve of your spine
Designed to fit the natural curve of your spine

The contoured back panel works in tandem with the pack’s suspension system to channel the weight of your camera gear off your shoulders and onto the strongest part of your body: your hips. 

As well as eliminating shoulder pain, this clever weight distribution makes:

Which would you rather carry?
Which would you rather carry?

The ELEV 5800’ also makes hotspots and back sweat a thing of the past, thanks to strategically-placed ventilation that allows air to flow freely along your entire back. 

Deep air channels allow for air to flow between your back and your bag
Deep air channels allow for air to flow between your back and your bag

The ELEV 5800’ acknowledges we all come in different sizes and is designed accordingly 

Why do camera bag companies assume we’re all running around with torsos like LeBron James? And that men and women can work with the same fit?   

Do we look like we’d all be comfy in the same-sized bag?
Do we look like we’d all be comfy in the same-sized bag?

Universal bag sizing is a big problem…

If your waist-belt and back panel are in the wrong position, you end up with sharp shoulder pain and an aching lower back…

If your shoulder strap doesn’t fit well, you feel extremely unbalanced due to the weight of your gear... 

And, if your bag’s simply too big, it smacks against your body as you walk, seriously limiting your mobility. 

At Alotech we know that your back has its own unique torso length, which is exactly why the ELEV 5800' backpack comes in three different sizes (Small, Medium and Large). 

On top of that, each size has an adjustable suspension system that allows you to customize the torso length to match your body perfectly, whether you’re 5’1” or 6’7”. 

Just a few quick adjustments and you’ll enter a whole new level of comfort, thanks to the fact you're finally using a bag that was designed specifically for you. 

Fully adjustable to give you the perfect fit
Fully adjustable to give you the perfect fit

 It’s also designed to move with you, not against you 

As an outdoor photographer, you’re constantly battling rough terrain and brutal weather. At Alotech, we believe you should only have to fight the elements; not your camera bag — 

And that’s a big point of difference. 

Other camera bags force you to work hard, using your hips and shoulders to support and stabilize the weight of your gear as you traverse uneven terrain. 

The ELEV 5800's Independently Rotating Harness System (IS) allows the bag’s shoulder harness and hipbelt to rotate independently, naturally reducing side-to-side sway, increasing stability and saving you energy.

More stability, way less effort
More stability, way less effort

The ELEV 5800’ gives you quick, easy access to all your critical gear

Ever noticed that your camera battery only ever runs out when you’ve found the perfect lighting? And your memory card always seems to fill up when you’re capturing a once-in-a-lifetime interaction between two animals?

Yeah… it sucks. 

Especially when you’re forced to take off your camera bag, dig around aimlessly, then miss an amazing photograph after you’ve spent hours in the field.

The ELEV 5800's InstantAccess system makes this kind of scenario a thing of the past. All your critical gear is within arm’s reach, thanks to the elastic water-resistant battery pouch and waterproof zippered pocket (perfect for spare memory cards) located on your shoulder straps.  

Never Miss a Photo Again
Never Miss a Photo Again

It also puts your water — safely — within arm’s reach

Other camera bags force you to take off your backpack to access your water bottle AND make you choose between using a water bladder next to your cameras and lenses, which can leak and cause you $5,000+ in damage, or using no bladder at all so you don't risk damaging all your gear (... you just dehydrate instead).

The Alotech ELEV 5800’ comes with an EasyGrab angled water bottle holster, which you can access without removing your bag.  

Easy water bottle access on the go
Easy water bottle access on the go

The backpack also has a separate waterproof compartment for your bladder, so you never have to risk expensive water damage again. 

Waterproof compartment for risk-free water bladder carry
Waterproof compartment for risk-free water bladder carry

You can carry your tripod the way you want with the ELEV 5800’ 

Instead of having only one option for your tripod (and one that almost always means you have to unstrap it whenever you want to get into the main compartment), the ELEV 5800’ gives you the power of choice.  

You can carry your tripod in 4 different ways: on the right side, left side, bottom and top of your backpack. No matter which option you choose, you’ll never have to unstrap your tripod to gain access to your main compartment.

Don't worry, we won't judge you if you rock four tripods at once.
Don't worry, we won't judge you if you rock four tripods at once.

To take this next-level functionality one step further, the ELEV 5800’ has a unique ALock attachment system, which allows you to simply snap your tripod to the bag without  annoying straps in sight. 

Strap-free attachment, compatible with any tripod
Strap-free attachment, compatible with any tripod

The ELEV 5800’ is the end of lens cap hide-and-seek

We know how easy it is to lose sight of lens caps, camera body caps and extender caps in traditional camera bags. That’s why our proprietary ADivider has a flush elastic pouch on one side that allows you to store any equipment, from stacked caps, up to 82mm lens caps, to a large camera battery (1DX II/ D5). 

Never loose your lens caps again
Never loose your lens caps again

The ELEV 5800’ also has a proprietary battery divider and memory card divider so you can save time and space with neat, easy storage. 

Maximize space with battery & memory card dividers
Maximize space with battery & memory card dividers

Dirt, sand and dust are real camera bag pests. Not only because they’re usually so hard to get rid of (thanks, velcro), but also because they can scratch your lens and front element, leaving you with an expensive repair bill. 

The ELEV 5800's QuickClean interior on the bottom of the main compartment uses the same fabric that’s on the exterior of the bag, allowing you to quickly expel those specks of dirt and grains of sand. 

Make sure dirt never scratches your lenses with the Alotech QuickClean interior
Make sure dirt never scratches your lenses with the Alotech QuickClean interior

Do you carry a DJI Mavic Pro, but have to leave other cameras or lenses behind because there isn't enough room in your bag?

Not anymore, thanks to the Alotech ELEV 5800's top compartment, which is specially designed for storing additional equipment such as drones, cameras, lenses up to a 300mm f/2.8, or even your lunch. 

Secondary expandable top storage compartment
Secondary expandable top storage compartment

Designed for the extreme, because you shoot in all kinds of conditions

As an outdoor photographer, you're tough. Rain, snow, sleet or hail never hold you back, so your bag shouldn’t either. 

The Alotech ELEV 5800' backpack is built to be as tough and rugged as you are with:

Durable waterproof exterior fabric & industry leading YKK AquaGuard zippers
Durable waterproof exterior fabric & industry leading YKK AquaGuard zippers

Every feature that’s gone into the ELEV 5800' makes it stand apart 

And, as you can probably tell by now, a *LOT* has gone into it. Here’s a little snapshot of how it compares. 

Alotech vs. the other guys
Alotech vs. the other guys

Want a companion for your ELEV 5800’? Say Hello to the Alotech Patent Pending Camera Holster and Patent Pending Lens Holster

(sold separately & compatible with the Alotech ELEV 5800' Backpack)

You’ve seen how different our bags are from the competition. Alotech holsters are no different. 

Every feature that’s gone into the Alotech Camera Holster and Lens Holster is designed for next-level functionality, from their seamless design requiring no external plates, to their ability to hold up to 800mm lenses, and their innovative VariAngle design.

No more annoying adapter plates
No more annoying adapter plates

A new benchmark in seamless design

Are you tired of having to install external plates on all your cameras and lenses? What about constantly tightening your external plates because the screws always come loose? 

The proprietary Alotech Camera Holster and Lens Holster accessories allow you to seamlessly access any camera camera (up to a 1DX II/ D5) or any lens (up to an 800mm f/5.6) instantly. Simply slide any lens with an Arca Swiss lens foot or any camera with an Arca Swiss camera L bracket into the Lens Holster or the Camera Holster. For 400mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, and 600mm f/4 lenses simply use an included strap to channel the weight directly onto the pack's suspension system.

Alotech camera holster
Alotech camera holster
Alotech Lens Holster
Alotech Lens Holster

Natively go from mounting your lens or camera on your hip to attaching your camera or lens to any Arca Swiss tripod head without having to remove any external plates. 

Works seamlessly with your Arca-swiss system
Works seamlessly with your Arca-swiss system

Are you tired of having your camera or lens smack your leg as you walk? The proprietary VariAngle design allows your holster to be angled in 30° intervals, giving your legs the clearance they need. 

The only holster that doesn't smack your leg or get in your way when you traverse terrain
The only holster that doesn't smack your leg or get in your way when you traverse terrain

Worried about knocking a lever undone and destroying $5,000+ worth of camera gear? We don't want you to have an expensive doorstop, and that's why the Camera Holster and Lens Holster don't require any lever or screw to be secure: they just use gravity. The only way for a lens to fall out is if you hold the holsters upside down.

Even with the lever open your gear won't fall out
Even with the lever open your gear won't fall out

For peace of mind and extra security (in case you do a handstand) we built in a simplistic locking lever to keep your camera or lens flush in place.

The Lens Holster and Camera Holster are built with a rugged design crafted with anodized aluminum to create an extremely long lifespan (anodized aluminum body is heat resistant up to 1,221° F).  

Each feature of the Lens Holster and Camera Holster makes them stand apart 

And, as you can probably tell by now, a *LOT* has gone into it. Here’s a little snapshot of how it compares. 

Alotech vs. the other guys
Alotech vs. the other guys

We build our bags to be as tough as you and as rugged as the terrain you shoot on. So, yeah… they come with a lifetime warranty 

We use durable waterproof fabric, YKK AquaGuard Vislon zippers, and our signature buckle so you’ll never be stuck with a bag that’s falling apart at the seams. 

We stand by this promise with our signature Alotech Rough Country Lifetime Warranty, which covers manufacturers defects. You can check out all the details in the FAQ tab.

Hi, I’m Thomas

Just like you, I’m a photographer. And, just like you, I’ve spent thousands and thousands of dollars in search of the perfect bag —  

One that’s comfortable, functional and actually makes my job easier.

But you know what? I never found one, even though I tested almost every bag on the market. 

Finally, after one too many assignments that ended in seriously sore shoulders and missed shots (thanks to inaccessible storage compartments), I decided to create a bag to solve all my problems. 

And I figured I might as well solve everyone else’s in the process. 

My team and I have spent the last year speaking with wildlife photographers from around the world, compiling a long list of all the things they’d love to see in an outdoor camera bag, then taking that list through design, engineering, redesign, and prototyping.

We knew we were getting close when photographers in the field told us our third prototype was “better than all the other camera bags they’d ever seen” — 

But we didn’t stop there. 

We fine-tuned even the smallest details like zipper pulls and threading through two more rounds of prototyping because we really, truly wanted to get this right before we launched. 

The end result? The ELEV 5800' backpack.

Why Kickstarter?

This venture has gone from one crazy idea to completely redesigning each and every part of a camera bag. It's unreal to think about how we transformed a laundry list of ideas into fully functioning bags and accessories. 

And we couldn’t have done it without our Alotech Design Board — a community of wildlife photographers from around the world who let us know what features really mattered to them. If you’re one of them, THANK YOU. These products wouldn’t have been the same without your input and ideas. 

While we’ve been able to self-finance design, development, patenting, prototyping and testing, and I (Thomas) have personally committed to self-financing part of the MOQ (minimum order quantity) from an awesome manufacturing partner, we need your help to take this project through to the final stage. 

We’ll use the $44,237 goal to finance part of the MOQ (the manufacturing cost) as well as commercial freight costs. 

We’ve already received the contract from our manufacturers, and they're just waiting for us to sign the dotted line and send a check before ramping up production. 

 Click the green Back this Project button in the upper righthand corner of your screen to instantly back this project.  

Pledges ship on a first-pledged, first-served basis. 

Got questions?

Check out the FAQ section at the top of this page. If your question isn't answered, I’d love to help you out! Email me directly at thomas@alotechgear.com or call/text me at +1 (307) 226-0151. Have an iPhone? I just hooked my number up to Apple's ABC (uses iMessage). Click here to text me

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Risks and challenges

We’ve been designing, engineering, redesigning, prototyping, sourcing and planning these products for over a year, because we wanted to be 100% confident we could deliver before we sought funding.

And here we are.

All our ducks are in a row, we already have the contracts from our manufacturers, and our last round of prototypes were spot on. We’ve even budgeted in extra time for shipping, to account for any delays, and — all going well — allow us to send everything out before the estimated shipping date (if you haven’t already guessed, we’re big believers in under-promising and over-delivering).

Despite being fully prepared, things can always pop up, and some of these, like natural disasters, are beyond our control. However, it is in our control to let you know immediately if any issues arise, as well as how we plan on tackling them, and that’s our promise to you.

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Long-lasting design

Our Bags are Built to Last

We design our bags to be as tough as you and as rugged as the terrain you shoot on. We use durable waterproof fabric, YKK AquaGuard Vislon zippers, and our signature buckle so you’ll never be stuck with a bag that’s falling apart at the seams. Long story short, your ELEV 5800’ is more likely to end up with your grandkids than it is in the landfill.

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