The problem is obvious; men carry certain items everyday and everywhere they go, but do not have enough pockets for them. While there are a lot of laptop bags on the market, most are too big for EDC only. The more space you make available, the more stuff you will end up carrying. Small items easily get lost and disorganized. Fitting in between a holster and a laptop bag, bolstr fills a sweet spot in the bag market for men.
DON'T BE A SPACEMAN...
Since launching bolstr in 2014, we have learned a lot. Most importantly, bolstr is legit. Good design is getting to the essence of a product with the least amount of compromise and, based on feedback from customers, bolstr fulfills on this philosophy. Furthermore, the bag's asymmetrical, minimal design eludes the man purse stigma, providing the optimum function in good form.
bolstr is a small EDC bag for men that is perfectly sized and minimal.
It is uniquely designed for:
bolstr is available in righty and lefty orientations. Throw a messenger bag on and the side of the body it rests on is the orientation you want. If it is on your left side you want a lefty; if it is on your right side you want a righty.
While many people thought to focus on such a small bag for men was crazy, it proved to be anything but. Whether for work, working out, travel, or leisure, thousands made the switch to minimal everyday carry (EDC) with bolstr.
Based on customer feedback, bolstr’s asymmetrical silhouette and carefully considered pocketing needed a little updating. The bag keeps everyday carry items masterfully organized and in one place at all times. It makes minimal EDC effortless. (And bolstr’s styling eludes the man purse stigma.) A lot of thought went into the design of bolstr and we can let the reviews for the bag speak for themselves…
That said, we took suggestions from backers and customers to heart. With improvements to the shoulder strap, materials of constructions, pocketing and other small accouterments, we are excited to introduce the new bolstr 2.0 Small Carry EDC bag.
Let's take a closer look:
In addition to ballistic nylon, bolstr is now available in two colors of waxed canvas: Drab Olive and Stone Grey. Both earthy tones are a casual break from business as usual. Durable and lightweight, the 10 oz fabric is perfect for this size EDC bag.
Another note on materials of construction...bolstr is designed to keep your carry dry. Both the waxed cotton and ballistic nylon are coated to repel water. And as with the first design, all zippers are waterproof.
No detail was overlooked. bolstr is now styled with the latest metal zipper slides and stamped rubber pulls allowing for easier access to the pockets. Last but not least, a pen slot on the inside of your bolstr was added to keep your smallest EDC organized and within reach.
Also, we updated the fleece pocketing material to an equally soft, but less bulky option. This means more room for your carry.
The #1 requested update was making the shoulder strap better. So we gave it a complete overhaul. As a standard option, bolstr now comes with a 38mm strap without a pad, giving the bag more substance without adding bulk or weight. For those toting a heavier carry, we are offering a Universal Strap featuring a split neoprene shoulder pad. This ergonomic design maximizes comfort with more load while maintaining a slim profile. The bolstr Universal Strap is sold separately and can be used with other shoulder or crossbody bags.
The fast access pocket got faster. We are excited to incorporate a Fidlock magnetic closure that makes getting into the fast access pocket a breeze. Simply pull, lift, and you are in. To close the pocket, just let go and it will lock on its own. Simple and effortless…
But that's not all...we also included a small, zip pocket that is perfect for AirPods. Never lose your buds again and have them close at hand. This pocket is also great for extra credit cards, cash, and coins.
HOW BIG IS BOLSTR
We teamed up with one of the best bag manufacturers in the world to make the new bolstr. Based in Japan, with plants all over Asia, we now have access to the best fabrics, hardware, and craftsmanship in the industry. From design and packaging to cutting and sewing a lot of thought and attention went into making your bolstr; no detail was overlooked. We could not ask for a better manufacturer to work with and are excited to have them on board.
Kickstarter, help us get another production run going, as well as spread the good minimalist word about bolstr 2.0. Looking foward to innovating and designing the best minimal EDC bags for men on the planet.
From Team bolstr, we thank you!
PS - We hope you enjoy the video!
bolstr launched in August of 2014 on Kickstarter as a perfectly sized and minimal small carry EDC bag for men to tote a smartphone, keys, wallet, sunglasses, but not much more. To many people's surprise, the campaign went on to be 1777% funded in 30 days and was one of Kickstarter's most successful bag projects. Receiving worldwide acclaim, with mentions in popular tech blogs like TechCruch and Gigzine, as well as local media, bolstr proved the need for a small carry bag for men that eludes the man purse stigma.
bolstr exists to bring clarity through tastefully designed small bags and slim wallets. Less is more.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER:
Tech, art, music, fashion and food enthusiast. Avid minimalist, scratch cook, tinkerer, entrepreneur, and athlete.
Jay is the founder and president of Bolstr LTD, which is his latest venture following the success of his bolstr 1.0 Ultimate EDC Bag Kickstarter. He is passionate about many things in life and curious about minimal living and EDC.
Prior to starting Bolstr LTD, Jay was the founder and president of Koyono where he designed and brought to market Apple accessories Made for iPod. He also spent 10 years working in Corporate America where he traveled the globe uncovering new industrial product opportunities for Swagelok ( an international manufacturing company in Cleveland, OH).
Jay has extensive experience with product development, manufacturing, and ecommerce operations.
Risks and challenges
We have taken a lot of risk out of this project by having the product available for immediate delivery. We worked hard with the manufacturer to get this right and went through several rounds of prototyping and disapproving of factory production samples before giving the green light.
All of the bags have been 100% inspected by us upon receipt and are ready for delivery. Backers assume the full risk of acts of God, USPS going on strike or Rudolph's nose not being so bright to guide Santa on his Global journey to the nice people's homes. Seriously, something can always go wrong but we have done everything to mitigate risk.
- (22 days)