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A Modular Travel System Inspired by Active Lifestyles. Customize your Bags and Luggage to Grow With You, Bowerbags™. Make It Yours. Read more

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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on June 30, 2014.

A Modular Travel System Inspired by Active Lifestyles. Customize your Bags and Luggage to Grow With You, Bowerbags™. Make It Yours.

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•Please Note, all backers pledging $25 and higher will receive an additional HIP BAG to their reward tier, thanks for your support!

We understand the need for different bags for different occasions. Whether heading in to work, going to the gym, traveling for business or on vacation, Bowerbags™ is the modular travel system that provides total flexibility for people on the go.

Bowerbags can be used individually, or you can customize your own travel system to fit your lifestyle and needs! Let us show you how, the 5 modular bags make up the total travel system and how they combine with one another.

 

 

 

 

Bowerbags is the system to organize your travel so that you can evolve even when airlines change their rules

Your Carry-On Bag Probably Won't Fit on Major US Airlines Anymore, but Bowerbags always will, because our bags grow with you.

 

Our durable line of Bowerbags™ all connect through our patented Bowerbuckle™ technology giving you the freedom to create a custom travel system and Make It Yours.

 

 

 To start a Bowerbag™ Combo here are some suggested steps:

1. You can begin with our Base Bag. It's 3 bags rolled up into 1 with lots of additional features like our patented strap system:

 

 

2. If you go on a trip or need more room,add our Duffel Bag to our Base Bag. It can hold anything you need for up to a week.

 

 

3.Choose from our 3 accessory bags. Our Hip Bag and our Shoulder Bag make for great travel companions. All bags work individually or together as a family.

 

 

 

Our Bike Bag is a great travel accessory to get you through the day. Whether you ride a bike or not.

 

Our Bike Bag can be carried separately or connected to our Base Bag or Duffel Bag.

Be the first to create your very own Bowerbag™ system. Choose from the reward tiers to build your personal system or save overall, by choosing from our combo packs.

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 What sets Bowerbags™ apart from everything else?

•Our Bowerbuckle™ system allows you to take only what you need.

 • All Bowerbags™,are constructed of water resistant ballistic nylon or waterproof pack cloth.

 •Customize your Bowerbags™ to your lifestyle!

  •Add or Subtract as many As You Need, Make it Yours.

 • Bowerbags™ patented strap system attaches to your Bike or Motorcycle:

•Build Your Bag for how you travel.

 •Move through security quickly.

 

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Welcome to the Bowerbags™ Innovation Lab!  Here, you are able to choose a ready-to-print 3D file with our patented Bowerbuckle™ peg already added. 

3d printing is becoming more and more accessible, allowing us to dream it and build it, faster than ever before:

 

This is how the peg (in blue) attaches to your 3d printing files:

The link below will give you a free download of the peg file so that you can attach the peg to your own creations.

 

The link below will give you a free download of the unicorn head with the peg already attached:

 

 The link below will give you a free download an I-phone 4/4s case with the peg attached:

 

After you have your file, you're all ready to print!  If you aren't lucky enough to have a 3D printer at home, then make your way over to Shapeways.com to have them print and ship your Bowerbag accessory to your door.

How our Bowerbuckle™ system came to be:

Bowerbuckles™ were born from searching for the best way to add or remove pockets from our original Bowerbag™. We wanted to build a bag with modular pockets and the ability to combine multiple bags into one. In earlier prototypes we used MOLLE webbing and traditional button snaps to achieve modularity. 

We found the button snaps were cumbersome to move in and around the webbing. We also found there were no other clasping solutions on the market that made our modularity goal any easier.

We concluded that there was no hardware that was quite right, so we went to work making our own. We designed, prototyped and tested over 1000 different clip variations until landing on the Bowerbuckle™ you see today.

To solve this problem we developed our own clasps that could flow in and out of the webbing when changes are desired while still being sturdy in a fixed position. Our patented Bowerbuckles uniquely provide the Bowerbags carrying system fluid, durable versatility.

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Did you really design, create, and test 1000 clips to get it right?

Yes, that is true. There were many changes and alterations that went into perfecting the final design.

Do Bowerbags come in different colors?

We have designed this line of Bowerbags as our Black Label edition. Black is timeless, and we felt it would be the best choice for our first run of product. However, we appreciate the need for color in our everyday lives, and it is our full intention to offer an array of colorful options in the future as we grow the Bowerbag brand.

Are Bowerbags waterproof?

All Bowerbags, whether individual or combined, are constructed of water resistant ballistic nylon or waterproof pack cloth, which means if you get caught in the rain, your items won't get wet.. Here is a video to give you an idea...

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How sturdy are those "Bowerbuckles" really?

The patented Bowerbuckle you see today is the result of thousands (literally) of prototypes.  It is designed for ease of use and to be "strong like bull."  Watch this video to see just how much abuse they can handle...

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When will Bowerbags reach our door?

Delivery: October 2014

Our Kickstarter Campaign will run for 40 days. It takes about 4 weeks after the campaign to clear all payments and receive funding from Kickstarter and Amazon.

Once we receive the funds, we can begin production of bags and buckles which will take about 2 months. Shipping the product will take 2-3 weeks, and we expect it will arrive in the second part of September. From there, we can ship the product directly to you and you will receive your Bowerbag in October.

Why $115,000?

To break it down a bit, Kickstarter and Amazon will take about 10%. The rest goes directly in the production of Bowerbags™ and mold making for Bowerbuckles™.

Bowerbuckles™ are made with injection molding we estimate the total tooling cost to fall somewhere between $30-35k.

We need to raise $115,000 to get the tooling molds and do the first run of all 5 Bowerbags. So please tell your friends. Together we can kickstart a revolution in how we carry things.

Thanks so much for your support. – The Bowerbags Team

Have any questions? Did we miss something? Then drop us a line at:

info@bowerbags.com

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A system born of experimenting in how we carry things, Bowerbags were frankensteined to life by mad scientists in our secret innovation lab.  

Bowerbags™ were designed for people with active lifestyles and fill the gap for individuals who need a carrying system as diverse and dynamic as they are.  

 Founded in 2011, Bowerbags™ is the brainchild of inventor/magician/industrial designer/mad scientist/ Jamie Bowerman. Jamie's journey to create the most innovative carrying system possible started in grad school and he has run with it ever since. Having received numerous awards for himself and the bags. Jamie is ready to kickstart a revolution in how we carry things.

Josh Crandall is an industrial designer and strategist hailing from Lexington, Kentucky. Josh and Jamie met in grad school after Jamie had demonstrated the very first Bowerbag and they have been friends ever since. 

Matt Hebermehl is a long time friend and contributor to the Bowerbags team both as an in-house artist and marketing strategist. When Matt is not hustling bags he is transforming his community in paint covered pants. 

There are many other talented artists, designers, engineers, and rabble rousers that make up the Bowerbags Team. These talented individuals are some of the finest creatives we know, and we are proud to call them are friends.

We would like to give a Special Thanks and shout out to the following people in no particular order.

Laney Builteman, for all her support, dedication, and hard work over the many years of watching me struggle, and struggling with me to make this a reality. You will always be my favorite co-founder, photographer, model, designer, builder, mold maker, chef, therapist, manager, pattern maker and most of all, Bee. Without your love and support Bowerbags would not be possible.  

Matt Niehoff and the amazing group of talent at ThoughtFly Productions. The video is amazing and thats all because of you brother.

Big thanks to the gang in Kentucky, You guys rocked!

Models: Emily BennettAaron StrunkCrissa CandlerChris Diaz, andAshley Flora

Hair: Matthew Tyldesley
Makeup: Isidro Valencia
Wardrobe: Genna S Yussman
Music: Dustin Tucker
Produced and Directed by ThoughtFly

Josh Branstetter, with Jabberpics. You have always been there for us and Bowerbags. Words can not express the many years of excellent photography and video you have helped to create. All beginning stop motion videos are the work of this mad scientist photographer.

Aaron Pompei, for his amazing video work, photographer and friendship. All motorcycle shots and bike video are the work of this renaissance film maker.

Kay Wolfersperger, you are one of the most talented designers we have ever worked with! Thanks for sticking with me. All Bowerbags logo work is the fine craftsmanship of this rock and roll maker at kay loves candy.

Hope Wallace, for sweating it out with me in that tiny studio on the 3rd floor. You are an inspiration and will always be the best up and coming designer of the south. 

Joe Depalma, you have always been there for Bowerbags. We wouldn't be here without all your help. Your a top shelf creative director and the east coasts premier male model.

There are virtually 100's of friends and family members who have at one time or another stopped what they were doing to help make Bowerbags a reality. We are making a special page on our site dedicated just to you. Thank you all for everything and for most of all believing in us. 

Best -The Bowerbags Team

Risks and challenges

While there are always risks and challenges associated with the manufacturing of any product, we have spent a great deal of time building our relationships with reliable factories to assure we can provide quality product in a timely manner.

While we expect on-time delivery, we know that sometimes there can be unforeseen delays in the production and shipping processes. We work directly with the factories, and if a delay were to occur, our backers would be notified immediately, and we would be working with the factory on site to remedy any issues.

We look forward to share our updates and fresh content as we embark on this journey to kickstart a revolution in how we carry things.

Thank so much for your support.

-Bowerbags Team

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  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    3 backers

    Welcome to the Bowerbag family. With your contribution you will become an official Bowerbags ambassador with a promo pack complete with Bowerbags stickers and buttons.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    14 backers Limited (86 left of 100)

    Hip Bag and four patented Bowerbuckles
    ($35Retail).

    Hip Bags can attach to your belt so you can be quick on the draw with your camera, mobile device, notebook, pens, pencils, whatever you need. By using our patented Bowerbuckles, the Hip Bag easily attaches to our Base Bag, Duffel Bag, or Bike Bag. Includes $10 shipping cost.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    16 backers Limited (84 left of 100)

    Shoulder Bag and four patented Bowerbuckles
    (Retail $50).

    Shoulder Bags are great for people on the go who want to travel light and stay organized. Shoulder Bags feature three individual waterproof pockets including a separate padded area for your iPad or tablet device. The Shoulder Bag easily attaches to our Base Bag using our patented Bowerbuckles. Includes $10 shipping cost.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $60 or more

    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    Hip Bag and Shoulder Bag Combo with 8 Bowerbuckles. Ideal for life on the go.Our $25 and $35 reward tiers reunited and it feels so good.

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    Pledge $85 or more

    12 backers Limited (88 left of 100)

    Bike Bag and six patented Bowerbuckles
    (Retail $120)
    *Early Bird Special.

    Whether you ride your bike to work, for fitness, for fun, or all of the above, the Bowerbags Bike Bag was built for you. Flexible cargo netting provides convenient bike helmet storage. Our Hip Bag or Shoulder Bag can be added to the Bike Bag with our patented Bowerbuckles. Interior padded pockets provide secure storage for laptops and other tech devices while you’re cruising the streets with plenty of room in the bag for books, clothing, etc.

    Includes $20 shipping cost.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    7 backers Limited (93 left of 100)

    Duffel Bag and six Bowerbuckles
    (Retail $130)
    *Early Bird Special.

    If you were, “born a ramblin’ man (or woman),” and need a travel bag to carry a week’s worth of gear then the Bowerbags Duffel is for you. You can attach our Hip Bag, Shoulder Bag, or Bike Bag by using our patented Bowerbuckles. For travel, for the gym, for wherever life takes you.

    Includes $20 shipping cost.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $145 or more

    2 backers Limited (123 left of 125)

    Base bag
    (Retail $199)
    *Early Bird Special.

    The Bowerbags Base Bag is the core of our modular carrying system. The Base Bag functions as a messenger bag, backpack, or bicycle saddlebag and is built to suit your business or travel needs. You can transform your bag from messenger style to backpack or vice versa in just a few easy clicks as demonstrated in our video. The Base Bag also conveniently straps to your bike rack if you want to ride free without a bag on your back.

    Includes $25 shipping cost.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $160 or more

    2 backers Limited (98 left of 100)

    Base Bag, Hip Bag, and four Bowerbuckles
    (Retail $220)
    *Early Bird Special.

    Give yourself the dynamic convenience of the Base Bag with the fun and function of the Hip Bag and patented Bowerbuckles. This is a great way to start building your custom carrying system.

    Includes $25 shipping cost.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $175 or more

    2 backers Limited (98 left of 100)

    Base Bag, Shoulder Bag, and four Bowerbuckles
    (Retail $245)
    *Early Bird Special.
    Includes $25 shipping cost.

    Slap & snap the “Base” with the fun and function of the Shoulder Bag and patented Bowerbuckles.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $205 or more

    2 backers Limited (98 left of 100)

    Base Bag & Bike Bag combo (Bowerbuckles included)
    (Retail $285)
    *Early Bird Special.

    The power of the Base Bag meets the flexibility and convenience of the Bike Bag...’nuff said. If you like to ride, then ride on you crazy diamond, this combo’s for you.
    Includes $35 shipping cost.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $225 or more

    1 backer Limited (64 left of 65)

    Base Bag & Duffel Bag combo, Bowerbuckles included
    (Retail $320)
    *Early Bird Special.

    Pack everything you need for a busy day of work, travel, and exercise with our Base Bag & Duffel Bag combo. Carry your bags separately or combine the bags with our patented Bowerbuckles.

    Includes $40 shipping cost.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $360 or more

    63 backers Limited (12 left of 75)

    The Whole Shebang - All five individual Bowerbags, interchangeable with each other (Retail $499)
    *Early Bird Special.
    Includes $45 shipping cost.

    Congratulations, you are about to receive the total Bowerbags experience. With your contribution you will receive the whole shebang. You get the Base Bag, Duffel Bag, Shoulder Bag, Bike Bag, Hip Bag and enough Bowerbuckles to put it all together and then some. Pack. Click. Send a postcard. MAKE IT YOURS.

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Funding period

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