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Inspired by experiences on the frontier and the front line, we make gear cut and sewn on American soil.
Inspired by experiences on the frontier and the front line, we make gear cut and sewn on American soil.
Inspired by experiences on the frontier and the front line, we make gear cut and sewn on American soil.
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Over the past year we have been learning from your implicit needs to design military inspired crossover bags for the frontier and the workplace. 

Inspired by nearly a decade of military service and a lifetime of adventures, we're proud to launch the ALCON backpack and GTG duffel in our hometown of Minneapolis.

With your help we can start producing these bags as soon as this campaign ends. 

Thanks for checking us out! 

This pack is designed for the urban recreationalist and gear junkie.

Inspired by many of the tactical features you asked for, including quick trapdoor access, improved interior visibility, hidden dry storage pockets, modular patch system, full length side pocket, protective hood, a padded laptop pocket, and more. 

The ALCON is constructed with black waxed canvas and 1680D ballistic nylon. This pack is comfortable, lightweight, and rugged for your next adventure.

W12" x H18" x D5" 

Volume: 1,080 Cu. In.

This weekender is designed for the urban traveler and spontaneous getaways. Inspired by many of the ALCON features, including durable black ripstop interior, hidden dry storage pockets, and more. This bag is comfortable, lightweight, and rugged for your next trip.

The GTG is constructed with black waxed canvas, 1680D ballistic nylon, and leather hand straps. 

W20" x H12" x D10"  

Volume: 2,400 Cu. In.

The patch system is designed to give you quick and easy access to everyday items. All patches are interchangeable and secured with industrial strength Velcro. 

Paracord survival straps are used in the field by Macgyvers around the world. This 5in keychain unravels into 7ft of survival awesomeness. 

The Fidelis Notebook is perfect for chronicling your adventures on the frontier and around the city. The notebook fits perfectly in our accessory pocket patches (mesh and solid versions). The interior pages also have grids to make sure you can sketch accurately.   

Sketch    >    Design    >    First Prototype
Sketch > Design > First Prototype

Founded in 2012, our products are inspired by nearly a decade of military service and a lifetime of adventures. Fidelis, faithful, is the defining principle born into all aspects of our company. 

We’re a scrappy team of veterans, creative professionals, and gear junkies that mashup the intelligent design of tactical gear and urban aesthetics into bags that transcend work and play, indoors and out.

Tim O'Neil - After deployments to Asia and the Middle East as an Infantry Officer in the Marines, Tim wanted to bring the quality of rugged well built gear to his new life as a urban professional.

Brandon Jernigan - Brandon is the creative of the team. He's backpacked 5 continents and honed his craft as a commercial photographer. He also sprouted a mullet at the tender age of 7.

Et al. We also want to acknowledge all the help we have received from others along the way. Thanks!

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Our bags are cut and sewn on American soil. We're also proud members of the Maker's Coalition, an initiative to bring back the cut and sew industry back to the States. 

We're bootstrapping this venture and manufacturing in the US demands more upfront production costs. We strategically source most of our materials domestically, and occasionally incorporate some of the most innovative tactical components from around the world.  

We've elected to manufacture limited first edition bags to ensure tighter quality assurance and the production of the most rugged, reliable, and progressive gear. 

These bags have been rigorously tested and after multiple revisions, we're ready to "click" manufacture. 

The only problem is we can't make these bags yet. 

With your support, we can cut and sew these bags right here in Minnesota as soon this campaign ends. 

Please feel free to contact us at info@fidelisco.com.

Thanks you for your support!

Tim & Brandon

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Risks and challenges

After rigorous field testing and countless design revisions, we understand how to make quality bags. Producing smaller minimum order quantities occasionally create scheduling challenges due to vendor's prioritizing larger orders. Our timeline takes this risk into consideration and after speaking with vendors, we do not anticipate any delays.

We have relevant cut & sew experience, but there are always quality assurance risks of consistent production. To mitigate this risk, we have strategically partnered with manufacturing firms in our hometown, Minneapolis, that we know and trust. We are confident that the ALCON and GTG will be manufactured according to our high standards, specifications and most importantly - your needs.

We'd love for this campaign to be wildly successful, which could potentially create capacity constraints for our manufacturer. In preparation for our Kickstarter launch, we have confirmed with our manufacturing and supply partners about their ability to fulfill significantly larger order quantities.

We have made the decision to ship overseas, which can be challenging in terms of time, costs, and tracking ability. We will work diligently to keep the lines of communication open as we fulfill each reward level.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    THANK YOU!

    High five? Heck no! We'll double it . . . HIGH TEN! We'll even carve our a special place in our hearts for you.

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    2 KEYCHAINS & 4 STICKERS

    Make it easier to keep track of your keys AND survive in the wild with our braided paracord key chains. We'll also throw in 4 Fidelis stickers to put on the fridge next to your family photos.

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    3 PATCHES, 3 NOTEBOOKS, 2 KEY CHAINS, 4 STICKERS

    Interested in the patches, we are too! The pen patch, mesh pocket patch, and solid pocket patch can all be used on the ALCON for quick access to your essential items.

    We'll also throw in a set of 3 Fidelis notebooks to log your adventures.

    Plus 2 keychains and 4 stickers.

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    AN EVENING ON US PACKAGE

    Hang with Brandon and Tim at one of our favorite local Minneapolis spots. Transportation is on you, but the rest is on us!

    Choose from one of the following locations:

    1. Indeed (September)
    2. 612 (October)
    3. Fulton (November)

    We'll throw in some gear as well, 2 keychains, 2 stickers and 2 notebooks.

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    GTG - WEEKENDER DUFFEL (1st RUN)

    Be the first to get our limited edition GTG (Good To Go) weekender. The GTG is designed for the urban traveler on spontaneous getaways.

    Inspired by many of the ALCON features, including a durable black ripstop interior, hidden dry storage pockets, and more. This bag is comfortable, lightweight, and rugged enough for your next trip.

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    GTG - WEEKENDER DUFFEL (2nd RUN)

    Miss out on the 1st production wave of the GTG? No problem, you'll just have to wait a little longer for your next spontaneous getaway.

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    ALCON - URBAN BACKPACK (1st Wave)

    Be the first to get our limited edition ALCON backpack. The ALCON, military abbreviation for "All Concerned," is designed for the urban recreationalist and gear junkie.

    Inspired by many of the tactical features you asked for, including quick trapdoor access, improved interior visibility, hidden dry storage pockets, modular patch system, full length side pocket, protective hood, a padded laptop pocket, and more. This pack is comfortable, lightweight, and rugged enough for your next adventure.

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    ALCON - URBAN BACKPACK (2nd WAVE)

    Miss out on the 1st production wave of the ALCON? No problem, you'll just have to wait a little longer to hit the trails and/or streets with our pack.

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    ALCON - URBAN BACKPACK & GTG - WEEKENDER DUFFEL

    Why choose when you get them both?!?

    This reward gets manufacturing and shipping priority ahead of all other reward levels.

    This set also comes with 3 accessory patches, including the pen patch, mesh pocket patch, and solid pocket patch. These patches normally sell separately for about $50 bucks, but they're all yours with this reward level.

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    DESIGN EXPERIENCE PACKAGE

    Come help us design our next line of products for a weekend in the Fall of 2015. We'll take you through our design process, introduce you to future product innovations, and finally mock-up a design for the next generation of bags.

    Travel to our location is on you, we have it from there.

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