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Kashmir is a first of its kind, ultralight, backcountry-bred adventure camera pack designed specifically for a woman’s frame.
Kashmir is a first of its kind, ultralight, backcountry-bred adventure camera pack designed specifically for a woman’s frame.
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326 backers pledged $52,926 to help bring this project to life.

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What’s the problem?

Women are overlooked in the photo industry. Women photographers make up a significant portion of the industry and operate at the highest levels, but there are very few products tailored toward them. Especially when it comes to camera packs, where women’s bodies require a different design.

Meg Haywood Sullivan on location with her Kashmir. Photos captured by Charles Post.

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What is the Kashmir?

Our new women’s-focused camera pack: Kashmir. The Kashmir is a 30 Liter ultralight backpack engineered to be a versatile all-around daypack. It has a different torso height and harness system (shoulder straps and hip belt). It works with the f-stop Internal Camera Unit system and is incredibly light weight (just over 1KG).

  

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Our base funding goal is $35,000 USD which is just over 250 packs sold. All prices include global shipping. Items will be shipped from the regional warehouse nearest you; either St. Louis, MO (USA), Tilburg, Netherlands (EU), or Hong Kong (Asia).

About f-stop

COMPANY HISTORY 

f-stop started in 2006 to address a need in what we started calling adventure photography.

WHAT'S THE ICU SYSTEM? 
ICU stands for Internal Camera Unit. These ICUs are the nucleus of f-stop packs. The units hold and protect your camera gear, can be removed and replaced with ICUs of various sizes and depths. With these different options you can create the perfect balance of camera gear and everything else you need, for any trip imaginable.

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OTHER PRODUCTS? 
f-stop makes several other ranges of products:

  • Mountain Series – for serious photographers who enjoy adventure
  • Millar Series – for exploring urban settings
  • Dakota Component System – a full range of accessories

Timeline

Here is a little overview of what our production and distribution timeline looks like for the f-stop Kashmir UL.

Stretch Goals

We are going to have two different types of stretch goals, running concurrently. The first is related to product and the second related to awareness.

Risks and challenges

As an established brand, we know what it takes to deliver a great product on time. We have spent months designing, testing, and refining the design. We've already selected the production partner and they made the final prototypes which are being tested in the field right now. We have been working for more than a year developing the Kashmir and getting it ready for production, so we won't need to waste time tweaking the design.

However, every project carries with it certain risks. The most common risks are potential delays in obtaining raw materials, packaging, and shipping. While we feel like we have reduced these variables as much as possible, they can never be completely eliminated.

We feel our experience with the product development process (more than 100 products since launching f-stop in 2006) and almost a decade of history with our production partner gives us a unique skill set in handling unexpected problems. Most importantly, we will make sure to give frequent updates about progress so you'll always be informed about the status of the project. We think you'll find our transparency refreshing.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    SHOUT!
    Show the industry that women make an important contribution to adventure photography, counts towards the total number of supporters for stretch goals.

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    KASHMIR EDITION LENS CLOTHS
    This bundle of 4 custom Kashmir Lens Cloths features the female f-stop staff pro’s who helped us bring the Kashmir to life.

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    KASHMIR T-SHIRT
    Organic Cotton f-stop Kashmir T-shirt

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
    Be one of the first to back the Kashmir and get a discount for your support. *ICU not included.

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    CREATE THE NEXT PRO
    Not a photographer but want to see more women shooting? This level is for you. For each backer we'll identify one up and coming female photographer, outfit her with appropriate gear, and add her to our staff pro team.

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    KASHMIR UL BACKPACK
    Be one of the first people to receive the Kashmir UL. *ICU not included.

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    EARLY BIRD KASHMIR BUNDLE
    Get the Kashmir UL Bundle at the reduced price if you order early. Includes the Kashmir UL pack and a Medium Shallow ICU.

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    KASHMIR BUNDLE
    Includes the Kashmir UL pack and a Medium Shallow ICU.

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    HIS & HERS BUNDLE
    One for him and one for her. This bundle includes both the Kashmir UL as well as the existing Loka UL.

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    TOTAL PACKAGE
    For the people that want it all. This massive bundle includes the Kashmir UL pack, Medium Shallow ICU, Small Shallow ICU, Rain Cover, Hydration Sleeve, 2 sets of GateKeeper Straps, Brooklyn Sling f-stop pack, and CapturePRO Camera Clip by PeakDesign.

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    PHOTOGRAPHY AS ART
    A Kashmir Bundle and a limited edition print from a female f-stop Staff Pro on the Canon Océ Arizona 660 GT printer.

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    KASHMIR ICON EDITION
    Includes a normal Kashmir and a special version with upgraded Materials to reduce weight and improve performance.

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    WEEKEND OF ADVENTURE with KRYSTLE WRIGHT
    The Kashmir Bundle and weekend trip shooting with Canon Master, f-stop Global Icon and RedBull Illume Finalist Krystle Wright.

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    WEEKEND OF ADVENTURE with ULLA LOHMANN
    The Kashmir Bundle and weekend trip shooting with Canon Explorer and f-stop Global Icon Ulla Lohmann.

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