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Handcrafted Backpacks That Help the World.
Handcrafted Backpacks That Help the World.
Handcrafted Backpacks That Help the World.
461 backers pledged $58,056 to help bring this project to life.

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Just Porter: Reinventing What a Backpack Can Be

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From all of us here at Just Porter, we want to sincerely extend our gratitude and say THANK YOU to all those who pledged, contributed and supported the Just Porter community and team!!

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Hey Kickstarter,

Whether you’re walking between classes at college, trekking across mountains, or commuting to work… Your backpack is your home away from home, your portable office, your traveling desk.  Plus, it shows people your personality, right on your shoulders. 

For the last 2 years we’ve traveled to the furthest corners of the globe with one aim.….To reinvent what a backpack could be.

We designed our bags intuitively, so you have fast access to everything. The innovative materials give you great aesthetics and amazing functionality, and we've made it easy for you to make the world better. 

For every bag bought, we fill a backpack with school supplies and give it to a child in need.  The idea was born from Chris Bahr's humanitarian work in the Philippines over the last decade. Chris wanted to create a sustainable solution to lift children from poverty through the power of education, and giving you a bag you'll love.

Our Founder, Chris Bahr
Our Founder, Chris Bahr

 Thanks for your Support!  ~ The Just Porter Team

SABLE SERIES RUCKSACK

Our Sable Rucksack is made for the adventurer and people who march to a different drummer.  Perfect for daily use or that weekend getaway to Las Vegas or the cabin, the Sable Rucksack is designed to perform. 

We have coupled Military straps with magnetic closures to make your jaw drop.  Using a Non-Phthalate Coated fabric for the exterior of the bag and a roll-top closure keeps your stuff dry. Did we mention it is lined throughout? Yes, it is. Did we mention it has closed seams? Yes, there are. Are we excited about this bag? Yes, we are.

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Amazingly fast magnetic buckles, military grade straps and coated fabrics keep your stuff secure and away from the bad weather. You have instant access to your laptop through side entry. And our vented channel back allows your back to stay cool while having padding that adds to the comfort. The inside of the Sable is lined with an organizer, and built to last.

And the Sable’s roll-top expands the size of the bag for when you need to carry more than you probably should.  Chris, Just Porter’s Founder, developed this bad boy after hiking in the jungle in the Philippines.  

SABLE Series Rucksack Features:

  • Large Magnetic Closure System Buckles

  • Instant Pocket - Front vertical white zipper pocket.

  • Front Pocket zipper compartments.

  • Compression straps.

  • Main compartment with roll top.

  • Side access laptop zipper pocket and padded compartment.

  • Magnetic Closure System Buckle. (Chest clip)

  • Large finger loops on adjustment straps.

  • Heavy duty hanger loop.

  • YKK easy glide zippers  (standard on all bags).

  • Signature orange interior lining.

  • Dimensions: H: 21” / W: 13” / D: 6” expandable to H: 24

Instant Pocket - Vertical White Zipper: Orange zipper tab holds slider firmly in place. Reverse zipper creates a smooth finish. Fits iPad Mini (most smaller tablets) and great for keys, cameras, phone for quick access.

Side Access Laptop Pocket: Get to your laptop fast and easily, from our convenient side pocket.

A look inside: We turned this bag inside-out to show you what truly lies inside. Pockets, organizer and mesh zip compartment add to this enormously spacious interior.

HAZEN PROFESSIONAL BACKPACK

Our Hazen Professional backpack is perfect for the commuting professional. Made of a rubberized 1680D Ballistic Nylon Material, this water resistant bag guards your electronics and papers from bad weather.  Our team have used it for commuting and as an overnight bag. They have raved about its spacious interior and very practical design. Although the bag’s silhouette seems slender, this rucksack can hold a massive amount of books and papers while the compression straps keep the contents stable.  This bag is designed to deliver efficiency for the professional on the go.

Though the silhouette of the bag appears slender, this bag can hold a massive amount of books and papers while the compression straps keep the contents stable.  This bags is designed to deliver efficiency for the professional on the go.

HAZEN Professional Features:

  • Instant Pocket - Front vertical white zipper pocket.

  • Heavy duty hanger loop.

  • Zipper side pockets.

  • Compression straps.

  • Laptop padded compartment.

  • Reinforced handle

  • Main compartment with back sleeve and net pocket.

  • Sunglass pocket

  • Large Front Pocket compartment with organizer.

  • Magnetic Closure System Buckle. (Chest clip)

  • Padded mesh back support with channels for venting.

  • Large finger loops on adjustment straps.

  • Dimensions: H: 18” / W: 13” / D: 7”

  • YKK easy glide zippers (standard on all bags).

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Instant Pocket - Vertical White Zipper: Orange zipper tab holds slider firmly in place. Reverse zipper creates a smooth finish. Fits iPad Mini (most smaller tablets) and it is great for keys, cameras, phone for quick access.

Sunglasses Pocket - is lined with microfiber and provides easy access when you are on the go. 

We've lined the insides of our bags and pockets and used the highest quality fabrics and materials.  Notice that silver material on the seams and edges on the inside of the bag?  That’s called, “Tape.”  That level of detail is normally reserved for a $200-300 backpack.

PIKO SERIES BACKPACK

The PIKO Series Backpack is the perfect size, weight and amount of features to provide a great product for people looking to carry items and keep things organized without a lot of fuss.

The Piko bag is great for everyday life.  Students, musicians and day trippers that are out and about will love this bag.  The Piko is a durable lightweight bag that delivers when you need it the most.  With separate laptop access and the front instant pocket, the Piko is ideal for a person that is on the move from place to place.

PIKO Backpack Features:

  • Instant Pocket - Front vertical white zipper pocket.
  • Front Pocket compartment.
  • YKK easy glide zippers (standard on all bags).
  • Elastic side pockets.
  • Laptop padded compartment.
  • Main compartment with back sleeve and net pocket.
  • Heavy duty hanger loop.
  • Large finger loops on adjustment straps.
  • Rugged yet light-weight construction.
  • Signature orange interior lining.
  • Dimensions: H: 17” / W: 12” / D: 5”

Instant Pocket - Front Vertical White Zipper: Orange zipper tab holds slider firmly in place. Reverse zipper creates a smooth finish. Fits iPad Mini (most smaller tablets) and great for keys, cameras, phone for quick access.

Pocket Organizer: Multiple pockets for pens, papers and books, including a mesh zipper pocket to see what you have inside and easy access.

Main compartment: Mesh front pocket for power cords and other items as well as a folder pocket on the interior side to hold and separate items within the main compartment. Zipper slides 90% to the bottom of the bag to access deep within the bag, without unpacking, yet has side gussets to make sure the bag doesn’t spill.

Elastic side pocket: Holds 1.5LT bottles or anything with a diameter of 5 inches.

Laptop padded compartment: Protects your laptop with reinforced padding and smooth interior lining fabric materials, to allow you to quickly slip your notebook out or back in with ease.

Where do the Pledge funds go?

We’re looking for the Kickstarter community to back our first run and bring this vision to life. 100% of the money raised will go towards the first production run of the backpacks. These funds will allow us to meet the minimum order quantities set by our different manufacturers and suppliers for our custom materials.

Production Plan

Sourcing & Manufacturing

Sourcing our materials was our top priority from day one and we continue to search far and wide to improve our features and maintain costs. We have secured some of the most amazing business relationships with our vendors worldwide who supply our zippers, buckles, fabric and various materials. Moreover, we have also researched and established relationships with 2nd and 3rd vendors to provide a backup and ensure there are no hiccups during our production.  In the event there are any changes, we will alert all of our Kickstarter supports with updates to keep everyone completely informed.  

For the last 2 years, we have worked with and developed our specific product samples using two amazing factories, whom we have deep relationships with from years of business. Part of the manufacturing business means frequent trips to the Philippines to check on everything from progress, potential issues, identifying problems and finding solutions before they occur. We chose these two specific factories because of their outstanding reputation and production quality. Our main manufacturing and production will be handled by Factory #1 and if capacity is reached, we will move additional manufacturing nearby to Factory #2. All of our prototypes and samples have been developed by these specific factories only, so production will be spot-on and correct.

In addition to our superb vendors, we have over 20 years combined production and manufacturing experience, making this process a “business as usual” aspect to handling the day to day portion of this backpack company. From prototypes, to samples, to finished product, our designs have been used, abused, traveled worldwide and put to the ultimate test, to see how they are not just on the first day, but 6 months and even 2 years later. We stand by our promise of making high-quality gear that has truly been “time tested” - with the end user in mind - YOU.

Shipping & Fulfillment

Working in the production and manufacturing business over the years has given us an immense network of contacts to handle a wide variety of aspects for the backpack business, one of them being shipping and fulfillment. 

We have called upon a well respected logistics and fulfillment company to handle all of our shipping from the get-go, ensuring all orders are completed within our schedule, the right way, the first time. They currently handle large and small brands ranging from shoes to t-shirts and now backpacks. 

The process is simple: fulfillment center receives the goods from the Philippines warehouses, pick, packs, ships and tracks everything. They also handle all returns and assist us with customer service, to ensure everyone is satisfied from start to finish.

 Timeline

  • November - Project Launch.

  • December - Funding cycle complete. As soon as our funding targets are met, with pledging continuing, we plan to expedite sourcing and manufacturing.

  • Pre-Production sourcing all the materials needed for bulk production.

  • Process all orders / Purchase Materials / Begin bulk production.

  • T.O.P.(Top Of Production) Sample inspection to ensure quality production.

  • Ongoing Bulk production continues.

  • Production complete / Quality control inspection.

  • Bulk shipment sent from Philippines to LA Warehouse Logistics & Fulfillment facility.

  • Logistics and order fulfillment begins.

  • Final production ships complete.

Our Team

Our team consists of Entrepreneurs, Designers, Artists, World Travelers and Adventurers who shared the same vision to make a better product and help others in the process.  

Chris Bahr (Founder) - Chris came up with the idea for Just Porter while travelling with his wife and children in the Philippines to participate in a humanitarian mission. He wondered why all backpacks were the same, and made it his aim to reinvent the backpack.

Chris has spent the last two years travelling the world, meeting people who share his vision to make a better product and help others in the process.

Mike Clegern (Creative Director)  Mike joined Chris one year ago, with the unified mission of creating quality bags for a good cause and great design. With his background in design, fashion, soft goods production, manufacturing, international business and world traveling, the decision to work on Just Porter was a no-brainer.

Taylor Welden (Industrial Designer) was our active expert for design and  quality control issues. The guy has been all over the world manufacturing backpacks.  Chris personally believes his mustache gives him superpowers.

Special Thanks 

Brett Bixby and Jesse Nason from Monosources for our video music - monosources@gmail.com

Benjamin Taller

Aaron Jacobson

Davin Youngs at Davin Youngs Voice - davin@davinyoungsvoice.com

Brad Chmielewski at LooseKeys - brad@loosekeys.tv

Birkdesign - Logo and Social Media Consulting

Rudy Rubio - Cinematographer - Rudy@rudy-rubio.com

Ryan Cohen - Video Editor - rmcohen28@gmail.com

Vinnie Pacleb - Cinematographer Philippines - vinniepacleb.dunked.com

Alex Clifford - Copy - Alex Clifford

And Jest Camp for helping us test product while trekking in the jungle in Subic Bay, Philippines. 
 

Thank you for your interest and support! Let’s make some bags!

Risks and challenges

Just Porter is committed to delivering the highest quality product we can make at a revolutionary value. We've spent the last 24 months sourcing global materials and selecting the most experienced partners in order to reduce as many risks as possible.

But, if we have some hiccups or roadblocks along the way, our backers will be the first to know about any unexpected delays. Honesty and integrity are core values at Just Porter.

Lastly, we've gone through 54 industrial designs and 37 prototypes to get it right. We will do everything to make sure you have a bag you will love and tell your friends and family about.

Thanks for your support!

Chris, Ben, and Mike
Just Porter

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    PIKO - KICKSTARTER BACKER! THE PIKO (BAG#3) is a great bag for the student or light hiker. Hand crafted from 550D nylon and custom woven straps, the Piko is designed to help keep you organized while allowing you to carry a huge amount of stuff. Bags like these normally retail for $90. Stickers, website and plaque recognition included. INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY AVAILABLE!

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    HAZEN PROFESSIONAL - FIRST BACKER! (BAG#2) The Hazen is hand crafted using rubberized 1680D Ballistic Nylon, Military grade webbing and buckles combined with our unique magnetic chest strap closure system. Lined throughout, this bag's clean design gives you space to work! Bags like these normally retail for $150. Stickers, website and plaque recognition included.

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    HAZEN PROFESSIONAL - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! (BAG#2) The Hazen is hand crafted using rubberized 1680D Ballistic Nylon, Military grade webbing and buckles combined with our unique magnetic chest strap closure system. Lined throughout, this bag's clean design gives you space to work! Bags like these normally retail for $150. Stickers, website and plaque recognition included.

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    HAZEN PROFESSIONAL - KICKSTARTER BACKER! (BAG#2) Our Hazen Professional is hand crafted using rubberized 1680D Ballistic Nylon, Military grade webbing and buckles combined with our unique magnetic chest strap closure system. Lined throughout, this bag's clean design gives you space to work! Bags like this normally retail for $150. Stickers, website and plaque recognition included. INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY AVAILABLE!

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    INTERNATIONAL EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! SABLE RUCKSACK - FIRST BACKER! (BAG#1) We Can't Give away the Farm....Our Sable Rucksack is hand crafted using a Non-Phthalate coated fabric (think arctic storm survival), Military grade webbing and buckles combined with our unique magnetic chest strap closure system. Lined throughout, this bag is made to hold your essentials and more! Bags of this quality retail for $220. Stickers, website and plaque recognition included. THIS IS FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS ONLY!

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    SABLE RUCKSACK - KICKSTARTER BACKER! (BAG#1) Our Sable Rucksack is hand crafted using a Non-Phthalate coated fabric (think arctic storm survival), Military grade webbing and buckles combined with our unique magnetic chest strap closure system. Lined throughout, this bag is made to hold your essentials and more! Bags of this quality retail for $220. Stickers, website and plaque recognition included. INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY AVAILABLE!

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    This is the ULTIMATE... We travel with you to the Philippines to meet the staff and beneficiaries behind our programs in the Philippines! Get an in-depth perspective on our programs and the development work that we have happening on the ground. You will have a chance to get a set of completely custom Backpacks made while you are there as well! (airfare is included from Chicago (or LA) to Manila... so you'll need to get yourself to Chicago or LA) Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Think authentic Philippines: jungle trekking in Subic Bay, Taal volcanoe, Nightlife in Manila along with the hospitality of our friends and family in the Philippines. Here's your chance to have a once in a lifetime experience.

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Funding period

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