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Gym & Lifestyle Bags – Tough, active & uncompromising. Functional bags built for life & guaranteed for a generation!

Gym & Lifestyle Bags – Tough, active & uncompromising. Functional bags built for life & guaranteed for a generation! Read more
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“Dependable, Rugged Gear that would serve and keep up with us just didn’t exist – So we made it.” - Stefan Gehrig, Founder

 The Story

The original King Kong bag was born in 2011 because there wasn’t a bag that would stand up to our active and uncompromising lifestyles. King Kong Apparel is founded on building the highest quality, most functional gym and lifestyle bags possible. We’ve proven our bags will withstand and guard against the wear and tear that inevitably comes with an energetic and fast-paced lifestyle. Demanding the highest quality materials, expert design and utilizing master craftsmanship to make our gear useful and durable.

Now we have developed a new range of gym and lifestyle bags - and we guarantee them for 25 years and we need your help to make this new range of gym bags a reality!

Generation Gym Bags are:

1. Functional – Our bags will become a natural extension of your active lifestyle. An educated initial design followed by much refinement has allowed us to give you the most intuitive and functional gear. This took longer than we initially thought it would, we stuck with it, we did it, and we’re there! Now together we can go beyond.

2. Incredibly Tough – Our material is the same material used by the militaries worldwide. Combine this with masterful workmanship and you have gear that is Ready for Anything!  Our base material are 1000D nylon and YKK zippers. This 1000 denier fabric is incredibly durable, tear and abrasion resistant and has an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio.

3. High Quality – A tried and tested design coupled with the toughest military spec materials. Partnered and working together, since 2011, with a manufacturer with over 10 years of experience making military-specification equipment. We will continue to use this manufacturer for the new range. So you consistently have a high quality product, long lasting product, each and every one, each and every time.

4. Affordable – Our experience in the industry and premium selection of materials and suppliers allows us to offer you these bags at very reasonable prices. Comparable Premium bags generally cost upwards of $200+! We even guarantee the products in this affordable price range!

5. Guaranteed for a Generation - It’s simple really. We will repair or replace any bag with defects in materials or workmanship for 25 years. Don’t put up with the hassle of gym bags that only last you a season. King Kong Apparel Bags will last you a generation, guaranteed.

The Range

Supporters on Kickstarter will gain access to our range at a 15-30% discount compared with retail prices post-Kickstarter.

1. Mercury 10L - $80

With good reason this bag is named after the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury. Much more than a messenger bag yet minimalistic in design. It’s a perfect hybrid between backpack and messenger bag, ideal for popping in necessities and being on your way. Post-Kickstarter MSRP $94.95. More info here.

2. Fat Boy 64L- $85

This is the big one, clocking in at a massive 64 Liters. This is the gym bag for lots of stuff and is exquisitely simple. Huge storage space is accessed through the top from end-to-end, sealed with a water resistant, reverse-coil YKK zipper. A great overnighter, it has an adjustable extra-wide shoulder strap with reversible King Kong shoulder pad for carrying comfort. Post-Kickstarter MSRP $99.95. More info here.

3. Giant Killer 14L - $90 

Proving once again that good things do indeed come in small packages.  A spacious messenger-style gym bag the Giant Killer holds your gear in its interior, and has twin padded front pockets, and two padded side pockets, to carry even more than it can hold inside.  Post-Kickstarter MSRP $105.95. More info here.

 

 4. Gekko 18L - $110 

A work laptop bag. “Greed is good”, but you’re not being greedy to want all the King Kong Apparel durability and functionality and have great corporate style. That greed is good. We believe work hard, train hard and play hard and that you should look good doing it. This laptop bag takes care of the work portion. The internal elastic document sleeve and three internal zippered pockets plus added separate laptop compartment keep you neatly organized to mean business, the King Kong way. Post-Kickstarter MSRP $134.95. More info here.

 

 5. Rucksack 25L - $115 

Perfect for the athlete slash commuter who ends up having to take what seems like their entire life with them. Carry all that you want and all that you need in comfort all day long.  Ideal for the everyday grind. Train-Work-Train, repeat. Two internal zippered pockets, extra-large front pocket, side D-ring for carabiner clip-on (such as a clip on shoe bag or bottle), perfect for the daily routine. Post-Kickstarter MSRP $149.95. More info here.

COLORS: The King Kong Generation Bag range is available in the following colors:  Black, Grey, Charcoal, Orange, Red, Pink

After Our Campaign is complete?

Upon reaching our pledge total, we will email each of our backers to confirm their bag, desired color and shipping address.  We’ll contact you and find out well before shipping! While you can’t get us this information with your pledge, we’ll be in touch to get it. At King Kong Apparel we want our bag owners to be beyond pleased with every detail and that includes having your desired make and color. To backers of King Kong Apparel - you’re with us, we’re with you.

Production Plan

End of July

  • Kickstarter Campaign ends
  • Order 1000D material colors, YKK zippers, zipper pulls and other materials

August

  • Material fabric production is complete
  • All materials are shipped to the bag manufacturer and production begins

September

  • All bag production is complete 
  • Quality control throughout production

October

  • Final Quality control before shipping
  • Bags are shipped to our fulfillment warehouse

November

  • All rewards are sent out to all backers!

…..in 25 years time

Continue a lifelong adherence to strength and conditioning, with your King Kong bag still by your side!

THANK YOU!

We are unbelievably thankful for your support and can’t wait to get your gear out to you!  You’ll love it!  

And don't forget to stay connected below.  This is just the beginning!

BEHIND THE SCENES

Risks and challenges

The main risk of any project, especially like this, is delays in materials and production. With us it’s a calculated risk because we’ve got plenty of experience! Sure, we are a comparatively young company, yet over the years we’ve been gaining valuable experience in sourcing, manufacturing, and fulfilment. We have valued partners who successfully delivered on large volume orders in the past. And we constantly coordinate with each of our channels. We carefully manage so that we reliably deliver the highest quality products on time. We've been working with the same factory that made our prototypes for over 2 years. We will be using them for the main production run.
We see the biggest challenge in bringing this new range of products to market is funding. Given the large minimum order quantities for materials, the cost of high-quality materials, manufacturing, and bulk fulfilment from the factory, That’s why we’re here and we need your help and pledge to make this range a reality! Pledge and be a part of it!

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  • By pledging you are backing our project and ordering one or more of our bags.
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  • Absolutely. Simply pledge the total amount of the rewards would like. For example if you want the MERCURY 10L ($80) and the KING KONG RUCKSACK 25L ($115), simply pledge $195 (please add $20 if you’re international).

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  • At the end of the funding period we’ll email each of our backers to confirm which bag and color you want, as well as your shipping address. We can’t find out this information when you order, but we’ll get in touch and find out well before shipping!

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  • Absolutely! Since our bags are large items, we’re asking for $20 extra for most pledge levels. Import duties and customs duties vary from country to country, and we cannot cover them. So please check on this from your end.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    A THANK-YOU and in gratitude your name will appear in lights on our backers page forever! Plus, a shout-out on Twitter! – All for only an e-fiver. Every bit helps. Thank you!

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40 USD

    A commemorative King Kong Hoodie is our thank you at the $40 level. We’ll love you forever for your support, and every time you put on your Hoodie, it’s a hug from us! Plus, it’s your jersey for playing on the King Kong Team.

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    Pledge $80 or more About $80 USD

    The MERCURY 10L single-strap backpack is yours, and in your choice of color. It’s also value as the Post-KickStarter price will be $94.95. Guaranteed to last you 25 years! Plus, as a very special ‘Thank you’ - your MERCURY will have a Special Edition KickStarter patch sewn on the inside as a lifelong reminder of our gratitude.

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    Pledge $85 or more About $85 USD

    The Fat Boy – This is the big one, “The King Kong of King Kong’s” Guaranteed to last you 25 years. At the $85 level you get a Fat Boy 64L heavy duty carry in your choice of color at a savings (Post-KickStarter MSRP $99.95). That’s not all! Your Fat Boy will be a Special Edition 64L with a Kickstarter patch sewn inside as a lifelong reminder of your involvement.

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    Pledge $90 or more About $90 USD

    The GIANT KILLER 14L messenger gym bag, the sling duffel named Giant Killer because it holds so much stuff in such a small space will be yours, in your choice of color, Generation Guaranteed for 25 years, and a savings of over 15% off the Post-KickStarter MSRP ($105.95). Plus, a Special Edition KickStarter Patch is sewn on the inside as a reminder of your involvement right from the beginning.

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    Pledge $110 or more About $110 USD

    You get a GEKKO 18L work laptop bag. “Greed is good”, says Gordon Gekko, but you’re not being greedy to want all the King Kong Apparel durability and functionality and have great corporate style. It will come in your choice of color, at a savings (Post-Kickstarter MSRP $134.95). Generation Guaranteed for 25 years and Special Edition KickStarter patch sewn on the inside as a lifelong reminder of our gratitude.

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    Pledge $115 or more About $115 USD

    KING KONG RUCKSACK 25L - Carry all that you want and all that you need in comfort all day long. Do it in your choice of color. (Post-Kickstarter MSRP $149.95), Generation Guaranteed for 25 years and of course, a Kickstarter patch sewn inside as a lifelong reminder of your involvement.

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    Pledge $449 or more About $449 USD

    All Five (5) Bags Are Yours! The Lifestyle package includes the MERCURY 10L, the FAT BOY 64L, the GIANT KILLER 14L, the GEKKO 18L and the KING KONG RUCKSACK 25L. The color choice of each bag is yours - which ever combination suits your style best. All the bags are Generation Guaranteed for 25 years, at over a 23% savings (Post-Kickstarter MSRP for the 5 bags - $585.75). Each of the 5 Bags will have its own Special Edition KickStarter patch sewn on the inside as a lifelong reminder of your involvement right from the beginning and of our eternal gratitude.

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    Pledge $849 or more About $849 USD

    Twice the bags, TWO OF ALL FIVE (5) MODELS, Ten Bags Total Are Yours! TWO of the MERCURY 10L, TWO of the FAT BOY 64L, TWO of the GIANT KILLER 14L, TWO of the GEKKO 18L and TWO of the KING KONG RUCKSACK 25L.
    Perfect for groups or gym owners! You get THE SET. Two of each bag model (ten total) in your choice of color (whether a different one for each individually or one color for the group). All 10 Bags are Generation Guaranteed for 25 years, and a savings of OVER 30% OFF! - Of the production price (Post-KickStarter MSRP will be $1,171.50 for all 10 items). Each of the 10 Bags will have its own Special Edition KickStarter patch sewn on the inside as a lifelong reminder of our eternal gratitude and your involvement right from the beginning.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500 USD

    Dinner with the Founder, hand-delivering the entire range in your choice of color! Thats the MERCURY 10L, the FAT BOY 64L, the GIANT KILLER 14L, the GEKKO 18L and the KING KONG RUCKSACK 25L.“For such an amazing pledge, I’d like to meet you and shake your hand. I’ll come to you to hand deliver the entire package with plenty of pomp and ceremony, so we can meet, and dinner is on me.” - Stefan Gehrig, King Kong Apparel Founder.

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