A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Made from the highest grade materials, Marlon backpacks were exclusively designed to simplify your on-the-go lifestyle while keeping you looking sharp.
Typically, backpacks are either stylish but lack features or functional but too technical in appearance. With over 15 must-have features, Marlon backpacks are the perfect compromise, marrying a minimalist aesthetic with maximum functionality.
The baby of the family, the totepack is one of the most innovative backpacks on the market. The lightweight totepack has only the essential features needed for your daily routine so you look great at work but have your essentials with you for when you leave the office. Best of all, it converts from a backpack to tote seamlessly to let you choose the right carry option for the moment. This versatile daily bag is ideal for the office, gym, bar, and everywhere in between.
The rucksack embodies the mantra work hard, play hard. Built as the perfect do-it-all backpack, this bag is a one stop shop. Use it as your daily carry around town, stuff it generously for any overnight trip, or expand it 33% to take it to Miami for the weekend - the rucksack knows no limits. Packed with vital features, you'd be hard pressed to find a better overnight backpack with comparable functionality. And with its nifty suitcase connector, the rucksack's a perfect travel companion to our compression carry-on.
Whether you're trekking across every continent or just enjoying a little getaway in the city of lights, the travel pack is unquestionably the best bag in the market for your trips. An impressive carry-on replacement, this bag offers all the convenience of rolling luggage without the added weight or hassle. Clamshell opening, removable hip belt, expansion, various organization compartments, USB charging - the travel pack has every core feature you need. Not to mention the pack seamlessly converts into a duffle bag to give you the right carry option for the moment.
A streamlined organization area that won't have you bursting at the seams. Thoughtfully designed with elastic cable keeper pockets, removable magnetic key hook, RFID-blocking pocket, fleece lined sunglasses sleeve (no more case!), pen sleeve, and hidden zippered pocket.
The cushioned base doubles as a bottom entry, ventilated storage space, for all your active pursuits.
Brilliantly designed external water bottle storage expands for bottles up to 1L, and then hides away when not in use.
Designated, padded device access for laptop, tablet, and the occasional magazine.
Cordura Lite 525D nylon
Aquaguard and reverse zippers
Custom ergonomic zipper pulls and g-hooks
Anodized ladder locks and key clip
Our signature pocket for easy stowage.
Massive external carrying options available for each pack. Hide away when not in use.
Rucksack & Travel Pack
Full zip around expansion for a 33% increase in capacity.
A stealth pocket that can also be accessed without taking off the pack completely.
Included 10400 mAh powerbank with pass through cable tunnel to conveniently charge devices while on the move.
A low profile and rugged side handle offers an alternate carry method.
For a sweat free back! Soft, breathable memory foam at the base creates just 2 contact points with your back, leaving 90% of your back’s surface area untouched and open to air flow.
Side access means an even quicker laptop retrieval experience, especially at the airport security line.
A slim, hidden front pocket for chargers, a Kindle / paperback, or anything else you might need.
Totepack & Rucksack
A removable, hanging storage pouch with secure magnetic connection to the inside of the main compartment provides a versatile vestibule, especially as a dopp kit.
Included with each backpack, this convenient tote is perfect for the grocery store or beach, and folds up to a tiny square when not in use.
Shipping will be charged per bag at the conclusion of the campaign, at which point you'll have an opportunity to give us your address.
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing a product is a highly complex undertaking, not for the faint of heart. As full-time designers and engineers we should know. We have used the last three years to iterate Marlon obsessively, collect feedback, and make improvements. We’ve self-funded the development up until this point, including production quality prototypes. In addition, we’ve already sourced our contract manufacturer and component suppliers.
As soon as our campaign concludes, we will finalize the patterns and start the beta testing, followed shortly by the pilot production. With textile products, unexpected challenges are uncommon and we expect to hit our target delivery.
We’re intimately aware of the dangers of crowdfunding and have studied past Kickstarter failures to avoid the same pitfalls. We pledge to keep our backers well informed of every major development. We're grateful for your support and can't wait to deliver the best backpacks you'll ever own.