Frequently Asked Questions
Easy peasy. Here's what you do:
1. Become a backer of this project. At the top of the page click the green "Back This Project" button. If you're already a backer, click "Manage My Pledge."
2. Add $50 to your pledge and then save your pledge. Note that you can order multiple items by doubling/tripling/etc. the amount you increase your pledge by.
3. You're done for now. When we send out our fulfillment survey (late September) you will be told how much "credit" you have from your Kickstarter pledge. The credit will correspond to the amount of extra money you added to your pledge. You will then use that credit to add SlideLITE or any other add-on products to your order.
-- If you want to Pre-Order SlideLITE on its own, choose "No Reward" and simply adjust the pledge amount in green at the top to equal $50 -- Then save your pledge. Note that you can order multiple items by doubling/tripling/etc. the amount of your pledge.
For other information on SlideLITE, read this update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peak-design/the-everyday-messenger-a-bag-for-cameras-and-essen/posts/1336554Last updated:
Easy peasy. Here's what you do:
1. Become a backer of this project. At the top of the page click the green "Back This Project" button. If you're already a backer, click "Manage My Pledge."
2. Add $80 to your pledge (for CaptureLENS) or $40 (for Lens Kit). Then save your pledge. Note that you can order multiple items by doubling/tripling/etc. the amount you increase your pledge by.
3. You're done for now. When we send out our fulfillment survey (late September) you will be told how much "credit" you have from your Kickstarter pledge. The credit will correspond to the amount of extra money you added to your pledge. You will then use that credit to add Lens Kit, CaptureLENS, or any other add-on products to your order. You will also tell us which model of Lens Kit or CaptureLENS you need (we currently make it for Nikon, Canon and Sony E-Mounts).
-- If you want to Pre-Order CaptureLENS or LENS kit on its own, choose "No Reward" and simply adjust the pledge amount in green at the top to equal which item you would like -- $40 (for Lens Kit) or $80 (for CaptureLENS) -- Then save your pledge. Note that you can order multiple items by doubling/tripling/etc. the amount of your pledge.
For other information on CaptureLENS, read this update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peak-design/the-everyday-messenger-a-bag-for-cameras-and-essen/posts/1336355Last updated:
The short answer is no, it only works with Nikon, Canon and Sony E and FE mounts. The longer answer is that you can use lens mount adapters to make this fit any type of lens, but that would be expensive (you'd need 2 adapters to get full functionality out of it) and less ergonomic (your lenses would stick out another 2-5 cm from the clip).
We chose these 3 mounts because they are the 3 most popular lens types that our Kickstarter backers and customers use (we've done several big surveys to determine this over the past year).
In the perfect world we'd support everything, but we gotta draw the line somewhere. It will take a lot of time and money to design, tool and manufacture CaptureLENS and Lens Kit to work with additional lens mount types, and it only makes sense to do that if we have a large enough base of customers who would purchase it. While we have no current plans of supporting more lens types in the future, that could change as we get more customer feedback.Last updated:
More pictures of The Everyday Messenger will be available as we get new production samples in. Stay tuned!
Photo gear carry load:
- Photos showing the pack holding different DSLR body and lens combinations can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskgahMaN
- The Everyday Messenger can simultaneously carry a full-frame DSLR, 3 lenses, 13-15 inch laptop and tablet, with pockets and space for additional accessories like batteries, cards, a flash, a battery grip, filters and more.
- You can create space for 2 additional lenses or other items by attaching your camera to the outside of the bag using a Capture clip (available in Add-On menu or in the PD Dream Pack reward).
- Got two camera bodies? The Everyday Messenger can comfortably fit two bodies with professional glass and a 3rd lens.
- Got a mirrorless setup? The Everyday Messenger is perfectly equipped to handle your camera body and 3 lenses, maybe more, depending on lens size.
- Capacity: 20.5L max, 13.5L min
- Avg. Dimensions (note that the bag can expand/contract greatly, so these specs represent an average load)
- Avg. Outer dimensions: 17in (43cm) x 12in (30cm) x 7in (18cm)
- Avg. Inner dimensions: Main pocket is 5in (13cm) x 15.7in (40cm) and front access pocket is 2in (5cm) x 11in (28cm)
- Weight: 2.5 lbs (1100g) [empty]
- Strap Length: Adjustable from 31 in (78cm) to 56 in (142cm)
- Shell: 500D waxed, DWR-coated Kodra synthetic canvas with heathered texture
- Shell bottom: waterproof 900d poly galaxy foam, more flexible than standard PVC coating used on most bags
- Strap: Nylon seatbelt-style 2-inch tubular webbing with embedded high-density EVA padding. Anodized aluminum adjustment and attachment hardware. Hypalon strap connectors.
- Interior: Ultra-soft heathered mixed poly-spun twill
- Internal pockets in front panel: Elastic fine mesh with color-coded stitching
- Zippers: top zippers are Zoom premium water-resistant, other zippers are YKK
- MagLatch™: machined, anodized aluminum with embedded digital-safe rare-earth magnet
- FlexFold™ dividers: compression-molded EVA foam with laminated poly-spun mixed twillLast updated:
Great question. It’s hard to find a clean way of storing a tripod in/on a bag. Tripods are voluminous, oddly shaped and pointy. We recommend carrying your tripod by placing one or two legs beneath the main flap. This will work well on some tripods with or without a binder (such as a rubber band), but others may require a binder to keep all the legs from spreading open. If there's enough of a beckoning for a more dedicated tripod holstering feature, we may add it.Last updated:
Up to a 15 inch Macbook Pro, 2009 and later models. In other words, it’s designed to hold a laptop with outer dimensions as follows:
Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width: 14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
Depth: 9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
If your laptop is within a cm of those dimensions, it should still work. But more than that and it probably won’t fit easily or at all.Last updated:
The short answer is that you don’t need a dedicated luggage strap to get great luggage mounting performance. We toyed around with a luggage strap in early prototypes. It functioned well, but added clutter and detracted from the bag’s clean aesthetic.
Taking a cue from pilots and flight attendants, we realized that shortening the strap to messenger mode allows for a carry function that might even be more effective that the traditional bag-on-top-of-bag. See here: http://peakdesign.com/kickstarter/luggage.jpg. The advantage of this is that the center of gravity is low, and therefore the bag is much less likely to tip over and crank a small child in the back of the head.
You can also use the versatile waist/stabilizer strap to keep The Everyday Messenger atop your luggage: https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakdesignltd/19357394193/in/photostream/Last updated:
You can wear it in the rain and set it down in a puddle, but you can’t go swimming with it.
The shell fabric will bead water nicely at first, but with a good soak it will retain moisture. However, a 1500µm waterproof lining on the inside of the bag means your stuff will stay dry, even if the exterior looks wet.
The bottom of the bag is 900D galaxy-coated poly, and is truly waterproof. So, you won’t have to worry about setting your bag down on a wet surface or in the path of a spilled liquid.
The zippers on the top of the bag are water resistant, meaning they have a flap of waterproof material on either size of the zip that closes when the zipper is shut. This closure is tight, but it’s not a waterproof seal. If something inside the bag is pushing hard against the top flap, the waterproof zipper flaps may open slightly.Last updated:
Not in the foreseeable future. Colors add a lot of stress to our supply chain, stress that will affect our ability to manufacture and ship these bags in a timely manner to everyone. So, we picked two universal color schemes that cover a really broad range of tastes. Rather than releasing The Everyday Messenger in a bunch of other color schemes, we’d rather focus on making a wider range of bags, all inspired by the same aesthetic that you're seeing here.Last updated:
The side pockets fit small, slim things like phones, sunglasses, keys, flasks, etc. It has 4.5in (11.5cm) opening.Last updated:
You can switch the strap around for Left/Right shoulder carry, but is not designed to be quickly removable or replaceable with other straps.Last updated:
The Everyday Messenger’s strap is 52mm wide and 6mm thick. Slide is 45mm wide and 4mm thick. The padding in The Everyday Messenger’s strap is about twice as thick as the padding in slide. With the extra padding and surface area, The Everyday Messenger’s strap is designed to be comfortable even with very heavy loads.
The Everyday Messenger’s strap does not have a rubberized silicone grip on it. When we first made Slide we had trouble nailing down a siliconized rubber formula that would hold up to years of abuse. We've done much better since, though it still isn't perfect. That, however, is not the reason we shied away from putting grip on The Everyday Messenger’s strap. We thoroughly tested it and found that slippage was simply not an issue, even in shoulder bag mode. This is because the wider strap and thicker padding do a great job of distributing weight and subsequently friction.Last updated:
More pictures of The Field Pouch will be available as we get new production samples in. Stay tuned!
- Capacity: 3L max
- Size: 10.25 in (26cm) x 5.4 in (14cm) x .5 in (1cm) [empty]
10.25 in (26cm) x 8 in (20 cm) x 5 in (13cm) [full]
- Weight: 5.5 oz (155g) [empty]
- Shell: 500D waxed, DWR-coated Kodra synthetic canvas with heathered texture (same as messenger bag). Hypalon top flap, Anchor loops and Capture clip attachment strip. Nylon seatbelt-style webbing belt loops on back.
- Interior: Ultra-soft heathered mixed poly-spun twill
- Internal pockets: Elastic fine meshLast updated:
No, but it fits perfectly inside front access panel or in the main compartment.
It cannot be used with the strap from The Everyday Messenger, but it can be worn with any Peak Design camera strap, It can also be worn on your belt.Last updated:
We had to start somewhere, and we chose a messenger-style bag because of the accessibility and versatility it provides for a wide range of uses and environments. We certainly hope to expand our bag line as time goes on, providing a series of different styles and sizes catering towards more specific users and activities.Last updated:
Want to add an extra item to your reward? You can add any number of additional items to your reward with our Add On Menu.
How to add items to your reward:
1. If you’ve already pledged to this project, click the “Manage My Pledge” button at the top of the page. If not, click “Back this project” and pick one of the rewards. Every backer can pick one and only one reward level.
2. Look at the Add-On Menu in the project description above. Find the item(s) you want to add. Increase your reward by the corresponding dollar amount. You do not need to add any extra money for shipping beyond the $15 US (or $25 intl.) shipping surcharge that is part of your reward.
3. That’s it, you’re done for now. No need to do anything else until our funding period ends on September 20th.
In the weeks following Sept. 20 we will send every backer a survey. In that survey you will tell us which specific items you want to add on to your reward. You will also have the chance to add Peak Design products to your reward that are not in the Add-On Menu (see the next FAQ). You will give us your shipping details at that time.Last updated:
Want to add a Peak Design product to your reward that is not in the Add On menu? We got you covered. Here’s what you do:
1. During this project, you don’t do anything. Just pick your reward, that’s it.
2. After our funding period ends (Sept. 20) we’ll send you a survey to collect shipping information. As part of that survey, you’ll be able to add on any additional Peak Design items you want (anything found at peakdesign.com/store) and pay us the extra amount right then and there.
3. When we ship your reward, we’ll include those extra items in the same shipment.
Why did we not include all of our products in the Add-On Menu? We wanted to make it a less confusing experience for folks. In our past several Kickstarter projects, 80% of our questions were of or relating to the Add On Menu. It’s time we simplify, and have our main focus be on our new products. But, you’ll still be able to get all the benefit of adding additional items to your Kickstarter reward.
Will we give a special discount for items not on the Add-On Menu? Yes. It’ll likely be about $5 to $10 off each product.Last updated:
Another Everyday Messenger
- Add-on price: $195 ($250 MSRP)
- The Everyday Messenger is the messenger bag in the video above. You can add additional Everyday Messengers to your order for $195/ea. to give to friends, or get one of each color for yourself.
Another Field Pouch
- Add-on price: $30 ($40 MSRP)
- The Field Pouch is a small cord-management pouch, made from the same materials as The Everyday Messenger. You can add extra pouches for $30/ea.
Trey Ratcliff Mega Pack (https://store.stuckincustoms.com/stuck-in-customs-megapack)
- Add-on price: $400 ($500 MSRP)
- Trey Ratcliff is one of the world’s premiere adventure photography educators. Over the years he has released a library of video tutorials, ebooks and Lightroom/Photomatix presets on topics ranging from HDR photography to shooting/lighting techniques to photo organization. The Mega Pack includes all of Trey’s tutorials, ebooks and presets - costing over $700 when purchased separately.
- For details on what’s included, check out this description: https://store.stuckincustoms.com/stuck-in-customs-megapack
CapturePRO Camera Clip (https://peakdesign.com/store/capturepro)
- Add-on price: $70 ($80 MSRP)
- CapturePRO is a compact metal clip that clamps to any strap or belt and lets you carry any camera on the outside of your bag for easy access. It works on all kinds of bags, but it works especially well with The Everyday Messenger, because we included 2 special Capture attachment points on the messenger’s side walls.
- CapturePRO is all-aluminum and includes PROplate, a camera tripod plate that works with most Arca and Manfrotto RC2 tripods.
Capture Camera Clip (https://peakdesignltd.com/store/capture)
- Add-on price: $50 ($60 MSRP)
- Capture does the same exact thing as CapturePRO - it lets you carry your camera on any strap or belt, and it works especially well with The Everyday Messenger.
- Capture has an aluminum body with a plastic backplate, and it includes Standard Plate, a camera tripod plate that works with most Arca tripods.
- Capture is a little less expensive than CapturePRO because it is made of less expensive materials and is compatible with fewer tripod types. Other than that, it’s every bit as strong and durable as CapturePRO.
Find more info on the differences between Capture & CapturePRO here: https://support.peakdesign.com/hc/en-us/articles/201032467Last updated:
Sorry, you can’t get 2 rewards. It’s a limitation of Kickstarter that every backer can choose one and only one reward.
The only way to get two of a reward (such as the The PD Dream Pack) is to create another Kickstarter account with different email address and re-pledge to this project. You will have to pay the shipping charge again, and the additional reward will ship separately.
You can always add stuff onto your reward using the Add-On Menu (see the first FAQ) and you’ll even have a chance to add Peak Design products that are not in the Add-On Menu (see the 2nd FAQ). This will also be more expensive than getting 2 PD Dream Packs. But it’s the best we can do.
The PD Dream Pack is a helluva deal. You’re gonna love it, even if you just get one.Last updated:
Sorry, no swapsies. The rewards are as you see them - it’s an all-or-nothing thing. This is a limitation of Kickstarter.
You can always add stuff onto your reward using the Add-On Menu (see the first FAQ) and you’ll even have a chance to add Peak Design products that are not in the Add-On Menu (see the 2nd FAQ).
If there are items in your reward that you don’t want, we recommend giving them to a friend or even selling them on eBay. It’s all good with us. You can also choose a lower reward level that only contains stuff you want, and add the additional stuff using the Add-On Menu.Last updated:
At the moment, no. The Everyday Messenger comes with 3 FlexFold™ Dividers and we currently aren’t capable of letting you order more. This is something that we plan to make available in the future, possibly as part of this campaign, but if not, on our website.
Right now we are focused on getting The Everyday Messenger and The Field Pouch produced flawlessly, in large numbers, and getting our warehouses stocked with the necessary quantities to fulfill this campaign expediently.
Making the FlexFold™ dividers available by themselves is, believe it or not, a large undertaking. It requires dedicated packaging, the addition of another SKU and barcode to our inventory, and pre-stocking of all of our warehouses in order to fulfill orders anywhere in the world. It’s another variable in the overall equation, and with it comes additional risk of delay across our entire system. It’s a risk that we’ll eventually take on, but we don’t want to do it until our bigger priorities have been tackled.Last updated:
Every ebook, tutorial and Lightroom/Photomatix preset that Trey Ratcliff has ever made. It's an enormous collection of resources to sharpen your photography and post-processing skills.
A full list and description of everything can be found here: https://store.stuckincustoms.com/stuck-in-customs-megapackLast updated:
The New Zealand Photo Adventure is a photography workshop with Trey Ratcliff in and around Queenstown, New Zealand. It's an incredible opportunity to sharpen your adventure photography skills in a beautiful region of the world with one of the world's foremost photography educators.
The trip takes place in the Spring (April 18-22) or Fall (Oct 17-21) of 2016. It is all-expenses-paid, minus the cost of the flight to get to Queenstown, NZ and back.
More details on the trip can be found here: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/new-zealand-photo-adventure/Last updated:
The Capture Camera Clip (Capture for short) is a small metal clip that lets you rigidly carry a camera directly on your belt, backpack strap or bag strap. Capture is Peak Design’s first product - we launched it 2011 today hundreds of thousands of photographers and adventurers use it.
Watch this video to see how Capture works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPopVxKL3No
Watch this video to see how to use Capture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=089QnOjBatg
There are 4 versions of Capture (visit the links to learn more):
- Capture (https://peakdesignltd.com/store/capture) - our standard clip for all kinds of cameras
- CapturePRO (https://peakdesignltd.com/store/capturepro) - our professional clip, with an all-metal body and dual tripod compatibility
- CaptureP.O.V. (https://peakdesignltd.com/store/capturepov) - the same clip as Capture, but with a plate that lets you mount GoPros and action cameras
- CaptureBINO (https://peakdesignltd.com/store/capturebino) - the same clip as Capture, but with a plate that lets you mount binoculars
Many folks’ first reaction to Capture is “why carry my camera on the outside of my bag? It’s a recipe for disaster!” The fact is, having your camera accessible will change the way you shoot. You’ll use your camera more, take more photos, and better hone your craft. Capture is designed from the ground-up with your camera’s safety in mind. Plus, keeping your camera out of your bag gives you more space to pack other stuff. Trust us, once you try it you’ll never go back.
Capture works great with all kinds of bags, but it works amazingly with The Everyday Messenger. That’s because we put 2 dedicated Capture attachment points on the sidewalls of the messenger bag. These diagonal straps are sturdy and reinforced, giving you a perfectly sturdy and protected place to keep your camera.Last updated:
We have every intention of shipping all rewards so that they arrive to your doorstep before Christmas. That is a conservative estimate, with a good amount of padding in our schedule for unforeseen circumstances. We hope to start shipping out rewards sooner than December, but we cannot guarantee it.
We often get asked if we can expedite the shipping of rewards to individual backers in special circumstances. The short answer to that one is that we unfortunately can’t do that. If it helps, just know that after our funding period ends our team’s absolute #1 priority will be getting our backers’ rewards fulfilled as fast as possible.
For the duration of our funding period we will be putting final tweaks on our manufacturing, assembly and QA processes. Once those things are set, we’ll begin making production runs of our new products. When those new products are ready, they’ll be sent to our 4 fulfillment warehouses. And when all products are in the warehouse, we’ll begin fulfilling.
Depending on the number of backers, fulfillment could take a couple weeks to a couple months. No matter what, we will keep all of our backers completely up-to-date on our progress, just like we’ve done in the past.Last updated:
If you're in the US, we'll be shipping your package out of our Los Angeles fulfillment center using a ground service (USPS priority, FedEx or UPS depending on destination and shipment size). These packages will have tracking information that will work within the US.
Non-US orders will ship from one of our 3 international warehouses located in London, Hong Kong, and Toronto. In order to save our backers costly duties and taxes, Peak Design is going to be importing all of our products into these countries prior to shipping them to you. This means that your shipments:
1. Won't require taxes or duties in Canada, EU and some Asian countries.
2. Will arrive quickly and not get held up in customs.
3. May have tracking, but may not (depending on the particular post service, of which there are too many used to name). Most commonly for EU and Asian backers, Royal Mail International or Hong Kong Post will be used.
Note that we cannot alter the value of your rewards on customs declarations - the value will be declared as the total value of the items contained in the shipment.Last updated:
Sorry, we cannot do direct pickups of rewards. Our shipping system is highly automated and designed to get large quantities of stuff to people quickly and accurately, but it is unfortunately not designed to allow for manual pick-up.Last updated:
We're a small group of people dedicated to changing the way that photographers and adventurers work, explore and capture the world. We're based in San Francisco, CA, and this is our fifth (that's right, fifth) Kickstarter project. Things we love include taking pictures, being outside, making stuff, secret camping spots, crowdfunding, making beer and drinking beer.
We got our big start on Kickstarter back in 2011 when our founder Peter Dering launched the Capture Camera Clip in what was (at the time) the 2nd most funded Kickstarter project ever. Since then we’ve grown to 13 full-time employees and we’ve launched over 20 different photography/adventure products. Our gear is sold in hundreds of retailers in over 50 countries worldwide.
We believe that crowdfunding is the best way to bring new products to life. We also believe that Kickstarter is not just for starting a business, it’s for running a business and driving continued innovation. Why? Because it’s pure. It connects creators and inventors (like Peak Design) directly with customers who share their passion (like our Kickstarter backers). As a 100% crowdfunded company, the only “board of directors” we listen to is our backer and customer base. We get to spend our time doing what we love - making stuff that improves people’s lives - and not spinning our wheels on PowerPoint decks to convince a room full of venture capitalists that we are hitting our revenue goals.
Do we become rich when our Kickstarter projects generate tons of funding? Hells no. A giant chunk of that money immediately goes towards paying off PO’s for the new products we just made. The rest of that money goes right back into new product research, design and prototyping, trade shows, rent, office supplies, and all the various software, tools and services we need to run our business. If our goal was to become rich, we would have taken on investors a long time ago. But our goal is to be happy, love what we do for a living, eat healthy, and pay our rents. And that’s why we crowdfund.Last updated:
Trey Ratcliff is a world-renowned adventure travel photographer who lives in Queenstown, New Zealand. He is also one of the foremost photography educators in the world. Trey pioneered the art of HDR photography, and even has one of his photographs hanging in the Smithsonian.
Trey provided a critical role in bringing The Everyday Messenger to life. For one, he was the instigator. Our head designer Art Viger had been thinking about bag designs for a long time, but we didn’t feel like it was the right time for us to spend so much time and energy going into a completely saturated market.
Then Trey called. He had tried hundreds of bags and was still looking for the right one, and he believed that Peak Design were the right folks to make that perfect bag a reality. Trey's involvement changed our outlook—all of a sudden we had a collaborator with a huge, loyal following of adventure photographers. We also felt good about working with Trey because he became a fan of Peak Design organically, by using and adopting our camera clips and camera straps in his everyday workflows. Additionally, Trey not just a prolific photographer, but a prolific traveler as well, and has a deep understanding of the needs and pain-points in both areas.
During the design of the bag, we used Trey’s various workflows as key data points on carry needs, styles, and unresolved problems. We ultimately applied Peak Design’s own aesthetic, problem solving and and manufacturing knowledge to bring The Everyday Messenger to life. But every step of the way, we were certain that Trey was involved and his voice was heard. He even came to Vietnam with us to see what the process of making products was like. During that trip Peak Design also got to see what it’s like to be one of the world's most prolific and celebrated photographers.Last updated:
Yes. All Peak Design products carry a lifetime guarantee. That means if any part becomes defective or dysfunctional over time we will repair or replace it free of charge.Last updated:
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