Fulfillment test run! First survey lockdown in 24 hours. Plus, new bag pics!
We've been real busy over here. Making Everyday Messenger Bags, freighting shipping containers full of 'em across the globe, launching a new website, and getting ready for a big ol' holiday season.
So let's get onto the business:
WE ARE GOING TO DO A SHIPPING TEST RUN OF 200 BAGS, LIKE REAL SOON.
Yeah, you read that correctly. 200 lucky backers will have their Everyday Messenger bags shipped to them in the next week. We'll be doing this in a limited region (Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan mainly) and to a limited number of backers in that region. The purpose is to iron out any lingering last-minute kinks in our warehousing, shipping, packaging, messaging and manufacturing.
If you are backing this project and have a shipping address in Japan, Hong Kong or Singapore and have completed your BackerKit fulfillment survey, it will be locked down in 24 hours. That means you will not be able to add-on additional stuff or change your shipping address. Your survey will not be locked down if it is not complete (i.e. if you haven't provided a shipping address or answered the survey questions). If you don't want your survey to be locked down, then don't fill it out. If you've already filled your survey out and want to prevent it from getting locked down, email email@example.com.
Participants in this test run will be randomly selected. Being in Japan, Hong Kong or Singapore doesn't guarantee you'll be part of the test run. We cannot make special exceptions for folks to be part of the test run. So, as tempting as it may be, we kindly ask that you refrain from requesting that we specifically add you to the test run.
WHY JUST FOLKS IN HONG KONG, SINGAPORE AND JAPAN?
We only have production Everyday Messenger bags in our Hong Kong warehouse facility at the moment. So, we're doing a test run to regions near this facility so we can get quick feedback and results.
EVERYBODY ELSE: SURVEY LOCKDOWN ON 11/6
We will be locking down all BackerKit surveys on Friday, November 6th. That means that if you want to add anything onto your order (another Bag, another Pouch, heavily discounted Trey Ratcliff digital rewards, or any other Peak Design product), login to your survey right now and do it. When we lockdown surveys it means that you will no longer be able to change your add-ons or shipping address.
What if I don't want my survey to be locked down? Don't complete it. The only reason you wouldn't want your survey to be locked down is if you're not sure what your shipping address is going to be in 1-2 months time. If you've already filled your survey out and want to prevent it from getting locked down, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN DO WE PLAN TO SHIP TO EVERYONE ELSE?
We're still on plan for our December fulfillment estimate. Things are going smoothly. We've got shipping containers full of beautiful new bags and pouches on their way to our fulfillment centers around the world. So, you should still expect to get your Everyday Messengers in time for the holidays.
If your reward contains Capture Lens or Lens Kit, those specific products will likely ship out in a separate fulfillment, as we stated up front when we announced them. The timing is still a bit hazy on those, but we expect them to be out in early 2016. They will not affect the timing of when you receive the rest of your rewards.
NEW SEXY BAG PHOTOS
And now, for what you've all been waiting for: bag porn.
You'll see a few new things for the very first time in these photos. For one, the Heritage Tan bag features a rich brown waterproof bottom liner, brown Hypalon tags and stress points and brown zippers and zipper pulls. You'll also note that both bags have stainless rivets on the MagLatch ladders (instead of colored rivets on previous models). While the colored rivets looked flashy, the stainless steel rivets were many orders of magnitude more durable. In the end, we opted for better performance and a cleaner aesthetic.
Also note the silicone grip on the outside of the main strap. This grip lets you flip the strap over and carry the bag as a shoulder bag without worrying about the strap slipping off the side of your shoulder.
Additionally, the final axial strap attachment hardware is freaking gorgeous. It's made from a turned stainless steel rivied with a color anodized aluminum bezel. The Charcoal bag has a black rivet with a red bezel and the Heritage Tan bag has a chrome rivet with a blue bezel. Both look super smooth and classy.
The final tripod carry feature is sleek, low-profile and works with every tripod we've seen. Note the sleeve in the main flap of the bag—to carry a tripod, slide one leg though that sleeve and the other 2 legs over the top of the flap. Then wrap the included silicone band around the legs of your tripod to secure it. This allows continuous access to your bag, as well as continued ability to set your bag down on the ground, whether your carrying a tripod or not.
Last but not least, take a glimpse of the final outer packaging. Most bags we've purchased come in a big plastic bag or box. Inside that container you'll find another plastic sleeve, and then within that your bag awaits. We've opted for something a bit different—a recycled paper bag with a tear-away sewn-in seam—for what we believe is a better experience for customers and for Mother Nature.
WeAh yes, and one more thing—The Field Pouch—we finally have production units of both Charcoal and Heritage Tan:
That's that. As always, thank you for your incredible support. And remember, if you want to add anything else onto your Kickstarter reward, do it now by logging into your BackerKit survey!
The PD Team