Travel Duffel and Travel Duffelpack are moving closer to fulfillment! The Cord Hook tolerance issue detailed in our last update appears to have been solved with new tooling for parts and additional testing.
Fixing the Cord Hooks pushed our shipping dates a few more weeks back to the following: Duffelpacks should ship first week of June and Duffels should ship first week of July. If you ordered both we have decided to uncouple the shipping of your bags and get you those Duffelpacks as soon as possible. Costs us a little more, but nobody likes a delay.
There actually isn't anything particularly ugly to report, Lawrence just really wanted to include the gif at the top of this update so here we are. I guess Peter did fall on the floor pretty hard at Max's wedding reception and busted his elbow, that was kind of ugly, but it's healing fine. Other than that, things are humming along nicely.
Speaking of humming along nicely, we've got a fun announcement: we are already coming up on Kickstarter #9!
This one is gonna be a doozy. We've had boots on the ground for 6 weeks with our manufacturers working on testing and production techniques. Our campaigns are our babies, and it is impossible to not love them all, buuuut that being said, this one is gonna be really special. Can't say much more than that right now, but head over to peakdesign.com/kickstarter to enter to win a new...thing.
We're talking, of course, about the Travel Duffel 35L and Travel Duffelpack 65L, a pair of travel bags that we pre-announced way back in Update 10 in September. By "done," we mean design-complete. The bags in the images above and below are golden samples, meaning they are identical to the ones that we'll be shipping to backers (and the rest of the world).
First off, apologies for the lag between this update and our previous one in January. Between then and now a lot has happened, all at a microcosmic scale: honing hardware tolerances, dialing in bartacks and zipper paths, and resolving the minute details that will make these products look and feel superb. Our goal was to update you when we had something substantial to show you. And, now we do: 100% finished bags.
When we first announced the Travel Duffel and Travel Duffelpack, we estimated an April delivery date. This January, we announced that the fulfillment schedule would slip into May, due to it taking longer than expected to resolve some of our design details. Up until last week, we were all systems go for May shipping. Then, we hit a snag, which we'll explain in detail in a second. The end result is that Duffelpacks should ship in May, but we now expect orders containing the Duffel to ship in mid-June.
Our initial production batch of Duffel Cord Hook hardware (shown above - the aluminum hook is for the hand straps, the plastic hook is for the shoulder strap) needs to be retooled. The hardware pictured above (from our golden samples) is within the 0.1 mm hook gap tolerance that we established in our quality assurance procedures. During our first mass production run, both the metal and plastic Cord Hook hardware were produced a full 1 mm out of tolerance.
An issue like this should have been caught during a routine quality check by our hardware manufacturer, but due to a procedural error, that check never happened. The result is that bad hardware was shipped to our soft goods supplier and sewn into Duffel straps. The error wasn't caught until a mass shipment of Duffels was about to leave the factory. We're glad we caught the issue before the Duffels were sent to backers, but still frustrated with the situation. While finished Duffelpacks are en-route to our fulfillment houses, Duffels are on hold while Cord Hook hardware is being retooled and straps are being rebuilt.
As far as problems go, this one ain't the worst. If you solely backed Duffelpack, your order will be shipped in May. If you backed the Duffel (or both bags) we expect your shipment will be pushed back to the 2nd or 3rd week of June. We sincerely apologize for the further delay, and appreciate your patience and support. We always work our hardest to get your rewards to you as quickly as possible. But above all else, we do what's necessary to build quality products you can trust.
With that, let's get onto the good news: these new bags look dope, and function exquisitely. Let's take a look.
First Look: Travel Duffel 35L
The 35L Duffel is Peak Design’s ode to the timeless and utilitarian duffel bag. The perfect weekender, over-nighter, gym bag, or sidekick to one of our larger travel bags, the Duffel 35L is as beautiful as it is simple.
First Look: Travel Duffelpack 65L
A monster gear hauler, the Travel Duffelpack 65L maximizes your carry capacity without compromising comfort or versatility. Two expansion zips and padded, tuckaway shoulder and waist straps (like the Travel Backpack 45L) give the Duffelpack 65L a novel, aesthetically beautiful appearance.
Duffel & Duffelpack Pre-Ordering
For those who did not back the Duffel or Duffelpack during our Kickstarter (or in BackerKit), public sales will begin right around the time we fulfill Kickstarter orders. We will not have a public preorder period for these bags, so if you're interested in ordering these bags, your first opportunity will be the public launch this summer. We'll keep you posted on that date.
As always, we like to sign off by sharing other active projects that excite or inspire us.
We're big fans of smart, technically-minded apparel that Telluride-based Wester Rise makes. Their new shirt, available for pre-order on Kickstarter now, looks like a clean and simple button-down. But it's made with a lightweight, breathable, stretchy, wrinkle-resistant Australian merino fabric that they custom developed.
One of our absolute favorite photography brands, Lomography has a knack for celebrating (and pushing) the quirky, creative boundaries of analog shooting. Dare we say they're the funnest brand in the photo world? Anywho, they have a beautiful new art lens capable of magnificent color, contrast, and bokeh, perfect for street photography. Their Kickstarter is complete, but you can preorder the lens on their website.
We've got some big updates to share on the Travel Duffel and Travel Duffelpack. But first, we've got something equally as exciting to share:
IntroducingGrizzly Country, a short film directed by our good friend Ben Moon and produced by Peak Design. Grizzly Country tells the story of Doug Peacock: veteran, eco-warrior, author, and modern-day legend. Doug was the inspiration for Edward Abbey's character George Hayduke in The Monkey Wrench Gang.
After serving in the Vietnam War, Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. His time in the wild changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes. Grizzly Country makes us think critically about the relationship between humans and nature. As Doug puts it, "without our arrogance and firearms and dominion, we're just another flavor of meat."
Aside from Adam's Packing Tools Instructional Video, this film might be the most poignant, beautiful piece of content that Peak Design has ever had a hand in. We funded the production of Grizzly Country as a part of our 1% For The Planet membership. Advocacy projects like this would not be possible without the foundation of support our Kickstarter backers provide. If you're reading this, you also had a hand in this film. And if that makes you feel good, we'd love it if you shared Grizzly Country (grizzlycountryfilm.com) with the world.
AND NOW FOR A BIG OL' DUFFEL UPDATE
Right before Thanksgiving, we shared the latest and greatest Duffel and Duffelpack prototypes (see Update #20). We then surveyed y'all to get some final input as we hit the home-stretch of design. 1287 backers responded. Here's an update—not only on what we learned—but on how we've incorporated those insights into our latest round of prototypes.
The 35L Duffel wins the popularity contest.
It's not a popularity contest (as our moms would remind us), but there are considerably more folks interested in the Duffel than the Duffelpack. 93% of respondents had ordered or expressed interest in ordering the Duffel, whereas 62% of respondents said the same about the Duffelpack.
This makes plenty of sense to us: the Duffel is a more classic style of bag and it's at a lower price point. Plus, most respondents already own our 45L Travel Backpack, and the 65L Duffelpack has a little more functional overlap with that product.
You plan to use the Duffel + Duffelpack with Packing Tools.
So, we have continued to hone the size/shape of these bags to perfectly fit our Camera Cubes and Packing cubes. That said, not everybody plans to use these bags with our cubes, and these bags most certainly work just as well without 'em.
Moreover, about half of respondents plan to use the Duffel + Duffelpack with photo gear, and half don't. So, like every other bag in our Everyday and Travel Lines, these duffels are designed to filled to the brim with photo gear, or with anything else.
You're happy with the sizes of these 2 bags.
So, we're sticking with these sizes:
Duffel: 35L volume, fits 3 units of Packing/Camera Cubes, max carry-on size.
Duffelpack: 65L max volume, fits 4 units of Packing/Camera Cubes, check-in size.
For the Duffel, side shoulder carry and hand carry are heavily preferred to cross-body sling carry.
So, we're optimizing for those two carry styles for the Duffel.
You're stoked about backpack-style carry for the Duffel.
So, we're pursuing backpack-style carry aggressively. We've done 2 rounds of prototypes on the hand-carry straps to solve for a backpack carry scenario. We're going to give it our best shot, being careful not to compromise other more important Duffel functionality.
Also, we just wanna take a second and give it up for Hyden, our model-slash-intern. What can't this savvy, Boosted-Board-riding, expense-report-auditing post-millennial do?!
And while we're giving out well-deserved props, let's here it for Sean from our Flagship Store team. Sean is mastermind behind the lens who took all these shots. His most famous work, however, is from our Flagship Store promotional video.
Ok, back to biz.
You liked both external pocket styles we developed for the Duffel.
If you recall from Update #20, we were developing 2 different styles of external pockets on the Duffel: straight zip (clean, classic styling), and trapezoidal zip (better access and more volume). Respondents clearly liked both styles, and wanted the benefits of both. So, we evolved the Duffel to incorporate both pocket styles on each side, for a total of 4 external pockets.
We also evolved the external pockets on the Duffelpack, making them easier to access and more voluminous. The Duffelpack's external pockets (1 on each side) can fit a full-size water bottle now.
You think a few internal pockets would be nice on both bags.
So, we're incorporating 2 internal pockets inside both the Duffel and Duffelpack.
On the Duffelpack, most people want hip belts, some want sternum straps.
We had questions earlier regarding whether or not the hip belt and sternum strap were must-have features. The survey gave us valuable info: for many folks, they are. So, we've incorporated both into the Duffelpack. The padded hip belt—similar to that on the Travel Backpack 45L—will stow away with the shoulder straps. The sternum strap will be removable and stowable as well.
As far as materials go, you have a preference towards durability, reasonably balanced with lightweight.
The survey results were pretty clear here: you want a balance between lightweight and durable, erring on the side of durability. So, we went ahead and upped the denier of the fabric from the last samples, and did it without adding weight to the bag.
We're incorporating hand-carry handles into the Duffelpack's shoulder straps, because it looks and feels awesome.
You can get a good look at these handles if you scroll up 2 images. The more we use and abuse this bag, the more we like having these handles here. You may not use them all the time, but they're extremely handy (GET IT?!) when you're shuffling your gear around the home, airport, or hostel.
Duffelpack's has legendary strap stowage.
This is less of an insight from our survey and more of a shameless plug. We're real excited about how Duffelpack's strap stowage has come together:
We found a really nice way to resolve the zipper path on the Duffelpack.
If there's one thing we know about Peak Design Kickstarter backers, it's that they're 86% more likely than the average person to totally nerd out on zipper path resolution. So, this one's for you.
If you watched our most recent Duffel/Duffelpack Hangout you know that we've been doing a lot of brainstorming on how to give the Duffelpack superior accessibility with a simple, straight, easy-to-open zipper path.
Now, we're closing in on a solution that ticks all the boxes.
And that's where we are. We've got one more round of prototyping before we expect to have golden samples of the Duffel and Duffelpack. Once we do, we'll begin production.
As mentioned in our previous update, some of the details of these bags have taken a little longer than expected to dial in. Because of that, our estimated delivery date has slipped from April to May. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause folks, but we can assure you that the few extra weeks of waiting will be well worth it.
Questions? Thoughts? Let us know. This is the first time we've brought customers into our product development process at such an early stage, so we're eager to hear what's on your minds.
And finally, for all of you who are still reading this, hi Stu.
Before we get to the good stuff, we've got a lil' favor to ask. With over 100,000 Travel Line products out in the wild, we can't help but feel sorely inadequate in the website reviews department. If you've got a hot minute, we'd love for you to share your thoughts:
If you've got any big pain points or disappointments, please hit up our customer service team at email@example.com before you leave a review. There's a good chance we've got a solution for ya, or at the very least can shed some more light on what's causing your issue.
DUFFEL UPDATE & SCHEDULE
...is coming soon! We just got in our 4th round Duffel prototype and our 6th round Duffelpack prototype, which were updated from previous rounds based on your survey and focus group feedback. We look forward to sharing some beautiful new pics, as well as the key takeaways from our survey results. HANG TIGHT.
As we get into the design crunch-time, it's looking like the fulfillment schedule for the Duffel and Duffelpack will slip ever-so-slightly from April to May. Although we're not stoked about it, we consider it a small and worthy tradeoff for incorporating some of the key backer feedback that we got. In our next update (planned for next week) we'll give a detailed review of the design insights you've shared with us thus far, and how we've iterated on the design to solve for them.
And now for the moment you've all been waiting for. We present our top 3 bag braggers:
GRAND PRIZE: $500 gift card & $500 donated to any 1% for the Planet nonprofit!
RUNNER UP 1: $250 gift card & $250 donated to any 1% for the Planet nonprofit!
RUNNER UP 2: $250 gift card & $250 donated to any 1% for the Planet nonprofit!
It was a reaaal tough time judging, and we can't possibly post every single amazing shot that was entered, but below are few staff faves that made the shortlist.
Y'all are the best customers a company could ever ask for. Thanks for your unwavering #bagbrag fortitude. Just because the contest is over, it doesn't mean you have to stop bag bragging. We'll keep and eye out and continue to share the things that catch our eye. Thanks again!
Photography and adventure are kinda the 2 main jams at Peak Design. But if we could pick minor jams, the top two would undoubtedly be biking and crackin' one-liners in an unapologetic and incorrigible manner. And by golly, we've met our match. Mova, our friends from Bogota, Colombia, have just come back to Kickstarter for the second time with a new lineup of ultralight, ultra-versatile cycling jackets. Better yet, their video is hilarious. Roland, if you're reading this, well done buddy.