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Luggage redefined: a carry-on Travel Backpack and system of Packing Tools designed around the idea that no two trips are the same.
Luggage redefined: a carry-on Travel Backpack and system of Packing Tools designed around the idea that no two trips are the same.
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Introducing the Travel Tripod

Posted by Peak Design (Creator)
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Kickstarter #9 is live, folks.

Moments ago, we hit the launch button on a funding campaign for the most compact, pro-level travel tripod ever made. We call it—wait for it—Travel Tripod.

If you’ve backed multiple PD projects you might be seeing this update a few times, our apologies. We just want to make sure you get the memo.

For years, our Kickstarter community has been asking us to make a travel tripod. For years, we’ve been working on one. Today, it became a reality.

We could say a lot more, but we’re going to let our Kickstarter Video do the talking. Thank you for your support, both then and now. We owe our existence to this fantastic community.

Happy shooting!

The PD Team

Duffel / Duffelpack update, plus #9 is coming...

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Howdy, friends. Let's update!

The Good
 

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.
 

The Bad
 

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.
 

The Ugly
 

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.

That's a polished concrete dance floor - be careful, Petes!
That's a polished concrete dance floor - be careful, Petes!

 
  ...Something's Coming
 

#9
#9

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.

 

Duffels are coming.

Posted by Peak Design (Creator)
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They're done, and they're being made as we speak.

A golden sample of the Travel Duffel 35L in sage, modeled by Heidi, our general counsel.
A golden sample of the Travel Duffel 35L in sage, modeled by Heidi, our general counsel.
A golden sample of the Travel Duffelpack 65L in black, modeled by Kiran on our design team.
A golden sample of the Travel Duffelpack 65L in black, modeled by Kiran on our design team.

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.

Timing Update

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.

The new strap connection hardware for our Duffel hand and shoulder straps. We call these "Cord Hooks," because they quickly and securely hook onto cord loops placed throughout the exterior of the Duffel.
The new strap connection hardware for our Duffel hand and shoulder straps. We call these "Cord Hooks," because they quickly and securely hook onto cord loops placed throughout the exterior of the Duffel.

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.

This image shows the hook gap, and how the hook attaches to cord loops on the bag. The gap must be within a specific width tolerance. If it's too narrow, it's too hard to connect and disconnect. Too wide, and it's too easy to remove. In our initial production run, the hardware gap was too wide on the metal hardware and too narrow on the plastic hardware. While it may have been unnoticeable to most users, it did not meet our stringent standards for strap attachment strength and security. So, we're getting these parts retooled.
This image shows the hook gap, and how the hook attaches to cord loops on the bag. The gap must be within a specific width tolerance. If it's too narrow, it's too hard to connect and disconnect. Too wide, and it's too easy to remove. In our initial production run, the hardware gap was too wide on the metal hardware and too narrow on the plastic hardware. While it may have been unnoticeable to most users, it did not meet our stringent standards for strap attachment strength and security. So, we're getting these parts retooled.

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.

The Duffel 35L features 2 hand straps, each with hypalon/leather handles and custom aluminum quick connecting hardware.
The Duffel 35L features 2 hand straps, each with hypalon/leather handles and custom aluminum quick connecting hardware.
The quick-connecting hardware (called Cord Hooks) allow you to quickly reconfigure the hand straps for comfy on-the-go backpack-style carry.
The quick-connecting hardware (called Cord Hooks) allow you to quickly reconfigure the hand straps for comfy on-the-go backpack-style carry.
Also included in the Duffel 35L is a padded shoulder strap. It uses the same Cord Hook connection hardware. For shoulder carry, simply detach the hand straps and attach the shoulder strap. All straps stow easily in the bag. Shown here is the Sage colorway.
Also included in the Duffel 35L is a padded shoulder strap. It uses the same Cord Hook connection hardware. For shoulder carry, simply detach the hand straps and attach the shoulder strap. All straps stow easily in the bag. Shown here is the Sage colorway.
The shoulder strap also allows for cross-body sling-style carry. Your feedback told us that it was important to optimize this versatile bag for shoulder, sling, hand, and backpack-style carry. We're stoked on the beauty, simplicity, and feel of the Cord Hook connection system, and it's something we plan to incorporate in future bags.
The shoulder strap also allows for cross-body sling-style carry. Your feedback told us that it was important to optimize this versatile bag for shoulder, sling, hand, and backpack-style carry. We're stoked on the beauty, simplicity, and feel of the Cord Hook connection system, and it's something we plan to incorporate in future bags.
A closer look at the Safe Duffel 35L. This view gives you a better look at the Cord Hook hardware.
A closer look at the Safe Duffel 35L. This view gives you a better look at the Cord Hook hardware.
The Duffel 35L features a burly #10 zip with an extra-long path, enabling a ton of access and visibility to the main compartment. Shown here with a Medium Camera Cube and Tech Pouch, the Duffel 35L holds 3 units of Peak Design cubes, just like the Travel Backpack 45L.
The Duffel 35L features a burly #10 zip with an extra-long path, enabling a ton of access and visibility to the main compartment. Shown here with a Medium Camera Cube and Tech Pouch, the Duffel 35L holds 3 units of Peak Design cubes, just like the Travel Backpack 45L.
To achieve easier access and visibility, the zipper path actually extends beyond the main compartment of the bag, creating short wings at each end. When in hand-carry configuration, these wings remain cleanly attached to the ends of the bag via magnetic clasps. When in shoulder carry mode, the wings serve as an aesthetic and reinforced strap connection point.
To achieve easier access and visibility, the zipper path actually extends beyond the main compartment of the bag, creating short wings at each end. When in hand-carry configuration, these wings remain cleanly attached to the ends of the bag via magnetic clasps. When in shoulder carry mode, the wings serve as an aesthetic and reinforced strap connection point.
One more close-up of the Cord Hook hardware. The Cord Hook easily snaps onto one of many Cord Loops located on the exterior of the bag, allowing you to quickly reconfigure carry straps. This simple, strong strap connection system was first used with the external carry straps on the Travel Backpack 45L and we plan to use it on many more bags in the future.
One more close-up of the Cord Hook hardware. The Cord Hook easily snaps onto one of many Cord Loops located on the exterior of the bag, allowing you to quickly reconfigure carry straps. This simple, strong strap connection system was first used with the external carry straps on the Travel Backpack 45L and we plan to use it on many more bags in the future.

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.

Shown here in Sage, the Duffelpack 65L features a 500D nylon canvas shell with a rugged 900D ottoman weave waterproof shell on the front. All shell fabrics are 100% recycled.
Shown here in Sage, the Duffelpack 65L features a 500D nylon canvas shell with a rugged 900D ottoman weave waterproof shell on the front. All shell fabrics are 100% recycled.
Access to the Duffelpack is via a burly #10 zip on the back of the bag (which becomes the top of the bag when you set it on the ground). Stout webbing handles are found on all sides of the bag for easy handling and maneuvering.
Access to the Duffelpack is via a burly #10 zip on the back of the bag (which becomes the top of the bag when you set it on the ground). Stout webbing handles are found on all sides of the bag for easy handling and maneuvering.
Carry the Duffelpack 65L via side handles...
Carry the Duffelpack 65L via side handles...
...or carry via padded tubular webbing carry handles located on the stowable shoulder straps.
...or carry via padded tubular webbing carry handles located on the stowable shoulder straps.
A closer look at the Duffelpack's carry handles located on the shoulder straps. Also note the ID card slot on the back panel.
A closer look at the Duffelpack's carry handles located on the shoulder straps. Also note the ID card slot on the back panel.
In it's standard state, the Duffelpack has 45L of hauling capacity. Same as the Travel Backpack in its fully expanded state.
In it's standard state, the Duffelpack has 45L of hauling capacity. Same as the Travel Backpack in its fully expanded state.
2 zips run along the rear edges of the Duffelpack. When unzipped, the pack can carry a whopping 65L of cargo.
2 zips run along the rear edges of the Duffelpack. When unzipped, the pack can carry a whopping 65L of cargo.
Shoulder and waist straps tuck behind the padded back panels of the Duffelpack. When deployed, these straps give you a comfortable carrying experience with heavy loads. But they quickly pack away for transit.
Shoulder and waist straps tuck behind the padded back panels of the Duffelpack. When deployed, these straps give you a comfortable carrying experience with heavy loads. But they quickly pack away for transit.
Like the Duffel, the Duffelpack was designed with access and visibility in mind. The long zipper path creates an extra-wide opening, letting you see everything. The Duffelpack fits 4 units of Peak Design cubes. That means it can fit 2 Medium Camera Cubes, or 1 Large + 1 Small. It's shown here with 2 Small Packing Cubes and 1 Small Camera Cube, with room to spare. Note the internal mesh pockets for storing small stuff.
Like the Duffel, the Duffelpack was designed with access and visibility in mind. The long zipper path creates an extra-wide opening, letting you see everything. The Duffelpack fits 4 units of Peak Design cubes. That means it can fit 2 Medium Camera Cubes, or 1 Large + 1 Small. It's shown here with 2 Small Packing Cubes and 1 Small Camera Cube, with room to spare. Note the internal mesh pockets for storing small stuff.
A better look at the Duffelpack's main access zip, which runs through the middle of the back of the bag. In this shot, the shoulder and waist straps are tucked away.
A better look at the Duffelpack's main access zip, which runs through the middle of the back of the bag. In this shot, the shoulder and waist straps are tucked away.
The Duffelpack 65L also features 2 external side pockets for additional storage. The pockets are voluminous enough to each fit a water bottle.
The Duffelpack 65L also features 2 external side pockets for additional storage. The pockets are voluminous enough to each fit a water bottle.

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.


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 Lomogon 2.5/32 Art Lens by Lomography

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.

Duffel update, and a new film.

Posted by Peak Design (Creator)
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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:

Introducing Grizzly 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

OHH YEAHH.

Duffman, the obvious spirit animal of the Duffel and Duffelpack. If anybody knows Matt Groening personally, please let him know we're interested in a collab.
Duffman, the obvious spirit animal of the Duffel and Duffelpack. If anybody knows Matt Groening personally, please let him know we're interested in a collab.

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.

Behold, the latest Duffelpack (black, upper left) and Duffel (sage, lower right) prototypes. Note these two bags are NOT the same size, it just the perspective of this image. The Duffelpack is a max-65L check-in bag, the Duffel is a 35L carry-on. These things are damn near production-ready, and we couldn't be more stoked to show them to you.
Behold, the latest Duffelpack (black, upper left) and Duffel (sage, lower right) prototypes. Note these two bags are NOT the same size, it just the perspective of this image. The Duffelpack is a max-65L check-in bag, the Duffel is a 35L carry-on. These things are damn near production-ready, and we couldn't be more stoked to show them to you.

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.

The Duffel has the ability to hold 3 units of Packing Tools. In this shot, it's packed with 1 Small Camera Cube and 1 Medium Camera Cube. The extra-long zip path gives you ample access to the interior volume. Great for packing, unpacking, or shooting.
The Duffel has the ability to hold 3 units of Packing Tools. In this shot, it's packed with 1 Small Camera Cube and 1 Medium Camera Cube. The extra-long zip path gives you ample access to the interior volume. Great for packing, unpacking, or shooting.
The monster Duffelpack has the capacity for a whopping 4 units of Camera/Packing Cubes. Shown above is a Medium Packing Cube and Medium Camera Cube. The extra-long zipper path works in concert with an internal aluminum frame to give you unmatched interior access from a straight-zip duffel bag.
The monster Duffelpack has the capacity for a whopping 4 units of Camera/Packing Cubes. Shown above is a Medium Packing Cube and Medium Camera Cube. The extra-long zipper path works in concert with an internal aluminum frame to give you unmatched interior access from a straight-zip duffel bag.

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.

Single-shoulder carry is the most common expected carry style. An adjustable, padded shoulder strap will be included. It will be quickly removable via hook-style quick connectors and stowable inside the bag.
Single-shoulder carry is the most common expected carry style. An adjustable, padded shoulder strap will be included. It will be quickly removable via hook-style quick connectors and stowable inside the bag.
Hand carry is the second most common expected carry style. The Duffel's hand straps will be quickly removable via specially designed hook-style quick connectors, and we're considering embedding magnets in the padded handles to keep them together when the bag is set down. The hand straps will be easily stowable inside the bag.
Hand carry is the second most common expected carry style. The Duffel's hand straps will be quickly removable via specially designed hook-style quick connectors, and we're considering embedding magnets in the padded handles to keep them together when the bag is set down. The hand straps will be easily stowable inside the bag.

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.

The Duffel will have a network of strong cord loops attached to various points on the bag. These loops will let you attach hand/shoulder straps (via custom hook-style quick connection hardware). We hope to use these cord loops, along with the dual hand straps, to accommodate backpack-style carry, as seen here.
The Duffel will have a network of strong cord loops attached to various points on the bag. These loops will let you attach hand/shoulder straps (via custom hook-style quick connection hardware). We hope to use these cord loops, along with the dual hand straps, to accommodate backpack-style carry, as seen here.
Another side profile view of backpack-style carry with the Duffel. The hand straps will be made from a padded, tubular style webbing. In backpack mode, these straps won't be as comfortable as typical backpack shoulder straps, but we're hoping they will do the job in a pinch.
Another side profile view of backpack-style carry with the Duffel. The hand straps will be made from a padded, tubular style webbing. In backpack mode, these straps won't be as comfortable as typical backpack shoulder straps, but we're hoping they will do the job in a pinch.

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.

You liked the straight pocket, you liked the trapezoidal pocket, and, well, we like you. So we found a way to integrate both pocket styles into each side of the bag.
You liked the straight pocket, you liked the trapezoidal pocket, and, well, we like you. So we found a way to integrate both pocket styles into each side of the bag.
The trapezoidal pocket has big access and a larger volume to hold bulkier items.
The trapezoidal pocket has big access and a larger volume to hold bulkier items.
The trapezoidal pocket in it's full, voluminous glory. Note the ID tag pocket. We plan to place an ID tag holder on all bags in the Travel Line. You can also get a good look at the aluminum quick connection hardware for the hand straps.
The trapezoidal pocket in it's full, voluminous glory. Note the ID tag pocket. We plan to place an ID tag holder on all bags in the Travel Line. You can also get a good look at the aluminum quick connection hardware for the hand straps.
The secondary straight pocket gives you additional external storage space for slimmer items. The zipper path sits beneath a horizontal flap of fabric, making it aesthetically clean, out of sight, and protected from moisture. The trapezoidal pocket zipper is weatherproof.
The secondary straight pocket gives you additional external storage space for slimmer items. The zipper path sits beneath a horizontal flap of fabric, making it aesthetically clean, out of sight, and protected from moisture. The trapezoidal pocket zipper is weatherproof.

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.

The Duffelpack will have an external pocket on either side, accessible via a waterproof zip with a straight path. The interior of the pocket is voluminous enough to carry an entire water bottle, or up to 36 individual passports (we won't ask questions).
The Duffelpack will have an external pocket on either side, accessible via a waterproof zip with a straight path. The interior of the pocket is voluminous enough to carry an entire water bottle, or up to 36 individual passports (we won't ask questions).
When closed, the Duffelpack's side pockets are discreet and weatherproof.
When closed, the Duffelpack's side pockets are discreet and weatherproof.
The Duffelpack will have an ID tag holder inside the strap stowage compartment.
The Duffelpack will have an ID tag holder inside the strap stowage compartment.

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.

We've incorporated 2 internal zip pockets on both the Duffel and Duffelpack (shown above). The pockets will be located on either side of the main access zipper path. The pocket material will be the same silicone mesh that we used inside our Travel Backpack and Wash Pouch.
We've incorporated 2 internal zip pockets on both the Duffel and Duffelpack (shown above). The pockets will be located on either side of the main access zipper path. The pocket material will be the same silicone mesh that we used inside our Travel Backpack and Wash Pouch.

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.

The Duffelpack is a monster gear hauler. As such, it can get pretty darn heavy when loaded up. Our biggest complaint with other gear hauler duffels on the market is that their straps are flimsy and feel like an afterthought. We've designed our Duffelpack with stowable shoulder, waist, and sternum straps that are far more supportive and comfy. Our Duffelpack's harness is so comfortable that you can wear it while staring out the window for hours on end.
The Duffelpack is a monster gear hauler. As such, it can get pretty darn heavy when loaded up. Our biggest complaint with other gear hauler duffels on the market is that their straps are flimsy and feel like an afterthought. We've designed our Duffelpack with stowable shoulder, waist, and sternum straps that are far more supportive and comfy. Our Duffelpack's harness is so comfortable that you can wear it while staring out the window for hours on end.

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.

For both the Duffel and Duffelpack (pictured) we upped the denier of the main fabric from 400D to 600D nylon canvas. The heavier material on the bottom is 900D polyester, same as the bottom liner on our other bags. Like our other Travel and Everyday bags, this shell is DWR impregnated, double poly coated, and functionally weatherproof. It's also made from 100% recycled material.
For both the Duffel and Duffelpack (pictured) we upped the denier of the main fabric from 400D to 600D nylon canvas. The heavier material on the bottom is 900D polyester, same as the bottom liner on our other bags. Like our other Travel and Everyday bags, this shell is DWR impregnated, double poly coated, and functionally weatherproof. It's also made from 100% recycled material.
We're experimenting with a few different small aesthetic pops on both bags.
We're experimenting with a few different small aesthetic pops on both bags.

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.

There are a bunch of ways to grab the Duffelpack, including side handles and top/bottom handles. But we kept coming back to this hand carry method, which utilizes a tubular webbing handle on each shoulder strap. When carried this way, the weight of the Duffelpack is nicely balanced. Almost as nicely balanced as a fun pair of caramel ankle boots with wide-legged capris.
There are a bunch of ways to grab the Duffelpack, including side handles and top/bottom handles. But we kept coming back to this hand carry method, which utilizes a tubular webbing handle on each shoulder strap. When carried this way, the weight of the Duffelpack is nicely balanced. Almost as nicely balanced as a fun pair of caramel ankle boots with wide-legged capris.

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:

Straps out.
Straps out.
Straps in. When your shoulder straps are packed away, you can easily carry the Duffelpack using side straps or end straps.
Straps in. When your shoulder straps are packed away, you can easily carry the Duffelpack using side straps or end straps.

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.

By incorporating carry handles on the top and bottom of the Duffelpack, we can resolve the straight zipper path directly into those handles. This makes for an aesthetically clean resolution that is both durable and allows for the bag to be opened up wide. It also makes the whole thing look that much more like a burrito, and who can resist that?
By incorporating carry handles on the top and bottom of the Duffelpack, we can resolve the straight zipper path directly into those handles. This makes for an aesthetically clean resolution that is both durable and allows for the bag to be opened up wide. It also makes the whole thing look that much more like a burrito, and who can resist that?
By having a longer main zipper path, the Duffelpack can open wider and give you easier access to your stuff.
By having a longer main zipper path, the Duffelpack can open wider and give you easier access to your stuff.

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.

Cheers,

The PD Team

#BAGBRAG winners, and a call for reviews.

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Our friends at @artofvisuals recently took the 45L Travel Backpack out for a spin. Who can name the city?
Our friends at @artofvisuals recently took the 45L Travel Backpack out for a spin. Who can name the city?

HOW 'BOUT A REVIEW?

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 info@peakdesign.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.

#BAGBRAG WINNERS!

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!

First Place goes to @lestertsaiphotography, who took his new Peak Design 45L Travel Line Backpack out in the sub-freezing temperatures yesterday to Mount Hood National Forest.
First Place goes to @lestertsaiphotography, who took his new Peak Design 45L Travel Line Backpack out in the sub-freezing temperatures yesterday to Mount Hood National Forest.

RUNNER UP 1: $250 gift card & $250 donated to any 1% for the Planet nonprofit!

You know good composition when you see it. Same with good choreography. @martingaebe shows off his (or as it appears, not just his) healthy obsession with the Travel Backpack.
You know good composition when you see it. Same with good choreography. @martingaebe shows off his (or as it appears, not just his) healthy obsession with the Travel Backpack.

RUNNER UP 2: $250 gift card & $250 donated to any 1% for the Planet nonprofit!

Whittlin' sticks by the campfire. @rjp301's sublime adventure in the foothills of the Rockies sounds like a perfect way to pass the time with your Sage 45L.
Whittlin' sticks by the campfire. @rjp301's sublime adventure in the foothills of the Rockies sounds like a perfect way to pass the time with your Sage 45L.

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.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

"The Godfather has joined the family" -@feelingsleepy
"The Godfather has joined the family" -@feelingsleepy
True, it's technically not a bag in the Travel Line, but we couldn't stop oogling over @thekback's pup, Link.
True, it's technically not a bag in the Travel Line, but we couldn't stop oogling over @thekback's pup, Link.
Across all PD team members, we've got about a half dozen offspring under the age of 2, and we'll be honest: it's SO ADORBS to take pictures of babies in bags. @lykke_hansen_fotografi gets it.
Across all PD team members, we've got about a half dozen offspring under the age of 2, and we'll be honest: it's SO ADORBS to take pictures of babies in bags. @lykke_hansen_fotografi gets it.
Great form, @capturesbyrandr. Or should we say, the Blue Power Ranger?
Great form, @capturesbyrandr. Or should we say, the Blue Power Ranger?
Travel Backpack pannier?! Don't mind if we do. Gorgeous bike, @mbennettphoto.
Travel Backpack pannier?! Don't mind if we do. Gorgeous bike, @mbennettphoto.
Tech Pouch...IT'S A TRAP! @kengiskhan
Tech Pouch...IT'S A TRAP! @kengiskhan
We don't know why it looks so irresistably good to take everything out of your bag and arrange it at right angles, and frankly, we don't care. We just WANT MORE. @basephotography
We don't know why it looks so irresistably good to take everything out of your bag and arrange it at right angles, and frankly, we don't care. We just WANT MORE. @basephotography
@tobik176 When you and your dad get each other the same Christmas present, and then another family member makes you pose in front of the tree, and then later you realize you and your dad are wearing the same thing and you've essentially become your dad.
@tobik176 When you and your dad get each other the same Christmas present, and then another family member makes you pose in front of the tree, and then later you realize you and your dad are wearing the same thing and you've essentially become your dad.
@pivv0t: what does your cat think about all of this?
@pivv0t: what does your cat think about all of this?

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!

KICKSTARTER LOVE

MOVA: INNOVATIVE, FUNCTIONAL CYCLING JACKETS

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.