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RYANMAX Compact Travel Bag - Avoid Airline Baggage Fees

Travel smarter and avoid luggage fees with the RyanMax Compact Travel Bag. Size matters and the RyanMax counts as personal item.

RYANMAX Compact Travel Bag - Avoid Airline Baggage Fees

Travel smarter and avoid luggage fees with the RyanMax Compact Travel Bag. Size matters and the RyanMax counts as personal item.

£10,462
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123
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, January 21 2019 12:01 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 24, 2019

About

Travel smarter and avoid luggage fees with the RyanMax Compact Travel Bag. With more airlines charging for larger carry-on luggage, size really does matter. The RyanMax Bag is superbly compact so it counts as a personal item on US airlines and two of the largest low-cost airlines in Europe.

Changing Carry-on Rules

On 1 November 2018 two of Europe's largest low-cost airlines, Ryanair and Wizz Air introduced a new carry-on luggage policy. To bring on a larger cabin bag with you you need to pay for priority boarding or check-in fees.

However, the smaller "under the seat bag" or personal item as it is known in the US, is still allowed for free and the allowance was increased to 40x30x20 cm or 16"x11"x8".

In US & Canada, all Airlines have various allowances for a Personal Item. With the RyanMax we set out to create a bag that is sized for "the under the seat" allowance.

  • Out of frustration with the new carry-on charges.
  • There is a lack of good quality travel backpacks meeting the "under the seat" dimensions.
  • We believe that you can travel with a small bag as your main bag, especially on 1-4 day trips away.

We delayed the launch off our ConnectMe range of bags to bring to you the RyanMax on Kickstarter.

The RyanMax range of compact bags consist of two models, adapting to the way you travel. Both models are 40x29x19 cm or 16"x11"x8" in size. We made them slightly smaller in width and depth to allow for some bulge, so they can still fit in the baggage sizer. 

Although Ryanair states that the small bag size is 40x25x20 cm the sizer allows bags of 42x30x20 cm.

First, there is the RyanMax travel backpack which comes with a large main compartment to maximize the space you can use for your items that you want to bring along.

This backpack is designed for those of you who just want to enjoy your  trip and not bring any technology like a laptop.

The RyanMax+ travel backpack has a large main compartment and also a separate compartment for a laptop and a tablet.

This padded technology compartment at the back of the RyanMax+ will hold a 10.5″ tablet as well as a 15″ laptop.   

  • Max laptop size: 25cm x 36cm or 9.84" x 14.17"
  • Max tablet size: 17.5cm x 25.5cm or 6.89" x 10.04"

Unlike most laptop backpacks in the market the RyanMax+ is a laptop bag that is made for the demands of travel

 1. We Use Top Quality Materials

Smart Gear prides itself on designing bags that look stylish and are built to last with top quality durable materials.

  • Outer material – The RyanMax uses strong 600D Kodra dark heathered grey with a PU inner coating to keep it water resistant. This material will keep your valuables safe and will still look great after years of use.
  • Zippers – All external zippers except the secure back pocket are using water-resistant zips to keep the water out as much as possible. All other zips of the RyanMax+ are by YKK, the best zips on the planet.
  • Straps – We use the strongest straps available.  
  • Air-mesh – The back of the bag has padded air-mesh as well as tunnels to facilitate airflow. This makes the RyanMax comfortable to carry and helps to keep you cool.

 2. Water-Resistant

You carry valuable items in your bag and you don’t want these to get wet in the rain, especially electronics. The RyanMax is made of water-resistant materials and uses water-resistant zips.

 3. Built-in Safety Features

Don't let your trip be ruined by pickpockets. We have built in some anti- theft features.

  • Lockable zips on the main compartment and technology compartment. 
  • Anti-theft loop on the two front pockets making it harder for thieves to open the zip quickly.

 4. Easy Access Main Compartment

The RyanMax and RyanMax+ are one of the few bags with this size that feature a suitcase style opening to the main compartment. It is designed to maximize storage and give easy access to your packed items.

Inside the opening lid there is a mesh compartment.

RyanMax with the optional compression cube
RyanMax with the optional compression cube

 5. Built-in Bag Loop to Complement a Trolley

The RyanMax is the perfect companion for the trolley, it is ideal for when you go away on longer trips.

 6. Connecting Clips to Connect to Other Smart Gear Bags

The Ryanmax+ and the RyanMax have an optional set of detachable connecting clips at the top of the straps. These clips allow you to connect this bag to our up and coming travel backpack and not having to wear this bag kangaroo style in front of you.

 7. Removable Sternum Strap

To make the bag more comfortable to carry a sternum strap is included with the bag. We made this strap removable.

 8. Built-in Credit Card / Transport Card Slot

The left backpack strap has a built-in credit card/transport card slot, so you don’t have to reach for your pocket to get the card out.

 9. Hidden Pocket for Passport / Wallet

Against the back of the RyanMax & RyanMax+ there is a hidden pocket to store valuable items like a passport or wallet.

The RyanMax range facilitates the use of smart bag components. Travelers can use their own external batteries, USB or headphone cables and location trackers. This allows travelers to select what works best for them.

Phone / Sunglasses Pocket

The top of the bag has a fleece lined pocket to store sunglasses or a mobile phone. You can charge your phone through an internal cable hole and connect it to an external battery inside the bag.

 Battery Pocket

Inside the RyanMax is a mesh pocket to allow the storage of an external battery for a mobile phone. You can feed the cable to the phone pocket or through the rubber cable hole at the top of the bag.

Tracker Pocket

No more wonders for where you left your backpack. At the bottom of the main compartment, we have created a small zip pocket allowing for Bluetooth or GPS trackers to be stored helping you keep your important luggage safe.

RyanMax and RyanMax+ backpacks compared
RyanMax and RyanMax+ backpacks compared

To maximize the items you can pack we have developed a compression packing cube that fits the exact size of the RyanMax & RyanMax+. A compression zip on the cube reduces the size by 30%.

The cube is made from strong materials and we use YKK zippers, it comes with a big padded handle to take it in and out easy.  

With the compression bag, it is easy to take your clothes out and leave them in the hotel and use the RyanMax as your day bag.

The RyanMax is also a perfect day bag.
The RyanMax is also a perfect day bag.

We did an experiment ourselves to see how much you can fit in the RyanMax+ with the use of our compression packing cube. It is easy enough for a 3-4 day trip away.

Smart Gear’s creator is confident you can travel South East Asia with the contents for one month, using local laundry services.  

Do you love our idea? Do you think you can travel with one bag, or use a bag and combine it with a trolley? Do you want to save money on airline baggage fees? Become a backer of our project and get your own RyanMax or RyanMax+ backpack. Just follow the steps below.

Great, so you are all set! Now it’s our turn. We’ll keep you updated about every step of our journey and we’ll inform you once the project is complete.

PRODUCT WARRANTY

Smart Gear stands behind its products. If we can't fix or repair a manufacturing defect, we will replace the product, no questions asked.

RETURN POLICY

Smart Gear offers a 30 day no risk return policy. If you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of the product within 30 Days of receiving your order, simply send it back and we will refund you, no questions asked. However, we think you will love our product.

CUSTOMS & DUTIES

All items sold to European Union customers will be inclusive of VAT

For all other countries, you will be responsible for the customs and import duties.

SHIPPING POLICY

If our shipping carrier attempts delivery to you and you don't get it because you’re not there, wrong address, moved without notifying us, and the package returns back to our warehouse, it will be the buyer's responsibility to pay the shipping fee to reship the order. When you receive your tracking #, please keep an eye out for the package.

Arthur van de Laak, the creator behind Smart Gear, started backpacking in 1993 with a trip to Thailand. What followed were various long stint travels which took him to 53 countries around the world. His travels never really stopped.

With Smart Gear he is using his travel experience to design travel gear that will make travel easier and smarter for solo travelers, travel couples & buddies and traveling families.

His first concept the ConnectMe range of travel bags was due to launch in March 2019. However, this has been delayed to push through the RyanMax, due to changing hand luggage rules. 

The RyanMax concept is the first of many Smart Gear products that will follow. With our long-term plan in mind, SmartGear has already built solid relations with suppliers and manufacturers.

Risks and challenges

We are very successful entrepreneurs in various lines of business, but this is our first Kickstarter project.

We will not scare you out with over-promises and under-delivers, we just want to be honest. We want to ensure you that we will do everything that depends on us to prevent any unexpected issues and to deal with them in order to fulfill our promises. As our customer, you should be happy with your purchase and satisfied with our company.

Remember that we simply want you to believe in us. There are always challenges, a lot of hustle, and unpredictable obstacles that appear when trying to bring a product to life. Nevertheless, we will work hard to deliver what we promise and to go the extra mile whenever needed.

Thanks for believing in us!

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