About this project
In an industry defined by the same old zipper and flap luggage, Trunkster's sexy silhouette, impeccable construction, and intelligent features define a new standard for the discerning traveler, bidding farewell to the brittle zippers, cumbersome flaps, flimsy handles, and unreliable wheels we've been forced to accept as the norm.
Rugged yet refined, Trunkster’s singular design is the ultimate blend of form and function. Rather than just adding smart features to existing luggage, we aspired to introduce a game-changing design with our evolutionary sliding door. The last major update to the core design of luggage was wheels. And while many cool new features have been introduced since then, most have failed to improve the actual experience of using luggage.
As avid travelers, we realized there's a fine line between useful features and superfluous gimmicks. For example, we realized most travelers never use the laptop compartment on carry-ons, opting instead to use a backpack or handbag. With that in mind, every inch of Trunkster has been thoughtfully considered to bring you a well-crafted suitcase that prioritizes utility and versatility in a minimalist style. Above all, Trunkster was designed for true wanderlusters seeking the most streamlined travel experience.
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*China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia
We're all too familiar with that frustrating moment when you realize you quickly need something out of your bag. With Trunkster’s revolutionary sliding door, you no longer have to unzip your entire bag and flap it open. The rolltop door lets you instantly access your belongings in one swift motion. The door is extremely durable and waterproof, made of a rigid exterior and corrugated, malleable interior. The door is not only practical, but engineered specifically to withstand the perils of baggage handling. In addition, the door provides an enhanced level of theft protection, unlike vulnerable zippers.
REMOVABLE BATTERY + USB CHARGER (CARRY-ON ONLY)
Trunkster lets you charge your phone up to 9 times. No longer will you be one of those desperate people huddled around the only plug in the airport. Trunkster’s power bank is removable and can be used independently of Trunkster to charge your devices anywhere you go. If you need more power, simply upgrade with any USB compatible power bank (only available for carry-on).
BUILT-IN DIGITAL SCALE
Is there anything worse than being told your bag is overweight after you’ve already packed and have an angry mob waiting in line behind you? Say goodbye to the days of standing on your bathroom scale while holding your luggage. Our built-in digital scale works by simply lifting your bag, and can be switched between lbs and kgs.
COMPLETE CONTROL HANDLE
We can think of few worse elements of luggage than flimsy telescopic handles. They break, get in the way of packing, and are nearly useless when moving heavy bags. Trunkster features a robust, side-to-side handle that gives you absolute control and enhanced balance through many grip positions. Plus, the handle's special design allows for an uninterrupted cargo space for optimum packing capacity.
Now you don't have to worry about losing your bag, whether it's unexpectedly gate checked, or you're checking for a long journey. Trunkster can be tracked from any connected device, and is activated with the push of a button. This feature is available as an upgrade, sold separately (+$40). In order to offer a solution with the best balance of price and accuracy, Trunkster relies on the same technology utilized by Apple's "Find My Mac."
NO QUESTIONS ASKED 5 YEAR WARRANTY (KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE)
We're so confident in the durability and quality of Trunkster, we're providing a no questions asked 5 year warranty exclusively to Kickstarter backers. This means that if anything at all happens to your Trunkster, simply send it back and we will repair or replace it. All you have to pay is shipping.
- World-Class Construction - made from brushed airplane grade aluminum and 100% virgin polycarbonate (durable, lightweight, and scratch resistant) with a matte, debossed finish.
- Compression Panels - specially designed panels with a single hand closure mechanism to compress contents.
- All-Terrain Spinner Wheels - robust, ribbed, omni-directional wheels that glide smoothly and silently over any surface.
Hidden Compartment - minimalist compartment for travel essentials like passport, notebook, pens, etc. Also holds removable battery.
- TSA Lock - custom Travel Sentry TSA-approved combination lock to keep your bag safe from intruders.
Why is it that we all love to travel but hate the actual process of traveling? As serial travelers who practically live out of our suitcases, we’ve come to realize it’s because of something we like to call luggage lag.
You know - it’s the time you waste picking up your luggage when your wheels clip your heels while you’re hurrying to catch your flight. Or the time you consume looking for the only plug in the entire airport to charge your phone. Or the time you spend taking something out of your suitcase to avoid paying the excess baggage fee while a line full of angry people contemplate all the ways they’d like to kill you.
These frustrating travel moments we all have to suffer through take our focus away from the actual pleasure of traveling — and we want to eliminate these once and for all. It’s time to make the journey as enjoyable as the destination and introduce some long overdue innovation in the tired luggage industry. Help us make Trunkster a reality and make luggage lag a pain of the past.
In addition to the carry-on and checked Trunksters, we're offering the following:
- Trunkster's Curated Travel List: our favorite off-the-beaten path travel destinations with tips in a downloadable PDF. Having traveled to over 60 countries each, we'll share info on the most unique spots we recommend around the world.
- Travel Swag: custom organizational pouch and 1 retro Tyvek (water / tear-resistant) luggage tag.
- Travel Wallet: organize your travel essentials (passport, credit cards, currency, etc.) in this classy, minimalist wallet.
- Nap Kit: get some extra zzz's with Trunkster's custom memory foam neck pillow and eye mask.
We've finalized our initial prototype but to advance to the next phase requires significant capital. We need your help to afford the costly fixed production components and meet minimum order quantities. We've spent countless sleepless nights trying to orchestrate a million moving pieces, and couldn't be more excited about the next part of the journey. We're also excited to engage backers to make design and feature enhancements.
- Weight: 7.9 lbs / 3.6 kg (projected)
- Dimensions: 22" x 14" x 9" / 55 x 36 x 23 cm
- Capacity: 43 L
- Weight: 9.9 lbs / 4.5 kg (projected)
- Dimensions: 27" x 19" x 11" / 69 x 48 x 28 cm
- Capacity: 86 L
Our current carry-on prototype is less than 8 lbs and we'll continue to make adjustments with our designer and engineer to achieve the lightest weight possible.
- Charging Capacity: 15000 mAh
- Charging Output: 3 Amps
As lifelong globetrotters and partners in crime, we've traveled together extensively. Always complaining that there was no great option for luggage that matched our lifestyles, we finally decided to take matters into our own hands. What began with the bold step of napkin sketching, transformed into an undertaking more exciting and immense than we ever imagined.
Conceptualized during our travels from the uncharted wilderness of remote African islands to the fabled streets of Havana, Trunkster is the realization of the luggage we always wished we had. An effortlessly simple and beautiful bag, we're confident that Trunkster represents the evolution of luggage and the promise of an optimized travel experience. We hope you agree and couldn’t be more grateful for your support!
Founders: Jesse Potash, Gaston Blanchet
Advisor: Doug Golenz
Product Design / 3D Modeling: Walter Castro
Prototype: Phil Rowe, Chris Sautter
Media: XENO Productions, Humanity, Coat of Arms
Consulting: Zeke Kamm, Rod Kurtz, Joe Cruz
Special Thanks: Naoko Hama, Patrick Kelly, Michelle Nakash
We're looking forward to hearing from you. If you have questions or comments, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you ASAP.
Trunkster (Jesse & Gaston)
To make Trunkster a reality, we underwent an extensive research and development process. It began by creating a draft of our 3D model and then fabricating that design into a working physical prototype. With this prototype, we were able to test the functionality of several features and explore the variety of options available to us. Below are photos of our very first prototype, as well as videos demonstrating both the scale and USB charging features in the ideation phase. Working with this model allowed us to advance to the creation of a fully functional prototype, and to finalize our CAD, including electrical components, for our manufacturing partners.
Risks and challenges
While manufacturing a product has become increasingly easier in today's well-connected world, it is still a fascinatingly complex challenge. To best prepare for these challenges, we've been consulting with both successful Kickstarter inventors and luggage industry experts over the past year.
We have a strong plan for manufacturing in Taiwan / outside of Hong Kong, and shipping to our backers around the world. We've studied the details of taking a product to market and have already solidified the partnerships required to do so, including factories in Asia, US fulfillment houses, international shippers, global insurance companies, and a crack team of experts to tackle specific challenges like raw material sourcing, engineering, and retail management.
Though it's difficult to plan for every unforeseen circumstance, such as climatic or political events that delay production, we've invested significant ground work in contingency plans should these type of problems arise. Nonetheless, we are certain to face unexpected challenges throughout this journey and will do our best to solve them efficiently. We've pinpointed the top factories capable of handling this type of highly customized luggage production and have backup suppliers in case our chosen partner falls through. We pledge to keep our backers well informed throughout the entire production process and commit to doing everything in our power to deliver Trunkster without significant delay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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