Hello light travellers. So I have been busy the past few weeks designing and prototyping a totally custom and original backpack designed to be minimal and lightweight. I have a prototype of the bag from China as you can see above. Its a minimal design in order to keep it as lightweight as possible. The bag is around 18 to 20 litres in capacity. It weighs just under 500 grams (17 ounces) and is made from a 1000D Cordura fabric. There are two handles on the side for briefcase style carry through the airport. The two backpack straps tuck behind elastic straps to hold them out of the way whilst in briefcase mode. The zippers are all YKK water resistant to keep rain out. The bag has a dedicated outer laptop pocket on the outside. On the inside are two mesh pockets and one document sleeve.
I’m aiming for an US$80 price point but please let me know in the comments your thoughts. I am fairly happy with the design and am interested to know your thoughts. Do you like it? Would you buy it? Please go to keepfold.com (which redirects to packinglite.co/bag for the moment) to register your interest. I am planning on funding the initial production through kickstarter but am open to suggestions such as preorders. If initial funding and sales are good I have ideas to release a set of packing cubes and a larger version of the bag.