Are you familiar with the term "crowdfunding"? It is a way for people to support a project of some sort by pledging money. This can be anything from a book, stage play, a building, product or service. Kickstarter and IndieGogo are the most well known crowdfunding websites. And products like the Pebble smartwatch, Star Citizen video game, Coolest Cooler were funded using crowdfunding and were wildly succesful in raising money.
With great interest have I followed several projects on kickstarter before, but never did I actually pledge money. Inevitably, there are stories about projects that were funded succesfully, but never actually delivered anything. That has mostly held me back. Of course, I could just pledge a very small amount of money, say $1, to mitigate risc but that does not get you the product. Just a sticker, or a mention on the website. So, I have never actually pledged any money, until now.
This week I backed the GoBag campaign on Kickstarter just before it closed. It is a well thought-out bag that aims to provide one bag that will enable you to pack everything you need in one bag, and make it as easy as possible to get through airport security.
More than 2400 people backed the campaign and pledged more than $467k (€418k)! Their funding goal was roughly $71k (€63k). So, they have a lot more than they bargained for. I just hope now they will deliver in time. I hope that the fact they raised so much more, means that the estimated time table will remain intact. And, that the extra money, and the many backers providing feedback, will not end in analysis paralysis or feature creep where they try to satisfy everybody with additional features or design changes.
So far, James Fyfe has provided regular updates on their kickstarter page and is very active in the comments section. It seems that their intention is to provide feedback during the whole production cycle.
Nowadays, I do not fly as much as I used to, but whenever I travel, I want to travel as light as possible, but also not make (too many) compromises in what I take with me. But in the years that I did travel/fly a lot, I have been on the lookout for better bags all the time. I want a bag that I can use for years and years. So, it should be durable and practical first and foremost.
My Crumpler Belly rucksack has served me well as a daily driver for the past 8 years or so, but it does not work very well as carry-on luggage or small adventure bag. So, I look forward to using the GoBag as it seems that it is geared towards those topics specifically:
- The bag looks to be very durable and robust
- Maximum size within carry-on baggage limit
- Reusable and removable washbag
- Vacuum compression inner bag for clothing and other soft gear
- Full edge zip. Almost every part of the bag is reachable this way, without opening the whole bag
Estimated time for delivery is october 2015. I will post updates on the progress!