If you’re like most travelers, you probably take a handful of overnight trips, some extended weekends and at least one long vacation each year. Wouldn’t it be nice if one bag could handle all three types of trips? Say hello to The Adjustable Bag on Kickstarter.
The Adjustable Bag, or TAB for short, is a versatile duffel that transforms into three sizes: a 31-liter capacity overnight bag, a 46.5-liter weekender and a 62-liter travel pack. When not in use, it collapses into an approximately 1-pound ball that can store easily in a drawer or under a bed, perfect for apartment dwellers.
The bag doesn’t just change sizes. Thanks to carefully placed straps and handles, it can be configured to carry as a handheld, over-the-shoulder or backpack to suit your travel needs. The designer included multiple handles along the bag to maintain its balance no matter what configuration you choose.
Quality should be travelers’ biggest concern when it comes to a lightweight bag that transforms into a large travel pack. Will it stand up to stuffing it full of all the clothes and shoes you need for a full week? The creators of The Adjustable Bag say it’s made of ripstop nylon, military-grade hardware and premium zippers. The bag is also waterproof, and the interior is lined with an electric blue material that makes it easy to spot items.
Innovative Travel Gear
Today’s luggage market is dominated by innovative features like polycarbonate siding, spinner wheels and USB ports. So it’s refreshing to see a simple duffel find new ways to innovate. You never know when a weekend trip suddenly requires more space to bring home new items you picked up. Or someone you meet on vacation tells you about a must-do daytrip that needs a change of clothes and other things. Those unexpected moments are where configurable pieces like The Adjustable Bag really shine.
The Adjustable Bag launched on Kickstarter in February and quickly raised more than $300,000. Flush with cash, the team behind it was able to introduce a second color, military green, that joins basic black. Production is underway now, and the bags are expected to ship to Kickstarter backers in June. Current pre-orders can be placed at Indiegogo for $110, and the bag will eventually sell at retail stores for $139.
Several other innovative travel products have debuted on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, including smart luggage, the Nomatic Travel Bag and the DUO travel pillow. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, buyers should be aware of the inherent risks of funding an unproven product. They quality of the finished product may not live up to the prototype, and the creators of the product may not have the infrastructure to handle fulfillment and customer service issues.