I enjoy so much about Kickstarter and the ability to back small companies, designs, individuals, ideas, etc., and make them come to life. I also greatly enjoy a good messenger bag… So I just backed the best one I’ve ever seen, from the Kickstarter-made company, Peak Design!
Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks it’s the best, as they’re about to pass the 1 million dollar mark on their $100k goal. Ha! It also doesn’t hurt that one of the world’s most famous photographers, Trey Ratcliff, as part of your design and promotion. Still, it has real style; take a look at it for yourself:
Pretty snazzy, eh?
Well of course a bag has to look good for me to buy it, and, more importantly, use it. And, be built outta nearly indestructible material. And, be priced reasonably. Yet, the function needs to be excellent too – that’s most important.
And, that’s where this bag takes the cake… It’s function is superior to anything I’ve seen, and that’s exactly what they designed it to be. All of the above, thought out to insane detail… Check this out:
Can you say, “ultimate” and “everyday”!?
Now, I imagine anyone and everyone appreciates an obviously meticulously thought-out, well-designed product. Yet for myself, in particular, one of the things I like most about this product is going to be it’s versatility in all it’s details, design, and functions.
As a person who goes to and from every kind of meeting, social event, photography session, commute, city exploration, country exploration, plane ride, bike ride, and on and on, this bag seems both reliable enough and versatile enough to get me through every entrepreneurial or creative endeavor I take on… for years to come!
One of those products that you look at and think, “Hmm, this thing could be there while I figure out who the heck I am and what I’m doing… for the rest of my life… I like that.”
And speaking about “the rest of my life”: There is a freakin lifetime guarantee!
I mean, that pretty much says it all.
It’s refreshing to see some folks actually make something the way it should be.
So how many lives will it take to pay for this?
Since I’m backing it on Kickstarter, it’s still only $195 – about $55 short of expected retail. While that may seem like a lot if, in the past and like myself, you’ve gone the cheap route and ordered any ol thing off of Amazon or something like that, that’s actually a heck of a good price compared to most high-end bags. Especially compared to camera bags.
My last bag was a bit of a splurge actually. While doing hundreds of appointments for my business the last two years, I decided it was time for a high end, reliable, and great looking bag. So I went with the (still stinkin cool) Evernote Triangle Commuter Bag. (Which I just realized I should do a review of.)
My current, and possibly previous, bag for comparison: Evernote Triangle Commuter
Now, to be fair, I understand that this bag is as much about the “brand” and thus is a bit higher cost simply because of that. I can’t blame anyone for “branding” – I get it. Also, it’s whole point was simplicity and elegance over loads of function, and that is still what I love most about the bag.
I mean, compared to the above shot, this Everyday Messenger from Peak Design is a bit overkill on the pockets – at least for my use:
Yet all that said, the price for this little Evernote beauty was $199!
Like I said, it was a splurge. Yet it is made with super high quality materials, superb attention to detail, and even some pretty innovative trianglular, “I-don’t-fall-over-like-most-bags” design. So it’s a fairly good comparison to this “Everyday Messenger Bag” from PeakDesigns.
Unfortunately, for the Evernote bag, this new one puts the price in a less-than-great perspective though. For most, the “Everyday” is going to provide a lot more bang for the buck.
Wanna know what the biggest kicker was for me? The straps and handles.
Like I said, there’s a lot I like about the simplicity and “what-I’m-not-trying-to-be-ness” of the Evernote bag, but one vital thing it’s missing is a way to secure the bag if you’re on your motorcycle or bike buzzing across town or doing a quick jogwalk to your next appointment. The bag can bounce or slide off your back around your side. Not fun on a two-wheeled machine.
Also, on the Evernote bag, there is not briefcase handle. I’ve wanted that maaany times… especially when getting in and out my car! So… uh oh for the Evernote…
Still it’ll be a tough call.
So, I decided the only way to test this will be to back this Everyday Messenger Bag, and do a side by side comparison.
I have my worries that the beautiful, elegant, and slightly over priced, Evernote bag is on it’s way to a new owner in the coming months.
We shall see.
For now the only question that remains is, Charcoal or Heritage Tan? Hmmm…
Wanna back it too? So does everyone, apparently. There’s still time:
Which would you go with and why?