I’m a fan of Kickstarter and have backed a few things on there (such as the minikit). It’s always nice to see things that look different and bring a new set of ideas to a traditional design.
Emer Equipment have a new urban backpack on there. The pack is a waterproof design and more pitched for your average commute but there’s obvious cross over as soon as you add tactical pouches to it. I’m quite a fan of their pouch attachment mechanism but I think I’d miss having standard MOLLE loops and velcro to attach extra gear to it. Here’s the brief on it:
The Ember team has a passion for design, craftsmanship, street life, the outdoors, and California.
The first EMBER product is a backpack for a reason. Our lives are active, highly mobile, and always changing. We needed one pack that can flow from the streets to the airport seamlessly, scale from minimal to maximal effortlessly, and stand up to all the abuse along the way.
The Ember Backpack is a sleek urban-travel pack designed to house and protect your critical gear. Each material has been chosen for its particular performance characteristics as well as aesthetic quality. The pack is designed and crafted in obsessive functional and aesthetic detail.
The Ember Backpack is a 20-liter urban pack and a modular system. In its most minimal form the pack incorporates 20 liters of storage space, padded internal laptop & tablet sleeves, 2 weather-proof exterior gear pockets, and the ability to instantly upgrade your pack – all in a stealthy package.
Individual tastes vary but I quite like it.