Backpack Competition Winner: Shoot for the Moon


I was chosen as the winner of the bAG foR yOUr sToRy Competition. This post is a bit delayed considering Kamiliun Bags announced the winner at the end of July. Nonetheless, I wanted to update everyone about the backpack (flashpack) they are in the process of designing for my upcoming trip around the world.

As you may recall, my competition entry submission contained some specifics about my dream backpack. Specifically, it listed the following ideal features:

  • A puncture/leak-proof hydration system
  • A padded organizer for a DSLR camera and one extra lens
  • A padded compartment for a 13” laptop
  • A compartment or section dedicated to small electronics (point-and-shoot camera, small video camera, ipod, a portable hard drive, etc)
  • A compartment for clothing (big enough for your standard light-weight rtw packing list)
  • Multiple attachment points on the exterior (sleeping pad, etc)
  • Multiple entry points
  • Designed with security in mind (access points would not be easy to enter)
  • An exterior design that does not draw undue attention to the bags contents (no flashy labels or colors)
  • Small enough for carryon luggage, yet big enough for all of the above

After being selected as the winner, they emailed me some questions to obtain more specifics about my ideal backpack. In my very detailed response to them, I decided to shoot-for-the-moon since I have nothing to lose. Here is the gist of my moon-shooting response:

  • Carry-on compatible and around 50L, but 40-60L if not feasible
  • Color: Gray/Dark Gray
  • Raincover built into the bottom of the pack
  • Modular pack with attachable daypack
  • Lightweight – prefer 3lbs or less
  • Double Zippers on all access points enabling them to be locked
  • Main pack – Multiple entry points to main cargo area or large U shaped zipper access to main compartment
  • Main pack – Sleeping-pad straps on the bottom
  • Main pack – Sleeping bag compartment on bottom
  • Main pack – Hip-straps with mesh zipper pockets
  • Chest straps for support
  • Main pack – Compression straps
  • Main pack – Various attachment points
  • Main Pack – Built-in hydration system/pocket preferred
  • Main pack – 2 flat side pockets on bottom of main pack with zipper (or one flat and one flexible for water holder if hydration system is not feasible)
  • Main pack – 2 flat secret pockets inside main pack (one inside main cargo area/one inside sleeping bag compartment)
  • Day Pack – Built in laptop sleeve with separate entry point
  • Day Pack – Padded compartment for SLR camera and 2 lenses with separate entry point
  • Day Pack – Individual sleeves for iPod Touch, small digital camera, portable hard drive
  • Day Pack – 1 flat pocket for paper/tickets
  • Day Pack – 1 flat secret pocket inside day pack
  • Day Pack – 1 main compartment for journal, jacket, etc.
  • Day Pack – 2-3 pen holders and other small compartments to hold USB drives, powercords, etc.

I envision the pack looking like a combination of the Deuter Quantum 55+10 and Crumpler’s Sinking Barge laptop/DSLR backpack.

Even if the bag ends up smaller than I would prefer, I am more concerned about protecting the electronic gear and can make do by packing less clothing as I learned on my recent 10-day trip using only a laptop backpack and camera bag. Plus, one cannot complain about that which is free.

If you are interested in following along while Kamiliun designs the backpack, head over to Kamiliun’s Blog where they plan to post periodic updates during the design process. I will also be posting pictures/video once the pack arrives.

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