Want updates on the Pakt Travel Backpack? Sign up for our newsletter here.
As you may or may not know, we’ve been keeping ourselves busy designing our number one most requested product since launching The Pakt One – the ultimate travel backpack, with gear guru Chase Reeves. We have to say, it’s a seriously badass travel backpack, and we’re finally ready to reveal some of the features inspired by Pakt users that will make it into production.
We’ve carefully combed through 300+ submissions from the Pakt community, identified the top concerns and must-haves, and designed a set of features that we think you’ll be pretty stoked about.
* Please note that this is not the full set of features. More on the launch of the backpack, more giveaways, and more features (yes, more) to come soon! If you’d like to come along for the ride, sign up for updates.
Top concerns and requested features
From hip belts to sternum straps and every strap in-between, nearly half of the submissions expressed very strong feelings on the various straps of their packs.
With a community full of strong opinions and travel preferences, we wanted to make sure we got each feature right for those that would want it and completely optional for those that don’t.
If you hate hip belts and are a minimalist packer like Rhonda, no problem. Leave it off completely or use it as needed on a trip by trip basis. If you’re a hip belt evangelist – rejoice, friend! We designed ours to be comfortable as hell, supportive, and even managed to design a bonus feature (but we’ll show you that later).
Similarly to hip belts, sternum straps were a highly divisive topic in this community, split 50/50 into the “completely necessary” camp versus “annoying dangly things.” We’re happy to report that we’ll be accommodating both parties with a functional, yet totally removable sternum strap that is adjustable for all sizes and shapes.
Well, anonymous, we kind of agree with you. We find most compression straps to be ugly, dangling, and in the way. We made our set of straps completely detachable and customizable, sized perfectly to stretch either across the front of the backpack or on the side of the pack with minimal dangle.
Here, Malcolm demonstrates the ability to pack on a jacket using the straps, but they’d also come in handy to strap on a skateboard, tripod, or yoga mat.
Not only was this mentioned 27 times in the survey results, but a luggage pass-through was our number one most requested feature for Pakt One users, so this was top of mind when designing the backpack.
If one-bag travel is your thing, don’t worry, we designed this luggage pass-through to be undetectable when the backpack is worn, so it won’t get in your way.
Security is on the mind of many Pakt users (76 of you, to be exact), so we included durable outer-lock zippers on all three of the exterior zippers (YKK, of course, shout out to all the bag nerds in the house).
We got you, Rosa! Our secret pocket is the perfect spot and size for all of the above. Not only is it discreet and undetectable, unless you know it is there, it’s also completely inaccessible when the backpack is on your back.
Water resistant material
We’ve coated both the black and green fabrics to make them water resistant. Here’s a shot from our visit to our fabric supplier demonstrating the fabric post-coat.
Interior waterproof pocket
One fateful trip about a year ago, Malcolm had an incident where an entire bottle of oregano oil leaked into his bag. Not really an ideal cologne for a two week trip (or really, any length of time)… Since then, he’s been brainstorming solutions, and it seems like many of you may have been looking for the same:
We created this top loading waterproof section on the front panel of the backpack to stash your oregano oils, your toiletries, oversized water bottles, burritos, rain soaked umbrellas, and wet bathing suits.
Ok, initially we thought we came up with a clever solution for a water bottle holder in the above mentioned interior waterproof pocket. We knew we didn’t want your run-of-the-mill water bottle holder that took away from the sleek design of the pack, or one that would allow the water bottle to slip out if you wanted to carry the bag by the handles on its side. So, waterproof pocket, perfect solution, right?
Well, when we put the feelers out in a previous post with some photos of the prototype, the people of Pakt spoke out. We got many messages like:
To make everyone happy, we added an external water bottle pocket, but we gave it a little extra love. It lays flat against the bag when not in use, and when it is in use, the water bottle is held secure, and won’t fall out.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved in this process from start to finish. The Pakt pack has spoken, and this is your bag!