Videos

itsablur’s Founder’s Briefcase Video Review

Questions? Thoughts? Post them in itsablur’s “What Once Was Lost, Now is Found(er’s): A Video Review of the Founder’s Briefcase” thread in our Forums. See also: the Founder’s Briefcase

itsablur’s Video Review of the Aeronaut 30 vs 45

With a little free time, an Aeronaut 30, an Aeronaut 45, and a camera, itsablur (a regular in our Forums) put together this awesome video comparing the two bags:

Questions? Thoughts? Post them in itsablur’s “A Tale of Two Aeronauts (or my Video Review of the A30, compared to the A45)” thread.

A Good Trail and A Good Pack

A Tale of Two Aeronauts (itsablur’s video review of the A30 vs. A45)

itsablur has posted another awesome video review: this time comparing the Aeronaut 45 and the Aeronaut 30. Watch it below. And if you’ve got questions for itsablur (or requests for future videos — we hope he makes more!) here’s the forum thread for the video.

Monk’s Ultralight Synapse 19 Packing Video

(Thanks to @monkd for letting us share this awesome video.)

Documentally’s Co-Pilot Review (Video)

More from Documentally:
Tri-Star Quick Look
Breezing through airport security

Video: Shop Bags

Featuring the Small and Large Shop Bags.

A Watercolor Artist and his Field Journal Notebook

Get to know watercolor artist Dan Bransfield (and see how he uses his Field Journal Notebook) in this video.

See also Dan’s watercolors of our bags: Sketches from Japan, Yarn Stuff Sack, the Cadet, Aeronaut, Sketches from Italy, Sketches from Nambodea, and, though not a sketch, it’s definitely worth checking out Dan’s creative use for a Yarn Stuff Sack

Video Music

One of our goals for 2013 was to show you more about how our bags work in real life situations and give you a behind the scenes look at our company. The best way we could think of to do that was through videos, mostly working with the fine folks at SHEP. (Some videos we made in-house — Kieu’s Mad Bartacking Skills and Packing the Smart Alec Backpack for a Hike, amongst others — expect more of those later this year.)

The talented Daniel L.K. Caldwell scored the music for each video and you noticed — without fail, just about every video debut prompted the question: “Wow, who composed the music?”

Daniel’s made a compilation of the music he scored for each of our videos and you can download it here. Pretty awesome, yeah?

And the videos, if you’d like to see them (again):
Materials Testing TOM BIHN Style
Innovation in Fabrics
One Week in Montreal
How to tie cord zipper pulls
Adjusting the Internal Frame in The Guide’s Pack
The Guide’s Pack and Founder’s Briefcase
Synapse 25, Ristretto, Swift
Three Trips with the Aeronaut
Our Materials
Two Weeks in Japan Part I and Part II
Amy Singer, Knitty.com, and The Swift
The Smart Alec
Tom on Design
The Tri-Star Travel Bag
Backorders

On Backorders

At any given time, you can count on at least some of our bags being available for backorder. Sometimes it’s just a color or two that’s sold out, but sometimes every color option is on backorder. It’s pretty much been this way since we can remember: as soon as we think we’ve increased production capacity to meet demand, you guys demand even more from us. And it’s awesome. And we spend a lot of time thanking you silently in our heads as we get to be busy at work every day doing what we love to be doing.

That said, we realize it can be frustrating to not be able to get the bag you want, especially if you’re going on a trip or have some other time constraint. We’re continually thinking of new ways we can increase production capacity: being smarter about the flow of work through our Seattle factory, buying new/faster/better equipment, hiring more factory crew.

But here’s the thing: if the only goal was to have every bag in stock at all times, there’s choices we could’ve made that would’ve guaranteed that. We know what those are, and you probably do too. They aren’t necessarily bad things or things we pass judgement on — they just aren’t things we want to do.

So, it’s slow and steady, but we’re working on being able to make more bags so that chances are, more often than not, the next time you need a new bag we’ll be able to ship it to you right away. We’re getting the quality right, we’re making more (and more secure) jobs for our factory crew, we’re getting better at what we do. It’s a challenge, but it’s one we’re up for, and we hope you’ll stay with us for the ride.

News Briefs

Early reviews of the Luminary 12 / 15 from the Forum community are in. See L15 reviews by logan_g, G42, Lia, anna2222, Quiltmama, and L12 reviews by marbenais, awurrlu and L12/L15 comparison reviews by Cristina, aedifica, bartleby.

The new Luminary 12 and Luminary 15 backpacks + bags in 210d ballistic nylon will be up for pre-order on 02/26. Details here.

We posted a very early heads-up on our March 5th, 2019 (roughly 6%) price increase in the Forums along with news of Shop Bags in 210d ballistic nylon.

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