We've all carried a backpack that winds up being too large, too small, or otherwise inappropriate for what we wind up doing that day. That's why many of us own multiple packs, and the idea of one-bag-does-it-all seems unrealistic. But that hasn't stopped bag designers from trying to come up with one, and occasionally finding great success on Kickstarter.
The latest to throw their hat in this ring is Boundary Supply, a Salt Lake, Utah-based outdoor gear company.
Boundary grew from an intention to make highly functioning products through technical innovation. We wanted to curb the appetite of consumerism by making resilient goods and support initiatives that directly benefit the environments we draw inspiration from. Through function-driven design, we create essential products that suit the dynamism of everyday life, on or off the trail.
Their Arris pack system is designed around the concept of modularity, with the notion that you can carry as much or as little bag as you'll need for that day or activity.
With that concept as a starting point, they then infused each individual component with hardware details as needed: Locking zippers, magnetic connection points, cord pass-through points, an elastic "mega-grid" panel for flexible cord management, access points from inside and outside the pack, et cetera. The sheer amount of features is almost bewildering:
Here's one pack-out example, in this case for a photographer:
The Arris is a little easier to parse if you see it demonstrated in video:
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The Arris is up on Kickstarter, and at press time they'd garnered $186,827 on a $100,000 goal. There's still 38 days left in the campaign.