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The Man-Pack, up close and personal

15 Jul

Earlier we were introduced to the Man-Pack thanks to an interview with its designer Aaron Tweedie.
This time, we will check it out closer and highlight every details that make the difference with a regular bag … Man-Pack, the test.

Photo 2-07-13 6 30 22 PMThe material is a soft cotton, looking good and not scratchy when wearing tank tops.

The inside, good capacity with enough space to carry
Photo 2-07-13 6 29 49 PM. an iPad,
. a solar panel Nomad13
. a Guide10 and Sherpa50 external batteries from Goal Zero.

The big zipped pocket in the back is great for wallet, cards, small change, metro card…
The other inside pockets (3) are small but great for cables and earphones.

To zip your bag you have 2 zippers easy to secure with a S-biner or a lock (this is handy when taking the metro and you want to avoid shoplifting).
Photo 2-07-13 10 21 45 PMThe outside, one front magnetic pocket ready to welcome my Blackberry.
Possibility to clip 3 pens. Also on the right side of the pack, there’s a smart retractable netted pocket where I can store safely my Brita bottle, love it!

Photo 2-07-13 10 28 35 PM (HDR)On the back of the bag, there’s an easy to reach zipped pocket where I store my metro card, business cards and small change. Very handy.
The strap is wide and distribute well the weight on the shoulder and back.
There’s a small magnetic pocket on the strap where I hide my tissues.

So … ChaseIt or BChased ?
ChaseIt because its a good product (plain and simple) you’ll have pleasure to carry around during your urban adventures.
It’s useful, and you’ll have plenty of spaces to store what’s important to you.

Don’t wait anymore, you still have time to back this project on Kickstarter, go back the Man-Pack 😉

The man-pack

24 Jun

We all need a bag yo pack our stuff. Going to the office, packing for a week-end trip, … This bag will make you don’t forget the essential and that it will always be easily reachable.

Let’s discuss with Aaron Tweedie, the inventor/designer of the Man-Pack.

What’s your professional background and how did you come up with the idea of the man-pack ?
I went straight into the military after high school, I was in Fort Benning Georgia at 17 years old and stationed in a reserve unit. After getting back home, I had my first sales job at 19. I was a car salesman. I sold Dodge and Volvo. I did very well. So much that I built a house. Then another, and decided to go to college. I put myself through college through building and land speculation.

20130624-224225.jpgAfter college I obtained a contractor license and real estate license. I did construction and real estate until I came up with the idea of the Man-Pack.

A cabinet salesman left me a small promotional bag from their company. I started using it and found it useful to carry a bag. After I broke a few of these (I kept going back to get more) I started shopping around for something more durable and designed to my preference. I couldn’t find anything that was masculine, durable, utilitarian and affordable. I realized there was an unmet need in the marketplace for the average guy like me. So I decided to design my own.

From a idea to a real product, it take time and skills, talk to us about the team behind the Man-Pack ?
The team started with just me. I drew the designs by hand with pencil and eraser, and there was a lot of erasing before I got the design right. At first, it was hard to get people on board, but the more I refined my idea, and turned it into something concrete. The easier it was for people to see the potential. Not everyone has vision and imagination. I had to turn my vision and imagination into something that was tangible to get people to work with me. The company still consist primarily of me, but as I’ve come along, others have signed on and have become part of the Man-Pack team to include a design and prototyping company in Deleware, USA, a patent attorney, an exporter, and a factory. They are all part of the team because they are all part of the process, and we have a pretty good team. I’m even getting calls and emails from people interested in becoming part of the team since I started the kickstarter campaign.

What’s the man-pack ? What are are its key characteristics ?
The Man-Pack is a sling style vertical messenger bag designed with style and utility. It can be worn three different ways and has a bunch of great features to organize the modern male. It’s designed too fit standard 8”x11” notebooks and files, Ipads kindles and tablet sized PCs. There are also multiple interior and exterior pockets for things like your cell phone, wallet, pocket knives, really anything that a guy carries. There is even a collapsible beverage pocket. The strap is designed to be ergonomic. The weight stays over your lower back, and the strap is a full 3 inches wide to dispense the contact area. These features make the weight hang vertically over your spine and the width of the strap keeps it from cutting into your neck even when the bag is fully weighted. The new Man-Pack Classic 2.0 has additional and enhanced features including:

. A cell phone pocket that measures 3”x5” so it will even fit the google galaxy phone.

. Molle webbing on the strap to secure carabiners, tactical gear, or a pair of sunglasses.

. A new interior pocket layout with larger and repositioned pockets for better accessability.

. An oversized exterior pocket.

. And more discrete branding.
I designed the Man-Pack Classic to be just that… Classic. It has a retro 1930’s-1940’s era look with a 21st century design and features. I really like that Era. The way people dressed, the way they interacted, and the incredible spirit exemplified around the world during that era.

Who is the man-pack made for ? Who is your target ?adults, teenagers, suits and ties going to the office, … Surfers, snowboarders, …
The Man-Pack has been designed to accommodate males between the ages of 16-55. At first I thought of a specific lifestyle demographic that I would target, but through experience I have found that the applications span across many different demographics. Even gender. There are many women who see the utility in the product and buy it despite the fact it’s designed for men.

If I could give you a demographic I would, but I have sold these to bicycle and motorcycle riders who like the fact that they can access it without taking it off, to techies who like the size for their tablets, to high school students, to college students, and even diabetics who need to carry their supplies. And it is men as well as women. It is amazing to see all the walks of life that see the value in the product.

When do you use your man-pack ?
I use my Man-Pack every day. If I have to carry stuff (which I always do, either for myself, my job, or my children), the Man-Pack is on my back. I unpack and repack it with what I need for any given day. One day I may be hunting, the next at the office, the next traveling, or at an amusement park. The fact is that guys (and girls) need to carry stuff. The Man-Pack provides a functional and stylish alternative to the traditional messenger bag. It’s been described as “urban tactical” because of the tactical features that blend in with the urban design. Or military and law enforcement, this is invaluable. They want to blend in. When I carry the Man-Pack, I’m always prepared and that is important to me.

Next articles about the Man-Pack,
. “The Man-Pack, up close and personal”.
. “The Man-Pack, the test!”

More about the Man-Pack
. Follow @manpack1
. The Man-Pack on Kickstarter

Xmas11 ChaseItOrBChased wish list

5 Dec

Dear e-Santa,
Here’s my x-mas wish list with all the great toys that can fit in my purse. Thanks for considering 😉
And Mom, shoot me a mail if you can’t find something on the list and please don’t forget to make eggnog …
See you on the 25th!!!

1. Rockbed Orange from RockForm, $79 available at RockForm, check out  this video and you’ll be impressed how strong it is
2. Isotoner smarTouch Stretch Gloves – Fleece Lined, 42$ to protect my little hands when it’s cold out so I can keep chatting with my e-buddies on my iPhone
3. It’s true I already have an iPad, an iPhone and a Blackberry but if you could nick a tiny little AirMac, 13″ screen with 256Gb, I have a weak back so it would help a lot ($1.599)

4. Womens Maylin from Ugg Australia, to keep my feet warm when I watch the snow fall
5. To carry around all the great stuff you will bring me, I suggest you to put it all in Timbuk2 bag, check it out I customised it myself
6. I need an Ida Estelle bracelet to look shiny under the xmas tree, I would go for the Santa Fe Glamour wraps, $98 (don’t hesitate, free shipping is offered for xmas)

7. To purify the air in my cosy tiny-little cocoon, I would like the Andrea air filtration system (only $149 to have clean air filtered by a plant), my lungs will be thankfull to breath clean unpolutated air  from bad chemichals (from the paints, solvants, … used home). Need a plug to activate it during the day.
8. Fermob Bistrot 2 chairs and table in orange to put on my tiny little space outside home, so I can strech my legs when spring comes
9. Always dreamed about having a pet ? But don’t feel like cleaning his cage or walking him after dinner when Doctor House just started ? Buy an EcoSphere and watch you shrimps grow in this closed environment. You don’t have to take care about anything.

  • the algae will take care of oxygene used by the shrimps,
  • the bacteria will break down the shrimps wastes and produce nutrients used by the alguae.

Your job will be to monitor the light received by the EcoSphere. The shrimps have a life expectancy of 2-3 years. EcoSphere was created to give company to the space explorers on long term missions. (from $79 for $489).

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