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WANDRD'S new DUO Daypack raised $250K in Kickstarter funding in just 24 hours

Bag company WANDRD has launched its new DUO Daypack on Kickstarter, where it has already greatly exceeded its funding goal. The backpack is designed for 'dawn-to-dusk' use, according to the company, with features for photographers in addition to travellers, commuters, and everyone else.

DUO Daypack features the InfiniteZip system, which involves a single zipper with multiple sliders for accessing the part of the bag that contains the needed item. The bag is described as weather-resistant against rain (and power washers, as demonstrated in the campaign).

The bag's interior features a POP cube that can be expanded to create a 'multifunctional space' within which items, such as a camera, are better protected. The cube includes a padded EVA foam divider for accommodating different types of gear.

Joining the protective cube are a number of pockets, including two padded expansion pockets for lenses, hard drives, or other modestly sized items. Those two slots are joined by small mesh pockets, a large mesh pocket, zipper pockets, and a hidden passport pocket.

The DUO Daypack has a 20L capacity and measures 29cm x 16.5cm x 49.5cm (11.5in x 6.5in x 19.5in) with a weight of 1.2kg (2.6lbs). WANDRD is offering the bag to Kickstarter backers with an 'early bird' price of $175 USD, a discount off the anticipated $219 USD retail price. Assuming the campaign is successful, WANDRD expects to start shipping to campaign backers in December 2019.


Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there's always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

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DeadOctopi
DeadOctopi

Excuse me while I scream loudly and sarcastically about:
1. how the people in the video look/dress/wide-brush assumptions of their personal beliefs and mannerisms
2. how expensive this bag is! (for things I don't currently need in my setup)
3. how it doesn't have X or Y and so therefore, it shouldn't exist
4. something something, dig against something I don't like about a generation I don't belong to, something something
5. I have (brand) (model) bag! No thanks! Pass! Etc!
*list continues into a bottomless pit of boring internet snark lashing out in every direction while I kick myself for reading the comments*

1 month ago
BrightTiger

There's a potential for a lot of wasted space with the pop up cubes, as well as access. Will have wait for more in depth reviews.

1 month ago
SonyX
SonyX

My $50 Benro backpack holds 2 bodies + 6 lenses + 3 flashes. This one - way too heavy
and expensive for 20L

1 month ago
Thomas Kachadurian
Thomas Kachadurian

The video seems like they are going out of their way to never give you a good view of how the compartments function. You never see a single interior view for more than three seconds, and then always with somebody trying to distract you with their moving hands, like a NY con artist playing the shell game. The bottom slip-in pocket is a camera drop waiting to happen.

I predict much disappointment from the hipsters who fund this only to find they have to supply their own nose ring.

1 month ago
worldaccordingtojim
worldaccordingtojim

Why are they doing a kickstarter for a backpack. This is already an established company that makes backpacks, just release a new product.

1 month ago
BrightTiger

Kickstarter allows companies to bypass banks and venture capitalists, thereby eliminating not just fees and interest but binding conditions and/or interference. It also allows them to gauge real buyer interest, which helps not only to figure out if a product idea is viable but also help determine what the potential market size will be.
New products don't occur magically or for free.

1 month ago
worldaccordingtojim
worldaccordingtojim

"Kickstarter allows companies to bypass banks and venture capitalists", absolutely, and that is what makes kickstarter great. But this is a running company already established, that just wants to make a new design of a product they already produce. Either they are not making a profit, or the executive team is mismanaging the company. I have worked over 10 years in the manufacturing industry. We are constantly developing prototypes and ideas, this R&D comes from a portion of the profits that we make from selling the current products.

1 month ago
BrightTiger

Maybe your company needs to reassess business practices and look at modern financial tools and processes. Glad you find your process work for you, but perhaps you can retain more profit by offsetting R&D costs by other means (like Kickstarter). As noted previously, using such tools can provide more than just retaining more profit.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Kickstarter (or any such fundraising companies) or WANDRD. Just interested in business and financing and photography and...

1 month ago
Sutlore

too heavy for 20L backpack, should be at least half a kilo less.

1 month ago
wcan

I like to be able to see such a product in person before buying to get a feel for materials, durability and cushioning/protection.

1 month ago*
Craig from Nevada
Craig from Nevada

The video definitively demonstrates that this daypack is way too cool for an old guy such as myself.

I will wait for the retro '70s bag.

1 month ago
milkod2001

At least price seems down to earth. Was expecting $400 for just another slightly more sophisticated camera bag. At $219 i'd buy it but don't need such large bag. More then happy with my: Lowepro Tahoe BP 150 for 60 quid to fit comfortably a7R3, 100-400, 24-105 and 55 1.8.

1 month ago
Suntan

The bag has some interesting features, but my goodness the hipster-level in that promo video was off the charts!

1 month ago
Ranger Danger

I didn't see many twirly moustaches.... what made it 'hipster' to you? Or is it just a young people = hipster kinda deal?

1 month ago
mcrksman

Young people who buy 42mp cameras to post tiny photos on Instagram with 1000 clarity and -100 blacks

1 month ago
Suntan

@ RD - You mean beyond the the full grown man riding a skateboard as a means of transportation? Or the girl who goes out to hike up some ragged rocky trail in skinny jeans and a 3/4 length trench-coat (because style) then retires to her van-life living accommodations to blog about it on her Mac...?

And that was in just the first 30 seconds or so.

1 month ago
Ranger Danger

Because a grown man is riding a skateboard?? Tony Hawk is a Hipster??? lol you crazy

4 weeks ago
dpreviewblog

Kickstarter? No

1 month ago
b0k3h

long hair - check. skateboards/longboards - check. people doing yoga - check. tattoos - check. noserings - check. what else is missing from the video?

1 month ago*
newe
newe

What's missing??? The drugs....

1 month ago
Ljuba

No it doesn’t. There is a hidden narcotic pocket also. But they couldn’t show it in video…

1 month ago
Ranger Danger

comments from grumpy old men incoming!!

1 month ago
DeadOctopi
DeadOctopi

For sure. I mean, I looked through the company's other offerings, read the reviews, and much like Peak Design, they're a company that started and grow through their crowdfunding. And their other bags are pretty well reviewed, and this looks like it could work for my needs, and wasn't upwards of $300 with stuff I didn't need, so...backed?

LOL at the "they never show the inside" stuff, it's literally every GIF in the campaign, learn how to navigate the website folks? The "nose rings and tattoos" comments, also quite telling of who's typing.

*waves hands* eh, hate's boring.

1 month ago
Alex Ridgway

I have to wonder who funds all these overpriced camera bags on kickstarter

1 month ago
newe
newe

That's easy....the people who pledge :-)

1 month ago
wasTF

0 ergonomics.. must be a b to carry...

1 month ago
LensBeginner
LensBeginner

It never ceases to amaze me how the n-th kickstarter of something of which we already have an abundant supply and variety can rack up such huge amounts of money.

1 month ago
wasTF

People feel like the contribute to and get something special.

That's it. Pure ego.

1 month ago*
Critical Thinker

^ Yikes. Projecting, much?

1 month ago
wasTF

Do you think you are different than other people?

Also it may be GAS too, now that i think of it ;-)

1 month ago*
lawny13

Well... I have thought of contributing before (never have mind you). Reasoning behind it is simple. If it is a product you would like to have, and could at a significant discount... That is the biggest motivation behind it. Most people don't stop to think that it may never take off, and you may never get the item, or that it can take a long time before you do.

But the fact is that you usually a bigger discount going the kickstarter purchase/contribution route than any discounts on the item later when it is established.

Then of course we are just consumers and consumption for the sake of consumption is also out there.

1 month ago
BrentSchumer
BrentSchumer

People enjoy certain permutations of variety. I can get a tuna fish sandwich anywhere, but one diner on 81st and 1st does it best. So I go there for Tuna.

1 month ago
wasTF

Discounts? I see overpriced items and people that basically lend money with no interest but 100% risk. yeah, no risk no fun, right?

1 month ago
LensBeginner
LensBeginner

@lawny13 I'm not the kickstarter type, but I understand your reasoning.

What I understand less is why kickstarters seem to revolve all around a limited number of categories (bags, flashes/lighting, tripods), things that are already abundantly available, and still there's a lot of people for which apparently the plentiful market offer isn't enough.

It's strange but interesting, even fascinating in a way.

1 month ago
Songsteel

Or you are like me and simply want something that doesn't currently exist anywhere else and want to be part of the process of making it happen. Several years ago I backed a campaign by Darren Yeow, an Artist I admire, who designed a drawing focused satchel for outdoor/on the go sketching. I waited almost two years for that bag to finally come in the mail and don't regret it in the slightest because I have been using it daily for years until I then backed his second iteration which I now use along side it.

Second one came in three-four months.

1 month ago*
LensBeginner
LensBeginner

Yeah, that "something new that doesn't currently exist" is what I fail to see in the majority of photo gear kickstarters.

1 month ago
mcrksman

It's the same reason why 'hypebeast' exists. Who would pay 150+ for a shirt with a 'free photoshop trial' design? Why not get a shirt thats actually nice? Why buy 50 pairs of 'hypebeast' shoes when you're only going to be able to wear one?

1 month ago
User9362470513

To show what fits they used an image of a DSLR? What were they thinking? They must be dinosaurs. Surely they must have heard everyone has moved to mirrorless already? Their bag is obsolete already.

1 month ago
williams359

Are you aware people still buy DSLR cameras in their thousands. Not to mention the millions of people who already own DSLRs. The fact they have the backing also shows how out of touch your views are.

1 month ago
mcrksman

Pretty sure he was being sarcarstic

1 month ago
Critical Thinker

Dpreview and photography rumour blogs: Now sponsored and funded by Kickstarter!

1 month ago
Julian

Coincidentally this bag features prominently in a leading article on another regular photography site I visit too. I wonder what the ad revenue is here? Still better than it going to Google I suppose.

1 month ago*
mastix

I though Dpreview was a serious website with reliable products analisis, not selling vaporware. I see I was wrong.......

1 month ago
LoneTree1

When people complain about $175 bags being expensive, refer them to women's purses.

1 month ago
MeVee

Yet another bag advertisement starring all the coolest cats in the game, and not a lens hood in sight.

Seriously, why don't the bag designers *ever* depict a gear load-out including lens hoods? Ever? Guys, I swear I've actually seen and have known real-honest-to-gosh-cool-kid-pro photographers who use hoods--I'm not just fever-dreaming, here--and those hoods can really change what fits or how it fits, even if they're reversed. You stick a hood on your 16-35, it's twice as wide.

You'd think the "serious" bag designers would be thinking about it? I guess not.

1 month ago*
Ranger Danger

@MeVee exactly!... When will they design a bag that holds my Pentax securely and matches my socks and sandals?

1 month ago
b0k3h

they need to reserve space for the "why buddhism works" books

1 month ago
Funkyd3121

Yet another back pack - at almost 75 years old, not for me - but shoulder bags work fine for me. I have 3 Lowepro from the late 1980's - zero problems & 1 Vanguard. I got it covered.

1 month ago
Spectro

I have the other wandard, good stuff. What these companies are doing is not going to the bank to get initial funds so they don't pay business interest to the bank. I bought a jacket once it took forever to come, Grant they did say so, but it was unique. So these business take your money and place an order. Some company in the east will then start to produce it. I believe this is how zilly operate on a lot of their sales. Made to order once a number has been hit. The risk is if they tank before or something.

1 month ago*
cosinaphile
cosinaphile

im trying to say something besides no .... or no 219 times

1 month ago
Windeguy

Puts the ug in ugly.

1 month ago
Razor512
Razor512

Horrible bag, it places the more sensitive components in the location where they will receive the most external impact. It makes design errors that even the cheap $25 bags on amazon managed to avoid, and they want an insane $219 for it.
Consider this, for $219 you can buy the Pelican S115 bag instead which is a backpack with a padded hard case in back that will keep the camera gear from being easily crushed or directly receiving impact from any bumps or drops. It is still overpriced, but nowhere near as horrible as that kickstarter.

PS there are also many cheaper hard case backpacks.

1 month ago*
Suntan

IDK. It looks fairly well laid out. The heavy components are low (camera slot at the bottom) or right up against the back (lens pouches.) Access looks good, assuming the setup of that zipper isn't finicky to use in real life.

Yeah, don't plan on picking up rocks you find on your hike and throwing them in the main compartment with the camera stuff, but a little bag like that would probably work fine to carry a bit of kit plus a rain jacket stuffed in the extra space.

1 month ago
Razor512
Razor512

One of the issues is that the compartments are not rigid with padding, or at least having rigid sections, then with the side accessory pouches, they cannot be used while a camera in in he lower compartment, or you will end up with the camera bouncing up against some hard components that can scuff or damage the camera.

With the location of the camera,it is not as safe of a bag to just quickly rest on the floor while you are at a table. More well designed bags will usually have a more rigid enclosure for the camera and lenses with no camera or lens compartment having an open spot facing an accessory pouch that is unpadded. The dividers will usually be stable enough for the camera to be on top,with lenses to the surrounding the sides and lower 2/3rds, with the bottom having a rigid plate and lots of padding, and probably a small space for stuffing smaller items. This protects the camera and lenses from direct impact and crushing.

1 month ago
Suntan

It has padding. Looks like the same amount of padding as a lot of other camera bags.

This Peak Design bag sells for a lot more than the hipster bag above, and it basically has cardboard tabs stuck on with velcro...

https://static.bhphoto.com/images/multiple_images/images500x500/1477521953000_IMG_697991.jpg

1 month ago
Razor512
Razor512

Those are also bad designs, people who use bags like that, then try and sell their cameras, will show obvious signs that they use an improper camera bag when sealed, every single surface facing the camera should be padded and in a flat/ uniform shape in order to prevent abrasion. I just find is weird, even pro DSLR bodies are built less rugged than firearms but many firearm cases are better built and adds more impact, crush, and abrasion protection.

Sadly the photography market is filled with price gougers, as soon as you add the word "photography" to a product, then suddenly 3 cents of plastic in the shape of a light dome can cost $50.

1 month ago
haylebob

cool Bag

1 month ago
fmian
fmian

I guess a lot of privileged and entitled people with money to throw at this sort of 'meh' stuff are abundant. Certainly wouldn't be just 1% of the population.

1 month ago
D200_4me
D200_4me

These type of backpacks may be great for a certain group of people but maybe not for the masses, in my opinion. I bought the peak design every day backpack and while it’s a very nice looking backpack and extremely well-built, it’s just not as practical as my Tenba backpack that has a more traditional design.

1 month ago
lazyhusky
lazyhusky

I have the Wandrd Prvk 21 and it is the best travel/camera backpack I have ever used. Was hoping they would announce a lower profile everyday backpack instead of a new bag. Prvk 10 perhaps?

1 month ago
John Bean (UK)

Perhaps they bought a keyboard with working vowels on it using some of that Kickstarter loot.

1 month ago
Bobthearch
Bobthearch

So they've learned nothing about designing backpacks since their last Kickstarter project?

1 month ago
Chief Kurtz

I'm here for the ratios, even though there are none.

1 month ago
McArchive

3.14159265359:Fn

1 month ago
T3

Way too many quick cuts in this video. Super annoying.

As for the bag itself, I prefer backpacks that allow you to access your camera gear without taking off the backpack. Plus, those compartments look like they leave plenty of room for your camera and lenses to bounce around.

1 month ago
mgblack74

Ya. The quick cuts almost look like they don't want you to really have a good look at it. And/or catering to attention deficit millennials.

1 month ago
Ranger Danger

@T3 it does allows you to access your gear without taking it off, try to keep up gramps.

1 month ago
Tape5
Tape5

Early bird price of $175 USD.
A sure magnet for late bird droppings.

1 month ago
Nikon1977k

Great, one zipper track with multiple "pulls"...a single point of failure if the track goes bad.

Where's my checkbook so I can throw money at them?

1 month ago
DougDolde

Does the world really need a new backpack? I

1 month ago
Ranger Danger

The world doesn't need any new photography anything.

1 month ago
Mssimo
Mssimo

How does DPreview become aware of kickstarter campaigns and vet what ones should get an indirect endorsement? Is this sponsored article? I would be quite nervous mixing the speculative nature of kickstarter and sponsorship (if that is whats happening.) Even with a disclaimer.

1 month ago
Gannon Burgett
Gannon Burgett

@Mssimo: I actually use a service that notifies me of new Kickstarter campaigns in the photography category. That said, we did first catch a glimpse of this Kickstarter from Photo Rumors, as noted in the 'via' at the end of the article. None of our Kickstarters have ever been sponsored and we have no plans to do so. We choose which ones to feature based off a few factors, some of which are certainly subjective, due to the nature of crowdfunding and news coverage. So far I feel confident we’ve featured ones that have delivered with only one or two notable exceptions (which returned the funds to backers).

1 month ago*
Horshack

I'm considering a Kickstarter campaign of my own - the stated purpose will be to raise enough money to stuff a camera bag with $250k in cash.

1 month ago
webber15

I'd happily donate $100 to be an early adopter 😉

1 month ago
Horshack

@webber15, Booked, thanks. Btw, you're getting in on the ground level, which means your 'early bird' contribution price will be discounted to $85.

1 month ago
McArchive

You'll go under faster than Apple if you keep giving 15% discounts - take the full amount and give the 1+ 15% new product!

1 month ago
webber15

Great to do business with you Horshack...

1 month ago
milkod2001

I have initial design of bag ready. Just send money to test it please :)

1 month ago
CeeDave
CeeDave

I prefer using “real” backpacks along with padded pouches, etc., for the lenses and other do-dads. Packs by Deuter, Osprey, Kelty, etc., are more comfortable (better suspension and ventilation), lighter (for the same volume), more durable, less expensive, often have excellent integrated raincovers, and don’t shout “steal me” as loudly.

1 month ago
cosmaracoare

Have one nice photo back pack since circa 2008 when I first afforded some gear and followed the internet lore advising having multiple cameras, lenses, flashes, reflectors, tripods, flashcards, filters and the kitchen sink on person at all times. After all you never know when you’ll find the best portrait, or macro or landscape or night photography opportunity of your life so better be prepared at all times!

Carried it one or two vacations and I was more worried about gear being stolen and what to use then being on vacation and living life. Now I mostly travel with one(small) camera and fixed lens that magically prove adequate for almost anything I need. I sometimes use the backpack to go to the beach or bike but mostly fill it with sunscreen, clothes, towels, food and water. Comfy and well made backpack as I said, too bad it’s partitioned in a way it’s not very convenient for general use.

1 month ago
cdembrey

I've never figured out why people use photo-backpacks. By the time you've unloaded the gear, the photo-opportunity is long gone. Hunters don't bring a goose-gun to a turkey-shoot ...

1 month ago
Tony Northrup
Tony Northrup

I often travel with 3 lenses, 2 bodies, and a drone, so I put everything into a backpack and stuff it overhead on the airplane. Helps to have a backpack when hopping between cabs, busses, etc.

1 month ago
SheepStar
SheepStar

Not every photo opportunity can run away. I'd be upset if I went shooting and didn't have something I needed because I decided to pack light and not bring my gear.

1 month ago
xander18

@cdembrey, that's the whole appeal of a photo backpack. I use a Peak Design pack and cause of the side entry I can swing it off a shoulder and have my camera out almost faster than a sling bag.

1 month ago
lobster roll

@sheepstar. Would you survive it?

1 month ago
techjedi
techjedi

@cdembrey if the backpack has well designed side access and in sling configuration, it can be very quick to access the camera, nearly as quick as a holster in my experience.

1 month ago
LegacyGT

@cdembrey there are two styles of photo backpacks... traditionally they were more of a "padded photo locker" that is basically a way to carry all your gear to location and then accessed like a locker on the ground. This is often used by landscape photographers... where mountains are going to run away in a few minutes (landscape photographer typically scout out a location hour before hand, and often several minutes/hours at a single location setting up a shot).

The more modern ones have different quick access panels that allow you to access the camera in less than 30 seconds. In particular I have a Mindshift Panorama 180 where I can go from thinking I want my camera to taking a photo in 10 seconds. Now I agree for a variety of situations might not be fast enough, so YMMV. But being able to do a relatively rugged day hike where I want my hands free and my gear stored in a comfortable/weight balanced manner and to be access my camera, and store my camera in under a minute is convenient.

1 month ago
SheepStar
SheepStar

"@sheepstar. Would you survive it?"

Define Survive. Would I be breathing? Yes. Would I have the best photos I can take in that situation? No.

1 month ago
graybalanced

Count me in with the numerous replies extolling the virtues of a properly designed camera backpack. Shoulder bags are not good for my body, especially when hiking or when I want to move fast. But old backpacks did not allow quick access to gear without taking them off.

Now that I have a backpack designed for quick side access without removing the pack, I have the best of both worlds. I can leave my hands free more often when not intensively photographing or on the move, but if I suddenly see a shot I have to take, my backpack's quick access feature lets me swing it out front, unzip the side flap (which is now facing up), and lift the camera out of the bag to eye level very quickly.

If some of the other posters want to self-limit your choices with shoulder bags, or no gear, or having the camera and lens pulling on your neck at all times, fine. But some of us are willing to pay for a tool that helps us strike a better balance between both photographing and living the way we want.

1 month ago*
Suntan

I've hiked 3 miles up the side of a mountain to take a picture of a waterfall before. I was lucky in that the waterfall hadn't run away by the time I got my camera out of the backpack.

1 month ago