What stops you from riding your bike to work? Depending on the person that can be a complicated answer. But for retired U.S. Marine Aaron Weiss, not having the right gear for the job was high on the list of reasons. Because of that, he has been working on the ideal bicycle commuting backpack for the past 14 years – and thanks to kickstarter, his dream may finally come true.
More than just your typical hydration pack, the Shellback bag from the GrüneStrasse Backpack Co. is a massively featured bag to get all of your belongings to and from work.
Inside you’ll find a tri-fold garment storage system to keep you clothes (formal or otherwise) wrinkle free. The clever dual utility hanger has one side to clip into the bag, while the hook also rotates to store like a normal hanger.
The bag is packed with a ton of organization pockets for everything from your dress shoes, to toiletries kit, bike repair kit, and a neoprene sleeve for your laptop.
The Curdura 500d fabric is water resistant, and there is a waterproof cover that is stored inside for the wettest days. Available in two sizes (35L and 27L), both bags feature an “Air Max Ventilation System” which uses a ventilated mesh back panel supported by an an aluminum tension bar and coated steel external frame. Thanks to this system and an EVA foam lower back panel and ventilated and padded shoulder and hip straps, the bag claims to allow you to comfortably carry up to 44lbs of gear.
To keep you safe out on the road, the bag has a massive reflective panel with glass-bead reflective fabric and reflective piping along with a stout Hypalon exterior light attachment strap.
To secure funding for the first run of bags, Aaron has turned to kickstarter and is very close to his funding goal with just three days left. Currently, there are a few early bird deals left that are priced at $155 compared to the retail price of $195.