I have a 90 percent perfect design ready to make long-term traveler bags. I will travel to Panajachel, Guatemala in a month or two and make between 50 and 100 Traveler Bags or Backpacks. I have been working on this project for about five years, in this time I have made about 14 prototypes. I have made about five in Nepal, three or four in Peru, a couple in Thailand and just a mess in the Philippines. I have visited Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia in search of parts, and probably a few countries I forgot.
There you go again, Andy. Chasing windmills and dreaming dreams until they happen. Best of luck and I hope you sell a million! : )
Yes, it will be carry on size, however with many options to expand.
Haiti Trip on Spiritair.com:
I encountered an interesting problem, for years I have carried two carry-on sized bags, however a few Low Cost Carriers have been cracking my head with extra prices. Airlines assume you start at home and return to home, this is not the way I travel. As best I understand, a person traveling from the USA to Haiti from the USA on Spiritair.com can only have one checked bag. I normally check two, I have never lost a bag. This is a horrible situation, I could get to the airport, and they would only allow one bag.
Therefore, because of the airlines I have downsized to one bag now, and accept this as the best way to travel But, when I got to Haiti, I purchase a ton of items, and attached to the outside of my bag, (Not secure enough) so I had sort of a marsupial bag or kangaroo bag, and I have used it every since. I have optional gear, versus I want to own and keep gear.
The Spiritair.com checkin guy said, you could have gone bigger. I like to carry two carryon sized bags for balance.If my two bags would have attached, I could have went talller or wider. The Windmill bag will have expansion opions, but stay smooth as Chris also mentioned.
The bags like the one Chris pointed at is nice sometimes, but not always, it will not slide under the seat of bus, or go in overhead with that attached bag. It truly is not a good option as a permanent attachment, but is ok sometimes.
We are going to giver various ways to attach the extra bags, but the videos and manuals will have to demonstrate to buyers how to use.
The bag is only 30 percent, without knowing how to use, a person would not optimize their trip.
Generally, the normal traveler returns with more than they left with, or ships things home, this is normal, not for me, but it is normal, this is the option needed. But if you like to be only carry on, the bag will do that also.
There are many different situations, I may have encountered more than other people, therefore I have work-around situations.
But yes, simple use, it is carry on size.
Dreams appear to be easier to share than I realized, I truly appreciate the comments. I was looking over the backpack Chris recommended, then all the nurses bags, I knew that sailboats used some great materials, never thought about nurses. Yes, I want to make money, but in a way, I want to do one thing perfect in my life.
I am good traveler, I travel safe, sensible, and I am not afraid to walk the planet, I am a lucky man. I will stay the course, put on my persistence hat, Thanks
Another person sends me an email with one of the best of the best sewing machines.
sewing machine, heavy enough for sail making. Maybe suitable for backpack making? Just a help.
Andy, I wonder if you might not be heading towards problems when you switch from being an outside buyer to, essentially, a local manufacturer. Problems with work permits, shakedowns, all sorts of nasty things come to mind. No, it shouldn't be like this, but I rather suspect it may be.
Love your work, by the way, my favorite read of the day. Hope you don't change it just to please others!
Finally we have a product designed and produced by someone who uses it every day and not by a madison avenue executive who doesn't even pack his own pen to the board room.
Let me know when you get it in production. I want one. What dimensions do you plan on.