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Kickstarter Highlight: Arcido Akra Travel Pack and Vaga Day Pack
Crowdfunding is fast becoming the world’s go-to platform for new releases. But do you ever find it hard to cut through the noise and pin down the ones worth your hard-earned? Well, that’s where this sponsored series comes in. We’re vetting carry Kickstarters for you, digging up the facts, and shedding light on the ones we think are worth a closer look.
This week’s selection: Arcido and their Akra Travel Pack and Vaga Day Pack.
For the journey and the destination
Traveling with just a carry-on backpack has an undeniable allure. More streamlined journeys. No need to cool your heels at baggage carousels. And greater freedom to explore and experience more places, activities and people. But while they’re good for luggage, many carry-on backpacks are still too bulky to conveniently serve as EDC bags at your destination. Besides, why haul all of your gear when you simply want to do a bit of sightseeing or get active?
So Arcido created a system designed for one-bag travel…but with the help of two. Meet the Akra Travel Pack and its sleek sidekick the Vaga Day Pack.
Designed for travel, honed through experience
Arcido aren’t new to the carry game. This travel system is both an evolution of Arcido’s Faroe backpack and shaped by customer feedback on their first successfully crowdfunded carry-on pack.
The Akra Travel Pack is a 35L carry-on backpack that can fit the 20L Vaga Day Pack inside it. The Akra allows you to carry two bags in a compact, convenient way, providing plenty of space for short trips, overnight stays or large EDC loads. Additionally, the Akra features a removable waist belt and chest strap, handy for heavier loads but out of the way if you don’t need them.
The smaller Vaga on the other hand is ideal for general EDC use and exploring with just the essentials at your destination. And when you’re roaming with the Vaga, the Akra is a handy home for the rest of your gear at your accommodation.
Both bags are crafted with durable, water-resistant and lightweight Kodra material. Tough enough for a range of travels, yet still offering a sleek and refined look for urban settings and more formal environments such as work trips.
First class access and organization
The wide-opening main compartment on both the Akra and Vaga allows for easy packing and access. No time-consuming rummaging or undoing that tidy packing job to get to specific items. And with trusty YKK zips you get smooth and reliable access on the go.
The Akra’s interior pockets and quick-access exterior pockets keep smaller items within easy reach, while a separate compartment provides storage for a laptop and further organization pockets.
Speaking of tech, the system includes an innovative laptop harness that adjusts to fit any laptop and can be used with either bag.
But the rest of your travel gear has been considered too, with Arcido also offering accessories such as packing cubes and a wash bag designed to go through airport security.
Just the ticket for one-bag travel
The Akra and Vaga are an effective tag team system, allowing you to haul all the carry-on gear you need, and crucially, only the essentials when it’s time to pare back. And with the ability to use them together or independently, it’s straightforward to tailor your carry setup to different trips. If you’re eager to embrace non-restrictive travel, head on over to Arcido’s Kickstarter campaign to add the Akra and Vaga to your next packing list.
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