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Kickstarter Highlight: Fraser Kit Co. Aviator Weekender
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: Fraser Kit Co. and their Aviator Weekender.
Finding bags that cater well to short trips can be a challenge. Many bags are either too small or too large and bulky. But this is where weekenders really come into their own. As the name suggests, they’re designed to handle weekend getaways and short trips. Just large enough for a few days’ worth of gear, but small enough to avoid excessive bulk and remain easily portable without wheels.
Not all weekenders are created equal however. Some lack the functionality to be really useful. Others may look great moving from the car to your hotel, but don’t have sufficient durability to embrace situations that are a little more demanding on your gear. But the Fraser Kit Co. Aviator Weekender delivers on all fronts.
Bump in the road? This bag can handle it.
Simple, strong and functional, the Aviator takes inspiration from military bags and is designed to take a beating. Made with waxed canvas and top grain leather, the weekender is built to handle the demands of travel – and look good doing so. This is the kind of bag that will age gracefully, while reliably accompanying you year after year.
The hardware is well up for a life of travel too, with military grade parachute clips to secure the shoulder strap and Riri zippers with paracord zipper pulls for smooth and easy movement.
A bright tartan wool lining helps increase the visibility of the contents and there’s even interior foam padding for drop protection. Rugged nylon top handles and a removable shoulder strap give you flexible carry options, and the bag’s lifetime guarantee provides extra reassurance that this bag will keep going even if things get tough along the way.
Jumbled mess to tidy travels
Many weekenders leave a lot to be desired when it comes to organizing your travel gear. But the Aviator is different. A thoughtful range of pockets keep your various items tidy and accessible without feeling too cluttered.
An interior wool felt sleeve is ideal for safely storing the likes of a laptop, tablet, notebook and other tools or accessories. Don’t want your shoes rubbing up against clean clothing? No problem, just put them in the designated shoe storage. Gone for a swim or got caught in an unexpected shower? A water-resistant compartment in the bag is handy for storing wet items you can’t dry fully before it’s time to move on. Like to travel with a few watch options to suit different settings and outfits? The Aviator includes three wool compartments for protecting timepieces during your journeys.
But what about the items you need quick access to, such as a passport, phone or keys? The Aviator has you covered there too, with two exterior pockets to keep frequently used items within easy reach. And with a total volume of 33L (2016 cu. in.) this bag offers just enough space to see you comfortably through a 2 to 4-day trip while retaining a compact, understated and portable form.
Just the ticket for short trips
The Aviator is a tough and low-key travel companion for weekend getaways and short business trips where durability, easy carry and organization are important. Fraser Kit Co. have secured an American-based manufacturer for the Aviator which is currently available through Kickstarter. Each piece from the campaign will be a numbered edition with an engraved stainless steel tag. Want to enjoy this weekender’s rugged reliability and useful features on your travels? Get yours now through the Aviator Kickstarter campaign which runs until November 2 2017.
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Above are the facts, but there’s always a little risk when backing a crowdfunder, so keep that in mind before you decide to back/purchase.