I'm assuming you're using Cuben then as well?
I have no intentions of making stuff on a mass scale but I'm debating on doing custom orders (made some backpacking stuff for members of backpackinglight) of stuff for people once I improve my skills/design.
Nope, not using Cuben. Although it's a great material, I didn't like how it was turning out and it lacked the 'finish quality' I wanted. I think Cuben works really well for the niche, but I'm hoping to make something that will appeal to more than just Weight Weenies (who often will favor weight over appearance). I'm using a mix of materials that come from the ultra-light camping niche which you're already familiar with, heavy-duty industrial (often b2b) world, and a few other little tricks that pull from ideas outside of the bag-world. Sometimes people who aren't weight weenies have little trust in something that even looks
too thin despite the strength and qualities of the material. I want it to appeal to people who ride all the time: recreational/training/commuting/social. So then a 10g penalty for choosing another material seems, for now, worth it.
Keep going with your project!
It looks interesting and I like to see where it ends up. On my side of things, I have complete intentions on starting my own company, so my approach to this may be a bit different from yours - which happens all the time, no?
Good luck! @mises
When you're designing something for the mass market that isn't custom, getting the size right is a delicate balance. It gets even more difficult if you try to accommodate pumps: they come in so many sizes and options. Not everyone owns the pump you do, and there's no guarantee that your pump will still be on the market at a later date. What if you change the pump? Will the bag accommodate the new pump, or will the space be awkward (too large/small) for the change? Some people prefer larger, frame-size pumps, some prefer mini, some prefer C02 cartridge systems, etc:. The variables are simply too much to include unless the company itself is a rather large one with massive manufacturing/output/turnaround capacity... like Topeak... but I don't even think they're too keen on making individual bags to even begin to accommodate every single pump they have in their own catalogue, much less their competitors.
|| Other projects in the works.