A few other observations:
Let me be clear. It is affirmation that the bag exists, it’s nearly completed, and the company is aware of the issues and is working to address them. That should make your decision to back them Kickstarter a bit simpler should you get tempted.
Is a preproduction prototype. It is about 95 percent of the way to the product that Agazzi states will send to backers in October. It’ll cost #189 (about $246 or $219) for early backers. Lesser-specced versions with no lights and lock will probably market for #129 (about $168 or $150). That’s pricey, but it’s in line with additional premium commuter bags out of firms like Peak Design.
The lights connect over a USB-A cable to a power bank you have to provide. The cable in my prototype bag attached to the lighting module above a Micro USB port. Fortunately, the module was. I’ve been advised that the cables running to the custom-molded modules in the production backpacks”will not ever get unplugged.”
I found that the Agazzi to be very comfy to wear while commuting by bicycle, even if it was loaded down with e-reader, MacBook, a beefy power bank, plus some exercise clothes. Additionally, I tested it out at night on Amsterdam bike paths. The red light and reflective strip on the backpack are welcome additions, along with the light can be actuated via a remote controller in the rapid access pocket to the shoulder strap. A similar pocket at the shoulder strap that is left is couple bank cards and only large enough for the bus pass or cash.
I was skeptical of this Agazzi urban backpack when my colleague and fellow luggage nerd, Vlad Savov, joined me to its own Kickstarter. Why in the hell would anybody want a tote using a fingerprint lock or internal and external lights, ” I believed, and why should they risk”buying” it through crowdfunding?
To my eye, Agazzi has drawn some inspiration from class-leading Peak Design with its red accent stitching on charcoal-colored nylon fabric. Water-resistant fabrics are featured by both backpacks, plus their shapes are held by them even if they’re empty.
This was until Agazzi Designs delivered me a demonstration bag. I.. . Like it; it looks excellent, and lights and the lock are additions. It is the bag for lovers of over-engineering.
I have mixed feelings concerning the Agazzi’s shoulder straps. Left alone and then they are made to be set to your preference once. In reality, they are almost impossible to adjust while wearing the backpack. In practice, this didn’t really create an problem. I managed to put on the bunch in my preferred position (high in my back), and that I was able to slide back through the strap to eliminate the pack. If my achievement will likely be repeatable by individuals with different body types and flexibility, 19, I do wonder.
It does open when laying flat, although the tote stands by itself. As such, you end up getting a dark cavern at the base of the bag, which is why the light that is internal is helpful.