Those of you with Ristretto for iPad/iPad 2 backorders will be pleased to know that we shipped your orders out today — weeks ahead of schedule. The Ristretto for iPad/iPad 2 is now in-stock in most colors..
The Synapse is now available for pre-order in Steel/Solar Dyneema and Iberian/Steel Dyneema. It is expected to ship by mid-June.
A local friend who knits has given us good feedback on the Knitting Needle Case and Tom is continuing to refine its design.
Tom will be working with the Seattle factory today on some minor manufacturing issues regarding the Camera Insert. It’s still in development and we hope to release it soon.
The Diaper Bag concept is something Tom has been working on for several years; it consists of a few components that are completely new to our manufacturing process. One non-sewn component, which will hopefully be made to our specifications in California, has a sub-component that we were promised delivery on almost two years ago. This sub-component has no comparable replacement anywhere in the world and we just last week received an updated sample. Sure, we could have released something sooner, but it wouldn’t be the hyper-cool thing we envision. Bottom Line: the Diaper Bag is still under development and due to circumstances beyond our control, its release date is unknown.
There’s lots more in the works, but these are the three designs that you most often ask us for updates on. Stay tuned!
One of those customers is Daniel Beltra, an award-winning conservation photographer and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). You may have seen one of Daniel’s aerial photographs of the Gulf Oil Spill in Raffi Khatchadourian’s article, “The Gulf War”, in the March 14, 2011 edition of “The New Yorker.”
An exhibit of Daniel’s photos from the Gulf Oil Spill — SPILL– Images from the Gulf — is featured at the Seattle Aquarium from April 20th – August 7th, and on May 5th, Daniel will take part in a discussion on health of the world’s oceans and marine life as part of the “Sound Discussions” series at the Seattle Aquarium.
Our new RFID Blocking Passport Pouch is designed to carry and protect your passport or other sensitive documents while traveling. With an exterior of light-weight, cut-resistant Dyneema/nylon ripstop fabric and an interior lining of special metalized fabric, the Passport Pouch will effectively block detection or reading of RFID chips. $25. Available for order now and ships within one business day. In colors Steel, Ultraviolet, and Iberian.
We’ve added a heavy-duty clip to the front of the Brain Bag, just under the top-most zippered pouch. It’s a handy spot to clip a water bottle, umbrella or even an insulated coffee mug. Because it has a low profile, it’s not in the way when you’re not using it.
We’ve also added a hydration tube clip to all three backpacks: the Brain Bag, the Smart Alec and the Synapse. If you use any of these bags for hiking or cycling, you’ll appreciate the ability to keep the business end of your hydration system conveniently attached to the shoulder strap. It works with most of the popular hydration sacks and fits tubes up to 3/8″ or 10mm. It attaches to the vertical sternum strap adjustment strap on the shoulder straps, and is easily removable if you don’t need it, or if you just want to move it to the opposite strap.
A Lifefactory bottle in Graphite clipped to the front of the Brain Bag.