Moment announces an expansion of its softgoods line with the new Moment Travelwear bags. The new bags, which include a backpack, tote bag, gadget organizers, and other accessories, are available through a Kickstarter campaign starting today. Moment expects shipping of the bags to begin this November.
Although Moment is best known for its mobile photo lenses, the company says these bags are not designed as camera bags but for everyday use. The backpack, which comes in two sizes (17L and 21L), resembles an old school JanSport backpack, while the tote bag looks like any other minimalist tote bag you've seen before.
The 17 liter version of the Moment travelwear backpack with an installed camera insert.
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Inside the bags are various organizational features including laptop and tablet sleeves, hidden pockets, key rings and water bottle pockets. The backpack has a slot for a telescopic case handle, while the bag has a padded base to protect your items when they are put down. Both designs are equipped with “storm-proof” 600D recycled Kodra on the outside and 210D nylon oxlan on the inside and weatherproof zippers. They are available in black, olive or tone (burnt orange color). The backpack is $ 179 ($ 149 via the Kickstarter) for both sizes, while the bag is $ 119 ($ 99 via the Kickstarter).
In addition to the main bags, Moment has developed two different gadget organizers that can be stowed in them. The $ 69.99 Tech Organizer ($ 49 on Kickstarter) is a clamshell bag with a variety of straps and pockets for items like a mouse, laptop charger, cables, batteries, and other accessories. Inside the organizer is a sleeker and smaller pouch that you can use for easier carrying days.
The $ 59.99 Battery Organizer ($ 39 at Kickstarter) is designed for photographers and videographers and has special pouches for memory cards and camera batteries. A clever multi-layer pocket system allows you to easily separate fresh batteries from used ones to keep things straight during a shoot.
The camera insert fits into the backpack and enables quick access to the camera equipment.
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Although Moment markets these bags as daily commute or tote bags, it does offer an optional padded camera insert that converts them into camera bags. The $ 99 MTW camera insert ($ 79 pre-order) can be used as a standalone bag or can fit in any backpack large enough to hold it. However, it was specially developed for the new MTW backpack and the new MTW bag. It's big enough to hold a mirrorless or DSLR camera and two lenses, and the included foam dividers have nifty little pockets that can be used to store small items like filters.
Two hooks on the side of the insert are aligned with loops in the MTW backpack to fix it in the main compartment. The main zipper of the backpack gives you quick access to your camera equipment from the side. The insert has been made compact so that you can put other things in the backpack next to it. This is not intended to take an entire studio's camera gear with you.
With this new line of bags, Moment will make obvious comparisons with Peak Design, a company that first made straps and other photo accessories before launching a hugely successful line of backpacks, tote bags and organizers. Moment bags are unique from Peak Design in that they are not specifically aimed at photographers (outside of the camera insert and battery organizer) and are more aimed at the general creative crowd.
They also have a different design than the Peak Design line, with softer materials and a less technical look. These bags are also not intended for hiking adventures or multi-day trips. They are designed so that you carry your work equipment with you every day.
I was able to briefly demonstrate the 21 liter backpack, camera insert, and organizer accessories and found that they are more comfortable on my 5ft 11 inch frame than the 20 liter Peak Design everyday backpack of similar capacity . The back has a rigid frame to support your laptop (my 15-inch gaming laptop fits easily and MacBooks of any size fit snugly inside), and the straps are wide and made of breathable mesh. There are also plenty of clever hidden features to help you organize your things anywhere, but from the outside the bag generally just looks like a typical school bag.
Right now a crowded market is emerging, at least according to my Instagram feed, which is filled with ads for bags that young creatives serve on the way between home and the nearest café. A number of bags are also being launched at a time when most of us travel very little and many no longer even go to an office or cafe to work.
The sharp design and clever features of the Travelwear bags still make them a compelling option if you're looking for a new backpack or bag and don't want to carry the same Peak Design bag that every other tech geek owns.