New backpacks for photographers don’t usually feel like anything special when they make their way across our inbox. Updates are usually limited to “innovative” closures or gimmicky new features because, let’s face it, there are a lot of great options out there. It’s hard to innovate when all of the basic bases have been covered for so long.
Enter Visvo, a company that is designing “tech-filled backpacks for a whole new generation of creative consumers.”
Visvo’s new series of three backpacks—the Novel 1.0, Novel 2.0, and Novel 3.0—were not designed primarily for photographers, but some of the built-in features will definitely appeal to traveling tech-savvy photogs who are looking for something different than your typical camera bag.
Here’s a quick intro to the Novel backpacks from the company’s Kickstarter campaign page:
As you can see, these bags are all about convenience, with built-in charging ports, a full power bank, optional GPS tracker, and LED light strips soldered all over the thing.
While the innovations built into these backpacks aren’t specifically targeted at photographers, the built-in power bank is a huge bonus for traveling shooters, the shock-absorbing materials and design will help ease your arrhythmias when you accidentally drop your bag, and the built in LEDs on both the outside and inside of the pack are a huge boon for nighttime shooting when you need to find your gear or adjust your setup.
Of course, each model comes with its pros and cons, but even the Novel 1.0 sports a lot of the tech we think photographers would appreciate. Here’s a breakdown of the differences between the three models:
For more details or if you want to put down a pledge for either of these backpacks, head over to the Kickstarter campaign and read up.
Super early bird deals are still available as of this writing, getting you a Novel 1 for €250 (~$295 USD), Novel 2 for €270 (~$320 USD), or Novel 3 for €300 (~$355 USD). Estimated delivery—assuming the packs get funded AND the company follows through, unlike some in the past—is July 2018.