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How We Managed The Unexpected: An Update And Thank You To Our Kickstarter Backers

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How We Managed The Unexpected: An Update And Thank You To Our Kickstarter Backers

Kickstarter campaigns rarely go to plan.

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Why We Manufacture in Vietnam

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Why We Manufacture in Vietnam

It’s a question we get asked a lot - why don’t you make your backpacks in the UK, given that you’re a British company? The answer is not as straight-forward as you might think. There are a lot of reasons we aren’t manufacturing in the UK, but there are three big ones that I’ll try to explain: The best backpack manufacturers in Vietnam. If you examine the label of almost any consumer item, you’ll see the same thing again and again - “Made in China”. And it’s true that most backpacks are made in China. There’s a lot of backpack...

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Faroe vs Akra - What’s The Difference?

Faroe vs Akra - What’s The Difference?

  We often get asked the question; “what's the difference between Faroe and Akra?” You might be forgiven for thinking these bags are virtually identical, especially since they look so alike. That’s no accident - the starting point for Akra was the design of Faroe. They’re the same size and made from the same material: a water-resistant lightweight Kodra. In essence, we took our best-selling model Faroe and added some great features to make an even better backpack. Let’s talk about Faroe to begin with. It’s a cabin-sized backpack with a large central pocket that holds a lot of stuff....

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Listening to the Travellers who Use our Products.

Listening to the Travellers who Use our Products.

We make a big deal at Arcido about taking our customers’ and feedback seriously - we do listen to what people say and try to take it into account when we design our bags. Our first product, The Arcido Bag, didn’t have any water bottle holders - we had a lot of messages from people asking us to include them. So for our follow up product Faroe, we added two. And thanks to a lot of positive feedback I think we made the right decision. One of the great things about Kickstarter is that we can get feedback on our...

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Round The World With Akra : The Art of Packing Light (Part 2)

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Round The World With Akra : The Art of Packing Light (Part 2)

It’s been a few thousand miles of travel since my last update - Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam - and now I find myself on the sleeper train from Hanoi to Danang. I’m sharing a cabin with two very charming insurance lawyers living in Cologne. They’re travelling down to Hoi An to visit one of Vietnam’s historic cities. In the morning we fall into conversation about their travels and, inevitably, their luggage. They’re carrying two enormous backpacks, a handbag and another carry-on bag. In total, that’s four bags, which they plan to lug around from north to South Vietnam, on trains,...

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Round The World with the Akra Travel Backpack (Part 1)

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Round The World with the Akra Travel Backpack (Part 1)

I've made it to what feels like the end of the world. I plonk my bag down and take a look around the place we’re staying. A broad horizon of sea is interrupted by a craggy outcrop of rocks and black sand that seems to stretch for miles. I’ve reached the halfway point of a round-the-world: New Zealand - taking the Akra bag with me. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I’m travelling with my partner Rene who is also using the Akra, so between us, we have two of these packs for a four-month trip. And that's it -- no...

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The gear you’ll want to take on your next trip away.

The gear you’ll want to take on your next trip away.

We’re always on the hunt for gear that makes travelling easier. How many of us have spent hours not sleeping on the plane, or been charged a fortune by our bank for using our cards abroad? Here are ten ideas we love that’ll make your next trip faster, cheaper and lighter. 1. Monzo Card Time was, we’d take money out of the ATM and pray that our bank didn’t charge too much in extra charges. My Natwest card for instance, charges me £1 per transaction for using it in shops abroad. Not to mention the unspent cash I have to...

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Waterproof vs. Water Resistant - Which One to Pick?

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Waterproof vs. Water Resistant - Which One to Pick?

The key differences between waterproof and water-resistant bags “Are you looking for a waterproof bag, sir?” the sales assistant asked me. The truth is, I didn’t really know the difference. Obviously waterproof what I thought I wanted, but that posed the question - would water resistant be good enough? And what are the advantages of choosing one over the other?  With so many bags on the market, I reasoned that it’s important to understand the difference between waterproof and water-resistant bags. So what makes a waterproof bag? In order for a bag to be truly waterproof, it needs to be...

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