Travel Easier. Travel Better.
Introducing a new backpack with revolutionary rotating buckles.
Launching Summer 2017
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The Paq bag
With traveling the world more available than ever, we made a bag ideal for life on the road. Whether you are a digital nomad, business traveler, or college student backpacking for the summer, picking the right bag is crucial.
You need a bag that will optimize your travel experience, so after traveling half way across the world and living out of a backpack for two months, we designed a bag with features to make your next trip the best one yet.
Designed by Travelers, for Travelers
It’s a backpack, it’s a duffel bag, it’s the maximum allowable dimensions for carry on luggage.
Designed to be lived out of for the digital nomad. It is the last travel bag you will ever need.
It all started in 2010. Our founder had just started Architecture School, and he decided to sew himself a messenger bag for school. It was simple. The binding looked…passable, despite being sewn by hand without an edging guide. The whole thing had to be sewn on a baby blue $50 craigslist home sewing machine from 1960, because that is what he had. The sternum buckle was the centerpiece. Matthew made it from a piece of 1/8” Plate steel, and using only hand tools, he cut and bent the thing into shape. The crude buckle matched the bag perfectly, and everything about the project said “DIY,” but it got Matthew thinking about buckles and bags.
The Rotating Buckle
After using the bag for a couple of days Matthew came to the realization that the straps should have been sewn onto the bag at an angle. But what angle? While trying unsuccessfully to figure that out, he realized that the angle changed as the bag was worn. So, he went looking for a buckle to buy which allowed the straps to rotate right where they intersect the bag. He couldn’t find such a buckle, because it didn’t exist. So, he put his newly developed 3D designing skills to the task of inventing a rotating buckle. Through an iterative process the buckle went from a barely functional 3D-printed concept, to work of art capable of holding hundreds of pounds before breaking. Along the way, he applied for, and received a patent on the buckle. How cool is that?
In early 2016, Matthew was graduated, and he had moved to a new town. He was working to find a means of production for the buckles, and he was trying unsuccessfully to sell the design to bag manufacturers. Realizing that the buckle required a bag to be designed around it, he began again sewing bags. He bought a fancy industrial sewing machine, and made a few more ugly bags. This is where Alex came into the picture. Alex was working for an online outdoor retailer. He understood what the market wants when it comes to bags, and while he absolutely loved Matthew’s buckles, he wasn’t thrilled about the bags. He agreed to become a co-founder, and then he helped design an amazing travel backpack/duffel bag. The first prototype he lived out of during a 2 month trip to Peru, including a week long motorcycle tour, and the obligatory hike to Machu Pichu. He came back with some serious knowledge about how to improve the bag.
Alex went to a tradeshow, and came back with a sample of some amazing fabric. He worked with Matthew to design a pattern that made the bag more sleek, stylish, and eliminated the bending and sagging behavior of the previous designs. Matthew then drew up the pattern in CAD, cut out the pieces from the sample cloth, and sewed them together to make the winning design you see all over this site. A fortuitous encounter with someone in an online forum yielded a manufacturing contact in Vietnam, and Matthew caught a flight 2 weeks later, returning with a fully realized prototype, and a manufacturing supply chain for both the bags and the buckles. All the ducks are in a row, now it’s up to you, Dear Patron, sign up on the mailing list, tell someone else to do the same. Once we have enough “interest” based on signups, we can go live on Kickstarter and begin selling bags.
Alex is a 23 year old who lives in the awesome town of San Luis Obispo. Originally from Santa Cruz, he's been on the central coast for five years and loves to surf, hike, backpack, and explore. He finds inspiration through traveling and enjoys the challenges that come with experiencing this rad planet. He believes in seeking the uncomfortable and making the best out of any situation.
After finishing his master's degrees at the University of Michigan, Matthew moved to San Luis Obispo, CA, to start the Rotating Buckles company and teach part time at Cal Poly. He has been employed as a bicycle mechanic, he framed houses, and he was in the U.S. Navy Seabees. A deep love of the intersection between artistic expression and mechanical functionality is the driving force behind most of his endeavors.
With over 8 years experience in web design and development and a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics, Chase is always pursuing ways to improve online experiences by using data. Orginally from Colorado and currently living in San Luis Obispo, he finds joy in the outdoors, sports, traveling the world with his wife and hanging out on the beach with his two dogs.