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Recently Backed on Kickstarter

A camera/travel backpack, hiking trousers and a Climate Neutral certification

Another recent batch of projects backed on Kickstarter, these seem to come in threes where I back one project, then discover another two, then decide that’s probably enough commitments for now.

Climate Neutral

The first campaign to hit my inbox this time round is to launch a global certification for products who’s companies have measured, reduced and offset their carbon footprint.

Peak Design founder and CEO recently announced:

"Today, we join 40 other brands to announce a new standard of corporate sustainability: Climate Neutral Certified. When you see this label, it means the company displaying it takes responsibility for their greenhouse gas emissions by measuring, reducing, and offsetting them. In other words, they choose to pay the costs we all must bear in order to stop global warming. They do it not because they have to, but because it’s the right thing to do."

Pledge from just $5 to help make a difference. The campaign runs till December 13th and is currently 65% funded so if you like the idea of identifying and supporting companies and products that operate responsibly then please consider heading supporting this initiative.

Yet Another Backpack (but with Peter McKinnon Awesomeness)

It won’t be a surprise for anyone that knows me more than a little to hear that I may have a slight backpack problem. I know there is no one backpack out there that will fulfil every role I have for a backpack without the benefits of it for one activity outweighing it’s shortcomings for another. So I have (too?) many bags (and simultaneously not enough), each fulfilling a certain need but there are still some gaps in my bag arsenal.

Photo bags, that also carry non-photo stuff, is top of the list, as is hiking backpacks that can also carry camera kit (including a tripod and/or gimbal in both cases).

So I’m browsing YouTube a few evening’s ago (pretty standard) and there is the answer to the next backpack that I absolutely, totally 100% need, and it’s the collaboration between Peter McKinnon and Nomatic. A photographer I admire and trust and a brand who’s products I am interested in and understand to be of great quality and attention to detail.

I’m hooked so after watching the product video I backed the project immediately. Head over to Kickstarter to see why. Going to be a long wait till April next year and no doubt a sore point when it goes through customs but hopefully that will quickly be forgotten.

Hiking Trousers

As my interest in hiking renews, fresh from backing the backpack I then spotted the BN001 hiking pants from Beyond Nordic which seem like a pretty well thought out and robust piece of kit. Looking forward to trying them out on the trails next year.

Previously Backed Projects

I’m currently waiting on the Switchpod to arrive and seeing how I take to it as part of a filming/vlogging setup. The recently gave away a bunch of them at a filming conference which is a great marketing idea but it still grates me slightly that I backed their project and I (along with most everyone else that backed it) is still waiting for theirs to arrive.

Other than that a portable fire pit from Wolf and Grizzly should be arriving soon as well.