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Trekpak organizes camera gear with innovative storage system

The TrekPak is designed to fit easily and snugly in the Deuter backpack
The TrekPak is designed to fit easily and snugly in the Deuter backpack
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TrekPak lets you equip a standard backpack with an advanced organization system
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TrekPak lets you equip a standard backpack with an advanced organization system
TrekPak says that its patent-pending pin system is easier and more functional than Velcro
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TrekPak says that its patent-pending pin system is easier and more functional than Velcro
TrekPak is working on systems for Deuter Freeride Pro backpacks and Pelican hard cases
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TrekPak is working on systems for Deuter Freeride Pro backpacks and Pelican hard cases
A hard case fitted with a TrekPak
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A hard case fitted with a TrekPak
The pins are easy to remove and secure
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The pins are easy to remove and secure
The TrekPak is designed to fit easily and snugly in the Deuter backpack
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The TrekPak is designed to fit easily and snugly in the Deuter backpack
TrekPak has 15 different hard case sizes planned
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TrekPak has 15 different hard case sizes planned
TrekPak is starting with a Deuter pack and hopes to make systems compatible with other backpacks in the future
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TrekPak is starting with a Deuter pack and hopes to make systems compatible with other backpacks in the future
TrekPak was inspired by the need to organize photography gear and transport it comfortably into the field
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TrekPak was inspired by the need to organize photography gear and transport it comfortably into the field
While TrekPak was inspired by photography, it could help any backpacker keep his gear organized
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While TrekPak was inspired by photography, it could help any backpacker keep his gear organized
Fit the TrekPak in the backpack, adjust the dividers for your gear, and travel wherever your journey takes you
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Fit the TrekPak in the backpack, adjust the dividers for your gear, and travel wherever your journey takes you
Fit your camera and lenses snugly and securely
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Fit your camera and lenses snugly and securely
When you don't need to organize your gear neatly, pull the TrekPak out and use your backpack without it
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When you don't need to organize your gear neatly, pull the TrekPak out and use your backpack without it
TrekPak has 15 different hard case sizes planned
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TrekPak has 15 different hard case sizes planned

Sometimes you don't have to reinvent the wheel; you just have to add a more functional inflation valve or lightweight spoke. That's the direction that TrekPak takes in redesigning the photography backpack. The start-up uses a new, simple type of hardware to make organizing your camera gear fast, easy and secure.

A camera backpack with configurable compartments is nothing new, in and of itself. What TrekPak brings to the table is a patent-pending pin system built into an organizer that's retrofitted to a regular backpack or hard case. So, instead of buying a dedicated photography backpack, you can get a regular backpack or carry case and outfit it with the TrekPak system.

Trekpak adds custom compartments to your backpack when you have a lot of gear to organize, but can be pulled out and left at home when you don't need that level of organization. A regular backpack doubles as a sophisticated photography pack, reportedly making the TrekPak more comfortable and versatile than other photography backpacks.

Denver-based TrekPak also says that its pin-based system is superior to existing Velcro systems. The hardware consists of padded nylon walls and dividers with multitudes of holes on top. You can arrange walls in whatever way you need and then lock them in place with u-shaped pins. Slide, divide and secure. While TrekPak is built with photography in mind, the system can be useful to anyone with a lot of gear that needs to be neatly organized.

The pins are easy to remove and secure
The pins are easy to remove and secure

Of course, since backpacks and hard cases are different sizes and shapes, TrekPak is designing its organizers for specific packs. Currently the company is working on models for men's and women's Deuter Freeride Pro backpacks, as well as 15 different Pelican hard cases. The TrekPaks fit snugly within those models and are easy to install and remove. TrekPak hopes to add systems for additional backpack and hard case models in the future.

TrekPak recently kicked off a Kickstarter campaign looking for funding to finalize design, purchase materials and begin manufacturing. The company plans to get the product launched at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona in May. The men's Deuter backpack with TrekPak system will retail for US$250, and the women's version will cost $220.

The video below shows the TrekPak system in action. About 2/3 of the way through, you might want to mute your computer if loud, obnoxious electronic music is something you try to avoid.

Source: Kickstarter

2 comments
socalboomer
GREAT idea! Simple (which is always good), robust. . . very nice, ladies!
Joris van den Heuvel
If you're the type that's constantly re-organising their camera bag, this sounds like a great idea. For me, a steady layout works fine. I have 3 bags and 2 cases, all laid out, all different sizes, for different occasions.