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$36 Backpack Vs. $990 Backpack

$36 Backpack Vs. $990 Backpack
we are back with worth it lifestyle season four we did it i have not been here for any of the other ones all right i'm taking credit as our co-host we have jennifer rutarello my good friend what's up today we're doing

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s so we're gonna start off with a what's in my

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tour all right hell yeah what do you got well i always like to keep my toiletries in there my laptop an extra pair of socks and or underwear depending on what's happening i find that so fast some type of toy i like to keep the essentials very important products you have money from i went to london earlier this year that's enough out of me what's happening in your neck of the woods laptop of course my creative journal which i keep within the plastic wrapping very midwestern mom of you it makes me feel at home i have my personal journal and my bible and what i carry with me all the time this is my protractor set what do you use that for you just never know when you need a straight edge that's all i rarely do you ready hit the road i'm so ready let's do it oh by the way we got annie and he loves

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s she don't know just so many she's a

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feeling as many

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s as i have kids today on with a lifestyle we're gonna be trying three

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s actually drastically different price points to find out which one is the most worth it at its price worth it baby it feels good to hear you say that i like knowing exactly what we're doing...
36 backpack vs 990 backpack
what's cool about

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s is that they're a gender-neutral option that i think can be dressed up or dressed down because they're so versatile off the flipping tumble off to flip a tumble hi i'm eva this is heathole we're co-founders of flip and tumble we're here in our studio today and we're going to check out our compactable

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flip and tumble great name uh where do they come from so our first product compacts down into a little ball basically you're flipping the fabric into that ball the ball can kind of tumble around in your purse or every day bag and split and tumble i thought you guys were just like big fans of gymnastics sorry we're not a gymnastics studio can you tell us a little bit more about the

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we're gonna be seeing today so we were gonna show you guys our full-size

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the

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is actually made out of a material called rpet it's a really neat material made out of ground up plastic bottles it's really nice because it diverts plastic from the landfill and it also allows us to make the

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using less energy it doesn't rip no problems with that it actually has a rip stop pattern in the fabric and those checkers keep any small holes from increasing in size it also looks like it's pretty easy to wash yes all of our products we make sure they are all machine washable once a bag is like hit like an airport bathroom right it's like a little bit dodgy after that it was really...
36 backpack vs 990 backpack
important that this worked for lots of different things traveling hiking if you're heading to the gym and you just want to stash some sneakers but we also wanted it to be compactable so you could just stash it in a suitcase and you always just have this extra bag handy designing a bag like this can you just walk us through the process so when we go to design a bag we usually start with a need we see first thing we do is start just sketching where we can quickly iterate a whole bunch of ideas and see which ones we like and the next thing we do is we like to make these little paper models and fabric models so we can start to see how those forms look in 3d then we'll start making full-size prototypes give them out to users and then get feedback just do that until we feel like okay we've got a good product now jen let's let's try the

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s okay so we're gonna try packing the

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now should we race let's do it okay we need a countdown you can put it in a

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to carry two

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s mm-hmm yeah and i can put it in my bra i love things like this just just i think you're too bold it's right in there and what's nice is it actually frames the face i'm actually amazed at how easily these buckles fit in there i was kind of worried they would be disruptive to the process but it's designed very well everything fits i'm going to put the stuff that i would carry around on a day-to-day basis is that is that what you carry around...
36 backpack vs 990 backpack
with you uh i have more hold on okay there you go okay see versatile oh

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s how do i look jen you look cool the silver looks really good because it matches your outfit my outfit my hair it is crazy how much you can fit in this it is really comfortable actually they actually have this sample

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that can hold the maximum weight and it is a 35 full pound bag of sand oh my god would you ever pack your

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this heavy no wouldn't it yeah no i'm not trying to be funny this is legitimately hard for me to stand this

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can handle the weight i cannot handle the weight but the

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is handling the weight very well all right off in new york flip tumble what do you think the fact that it had straps it had buckles and it could still be rolled up is pretty cool

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back oh we're doing that okay hell yeah an early version of the modern

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was the book strap which was really just a leather belt that held your books together you could then just throw the bundle over your shoulder kids use these for their school books from the 1900s through the 1930s anyone who's been to like a public school knows that like the textbooks you get are giant and always hardcover and they weigh 75 pounds nowadays you like read textbooks on tablets yeah you can read ebooks now but it's not the same no it's not so where's our next location we're going to a tech oriented background a tech oriented all i'm gonna say my

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is pretty low...
tech but i do always try to carry around some type of charger some type of electronics oh you might like this bag you think so okay teaser alert my interest it is peaked my name's shane mcquade i'm the founder of voltaic systems and today we're going to look at the off-grid

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we started the company about 15 years ago with the solar

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the original idea i was actually living in spain and i had this big clunky charger that i was carrying around in my bag getting lots of sun but but never actually pulling this thing out and i realized you know somebody should stick that panel on the outside of the bag if you were to explain to a child how solar works how would you explain it okay us yeah so we start with the solar panel itself we're using sun power cells when sunshine hits that material it throws off an electron that gets captured by the wires and those wires channel that electricity back to a power bank all of the bag is designed around that panel and the battery and we've got it in a side pocket you can sort of swing the bag around take your phone out plug it back in without necessarily taking the bag off this thing is totally like rain proof like you could take it out in the middle of like a storm and it'd be like super chill you can yeah okay the bag is made from recycled soda bottles actually so it's a waterproof fabric the panels themselves are really tough we threw one off a six-story building just to see how it would go and it was...
fine we've also driven my car over the panel and at least on a flat surface it's fine who are the clients out that are buying this

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well there's all the peace corps volunteers writing to us every day saying i'm going to be in this village with no electricity for the next year and then there's a whole bunch of people doing a humanitarian work doctors running around after an earthquake yeah without power nothing's working they need to be able to communicate and so it's really useful there so where do you see the future of solar there's still a billion people that don't have any electricity a small panel can run a cell phone and a light and really change your life first impressions i was surprised at how you don't even know there's a solar panel here wow this is a really deep water bottle holder too how deep it's pretty deep it's like halfway up my forearm also it's just a deep hole this reminds me of your

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my

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currently is like pretty large but it's like a fabric

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this one has like structural integrity i feel like would make it a little bit more comfortable when carrying heavy stuff wow that's like a big tongue there's a lot of pockets in here too where you could put like pens like little notepads and the side pockets have their own little pouches wow okay i have an idea jen yeah let's create a hybrid jen steven

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amazing um do you think you want to put in this little...
compartment here yeah oh of course yes no no you know what you should go sunglasses pouch why didn't we think of that you got to keep these safe too with the hard shell exterior oh we got a straight tampon here hold up uh thanks buddy okay maybe oh yes i have some candy candy of course i think we can shut him up wait my protractor said oh okay yeah put that in there i think the real test is its ability to actually charge charge okay boom string the cords through a little hole and yeah charging green yeah look at that it is a big

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i will say that it's it's large but the nice thing is there is a smaller model so i could get a smaller size if i wanted to do you want to try it out i really wanted to get it on i mean yeah that's the perfect size for a

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for me yeah this actually i feel like this looks really good i wouldn't look twice like if i saw this i'd be like yeah it's a

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you would look twice i would look twice because i'd be like where can i get me one of those what's next buddy

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fact oh my goodness i forgot and also andrew's here now hi as

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s got bigger and bigger so did concerns that they were hurting kids back so the industry started making wheeled

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s wow i'm jealous that like i never had one in high school i think my back is like you know eight years older than it should be also fun fact both of our

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s that we've seen so far the first two are all made out of recycled...
materials that is super cool what's next on the agenda buddy okay so on the agenda we're going to take a road trip all the way to rhode island to see a very special handmade

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that's awesome oh it's a road trip yeah road to rhode island rhode island yeah hi i'm lindy mcdonough i'm the creative director and co-founder of load of leather in providence rhode island and we're going to be looking at handmade leather

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s today we use a fully wet white base leather so that means that there's no chemicals no formaldehyde no chromium we guarantee all the bags for life you have a lifetime guarantee yes or a leather bag yes that sounds crazy to me every part of our bags are designed to be fixed and serviced you're investing in one from us and we're going to take care of it for life for you we also design them in the way that they're going to patina and look better the joke is when they're brand new it's like the worse they're going to look and they're going to get better and better as you use it oh that is so cool yeah oh my god forgive me for my lack of vocabulary but the word patina can you just explain patina patina is like our favorite word that we use it kind of tells the story of everywhere you've been so when you put it down on the ground or the oils from your hands they'll start to like yeah the color will change right yeah so we make a couple different

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s but today we're going to go...
through the making of the knapsack which is one of our newer

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s the

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has 48 pieces in it so we're cutting 48 pieces out of one skin all the little parts are stitched they go over to turn and burn they essentially are tying hand-tied knots and then burning the thread tucking them back into the hole and then they smooth the leather over it so it holds the stitch forever all of the pieces go back and forth with stitching and assembly until the bag is finished all handmade all handmade that's insane we're not trying to be the biggest company or we are trying to make the best bags the vision behind the company was to create a great job for artists we do a 30-hour work week with full benefits and health care and then a lot of them have their studio practice outside of that whoa yeah this is so cool it's very heartwarming i'm just like happy okay so this knapsack obviously went through many hands took a long time to make how much does it cost it costs 990 but 990. for one

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for the rest of your life seems pretty good price of a cup of coffee each day for one year cool so you can pay in coffee are these

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s that you can bring like the beach is that okay yeah i bring my tote bags to the beach all the time i think the more you beat up our bags the better they look so i'm not precious about them they should get used okay that's good because they're amazing if you buy something that expensive i'm always scared to use it no...
sneakers or i don't know how to use it listen we came here to beat the crap out of all your products you should totally i'm gonna fight some leather bags patina before we begin patina patina new word of the day things that get better with time name some uh wine dogs human beings usually and leather

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s leather

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s okay what a natural transition first impressions of this

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go i think it's just a beautiful

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it looks classy it also just looks very very strong somehow really good it does smell good my

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smells like old chips it's actually not that heavy but it has like a heftiness to it that i appreciate like you when you pick it up you respect it yeah when you open it up the smell comes out even more let's fill her up laptop i'm gonna put my travel bag which is vibrating right now because the razor is on why is the razor on turn it off some snacks let's see how it feels it has all the essentials the protractor set tampons and a laptop okay so we're definitely gonna have to adjust these straps a little bit can you do it i can't see you wanna make it shorter right yeah a little shorter okay thanks i can't totally see it but i feel like it's gotta look cool yeah that's cool i could definitely do some damage with this thing too if i really wanted to you want to try it on yeah i do actually okay i really want to try it it is just a beautiful

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it's hard to say anything else functional and...
beautiful just like us it's really bad because i really want this bag now like i i hate this show if this one isn't for you there's just like a range of different

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s you can get so here's the zipper

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it's got like more of a youthful feel it's like i could see picture students using it or like very wealthy young children i'm just going to say i think this is the most beautiful blue color i've ever seen right this is so beautiful it's more of a grab-and-go type bag oh and you can pull the straps like this and then you have a little sling bing bada-boom i do this doesn't feel right i have a lot of confidence in like these bags in terms of their utilitarian purpose but i also just feel like it's very special like the emotional investment you'll get out of getting something that's handmade and is done with such care it just becomes even more special for what it like means to you as time passes yeah it becomes a part of you yeah wow this this

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adventure took us from california to new york to now providence rhode island i think we've uh grown a little bit in our patina we've patinaed up hard baby all right i gotta ask jen what

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was the most worth it to you at this given price point this is a really really hard question if i'm honest it's probably low tough just because i tend to keep things for as long as possible so if i were to get a bag like that i know i would take very good care...
of it and like just grow with that bag as silly as that sounds i get it i just feel so bougie what is your worth at winter steven okay voltaic that bag i feel like is me as a

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it's true fun functional cool tech chemistry but i live in the big apple there's big apple stores there's energy everywhere and for that reason flipping tumble is the best bag for me right now totally and it is my worth of winner you got to be economical about space when you're living in a place like new york city right annie where's the winner you're worth it winner thanks for taking me along this journey friend hopefully we can have you back i'd love to come back all right cool we're gonna walk home now oh my god oh my god no come back you