Pumped Up

The clever folks at FREITAG have come up with a solution to the age-old problem of where to store your bulky suitcase: ZIPPELIN, a collapsible travel bag built around a bicycle inner tube. To celebrate its launch on Kickstarter, they're offering the chance to win one of their bags for yourself...

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We've long had a soft spot for FREITAG here at Grafik—the company, which was founded by graphic designers Markus and Daniel Freitag back in 1993, made its name with a range of stylish, practical and waterproof bags crafted from used truck tarpaulins. Since then, they've expanded their range to encompass over seventy products including bags, accessories and apparel that make clever use of recycled materials, even developing their own compostable textile back in 2014. 

FREITAG's latest product is ZIPPELIN, their first rolling travel bag, and true to form, it incorporates not only their signature truck tarps but also an innovative solution to the problem of weight and bulk that this kind of luggage can often pose. Leaving out the standard heavy metal frame, the FREITAG team drew instead upon their shared love of cycling and chose to use a standard 28-inch bicycle inner-tube to provide structure to the bag, keeping the weight low and allowing the ZIPPELIN to be deflated and packed away when not in use. As with all FREITAG bags, the recycled truck tarp fabric means that each ZIPPELIN is unique, hard-wearing and waterproof.

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To gauge demand for the new bags and avoid wasting resources, FREITAG decided to lauch ZIPPELIN on Kickstarter—the campaign runs until 12 October, and backers can pre-order their bags at a discount, for delivery in May 2018, just in time for their next summer holiday. In honor of ZIPPELIN's Kickstarter launch, FREITAG is giving away some of their favorite travel products—and we've got one of their handsome F511 SKIPPER bags to give away to a lucky Grafik reader.

To be in with a chance of winning, send an email with 'ZIPPELIN' in the subject box to giveaway@grafik.net, telling us the country in which all of FREITAG's bags are made (you can find the answer on their Kickstarter page). Deadline is Friday 6 October.

Please note that because all Freitag bags are one-offs, the bag that the winner receive will be different in colour and markings to the bag(s) featured here.

ZIPPELIN on Kickstarter

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The F511 Skipper bags—we've got one up for grabs for one lucky Grafik reader