Sometimes the solution to a centuries old problem can pop up in the oddest place – in this case, an amazing solution to back pain was literally sitting right before our eyes for the entire time.
According to studies by Italian researchers in 2016, over 60% of backpack users have acute or chronic back pain. Remy was no different.
Remy has been a digital nomad since 2016 and as a freelance programmer, he has travelled to nearly 50 countries. He would spend the summers in the beautiful old cities of Europe and the winters on the beaches of Thailand. It was the perfect life. Except for one problem, that was affecting him more and more everyday. He had to carry his laptop with him everyday on his travels. It was putting a huge toll on his back.
It was also around this time he noticed fanny packs were becoming more and more popular. Fanny packs are great because they don’t put stress on the spine. The only issue was that they are only big enough to fit a phone.
However after doing some research he stumbled upon an ancient traditional Japanese belt called the “Obi” usually worn with the kimono that could be used to store and carry your larger belongings.
Remy decided to take less programming gigs and use his engineering degree to design a bigger fanny pack that could fit an entire 15” laptop.
He first made a prototype by hand. It looked great and worked like a fanny pack. However there was one issue. Since a laptop is much heavier than the contents of a fanny pack, the belt had to be designed better. It wasn’t comfortable to wear for a long time because the weight of laptop would tug on the belt.
After months of trying to figure out a better design for the belt. Remy had an epiphany moment. Unlike a Fanny pack, the “Obi” used a much thicker belt!
He quickly tested a new belt which was 4-inches thick and used a velcro securing system instead of a clip-buckle. This belt secured the bag perfectly and with this small adjustment, “Bagabon” the new laptop waist bag was finally born!
At first, he only made the bag for himself. However when many of his fellow entrepreneurs asked whether he can make one for them, he decided to offer it to the public!
He started a 30-day Kickstarter campaign and within 36 hours he had reached his funding goal, started mass production and now has sold the bag to customers in over 20 countries! More information can be found at https://bagabonbag.com