Versatile, adaptable travel gear for mindful explorers
The WAYKS brand, founded in 2018 between Berlin and Sydney, has taken on the development of an all-in-one travel companion. The result is a modular and sustainably made travel and outdoor luggage series in urban design, which can cope with everyday life in the city as well as any adventure on the road.
WAYKS was developed for city explorers and outdoor adventurers whose diverse activities in different environments place varied demands on their travel gear. The WAYKS ONE backpack allows for minimalist travel by providing three flexible pieces of luggage in one bag. The WAYKS mission: promoting mindful exploration of our planet by equipping customers with sustainably made gear sourced from recycled materials. In addition to high functionality, the minimalist, well-thought-out design also meets the demand for aesthetic travel equipment that can be perfectly combined with your daily outfit instead of wearing it only a few times a year.
With the launch of their Kickstarter campaign in the fall 2018, the founders and siblings Leonie and Fabian Stein could prove that their concept hit a nerve. The bag reached its funding goal after only 24 hours.
THE 3-IN-1 PRINCIPLE
Designed for maximum flexibility of use, the WAYKS ONE transforms from a travel backpack into a smaller day pack and a separate camera/cooler bag or toiletry pouch within seconds. A strong zipper allows for separation of the lower insulated part, ‘The Cube’, from the upper part, the ‘Day Pack’, with a single hand movement.
THE DAY PACK
The upper part of the WAYKS ONE acts as the main storage space. It provides extra volume through a roll top closure which can be expanded from 25L to 40L. Two side pockets each have space for one 1.5L bottle. A clamshell opening on the back enables the backpack to be opened as a suitcase, allowing smooth packing and simple and fast access. The sturdy back section features a padded 16″ laptop compartment, a document sleeve and four mesh pockets. Additionally, a side zipper enables quick access to the laptop pocket. The detachable back panel has been specially designed for travelling and longer wear. Its soft padding provides relief for stressed back areas and thus maximum comfort when carrying full loads. The ergonomic and padded straps can be adjusted in height and position to ensure perfect fit for different body torsos.
For those seeking a cleaner, understated look in urban environments, the back padding can be removed in a few easy steps and the padded straps replaced by simple, narrow straps. In addition to the classic WAYKS ONE ORIGINAL (45L), a more compact version, the WAYKS ONE COMPACT (28L), identical in all functions, has been introduced this June.
The robust bottom compartment separates dirty, wet or fragile items from the rest of the luggage. ‘The Cube’ (7L) functions as a hip bag in combination with a padded hip belt or as a shoulder bag with a matching shoulder strap. Thanks to its special insulation, the Cube keeps drinks and food cool or warm. The ‘Cube Inlay’, a flexible divider, was specially developed for the safe transport of sensitive camera equipment or for dividing up hygiene items.
WAYKS aims to inspire busy consumers to escape from their hectic city lives and equip them with fair and sustainably made outdoor gear. All WAYKS backpacks are made of PFC-free and predominantly recycled fabrics and materials, which results in significant savings in CO2 emissions, oil and water consumption compared to conventionally produced backpacks. To ensure that workers are fairly paid and can work under good conditions, all luggage and its accessories are produced at the VAUDE Viet Nam production site, which is approved by bluesign® and the Fair Wear Foundation. The long-term goal of WAYKS is not only to use recycled materials but to develop products so that they are 100% recyclable. In the future, WAYKS will continue to develop a range of well-thought-out travel equipment for everyday life and on the road. The first sustainably produced apparel collection, consisting of jackets, raincoats and a new interpretation of the classic, zip-off hiking pants is already in the planning stage.