I have finally gotten the first small batch of improved electronics enclosures for Stokemonkey. These should resolve the troubles that caused me to stop shipping product early in December. It took a surprising number of revisions to get it right, and to be honest this first small batch still has a nit or two that we’ll design out of future batches.
The bags are made here in Southeast Portland by Beckel Canvas, another local business we’re pleased to support. Beckel makes Duluth Pack or even Rivendell’s house bags seem like Abercrombie & Fitch. Old School without the K! As much as we love canvas, though, we opted for impermeable vinyl truck tarp (the same as Ortlieb bags), because the bag doubles as a fender, protecting Stokemonkey from road spray.
The bag may be of interest to regular Xtracycle users, too, as a place to put things that don’t like to get lost, wet or smooshed in the main cargo areas. Tools? Camera? Electronics for lighting or audio? There’s a seam along the front bottom edge sealed only with velcro for wire access.
Current tiny stock is spoken for (I’ll try to ship before I depart for China in a few days); I’ll announce general availability separately.