I’ll start this off by introducing a company you may or may not have heard of, Douchebags. The Norwegian company makes bags that are developed through a collaboration of skiers, snowboards, surfers, designers, engineers and airport baggage handlers. The idea is to build bags that are not only protective, but are lightweight, can adjust in length, have a compressible design and are innovative.
Now bring in professional freeskier and alpine ski racer Jon Olsson, who happens to be a founder of Douchebags, and a huge fan of carbon fiber. In fact, you may have seen his 800hp carbon fiber Audi R8 roaming around:
Partnering with Carbitex, Jon Olsson and Douchebags developed a prototype bag (Called the Carbon Concept) made out of a new flexible carbon fiber material for the ISPO show. The idea was to experiment with this new material. Normally when we think of a carbon fiber products, the carbon fiber has been impregnated with a resin and cured as a solid/hard piece. With the Carbitex material, it allowed them to use real carbon fiber, but the bag remains flexible, strong and lightweight.
Keep in mind that this is a concept right now, but a production version is in the works, with no word on pricing just yet. We’ll be sure to stay tuned.