KangaTek GO

Personal Holder

Travel Spritely

I’m the guy who’s always checking to make sure I have my phone and keys when I go out for a run. Send me to an airport and I’m even more worried that my boarding pass or ID will lose its way. That’s why it’s easy for me to hop on board with the KangaTek GO.

Creators Martha McDaniel and Greg Menzel designed this slim shoulder sling with four zippered pockets for organizing and securing your valuables. Made from water-resistant neoprene, it has space for your wallet, cell phone, MP3 player, camera, keys and whatever else
you like to have handy. It doesn’t get in the way of your activities, so whether you’re skateboarding, walking a dog, or navigating on crutches, you can keep your valuables secure and accessible.

We heard about KangaTek from Mike Huebner, creator of Stuffitts moisture-absorbing shoe inserts. “I think it’s better than a backpack, better than a fanny pack, and certainly better than jamming everything into my pants,” Mike says.

He’s right. We all know what happens when you stuff your pockets. It leads to the inevitable pocket pat-down, when you can’t remember which pocket has your phone or keys and have to turn out every one to find what you need. With the KangaTek GO, there’s a place for everything, hands-free and hassle-free.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Martha

    Greetings! We at KangaTek™ are excited to be featured on the Daily Grommet! As professionals, parents, athletes, and avid travelers, we love wearing the super comfortable KangaTek™ GO sling bag to keep your essentials—cell, money, keys, ID, camera—close, secure and hands-free everywhere we go. My name is Martha; I'm a co-founder of KangaTek™ and here to answer your questions.

  • Bill
    11/4/2010 12:13 PM

    This seems like a good idea, but I really don't want to wear a kangaroo so prominently on my chest. If the logo were on the bottom of the bag I would find it much more appealing.

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/4/2010 12:28 PM

    Thanks for your comment. We value all customer feedback. Our logo kangaroo represents secure transport of one's most valuable daily essentials.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/4/2010 12:39 PM

    I like how slim this is. I have seen other sling packs but the pack portion is very bulky. I could see using this for an SLR camera accessory bag. I don't have a lot of accessories, but I do have an extra lens, a Gorillapod, some lens filters and a lens hood. It would be great to have a hands-free solution for toting these along on a serious photo expedition!

  • Anthony
    Anthony – Grommet Team
    11/4/2010 1:50 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Never thought about using it for camera accessories. Might have to get one now :)

  • Brandon
    11/4/2010 1:43 PM

    Looks like an awesome product! What's the best way buy one? Online or retailer? Thanks!

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    11/4/2010 2:33 PM

    @Brandon: You can buy one right here at Daily Grommet! We discover, tell the story of and sell every Grommet we feature.

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/4/2010 1:53 PM

    Right here at the Daily Grommet!

  • Diane
    11/4/2010 2:02 PM

    I would love if this were made with some stretchy material that would adapt to larger-size items. Something that fit my Kindle or my son's iPad. I take the Kindle everywhere (you never where you're going to wait in lines!). And he'd definitely use it for his iPad, along with headphones, while mowing the lawn. Could there be a loop/hook on it for a water bottle?

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/4/2010 2:19 PM

    @Diane: we have a larger version in development!

  • Jonathan Swingle
    Jonathan Swingle
    11/4/2010 2:08 PM

    Hi Martha!

    As the son of an engineer, and one who has that bent naturally in my thought process, I see an inexpensive but essential improvement to consider. I currently have a10 year old single shoulder Hedgren backpack, no longer made, adn more than I really need 99% of the time. It also could use this suggestion....

    a simple small Velcro loop/durable tie cords/clip near the waist area to attach it to a belt or belt loop would be helpful-I can see circumstances where it would swing a bit free(leaning over to that side or forward) and I know that when that happens, my backpack is both more likely to slip around to the front, and more likely to get snagged on something when in close quarters(nothing like knocking stuff down in stores with fragile items on display). Otherwise, great solution to the over-sized pack, much more acceptable to spouses than a fanny/waist pack, will let me avoid the dreaded "asleep hip and leg" that so many guys suffer with when on long drives with a wallet in their hip pocket. Well done!

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/4/2010 2:23 PM

    @Jonathan Swingle: Thanks! A small belt attachment is coming, which will be particularly useful for bicyclists. A lot of our cycling GO users wear the GO slung around on their backs like a messenger bag and cinched up tighter; this makes it very cycling friendly.

  • Jessica Koffman
    Jessica Koffman
    11/4/2010 2:11 PM

    Wow, it would be really cool to add messaging to these. Not just for corporate sponsorship (and branded promos). But also fun, spirited stuff for women – almost because they almost sit on the body like Miss America sashes. So it would be fun to play with girlier patterns but also with "Miss Organized" or "Miss Traveller" or "Miss See-the-World!" Can you tell I am a designer myself? ;) Anyway, great product and one that's definitely fun to think about!

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/4/2010 2:25 PM

    @Jessica Koffman: Great ideas! We currently offer the GO as a logo item for corporations, fund raisers, colleges, sports teams...I like your fun "gal" phrases for a Miss _____ sash :)

  • Karen van Nederpelt
    Karen van Nederpelt
    11/4/2010 2:12 PM

    Is there a waterproof version that would make it useful for kayaking or snowsports?

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/4/2010 2:28 PM

    @Karen van Nederpelt: the high density neoprene-like material itself is highly waterproof, but the seams and zippers are not. We suggest putting your electronics and water-sensitive belongings in a zip plastic bag for extreme water exposure.

    11/4/2010 2:22 PM

    looks good, but thinking in a higher level, if this is for sports or for professional use, would like to see some built-in reflectors either the material in the front and back or something thin, tracing the sides all around. I still want to be seen when walking/bicycling at dusk/dawn.

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/4/2010 2:33 PM

    @SQUEELonWOW: Good questions. The GO is for many uses: sports, travel, casual, professional...Our next manufacturing order will have a reflective option. In the meantime, we suggest applying a heat press reflective patch or pattern. Light Weights is one option; it's made from a highly reflective 3M material that when ironed onto the GO, comes out perfectly and does not flake off in the wash--just use a moderate temp on your iron. You can also clip a small blinking light or reflective disk to the GO.

  • Stephen
    11/4/2010 4:19 PM

    I am interested in a purchase,but you really can't tell the locations and size of each compartment

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/4/2010 5:28 PM

    @Stephen: Pocket 1 (with logo and ear bug hole) is approx 5.5" x 3" and holds an iPhone, Blackberry, iPod. Pocket 2 is approx 5.5" x 3.5". Pocket 3 is approx 10" x 4.5" and can hold a passport, small water bottle... Pocket 4 (at the back) is approx 11" x 3.5"--I like to put flat things, like a boarding pass, small map, tissues, event tix in here--then I can wear my GO while I'm driving or sitting in an airplane seat.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    11/4/2010 4:58 PM

    I am really enjoying the thoughtful conversation and questions about this Grommet. And I am happy this is our new team member Leonard's first video. He did this in his second week on the job! Much better than any early videos I made, that is for sure.

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/6/2010 1:26 PM

    Thank you Daily Grommet, viewers, and those who purchased a GO! You can continue to post your comments, discussion, suggestions. Where will you GO?

  • Leah Rehberg
    Leah Rehberg
    11/17/2010 4:29 PM

    I am looking to get this as a gift for a heavier person...how much does it adjust in length/how well would it work for a larger frame?

  • Martha
    Martha – Special Guest
    11/17/2010 10:57 PM

    @Leah Rehberg: The maximum length of the GO is 48". What size person this fits really depends on the individual's proportions. I have at least two customers who are around 350 lbs who wear their GOs comfortably.

  • Dewey
    7/12/2011 7:16 PM

    How can I be informed when larger pocket version of kangatec go is on the market@

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