Born out of a desire to make products that do more than initially meets the eye, the 20 Liter Retroreflective Wireframe Daypack is something that I have been working on for over two years. Through countless design iterations and prototypes I have finally achieved my initial goal; create a backpack inspired by utility for the modern city goer.
The backpack itself us made of retroreflective polyurethane. Polyurethane is the same material that fake leather is made of, which means it is a much stronger and more durable option than most other reflective fabrics used today. Retroreflective polyurethane has been almost exclusively used for small patches, lash tabs, or other small details on products. In this application, polyurethane provides a great external fabric for a bag irrelevant to the fact that it is also highly reflective and visible.
Design Elements Explained
Framed backpacks date all the way back to the late 1800's in Norway. Back then the frame was bulky and made of wood. Although a different design, the goal was the same; to disperse the weight of the pack throughout your entire body thus alleviating the shoulders from supporting everything. Framed backpacks have traditionally been saved for much larger backpacking backpacks, but we saw no reason to not design a wireframe for a smaller urban pack. We are extremely pleased with the result, which is a structured pack that feels much lighter than expected.