Pop UP PACK

ultralight + structured 

 

Problem
Although simple, most daypacks provide no structure.
We're talking REI's iconic Flashpack or Cotopaxi's loud Luzon.
The benefit of having a packable bag is great for traveling light,
but carrying a saggy, formless pack isn't for me.

Can a packable daypack also be structured?

I'm using kid's pop-up tents + photography reflectors as my starting point.
Collapsable, storable, structured. The function is there; we just need a different scale, pattern, and application.

Sketching

What forms could be made with lightweight ripstop and thin wire framing loops?
What's relevant and on brand for the company?

Prototyping

I pulled the wires from some folding frisbees off Amazon to play with. 

I made a few patterns in Illustrator and made a small prototype.
The gif to the right is a pop-up fanny pack. It's no backpack, but a start. 

Next steps

Continued prototyping and exploration of patterns. 
Increase scale, source ribbing wires, add straps + trims. 

Stay tuned.

 

Taking inspiration from Coleman's kid's tent. I hear turtle shells are trending.

Taking inspiration from Coleman's kid's tent. I hear turtle shells are trending.

Form explorations. I'm learning towards a tapered base with three wires to create four panels. 

Form explorations. I'm learning towards a tapered base with three wires to create four panels. 

Success. After two prototypes, the third yields promising results. Add a zipper and webbing, and we've got ourselves a pop up fanny pack. Next, I'll scale up and tighten up patterns for a 20L pack.

Success. After two prototypes, the third yields promising results. Add a zipper and webbing, and we've got ourselves a pop up fanny pack. Next, I'll scale up and tighten up patterns for a 20L pack.