Pika

A more inclusive pack

Objective

Design an ultra-light backpacking backpack that is adjustable, light weight, and inclusive of all body types.

Solution

Pika is a fully modular, ultra-light backpack that adjusts while the user is wearing the pack. It accommodates all body types, breaking the backpack binary and "shrink-it-and-pink-it" ideology.

Timeline

5 weeks, Winter 2018

GROUP PROJECT

3 person team

My contributions: ideation, prototyping, sketching, design research, product photography

 
 

design criteria

EASE OF ADJUSTMENT

With currently existing backpacking packs, adjusting lumbar support and shoulder padding to fit your specific body type and torso length is virtually impossible without removing your pack.

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COMFORT + INJURY PREVENTION

A poorly fit pack can not only slow you down, but it can also cause serious back and shoulder injury.

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INCLUSIVE

To make a backpack suited for the diversity of curvatures and dimensions of bodies of all genders, we can’t just shrink it and pink it.

 

How it works

 

Details

Double layered sliding shoulder panels allow for adjustability based on shoulder height

The frame is detached from the bag using simple velcro straps

Standard stuff sack is simple, light-weight, and functional

 

Product Specs

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Process

 

Research

Initial Prototyping

ADJUSTABLE LUMBAR SUPPORT

ADJUSTABLE STRAP HEIGHT

MODULAR PACK ATTACHMENT

 
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Final prototype

DETACHABLE PACK + WATERPROOF CARRIER

ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER PAD/STRAPS

ADJUSTABLE LUMBAR SUPPORT