We first came across Los Angeles, California, based Torch last August when we mentioned their Torch helmet which raised 233% of its funding target on Crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
Now they have another Crowdfunding project under way, this time for a backpack with built in LED panel, which they claim is the “largest bike rear light ever” and it wouldn’t surprise me if their claim was accurate.
Their product is a backpack with integrated rear light. The light is operated from a button on the strap, so can be controlled by the rider without having to stop and take the backpack off.
The backpack itself looks interesting, with 29 litres capacity, which is capable of holding everything you need and making sure that it stays dry.The interior is fully lined with a tarpaulin vinyl lining with woven core to resist tears.
The light from the LEDs is evenly dispersed using a 1mm thick fibre optic assembly. The fibre optics are waterproof, flexible and will last the lifetime of the backpack. The USB rechargeable light unit is easily removed for recharging or for cleaning of the bag.
You can see from the main photo that the panel is large and from the one on the left just how much more visible the cyclist wearing the backpack is, compared with the other cyclists with conventional rear lights.
The fold top gives the backpack a classic messenger style while offering the same waterproof closure as a typical roll-top backpack and the 1000 denier nylon outer and vinyl tarpaulin interior make this bag extremely waterproof.
The backpack with its integrated light is forecast to retail for US $199 but the first 150 early birds on the Crowdfunding site can get one for $99.
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