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Organize those everyday objects that tend to float around your bags and pockets, and keep them handy across multiple bags.
Organize those everyday objects that tend to float around your bags and pockets, and keep them handy across multiple bags.
65 backers pledged $3,550 to help bring this project to life.

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Orbit Bag—A quick-attach pouch that orbits around your bags

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Just like smaller planets orbit larger ones, the Orbit Bag was created as a small bag to easily attach to any backpack or bag. It carries your everyday gear and provides the flexibility to dock it on any strap, belt, handle or tube. Inspired by astronauts, but built for cyclists, the Orbit Bag gravitates your daily gear as we all orbit around the sun every day. Made with durable Cordura and tear-proof ripstop into a tough bag that can withstand the gravity of even the largest backpack. 

Using a heavy-duty velcro attachment strap, the Orbit Bag can easily be attached to any backpack or bag straps without having to fuss with removing straps or adjusting sliders. This makes installing and removing the Orbit Bag quick and easy, and facilitates switching it between whatever bag you are using that day. 

Two-Strap Backpack
Two-Strap Backpack
Single-Strap Messenger Bag
Single-Strap Messenger Bag

Additionally, there is a pass-through that allows a horizontal belt to be threaded through, allowing the Orbit Bag to function as a hip pouch or fanny pack.

Hip Belt
Hip Belt

Velcro does lose some of its strength over time, however by sandwiching 3 velcro flaps together, the forces pull laterally and will remain strong even after extended use. 

Heavy-Duty Quick-Attach Velcro Strap
Heavy-Duty Quick-Attach Velcro Strap

A front zipper panel gives you immediate access to small objects, and can be opened with one hand, such as while riding your bike or otherwise being on the go.

Quick Access Zipper
Quick Access Zipper

For complete access to your gear, the roll top gives a full access to even your largest items. Just make sure to get 2 folds before securing the velcro to ensure nothing falls out. 

Full Access Roll Top
Full Access Roll Top

And finally, a key ring or clipping or tying on your keys or small tags. 

Key Ring
Key Ring

Functionality is key when your bags and gear are launched into intensive use. Providing durable versatility makes the Orbit Bag capable of handling whatever your mission calls for. 

Orbit Features Front
Orbit Features Front
Orbit Features Back
Orbit Features Back

Constructed out of incredibly durable technical performance fabrics, the Orbit Bag is built to last a long time. If you do end up washing your bag, gently hand wash it and never put it in a dryer! It will melt!

Materials
Materials

The Orbit Bag is available in 3 color options, each with a space age theme. 

Solar White

Lunar Black

Astral Reflective

Orbit Solar–White with Black Details
Orbit Solar–White with Black Details
Orbit Lunar–Black with White Details
Orbit Lunar–Black with White Details
Orbit Astral–Black with 3M Reflective
Orbit Astral–Black with 3M Reflective

The Orbit Bag was originally built for cyclists, following courier bag trends and based upon some of the successes and failures out on the market. 

Orbit for Cyclists
Orbit for Cyclists

Sized just perfectly to hold various pens, pencils, and markers, the Orbit Bag is a great way to carry a couple creative supplies to knock out some work on the go. 

Orbit for Creatives
Orbit for Creatives

And finally, the Orbit Bag is a great bag for commuters and travellers of all kinds. Being able to quickly access your small items, detaching it when you have to check your luggage or put it in the overhead bins, and keeping your valuables in plain sight to prevent pickpocketing!

Orbit for Commuters
Orbit for Commuters

Supporting local manufacturers was a very important attribute of developing this product, and hopefully you see some value in it as well. It did increase price compared to producing the Orbit Bag overseas, however, this allows a tighter control of quality, and additionally supports the highly skilled local craftspeople in this incredible city.

Locally Made in Chicago
Locally Made in Chicago

I have partnered with a local manufacturer who specializes in soft protective cases. Having gone through a progression of samples and changes, we have been working closely to dial in every detail to the highest and most thorough extent. 

Manufactured by Custom Case Co. in Chicago
Manufactured by Custom Case Co. in Chicago

A huge part of what makes the Orbit Bag unique is the branding and puns intended. Having started with the metaphor of a smaller bag orbiting a larger bag, I was inspired by the brand identity of NASA and the visual and aesthetic language of space suits and space shuttles. 

Brand Development
Brand Development

Every Orbit Bag will feature an embroidered patch with the official Orbit insignia. These are also available individually if you want to sew it onto an existing bag or clothing item. 

Final Embroidered Patches
Final Embroidered Patches

This is the attachment bag that started it all. I originally used this small drawstring bag to hold a small pair of gloves and a skull cap during the fall and spring, when weather was unpredictable. I found it incredibly handy to have an extra pair of gloves just in case it got too cold to ride bare handed. 

Inspiration Story
Inspiration Story

Eventually I found it helpful to always keep a couple useful items attached to my bag. Usually just a set of tire levers, a bike tube patch kit, a small first aid kit, a small roll of duct tape, and a small pocketknife. The drawstring and slider made it incredibly easy to remove the pouch to transfer to a different bag. However, there was still plenty of room for improvement. 

Story of Development
Story of Development
Prototyping Feature Arrangements
Prototyping Feature Arrangements
Prototyping Zipper Mounting and Seams
Prototyping Zipper Mounting and Seams
Prototyping Construction
Prototyping Construction
Prototypes
Prototypes

I went through extensive prototyping while developing the Orbit Bag. I originally was exploring a double-sided roll top bag, similar to the dry bags used in water-sports. The clips on the roll closures served as the attachment to whatever straps the bag was to be mounted on. However, this was not ideal, and I began developing a better way to quickly attach to various straps. I explored a variety of different patterns of constructions, sizing, and feature arrangements. Ultimately, after working closely with my manufacturing partner, I arrived at a construction that is both functional and affordable to produce. 

Overview Selection of Prototypes to Final
Overview Selection of Prototypes to Final

While most of the upfront work of design and development for the Orbit Bag has been completed, the job is still not finished. With your help and funding, materials and parts can be ordered, dies can be created to cut the fabric, and production can begin. While the materials are relatively inexpensive, most of the cost comes from labor because these bags take a while to make. I will be working hard to ensure you receive your order before mid-June and are ready to Orbit!

Risks and challenges

This is my first time using Kickstarter and facilitating the production/ manufacture of a product. The main risk and challenge will be in shipping orders on time. I am currently finishing my senior year of an industrial design and graphic design degree, so my time may be limited. However, I will be working closely with my manufacturing partners to ensure high quality and on time orders.

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    Welcome to Space

    A huge thank you! A card featuring personal documentation and instructions for entering orbit.

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    Badge Patch

    The Orbit Bag insignia, and your badge to get in!

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    Orbit Bag—Solar—White

    The classic Orbit Bag in durable white Cordura fabric, with black nylon straps, metal hardware and the Orbit patch.

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    • Orbit Bag Solar
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    Orbit Bag—Lunar—Black

    Turn to the dark side with the black Orbit Bag color option. Constructed with durable Cordura, nylon straps, metal hardware, and the Orbit patch.

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    • Orbit Bag Lunar
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    Orbit Bag—Astral—3M Reflective

    Travel at lightspeed with this high visibility reflective 3M fabric Orbit Bag. Constructed with durable black Cordura, black nylon straps, metal hardware, and the Orbit patch.

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    • Orbit Bag Astral
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