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$9,463
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
124
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 23 2015 2:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

LIFE FIT 

You live an active life, a social life, a life that takes your from gym to office to concert on the green. You need one carry solution that fits all of your varied contexts.The XFR Tote is a minimal carry solution for your mobile life. 

Replace your gym bag, laptop case, and backpack with the XFR Tote.

The XFR Tote is a messenger bag, a shoulder bag, and a backpack.

It expands. It collapses. It keeps your stuff dry.

It moves you from workout to workday to rad weekends.

It even fits the most popular bike share systems.

Go ahead cram in as much as you’re willing to haul. The XFR Tote is carefully constructed from the highest grade 600D Double-Sided Tarpaulin. The clean corners are formed from prayer seams with bound internal edges for a sleek, strong design. This rock solid construction yields a crisp silhouette and the ability to stand open for easy loading. The bound seams are also near indestructible. The bottom of the bag is dual-layered for extra stiffness and durability. The handles are high-quality 4-bar nylon webbing that are both stitched and bar-tacked to the chassis. The webbing is soft to the touch and strong enough to tow your car. The handles feel great even under load. 

Quietly tucked next to handles are small loops to clip in additional straps. With just 2 clips, the tote becomes a messenger or shoulder bag. With four clips, the tote is a backpack. Oh, and we’ve minimized our branding. All printing is tone on tone and is confined to the bottom of the bag keeping the facades clean and uncluttered.

Expandable  

Pull up the internal cinchable skirt to expand the XFR Tote from 22 Liters to 32(!) Liters. Go ahead put ALL your groceries in, just put the eggs, bananas, and leafy greens at the top. 

Collapsible

The XFR Tote folds flat to 7.5” x 13” x 1.25” - about the size of a folded t-shirt. Tuck it into another bag or a desk drawer when it’s not needed. 

Configurable

XFR Tote converts to a backpack, cross-body (messenger) bag, and shoulder bag. Just snap the Gatekeeper Tensionlock clips into the webbing loops and you are good to go. 

Water Resistant 

Cinch the internal skirt closed once your groceries are loaded - no soggy baguettes. The skirt is a PU coated waterproof 70D nylon. The external 600D double-sided tarpaulin is a triple pass, HARDCORE material - it’s the same stuff that’s used to make inflatable boats.

Nigh Indestructible

The XFR Tote made from ultra-tough material, which is sewn together with bound internal seams, and is reinforced in all the right spots. It would make The Tick proud. 

Structured

Stands up for easy loading. Just plop it down. The XFR Tote will stand on it’s own with no fuss. 

Easy Access Org Pocket

Got some small items that you don’t want to get lost in the main compartment? Zip them into place right at the top. 

Iconic

The XFR Tote packs a ton of functionality into a crisp silhouette. The ultra-minimal aesthetic that works just as well in a client meeting as it does on a day at the beach. 

Configurations: Tote / Backpack / Messenger / Shoulder bag Bag

Dimensions: 7” x 13” x 14.5” 

Folded Dimensions: 7.5” x 13” x 1.25” 

Volume: 22 Liters - Expandable to 32 Liters 

Weight: 604 grams / 21 oz. 

Material: 600D Double Sided PU coated (non-PVC) Tarpaulin 

Strap Material: 1.5” 4-bar Nylon 

Clips: S.J. Gatekeeper Tensionlock® 

Anchors: 4-bar nylon webbing loops

We have a fascination with the invisible workhorse products that quietly enable the easy life. Paper clips, aspirin, claw hammers, perfectly mixed margaritas, and clothes hangers are evidence of hidden genius. So is the humble, brown, paper, grocery bag. The XFR Tote is inspired by the utilitarian grocery sack. We started with the iconic clean lines and uninterrupted surfaces of that humble archetype. From that beginning we sourced the highest grade performance materials, tuned proportions, and upgraded construction. The result is something which transcends the category of tote and becomes simply the ideal carry solution. 

We started with a strong bag paradigm and use case.  We focused our design efforts with the goal of creating a hyper-functional and ultra-durable carry solution. We perfected proportions, upgraded materials and added features. We worked hard to maintain clean lines and surfaces and minimize interruptions. Utilitarian features are tucked out of sight but ready when needed. Without close examination, you might not notice the double reinforced bottom panel, or the interior bound seams, hidden zipper pocket, or internal cinch-able skirt. These are our invisible workhorses which are designed to pay dividend over a lifetime of use. We added function where it was sensible and restrained ourselves from bells and whistles. What was a simple single-purpose shopping bag is now a solution for an entire lifestyle. 

The things you carry may be unique to your days but the Bike Share equipment is standard across many cities. So we designed a bag that allows you to grab and go -- to hop on a Bike Share in any of more than a dozen cities.

If you live in  SF, CHI, NYC, BOS, MSP, LON, MON, DC,TOR, MEL or SEA; bike share might already be your primary mode of transit. Unfortunately, the racks on the bikes in these cities are sub-optimal. The XFR Tote has been proportioned to perfectly fit the L-shape of the bike share front rack. The front panel of the XFR Tote is an inverted pocket which slots the bag neatly over the front rack. Just drop it on and you’re on your way to your next adventure. 

FILL IT WITH:

Your laptop, notes, and personal effects for the work day. 

The world’s most extravagant picnic. 

18 bottled beers and ice (we tested).

A prep kit for the upcoming zombie apocalypse.

A change of clothes and shoes for the gym.

A huge bouquet of flowers for your sweetie.

Diapers, wipes, creams, bottles, clothes, snacks and woobies

and of course, your groceries. 

THANKS

Big thanks to Nicholas Lea Bruno for his work on our campaign video. Check out his work here: http://www.leabruno.com/

ABOUT US

Following years as as bicycle messenger, Joe Urich attended California College of the Arts. He has been a designer or developer for Timbuk2, Rickshaw, and Incase. He currently teaches product design at California College of the Arts.

Jerome Daksiewicz was trained as an Architect at Ball State University. Professionally, he’s worked on large scale urban projects across the American West, and has led brand development for a number of startups. He founded Nomo Design in 2010 beginning with a single print.

Colin Owen was educated at Rice University and The Art Center College of Design. He founded Sparse Inc. an urban-mobility focused manufacturing company in 2011. When not scheming on how to best address problems of moving about the face of the planet, he teaches product design at California College of the Arts.

Risks and challenges

This is our 5th Kickstarter campaign. Every successful campaign has shipped on time. Our online shop, NOMO Design has been running smoothly since 2010.

After a dozen prototypes, design of the XFR Tote is complete. We are working again with a world-class manufacturing facility that is waiting for the green "funded" light. Fulfillment is handled by a third-party logistics company with shipping centers around the world.

We ship internationally with the US Postal Service. Please note: Orders shipped outside of the U.S. may be subject to regular customs duties and fees levied by the destination country. The buyer will be responsible for any customs fees.

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