The Switch is a 21 liter / 1,281 cu. in. messenger bag featuring a horizontal and vertical carrying system. This allows it to be used as a standard over-the-shoulder bag or as a backpack. The over-the-shoulder setup provides quick access to the bag’s contents while the backpack carrying option enables a better weight transfer and thus reduces muscle strain on shoulders and back. While designing this bag I prioritized durability over weight and therefore chose 500D Polyurethane (PU) coated Cordura as the outer shell fabric and 210D Thermoplastic urethane (TPU) coated nylon as the liner to make this bag exceptionally abrasion resistant and weatherproof. Switch is the result of a semester project aimed at creating improved products for urban bicycle messengers. Through interviewing local bike messengers I was able to figure out the most important shortcomings of the current products on the market and then came up with a concept that strikes the right balance in design, features and usability.

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