pakki

a compact, packrafting pack

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MY ROLE

Research

Concept sketch

Ideation

Cad model

Sewing straps/ belt

SOFT GOOD PROJECT

DISCIPLINE Industrial Design

DURATION 5 weeks

TEAM 3 people

PROJECT GOAL 

To design a backpack frame, harness, and container based on a chosen activity. The final product was an accessible and compact pack designed for packrafters that could be rolled up and stowed away when packrafting.

It's not ideal to carry multiple bags while traveling the outdoors. Especially for individuals who enjoy packrafting and day hiking.

THE PROBLEM

 Hiking backpacks and dry bags don't adapt to packrafting. Frame packs are too bulky and dry bags are inaccessible and uncomfortable.

THE OBJECTIVE

How might we help those who enjoy packrafting manage their belongings more efficiently and effectively?

LET'S COMPARE CURRENT PACKS

 

Quick access 

to items

Waterproof

material

Weight

Distribution

Fit for packrafting

environment

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WHAT'S GOES IN THE PACK?

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SPARE CLOTHES

CAMERA

PADDLES

MEDICAL KIT

HELMET

FOOD + WATER

SPRAY SKIRT

HIKING BOOTS

 

PACK RAFT

LIFE VEST

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DESIGN CRITERIA

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SPECIFIC TO ACTIVITY

Material and design of the pack should be specific to the unique considerations of packrafting, making sure the pack is waterproof, comfortable, and considers the inventory.

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QUICK ACCESS

Traditional dry bags don't offer the accessibility that typical daypacks hold. The design should consider easy access to items, while still maintaining a dry bag's waterproof nature.

COMPACT

The pack should be compact and easy to manage aboard a packraft with limited space.​​

 

PROTOTYPE 01

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GOAL

We prototyped and explored

different methods of making frames, such as a  folding (origami concept), a vacuum splint inspired concept, a rolling sectioned concept.

OUTCOME

We needed to consider feasibility of concepts, so we combined some of our ideas.

PROTOTYPE 02

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GOAL

We tested different load-bearing methods with various materials to create a real scale model.

OUTCOME

Our final choice was a rolling sectioned concept. We explored feasibility and ways to maximize  compact features.

 

CONCEPT REFINEMENT

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COLORS | MATERIALS | FINISH

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PAKKI is a backpack designed for individuals who packraft. Some key features are designated spaces for the packraft and paddles, quick access to items, and a rollable design.

FEATURES

(HOVER OVER THE BOX)

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central zipper

paddles act as frame against rollable backplate

roll top loading​

vinyl coated polyester

mesh compartment

for packraft

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FEATURES

 

HERE'S HOW PAKKI WORKS!

HARNESS

SHOULDER STRAP

BELT STRAP

CHEST STRAP

LOADING

MESH COMPARTMENT

ROLL UP

CENTRAL ZIPPER

ROLLING

REMOVE HARNESS VELCRO STRAPS

REMOVE PADDLES

ROLL PACK

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