Philadelphia. Bagmaker-in-training. Obsessed with backpacks and messenger bags.


Kickstarter Watch: Halo Zero

  • The Project: Unique Rickshaw messengers with LED lighting system designed by HALO Belt Co.
  • The Timeline:59 days to go (Ends March 8, 2013)
  • The Funds:$22,428 to go. ($572 pledged of $23,000 goal).
  • The Goods: $128 for a bag and one light strip. About $30 for each additional LED strip
  • The Date: Projected delivery is between May and July, 2013.

SF-based bag company Rickshaw is teaming up with Halo Belt Company to create a messenger bag for commuters with an integrated lighting system. Taking Rickshaw’s "Zero" manufacturing process (a process designed to eliminate as much scrap waste as possible), and incorporating a rather unique lighting design (perfected by Halo with their original belt), the result is a bag gives the wearer legendary Rickshaw performance and innovative illumination.

The bag itself is a Medium - 11” H x 18” W x 6” D. It’s got a black outer with a strap of loop fabric on the main flap to attach the Halo lighting system. All the typical Rickshaw Zero bells and whistles are included: a quick-adjust shoulder strap, two front pockets and main compartment, velcro closure, and water-resistant inner in green, red, blue, or yellow.

The lighting strip has three settings: off, blink, or solid (see the video), and it’s powered by two CR2025 batteries. The estimates for operating time put the light at 20 hours continuous in solid mode, or 60-75 hours in strobe mode.

More active bag systems! I’d love to see it optionally powered by a micro-USB cable connected to a power supply, although I admit that would probably shoot the price up a bit. Oh, and solar panels!

In the meantime, though, this is a great addition to the smart bag lineup we’ve been seeing recently. Send a pledge their way!

ZERO LED MESSENGER BAG by Halo x Rickshaw. 

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