Torch Flux Packs a bright punch with the largest rear light available, integrated into a backpack

Torch Flux fiber optic LED cycling messenger backpack with large light panel

Why put lights on your bike when your actual gear can be the light? Starting with their T1 helmet, Torch has taken advantage of today’s light tech to create pieces with integrated illumination. Now they’ve made what you could call a huge move and  incorporated a massive light system right into their new Flux pack’s actual material.

Check out how this thing works and see it in action past the break….

Torch Flux off Torch Flux 2

We first saw Torch’s Flux pack a few years ago and it look as if they’ve got it dialed and are now pushing a crowd funding campaign through Indiegogo to get it into production. The FLUX is a classic messenger style pack with a roll-top closure system. It uses a 1000 denier nylon outer shell and vinyl tarpaulin interior making it completely waterproof. The bag has a nice expansive opening making getting things in and out of the bag easier.

Torch Flux 5

Operating the pack is easy with a shoulder strap mounted button. The button has a light built into it so to indicate the status of the pack’s light. The light system consists of LEDs connected to a 1mm thick flexible and waterproof fiber optic panel. To recharge or when cleaning the pack, the battery is easily removable and charges via USB.

Torch Flux 3

 

The Flux is a full size pack with a 29L capacity giving you plenty of room for most daily needs. The Flux’s MSRP is $210, but if you act fast, you can get thier Early Bird Special for a little as $150 on their Indiegogo page.

Flux Indiegogo page

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Jimmy
6 years ago

“Why put lights on your bike when your actual gear can be the light?”

Because my Timbuk2 commuter pack is likely to last 20 years, whereas if there was a light on it, it would cost more and I’d have to buy a light anyways when the light in the bag fails after 18 months.

joe serious
joe serious
6 years ago

“Every year lights on the road get bigger in brighter while cyclists are left with the same old small ineffective lights” REALLY?? Because to anyone who lives on Earth, cycling lights are the ones that have been constantly and significantly improved each year while automobile lights remain largely the same.

My problem with this gimmick is the same as most bag-mounted lights – direction. You have to be on a super upright bike (as in the video) for this to be useful or effective. Exact same problem with 99% of the “blinkie loops” on bags. You will see riders with lights blinking up into the heavens that can barely be seen from behind. The bottom of the bag is the side that will be most exposed to traffic from behind.

Just put your d*mn lights on your bike, and aim the mount exactly where you want it. No gimmick, no problem.

caliente
caliente
6 years ago

I like the idea! They should just make it a bag-cover. I’ve got an endura bag cover that I use on my timbuk2 raider, It came with a dinky blinky light that broke the first time I used it. The bag cover itself works super well to make the bag more water resistant.
Flux could easily make a line of bag-covers, costing less, lowering the barrier to entry.

Andy
Andy
6 years ago

This is awesome. I would love to get one of these.

Please, could useless speculative comments like The fist one be erased? I see no reason why this light system would be less reliable than one exposed to the elements, and if it indeed proves to be reliable, the large surface area would be far more visible than a pin sized blinking light from a distance and be worth the extra cost. But poor Jimmy thought they built it just for him, well now they’ll just have to go back to the drawing board won’t they and try again for his anonymous internet aporoval that everyone is dying to hear.

Verge
Verge
6 years ago

First pick is east Flamingo Road,Las Vegas. As soon as you reach the strip you’ll be just another light and it’ll make no difference to drunk drivers.

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

This is a video promoting safety equipment and they show him night riding with out a helmet…

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

Why on earth would they limit their market so severely by integrating it with a bag when their market would be n times larger if the light was designed as an add on to bags folks already have? I hope their tech design is better than their business plan!

jlg
jlg
6 years ago

@ Andy : I disagree with your opinion.

Please, could someone erased the comment of Andy.

Reverend Dick
Reverend Dick
6 years ago

@jlg that’s funny. I laughed. Thank you.

TypeVertigo
6 years ago

I second joe serious’s opinion. It’s a promising concept (I like the switch and indicator LED on the strap), but it restricts you to upright bikes – anything that makes you bend over forward angles the light out of its maximum effective window.

The bag itself is great with thoughtful construction and realistic capacity. Some people just will not commute with weight on their backs, though – they would rather the bike do the heavy lifting for them.

My two cents. Having said that, I hope this does well.

Rocket
Rocket
6 years ago

Great idea, and hope it funds! Clearly designed for those commuting and carrying stuff around on our dangerous city streets.