Ever since our ingenious convertible concept of the Spacejumper by designer Albert Yuan back in 2015, we have always been fascinated by the idea of foldable bags.
So when a member of WOTANCRAFT started commuting to work on a fixed gear bicycle, and wished for a bike messenger bag, Albert told him:
You ride for over 2 hours everyday on hot summer day, you don't want a large bodied bag that stifles your sweat soaked back. What you need is a small, compact bag that can carry a lot more when required. I will design one for you."
And in less than a week, Albert came up with an original prototype, a WOTANCRAFT design made for riders, a unicorn of sling bags.
"A rectangular shaped sling bag that transforms into the size of a hand clutch... and vice versa."
With this design, we were able to use the NIGHT RIDER per occasion, either as a rider bag, shoulder bag, or even just an iPad or laptop sleeve.
How did WOTANCRAFT make this possible?
Out of personal preference, designer Albert Yuan adapted a "pliable" bag structure that is less common in the world of men bags.
The bag is framed with oil enriched cowhide leather, meaning that the profile side of NIGHT RIDER is extremely pliable, capable of extending space in an instant.
All it takes is a simple release of the 2 front leather fasteners, to fully release the rectangular interior space.
You might wonder, what good is a convertible space in such a compact bag?
For starters, how about fitting a 13 inch laptop?
WOTANCRAFT has created a sling bag that is not forced to comply with the dimensions of a laptop, yet still capable of fitting a 13 inch laptop.
Think about how you used to believe that a 13" laptop bag should be, then turn to see at the what NIGHT RIDER can do.
In winter times, cycling to work can cause you to take your windbreaker jacket on and off, depending on how warmed up / cooled down you are from pedaling.
With the extendable bag space, you can stuff your jacket / garments / shoes inside, facilitating item storage and access en route.
The dimensions of the NIGHT RIDER makes a perfect camera bag, with help from the right accessory.
With the shock resistant QUICK DRAW CAMERA INSERT (optional accessory), the NIGHT RIDER can carry up to 2 full-frame mirrorless camera body, plus 3 lenses.
Without any top flap, NIGHT RIDER makes a convenient camera bag that allows quick access to gear.
The interior pockets are designed to be inconspicuous.
3 pockets are aligned in the same height, with hidden zippered pocket for passport and wallet.
The exterior zippered pocket fits 700ml water bottle, a suitable size for commuter hydration.
When you are sprinting on a bicycle with your torso leaning down, the body of a shoulder bag can easily slide down to your belly, causing instability.
The common solution with an auxiliary strap for 3-point stabilization requires a quick release buckle, but we felt that it is too "modern" for our taste.
Albert Yuan came up with an ingenious solution.
WOTANCRAFT's auxiliary fastener uses thick leather, with small hook buckle attached at the end.
The base end of the fastener will be buckled to the bag, with multiple holes for adjusting length, making sure that the auxiliary strap is not too tight or loose.
When riding, clip the auxiliary strap to the "stud buckle" on the leather shoulder strap pad.
The auxiliary strap will wrap around the arm, stabilizing the bag to the upper back. This reduces the "bounce" when riding at high speed and the bicycle starts to bump, giving the rider more stability and focus.
The auxiliary fastener can turn into a grab handle, simply by switching the buckling point from the shoulder strap to the large D ring.
The NIGHT RIDER is covered by leather with unevenly corrugated surface, like calm waves in the sea. When you run your fingers across it, the rigidity of the waves whisper a simple fact:
"you have never seen a leather bag like this."
Such artistic feature is done with "hand crunching", a time consuming cowhide leather treatment performed by artisans in a small Italian tannery. You will never find 2 pieces of hand crunched leather with the same pattern.
We use the iconic WOTANCRAFT battle-distressed cowhide leather as accent for the NIGHT RIDER bag.
The oil tanning process gives this leather more pliability, as well as providing an unique aesthetic effect:
when you bend the leather, the oil among the leather fibers will be squeezed and shift, causing the surface to manifest a temporary dual-tone color.
Such characteristic is called the "Pull-Up effect", which greatly enhanced the vintage look of the leather.
Pull-up effect color creases, aging potential from vegetable-tanning, and coupled with the skin pores and distresses of thick full-grain leather...
these remarkable features give the leather a "vintage soul", which is like nothing you've seen in common chrome-tanned leather materials.
The beauty of this leather is its potential to "mature", thus creating a very personal piece of history, which is something we came to appreciate in faded raw denim and broken-in leather boots.
WOTANCRAFT knew from our camera bag making history that to build a reliable heavy duty bag, the generic poly or cotton based thread simply wouldn't hold.
We've adapted the "Bonded Nylon" thread, a thread type based off the ultra tough Nylon 6.6 fiber with protective coating, capable of sustaining chemical and elemental corrosion, and commonly used on leather products that needs to sustain use and abuse, such as leather boots or saddles.
Designer Albert Yuan created this original sling bag concept to accommodate specific needs, but its versatility does grow beyond the initial expectation.
You are probably not a bulk bag kind of person. You like to keep your everyday carry light, and ride your bike regularly through city streets.
Take a few more reads to understand the NIGHT RIDER. You may come to realize that, regardless of its originality unseen before, the NIGHT RIDER is actually an old friend who truly knows what you really need.
expanded exterior: 35 x 15 x 18cm
expanded interior: 34 x 13 x 16cm
exterior zippered pocket: 22 x 12cm
interior zippered pocket: 20 x 12cm
interior phone pocket: 9 x 12cm
interior pen pocket: 4 x 12cm
vegetable tanned cowhide leather
cotton velveteen fabric lining
high-strength zinc alloy & brass hardware
bronze YKK Zippers with rustproof coating
high-density EVA foam padding (back plate and inner pockets only)
main bag x1
detachable shoulder strap x1
detachable auxiliary strap x1
cotton dustproof bag x1