Polaris Bikewear partner with Sheffield Hallam University for Bike Case and Luggage development.

Polaris have redesigned their Bike Pod Pro utilising the latest 3D design and print technology thanks to a working partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Institute of Arts.


Polaris will launch the Pod Pro EVO at the Bike Place Show in 2017 using cutting edge 3D design techniques as a result of this partnership, enabling a number of improvements in both functionality and aesthetics to be made.

The skills of Sheffield Hallam student Sam Baker has allowed Polaris to incorporate 3D modelling and printing into its design process, streamlining the traditional more cumbersome prototyping process. The new design of the current UK manufactured Polaris Bike Pod Pro will see improvements to its security and mobility thanks to these precision processes.

This partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Institute of Arts is just one part of Polaris’ ongoing policy of investing in home-grown, British design talent whilst utilising the latest technologies to create innovative products.

Polaris Brand Manager Andy Beach had this to say about the partnership;

We were always confident that a Sheffield Hallam student was going to come to us with high skill levels, given the Institute’s reputation. However, the new methods we have been able to implement thanks to the partnership have allowed us to take significant steps forward in both the Pod’s design and our design process as a whole.”

Sam Baker is the second member of the Sheffield Institute of Arts that Polaris has taken on in the past 12 months, and Sheffield Hallam University are delighted with the local partnership.


Conor Moss, Director of Education and Employer Partnerships at Sheffield Hallam, said;

“The University is focused on ensuring students graduate with the best possible experience ready to develop their careers and match our talented students with employers. I think Sam’s experience really highlights that interns can have a positive impact for a business and really help them to innovate by putting their learning into practice.”

Following an extensive design consultation process, including discourse with elite British triathletes including Lucy Hall and Mark Buckingham, the Polaris Pod Pro EVO will be ready to launch at the Bike Place Show in January 2017 alongside more developments to the current luggage range.