New Floating Electricity Generating Backpack
23 August 2018
Choosing the right travel bag can make or break or break your adventure. Now, there’s a new, high-tech backpack on the market that may be able to fix you back and battery problems.
It's called Lightning Packs. How does this hi-tech pack work? The company is relatively quiet on the specifics, stating it’s a patented double-frame and pulley system design.
Basically, the frame works with bungee cords that allow the load in the backpack to stay at the same height from the ground while you move. The floating design takes the strain off your shoulder and joints.
For the same energetic cost, Lawrence Rome of the University of Pennsylvania explained, you can either carry 48 pounds in a normal backpack or 60 pounds in a suspended ergonomic backpack. This gives you 12 extra pounds for free while exerting the equal effort.
The HoverGlide was originally created with the military in mind and has been tested by both the US Marines and the US Army. It’s intended to endure the elements and is made from water-repellent materials as well as durable fabrics.
The HoverGlide will soon be available in four different iterations—the Trekker, Commuter, Hiker, and Tactical—on Kickstarter. Head to their information page to sign up for a launch invite.
While the HoverGlide is not on the market yet, the brand said a Kickstarter to fund the pack will launch in August. Currently, the Pennsylvania-based brand makes products for military applications.
Not only does Lightning Packs make tactical rucksacks that are easier on soldiers, the brand also utilized the pack’s motion to harvest electricity. As yet, this isn’t marketed for general outdoors use. But if the HoverGlide’s Kickstarter is successful, who knows what we could see?
In advance of the Kickstarter launch, Lightning Packs teased four packs it will release.
The HoverGlide Trekker has a 55-pound capacity and sits on a 24-inch frame. It offers daisy chains, external mesh pockets, and a variety of compression straps. This will be the brand’s largest offering for serious backpacking.
The 25-pound-capacity HoverGlide Commuter uses a 20-inch frame and offers more urban-focused features like a laptop sleeve and phone pocket.
For day trips, the HoverGlide Hiker has a 2-liter hydration reservoir, main storage compartment, and internal pockets for small items like keys and wallets.
Finally, Lightning Packs will launch the HoverGlide Tactical, developed for “first responders, military personnel, and anyone tackling long training runs.” This 1,000-denier Cordura pack will support heavy loads, has a webbing grid to accept MOLLE units, and offers a 2-liter hydration compartment.
|Written by: Charlie Fischer|