Backpacks

  • ​We've looked at a number of self-healing materials over the last few years, but are these wonder products ready to leave the lab for the great outdoors? Gear company Slughaus thinks their time has come, and is running crowdfunding campaign for a clever carry bag claimed to patch up its own wounds.
  • Over 810,000 office chairs are disposed of annually in the UK alone. Concerned by that waste, product design student Thomas Howell-Jones came up with a way to help keep them out of the landfill – he's using their back rests to make hard-shell backpacks.​
  • Home gamers chasing a more immersive experience aren't the only ones who could benefit from a powerful, wireless way to power their virtual reality experience. HP has aimed the Z VR Backpack at the pro crowd, with military-grade build quality and high-end internals.
  • ​​For some, a key part of going to music festivals is to feel the bass thumping out of the loudspeakers. If that's just not enough for you, however, you might be interested in the Baserock backpack. It amplifies the bass of ambient or direct-line audio, and sends it coursing through your body.
  • As mobile as our mobile devices are, limited battery life means we still have to tether ourselves to a wall socket from time to time. More and more we're seeing charging options built into backpacks and cases themselves. HP has got on board with its Powerup Backpack that packs in a few nifty ideas.
  • Backpacks virtually always have the same basic structure: a storage pouch hanging from a set of shoulder straps. The ME-2 dares to be different. This all-new backpack doesn't go over your shoulders at all, instead wrapping around your torso and catching a ride.
  • With its new Seeker backpack, and the two bike mounts launched alongside it, GoPro is looking to make it easier for amateur and professional adventurers alike to take their action cams with them.
  • For avid backpackers, the search for a lightweight pack that is both comfortable and able to carry a hefty load seems to be never-ending. Kuiu believes it's come up with a solution, with its redesigned Ultra and Icon lightweight backpacking systems that can handle up to 150 lb (68 kg).​
  • By combining technologies that already exist in one form or another into one backpack, the Klifit – now raising funds on Kickstarter – aims to keep you organized, charged and secure.​​
  • While kayaks are great for exploring your local waterways, they can be a hassle to carry over long distances. It was with this in mind that Pakayak created the Bluefin 14. It's a modular kayak that comes apart into six pieces, that can then be carried like a backpack.​
  • Zips may be practical, but who's got time to fumble around with those teethed fasteners in this day and age? This is the thinking behind The North Face's newest piece of luggage, a 22-liter (5.8-US gal) backpack for commuters.
  • Cycling backpacks with strips of blinking LEDs on the back aren't exactly a rare item these days. Lumos' new Aster pack is a little different, though. It also features turn indicators, a brake light, and will even let you know if your bike is being stolen.