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Orbital backpack maker gets parents swinging

Orbital backpack maker gets pa...
A handle at the shoulder of the Wolffepack Luna releases the orbital cord mechanism, allowing the bag to swing around to the side or front for access without unstrapping
A handle at the shoulder of the Wolffepack Luna releases the orbital cord mechanism, allowing the bag to swing around to the side or front for access without unstrapping
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The Wolffepack Luna can be clipped to the front or side for one-handed access
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The Wolffepack Luna can be clipped to the front or side for one-handed access
The Wolffepack Luna has been designed with new parents in mind, and includes insulated pockets for keeping bottles warm and a padded changing mat
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The Wolffepack Luna has been designed with new parents in mind, and includes insulated pockets for keeping bottles warm and a padded changing mat
A handle at the shoulder of the Wolffepack Luna releases the orbital cord mechanism, allowing the bag to swing around to the side or front for access without unstrapping
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A handle at the shoulder of the Wolffepack Luna releases the orbital cord mechanism, allowing the bag to swing around to the side or front for access without unstrapping
At the right shoulder, there's a handle mechanism to release the cords from the locked in place position
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At the right shoulder, there's a handle mechanism to release the cords from the locked in place position
The Wolffepack Luna has some "grown up" pockets to the front
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The Wolffepack Luna has some "grown up" pockets to the front
The Wolffepack Luna can swing around to the front for ease of access without having to unstrap
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The Wolffepack Luna can swing around to the front for ease of access without having to unstrap
The Wolffepack Luna features two main compartments for baby gear
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The Wolffepack Luna features two main compartments for baby gear
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The Wolffpack Luna was designed to make the lives of parents on the move a whole lot easier
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The Wolffpack Luna was designed to make the lives of parents on the move a whole lot easier
The Wolffepack Luna features insulated pockets for keeping baby bottles warm
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The Wolffepack Luna features insulated pockets for keeping baby bottles warm
When not used to carry baby gear, the Wolffepack Luna can serve as an everyday backpack
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When not used to carry baby gear, the Wolffepack Luna can serve as an everyday backpack
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Brit engineer David Wolffe first launched his award-winning orbital backpack in 2014, which made use of clever trapeze cord technology that allowed the wearer to access the contents of the backpack without taking it off – by swinging the main section around to the front. The company has since developed use-specific Wolffepacks, including one with a photography focus and another aimed at snow-loving adventurers. And now Luna has been announced, a swinging backpack designed for new parents.

Like the Wolffepack Metro that we tried in 2015, the Luna's main multi-pocket bag is attached to a strap frame with Dyneema cords (which are reported to be 15x stronger than steel). At the right shoulder, there's a handle mechanism to release the cords from the locked in place position so that the bag can be lowered down behind, grabbed and moved around to the front, then clipped to the side or front for easy access to its contents without having to unstrap.

The parent-friendly bag has a 20 liter capacity and is made from water-resistant 500D Kodra nylon melange. There are two main compartments for baby gear with a large sleeve for the included 60 x 34 cm padded changing mat, as well as 12 pockets, including three at the front and two insulated side pockets for baby bottles. Integrated buggy hooks cater for easy hang from a baby stroller, and separate "grown-up" compartments help keep things organized.

The Wolffepack Luna features two main compartments for baby gear
The Wolffepack Luna features two main compartments for baby gear

"In Wolffepack Luna we have created the ideal combination of a beautiful and practical bag but with unique accessibility," said Wolffe. "I wanted to design a bag for both mums and dads, that would be comfortable to use in any situation, long after the baby haze is over. It feels great to have crafted a great bag that will make parents' lives that bit easier. I wish Luna had existed when our kids were smaller!"

In keeping with previous Wolffepack designs, the company has launched on Kickstarter to help fund production. Luna pledges start at £99 (US$130), shaving £31 off the expected retail price. If all goes to plan, shipping is expected to start in March 2018. The video below has more on the project.

Sources: Wolffepack, Kickstarter

Wolffepack Luna: UltraEasy Baby Changing Backpack Diaper Bag

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2 comments
guzmanchinky
I was a stay at home dad for 10 years. Yep. This would have helped.
ljaques
Doesn't the bottom of the pack swing back and forth it it's only held up by that single Dyneema cord? Kinda spendy, but I can see the one-handed style being very handy for parents with a kid in their arms.