HoverGlide is touted as the world’s first ‘floating backpack’.
Featuring patented Suspended Load Technology, scientifically proven to reduce impact forces on users while walking or running by up to 86 per cent, the HoverGlide is the perfect solution for people looking to reduce stress and weight load on their backs, necks, knees and ankles while hiking, trekking or even commuting in the city, according to its manufacturer, Lightning Packs.
A Kickstarter campaign has just launched with a funding goal of US$75,000 to bring the first commercially produced units to consumers. The campaign features limited special early bird price of $349 as well as several other rewards for backers to choose from.
“HoverGlide is the result of years and years of development and testing, and the result is a fundamentally different way for people to carry loads,” said Lightning Packs founder Dr Lawrence Rome.
“HoverGlide dramatically reduces the impact forces during locomotion, even permitting running comfortably with heavy loads. The lower forces reduce the potential for acute and long-term injury, and also reduce the metabolic energy needed to carry a backpack. So, people can move faster with lower exertion.”
Lightning Packs says the HoverGlide’s unique functionality is due to its patented double-frame and suspension system design which features two frames – a fixed frame, which incorporates the harness that users wear on their back, and the moving frame, which incorporates the bag and can slide relative to the fixed frame.
“The moving frame is suspended from the fixed frame by a patented shock reducing mechanism, which is tensioned such that during walking or running, the pack stays at a constant height relative to the ground even as the user’s torso moves up and down,” explains the company in a statement.
HoverGlide is available in two frame sizes: 24” with a 55l Rugged gear pack; and a 20″ frame, which can accept three interchangeable packs – the 28l daily Commuter, the 30l Hiker and the 30l Tactical.
The HoverGlide floating backpack has been tested and approved by the US Army and US Marine Corps.