'Floating' Backpack Allegedly Reduces Impact Force From Running By Up To 86%

October 1, 2018

This is the Kickstarter campaign for the $400+ HoverGlide backpack from Lightning Packs. The bags contain"patented 'Suspended Load Technology' (SLT), which allows the carried load to seamlessly move up and down with respect to the person walking or running. This keeps the load at a constant height with respect to the ground." MAGIKA. Of course you could buy a lot of JanSports for $400. Or hire a child to carry your bag for you. That's what I did with my brother. "Wait -- you're paying me?" Only in noogies.

While standing still, a 50 lb load in your backpack exerts 50 lbs of force (static weight). This changes when you walk or run, where the peak force exerted on you can be up to 3x the weight you are carrying. Suddenly a 50lb pack can put as much force on the body and joints as if it weighed 150 lbs. With the movement of SLT, this additional force over and above the static weight can be reduced by as much as 86%!

Admittedly, if you spend the majority of your life wearing a backpack this might be a reasonable investment. Personally, I only wear a backpack on the walk to and from the beer store and consider the weight of a 12-pack my workout for the day. I'm kind of a fitness buff like that. "You're panting just sitting at your computer." I should lie down.

Keep going for a couple videos.

Thanks to Erik L, who just pushes an all-terrain shopping cart instead.

  • Damon Sherman

    God that looks like CGI, i'm hoping someone will show it in real life.

  • Ruck marching is good for strengthening the legs and back, and at a heightened pace can be good cardio as well.

    Running with a ruck, however, is HORRIBLE for your knees no matter who the weight is distributed.

  • bakuryu

    I'll wait for the instructables version.

  • JimmyJam

    So, basically, I can just tie a couple of Shake Weights™ to my backpack straps and accomplish the same thing?

  • SonicGold

    "Lightening your load"... 😏

  • GeneralDisorder

    The one question I had was how it dampened the load.

    It's "a proprietary elastic cord/rail mechanism".

  • Yan G

    surely the system will increase overall weight...

  • Douchy McDouche

    Nah, I'll wait for the exoskeleton upgrade.

  • Munihausen

    I went to hot-newtech.com, was not what I expected.

  • TheQiwiMan

    I don't care about the supposed benefits of weight distribution, I'm buying this because I've always wanted to walk around everywhere with a quadruple amputee incessantly humping my back, and I guess this is as close as I'll ever get.

    :-(

  • GeneralDisorder

    Woah... I don't think you should give up on your dream. Imagine how many quadruple amputees have difficulty getting work. Or getting laid. Two for one...

  • TheQiwiMan

    VALID POINT

  • Closet Nerd

    Wow!! That is amazing!

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    i know right? that stud has great arms.

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