The Monowalker: bike trailer, hiking trailer, backpack

Direct from Europe, it's the Monowalker, a contraption that transforms from a normal looking bike trailer into a 15.5-pound hiking trailer/hand cart and a 6.6-pound backpack. I find this product and the video above of hikers pulling attached trailers fascinating, maybe it's the mountain scenery or maybe it's the narrator's voice and music (sorry for the lack of volume and video controls).

Of course, pulling a bike trailer or a pulk on snow with gear or kids in tow is common practice. Now that I have watched the Monowalker I am trying to imagine some other potential applications, most of which involve a lengthy, multi-terrain bike tour and heavy loads (it carries up to 100 pounds), but not so much hiking. Maybe German hikers with their alpine culture are on to something though. Or maybe I'd fall flat on my face while holding those two wooden handles.

I'm intrigued. At 900 euros, would any of you consider the Monowalker, maybe for a multi-purpose, self-contained, around the world trip? Or is this yet another solution in search of a problem?

If nothing else, it reminds me of Bierhoff Bros: House of German Coats.

For more info: www.monowalker.com/ENG-index.html

via Treehugger


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whomeworry
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May 18, 2010 at 5:15 p.m. (EDT)

I have a friend that is always waxing poetic about just such a cart for our desert dry camp hikes. Unfortunately many wilderness areas specifically preclude apparatus “with wheels” from use in the parks.

Ed

Snakey
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July 20, 2010 at 3:07 a.m. (EDT)

I like it! But I wonder if the Parks will allow it?

whomeworry
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July 20, 2010 at 4:21 a.m. (EDT)

I like it! But I wonder if the Parks will allow it?

Read my post predating your inquire:)

Ed

Snakey
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July 21, 2010 at 2:52 a.m. (EDT)

Yep...back to the backpack.

Cleric
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July 21, 2010 at 9:13 a.m. (EDT)

I shudder to think of the cost for this thing. I bet, for the price, I can go and purchase a few more pieces of ultralight gear and slim my pack down some more.

That being said, I could see some usefulness with it if I plan on taking kids or a larger group in. Could throw on my childcarrier backpack and tow the necessities.

And, this concept isn't necessarily new:

http://www.carrix.ch/

http://www.equinoxtrailers.com/store/item/192

And, once could rig several of the available aftermarket bike trailers for a similar purpose.

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