Is this the future of backpacking?

4:26 a.m. on August 19, 2018 (EDT)
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Meet the HoverGlide backpack:

https://www.hot-newtech.com/hoverglide/

The is already taken, for a hydrofoil wakeboard that seems to have been around for a few years. Somebody didn't do their homework. Any suggestions for a new name? "Spineless"?

Not on the market yet, and I don't see weights for any of the models.

Be the first one on your block...

4:49 a.m. on August 19, 2018 (EDT)
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PS: The announced release date is September 5, but it looks like the idea dates back to 2006, when there was a lot of press coverage, linked to on the company web page , most recent update seems to be 2016, same for the page that I linked to above.

They also make electricity-generating packs, putatively for military use.

I haven't been able to find the promised Kickstarter campaign, but maybe it's over. But there is a recent mention on a website called Gearcaster which is maybe how it turned up on my FB feed. At any rate, still on the ever-receding horizon.

Me? I'm just curious -- and healthily skeptical.

5:53 a.m. on August 19, 2018 (EDT)
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This showed up a few weeks ago on a Canadian hiking FB group I'm a member of. Made me giggle!

11:29 a.m. on August 19, 2018 (EDT)
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Some people embrace tech quickly.  Over time it is easy to predict that this will become mainstream.  I remember when waist belts were the big new thing. 

11:37 a.m. on August 19, 2018 (EDT)
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Another reason to go ultralight, so that your pack isn't so heavy that you need shock absorbers built into it. 

9:53 p.m. on August 19, 2018 (EDT)
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One more thing to breakdown and become useless payload.

Ed

1:37 a.m. on August 20, 2018 (EDT)
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I'M OLD FASHIONED but, this can be the future of backpacking for those who want it! I love my old back, it has served me very well and, I have never felt the need to get another backpack. If life changes and, my backpack doesn't seem work as well, I might consider it when looking for another backpack. Because it is there doesn't force to consider it.

P.S. I also drove an old VW Bus for many years because it was low on maintainance, great mileage. It was noisier than newer cars but, it was great to drive from Silicon Valley deep into the Sierra Nevada Mountains with seven other backpackers and, all their gear!

9:03 a.m. on August 20, 2018 (EDT)
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Old VW buses were never low maintenance.  Owning one was a hobby.  

Lighter packs may make this idea obsolete. 

2:43 p.m. on August 20, 2018 (EDT)
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Saw this on social media awhile ago.Not something I would purchase.I have to admit its interesting but I am like ED,,,I see so many things breaking down and I really like to feel my pack to my back...Do any of you think it would be strange to not feel the contour of the weight and load to your back?

3:09 p.m. on August 20, 2018 (EDT)
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A shifting center of gravity would certainly make things more interesting. Now add in 40mph quartering gusts and some talus. It could be a new Olympic sport ;)

4:56 p.m. on August 20, 2018 (EDT)
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i somehow expected to see a hiker, floating face down in a stream, with the backpack bobbing along. i know, dark sense of humor.

that backpack was clearly stuffed with sleeping bags, no way he's running like that with 40+ pounds. plus, i could see hopping off a rock and getting knocked off balance when the suspension bottoms out.

i would still agree to test it!

11:20 p.m. on August 20, 2018 (EDT)
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Then again some of us want PACK STABILITY. 

And how much weight does this bouncy "glide system" add to a pair of aluminum stays?

Eric B.

1:29 a.m. on August 21, 2018 (EDT)
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ppine said:

Old VW buses were never low maintenance.  Owning one was a hobby.  

Perhaps inexpensive to maintain if DIY, but I agree I can't call frequent valve gap adjustments and getting my hands burned every time the procedure was performed "low maintenance".

Ed

2:22 p.m. on August 21, 2018 (EDT)
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leadbelly2550 said:

i would still agree to test it!

 Alicia, how 'bout you try to score us one of each model?

Wonder how much they'll cost?

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