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Backpacks

The Air Pakk features inflatable padding, converting quickly and easily to a travel pillow...

We first caught wind of Ryan Frayne and his rapid self-inflation technology on the back of his Air Pad mattress last year. Incorporating an innovative air flow technique, the air bed could be ready for use in a matter of seconds. Now Frayne has adapted this functionality to a multipurpose backpack with a view to bringing on-demand comfort to a variety of situations.  Read More

The Funnell, by Restless Travellers (Photo: Restless Travellers)

It can be a hassle to carry around an umbrella or an extra coat all day just in case good weather turns to rain. Herein lies the appeal of the Funnell: a backpack that sports an integrated waterproof jacket that can be quickly accessed to keep you and your belongings dry.  Read More

Removing the backpack

It seems that every year manufacturers add a new function to the backpack or carry-on. In 2012, it was the Micro Luggage scooter. In 2013, it was the Glyde Gear Fly backpack-trolley-scooter. And in 2014, it's the Olaf backpack-trolley-scooter-skateboard. This 4-in-1 pack offers some serious flexibility for transporting you and your belongings.  Read More

Vamoose's jacket and poncho are designed to quickly fold into a 3-liter backpack

Designers seem to love convertible, multifunctional backpacks, as evidenced by designs like the Glyde Gear Fly and WalkBag. They don't mind the occasional convertible jacket, either - just look at the weird-but-real JakPak. The Vamoose jacket is both. Similar to the Xip3, the jacket transforms into a backpack when not needed for rain and cold.  Read More

The Coxa Carry compared to traditional pack straps

Backpacks have seen plenty of changes and innovations of late, as evidenced by the Pelican S100 and TYLT Energi+ device-charging backpack, but most of those changes relate to the pack itself. The folks behind the Coxa Carry system leave the pack alone and focus on the straps and belt, creating a solution that they believe is more comfortable and functional than the typical set of shoulder straps.  Read More

The TYLT Energi+ backpack features a huge battery that can charge three devices at once

Not long ago, a backpack was a simple device, one made for carrying books, small personal items, and other stuff. Then, something changed, and backpacks started evolving. Now it's not at all uncommon to find a backpack that can actually charge the electronic devices within it. One such model is the Energi+ Backpack from TYLT, which I've been using for the past couple of weeks. It's not the first backpack equipped with a battery, but is it the best?  Read More

The Pelican ProGear S100 Sport Elite includes a hard, watertight laptop case in the back

Last year, Pelican launched a line of backpacks, rolling its hard-case protection into comfortable, shoulder-harness form. On paper they look like a great way to protect laptops and tablets, but how do they hold up in the real world? We took one of the packs around the globe, from the 2013 New York Auto Show, to the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon, and finally to the IAA show in Frankfurt. Here's what we learned.  Read More

The Strikeloader is a battery-operated backpack that feeds paintballs directly into a gun,...

It may be a relatively new sport, but there's been surprisingly little technological innovation in the world of paintball since it was created. Aside from a few modest enhancements, the basic gas-powered guns (also called markers) have remained about the same, but an upcoming product could change how the game is played entirely. The Strikeloader is a battery-operated backpack that feeds paintballs directly into a gun, eliminating the need for a regular loader while holding six times as much ammo.  Read More

O2 Cool showed its new backpack line at the 2013 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Wherever you weigh in on the global warming debate, it would seem that folks are hotter than ever this year. Misting and cooling products have been a trend over the past few months, with launches of products like the Aquabot and Q-FOG. The self-assigned leader in cooling products has decided to get in on the action with its own twist on the theme. It's incorporated a misting system into a line of hydration packs, so the reservoir of water on your back can both quench and cool.  Read More

The mochibag is a new take on the tried and true drawstring backpack

Drawstring backpacks can be incredibly useful, but the way their cords behave can be troublesome. The team at mochilabs set out to fix this with its new design that aims to keep the drawstrings even and balanced.  Read More

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