Do you hate having a heavy, awkward bag jostling and shifting around on your back as you try to hike, run or climb? You’re definitely not the only one, but you likely didn’t think a floating backpack was necessary to solve the problem. Lightning Packs apparently does, however, and they’ve come up with the awesome – but slightly bizarre – HoverGlide to solve the problem.

The HoverGlide Floating Backpack uses a “double-frame and pulley system design” to offset and counteract the shaking and jostling of your movement, whether you’re running, hiking, or just walking. Essentially, the bag sits on a rail, where it slides up and down as you shake, with bungees and pulleys helping it along and keeping things smooth.

This up-and-down sliding motion is supposed to do two things. First, make the pack feel lighter, which is plausible, perhaps in a manner similar to the way floating in water makes objects feel lighter. And second, reduce the force and stress a heavy backpack places on you as hike, run and move over long distances. In fact, Hoverglide claims that the pulley and rail system can reduce impact forces by 80 to 90% percent. That is, to be sure, a bold claim.

To find out if the HoverGlide can accomplish this, we’d have to actually try it out; which we would like to do when we get the chance. (In the meantime, we’ll have to wait for the Kickstarter to launch). Lightning Packs has produced and tested several hi-tech and innovative backpack designs for the US military, so it does look like they have some idea of what they are doing.

All we know so far is that the HoverGlide will come in four configurations – The Trekker with 55-pound capacity, Commuter with 25-pound capacity, the ultralight Hiker with space for a hydration reservoir and a few key items and accessories, and the HoverGlide Tactical – their heavy-duty version designed for first responders and the military.

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