Most backpacks are designed while ignoring a simple ergonomic reality: One must shrug out of the backpack and bring it in front of you to access the contents. That's why you'll often see a pair of backpackers on a trail accessing each others' packs for them.
The Wolffepack design we showed you here attempted to tackle this, as it's designed to flip around to the front of the wearer's body. We thought that was super-cool, but now Washington-state-based husband-and-wife inventors Paul and Cathy Vierthaler may have one-upped that design. Check out their own creation, the Paxis:
Want. The bags come in 18" and 20" heights, run roughly $250 and weigh between five and 5.5 pounds unladen.
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At just one year in length the warranty's not that impressive, and does make me wonder just how robust that mechanism is; in the photo below I spy a spring and what look to be plastic latches (the bright green things), and we all know those things tend to wear out. I'm going to look back in on these guys in a year to see how the long-term reviews have panned out.
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Also, what is it with husband-and-wife inventor teams? The Vierthalers should get drinks with the clothes-folding Kuipers and the CNC-tinkering Hertels, at the bar designed by Because We Can's Jeff and Jillian.