HoverGlide: World’s First Floating Backpack

Created by Lightning Packs LLC

Reduce impact forces of of walking or running by up to 86% -biggest backpack innovation in decades Raised $416,122 on Kickstarter and Indiegogo with 612 packs shipped Campaign Ad: https://vimeo.com/329333029 A video of a satisfied customer in the Alps: https://vimeo.com/454946963

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Tue Aug 24 '21 Announcement
about 2 months ago – Tue, Aug 24, 2021 at 08:14:40 PM

Dear Backers,

Apologies for our radio silence, we have put all of our resources towards diligently working on development of the Trekker 2 and wanted to make sure we had a clear ship date before we updated you again. Unfortunately, because of the Delta and Lambda variants, we are still not clear on the ship date, but wanted to make sure you had an update and a reiteration of our apologies for the delay, but also our promise to get the Trekker II packs done.

Below is more information about what we have been working on since our last update.

The Trekker II is more complicated than the Tactical/Hiker because the frame is taller, and we must be able to accommodate the positioning between hip belt and shoulder harness. This involved developing an adjustable shoulder harness positioning mechanism and to make a 2nd shoulder harness size to accommodate smaller people.

This also required us to develop an additional mechanism for adjusting the vertical positioning of the load lifters for tall and shorter wearers. These all took some thinking and iterating between the cloth work and frame.

Since our last update, we have made three full iterations of the cloth work and 4 iterations of the frame including 3-D prints. This also required two visits to our backpack designer in California to review proposed changes.  At this point, the harness of the pack is very comfortable and can be adjusted to fit different sized people.

To some extent, we may have "let the perfect be the enemy of the good” but we wanted to add all the features we thought were necessary.

The other challenge we are facing is one that many of us are navigating -- worldwide issues of supply chain and the COVID Pandemic. In normal times, our backpack designer would travel to Vietnam, work on packs with the manufacturer’s design room, and quickly finish designs and manufacturing would commence. Since the start of the Pandemic, travel from the US to Asia has been too risky. Hence, we have been using the less efficient method of sending samples back and forth a number of times to try to get it right. To get around this for the Trekker II as much as possible, we are sending the factory a near final version.

Additionally, COVID has closed down many of the factories in Vietnam, including ours. They haven’t given us an ETA on re-opening production, but will share an update once we have it. For now, it’s a waiting game until we can start production.

In the meantime, please find below pictures of the final frame and cloth work iterations that we have done.

Thank you,
Larry and HoverGlide Team

August Iteration

 

Mon Apr 12 '21 Announcement
6 months ago – Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 10:03:33 AM

Hello,

We hope that everyone is doing as well as possible. 

Small HoverGlide Update
We have manufactured and shipped about 650 small HoverGlides.  If you haven’t gotten your small pack yet please contact us at info@hoverglidepacks.com.

Large (Trekker) HoverGlide Update
We took a great deal of pride in the creation of the small HoverGlides and the large version is no exception. Significant time, money and attention to detail have been put into the large HoverGlide.
We made the decision to not merely “size up” the small HoverGlide, which would have saved time and money. Instead, we revisited the design as feedback from backers and further examination highlighted additional possibilities that we are eager to implement.

For instance, the small HoverGlide can provide excellent operation over about a 2-fold range of loads (the half-maximum to the maximum load). However, we have invented a way for excellent operation on the Trekker with nearly a 4-fold range from 12.5lbs to 50lbs. This took considerable invention and design to create – we are even submitting a new patent for it.

What this means is that you will be able to not only effectively carry a large load, but also a small load if needed. Imagine if you are out for a long trip and wanted to make some short hikes from the base camp, you can also use your Trekker for carrying a small load effectively.

We have also…

  • Increased the up and down “travel distance” of the load on the Trekker. This means you almost never hit the boundary stops during normal hiking.
  • Designed the harness so that its size can be easily changed
  • Made the Trekker harness even more comfortable

There are additional functionality improvements that we will share at later date.

We are so excited with the product improvements that we are rebranding the Trekker as Trekker II.  The overall style and look will still be similar. We will be sending all backers of the Trekker, the improved Trekker II.

Making these improvements and inventing new capabilities with independent testing has taken some time. Because of that, we are only now moving into the mold-making process. What this means for you, is that our timeline is being pushed six months. We know you have already been very patient (thank you!), but we assure you the time invested into making it better than ever will be worth it.

If you would rather not wait any longer, we still have small HoverGlides (Tactical and Hiker) available and will work with you on a solution. If you would like to take advantage of this, email us at info@hoverglidepacks.com.

Wishing you wellness,
Larry and the HoverGlide Team

Wed Jan 6 '21 Announcement
10 months ago – Wed, Jan 06, 2021 at 07:54:08 AM

Hello,

Happy New Year from the HoverGlide team! We sincerely hope that 2021 is a much better year for our HoverGlide community.
 
Even though temperatures are still low outside, activity on the large HoverGlide is heating up. The first 3-D printed iteration of the large HoverGlide has been constructed. We sent it to our bag and harness designer, who also designed the small HoverGlide. He has completed the first iteration of the pack body and harness and will continue to refine it. As with the small pack, the large HoverGlide will go through several design iterations and manufacturing versions to make sure it lives up to our high standards.
 
Barring any new pandemics or natural disasters, we are currently on track to delivering the large HoverGlide in Spring of 2021. As a reminder, if you no longer want to wait for the large HoverGlide, we still have small HoverGlides in stock (we have now shipped over 600). Our July update outlines a few of the options. If you have questions or would like to explore further options, please email us at info@hoverglide.com.
 
Wishes for a healthy and happy New Year,
Larry and team

Tue Nov 3 '20 Announcement
12 months ago – Tue, Nov 03, 2020 at 09:46:22 AM

Hello backers,


 We are proud to say that we have delivered 585 packs, which covers all backers who ordered a small pack and filled out the survey. We still have some unclaimed small HoverGlides. We can not ship without a survey. So if you haven’t received yours yet, please contact us at info@hoverglidepacks.com to get your BackerKit survey re-sent. Note that it takes 10-11 days after your purchase for BackerKit to send out the surveys.

We also have feedback from HoverGlide backer Raphael B. who used his HoverGlide hiking with him in the Austrian Alps!

He was kind enough to share a video of him using it during his hike as well as provide his feedback. Thank you, Raphael, for sharing your fantastic video. Wish we were out hiking in the Alps as well, they look beautiful!


“First of all. I want to thank you for sending me the Small Hover
Glide backpack in advance. I ordered the small and the big version from you. Thanks for splitting my order! I am really looking forward to the big version.

Regarding shipping to Germany, I have to say: Everything worked really transparent and fluent! Thanks for the shipping notifications from you and later from the shipping company. With UPS it went very fast. The package was in Germany within one week! That is top class! The customs formalities were clear and easy to handle with UPS. So big praise for the choice and the handling of the shipping! (You sent me the Item the first week of July)

 As mentioned, I live in Germany, but in the south near the Alps. My tours and hiking take place in hilly country, a flat country and of course in the mountains. During the last weeks I have had the HoverGlide in practical use several times. Among others also on the mountain bike.  I am very enthusiastic. The HoverGlide does what it is supposed to do -  it eases the load carried and is easy on the joints and muscles.

Although it is significantly heavier than a normal backpack of the same size when empty, its ingenious technology more than makes up for it. Really a top-class technique. The instructions are easy to read and the video is still very helpful (and was necessary for me to start). With both media, everything is quite fast and easy to understand as a HoverGlide novice. Thanks for letting me participate so early. I am proud of you and your hard work to bring this next-level-future-backpack to reality for civilian people and just to have it for usage.”

Glide on,
 Larry and the HoverGlide team

Sun Aug 30 '20 Announcement
about 1 year ago – Sun, Aug 30, 2020 at 08:03:16 PM

Hello,

Sharing a quick update with you on both the small and large packs.

We are also happy to share a write up that we received in Outside Magazine where the reporter took the HoverGlide for a few spins, including a non-traditional use for the pack!

“But as soon as I locked the suspension, I realized how much the load had previously been lightened. The difference was instantly and impressively noticeable. There’s no doubt that the mechanism really works.”

Check the full article, including videos here.

When You Get Your Packs - Reminder
We know it’s exciting to pull out the packs and start using them right away. To get the best experience, it’s important that you watch the instructional video. To experience a backpack like never before, you will need to do things like never before.

If you have any questions about the pack after watching the instructional video, we are happy to help! Contact us at info@HoverGlidePacks.com. We have found that most questions or issues can be easily solved in a 5-minute Zoom call.

Small Packs Update
Two weeks ago, we molded 500 additional frame sets (picture below). We continue to manufacture and ship packs. Our current total of packs sent out is 515. We are continuing to ship as many as possible without compromising our detailed and diligent approach to ensuring quality.

Large Pack Update
We have continued the frame design process, which starts with 3D printing the frame and then testing it. Based on our experience with the small frame, we expect several more iterations as we fine-tune the frame.

Thank you for the kind and constructive feedback, we read every single one.

Thanks,
Larry and the HoverGlide Team