It looks like any ordinary backpack, but the Vertepac integrates an element we doubt you’ve ever seen in similar gear before. Instead of merely padding on the back, it comes with a spine that’s designed to mimic the mechanics of the human body, enabling a more comfortable and natural way of supporting heavy loads.
Using the patented Parallel Spine technology, the bag is able to transfer 95 percent of the load from your shoulders to the rigidly-connected hip belt, relieving your shoulders and back from carrying the brunt of your gear’s weight. Even better, the spine’s independent 3D rotational hip unit allows your body to move freely, so you can turn, twist, and bend without having the backpack weigh down your range of motion. Like the Ventra Mainframe, it creates separation between your back and the spine, too, so you can minimize sweating with this thing in tow.
More than a simple backpack, the Vertepac is a modular system that allows you to separate the bag from the spine. As such, you can snap in a bigger bag if you’re camping or use a smaller pack for a day out in the city. They offer four types of bags, three water-resistant units (18 liters, 30 liters, and 35 liters, respectively) and one waterproof unit (25 liters), each one with varying features for different types of applications. The spine, by the way, comes with adjustable shoulder-to-hip distance, making it suitable for use by anyone within the height range of 5.2 to 6.6 feet.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Vertepac. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at €295.