Reusable Airbag Backpack Helps Keep You Alive In an Avalanche (Or Two)

A car's airbags are designed to absorb impact and protect passengers during a crash—and need to inflate immediately on impact. But the airbags that skiers wear to avoid being buried in an avalanche don't necessarily need to inflate as fast. So Black Diamond's new JetForce backpack uses a fan instead of compressed air… » 1/22/14 4:20pm 1/22/14 4:20pm

When the Storm Clears Up, This Raincoat Transforms Into a Backpack

The Boy Scouts advocate always being prepared, and that motto is a lot easier to put into practice with this transforming waterproof jacket from Vamoose. When it's pouring it keeps you dry and protected from the rain, but when the storm passes the jacket transforms into a lightweight backpack so it's easy to carry in… » 11/13/13 2:40pm 11/13/13 2:40pm

This Smart Water-Hauling Backpack Is Sterilized By Sunlight

With millions of people around the world lacking access to a consistent, reliable source of water, contaminated jerry cans and buckets have become the unfortunate go-to method of transporting water in the developing world. The PackH20, which just won the 2013 People's Design Award at the National Design Awards gala,… » 10/18/13 3:03pm 10/18/13 3:03pm

New York Subway Backpack Opens To Reveal an Eerily Empty Platform

If there's one thing you can count on in a large crowded city like New York, it's that there's always someone waiting on the subway platform. So while we love this gorgeous $48 backpack from Mojo featuring a subway door screen print that actually opens to reveal a platform, we're left a little unsettled by the lack of… » 10/17/13 4:40pm 10/17/13 4:40pm

A Lightweight Backpack Made From Fabric That's 10X Stronger Than Steel

If you're not the type to take care of your belongings, you might want to check out Outlier's new Minimal Backpack when you're on the hunt for a new bag. You can think of it as the Tonka truck of carry-alls, except that instead of metal it's actually made from a lightweight fabric called Dyneema that has a… » 10/16/13 11:20am 10/16/13 11:20am

A Packable Emergency Backpack You Can Stash Almost Anywhere

Replace that mountain of awkward reusable shopping bags you've somehow amassed with Herschel's new packable backpack, which should make hauling home a week's worth of groceries a lot easier. Made from rip stop nylon, the packs can be squeezed into a compact internal pouch for easy storage or carrying as an emergency… » 8/30/13 5:00pm 8/30/13 5:00pm

Pump Up This Pressurized Hydration Pack So You Never Have To Suck

The most important thing you can pack for a long outdoor trek is water, which is why hydration packs are an ideal accessory. But trying to suck water through a long hose when you're exhausted, well, sucks. So Geigerrig is releasing a new pressurized hydration pack that's like having a Super Soaker strapped to your… » 4/18/13 12:48pm 4/18/13 12:48pm

Be the Biggest Badass On the School Bus With This Batpack

A company called UD Replicas—known for making bike leathers based off movie costumes—has brought to life one of Batman's more obscure accessories from the recent Christian Bale films. First seen in The Dark Knight while Batman stands atop a skyscraper in Hong Kong, Batman's backpack can now be yours for about $300. » 3/18/13 5:40pm 3/18/13 5:40pm

Carry Zelda's Homework In This Fantastic Hylian Shield Backpack

It's bad news if you're a rabid Legend of Zelda fan. It turns out there's only one of these brilliant Hylian shield backpacks available from Ivana Roso's Etsy store. So if you've got $60 to spare, and are quick on the 'Add to Cart' draw, you can snatch it up and save your own princess from having to carry her books to… » 2/25/13 4:20pm 2/25/13 4:20pm

Skip the Backpack With This Toasty Gear-Toting Vest

When you're swooshing through the fresh powder in your secret backcounty ski spot, the last thing you want is a heavy pack strapped to your back. But you also don't want to venture into the wilderness without the proper supplies. So the next time you hit the distant slopes, consider Dakine's capacious new BC Vest as an … » 1/24/13 11:33am 1/24/13 11:33am