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11 Bizarre Backpacks That Go Beyond the Basics

What's in a backpack? After all it's just a storage device that you can stuff with essentials and lug around on your back, right?


The backpack has evolved so much you can hardly recognize it. Now we have backpacks that double up as jets, bicycles, personal masseurs and even refrigerators. Take a look at 11 Bizarre examples of all that a backpack can be:

11. The Backpack Fridge

It can be a challenge to carry and consume food for a long trip. "Boxcooler", the backpack fridge with its own picnic dishes, revamps the idea of the cooler and makes it truly transportable.

One can carry it in 2 ways: on the back, so the user's hands are relieved, or by using the cover hinge (which is hollow inside and has access from the back) as a handle. The shoulder cushions can also be fixed at the headrests of a car, ensuring the backpack stays as positioned during any journey.

Thermoelectric Peltier elements replace the traditional "freezer batteries" which slowly defrost after a while. Therefore, the food inside stays fresh and cool for a long time. Inside the pockets are compact tablets with all the equipment needed for a picnic. A fold-able cup, a knife, spoon and fork are moulded into the tablet surface. All these parts are developed to use a minimal amount of space with a maximum of function. Via Yanko.


10. The Massaging Backpack

At the end of a long day, I am almost always ready to give anything for a soothing back massage. "Anyone want to take my used lintbrush and give me a backrub. It's a rare lintbrush...really hard to find" It's difficult to find a cheap good masseuse. If I had the money, I would hire a personal masseuse to rub away my aches and pains daily, but rich I am not.

So I guess the Massaging Backpack will have to do for me.

The massaging backpack has a built-in mechanisms that make it constantly vibrate, pummeling away on the upper back to provide the relaxation that we all so deserve and crave.

It might look silly, but then, that's a a small price to pay for comfort and relaxation. Plus, it's much cheaper than a personal masseuse. Via Dvice

9. The Jet Setting Backpack

I never thought I would find this (not that I was looking for it), but I found a backpack which is a strap-on helicopter with rocket-powered rotor blades!

The pack is powered by two hydrogen fuel canisters and the rockets at the end of the blades negate the need for a tail rotor. Technologia Aeroespacial Mexicana, the firm that designed this, is selling these jetpacks for a cool $250,000. The package includes a special machine to make your own unlimited supply of rocket fuel, hands-on training in the process and the equipment, 24/7 expert support and flight training of 10 flights in your own rocket belt.

Via Gizmodo . You can see it in action on the TAM homepage .


Oct 1, 2008
by Toby
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These are all cool!

Who would have thought there were so many things that could work in a backpack environment! Super finds!

Oct 2, 2008
by Anonymous


strange and some good. There might be out there also a thing like a backpack but just the "floor" and for the arms and another for to hold the handles of plasticbags across the back with two straps down from the one across the back to hold the handles of the plasticbags. Trying to find such but probably uber expensive. Already asked a backpack maker to see if there is such a thing but haven't had any response. Probably also only good sometimes for those who have to push a wheelchair and cant hold the bags at the same time and cant have the wheelchairbags for one reason or another. So probably very small market for those.