“That’s a NICE backpack” she said as I swung out a concealed belt-pack to reach for my camera.
“I want one. Where did you get it?”
If you haven’t yet heard of the Rotation180º Travel Away Backpack your mind is about to be blown. An innovative new rotation backpack from MindShift Gear, this is a brilliant new day pack which travelers and outdoor explorers are going to love.
It’s a regular day pack with one small twist – a concealed beltpack which can be rotated to the front in one swift motion without the need to remove the whole pack from your back; a brilliant design which is great for instantaneous and secure access to your camera, passport, guidebook, tablet, or other travel essentials.
When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes is incredibly important; stopping in front of strangers in highly populated tourist areas to remove and sift through a backpack has made more than one of us a target for theft in the past,
Though with this fabulous new technology, only the wearer can rotate the concealed beltpack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to your things. It’s peace of mind knowing that your most valuable items are stowed away securely and are inaccessible to others.
With that same thought in mind, the backpack also has dedicated pockets throughout with room to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, and the beltpack itself can fit an 8” tablet.
And it’s a nice size overall – large enough to fit your main essentials for a day trip, though small enough to qualify as a personal carry-on item for a flight.
What we love about this pack is that it’s just incredibly practical and multi-purpose for a range of different activities. The rotating beltpack is removable and can be worn on it’s own for traveling light – essentially two bags in one.
The side compression straps make it easy to carry trekking poles, a small tripod, or a jacket, and there are additional pockets on either side of the beltpack for quick access to extra gear – they really go all out on their pockets! There’s even an ultra-stretch pocket in the side for a water bottle.
I’ve truly never seen so many options for pockets in one backpack, though I shouldn’t be surprised – designed by professional photographers who are constantly carrying equipment out in the field, the bag was bound to be practical.
A high quality backpack which comes in at $199.99, what you’re paying for besides the unique and practical design is guaranteed durability and high quality materials.
After having put the pack to use through a variety of different environments, its durable materials hold up in harsh conditions, and the breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap and attachment points provides fantastic support for your back.
There is a curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability, and all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent coating which means your stuff doesn’t damage in the rain, though there is also a rain cover sold separately.
Though my advice is to never leave your bag unattended or else you may lose possession of it. I put it down once and it’s been on Mike’s back ever since!
About Mindshift Gear
Mindshift Gear is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet.
Founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. Their slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.
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MindShift Gear provided the Rotation180º Travel Away backpack for review – we have been using the pack constantly ever since, and the opinion that it blows
similar packs out of the water is our own. Actually, scrap the word “similar” – there’s nothing else like it.