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Pack Slings are a lightweight, attachment for outdoor backpacks that redistribute the weight from the shoulders to the hands
Pack Slings are a lightweight, attachment for outdoor backpacks that redistribute the weight from the shoulders to the hands
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Hi All My name is Joseph, and I'm a teacher, grad student, and a hiker, so I see a lot of people wearing backpacks. A common problem that I've noticed is that hikers and students grab their straps while getting up the mountain or a cross campus. This strap grabbing position is generally done to relieve shoulder fatigue, cut down on hand swelling, and for a more comfortable place to put your hands that help to relieve the weight of their arms. I've designed a lightweight product that attaches to most backpacks and will give you all the benefits of grabbing your straps without any of the draw backs. Adding a pair Pack Slings feels like ten pounds came off your shoulders. Now your upper body is working with your legs instead of stationary which is what happens in the "strap grabbing" position. Most importantly my product helps you use the weight of your heavy arms for you by shifting the weight from the back and shoulders to the hands. They allow the wearer to keep a more natural and efficient "running position" with a much more comfortable design than straining to clutch the slick webbing the pack comes with. In the summers I have had the good pleasure of working in national parks or doing some road trips and have been on the highest peak in most of the western states and have used my product to help me get there. I find them much more comfortable than the old way I used to hike and I think you will love them too.

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges
The big challenges I'm facing at the moment is finding the right department at the local University to have my product tested. I would like to run an experiment on two subjects, one using the product where arms are allowed to swing in sync with the legs in what I'm calling the "running position" and one in the standard strap grabbing position that creates a fully bent elbow and wrist and the upper body is stationary while the lower body does all the work. I believe it would be reasonable to assume that the running position that Pack Handles allows the wearer to maintain would show better circulation to the hands as well as better balance and efficiency in comparison to the strap grabbing position. I have initiated several contacts with 3 different departments and am hoping to use the funding from this campaign to have the product tested.
I have found some suppliers and have placed orders so my material is on it's way. Get a pair of Pack Slings for the hiker in your family for Christmas and help them carry their heavy burdens on campus and on the trail.

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    Stocking Stuffer Special- Pack Sling

    A pair of Pack Slings in black or grey. Free shipping plus a fantastic sticker from Mountain Industries.The pair weigh less than 2.5 ounces, less than one tangerine and will feel like 10 pounds came off your shoulders and they pack up tiny. Perfect for any hiker, student, hunter, military person in your life and under your tree by Christmas Day to help them carry their heavy burns in the New Year. (will ship to other countries but postage required)

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    2 Pair of Pack Slings

    2 pairs of Pack Slings in black or grey. Free shipping plus a fantastic sticker from Mountain Industries.The pair weigh less than 2.5 ounces, less than one tangerine and will feel like 10 pounds came off your shoulders and they pack up tiny. Perfect for any hiker, student, hunter, military person in your life and under your tree by Christmas Day to help them carry their heavy burns in the New Year. (will ship to other countries but postage required)

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    Family Pack- Pack Slings 4 or more

    4 Pairs or Pack Slings in black or grey 8$ extra for each additional pair after 4. Free shipping to one address, plus a fantastic sticker from Mountain Industries.The pair weigh less than 2.5 ounces, less than one tangerine and will feel like 10 pounds came off your shoulders and they pack up tiny. Perfect for any hiker, student, hunter, military person in your life and under your tree by Christmas Day to help them carry their heavy burns in the New Year. (will ship to other countries but postage required)

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    Stocking Stuffer-Early Bird Special

    A pair of Pack Slings in black or grey. Free shipping plus a fantastic sticker from Mountain Industries.The pair weigh less than 2.5 ounces, less than one tangerine and will feel like 10 pounds came off your shoulders and they pack up tiny. Perfect for any hiker, student, hunter, military person in your life and under your tree by Christmas Day to help them carry their heavy burns in the New Year. (will ship to other countries but postage required)

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