Testimonials

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Wearing for School Everyday

7 year old boy enjoying his BackTpack

brother and sister running with BackTpacks

Amadeo T.
June 2020

All my back and neck problems disappeared …

This is the most amazing load carrying system ever invented. All my back and neck problems disappeared within 2 days of using it, and as a student carrying many pounds of books it has been a literal lifesaver for me. Every student should have one, as well as anyone who carries any kind of weight for any reason. I cannot imagine being without one now. Do yourself a favor and get one, your back, neck and body will thank you every day. I wish I had this back when I was hiking the deserts of the southwest, I would not have suffered the decades of back and neck pain I have endured if I had. Thank you so much BackTpack and God bless all of you.

B. Sommer
College student
July 2013

Very comfortable, convenient, and well-made.

Field scientist using BackTpack

BEFORE: After seeing a colleague’s BackTpack, I decided I had to get one for myself. But which one? I could use one for my teaching work. but I also thought it would work well for my work as a field naturalist who carries audio field recording gear, photography gear, and other things necessary for field work. I opted to try one for field gear first, and it is going to serve me well. I’m 5’3+1/2, small-boned and slender woman. I got the medium/large (standard size) for the field work and will probably get the slightly smaller one for more urban applications. The construction is very good, it looks great, and I am quite impressed with how it supports good body mechanics.

AFTER: My new BackTpack keeps my gear evenly distributed and better balanced. It therefore allows me to keep my back straighter, reducing the neck tension and pain that I used to accept as inevitable. I especially love the ease with which I can access all of my gear, and my rather heavy camera now resides in the BackTpack instead of in a case strapped around my waist. There’s plenty of room for lenses as well as my field recording equipment and other supplies. Very comfortable, convenient, and well-made (5 out of 5 stars)

Lisa R., Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Field scientist
December 2013

Perfect for record collecting!

Vinyl record collector using his BackTpack for finding vinyl records at a Flea Market

BackTpack is perfect for record collecting! It has room to carry round 80 records on your body (perfect for gigs in bars where you cannot afford a cab). Even if it’s filled, you can still sit or kneel down and dig in crates. It’s handy for traveling (it qualifies as a personal item on airlines, so you can bring an additional carry-on). You can ride a bike without it getting in your way. I am a fan.

Philipp W.
Vinyl collector
August 2013

I never realized how uncomfortable a regular backpack is …

After I had been wearing my BackTpack for several months, I tried on my old conventional backpack to see if I’d feel a difference…and did I ever! I never realized how uncomfortable a regular backpack is until I had the BackTpack.

April 2020

WOU dance professor endorses BackTpack

Dancers are notorious for carrying around bulky dance bags slung over one shoulder causing them to lean to one side. Students often load up their traditional backpacks to such an extent that they must lean forward in order to counterbalance the heavy load of books on their backs. Both of these situations cause poor alignment of the spine and can lead to chronic neck and back pain. The design of the BackTpack is the ideal solution to both of these problems because it allows the wearer to balance the load evenly between both sides of the body, which promotes proper vertical alignment of the spine.

Professor Sharon Oberst
Professor, Department of Dance
April 2020

I am truly amazed and thrilled with this product.

This product is amazing! I have been looking for something like this since I became a white cane user over four years ago. As a blind/visually impaired person, our hands are already occupied with our guide dog and/or white cane. We have to bend a lot to care for our dogs who are our eyes as well as use our hands to “see” things. A purse or traditional backpack is such a hazard for your back and at greater risk of theft. They are also a nuisance, sliding off your shoulder when you bend over. To be able to carry all you need at your sides and bend and stretch in active ways while being safe and convenient is priceless. Carrying toys, treats, and water for my dog…while also carrying my wallet, iPad, iPhone, keys, spare hat/shades and water for me…no longer a hassle with BackTpack. I am truly amazed and thrilled with this product.

Tracey T
Visually impaired with guide dog and white cane
June 2017

BackTpack Facilitates Upright Posture

The unique design of the BackTpack distributes the weight of the contents perfectly between the shoulders and pelvis. Unlike other backpacks which can place their weight on the upper back or unevenly on the torso, the BackTpack facilitates upright posture of the user and supports ease of movement. It is highly recommended for people who have back or posture issues due to low muscle tone.

Sandra Rosen, Ph.D., COMS, PT
Coordinator, Program in Orientation and Mobility San Francisco State University
April 2020

Really helped my shoulders and my back feel free from pain.

Hiker wearing BackTpack4 enjoying the from the top of a Mountain

I have used traditional backpacks my whole life. As a 24 year old, I started to become more aware of the need to protect my body from the negative effects associated with bad posture brought on from backpacks which hurt my shoulders and cause my back to hurt. After much research, I found the BackTpack, and I was amazed by the design. I have stopped using traditional backpacks altogether and have used the BackTpack on a daily basis. The design is incredible and really helps me carry my things in a much more natural fashion. Its such a versatile product, and it is a wonderful product that has really helped my shoulders and my back feel free from pain associated with regular backpacks in the marketplace. If your looking for a truly unique backpack that is actually good for your back and shoulders, this is it!

Fernando O.
March 2017

Recommend BackTpack to Patients

First off, BackTpack’s amazing bag design saved my back and shoulders through medical school! I recommend them to my patients who have heavy things to carry on a daily basis. They work great when bicycling and hiking, and when you hang it on the back of a chair – your books, pens, snacks and water bottles are easily accessible. Second, what a helpful emergency kit suggestion! Saving this to make up my own!

Electro A.
February 2017

BackTpack makes carrying anything much easier [when walking] with assistance dogs

Ed wearing BackTpack with Alepo his service dog

Both Alepo and I attended the 2018 California Council of the Blind conference and convention held on March 21st-26th, 2018 in Sacramento, California where I met Marilyn M von Foerster, PT who was promoting her BackTpack, which is actually “side-packs” that make carrying anything much easier for individuals, such as me.

This was especially helpful for me, as I hold my canine partners harness with my left-hand and his gentle leader in my right-hand, which makes carrying things very difficult for me. But, the BackTpack takes away any hurdles and carrying becomes, so easy to accomplish. They can be especially helpful to assistance dog teams.

Ed C.
March 2018

BackTpack Mini Into Kindergarten

I got a BackTpack for my daughter when she was in preschool and she is now wearing it in kindergarten. It works so well that I am getting another one for my son, now that he is in preschool!

Heather B.
November 2019

Mom Wants to Start her Child Off Right

3 year old boy wearing red BackTpack Mini doesn't notice he is carrying some books while he is playing naturally

I’m a believer in BackTpack as being a proactive way to teach proper posture and prevent neck and back problems. And as I see it, it’s just like wearing a seat belt in the car or a helmet for bike riding, kids that have grown up with these habits are more likely to continue them through adulthood. This is why I have chosen to purchase the BackTpack for my preschooler. I want to start him off on the right path today!

Nichole A.
February 2016

No Longer Strain on Neck When Walking or Using Public Transportation

With my traditional backpack, I was experiencing back pain and headaches caused by neck strain as the heavy loads would pull on my neck and shoulder muscles. As I need to carry a variety of items such as tools, books and electronics for work and study, I was looking for an ergonomic alternative. With the BackTpack 4, I find that the even weight distribution allows me to stand straight and walk a lot faster even with the same loads I used to carry. The ability to carry loads for a longer period without the constant strain on my neck, shoulders and back have taken the hassle out of walking and using public transport. I am really enjoying the use of my BackTpack 4 and look forward to more innovative and ergonomic products from your company!

Sharon W.
April 2018

Reduced Shoulder Pain and Better Posture for Professional and Everyday Use

I have had a BackTpack 4 for over three years. I bought it after I found a traditional backpack, which I had migrated to due to shoulder pain from an overly heavy purse, awkward. BackTpack allows me to stand erect. I can easily reach my wallet while in a store. I use my BackTpack on a daily basis for travel, work, and pleasure. The compartments are a generous size, allowing me to carry my latest knitting project, a tablet, a book, a folder for my next meeting, and all the contents of a traditional purse. I like that the straps can be “tucked in” and the handle snapped together for a “brief case” look once I arrive at my meeting location. I like this product so much, I just ordered a second one!

Pam L.
March 2018

PT Ergonomist Enthusiastic about BackTpack

As a physical therapist with a specialty in ergonomics, I was quite excited to read about the BackTpack and all of the thought and effort that went in to designing such a ‘body-friendly’ product. It did not disappoint. Extremely well made, highly adjustable and so many compartments I need to come up with a system to remind me where I stored everything (much preferable to digging through one big pocket, though!) I am able to walk from one appointment to the next with the weight of all of my equipment evenly distributed across my back and shoulders with my hands free. My physical and occupational therapist co-workers were also quite impressed and immediately began thinking of their patients (and their own children) who could benefit from the BackTpack.

Pam H.
August 2017

Amazed Student Found BackTpack Helped Back and Shoulders

I have used traditional backpacks my whole life. As a 24 year old, I started to become more aware of the need to protect my body from the negative effects associated with bad posture brought on from backpacks which hurt my shoulders and cause my back to hurt. After much research, I found the BackTpack, and I was amazed by the design. I have stopped using traditional backpacks altogether and have used the BackTpack on a daily basis. The design is incredible and really helps me carry my things in a much more natural fashion. Its such a versatile product, and it is a wonderful product that has really helped my shoulders and my back feel free from pain associated with regular backpacks in the marketplace. If your looking for a truly unique backpack that is actually good for your back and shoulders, this is it!

Fernando O.
March 2017

A Family Choice

As parents, we wanted to try the BackTpack out for ourselves to see why our child chose the BackTpack over her standard style cartoon back pack and so we loaded it up and went out for a walk. We discovered the posture, comfort and balance she found in wearing it was in fact as fantastic as she said. We could now see using the BackTpack not only for her school but for us too at work, doctor visits, park time with our kids or pets, mall shopping, hiking, camping, events, amusement parks, flea market shopping, farmers markets, vacations, tailgating events, and even for quick bagless grocery shopping!”

Avery-Perich family
February 2017

Life Made Easier for Blind Person with Guide Dog and White Cane

This product is amazing! I have been looking for something like this since I became a white cane user over four years ago. As a blind/visually impaired person, our hands are already occupied with our guide dog and/or white cane. We have to bend a lot to care for our dogs who are our eyes as well as use our hands to “see” things. A purse or traditional backpacks are such a hazard for your back and at greater risk of theft. They are also a nuisance, sliding off your shoulder when you bend over. To be able to carry all you need at your sides and bend and stretch in active ways while being safe and convenient is priceless. Carrying toys, treats, and water for my dog…while also carrying my wallet, iPad, iPhone, keys, spare hat/shades and water for me…no longer a hassle with BackTpack. I am truly amazed and thrilled with this product.

Tracey S.
June 2015

Improved My Life in So Many Ways

I love my BackTpack! It has improved my life in so many ways. You don’t realize just how much of a difference it makes until you transfer the items from your traditional backpack into the BackTpack. It’s equivalent in weight and yet it it feels so much lighter! There are times I hardly even notice it is there. I have used it for 3-4 years now and it is showing no structural wear. This is truly amazing!! I mean seriously! What products out there in this day and age last longer than 2 years? Especially with daily use/abuse! I’ve loaded up the bag to the brim and ran with it on and… well… lets just say I have no doubts in the “Bounce tested for 48 hours” claim. I just bought two more bags because I want the upgrade to the BackTpack 4 and a different color, not because I need to replace the bag any time soon!

I really cannot say enough good things about this bag. It takes a little getting use to at first – you have to get the knack for balancing the two sides of the bag – but once you get a feel for that, your life can begin a new chapter! Just kidding, that is a little too dramatic, but seriously! Buy this bag!

You can also wear a backpack with it too which I think is pretty cool. I haven’t had to do this very often but it has come in handy a few times when I have had to carry more than normal.

Lastly I just want to say how much I appreciate the customer service. I ordered up two new bags and Marilyn emailed me back alerting me to a Canadian distributor that would allow me to avoid the considerable customs costs! I don’t know about you, but I get tired of being taken advantage of as a consumer so it is nice to see someone that cares! In my opinion, everything from the design to the lasting quality of this product shows care and consideration! Maybe I am going overboard with positivity on this product, but I don’t care! Buy this bag and then tell everyone you know to buy one too!

Jaxan K., Canada
March 2018

Prevents Usual Back and Shoulder Problems

I bought the BackTpack several years ago and have used it as a work bag, travel bag, and bike bag. It works. It’s lightweight yet really durable. Over a period of years the only significant issue was a chest clip that needed replacing and the company sent me one as soon as I told them about it. The thing I like the most though is the fact that it’s really helped prevent some back and shoulder problems I was having that were in good part due to carrying too heavy of a backpack. The way the BackTpack balances the load and avoids stressing my shoulders is awesome. And it works great as an airline carry-on because it holds a bunch of stuff but still fits really nicely under an airline seat. Sweet.

Tom K.
October 2015

Pain Down in One Day

After wearing/using my BackTPack for one day, I have noticed a significant reduction in pain associated with carrying a handbag/purse and materials for work. Previously, I used/would carry a purse and backpack. Quality material and assembly….worth the price!

Queen L.
October 2015

Everyday for Two Years

After wearing my BackTpack, I will never wear a regular backpack again. After two years it shows minimal wear and tear, and I have used it every day. I have used it for my mile-long walk to work, for travel to art lessons, and as my only luggage on plane trips. I love it!Ju

Sister Hilda
June 2015

Great Posture and Compartments

Posture comparison showing school boy with markedly improved Posture with BackTpack vs. Common backpack

We love the  Back T pack!!  It makes such a huge difference to posture when carrying any weight and all the compartments are great!!  Thank you !!

Tracy M., South Africa
January 2020

Happy Mom Happy Boys

Schoolboys from South Africa happy wearing their new BackTpack

Boys r doing just great… They said it is far better and their backs aren’t sore or bending backwards.

Mom from South Africa
February 2020

No Backaches and Safer on Ice

Ten year old girl happy with pink BackTpack 3.1

Thank you for the BackTpack! I liked it for the following reasons:

I didn’t have to worry about all my belongings not being able to fit because this backpack has lots of room in it.

When it’s icy and times when we have a lot of homework, I don’t have to worry about tipping over and falling on the ice which can lead to a concussion.

Also, I don’t get backaches because the backpack doesn’t rest on my back. And when you have a lot of homework and you get a backache, oh, it hurts!

 

Ayla, Age 10
January 2020

Pain Reduced in TMJ, Neck and Shoulders

I completed my Animal Biology Degree at the University of Guelph. Normal backpacks put a lot of strain on my shoulders, neck and back which in turn inflamed my TMJ or temporal-mandibular joint disorder. I found the BTP4 helped fix my posture and reduce the strain on my neck and shoulders, which reduced the inflammation and pain in my jaw and also reduced the number of tension headaches from the TMJ. It was also much less painful on my shoulders when carrying a heavy backpack full of stuff.

Michelle, Ontario CA
September 2019

Daily Ergonomics

Thank you Marilyn for creating this product! I have been using it for more than a year and a half almost on a daily basis and I absolutely love the ergonomic attention to detail that you have designed in this product! It is truly an amazing product 🙂

Fernando O.
September 2018

Better than Pilates

I’ve had intermittent back pain throughout my adult life – most likely due to poor posture and not being able to sit properly in most chairs (I am five feet tall). I practice Pilates to help with my core strength and other things but the BackTpack just automatically makes me stand taller and feel better (I know a lot of work went in to the “automatic” part). I feel like starting up a campaign to tell people – try it – you’ll love it!

 

Ann C.
June 2019

Voice Improvement for Singer

You asked about my motivation behind the purchase of the BackTpack and it was really to try and reduce (and hopefully eliminate) pain and discomfort from my traditional backpack. I sing for a living, and so any undue stress or tension immediately manifests in my voice and affects my work. This is a big part of the reason that I choose to walk and use public transportation and rideshares like Uber or Lyft instead of driving. I think that spending so much time carrying my life around in a backpack was putting too much pressure on my scalenes and causing unnecessary upper back, neck and shoulder tightness. I was experiencing stiffness in my voice because of it, and once I realized the cause, I knew that I needed to find an alternative to my old JanSport. I’ve had my BackTpack for about a week now, and I’m already noticing more vocal freedom, less discomfort, and some bonus benefits as well! I find that I am much less fatigued after longer walks, and my lower back, hips and knees seem to be happier as well! In addition to the physical benefits, I’ve found the BackTpack to be a great conversation starter! Several people have shown interest at the church where I work, restaurants, and even just walking down the street. The BackTpack is a hit!

Eulis Kay
euliskay.com
April 2019

Smiles and Energy

She loves her new bag. Came home full of smiles & energy and not so tired anymore.

R. Van Schalkwyk, Age 6, South Africa
April 2019

Osteoporosis With Compression Fracture

Great bag. I use it for my main shopping. I was horrified to realise the damage a rucksack does to ones posture young or old. I have severe osteoporosis with a T5 compression fracture so I certainly don’t want to make it worse. Thanks for a wonderful invention.

Elaine C.
December 2018

School Physical Therapist Loves His BackTpack 4

I really love the new BackTpack 4. The build quality is extremely high, and the built-in waist strap make wearing the bag even more comfortable than previous models. I use the strap all the time, especially when walking longer distances in the schools I serve. Even though I’m carrying a full-size laptop, An iPad, Chromebook, all the cords, adapters, and everything else I need to function during the day, I hardly noticed I’m wearing it.  It took me one or two days of playing around with adjustments, especially the spacing between the bags to get it right, but once I did, the bag is more comfortable than any of your products I’ve used before  Please feel free to use my name and my comments, if you find them useful.  Thank you so much for not only making, but improving this product!

Bruce Alter, PT, PCS
November 2018

Totally Off of Pain Killers

My kids and we as parents are in your dept for ever. The kids have not complained about back pain in weeks.

They are saying that even the way they sit in the desk at school is now more upright and not curled-over when writing. Michelle that was constantly in pain it totally off pain killers.

My wife find it much easier to loud the BTP in the boot of her car and even she has stopped complaining about the heavy load that the kids have to carry.

I have a little bit of peace in my live due to the BTP and I am not even carrying or loading it.

THANK YOU !!!!!

Philip, South Africa
August 2018

BackTpack for Scoliosis, Even With Brace

Little girl with scoliosis brace and her purple BackTpack for school

Backpacks for my daughter since starting to wear her brace have been difficult… we tried a few different options and none were really great… until now! This crazy backpack solves all of the issues she has had, AND is healthier for her back! It applies the load to the vertical axis of the body, eliminates posture distortion, and the load is easier to carry! I thought she wouldn’t want to try it because it looks different, but she loves it! It was designed by a PT in our group, Marilyn Miller von Foerster. She was so helpful in making sure we got the right model for Kylie. Very excited about this find!!!

Elizabeth Jean, B.
November 2018

BackTpack Important for Schoolchildren Worldwide

schoolchildren wearing BackTpack walking to school

We received the bags, it for my children (9 and 11 years old) and they love it as it really help eliminated the burden of carrying heavy school books. The same weight of books they were carrying in their normal backpack, they feel much lighter in this backtpack. I have been looking for a proper ergonomic backpack on the internet and came across your website, its really an interesting design and thoughtful. Letting the child carrying over weight school bag should be banned by Ministry of Education, the school as an educational institute must responsible and taking this issue seriously as it is harmful for physical and mental health of the child. However we were living in 3 countries (Thailand, South Africa, and Jordan), non of the school we ever heard they are concerning of this issue. Also the custom tax for these bags are too high as we paid JOD 140 (USD197) for this shipment, it is really a ridiculous policy (brainless).

 

Btw – thank you for making such a wonderful product. It should win a prize and adopted in all good schools.

A., Jordan
November 2018

Travel now without back pain.

I love my BackTpack. I travel a lot. Now without back pain.

Joy H.
October 2018

BackTpack Great for Medical School

I don’t get any kickbacks from BackTpack, but their bags – I found one in my school bookstore and then bought another online – were my go-to in medical school. I was able to keep lunch, snack and personal items (purse) on one side, and my school documents, computer, and some medical supplies on the other. I moved easily from my bike to my classroom, or to a bus.
I recommend this to my patients who are students.

Electra A., ND
October 2018

Wonderful customer service

I was unable to complete my purchase online so I called customer service. The phone call was answered promptly and my order was filled. I had a wonderful experience speaking with a very knowledgeable physical therapist. She was able to describe the product and help me choose the right bag for me. I am a registered nurse so we were able to discuss the benefits of the bag for a wide array of individuals. Thank you so much for your wonderful customer service. I look forward to receiving and using the bag! Especially looking forward to no more neck and back strain when hiking and playing with the dogs! Having a system where water, camera and artwork can be easily accessed will be amazing! Thanks again!

Connie
August 2018

Love BackTpack

I love mine! I use it all the time when I travel.

Mel S.
July 2018

On Bikes

They work great on bikes of all kinds.

Penny V.
July 2018

Pain Free Activity

Back T Pack is the best for travel, hiking, sitting on a fast train in Europe and playing frisbee on the beach! Builds good bones and posture, too!It keeps you aligned, balanced and pain free! Yay!

Mary R.
July 2018

With BackTpack No Back, Shoulder and Hip Aches

Just arrived home from an 8 day business trip across Europe. Seven airports, Multiple airlines, multiple hotels and miles of walking. All carrying a larger laptop and all the other necessary paraphernalia. This time I did it with a BackTpack. Unlike the dozens of backpacks and rolling briefcases I ‘ve gone through over the years, my back, shoulders and hips did not start aching this time. I’m sold!

Joy H.
July 2018

My old backpack just weighed me down

Boy happily riding his bike to school with comfort and balance wearing his BackTpack

My old backpack just weighed me down and half the time it was resting on the back tire when I rode my bike. My backpack even got a hole where it was resting on the bike tire. It just got too hard for me to ride my bike so I stopped. With my BackTpack, I can put my binder on one side and my clarinet on the other. It’s easier to pedal so I’m riding my bike to school again.

Stuart N.
Student
May 2024

School Bag & Small Dog Carrier

Young woman carrying two small dogs, one in each side bag of her BackTpack

Stephanie, 16, is very happy using the BackTpack for school and for carrying two Papillon dogs weighing 5 pounds each.

Stephanie, Australia
Student
May 2024

Brothers having Healthy Backs with BackTpack

Two teenage boys enjoying their BackTpacks

It’s comforting to know I am not damaging my back. I love how I can sit with the pack on while I’m on my way to school.

 

I love how the pack feels on. My old backpack hurt my back. I also like the pockets and all the different colors are fun!

 

Drew B. and Corey B.
May 2024

Durable Bag for Medical Examiner

These bags are almost indestructible, and wash well. They are rather like Birkenstock® shoes; you need to be sure you like the color when you buy them, since they take years to wear out. The current bag has survived a few purses and is in better shape still than all the purses I have junked. I use it nearly everyday. I have used one bag for Medical Examiner work for several years, and one bag for everyday use.

Marilyn Fraser, MD, Family Practice in Lincoln City, OR
Lincoln County Medical Examiner
May 2024

Pain Relief in Back, Neck and Shoulders for Guide Dog Handler

Woman with guide dog in comfort and balance using her BackTpack

I got your product from someone who had bought a number to resell. I’ve had it since mid June and have to say that it’s an incredible product!

I have arthritis and deteriorative disk disease in my neck and upper spine, C6 through T4. This came about as a result of carrying heavy computer bags and other equipment improperly. This pack allows me to carry all of my stuff easily and end the day with little to no pain at all. Any pain is a result of other activities. I’ve taken the pack to trade shows where I am carrying equipment, at times heavy equipment, in it and have had no issues with my neck and upper spine as a result.

I love the many compartments too! I’ve received zillions of comments when I fly about this pack from flight crews. Now I know where to tell them to get it!  I also work with a guide dog, this means that not every pack is going to work because in my left hand, I hold the harness handle. I’m sure you have heard from many guide dog handlers about the problems we have with our necks, shoulders and so forth, and finding a proper bag that looks good and works well is hard. Well, I know I’ve found my carrying system in your product!

Thanks for doing such a great job with it.

Jenine S.
May 2024

Back Pain Relief for Physician/Mother using BackTpack

Women sitting in a vehicle happily wearing her BackTpack

After two poor-outcome lumbar back surgeries in four years, I found out on my own how difficult it is to carry possessions in a traditional backpack, purse, briefcase or bag. The BackTpack is just great! I can wear it in the car, keep it on when I sit, load and unload when it’s on, and even carry my laptop without low back pain. I haven’t had any problems with thoracic or cervical strain, and no difficulty changing positions while wearing it. I have already been talking to patients and friends about the BackTpack, because my personal experience with it has been so positive. I hope to get my four children out of their unwieldy backpacks soon, and have encouraged them to try the BackTpack

Marilyn Fraser, MD
May 2024

Back Pain Relief for HS Student

Front view of highschool student in front of his school standing tall and comfortable with his heavily loaded BackTpack

When I used the conventional backpack, I experienced back pain frequently, and was always overloading my backpack with books and binders. Within the first three days of using the BackTpack, my back pain was almost entirely gone, and has since completely disappeared. I can also carry the same amount, without walking around hunched over. I would recommend the BackTpack to everyone, especially to those experiencing any sort of back pain.

Connor, C.
May 2024

Mom with BackTpack and No Pain Hiking

Woman in Peru comfortably wearing her bright pink BackTpack

Here is (a photo of) my mom wearing the BackTpack at Machu Picchu in Peru. She said it was so easy for her to carry while hiking and eliminated any back pains. She was hiking in comfort while my poor father used a regular pack and was pretty sore afterwards.

Tana
April 2020

Hiking with BackTpack. Less Sweaty, Less Pain, Easy Access

Hiker using his BackTpack

Our hike for the day was 19 miles and I was very pleased that I chose this pack over the traditional backpack/day-pack. I was able to carry my trail-food, water bottles, water filter, first aid kit, camcorder, and still have room for my clothing layers as I donned or doffed them. I had inner enclosed pockets to keep my keys and ID in a safe place. The saddle bags were sinched nicely against my body so there wasn’t any undesirable loose swaying of the packs and to my surprise the packs did not interfere with my normal arm swing. I was able to retrieve my own water bottles to hydrate while I continued to walk. I avoided having thoracic burning pain that I would normally get from hunching over when wearing a traditional backpack. I also was a lot less sweaty in my upper back by having that area “exposed” instead of being under a backpack. I felt the BackTpack was far superior to the traditional day-pack and I plan to wear it on my next two summer day hikes this season.

Arthur Baudendistel, PT, OCS, COMT, Folsom, California,
May 2024

WOU Dance Professor Endorses BackTpack for Dancers Posture and Own Children’s Safety

School children heading to school with comfort and safety using BackTpack

Dancers are notorious for carrying around bulky dance bags slung over one shoulder causing them to lean to one side. Students often load up their traditional backpacks to such an extent that they must lean forward in order to counterbalance the heavy load of books on their backs. Both of these situations cause poor alignment of the spine and can lead to chronic neck and back pain. The design of the BackTpack is the ideal solution to both of these problems because it allows the wearer to balance the load evenly between both sides of the body, which promotes proper vertical alignment of the spine.EnE

On a personal note, my children ride their bikes to school and they have found that it is more difficult to balance with traditional backpacks, which place the load high upon the back. They prefer their BackTpacks because the load has a lower center of gravity and is balanced from side to side making bike riding much safer and more stable. What parent wouldn’t want that?

Sharon Oberst, Professor of Dance

European Traveler Loves BackTpack’s “Comfort and Luxury”

Man in Denmark resting comfortably on a bench wearing his BackTpack

We are back from Copenhagen where we spent Christmas and New Years. I used this pack daily for 10 days and carried each day a large bottle of water in each side plus what ever else I needed for the day. I didn’t take off the pack at all for at least 8 hours each day. You can see that I was bundled up with 5 layers of clothing because the temp was about 25F with the wind chill running about 17F. I could sit easily without removing the pack. I was amazed at the ease of carrying a moderate “load” one would expect to have on vacation. I can assure you that you will never have a customer any happier with your product than I am. It was wonderful not to have to take a day pack off every time I sat down. We rode city busses, subways and commuter trains hundreds of times and it was great to have the comfort and luxury of leaving the BackTpack on. Thanks again for a great product. Bravo BackTpack.

Joe
April 2020

BackTpack Improves Balance on Uneven and Icy Surfaces

I received my BackTpack by mail yesterday. I loaded it with library books this morning and took off over very uneven, icy trails across about 10 blocks of parkland to my local library. Balance is superb. It is great to be able to load and unload without removing the harness and bags. It will be amazing at the farmer’s market. This is, perhaps, the best idea in packs in many decades. Great idea, well executed. My grandchildren will be getting BackTpacks for school use, as they need them, over the next few years.

Michael, Canada
April 2020

Back Pain Relief After Multiple Car Accidents… Recommendation to PT and Chiropractors

I was rear ended right before finals week one term and was forced to use a small rolling luggage carrier for nearly two weeks as I couldn’t carry my books on my back with a regular backpack due to whiplash in my lumbar and cervical spine. Apart from the excruciating pain that caused for the first several days, it would have really interfered with my healing. Before the next term started, I ordered a BackTpack to be my new solution. In the first three weeks of the term, I had no significant pain that I could link directly to carrying my thirty pounds of books. Then I was rear ended again (I know…). After the second accident, wearing a traditional backpack is simply out of the question. With BackTpack, even after the second accident I’ve had none of the back pain I had come to expect from having thirty+ pounds of books on my back. I’ve even recommended BackTpack to my chiropractor–honestly, these packs should be in every physical therapy or chiropractic clinic in the world so that patients like me can learn about them and acquire them easily.

Dallas
April 2020

BackTpack Worked “Wonders” for Posture and Back Pain

My daughter has been having back problems for several years from carrying her standard backpack to school. Her pain had escalated to the point that we were making weekly visits to the chiropractor and she was taking nightly pain medication so she could sleep. I found the BackTpack and decided to try it. It works wonders. Her posture has straightened since she no longer has to bend forward in order to balance the weight and her pain disappeared within the first week. She did have some muscle soreness from adjusting to the new pack, but that disappeared within a couple of days. She likes having her things at her side instead of on her back and the pack is easy to get on and off. She just grabs the briefcase handles to sling the BackTpack around. Although the price of the BackTpack is more than a standard backpack it is well worth it. I would highly recommend the BackTpack for anyone, back problems or not.

B. Anderson
October 2012

BackTpack Helps Student’s Back, Neck and Shoulders after Accident

Over the past 4 years I was in a couple of car accidents in which I was rear ended while at a full stop. Because of this, I have major issues with my neck and lower back. As a result, I haven’t been able to handle any type of bag that I try to carry. I’m a college student and I sometimes have 40lbs worth of books to lug all day long. Shoulder bags hurt my neck and lower back, and roller bags mess with my shoulders and my gait. This past December I did some research to find an ergonomic bag for school, and I found the BackTpack. This bag is excellent! When I carry this bag I can barely even feel the weight. I have less issues with my neck and shoulders wearing this bag because of the way the straps sit farther away from my neck. There is no pain in my lower back, at all, while wearing the BackTpack, and the big plus is that I can sit in it without removing it. Although, when I do need to remove it, I can just quick fold the bag briefcase style and carry it like a suitcase. This bag has been a lifesaver for me. I thoroughly recommend it if you have back issues, if you plan to travel, or even just for light groceries. This design really makes sense. Thanks people of BackTpack!

Pennsylvania
May 2012

BackTpack for Bulged Disks, Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia

I have used a BackTpack everyday for several years now. It’s worn out now and I’ve just ordered a new one. I had two bulged disks and arthritis in my spine AND fibromyalgia (and serious hand issues so I can’t use a rolling backpack); the BackTpack has been a big factor in allowing me the mobility to deal with graduate school. I’m now in the process of getting a PhD in musicology (music history and literature). Carrying large format books and musical scores around a large campus is a daily part of life. With a conventional backpack, my arms and hands would go numb from my thoracic outlets being squeezed, and my back would be in incredible pain. I have absolutely no problems with the BackTpack. Thanks for such an innovative product!

A.M.
April 2020

BackTpack Helps Blind Mom/Student and Family

I love BackTpack so much! I have had my first one for six years, and after all the abuse it has taken, it was time to buy a new one. I ordered it last week, and it came very quickly. My husband and oldest son also own BackTpacks and they have been great as we all have trudged to and from school. My best friend also bought one a few years ago. I tell everyone I meet about this wonderful carrying system.

I am blind and have a mobility impairment, and the BackTpack has made it very easy for me to carry my computer, water bottle, and everything else, and use my white cane effectively. The BackTpack has made it so much easier for me to be a busy student and mom. Thank you!

Kasondra
January 2013

A Help for Scoliosis

Ball State Theatre and Dance students in the hall all wearing BackTpack

I suffer from mild scoliosis, and years of wearing conventional backpacks and shoulder/tote bags continued to move my body in this ill direction. The BackTpack is groundbreaking because it doesn’t cause alignment problems to worsen like an average bag would. It frees your shoulders, neck, and spine in a way no other bag can!

College Student
Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance
September 2013

What a Difference with BackTpack!

After I had been wearing my BackTpack for several months, I tried on my old conventional backpack to see if I’d feel a difference…and did I ever! I never realized how uncomfortable a regular backpack is until I had the BackTpack.

 

 

N.H.
Ball State University, Department of Theatre and Dance
September 2012

Physical therapist’s son “pain-free instantly”

Young boy getting onto a school bus with BackTpack

My son was having difficulty managing his backpack, and started complaining of back and shoulder pain after school. We tried the BackTpack and he felt pain-free instantly. He reports that the BackTpack “doesn’t hurt” and its design allows him to automatically turn on his posture muscles and stand straighter when he is waiting for the bus and transitioning between classes. He can carry his school binder, a cellphone, lunch and a few books without any difficulty. It’s lasted over a year in middle school with no signs of excessive wear and tear. It’s been a great investment in both wellness and durability.

Christina Howard, MPT
Program Coordinator, Physical Therapist Assistant Program,
Lane Community College, Eugene, OR
September 2014

Organized and Less Back Pain

“BackTpack is very helpful because it distributes the weight evenly on both sides and helps with my back pain. I also like being able to keep my things organized. I would give it an A+.”

Johnathan M.
May 2018

Comfort Compartments and Compliments

I like the BackTpack because it feels good to wear it. I love it! I love all the compartments, the color, the way it feels, the water bottle holder. With my low vision, the yellow is really bright against the purple and I get compliments on it all the time. I like the comfort, especially the padded straps. No matter how much weight you have, it still feels okay. Oh! And I can hold my cup of coffee and have an extra hand free too!

Janie M.
May 2018

Love my BackTpack and have taken it on planes, trains, automobiles and cable cars!

Lady wearing BackTpack preparing to board a train

I sure love my BackTpack and have taken it on planes, trains, automobiles, and cable cars! A great contribution to the planet!

Karla E.
August 2019