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‘Weightless feel’: Motionlab Active Commute backpack

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Motionlab has officially launched its debut product, the Motionlab Active Commute backpack.

Citing data from Strava, Motionlab points to a notable 18 million cycle commutes and 4.5 million run commutes in the UK and Ireland on Strava in 2018. The accessories company argues that one of the constraining factors is the impact of carrying a heavy weight to and from work on the body.

Motionlab’s design concept is billed as ‘a complete revolution in the backpack market’ The Active Commute backpack was developed for over nine years. In 2018, it won a prestigious Gold in the Industrial/Product category at the Creative Design Awards.

A release from Motionlab added… ‘It is the only backpack in the world which takes 100% of the weight off your shoulders and gives the wearer a ‘weightless’ feel by directing all the weight to the hips, where the human body is designed to carry load.’

A flexible spine mirrors the body’s own spine, allowing commuters to twist, bend, extend and flex. In addition, a wraparound harness locks the bag solidly on the back however. Each bag is ‘adjustable to the owner’s exact body dimensions ensuring a perfect fit’.

With a large capacity of 20 litres, the design has been tailored to work as an office bag. There is sleek styling wish clever features such as separate compartments for shoes, clothes and the space for a 15” laptop.

Rob Moncreiff, Founder of Motionlab, explained, “The idea came out of my personal experience of trying to find a bag that was actually appropriate for running to work with. I tried out different bags and they all bounced too much, my shoulders and neck constantly ached, and I was never comfortable. I looked at how the body naturally moves and designed a bag that mirrored it – placing any load on the hips where the body is designed to carry it and therefore freeing up all the moving parts of the body – including the shoulders.”

He continued, “Using online funding platforms and having met with as many runners, cyclists and physiotherapists as possible, we’ve designed a bag to fit the needs of the active commute.”

Paul Goss, of BodyLogic Physiotherapy, said “I found the bag surprisingly really comfortable and it feels supportive across the chest and not restrictive. The straps across the chest allow you to breathe comfortably. The major benefit I found when using the bag was the lack of pressure through the arms and shoulders allowing me to control my body position when running. This means that the body is not being rotated by the bag making this a unique product in the market.”

Features and pricing:

  • No weight on shoulders
  • Complete freedom of movement
  • Reduced risk of back/shoulder injury
  • No bouncing, no chafing, no sweaty back
  • Well-thought-out design and professional styling, perfect for office use
  • RRP £189.00




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