Conceived for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers who tire of having to take off their backpacks to get at their essential gear, the new product from MindShift Gear is a higher volume rotating backpack, the rotation180° Horizon.
The rotation180° Horizon is the fourth model in the series and, with a 34 liters capacity, sits between the 37.5 liter rotation180° Professional that is the top of the line, and the 22-liter rotation180° Panorama. The 16-liter rotation180° Trail is the smallest in the family.
Whether you are a hiker, birdwatcher or a mountain biker, your momentum is an important part of the experience. Getting to your camera, map, binoculars or GU chomps is a cumbersome process, requiring you to pause to remove the pack and rummage through your belongings. That’s why MindShift Gear developed their unique 180° rotation technology. Simply pull integrated beltpack around your waist for rapid access to your gear.
The rotation180° Horizon backpack with rotating beltpack allows for instant access to food, binoculars, cameras and lenses, and other essential equipment. Plus, there is now added extra space in the main pack for larger gear, including clothing, climbing gear, and up to a 13” laptop. Daisy chains and ice ax loops provide additional lash points.
The surprises of the new model do not stop there, though. The backpack can also hold a 10” tablet (carried in the beltpack) and up to a 3 liter hydration reservoir. The Horizon truly lives up to its name, allowing for longer, more adventurous trips.
“The rotation180º Horizon backpack is an essential addition to our award-winning rotation backpack series,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “Its 34 liters of capacity and its ability to hold a laptop, a 10” tablet, and up to a 3 liter hydration reservoir provide the dimensions and features for which outdoor adventurers have been clamoring. It employs the same patented technology that won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award.”
The rotating beltpack — which can be worn separately for shorter outings — has enough room for a camera, 10” tablet (iPad), binoculars, maps, guidebook, snacks and more. See under some examples of possible profiles for the beltpack:
- Sony a7 with 24–70 mm f/4 attached + 70–200 mm f/4 +16–35 f/4 + tablet
- Canon 5DMIII with 24-70mm f/2.8 attached + 16–35 mm f/2.8 + tablet
- Nikon D810 with 70–300 f/4.5–5.6 attached + 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5 + Flash + tablet
- 1–3 GoPro bodies, LCD BacPac, remote, batteries, SD cards, various mounts and adaptors + tablet
The rotation180° Horizon costs $259.99 and is available in Charcoal or Tahoe Blue.