Julian talks about the HipStar:
“I am recovering handicapped man… I need your product so bad... after breaking my neck and relearning to walk. Now I use two canes at once, so no hands to hold stuff, a heavy back pack tends to throw me off balance easily. The only way to learn to walk again is by repetition, and this is what need to be free to travel the and country side. This product would greatly increase my mobility and freedom. I’m telling you right now, your product is needed badly…
Joe G., California
In 2005, Charlene could not walk and was shopping for a wheelchair. She then had bilateral knee replacements and two years of physical therapy. She has had to learn how to walk all over again. Soon, she began biking and running. In 2008, she was feeling so fit, got bored, bought a kayak, learned to kayak and set off to Kayak America. Charlene's goal was to kayak all 50 states, and she completed her 50th state, Hawaii, on her 70th birthday! She is now 74 and recently began looking for a new goal and decided on a solo hike of the 800-mile long Arizona National Scenic Trail (or Arizona Trail) www.aztrail.org. She is working hard to prepare for that challenge. Charlene has wilderness and outdoor experience, having studied and hiked with Paul Petzoldt (founder of the National Outdoor Leadership School - NOLS) in the 1970s, but that was 40 years ago. A lot of retraining is required.
In this video testimonial, Julian tells about his own experiences on expedition with a his hiking trailers and explains how the HipStar would allow him to go further with more gear, staying in the field longer than possible, if he were only using a traditional backpack.
"I have always been thinking that one day there will be a solution for taking my baby along whenever I am having my usual morning walk. Little did I know a company is nursing such a technology? I was impressed with what I saw at your product pitch exhibition and I will be waiting earnestly to order when it is finally out for sale. Kudos!"
"I would love to buy your camping card HipStar for my team members when they are up for sale. Having lots of things to carry with a bag that is not balanced poses a challenge to many of us, but with I saw and heard at your post early this week makes me to settle for this type of product since it is flexible, light and absorbs most gadget of camping all these benefit in one bag would be a plus when it is produced."
"As a seasoned hiker, I would love to have one of the advertised hiking device HipStar that is slated to be produced in a short while. Hiking tens or even hundreds of miles on trails and cross-country terrain is not an easy task, but it requires strength to hold on and a decent but light flat bag could reduce the stain on the back. All these factors are what I saw in your proposed prototype at the just concluded brand campaign. It will be a great benefit to us hikers. I have told many of my friends about HipStar and its benefits to our hobby. Welldone!"
Sam A., hiker
People are saying about HipStar:
Charlene Swankie (AKA "SwankieWheels"). Charlene is living on Social Security, but she is living life to the fullest, camping full-time in a home built camper van. Here is a bit of her back story:
"I have never imagined a bag or stroller could be attached to my waist and it will be comfortable for me to walk with for long time. That is exactly what I saw in your planned product that will be launched very soon. These products when they are fully launched will be no doubt useful for the nursing mothers as well as the holidaying people. Cheers!"
"Over one year ago, I quit my job, packed my bags, and never looked back. I make my living as a full-time travel blogger. I live out of my backpack and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Except maybe when I have to lug my backpack around the city with all my stuff - that I could live without. Luckily, with the HipStar, I wouldn’t have to worry about any of that. No matter the weight of my backpack, I can place it on the HipStar, attach it to my hips, make a few adjustments to maximize comfort, and walk around an entire city without feeling the weight in the least bit! And since it’s completely hands-free, I can snap photos, jot down blog notes, and wave to all the tourists taking my photo with this awesome new piece of gear."
Dan, travel blogger, USA
"I’m a bit of a nature junkie. I love hiking and camping. Every place I visit, first thing that I do is research the best hiking trails in the area. I do enjoy a short hike, but I really love long, multi-day adventures. Not only do I have to bring enough food and water for several days, but also a tent, sleeping bag, and a stove. Needless to say, all that weight starts to add up. Instead of going on my trip with just a backpack, I would definitely use the HipStar. The weight off my shoulders is lifted! The built-in shocks cancel out all the bounce from all the uneven terrain. I can still easily convert it into a backpack when the trail gets too rough. Plus, when I’ve had enough for the day, I can pull out the kickstand and let it hang for the night. Great idea!"
Alex, hiker. Romania
“When HipStar first approached the team at bb7, we were very impressed with the design. Not only does it address the challenging ergonomics of moving a heavy pack around but it is also a well thought out and rugged design. From a human factors standpoint, the fact that the cart is able move the load from the users back and shoulders to their hips and also reduce the load at the same time will allow the user to go longer distances with less impact on their body. From an engineering and product design standpoint, the cart is well thought out, light, easy to use and very rugged. The team at bb7 is very excited to help HipStar transition into full production and further improve the design in the process.”
My name is Julian, from the YouTube channel OH8STN. I'm a video content creator and blogger, but I'm also involved in amateur radio emergency field communications. I wanted to share my story with all of you, who are considering the HipStar. Then also share my video testimonial.
So, I don't work for HipStar or anything like that. I actually found the HipStar while researching better ways to carry the gear I take out into the field. One of my endeavors is volunteering for emergency field communications. That might mean acting as a radio operator for the Red Cross, it could be a training scenario in a remote area, or acting out a grid down disaster like we have in Puerto Rico right now. When I'm heading out into the field, I need to carry my shelter, Sleep System, food, radio equipment, computer, solar panel and a few other things to make the trip a success. This certainly is not ultralight backpacking, but I have already reduced the weight of my gear, as much as possible.
The problem is on multi-day excursions, when I need to hike from someplace accessible by car, to some place that's totally inaccessible by car. On my previous excursion, that hike was about 40km (about 25 miles) carrying all the gear I mentioned previously. The distance isn't so far for a Backpacker, but add to the standard pack load, all of the gear and equipment that I take to actually achieve the goals of my mission, and the weight becomes unmanageable with these distances. The HipStar will allow me to pull that weight, rather than carrying the weight on my shoulders and hips. This means I can hike greater distances with the same load, without the pain and fatigue of having to pack load on my shoulders.
On a more casual note, I'm very close to my followers and subscribers on YouTube. Sometimes I go on hiking adventures, taking my subscribers along with me. One of the planned trips is the Camino in Northern Spain. It's about 800km (500 miles). I've wondered for quite some time how I could carry all the camera and editing gear, plus the hiking, sleeping and other gear I need for the trip. I believe the HipStar solves that problem too.
I wasn't paid for it, and I insisted that I tell the story from my own perspective, sharing my own failures as well. I hope my testimonial will help you to support this project.
"Wow! I will definitely wait for this product to be rolled out before changing my beach camping bag. With what I saw recently in the awareness campaign, it looks real good to be used by everyone. I have since been imagining how it will look like when it’s finally out for use by all. Fantastic idea you are putting into action."
“I have a trailer for my car, I made a trailer for my bike, then I thought that there could be a trailer for walking. So I searched the internet and discovered that it is already happening. By far the most versatile and effective hiking trailer I came across was the HipStar. Everything seems to have been included in the design - multiple adjustments, shock absorbing, running, walking or resting flexibility - really impressive. I am very keen to purchase one for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in September 2018 and certainly hope that they will be available before then.”
John P., United States
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Here is what Charlene wrote:
“I struggle to get ready for the hike due to limited finances, and also a bad shoulder. That is why HipStar would be so important to me. I am seeking a second opinion this month on the shoulder to determine what I need to do about it and how much recovery time will be required. My goal to hike the AZ Trail felt aimless... and I kept searching for a purpose for doing it. I wanted a goal that was bigger than life itself, like kayaking all 50 states was, but I couldn't find one until I connected with HipStar. Needless to say, I am extremely excited about this new challenge... of working with HipStar to make the wilderness more accessible to seniors and those mildly physically challenged!"
"I live for capturing the perfect shot. I’m a professional nature and landscape photographer, and I love to find vantage points and angles that no one else has ever discovered before. Sometimes it means walking up a short hill, sometimes it means climbing a mountain. Having a backpack is great for short distances, but when I need to traverse across long distances and go off the beaten path, sometimes the backpack isn’t always the most versatile solution. The HipStar would help me bridge the gap between versatility and comfort. I can load up all my lenses and cameras inside and not worry about the weight holding me down. I can also have my camera in my hand the entire time in case I want to take a photo on the fly. It will give me versatility I have never experienced before! It is a great idea."
Simon, photographer. UK
Julian OH8STN from Finland is ultra-portable, digital QRP fanatic and video-creator, retired broadcast engineer and expat living in Scandinavia for the past couple of decades.