We love our backpacks and rely on them to carry our stuff wherever we go - work, school, hiking, traveling, wherever.

But sometimes they really bother us. Why? They trap heat and make our backs hot and sweaty. They also press down uncomfortably into our shoulders and back and can sway and bump around as we move.

Backpack wearers know these issues well and talk about them online and offline. While some backpacks try to address these problems, they tend to be inadequate and partial solutions that don't work very well, even with high end backpacks.

I was fed up having my back suffocated and hot as I biked to work. Then walking into work with a sweat drenched shirt, which I then had to change out of in a bathroom stall. 

I realized the solution was to “get my pack off my back” in order to create real separation and airflow.

I created crude prototypes that validated the concept and, encouraged by early fans, worked, through several iterations with leading industrial designers.  We launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and are now selling on our website as well as through other channels. 

The VentaPak delivers more ventilation than any backpack we have seen and tried. It also improves posture and back ergonomics, as leading physical therapists have observed and appreciated about the VentaPak. By shifting the pack off the back, the top strap approaches the shoulders more horizontally, tugging them back gently.  This and the mesh pressing into the lumbar area, make one more upright vs. slumped forward (as backpacks are known to do to people).

The mesh also distributes pack load more evenly and comfortably across the back, solving for the problem of items digging into your back.

VentaPak is a proud supporter and contributor to Bikes For Kids Foundation.


We encourage you to try a VentaPak and improve your backpack wearing experience for the rest of your life, whether biking, hiking, walking, running, or traveling!  


Mark Dingle