People are saying about HipStar:
"HipStar, My Great Discovery!
Though I'm yet to see a HipStar first hand, I was certainly taken by its design after a long internet search that last winter lasted for days. On and off over the months since I have thought of the day, I will be able to purchase a HipStar cart. Actually, and this rarely happens with me, I was so impressed I have found myself talking about the HipStar with others over the months since my research. I have a back with a multitude of serious issues. I'm actually doing my best to avoid several surgeries. I used to be a backpack explorer from American, Canadian, and Mexican wildernesses, to all over Europe. I had serious feelings of defeat with my age and retirement at 64 yet with dreams of carrying my own luggage or even camping gear and hopefully traveling some before I pass on to the next great place. Such longings left me in disarray until I started finding small travel carts.
I was immediately in awe when I came across the uniqueness, quality, and versatility, of the HipStar design that is far beyond the other cart manufacturers. Other carts were nice, but none had, among other superior features, the ingenious concept of altering the pitch of the load to reduce the vertical weight on the carrier. Other designs had like a 40% ratio where if you had 100 pounds 40 would be the weight you bear, and no provision for adjustment. With HipStar that vertical load can go down to almost zero. As in my case, and as I imagine the case is with all, and even for those without back problems, that less is more, the less one bears in vertical pressure the better.
Also, none of the other designs had the shock system as I found so cleverly incorporated into the HipStar design. Imagine a bumpy trail, road, cobblestone, or pot holes, and you will see in the video how that was factored into the design with its unique shock system. Other designs had single wheels, or two wheels, yet were rigid in design where I foresaw problems with balance coming into play. With the HipStar's two-wheeled design that is not a problem as even the design allows for lateral motion or side pitching, and even for the vertical motion generated with each walking or jogging gate, plus an adjustment for longer or shorter strides, amazing! Also, I found the HipStar to even come in three different design sizes depending on your applications.
Sometimes with my travel plans I will be at some busy airport, bus, train station, or walking down crowded city sidewalks, or onto crowded city buses, where the HipStar actually converts into a two wheeled suitcase! I was blown away to see it convert into a backpack frame, and also with included attachment it can even connect to the seat tube of your bike and serve as a bike trailer, wow! I plan to live at times where if I purchase a bike, I can go shopping with my HipStar trailer and haul my own groceries or go on bike trips to explore the land.
When I discovered the HipStar cart the vision of my “bucket list” of travel and hiking and camping suddenly opened as a possibility if it wasn't for this unparalleled design. My bucket list hopes will actually last for the rest of my years if I can and all now possible with my HipStar cart. I must go prepared for all climates and terrains. The HipStar I find is designed for it all. What was the impossible and only a melancholy dream is now reality thanks to what I imagine has been a long and careful research and development phase with HipStar. This is not a cart that has been precariously designed by any means. Take a serious look at what new horizons open up for you with this masterful design. I look forward to the day I go beyond my apartment high-rise and with my HipStar sally forth into this beautiful world with all the new chapters it beholds.
Mike Jensen, St. Paul, Minnesota, US"
I came across the idea of the HipStar only a little while ago, while browsing the net, looking for new ideas, for new gear, with a view to upgrading any, or all of my hiking and camping equipment to make things easier for me, now I have gotten a little older.
One of my main interests is hiking and exploring, and sometimes camping, one or more nights, in my wider, local area, which is the Snowdonia region of North Wales. But unfortunately as I've got older, I've found it increasingly difficult to carry loads on my back. Which is needed, if I am also to camp overnight, as I then have to carry additionally, a tent (or bivvy), sleeping bag, cooking equipment and extra food, etc.
So when I happily stumbled across the HipStar I couldn't believe how genius the whole idea of it was. More or less solving ALL my hiking and camping dilemmas, about carrying weight around, in one compact brilliant, and even foldable, package. It even has a suspension system no less, to smooth out the walking and pulling of the cart, unique certainly in that, whilst still, I am informed, keeping the weight down to very, minimum levels.
I was amazed to see also the very compact shape it can be folded into, within a minute or two. It can then be carried on one's back if needed, which is an incredibly useful feature. At least for me. In other words, any time consuming, unbolting of the frame, taking out screws, bolts, nuts, taking apart the frame, bit by bit, etc, is completely unnecessary with the HipStar.
And for anyone who likes to go jogging while at the same time carrying some weight with them, the HipStar is also designed to be able to run with. Meaning that it can be adjusted in such a way so as to, not interfere with, or restrict the movement of one's legs, while running. There is a film of just this demonstration of jogging with it, available on the HipStar's website and also on YouTube.
It has to be seen to be appreciated, just how clever the idea is. So yes, with all these ideas incorporated into the HipStar, it is exactly what I need, and more. There is nothing it seems, for my own personal needs, that has not been already thought of, or incorporated into it's design. It is ideal especially for older hikers like me, who still like to be able to carry everything needed, for long hiking and camping adventures. Brilliant!
The HipStar really has no peers!
Stephen, Hiker, Wales/UK."
You could say 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. Let me tell you, they are not for the faint of heart. 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 latest trip with just a backpack, I tried out the HipStar, and it changed my life forever. The weight off my shoulders is lifted - literally! And 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 just pull out the kickstand and let it hang for the night. I would never leave home without it!
Alex I., Romania