“I want the FREEDOM HipStar provides. I need to keep active to stay healthy; backpacking is a great way to stay fit. We want to FLY ON AIRPLANES with our backpack camping equipment and HipStar as checked luggage, to camp at our destination AVOIDING A RENTAL CAR. Even though numerous cities purposely end their public transportation a few miles before airports so that cabs, uber and rental cars needlessly are over-utilized, the HipStar will help us avoid them and only use public transportation. We can easily walk the few blocks from the airport tram to the grocery store with HipStar, to stock up on food and water at our leisure without an uber waiting on us while the clock meter is ticking. After we've stocked our provisions, we can either walk, take public transportation or uber to our trailhead to begin our camping adventure, thanks to HipStar.
When we do rent a car, airport shuttles to offsite rental car locations don't start until 6:30am even though our redeye flight gets in 1.5 hours before this. The HipStar would make the 2 mile walk to the offsite location a breeze, allowing us to stretch our legs and get some exercise after the long flight, and get to our rental car soonest.
Multi-day festivals that allow car camping or tent camping, that normally require a rental car, could be accessed with HipStar, avoiding car rental. Heck, HipStar could be used as a push-pull golf caddy cart once in a blue moon, even though we don't golf much anymore. It's not a priority to use the HipStar as a kayak caddy, surfboard caddy, drone caddy, or a beer, wine and water cooler, but if it could do that, even better. It would be fun to revisit US cities with renewed enthusiasm, actively seeking new ways to avoid rental cars. And revisit National Parks and BLM land, visit excluded camping sites with the HipStar that were previously out of reach. In beach towns and city centers we could park further away from expensive parking lots using the Hipster to carry all our items in one trip, saving parking money for lunch downtown instead, to support the local restaurant economy. When our long driveway is frozen over with snow, the HipStar could transport all our items to our car in one trip over snowpack. I hope user provided locks will work well with the HipStar design. Perhaps consider an optional slash-resistant kevlar type bag, or optional 2.5 person tent that can either utilize the frame of the HipStar, or be used bikepacking without the HipStar. Perhaps HipStar can partner with an already established tent manufacturer for that option, since the poles should fold small enough to fit in a bikeback handlebar roll, versatility is key.
The HipStar would encourage our retired parents to walk a mile to the grocery store more often, increasing interaction with neighbors. Optionally, parents would appreciate being able to lean or sit on the HipStar for a rest, especially with an optional folding umbrella attachment for sun or rain."
Cheers, Arlene Kufchock, Colorado
“I've been excited about HipStar ever since I saw it featured on a crowdfunding campaign. I used to work as a cop, and I was involved in a very serious car accident where someone served across all the lanes of traffic to intentionally hit me at 92 mph. The crash didn't kill either of us, but the impact destroyed my lower back, ending my career. I can no longer carry any amount of weight for any distance without a great deal of pain. I used to backpack all the time, and I would love to take my kids backpacking. The HipStar seems like the perfect way to get me back out there and enjoying the outdoors. It would get me back up in the mountains where I long to be, and it will help me to get my kids into backpacking as well."
Jason Hunter, South Jordan, Utah