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MindShift Gear’s New rotation180°® Trail™ Backpack Provides Quick Access to Outdoor Exploration Necessities

Accessing gear has never been easier for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts.

This fall MindShift Gear will be making its award-winning rotation technology available in a smaller, lighter new backpack, the rotation180º® Trail™. Accessing gear has never been easier for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts. With the rotation180º Trail they can hike, mountain bike, ski, and birdwatch without breaking stride. No more removing a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, they can rotate the beltpack and grab their gear without taking their eyes off of wildlife or disrupting their creative momentum.

The intuitive functionality of the small yet spacious rotation180º Trail keeps the day’s necessities organized and ready for quick access. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. This 2-in-1 bag’s beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.

“The rotation180º Trail ends the tiresome on-and-off again of other backpacks and lets enthusiasts enjoy the outdoors more,” said MindShift Gear CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “It is another example of our commitment to reinventing backpack access. It employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”

Key Features

— Rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, — 8” tablet (iPad mini), binoculars, maps, guide book, energy bars, food, and more.

— Dedicated zippered hydration compartment fits any 1.5 liter reservoir or a 2 liter CamelBak reservoir

— 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light

— Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch and more

— Front stretch pocket provides flexible carrying options for quick access

— Small tripod carries easily on the side panel

— Top pocket for quick access to small items

— Mesh stretch pocket fits a water bottle

— Bike-light attachment

— Beltpack compression straps

— Lightweight materials

— Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap

— Optional rain cover (sold separately) functions with rotation technology

Beltpack Gear Profiles

Hiker: Mirrorless camera, iPad, GPS device, smartphone, radio, headlamp, knife

Bird Watcher: Binoculars, iPad, bird watching book, map, bird list, voice recorder.

Mountain Biker: GPS, GoPro, cell phone, map, energy bars, bike tools, banana, sunglasses

Skier: Energy bar, flask, lip balm, trail map, hand-warmers, liner gloves, sunglasses

Beltpack Camera Profiles

Sony a7 with 28–70mm kit lens attached + 55mm f/1.8 + iPad mini

Nikon D5300 with 18–55mm kit lens attached + 75–300mm + iPad mini

Canon Rebel t5i with 18–55mm kit lens attached + 75–300mm + iPad mini

1-3 GoPro cameras, LCD back, remote, batteries, SD cards, various mounts and adapters

Backpack Profile

Fits a light jacket and an extra layer, hat, gloves, food, sunscreen and more.


Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It’s also constructed with high quality YKK® zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high density nylon, nylon 100D shadow ripstop, 210D velocity nylon, Ultra-Stretch fabric, nylon webbing, 350G air-mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 200D polyester lining, Belly-O mesh pockets, closed-cell antilon foam, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.


Backpack Dimensions

Exterior: 9.4” W x 21.3” H x 5.9” D (24 x 54 x 15 cm)

Interior: 8.5″ W x 11″ H x 4″ D (22 x 28 x 10 cm)

Beltpack Dimensions

Exterior: 9.1” W x 7.1” H x 5.1” D (23 x 18 x 13 cm)

Interior: 8.7” W x 6.3” H x 4.3” D (22 x 16 x 11 cm)

8” Tablet Compartment: 7.9” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (20 x 14 x 1.5 cm)


Beltpack:4.5 liters

Backpack: 11.5 liters

Total: 16 liters


Backpack: 1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)

Beltpack: 0.8 lbs. (0.4 kg)

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About Us

MindShift Gear ( is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet. Founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. Their slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.

Posted On: SANTA ROSA, CALIF. September 18, 2014

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