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Just recently during Photokina, two new bags were introduced by MindShift Gear, both derivatives of the Rotation series, expanding the concept to different sizes and uses.

Rotation180° Trail Backpack

The new, smaller, lighter Rotation 180° Trail backpack makes accessing gear easier than ever for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts. With it, it is easy to hike, mountain bike, ski and bird-watch without breaking stride. No need to remove a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, the belt-pack can rotate to allow gear to be accessed without removing the backpack.

The compact yet spacious Rotation 180° Trail is designed to accommodate a day’s necessities 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. The belt-pack can be worn on its own for traveling light.

MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Trail

The Rotation 180° Trail offers:

  • Rotating belt-pack for accessing trail essentials: compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, 8” tablet, binoculars, maps, guide book, energy bars, food, and more.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment fits any 1.5 liter reservoir or a 2 liter CamelBak.
  • 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.

For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

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)

Belt-pack 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)
  • Belt-pack: 4.5 liters
  • Backpack: 11.5 liters
  • Total: 16 liters
  • Backpack: 1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
  • Beltpack: 0.8 lbs. (0.4 kg)

Rotation 180° Travel Away Backpack

The first rotating backpack for global travelers and outdoor explorers. When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes are very important. In one swift motion, only the wearer can rotate the concealed belt-pack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers to remove a backpack to gain access to essential travel items.

Travelers will enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their critical and most valuable items are stowed away securely and are inaccessible to others due to the Rotation 180° Travel Away’s innovative design. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, while the belt-pack can fit an 8” tablet.

MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Travel

The Rotation 180° Travel Away backpack offers:

  • Backpack has dedicated pockets to conceal up to a 15” laptop and a 10” tablet.
  • Removable belt-pack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
  • Size qualifies as a personal carry-on item for air travel.
  • Side compression straps enable carrying of trekking poles, a small tripod, or jacket.
  • Locking sliders on the main compartment secures valuables with a travel lock.
  • Backpack rear pocket provides quick access to a camera, AC adapters, large sunglasses, books or other large items.
  • Additional room for books, jacket, extra clothing, hat, gloves, food, etc.
  • Ultra-Stretch pocket for water bottle.
  • Durable materials hold up in harsh conditions.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap and attachment points.
  • Curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.
  • Optional seam-sealed rain cover functions with rotation technology (sold separately).

For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.


  • Exterior: 11.8” W x 20.1” H x 7.1” D (30 x 51 x 18 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 6.7” W x 16.9” H x 1.6” D (17 x 43 x 4 cm)
  • 10” Tablet Compartment: 8.3” W x 10.6” H x 0.6” D (21 x 27 x 1.5)
  • Belt-pack exterior: 10.2” W x 6.7” H x 2.0” D (26 x 17 x 5 cm)
  • Belt-pack Interior: 9.8” W x 5.9” H x 1.8” D (25 x 15 x 4.5 cm)
  • 8” Tablet Compartment: 8.1” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (20.5 x 14 x 1.5 cm)
  • Backpack: 18.5 liters
  • Backpack: 2.2 lbs (0.9 kg)
  • Belt-pack: 0.6 lbs (0.4kg)

Both new back-packs are expected to be available later this year directly from the MindShift Gear website.

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