The Future of Backpacking: Monowalker Fatmate

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  1. CountryGirl says:

    I don’t have a problem with this if that is what a “hiker” wants. I prefer ultra-light and having my hands free. I don’t even care for the yuppie trend to carry walking/hiking sticks. If you need to transport a lot of heavy stuff this might be the best way to do it.

  2. I like this b/c it transfers part of the weight from one’s body to a wheel. Since I have a bad back, this is a big factor.

    • Same here with the bad back. Never mind the prev shattered legs. All I can do to carry a handbag. Cannot allow too much weight down thru back and legs.

  3. Since I can no longer pack the weight I used to, I have been looking at something like this for my GHB. I like the mobility of a single wheel, but they seem to run about $500+. Currently, due to the cost and other seemingly greater priorities, I will go with a used golf bag cart. I folds and I can get them at garage sales cheap.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Heck I have enough stuff laying about to make several of these.

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        I think I’m going to gather up the parts to make a few of these for myself and a few prepping friends. It shouldn’t be hard to weld up a frame to hold a bag or pack and I have the metal and wheels in the garage. A 20-inch bike wheel looks to be the right size and is already set up for hand breaks.

        I’m always looking for a way to make some extra money, but I see these things as a hard sell because of the parts used and time invested to make them would be too high for any room for profit.

        I have a rule when selling things in that I must be able to sell an item for at least 3 times what I have in it, less then that I won’t bother with trying to make or sell them.

        But as gifts for fellow preppers they would go over great.

  4. Canadian Prepper says:

    Thanks for posting this, if anyone has any questions feel free to contact me via youtube, I really think it has a lot of potential for survivalists and preppers- CP

  5. Debbie Johnson says:

    Canadian Prepper, I really like this product. I’m definitely going to look into this. This could be a really good tool in case of a natural disaster. I live in tornado alley, this would be perfect for me.

  6. neat, prolly outside my meager pocketbook ability. I reminds me of an oriental wheelbarrow. TY 4 sharing. I’d prolly go w/my mountain bike as I don’t envision mountainous or overly hilly terrain btwn here & bol. Again, TY!

  7. I have been looking at an aluminum folding deer cart. The Monowalker opens up a lot of new possibilities.

    I think the typical 72 hour bug out/get home bag is wishful thinking at best . I am thinking a week worth of food, water, filter, solo stove, sleeping bag , tent, extra socks, and possibly a carbine. The light weight 72 hour bag will not cut it in cold weather or a longer trek.

  8. My stability isn’t quite bad enough yet that I need something like this (born with a physical disability). I’m also another one for hands-free nature walking (I would be carrying either a walking stick or cane), so this isn’t really my cup of tea. That’s not to say that it’s not a good idea though. I still feel like it would take better with the hipster/yuppie urban market though…..hmmm…..maybe ideally for urban preppers during bug out? It looks like a 21 century manual travois.

  9. Look up a tumpline and add a wheel instead of dragging the load.

  10. I would have to try one but to be truthful I doubt this would work for anything but flat terrain or hiking down a road. In the first place you see this guy ( who looks to be in better shape than most of us probably are ) going straight up and down hills which anyone that hikes knows is the hardest way to go. I feel if you turned sideways this is going to want to flip down the hill. The concept is the same as a wheel barrow and I have used one of those a lot,also pulling it instead of pushing it and I can tell you that this is not going to roll flat and even like it shows. Giving us 2 second sections of the video I think is the reason it looks like it works so well JMHO

    • I agree with you poorman. Additionally, I can think of several situations where this apparatus could become a liability, or even a danger. (along a narrow trail with a 500′ fall, and the wheel goes off the edge, or going downhill, with it weighted, and it’s pushing you, and you have no use of your hands and can’t stop.)

      Yes, you might get some weight off your shoulders, but you have to then use other muscles to stabilize this cart, which would be far harder in the long run.

      There is a reason why the backpack has remained relatively unchanged for the last century or longer. It’s because using your shoulders and especially your hips is the most efficient way to carry loads.

  11. Encourager says:

    Sent this info along to both my sons.

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