Since we began selling Anchorpak bags in 2014 we've consistently heard:
"This is the most comfortable bag I've ever owned"!
This past summer we began collecting the biometric data to understand more about why the Anchorpak is so much more comfortable than other cross body bags. The University of New England's Motion Analysis Laboratory offered to look into how it works.
The research was designed to help us understand the mechanics behind the comfort, frequently described by our customers as "a lot lighter feeling than my bag"!
So, the basic premise is to undertake the steps to illuminate the simple but complex activity of carrying whatever we can't hold in our hands in a more logical way.
Because we wanted to know more about the precise physics of carrying and how our bag and other bags actually perform — how weight and force interact with the shape of the bag and transfer those forces to the muscles and joints in the body — we applied to the Maine Technology Institute for a grant to study this question. We were awarded that grant and the study has just begun this month at UNE.
The lab's resources include the latest 3D Motion Analysis Software, as well as an eight camera Qualisys Track Manager System, three AMTI Force Plates, a sixteen-channel Noraxon Wireless EMG System, and a Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer.
The basic premise is to undertake the steps to illuminate the simple but complex activity of carrying whatever we can't hold in our hands in a more logical way.
We will compare our bag to messenger bags and backpacks and even to itself to see if it's possible to increase the efficiency of the bag's capacity to handle pressure on the body.
We will keep you up to date on the study as it goes along and show you the cool pictures this 3D software generates. We welcome any comments or ideas you may have.
The picture here is of our team: Katy Rudlolph, Phd. Biometrics/PT, Michael Lawrence, Lab Director, Tucker Troast, Anchorpak Intern and Ralph Rosales Anchorpak pattern consultant.