A first glance, the Monowalker, a “hiking trailer” conceived in Germany, had me snickering. Come on! Man up! Carry it on your back!

But the more I think about…well…maybe it’s cool..?

For one thing it can carry up to 100 pounds of gear. Try carrying that kind of weight on your back for a long distance. Ouch.

Also, contrary to my first assumption, the weight is not all supported by your arms, but is distributed to the waist and shoulders with a harness.

The Monowalker can be converted into a bike trailer (with the purchase of an additional wheel and draw bar) and a backpack. And the ash wood frame gives it a cool old-school vibe.

Monowalker hiking and biking trailer
Monohiker backpack conversion
Monohiker bike trailer conversion
Monohiker hiking trailer front view
Monohiker hiking trailer side view

For me, the jury’s still out. I’m trying to imagine what my wife would say if I brought one home.

“Honey,” I’d say. “They’re all the rage in Europe. And it only cost $1000.”

She’d shake her head in distain and reply: “So are David Hasselhoff and Spandex.”

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