Christen Bell was in the sixth grade working on a science project when she came up with the idea for Vestpakz. Christen was looking for an easier way to carry all her school books, so she created a vest that works like a backpack but as a vest with pockets in the front and back. The innovation evenly distributes the weight.
[LEFT: Vest Packs like this $40 vest pack from TriWonder are popular with athletes]
Since getting her product patented, she got a licensing deal with backpack company Eastport. And she was able to land a deal with Walmart, too (after appearing on Oprah). But that was more than a decade ago. Now trying to find a Vestpakz is nearly impossible. Eastport says all three styles are sold out. And Walmart doesn’t recognize the word Vestpakz in their online search. No wonder Christen’s family is appearing on Shark Tank. They need help!