A hiking backpack can easily become dirty, so how do you wash your Kajka backpack if it get’s dirty?
The outer fabric on Kajka is made out of Vinylon F, it should be washed gently with lukewarm water and a soft brush. If you wish to use gentle soap to remove dirt you have to be prepared that some of the protective wax may disappear.
You can re-wax your backpack with our Greenland Wax warmed on a low heat. Vinylon F is sensitive to high-temperatures so only use the lowest setting on your iron.
Many already know that you can wax your G-1000 garments with Greenland Wax to adapt the garments. But how do you handle hybrid trousers like the Keb Trousers?
First of all let’s explain what we mean with hybrid trousers; it’s a mix between G-1000 our most important material ímproved with stretch fabric on certain important spots of the trouser. This to make them more flexible, for more freedom of movement.
First of all, if you happen to put wax on the trousers there is no harm done! But how do you impregnate the stretch fabric? Well, you can simply use an environmentally friendly waterproofing with PU base (for example Green Guard Spray On).
We recently got a question regarding tips trousers for hunting. It’s a bit depending on what type of hunt you are doing. We divide our hunting garment in two basic categories passive hunting and active hunting.
- Comfort fit
- Weather protection
- Freedom of movement
- Low weight and ventilation
Two tips on trousers for hunting in the different categories, passive- and active hunting described above:
Björn Trousers (Passive hunting); comfort fit, mid waist, lined (100 % polyamide) and Hydratic liner.
Drev Trousers (Active hunting), regular fit, mid waist, stretch panels and Hydratic liner.
Both these trousers got the outer material of G-1000 Silent. It’s a brushed version of the G-1000, it makes the material quieter when moving.
Forest, our hunting gear
We name our hunting collection Forest, since the collection also can be used for other activities.
I know where I would prefer to wake up this summer – in our new Akka View tent with a view over a still body of water. The sides of the tent open wide enough to let in the morning breeze, so I can have a few more moments in my sleeping bag. Without being paid a visit by flies and mosquitoes.
When we made Akka View, the idea was to make a tent that works best when most outdoor enthusiasts are actually outdoors – during the warmest part of the year. We already have fantastic, award-winning tent models for three- and four-season use, and they also work well during the summer. But we wanted to make a tent that was optimal for summer use – lightweight, self-standing and with really, really good ventilation – for all of the people out there who are not interested in sleeping in a tent when the temperature cools. A tent that works just as well in the mountains as it does on a cycling vacation and when trekking in more southern latitudes.
When work on the tent began, we started with some of the properties in Akka Dome that we like and made them even better: self-standing construction, two openings with vestibules, good organisation options, easy to handle.
We added several details that make the tent a place where you really want to be (not just a place to escape when the mosquitoes are attacking or the rain starts to fall). The most obvious feature is probably the panorama construction, which means that you can completely open the sides of the tent to take in the view. It is almost like being under the open sky – but still protected. The sides of the inner tent are a black mesh, which obstructs the view as minimally as possible when you are sitting in the tent and looking out, and which gives the tent its fantastic airflow.
I can see before me how I wake up from the heat when the morning sun hits the tent, open up the side of the flysheet that is in the shade to let in the early morning breeze, crawl back into my sleeping bag and fall back asleep.
That is how I hope that Akka View will work for great treks, kayaking trips and cycling vacations. It should be a tent where you can enjoy everything that you are in nature to experience: sunsets, sunrises, the night sky and the summer breeze. A tent that does not make you feel like you are cut off from your surroundings. Perhaps a purely social tent, when you are camping with several others, where you place the tents so that the openings face one another.
I look forward to camping with Akka View this summer!
There is now less than a week to go until the participants of Fjällräven Polar 2013 are at the starting line in Signaldalen in northern Norway. Preparations are being made in a number of locations both in Sweden and in Norway to ensure that all details are in place after a year of planning.
It is a big challenge to organise an event that covers 300 km of wilderness, north of the Arctic circle, in a region without mobile phone coverage. New solutions are required and this has made us think forward. We cannot take any more people along with us, so during the event we will be uploading daily web films in an attempt to share with the surrounding world the wilderness, region and the experiences of the participants in the best way possible. We will start sending on Tuesday, April 9th, live from Signaldalen, with the help of the latest satellite technology – so keep an eye out!
Fjällräven Polar 2013 is breaking all previous records with 29 participants from 12 different countries. 220 sled dogs will together take them along the 300 km route between Norway and Sweden. An exciting journey in a true winter wilderness, travelling between majestic mountains, over large lakes and through forests, a trip that for many is just a challenging mentally as it is physically.
As Joasia Bukowska, one of last year’s participants, said:
- Life is so simple and easy during times like this, out in the mountains with the Northern Lights in the sky above. The tireder you get, the emptier your mind becomes. You can focus your thoughts and find the answers in your head; you don’t need to look to your surroundings.
Let the adventure begin…