At last, time for Smarter Backpacking

As many readers already know, I have been quite busy this fall with my first book in English. I am happy to say that it is now available at Amazon. But books are a plenty, so what's with this one?

By Jörgen Johansson

Weight on your feet

In several books, including the soon to be published Smarter Backpacking, I have written that it is five times as energy consuming to carry something on your feet, compared to carry it on your back. This makes some people irritated, so I have collected some of the scientific articles that support this rule of thumb. Read and judge for yourself.

By Jörgen Johansson

Breathability of fabrics

Gortex is of course the king, but there are many pretenders. And quite a few of them have adopted the suffix -tex. In a feeble attempt at humour I call all these 'waterproof/breathable' fabrics 'Mextex'. Not popular with some people who do not think you should treat such a serious subject in such a frivolous way. But how breathable are these fabrics, and others used in outdoor gear? I've consulted Chris Townsend on the subject.

By Jörgen Johansson

Gearing up on an ice cold October morning in Montana's Beartooth Range: From left. Brian Doble, Mike Clelland, Don Wilson, Ryan Jordan

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