Gear news from Friedrichshafen 2012

This year's European Outdoor show in Friedrichshafen is getting closer, and here are some lightweight teasers to warm you up before the reports start coming from the actual exhibition.
Edit: weight on the Komperdell Pole

By Martin Nordesjö

Optimus Vega stove
Optimus Vega, 178 g
Optimus Vega - remote canister stove
The Vega stove is maybe the most interesting product from Optimus since Katadyn took over the company. It's a gas spider stove with a remote canister. It has a pre-heading loop so that it can handle liquid gas when the temperature or canister pressure is low.

Borderline - the map

My planned trip will go more less west from the Kebnekaise area and then follow the border to Riksgränsen for resupply. I will then follow the border due east until it switches north again. Going north will take me to where the three borders meet, from where I will go west down to Storfjord and the sea.

By Jörgen Johansson

Borderline - the plan

After spending about a week in the Kebnekaise area with my wife and son I will wave goodbye to them and take off on my own for a couple of weeks. I will head more or less west from Keb until I hit the Norwegian border and then follow it cross-country going north on the Swedish side until it meets the border of Finland way up north at Treriksröset (the Three Country Cairn). From there I will head west towards the setting sun and hope to dip my toe in the salty Atlantic ocean at Storfjord, not far from fabled Troms.

By Jörgen Johansson

Summer plans are overdue

Serious planning for the summer hikes have been seriously delayed. Last night I sat down and got down to business. A week with wife and son #3 with the aim of bagging Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest peak, will start it off. Then I plan to continue for another couple of weeks on my own, up along the border to Norway and out to the Atlantic at Troms.

By Jörgen Johansson



Cuben Haven: 700 g for a double walled 2 person tent

Lightweight tents for more than one person are still quite unusual. That's why I'm really happy that Six Moon Designs have just started the production of the Cuben Fiber version of their Haven tarp. I think it's on top of my wishlist.

By Martin Nordesjö


Green Cuben fiber is cool. But I wonder how transparent it is.
Haven is a shaped tarp designed to be matched with the Haven net-tent to form a double-walled two person tent. If you don't count the pegs and poles the combined weight is below 700 g (you know the maths: add the weight of your preferred pegs and poles).

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