Veste Bergtagen et sac Kajka 85 - Fjallraven

Fjällräven BERGTAGEN jacket

Fjallraven Bergtagen windproof jacket - Test

Global note 75%
Look 85%
Toughness 80%
Weight 60%
Praticality 90%
Waterproof 30%
Breathability 60%

The Fjallraven Bergtagen jacket is advertised as an all-season windbreaker. You will find below my return after a few weeks of use in real conditions.

Testing conditions


The jacket has been tested on two trips:

  • The first in the heart of the Dovrefjell National Park in Norway. A total of 100km of hikes covered in 10 days in June in a terrain alternating short tundra, snow and rockery. In terms of the weather we had great weather and heavy rain. The bag was initially loaded at 17-18kg
  • Second trip: Iceland in two parts: Laugavegur, 4 days for 55km of trek on the Icelandic highlands. Lots of rain and wind! Bag initially loaded at around 16kg and then 2 weeks of “classic” travel with a few day hikes.

These two trips made it possible to test the jacket in all conditions and long enough to have a good feedback.

General information


  • Brand : Fjallraven
  • Advertised price : 459.00€
  • Weight (measured) : 698g
  • Material : G1000 ECO lite et G1000 ECO
  • Available colors : Graphite grey, "hokkaido" orange et "UN" blue
  • Manufacturer website

Field review


Look

Always difficult to judge this argument as it depend of each. However, we can be sure that the jacket is beautiful and fairly sober. There is no fuss and everything in it is useful. Personally, I find it aesthetically successful. The orange model throws in and you will not go unnoticed in the mountains!

Fit

The jacket offers a real mountain fit. That is to say that it descends low on the buttocks to protect the lower back and thus does not rise when walking with a bag. The sleeves are a little long which allows not to have the arm which is uncovered during movements of the arm in extension for example. In addition, the collar and the top of the jacket are well covering in order to protect the neck and the bottom of the face from bad weather.

The overall cut allows good freedom of movement and the jacket does not interfere. I have the model in M for a template of 1.70m and 75kg. It also leaves room for wearing a protective layer underneath.

Material and toughness

The jacket is mainly made of the flagship material from Fjallraven the G1000 which has the reputation of being resistant and durable.

We will mainly find G1000 Lite Eco as well as G1000 ECO, thicker, on areas with high friction such as the lower back and elbows. A pledge of additional durability.

The seams are not lined which could have been appreciable but they all have a sealing tape on the inner face.

The jacket looks solid and does not show any wear after 150km of walking and almost 1 month of non-stop use in bad conditions

The jacket in details

Fjallraven knows how to build jackets and we find all this know-how in the small details of the Bergtagen:

  • The sleeves are wide enough to be worn over a pair of gloves. They can also be easily closed thanks to large scratch easy to use even with gloves.
  • There are two ventilation zips on the blanks which have the function of circulating air. Their size and positioning are adapted and well thought out. They can be easily handled even when carrying a backpack.
  • The sliders used on the zips and cords are particularly practical, especially if you wear gloves. We don’t look for them for 3 hours. The zippers are also of good quality and slide well without blocking (YKK brand).
  • Note the presence of soft tissue at the areas that will rub on the skin, that is to say at the chin and nape of the neck. Significant detail!
  • The jacket has two large front pockets in the high position. They do not interfere when carrying a bag and remain accessible and practical. The opening is done by a zip located towards sternum. They both offer a small net inside to store his laptop for example. From a volume point of view you can easily store a card and small equipment.
  • The hood is a wonder! It covers the head perfectly and insulates you from wind and rain (even if the waterproofing is to be reviewed as we will describe later). It is easily adjustable by a system of cords that allow it to be securely attached to your head without disturbing you.
  • The jacket is equipped with a RECCO reflector, a system that will facilitate your search by the emergency services if necessary.
  • To protect yourself from the wind, a drawstring tightens the bottom of the jacket.

Waterproofness and breathability

We are dealing here with a windbreaker jacket. In other words, you shouldn’t count on it in the rain. I was able to experience it in Norway and Iceland and I confirm it. Even the addition of Fjallraven “greenland wax” does little to seal it, especially since the wax leaves relatively quickly. On the other hand, the jacket performs very well against the wind, in particular thanks to its well covering cut. It is therefore necessary to favor its use for mountain outings in good windy weather for example. A waterproof alternative from the same family exists at Fjallraven, the Bergtagen Eco Shell.

Price

The jacket is offered at € 459 on the Fjallraven site. It’s a huge amount for a jacket! The brand does, however, offer durable and repairable products, which aims to avoid buying clothing or equipment too often. We can therefore see Fjallraven products in the long term.

Conclusions

We like :

  • Look
  • Comfort and the well covering fit
  • All the praticable details

We dislike :

  • Price
  • Waterproofness (even if it's a windbreaker we could have hoped for a little better)

The Bergtagen is a beautiful jacket, no doubt if you use it under the conditions for which it was made.


Test du Fjallraven Kajka 85L

Backpack Fjällräven Kajka 85

Backpack Fjällräven KAJKA 85 - Test

Global note 85%
Look 90%
Toughness 90%
Weight 40%
Practicality 70%

Test conditions


The bag was tested during two treks:

  • The first in the heart of the Dovrefjell National Park in Norway. In total 100km covered in 10 days in June in a terrain alternating  tundra, snow and rocks. We had sunny weather and heavy rain. The bag was initially loaded with 17-18kg.
  • Second trek: Laugavegur in Iceland. 4 days for 55km trek on the Icelandic highlands. Lots of rain and wind! Bag initially loaded around 16kg.

These two treks made it possible to test the bag in all conditions and long enough to have a good feedback. However, I did not use the entire volume of the bag because you have to plan a lot (too much) of material to fill the 85L.

General informations


  • Brand : Fjallraven
  • Price : 399.95€
  • Volume : 85L
  • Weight : 3.45kg
  • Size : H84cm x L39cm x P29cm
  • Material : Vinylon
  • Available colors : Black, Deep Green, Graphite and "UN" blue
  • Manufacturer link

Retour d'expérience


I have long had a 65L bag from Gregory but this volume although consequent was sometimes limited especially for long treks in total autonomy and even more since I started to bring a lot of photo equipment. So I wanted to switch to a larger volume which will allow me to take more food but also not to have to play tetris every time I want to prepare my bag ; if I take off my sweater, for example, I want to be able to slip it quickly into the bag.

My preference therefore fell on the Fjallraven Kajka 85.

Look

This argument is purely subjective but I think this bag is very beautiful. It has a slightly retro look with simplicity and no frills. The finished wooden structure give it that characteristic touch. As often with Fjallraven, we note the concern for details with the leather logo for example.

Volume and weight

As the name suggests, this bag is 85L and as much to say it right away it’s huge! I no longer have any space concerns when I prepare my treks. However this immense volume combined with a very good robustness (point on which I will come back below) make it a really heavy bag when empty which is its biggest defect. With 3.45kg, this will certainly be a brake for some. However the Kajka being comfortable we do not feel this weight too much but it still makes as many calories to burn more each day.

Confort

The Kajka is intended to be a heavy carrier. I have not found a recommended mass limit, but I think that we can easily go up to 25kg (is that reasonable …?). For my part, I use the bag in a 15-20kg range and comfort is there.

The belt and the back support foams fulfill their function wonderfully and even with a heavy load and elevation I have never had back pain. Ditto for the suspenders. In addition, the multiple possibilities of adjustments mean that you can really adapt the bag to your body type (in height and width).

However concerning the flexibility of the belt during certain movements it could be better. We might like to be more flexible in terms of pelvic rotation. However, this does not interfere with normal walking or on slopes.

Last important point, the external pockets all offer zips with a large buckle which is particularly practical if you wear gloves!

Toughness

You immediately have a feeling of robustness with this bag. The main canvas is thick and “rigid”. We feel that we will be able to rub trees or rocks without problem. After 15 days of use I did not notice any wear at this level, which is reassuring (the reverse would have really surprised me).

The zips present are well sized, especially those of the flap of the front face. We are not afraid to handle them even if they remain weak points (which is true for all zip). Likewise, the various quick-closing systems are robust and seem to want to last.

Obviously this robustness is paid for in terms of weight as we have been able to evoke but to choose I prefer with blind confidence in the resistance of my bag rather than fear the slightest branch. Obviously, this bag is not however a tank and will remain sensitive to piercing or cuts.

Details

We find, as on most backpacks, different possibilities to access the main pocket:

  • The first is the top opening. It closes with a practical cord system which could be improved.
  • The second is located at the first third of the height of the bag. It is a zipper that allows access to the bottom of the main volume.
  • The third, finally, is a large flap on the front part of the bag which allows access to almost the entire volume. Very practical, the only downside is that you have to systematically undo the compression straps to open this flap, which can be painful if you want to quickly access the interior.

The main volume can be divided into two sections thanks to an internal zip. The lower section is intended for wet items and the classic closing flap can be replaced by an integrated net. I did not use this function yet but it’s clever. A compartment for a water pocket is located on the back of the bag. I think it is suitable for volumes of 1.5 / 2L.

The Kajka also offers two side pockets. For once these pockets are not only there to look pretty !! They offer a real volume of storage and its very practical to use. I would say that we can put two 1.5L bottles per pocket at first sight. This is a real plus because I had many bags whose pockets were almost useless.

The upper hood on the other hand is not very practical. Fjallraven has chosen to put two pockets on the external part but ultimately if one is filled the other is almost more usable … I would have preferred a large volume (why not with an internal net) rather than two. There is also an interior volume that can be used for small equipment but nothing more. Note that the hood can be easily removed (practical when preparing the bag) and used as an auxiliary bag thanks to an integrated strap. You can also choose to fix it like a belly bag with two clips provided for this purpose.

On the basis of the Kajka, you will find two very practical nets also. They can be used to store equipment or a gourd / bottle thanks to an access on the side. However, you have to be careful because the bottle may tend to slip if you lean forward.

Finally you will find two small pockets on the belt, one “waterproof” the other in mesh. Both are large enough to contain small items to have on hand like cereal bars, a lip stick, … I like the idea of ​​differentiating them.

Aesthetically I like this bag because it is stripped on the front but there are however enough to fix sticks with Velcro. Likewise, the underside of the bag has loops for attaching a tent, for example using a strap. I would nevertheless appreciate a system to easily fix a tent on the front side for example or on the sides. I find that the systems in place its means for this purpose.

Finally to finish, the rain cover provided does its job very well and will ensure you keep your equipment dry inside. It is however a little big because I think it is the same for the 100L model. It is not bothersome in itself but we could gain in volume and weight.

Price

The Kajka 85 is advertised at € 399.95 on the Fjallraven website. We will not hide that it is a sum more than substantial for a backpack. However, I acquired this bag with the idea of keeping it as long as possible without ever having to ask myself the question of its solidity and its durability over time. So I see it as an investment, normally with this bag I don’t have to buy any more. Another point to highlight is the particular attention that Fjallraven pays to the environmental impact of its products which is very good and which should be encouraged but which is also felt on the note I think.

Conclusions

We like :

  • Toughness
  • Style
  • Volume
  • Accessories, especially side pockets

We dislike :

  • Weight
  • Price
  • Upper part (zip pocket too small)

Fjallraven demonstrates its expertise with this Kajka 85L. If we omit the weight it is almost a faultless. I bought this bag for a simple need: take enough food to go long and far and it’s mission accomplished.


Les Hauts Plateaux du Vercors

French National and Regional Parks

The current ten French National Parks cover 54 409km² of unspoiled nature. On ground or at sea, these places are protecting the environment, biodiversity but also the local culture. In addition to this parks, you will also find regional protected areas, the Parcs Naturels Régionaux. This parks covers 15% of the french territory and are absolutely beautiful to.

I wish to present you a sum up of this wonderful places and I hope, giving you the envy to visit them.

  • Creation : 23 March 1973
  • Area : 92 000ha
  • Environment : Mountains
  • Wildlife : Wolf, Mountain Goats, Marmot, Vulture, Eagle ...
  • Bivouac : Allowes from 7pm to 9am if you are 1h far from the limits of the park
  • Main hikes : GR54, Tour Muzelle-Lauvitel, Tour du Vieux Chaillol, a lot of small hike and a paradise for Mountaineering
  • Link : http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/

Amazing jewel of the Alps, the Ecrins Nat. Park hosts some of the most beautiful landscapes of France. Nature is rich as the human culture. The choice among hiking paths, mountaineering routes or any other outdoor sport are almost infinite.

I strongly advice you to discover the GR54 hiking path which make you discovering most of the landscapes and places of the park along its 10 days of wild trekking.

  • Creation : 18 August 1979
  • Area : 68 000ha
  • Environment : Mountain
  • Wildlife : Wolf, Mountain Goats, Marmot, birdlife,...
  • Bivouac : Allowed from 7pm to 9am if you are a 1h far from the park boundaries
  • Main hikes : GR5, Grande Traversée du Mercantour, Vallée de Merveilles
  • Link : http://www.mercantour.eu/

Mercantour is the kingdom of the Wolves in France. It is also well know for its prehistoric engraving in “La Vallée des Merveilles”. At the Italian border, the park offers a lot of hiking paths. The biodiversity is rich with 58 species of mammals and 2000 species of plant. Mercantour is a beautiful place to discover.

  • Creation : 6 July 1963
  • Area : 53 300ha
  • Environment : Mountains
  • Wildlife : Mountain Goats, marmot, birdlife, ...
  • Bivouac : forbidden in the park except close to the refuges of la Dent Parrachée, du Carro, de la Glière, du Col du Palet, de la Valette, des Lacs Merlets, de l'Arpont, du Fond des Fours
  • Main hiking path : GR®5, Via Alpina, Tour de la Grande Casse, Tour des Glaciers de la Vanoise
  • Link : http://www.vanoise-parcnational.fr/fr

If you want to see wildlife you must go to la Vanoise. The Via Alpina and the GR5 offers very beautiful path to long hike. If you wish to day hike you will also find plenty of possibilities. This park is a heaven to walk and all the refuge it owns will allow you to hike lightly.

  • Creation : 2 September 1970
  • Area : 93 500ha
  • Environment : Mediterranean pastoralism
  • Wildlife : Otter, beavern, stag, eagle, ...
  • Bivouac : Allowed from 7pm to 9am an hour far from the park's boundaries
  • Main hikes : Chemin de Stevenson, le Chemin Urbain V, Chemin de Guilhem,...
  • Link : http://www.cevennes-parcnational.fr

Biggest park of metropolitan France, Cévennes offers beautiful landscapes. The well-known “Chemin e Stevenson” will bring you toward forests, plains and lonely tableland.

The Pyrenean mountain range and its 450km offers a wonderful playground if you like hiking and trekking. The most courageous will leave for 40 days from the Atlantic ocean to the Mediterranean sea along the GR10 or the Pyrenean High Route. The National Park is located at the heart of the range, this is a perfect place to watch wildlife.

  • Creation : 18 Avril 2012
  • Area : 43500ha
  • Environment : Sea and littoral
  • Wildlife : Seabirds, Aquatic wildlife as dolphins, whales,...
  • Bivouac : Forbidden
  • Main hikes : GR51
  • Link : http://www.calanques-parcnational.fr/

The Calanques National Park is an awesome place close to Marseille. It takes 30min to reach it by bus from the city center and here you are on absolutely magnificent coves with unreal blue water. There are many hikes to do there. If you like climbing it will be paradise for you as there are many many routes accessible almost all year.

  • Creation : 14 Décembre 1963
  • Area : 2950ha seaside + 1671ha on ground
  • Environment : Sea and Littoral
  • Wildlife : Dolphin, Whales, Sperm-whales, ...
  • Bivouac : Forbidden
  • Main activities : hiking, diving, snorkeling
  • Link : http://www.portcros-parcnational.fr/fr

A foot on water, the other one on ground, the National Park of Port-Cros is sitting on the south of France sunlight. You can discover this park on foot or on water the both offering wonderful beauty.

  • Creation : 5 March 2007
  • Area : 105 447ha
  • Environment : Plains, Mountains, Volcanism
  • Wildlife : Mainly local birds
  • Bivouac : Tolerated
  • Main hikes : GR-R1, GR-R2, GR-R3, Climbinf of the Piton des Neiges, Hiking in the Piton de la Fournaire caldera, a LOT of short hikes.
  • Link : http://www.reunion-parcnational.fr

Réunion Island is an amazing playground ! Just speaking about hiking, there are kilometers and kilometers of path, enough to hike during a lifespan. The GR-R2 hiking path is one of the most beautiful because it crosses most of the Reunion’s landscapes and climates. The visit of Mafate “Circus” is amazing. You can also easily climb on top of the Indian Ocean with the ascension on the Piton des Neiges and its 3070m. In addition to hiking, you can practice almost all the outdoor sports there and La Réunion has also a very rich culture. If you don’t know this island you really should visit it you will be enchanted.

  • Creation : 27 February 2007
  • Area : 2 millions d'ha !
  • Environment : Tropical forest
  • Wildlife : Jaguar, Giant otter, snakes...
  • Bivouac : Forbidden
  • Link : http://www.parc-amazonien-guyane.fr/

With its 2 millions hectares of area, the Amazonian Park of French Guyana is the biggest park in France. Proctecting a huge area with an amazing biodiversity, the park is only accessible by plan or by boat. One of the main mission of this place is to fight against illegal gold extraction. The park is also protecting human cultures as the Teko, the Wayapi or the Apalaï.

  • Creation : 20 February 1989
  • Area : 3300ha seaside et 18800 ha on ground
  • Environment : marine and tropical forest
  • Wildlife : mongoose, dolphins, sperm-whale, turtles,...
  • Bivouac : Allow an hour far from the park boudaries
  • Main hikes : GR G1, Climbing of the Soufrière Volcano, ...
  • Link : http://www.guadeloupe-parcnational.fr

The National Park of Guadeloupe is a marine park and a ground one. It has a strong endemic population on both sides. Hiking in this park will make you discovering volcanism but also tropical forest.

  • Creation : 16 october 1970
  • Area : 206 208ha
  • Environement : Tableland, forest, pastoralism
  • Wildlife : Mountain goats, wolf, stag,...
  • Bivouac : Allowed from 5pm to 9pm
  • Main hikes : Grande Traversée du Vercors (été ou hiver)
  • Link : http://parc-du-vercors.fr

The Hauts Plateaux du Vercors are an exceptional place. I had the chance to discover them on the occasion of my Traversée du Vercors. The isolation and the beauty of the landscapes accompany the walker. Water is a rare commodity that needs to be learned to manage and save. Place of French  resistance during WWII you will find some traces of this sad past. The small towns of Corrençon-en-Vercors and Villard de Lans are quite nice in any case and represent a good base camp if you want to hike in summer and winter.

  • Creation : 31 January 1977
  • Area : 61474ha
  • Environment : Mountains
  • Wildlife : Mountain goat, ibex, wolf, Marmot, raptors...
  • Bivouac : allowed from sunset to dawn
  • Main hike : Tour du Queyras GR58
  • Link : http://www.pnr-queyras.fr/

The Queyras is a beautiful park on the Italian border. Its location makes it less popular than others and that’s good! Few people are met on the paths and one can enjoy the surrounding nature. The GR58 will take you around the massif and you will discover the main landscapes that can be found there.

  • Creation : 12 May 1972
  • Area : 375 000ha
  • Environment : Mountains and littoral
  • Wildlife: Ibex, wild pig, Donkey, fox,...
  • Bivouac : Allow from sunset to sunrise expect along the GR20 (allowed close to some refuges - not free)
  • Main hikes : GR20, Mare a mare, Mare è Monti,...
  • Link : http://www.pnr.corsica/

The Island of beauty is aptly named! The mountains feet in the water, an exceptional place for hiking. The legendary GR20 is the most worthy representative, but in high season it’s a bit of a highway. There are, of course, many other paths to explore in order to discover this beautiful country with rich culture and heritage.

  • Creation : 16 October 1970
  • Area : 290 000ha
  • Environment : Plains, Forests, lakes
  • Wildlife : Cervidae, Fox, Wild boar, Hermine, Otter, ...
  • Bivouac : allowed (to be confirmed)
  • Main hikes : GR13, GRP
  • Link : http://www.parcdumorvan.org/

The Morvan is an area rich but fragile. This granite massif is covered with groves, forests but also with a vast aquatic system. Hiking can discover this beautiful region through the crossing of the Morvan (GR13) from Vézelay to Autun. A region to discover just 2h30 from Paris.

  • Creation : 3 March 1997
  • Area : 188 000ha
  • Environment: Pastoral, Agricultural, Foresters, Canyon
  • Wildlife : Chamois, Vulture, Deer, Wild boar
  • Bivouac : Wild camping prohibited in the Canyons - no details on the bivouac (inquire with the park house)
  • Main hikes : Sentier de l'Imbut, GR4
  • Link : http://parcduverdon.fr/

The Verdon is well known for its canyon. High place for kayaking and climbing, summer attendance is sometimes difficult to reconcile with the preservation of the environment. Still, these canyons, the highest in Europe, are beautiful and are worth visiting. But the Verdon is also the Plateau du Valensole, the Artuby, the hills of Haut Var, … as many diverse landscapes to discover and explore on foot.

  • Creation : 28 March 2012
  • Area : 88 900ha
  • Environment : Buttress of the Alps, Provençal
  • Wildlife : Chamois, Marmot, ...
  • Bivouac : Bivouac tolerated from sunset to sunrise (with agreement of the landlord)
  • Main hikes : GR4, GR51, GR510
  • Link : http://www.pnr-prealpesdazur.fr/

Halfway between sea and mountains, the Regional Natural Park of the Alps is located in the foothills of the Alps. We will find in the landscapes and wildlife, mountain and Mediterranean influences. The flora is of an extreme diversity so that one finds on this territory a third of the French flora. You will be able to discover the Park thanks to beautiful GR like the GR4. Speleology enthusiasts will not be left out because the Prealps hide 140km of accessible underground galleries.

  • Creation : 30 September 1969
  • Area : 125 000ha
  • Environment:Littoral, Islands, plains
  • Wildlife : a lot of birds
  • Bivouac : Forbidden almost everywhere
  • Main hikes : Tour des Monts d'Arrée, Sentier des Douaniers
  • Link : http://www.pnr-prealpesdazur.fr/

Second Natural Park to have been created in France, the Regional Natural Park of Armorique offers a surprising diversity of landscapes. Indeed the park covers the islands of the Iroise Sea (Ouessant, Molène, …), the Crozon Peninsula and the Arrée Mountains. You will discover coastal environments typical of Bretagne but also the remains of an old mountain chain so the summit culminates at 385m nowadays with Roc’h Ruz. The “Customs Route” – le Chemin des Douaniers (GR34) will take you to the nearest coastal strip. For my part I have a particular affection for the surroundings of Camaret and its superb cliffs.


For more informations, you will find below the link to the excellent website of the French National Parks. There you can have more details about the places, the missions of the parks, … : http://www.parcsnationaux.fr/fr

The National Parks are environmental and cutural jewels to protect. Please be extremly careful to take care of these places. Here, some basic rules to apply in most of them :

Map of the French National Parks and a selection of  Regional Parks


Sac pour l'Ireland - Wild Atlantic Way

Equipment lists

One of the biggest questions to ask is: what should I take in my backpack? This will obviously depend on the season, the “commitment” of the hike, its duration. I therefore suggest here lists depending on the hike to help you in this choice. Again these lists will not necessarily reflect everyone’s opinion, some will take more, others less. The idea is above all to give a basis with which you will get away.

I do not give advice on the number of items to take with you, especially for clothes. Just keep in mind that clothes require a lot of space especially in autonomy so you must not be too greedy. For my part, my philosophy is to have a set that I wear and another in reserve (except the pants). I wash my clothes as soon as I can.

Try to travel as lightly as possible, you will gain comfort, speed, but also the ability to take more food and therefore leave longer, farther.

Do not hesitate to share your opinion, tips and advice!

 Clothing - Plus d'infos

  • Water and wind proof jacket :  even in summer it can rain a lot or one can experience a thunderstorm. A rain protection is therefore mandatory. The jacket can be Gore-tex or just a K-way. Ponchos are a good solution to.
  • Breathable top: It gets warm in summer and no one like to hike in a sweaty top. So choose breathable textile, it will also dry faster.
  • Option - warm top: especially if you sleep in a shelter, it can get cold by night. Choose something light.
  • Pants or short : of course it depend on your habits. For my part I chose a pant with removable legs. Choose breathable textile once again.
  • Underwear : choose what you like but it should be soft and none irritating.
  • Sock : Your socks are one of the main elements to pay special attention to because having blisters on both feet after 15min of walk spoils a little the day. In summer you need breathable socks that sweat away quickly. Wool (merino) is the best material for this in my opinion.
  • Hat : Be careful with the sun! Wearing a cap or hat is more than advised in the summer.
  • Shoes: The most important choice. Your feet are your way to move so you have to take care of them and therefore choose suitable shoes. Whether they are high or low (according to the tastes of each one) they must breathe.

Equipment

  • Backpack : For a day do not exceed 35L (and still it is already a lot). Privileged bags with abdominal belt to relax your shoulders.
  • Sunglasses : Very important especially in the mountains because UV are "more aggressive". Choose categories 3 or 4.
  • Walking sticks : I am quite adept of the sticks even for a day hike but it really depends on everyone.
  • Water supply : Take enough water for the day (or plan for refueling points). The water pocket (camel bags) allows to drink regularly without having to open its bag. For the gourd, I usually take a plastic bottle, it is light and solid.
  • Liner : mandatory if you sleep in a shelter
  • Orientation : Depending on your itinerary and your orientation skills, do not forget the map and the compass (even GPS but not necessarily useful for the day). However, it is only useful if you know how to use it. Fortunately the trails are very well indicated in general in France.
  • Knife  : a small knife is always convenient if only to cut the sausage from the lunch break.
  • Headlamp : The headlamp does not take up space and can save you in case of serious delay on the schedule. It is also very useful at the shelter. The phone lamp can be handy too but you will have a busy hand and the battery holds less well ...
  •  Food : Do not forget the lunch snack and what to nibble during the hike.

 Clothing

  • Water and wind proof jacket :  even in summer it can rain a lot or one can experience a thunderstorm. A rain protection is therefore mandatory. The jacket can be Gore-tex or just a K-way. Ponchos are a good solution to.
  • Breathable top: It gets warm in summer and no one like to hike in a sweaty top. So choose breathable textile, it will also dry faster.
  • Option - warm top: especially if you sleep in a shelter, it can get cold by night. Choose something light.
  • Pants or short : of course it depend on your habits. For my part I chose a pant with removable legs. Choose breathable textile once again.
  • Underwear : choose what you like but it should be soft and none irritating.
  • Sock : Your socks are one of the main elements to pay special attention to because having blisters on both feet after 15min of walk spoils a little the day. In summer you need breathable socks that sweat away quickly. Wool (merino) is the best material for this in my opinion.
  • Hat : Be careful with the sun! Wearing a cap or hat is more than advised in the summer.
  • Shoes: The most important choice. Your feet are your way to move so you have to take care of them and therefore choose suitable shoes. Whether they are high or low (according to the tastes of each one) they must breathe.
  • Gloves and cap : For certain treks especially in the mountains or in regions like Scandinavia, I systematically take gloves and caps for the evening or in case of sudden drop in temperatures; even in summer.
  • Option - gaiters : The use of gaiters can be advised in wet and / or muddy terrain to protect the pants and to avoid the infiltration of water into the shoe.

Equipment

  • Backpack : Its volume will depend on the duration of the trek and the "civilized" points encountered. In any case avoid large volumes to avoid filling them with useless items. I have a 65L which allows me to stand full autonomy 7 days alone (food included).
  • Shelter : An extremely important element because it will be your "Home" for the duration of your trek. You have the choice between the tent, the tarp or even the over-bag for a beautiful starry night.
  • Sleeping bag : Take with you the "good" bag, neither too hot nor too cold. In general I put my bag in a waterproof bag to have it always dry for the evening.
  • Mattress: You have the choice between foam mattress, self-inflating or inflatable. The R-value is important to estimate the thermicity of the mattress (a R-value of 2.5 corresponds to a suitable mattress up to 0 ° C, the higher the R-value the more the mattress can be taken in the cold) .
  • Option - Liner : Useful for not dirtying down too much.
  • Stove: Gas, gasoline, alcohol or wood, there are different types, sizes and weights. Try it before leaving to not have bad surprises.
  • Cooking stuffs: Depending on the number of people. Do not carry unnecessary utensils that will weigh heavily.
  • Combustible : Suitable for your stove. Boil 1L of water at home before you leave and weigh the lost mass of the gas cartridge (for example) to estimate your need. For my part I go on 16g / L (with my stove and my cooking).
  • Water supply : Allow about 2L of continuous water. The water pocket allows to drink regularly without having to open its bag. For the gourd, I usually take a plastic bottle all stupid, it is light and solid.
  • Option - Micropur or filter : Provide pellets to decontaminate water or a filter. So you can drink water from virtually any stream. Just make sure the water you are drawing is clear and free of suspended particles.
  • Orientation : Depending on your itinerary and orientation skills, do not forget the map and the compass to even see the GPS if you are traveling along an unmarked route. However, it is only useful if you know how to use it. Fortunately the trails are very well indicated in France, in general.
  • Knife: A knife can be useful in many circumstances but a "Rambo" model is useless.
  • Headlight : always useful on the evening or if you walk by night
  • Sunglasses : Very important especially in the mountains because UV is "more aggressive". Choose categories 3 see 4.
  • Walking Sticks : I am quite adept of the sticks especially if the bag is a bit heavy and there is a lot of uneven.
  • Option - Solar Panel : If you leave away from any source of electricity for a long time, a small flexible solar panel can be useful to recharge phone, GPS or camera.
  • Survival blanket : Very useful in case of problems but also to isolate the bottom of the tent (used as floor mats). Always have it in your bag.
  • Kit "Bag end" : I often take a few small items such as a string (clothes rack or emergency laces), a sewing set (such as those found in hotels - very practical in case of tearing clothes), notebook, pen , ... little things that must be really useful and weigh nothing.
  • Health kit : Go to the most useful : pills for headache or stomach. If there is an emergency : call the rescue !
  • Towel : Small microfibre towel, for the bath, the toilet or to mop the tent for example.
  • Food : To adapt according to the duration, the effort, ..

 Clothing

  • Waterproof jacket : Essential to protect oneself from external elements. The gore-tex is a good solution not to be soaked with sweat.
  • Breathable top : It is necessary to avoid being wet in order not to be cold. A warm and breathable top is essential.
  • Warm top : Privilege the polar during the effort and the down jacket in the evening if the temperatures are not too extreme otherwise to take down jackets adapted to the temperature.
  • Pants : Choose a waterproof pant, preferably not to be wet by snow. I am not fan of polar lined pants, I prefer to add a tight underneath;
  • Underwear : this will depend on you ... Especially favor the materials that do not irritate!
  • Socks : Your socks are one of the main items to pay special attention to because a lot of the heat is lost by the feet and you have to keep them healthy. Choose merino socks adapted to the temperatures encountered.
  • Cap or chapka: The majority of heat loss occurs through the head. It is therefore necessary to protect oneself effectively especially in the evening at the camp. So choose a warm hat or even a down filled chapka in extreme cold.
  • Shoes : The most important choice. Your feet are your way to move so take care and keep them warm. Whatever they are they must breathe.
  • Gloves : The centerpiece of the winter wardrobe if you do not want to lose finger tips. Take waterproof and windproof gloves appropriate to the temperature conditions encountered.
  • Balaclava : In case of extreme cold or strong wind the use of a neck strap or even better a hood really helps to protect the face. The nose and cheeks tend to freeze, be careful!

Equipment

  • Snow shoes or ski : To choose according to your preferences or your ability. Prefer the robust one and easy to repair.
  • Backpack: Its volume will depend on the duration of the trek and the meeting points encountered. In any case avoid large volumes because they will quickly fill them with useless things. For my part I have a 65L which allows me to stand full autonomy 7 days alone (food included). However in winter the necessary material may need to use a:
  • Pulka : On snow and in case of large volume transported, the pulka can be interesting because it allows to release the back of a heavy load.
  • Shelter : This is an extremely important element because it will be your "Home" for the duration of your roaming especially in winter in case of a snow storm. Prefer a 4 seasons tent  provided for this purpose. Do not hesitate to take one size bigger and a large apse for comfort.
  • Sleeping bag : Take with you the "good" bag, that is to say adapted to the winter temperatures. In general I put my bag in a waterproof bag to have it always dry for the evening.
  • Mattress : You have the choice between foam mattress, self-inflating or inflatable. The R-value is important to estimate the thermicity of the mattress (a R-value of 2.5 corresponds to a suitable mattress up to 0 ° C, the higher the R-value the more the mattress can be taken in the cold) .
  • Option - Liner : Useful for not dirtying down too much.
  • Stove: Gas, gasoline, alcohol or wood, there are different types, sizes and weights. Try it before leaving to not have bad surprises.
  • Cooking stuffs: Depending on the number of people. Do not carry unnecessary utensils that will weigh heavily.
  • Combustible : Suitable for your stove. Boil 1L of water at home before you leave and weigh the lost mass of the gas cartridge (for example) to estimate your need. For my part I go on 16g / L (with my stove and my cooking).
  • Water supply : Allow about 2L of continuous water. The water pocket allows to drink regularly without having to open its bag. For the gourd, I usually take a plastic bottle all stupid, it is light and solid.
  • Option - Micropur or filter : Provide pellets to decontaminate water or a filter. So you can drink water from virtually any stream. Just make sure the water you are drawing is clear and free of suspended particles.
  • Orientation : Depending on your itinerary and orientation skills, do not forget the map and the compass to even see the GPS if you are traveling along an unmarked route. However, it is only useful if you know how to use it. Fortunately the trails are very well indicated in France, in general.
  • Knife: A knife can be useful in many circumstances but a "Rambo" model is useless.
  • Snow Shovel : Always practical. Do not choose a plastic but metal shovel.
  • Headlight : Good in the evening in camp or if you walk sooner or later especially that the nights are long and the short days in winter.
  • Sunglasses : Very important when everything is in snow. Choose categories 3 see 4.
  • Ski Mask : More suitable than glasses in case of wind or storm. Choose one that breathes well.
  • Option - Solar Panel : If you leave away from any source of electricity for a long time, a small flexible solar panel can be useful to recharge phone, GPS or camera. The advantage of this solution, however, is that of taking out replacement batteries or batteries.
  • Survival blanket : Very useful in case of problems but also to isolate the bottom of the tent (used as floor mats). Always have it in your bag.
  • Kit "Bag end" : I often take a few small items such as a string (clothes rack or emergency laces), a sewing set (such as those found in hotels - very practical in case of tearing clothes), notebook, pen , ... little things that must be really useful and weigh nothing.
  • Health kit : Go to the most useful : pills for headache or stomach. If there is an emergency : call the rescue !
  • Towel : Small microfibre towel, for the bath, the toilet or to mop the tent for example.
  • Food : To adapt according to the duration, the effort, ...