Hiking in Finland

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One Stop Shop: Globetrotter

On our third One Stop Shop stop we visit Globetrotter and see if Germany’s best known Online + Brick & Mortar Store can take the lead in a lightweight and affordable ultralight gear list at one stop!

If you need to freshen up what this is all about, read the Introduction!

Globetrotter is a well-known outdoor shop chain in Germany, and if you ever visit one of the cities where they have a shop presence, you’re doing well in paying them a visit: They are nicely decorated and some stores offer cold rooms to check out down jackets at -25°C, while in other you can go for a paddle on the indoor lake. Usually not known for light gear, a group of employees from the Store in Frankfurt set out to design a lightweight One Stop Shop list nevertheless. Will they succeed? Lets see:

Item Name Weight Price
Backpack Osprey Aether 70 2350 g 219,95 €
Sleeping bag Western Mountaineering Antelope MF 1105 g 589,95€
Mattress Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm Regular 460 g 179,95 €
Shelter Hilleberg Akto 1560 g 555,00 €
Pot Snow Peak Multi Set 305 g  95,95 €
 Stove SOTO Micro Stove 73 g 89,95 €
Cutlery Esbit Ti Cutlery 54 g 21,95 €
Knife Black Fox Zytel 30 g 19,95 €
Lamp MISSING 0 g 0 €
Trekking Poles Leki Micro Vario Carbon 468 g  149,95 €
Shoes Adidas Terrex Fast R Mid GTX 860 g 179,95 €
Fleece Mammut Aconcagua Jacket 380 g 149,95 €
Insulation Haglöfs Essens II Down Jacket 270 g 239,95 €
Rain pants Haglöfs Lim II Pant 290 g 179,95 €
Rain jacket Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket 350 g 449,95 €
Boxers Kaikkialla Boxer 60 g 19,95 €
T-Shirt Kaikkialla T-Shirt 140 g 29,95 €
Longsleeve Icebreaker Oasis L/S 200 Half Zip 260 g 89,95 €

Total Weight: 8995 g
Total Price: 3.272,20 €

My thoughts on the list:

  • WOW. That’s pretty heavy and expensive, and while using a lot of good gear it’s in my opinion a bit over-built for our guidelines
  • A 70 l backpack that’s over 2 kg :( That’s a big fail for the first pick
  • While WM sleeping bags are superb - the Antelope is overkill for our guidelines
  • There are lighter and cheaper tents than the Akto, which itself is a 4-season shelter, too
  • I don’t understand why they include two pots and two pans - one of each is enough
  • What’s the obsession with Mids for hiking?
  • Good choices for garments, though again I feel it was more aimed at a price as high as possible instead of as lightweight as possible
  • Overall I really feel here light weight comes at a too high cost - one could achieve a lower weight and pay less if better choices would have been made

Read the comments and discussion on the German post, where for example a lighter and cheaper list has been made.

The standing thus far:

 Trekking-Lite-Store.com 6157 g 2.288,80 € 0,47 € per gram
CampSaver.com 5316 g  1.993,80 € 0,52 € per gram
Globetrotter 8995 g  3.272,20 € 0,36 € per gram

Next up is Partioaitta. Can Finland’s largest Outdoor Store go lighter than their competitor from Germany?

Disclaimer: The One Stop Shop Series was Carsten’s idea and he gave me permission to translate his posts to English and contact a few more shops around the world. If you can read German, you can head over to his blog and read already the first posts with the gear lists from Bergfreunde and Walkonthewildside.de.