Hiking in Finland

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One Stop Shop: Partioaitta

Can Finland’s largest outdoor shop Partioaitta produce a One Stop Shop ultralight outdoor gear list?

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Partioaitta is Finland’s largest chain of outdoor stores, with locations from Helsinki till Saariselkä in Lapland. I asked my contact if they’d be up for the OSS challenge, and an hour later Timo, who works at the Iso Omena Store in Espoo, replied that he’ll have a list with me asap. Timo is one of the leading Finnish ultralight enthusiasts and has been propagating lightweight gear since a long time, so it was nice to see him work on this list. Here’s what he came up with:

Item Name Weight Price
Backpack Osprey Talon 44  1050 g  120,00 €
Sleeping bag Fjällräven Sarek  850 g  199,00 €
Mattress Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest SOLite Regular  400 g 39,00 €
Shelter Hilleberg Akto 1700 g 499,00 €
Pot Trangia K 1,0l Outer Pot  130 g 9,50 €
 Stove Wild Stoves Wild Woodgas Stove MK II  280 g 49,90 €
Cutlery Light My Fire Spork Titanium  17 g  19,90 €
Knife Victorinox Compact  80 g 44,00 €
Lamp Petzl Tikka XP2  88 g 59,95 €
Trekking Poles Komperdell Carbon Approach Vario3  456 g 208,00 €
Shoes Salomon Sense Pro  500 g 140,00 €
Fleece Fjällräven Keb Fleece  418 g 175,00 €
Insulation Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody  396 g 199,00 €
Rain pants Haglöfs Gram Pant  240 g 229,00
Rain jacket Haglöfs Gram Jacket  320 g 299,00 €
Boxers Icebreaker 150 Anatomica Boxer  69 g 39,90 €
T-Shirt Icebreaker 150 Tech T Lite  120 g  59,00 €
Longsleeve Icebreaker 200 Everyday LS Crew  230 g  59,00 €

Total Weight: 7354 g
Total Price: 2448,15 €

My thoughts on the list:

  • Good choices for the backpack, sleeping bag and mat
  • Again an Akto! A shame Timo didn’t pick something like the Vihe Loue which would have been nearly 400€ cheaper and almost 1 kilogram lighter
  • Awesome to see that they suggest a woodstove! There’s hardly a better stove one could use in Finland, and the pot you can also use on its own at the fireplaces
  • The LMF Spork in Ti is certainly more durable and cool, but a plastic one is cheaper and lighter
  • Very nice choices for garments and footwear
  • Overall a very good lightweight list, and if one would switch the Akto for a Loue it’d be very good, giving it a very distinct Finnish feel which would work very well here

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
Partioaitta  7354 g 2448,15 €  0,33 € per gram

Next up is Bergfreunde. Can one of Germany’s best online shops beat the competition?

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.

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