Reindeer herdsman Nils Olsson Sarri, currently 80 years old, still keeps in mind exactly how impressed he was by a brand-new backpack frame in the 1950s.
The framework had actually been made by a 14-year-old young boy called Åke Nordin. Åke had actually made the backpack prior to avoiding on a trip to Dikanäs, a small area in the Västerbottensfjällen mountains, in the summer season of 1950. During that time, many backpacks appeared like shapeless pears. With a complete backpack on their backs, walkers had to be bent nearly double in order to quit themselves from falling backwards due to the weight. Having a hefty sack resting directly on the back also meant that t shirts ended up being saturated with sweat, and this meant walkers might quickly get cold if the weather condition altered. The young Nordin decided to do something regarding this trouble. He had reviewed that if you were mosting likely to lug something hefty, the weight must be placed high up and close to the back. While his friend, Lars-Olof, was tying fly fishing knots, Åke headed out to the barn outside the Nordin family’s summer season home on Ulvön as well as hammered together a wood structure. Åke’s mum, Gunhild, was a the daughter of a dressmaker and also had actually shown Åke how to stitch already when he was 10 years old. Using her Vocalist treadle sewing machine, he sewed a sack in a solid cotton textile which he attached to the wooden frame with leather straps.
He fashioned the shoulder straps out of calfskin ribbons. The backpack was comfortable to bring. The ladder-shaped bring frame dispersed the tons better across the back as well as improved ventilation between the back and also the backpack. Additionally, he could lug a much heavier lots. Åke loaded the backpack with the camping tent as well as sufficient food for both himself and also his fellow traveler. Soon, they got on the postbus heading north. In the hills the knapsack attracted a great deal of attention. Especially among the Sami, who spent weeks each time up on the mountains. They recognized the value of a robust knapsack that was still comfy when you were carrying a heavy load. One of the Sami asked Åke to make him a knapsack. The following time he went to the hills the information about his backpack had spread among the other reindeer herdsmans. Over the next couple of years, a suggestion started to form in the young Åke Nordin’s mind about starting a company making modern-day devices that would certainly make life easier when hanging out in the wilderness. Like his daddy, fruit dealer Karl-Erik Nordin, prior to him, Åke went to the academic association, Bröderna Påhlmans Commercial College, in Stockholm.
He then did 15 months of military service at the freshly developed and exceptionally demanding Paratrooper College in Karlsborg, where Åke ended up being a lot more convinced that there was a market for practical and also hard-wearing exterior devices. He really felt that not also the devices made use of by the most elite unit in the country qualified. Ten years after Åke had actually assembled his first backpack as a young child, more exactly in May 1960, problem number 4 of the Swedish Tourist Association’s Newspaper went down via the letterboxes of the association’s members throughout Sweden. Crammed in alongside an advert for Jukon’s ointment for haemorrhoids, viewers could discover a quick advert for a new sort of backpack from the freshly established company Fjällräven. “LIGHTWEIGHT carry framework, tested throughout 3 years of winter months as well as summertime hill hikes”, stated the advert, including: “If you understand a Sami or a mountain farmer, ask him just how you need to carry an actually hefty backpack. He will inform you regarding the unsurpassable carrying homes of the carry frame.” The small black and white pictures, the dimension of a stamp, show a young man with military position, bring an enormous knapsack on his back. The man aware is Åke Nordin.