Life in the outdoors

Life in the outdoors1930

Bike odometer

Long before GPS trackers were introduced the bike odometer let enthusiasts keep track of how far they’ve biked. The bicycle market in Sweden exploded in the early 1900s, and from 1920 to 1950, the number of active cyclists rose sharply. (From the catalogue 1933.)

Life in the outdoors1920

Pocket knife

The arrival of the spring-loaded pocket knife made handling it much safer than before. (From catalogue 1928.)

Life in the outdoors1990

Hand warmer

Shake Mr. Hot and the bag gets warm. Put it in your glove and forget all about the cold. (From catalogue the 1994.)

Life in the outdoors2000

Heating foil

Wrapping yourself in a heating foil makes sleeping outdoors far more comfortable, regardless of the season. The foil reflects the body’s own heat back to the sleeper. (From the catalogue 2007.)

Life in the outdoors2000

Nordic walking sticks

The trend allegedly started in Finland in the 1990s and was inspired by how Finnish cross-country skiers practiced in the summer. Today Nordic walking is a world-wide enthusiasm. (From the catalogue 2005.)

Life in the outdoors1950

Alloy boat

Airplane production during the First World War paved the way for aluminium, or alloy, as one of the world’s most useful metals. The outdoor-industry was quick to start using the material too, for instance with this alloy boat. (From the catalogue 1951.)

Life in the outdoors1930

Crude rubber boots

The fisherman’s best friend lets you angle for fish that are really far out. (From the catalogue 1932.)

Life in the outdoors2010

Folding bike

The minibike of the 1960s swept Sweden of its feet. When the big cities started getting crowded around the 2000s, the need for a folding bike came back. (From catalogue 2013.)

Life in the outdoors1940

Kerosene stove

Trangia’s small, iconic kerosene burner was developed in 1951. But Swedish camping kitchen were already world-class before that. The Primus soot-free spirits burner was used by adventurers Andrée and Amundsen during their Polar explorations around 1900. (From the catalogue 1945.)

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