Seen around the globe (or at least where Ikea is present) the humble blue Ikea bag is the ultimate gear schlepping tote.
While some use the blue bag as the ultimate fashion accessory , I have not found a better, simpler, sturdier, lighter and cheaper soft container to carry my kayaking stuff from the landing spot to the campsite.
On overnighters my kayak is usually light enough that two persons can easily just grab the kayak by the bow and stern and move it above the high tide mark and close to camp.
On longer trips the kayak tends to be loaded heavier.
Often it is necessary to unload at least some of the gear before moving the boat to the overnighting location.
The blue Ikea bag (named Frakta, in the Ikea catalogue) is just the ticket.
It is the last item I pack in my kayak before securing the hatch cover and the first one to come out and be filled with gear.
It certainly is sturdy enough to carry just about any load that one person is comfortable to lift.
The fabric is the universal "blue tarp" that is water resistant enough to be laid down on moist ground.
The handles/straps are solidly sewn onto the fabric to prevent a premature blow-out (unlike the handles of the stripy "refugee" bags).
I have noticed those blue bags in many pictures from kayakers all over the world, from innocent overnighters to famous expeditions to remote parts of the globe.
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Involved in the outdoor industry in the past as DH bicycle race mechanic and later manager of a bicycle shop these days I am a desk jockey, crunching away at the keyboard...
Passionate about the stix, would that be water, land or snow I have gone through phases were mountain biking was my primary passion, followed by backpacking and lately sea kayaking (salt water).
Not satisfied with the "off the shelf" offerings, you will find me tinkering and modifing poorly designed equipment.
I have consulted to various manufacturers and I continue to test and offer them feedback.
How do I find the time to do all this? simple: I got rid of my TV. That's right, I ain't got no TV!
(PS recently aquired an HD TV to view quality movies but not waste time with broadcast junk)
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