“Winter sleep” for outdoor equipment

After a wonderful Indian summer, autumn has now arrived: Time to prepare your outdoor equipment for a rest over the winter months, but with extra care please, so that in the spring of 2012 everything is ready to use again. TATONKA has here some tips and tricks for you so that your rucksack and tent are properly stored over winter.
Rucksacks are our faithful and reliable friends on all our trekking tours – and they now deserve a well-earned rest. After emptying all the pockets and compartments and shaking out sand and dust, you should now brush it out. Clean gently with a damp cloth or sponge or use a mild detergent solution on heavier dirt. Please don’t use chemical detergents or harsh cleansers and don’t put your rucksack in the washing machine or drier as this will damage the high quality materials and finishes, maybe bringing a sudden end to outdoor pleasure! The same gentle treatment also applies to your tent: The wrong handling and cleaning can harm the robustness of the material.

All-round check before putting away for the winter

Make sure that your tent and rucksack dry out thoroughly after cleaning: If they are still damp when folded and stored, the remaining dampness will attack the finish and mold or mildew can form. After drying you should examine your outdoor equipment thoroughly: Are there any tears? Are all the straps, belts and fasteners intact? Are tent and rucksack complete or are some necessary parts missing? Any repairs needed should be carried out before you put your gear away for the winter – then when the outdoor season 2012 begins you are perfectly equipped from the start.

Store outdoor equipment dry and with an air supply

Dry and airy rooms, neither too cold nor too warm, are the most suitable for storing your outdoor equipment. Please make sure that your gear is stored away from a light source and not squashed or flattened under heavy objects. Tents are best stored not in their pack-sack but just folded loosely. Rucksacks are best stored with loosely fastened straps – especially important for the hip belt which then keeps its shape.

What equipment is suitable for outdoor activities in the snow?

Especially for activities in snow and ice with a lot of movement involved, rucksacks must stand up to extra challenges: A carrying system which adjusts to actual load renders good service here, whether skiing, snowboarding at high speeds and rapid changes in load-bearing but also in slow and intensively controlled movements in vertical position such as in back-country skiing.

TATONKA trekking rucksacks are especially suitable for winter tours – but it is important here to remember to put a rain cover over the rucksack as although the finishes are waterproof, the seams could let in water. A small activity rucksack such as Pleney 12+ or Patience 10 are particularly good, for example, in cross-country skiing. If you want to test your endurance in ski-tours and snow-shoe trekking, you should choose an alpine rucksack such as Pacy 35 EXP, Cima di Basso 35 or Alpine Ridge 30, which is also used by the mountain rescue services in Bavaria.