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"Man shrinks luggage to 1 ounce, 30 g!"
Ultra Compact Travel Gear for the tropics from 1 ounce, 30 g, - all in pockets - saves $$$. Clothes and accessories for freezing  temperatures also goes in pockets. Accessories to keep you cool. And more.


What is it they have in their back packs that I don't have? 


Travel Super Light, all gear in multi pocket vest. A bold experiment?




Skate sailing in wings, build or read a story.  Photo right.


A concept for the world's biggest, longest, widest kite?


Hobbies and education, see below


Tactical compasses for sail boats 

Sorry, no production for the foreseeable future.

Stand inside wing ice skate

Here I sail one of my Ice-Wing skate sails. The wing hangs on my shoulders. I wear ice skates. The front of the wing is transparent. Top speed is around 120 km/h, 75 mph.


Skate sailing in wings, enjoy, build or read an article 
120 km/h, 75 mph, picture above right.

One of my hobbies is to design, build and race skate sails. I do it for the intellectual challenge of trying to come up with faster designs and the joy of winning races with a technically superior sail. The picture above to the right shows me sailing one of my wing skate sails. I have ice skates, 15 cm (6 inches) high, on my feet and the wing is supported on my shoulders with straps. I lean into the wind and balance in a state between flying and 

falling. I call my skate sails Ice-Wing.

  As far as I know I was the first to show that standing inside a wing sail was the way to sail much faster on skates. Before the sailor stood on the leeward side of a single layer cloth sail.

  On the drawing board are speed sailing designs which shall be capable of 160 km/h (100 mph). At present I am working on a totally different concept which I believe will be much faster than the stand inside wing skate sails, especially in light wind.



Ultra Compact Travel Gear for the tropics 1 ounce, 30 grams,  - all in pockets.

Clothes for freezing temperatures also goes into the pockets. Clothes features and accessories that keep you cool.

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Any check in luggage Sir? 
No I have it all here in the pocket, 1 oz, 30 g.

The basic outfit consists of one pair of trousers and one shirt. These only trousers have four large pockets for the gear. 

    I  packed Ultra Compact and Light, about 1.5 liter, 0.6 kilograms, in the pockets.     


Some 30 items, of  which some 25 are specially made or modified to be compact.   
Sweater, volume 3 liters, 400 g, too big for Ultra Compact Travel. I make a insulating vest, one liter, 100 g, as a replacement. 

Two such vests and another wind jacket, wind  trousers, gloves, socks and a hood and I may be OK down to 0 C. The Holy Grail of Travel Ultra Compact?

  I will modify gear for next trip. Wind gear: made of  more air tight material, better sealing at openings. Insulation of high tech material.  



What is it they have in their back packs that I don't have? 


When I was testing my  "Ultra Compact Travel Gear for the  Tropics"  I traveled with a friend, who had some  20 kg of luggage, and took the opportunity to compare some parts of our luggage and ask him some questions.

Photo: Upper collection of items is his medical kit, 0.8 kg.

  Two lover items, two aspirins and a small bottle of disinfectant is my medical kit, 10 grams?



Travel Super Light, without a bag, gear in multi pocket vest. A bold experiment?

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Traveling light is convenient. Since some years I wanted to try putting all in a vest with many pockets. Tried it in Romania, in September. A bit tough when temperature dropped to 9 degrees C with rain. I added insulation by putting wrinkled paper in pockets.

  At times I looked overstuffed.

  In nice weather the vest with content weighed some 4 kg.

   My tailor has now made new gear and  I have modified gear. 

  Pick pocket attack went well - defense systems worked. 

  When the Siberianskaja, the local cold strong wind, struck I used kittens to keep ears warm. -:

  Next trip in same sort of climate, only vest again. Next trip in the tropics, maybe no extra garments.

Most luggage in the pockets of the vest.


Tactical compasses for sail boats  Sorry, no production for the foreseeable future.

The position of the center white pointer directly gives total wind shift information!
  Starboard tack shown.

Racing sailors use shifts in the direction of the wind to win races. The wind shifts can be tracked with a tactical compass. I have designed two tactical compasses.

  I produce these compasses by modifying mechanical compasses of the Swedish make Silva. The compasses are used in more than thirty racing classes, mainly in Sweden.


A concept for the world's biggest, longest, widest kite? 

Can technically be used by e.g. two persons to (skate) sail straight up/down wind.

This kite is 22 by .5 m. I think you can sail straight up wind or down wind with it!

Hobbies and education

[Sailing bicycle] Left, a not too serious result of my interest in wind propulsion, a sailing bicycle. Hobbies: Designing, building and racing skate sails. I like to travel, I have visited some 60 countries and traveled around the world some five times.  Earlier I used to race sail boats a lot: Sailing Canoe, Star Boat, Trapeze Dinghy (an Elvstroem design), Tornado Catamaran and Laser Dinghy. I have sailed with a friend in his boat from Sweden to Island, via west England and south Norway. A very rewarding three months trip, half of the time at sea.  Education: I am a Master of Science in physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. I have a degree in electronic engineering. After many years of designing skate sails I have become an amateur aerodynamicist.


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Written April 2006. Modified Feb. 2011.