Åke Nordin (17 March 1936 – 27 December 2013) was a Swedish entrepreneur. He was the founder of Fjällräven, a company that specializes in outdoor equipment, mainly clothing. In 1950, at the age of 14, Nordin went hiking in the mountains of Västerbotten and was not pleased with the design of his uncomfortable backpack. After doing some research, he learned that a pack's weight should be positioned high and close to the wearer's spine. Using his mother’s treadle sewing machine, he made a bag out of strong cotton material. He fastened it to a wooden frame using leather straps. The frame distributed the load better across his back and increased the ventilation between him and the pack. In addition, he could carry a heavier pack. Ten years later, his invention formed the basis of his company, Fjällräven, which he began out of the cellar of his home in Örnsköldsvik. During those ten years, he completed his military service at Fallskärmsjägarskolan, the Swedish Army's Parachute Ranger School in Karlsborg, where he saw the need for functional and durable outdoor equipment. In the summer of 2013, Nordin was diagnosed with an undisclosed terminal illness. He died on 27 December at the age of 77.
What is the gender of Åke Nordin?
Åke Nordin is male.
When died Åke Nordin?
Åke Nordin died 27.12.2013.
When was Åke Nordin born?
Åke Nordin was born on 17.03.1936.
What is Åke Nordin subject of?
Åke Nordin is subject of 1936 births, 2013 deaths, Swedish inventors, Swedish company founders and People from Örnsköldsvik Municipality.