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The Influence of Backpack-Design on Thermophysiological Parameters during Simulated Hiking Activities

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Faculty Life Science Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, 1200 Vienna, Austria
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VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG, i-team, 88069 Tettnang, Germany
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Presented at the 13th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Online, 22–26 June 2020.
Proceedings 2020, 49(1), 59; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2020049059
Published: 15 June 2020
To assess the thermoregulatory capacities of backpack-designs, five male participants were equipped with a temperature and moisture measuring system. Relative humidity (rH) and temperature (T) were measured underneath the participants’ t-shirt—microclimate (MC)—and between shirt and backpack—interlayer climate (ILC). Participants completed a test protocol simulating a hiking exercise in three conditions in a randomized order: (W) without backpack and (B1-B2) with each of the backpacks (total weight: 5.4 kg). The test-protocol consisted of a 5-min rest, 10-min walk at 4 km/h without gradient, 15-min walk at 4 km/h with 8% incline, and a final 10-min rest. Results showed that the temperature and absolute humidity (aH) values generally decreased from the microclimate to the interlayer climate. Differences of up to ΔT = 1.27 °C and ΔaH = 2.55 g/m3 in the microclimate of the upper back area were observed for different backpack designs, indicating the influence of backpack design on thermoregulation.
Keywords: sports equipment and apparel; thermophysiology; hiking; backpack ventilation and design sports equipment and apparel; thermophysiology; hiking; backpack ventilation and design
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Wilfling, J.; Klauer, R.; Michel, F.I.; Litzenberger, S. The Influence of Backpack-Design on Thermophysiological Parameters during Simulated Hiking Activities. Proceedings 2020, 49, 59. https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2020049059

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Wilfling J, Klauer R, Michel FI, Litzenberger S. The Influence of Backpack-Design on Thermophysiological Parameters during Simulated Hiking Activities. Proceedings. 2020; 49(1):59. https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2020049059

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Wilfling, Julia, Robert Klauer, Frank I. Michel, and Stefan Litzenberger. 2020. "The Influence of Backpack-Design on Thermophysiological Parameters during Simulated Hiking Activities" Proceedings 49, no. 1: 59. https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2020049059

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