Štěpán Trojánek | Co-founder of Pod 7 kilo
Role in Pod 7 kilo: I am responsible for selecting the assortment and coordinating team activities. I have high demands on both, which makes my colleagues happy every day. :)
Favorite country: Taiwan
Favorite transportation: plane
Favorite product: Platypus Softbottle
Travel diagnosis: Love for travel gadgets and hatred for heavy luggage led me to found Pod 7 kilo with my longtime friend Roman. I love exploring of all kinds, whether it is hidden waterfalls at the far end of our planet or picturesque corners of Czech cities with a surprise in the form of a cozy shop or a local restaurant with great food. I plan trips in a minimum advance and I enjoy the feeling of freedom and the opportunity to let myself be taken somewhere by chance. I try not to hurry and not to be bound by the idea of "compulsory activities" in a place.
Roman Sušanka | Co-founder of Pod 7 kilo
Role in Pod 7 kilo: Since we gave my friend Štěpán's idea a specific form in the form of Pod 7 kilo, I have tried all activities that are possible and impossible. Nevertheless, most of the time I was doing graphics and design, which I am currently in charge of along with the development of the e-shop.
Favorite country: planet Earth
Favorite transportation: train, legs
Favorite product: Cumulus Lite Line 300 sleeping bag
Travel diagnosis: Trips to nature are a necessity for me. As well as a light backpack filled mostly with food, that tastes somehow better on the fresh air and with a nice view :) Freedom, getting to know each other, synchronizing biorhythms and admiring unknown beauties are what draw me to a wandering and enjoyable way of traveling.
Role in Pod 7 kilo: I am in charge of the brick and mortar shop and the affiliate program. Above all, I am the director of the festival stand. Here and there I ca also be seen on our social networks in the role of a model.
Favorite country: Czechia
Favorite transportation: legs, bike, train, Millennium Falcon
Favorite product: Cumulus Quilt 250
Travel diagnosis: During my travels, I use everything I have learned in my life. I walk. I ride a bike. I climb rocks or ice. I roll. I go to cities mainly for architecture, fine arts and getting to know the locals through Couchsurfing. My friend and our tester Viktorka brought me to Pod 7 kilo. It happened late at night at our favorite snack stop, and to this day I'm amazed that I was still able to make such a good decision. :)
Bára Fialová | Fijalka.cz
Role in Pod 7 kilo: Since March, I have been pulling the strings of marketing and I am in charge of photographing our photomodel Vítek. :)
Favorite country: New Zealand
Favorite transportation: campervan, legs
Favorite product: Icebreaker merino T-shirt
Travel diagnosis: With my camera and backpack, I like to wander through nature, where I don't meet so many people. I traveled around New Zealand for a year, lived in Germany for a year, or worked on a farm on the frozen island of Kimitoo in Finland for a few months in the winter. I try to gather experiences and meet new people on the road, rather than amassing things I don't need (that's what life in the car taught me). I believe that our lives are about discovering and getting to know each other, and I would like everyone to leave their comfort zone from time to time. It's worth it, really! :) I write my travel experiences on my website Fijalka.cz (only in Czech, but with photos).
Role in Pod 7 kilo: My job is to make sure that we have eveyrhing in stock. I order what is missing and watch everything else. And if something is sold out, it's definitely on its way. :)
Favorite country: Czech Republic
Favorite transportation: my legs
Favorite product: backpack Gossamer Gear Kumo 36
Travel diagnosis: I like getting to know the beauties of our country, which I do on foot on treks and hikes and sometimes on bike. I only put a few things for sleeping and a pile of food into my backpack and I can go on an adventure.
Role in Pod 7 kilo: Social media boss.
Favorite country: Italy, Kyrgyzstan
Favorite transportation: Ship, legs
Favorite product: Sea to Summit X-Pot Kettle
Travel diagnosis: I do not reject opportunities, especially those to travel. If there's a mountain, I climb, if there's a river, I swim. I would like to see the whole world. I lived in China for almost two years, traveled around Kyrgyzstan and now I'm becoming a digital nomad. I can do with little, whether I hike or sail under a pirate flag. My superpower is to cook from air, I satisfy hordes of hungry people with a single pack of pasta.
Role in Pod 7 kilo: I'm a reinforcement at the store.
Favorite country: Czech, Germany
Favorite transportation: legs and train
Favorite product: Cumulus X-Lite 300 sleeping bag
Travel diagnosis: I enjoy travelling on foot and on my own. I stop wherever it is beautiful. I love landscape views, architecture or just watching local people and getting to know their culture. I am walking along Czech borders with my friend, as two vagabonds. I also enjoy road trips in Europe with my family and dogs.
Role in Pod 7 kilo: Since june I'm taking care of our customers in the store
Favorite country: Europe
Favorite transportation: legs, bike, ship
Favorite product: Platypus Softbottle
Travel diagnosis: For me, traveling is a necessary thing through which I constantly get to know myself. I like to get lost in nature and cities while discovering their hidden nooks and crannies. I can be all day on my feet, but I can also do literally nothing all day and just swing in a hammock :) I believe that less is often more and the feeling of freedom with a light backpack on my back is priceless.
Viktorka Rys | Viktorčina Cesta tam
Role in Pod 7 kilo: I test the equipment for Pod 7 kilo and if I am in the Czech Republic, you can meet me at the store.
Favorite country: mountainous
Favorite transportation: my own body
Favorite product: Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Tarp Poncho
Travel diagnosis: I like to travel light, cheap and without planes. I specialize in long-distance treks, especially off-trail hiking (planning your own routes using topographic maps). On foot I crossed through the Carpathian Arch from Zlín to the Romanian Banat, Caucasus from the Black Sea in Georgia to the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan and many others. As a part of my hobby in micro-adventures, I traveled to Italy disguised as a man, or went down the river on an inflatable lounger. On the go, I look for volunteer projects, film, photograph and test the equipment. I write about it on my website ultraviktorka.net (only in Czech but it has photos).
Kuba Šolc | Kubojovy cesty
Role in Pod 7 kilo: I test hiking gear for Pod 7 kilo.
Favorite country: Montenegro
Favorite transportation: legs
Favorite product: Gossamer Gear The One
Travel diagnosis: I travel on foot and to the mountains, I like physical geography, water streams and ultralight gear. Since 2017, when I solo hiked swedish Kungsleden trail to verify the well-known statement "Happiness is only real when shared", I regularly do thru-hiking and write blog called kubojovycesty.cz. I have already completed several European long-distance hiking trails from which I always returned full of life and energy. Long distance hiking has shown me how free I can be in the world and has given me the feeling of home wherever the Road is. Everything you need to do to be happy is hike, have a clear mind and a (light) backpack on your back.