Today I ran 7km's in the heat of the day ... with boots, what I call a 'military run.' I've been playing around with light packs ... especially for running, enough for 3 days. The carrying of arrows and bow, while on a fast Bushman trot. In the heat of the day, a pack can be a bastard of a thing ... covering a very large area of your skin.
While running I thought of the African Bushmen I grew up with, the way they organised themselves during a full day's persistence hunt. It is important to have freedom of arm movement during a run and to expose as much of your skin on a hot day ... the only way, you'll run anything down.
My horse bow is light, very light ... only 500g. I don't need to carry water due to modern technology ... the 'Life Straw' ... I can suck water out of any dirty old hole and survive. Bushmen don't need much water anyway ...
My boots are heavy, but I'm working on running barefoot again. I did this for many, many years ... I hunted barefoot until about 10 years ago. The whole idea is to travel very light and to travel with lightning speed, across any terrain.
Suddenly I remembered, the leather 'poach' the Bushmen carried. They carried this on one shoulder and it contained the following: a quiver, the bow, a short stabbing spear, maybe a knopkierrie (throwing stick) and sometimes an ostrich egg filled with water.
Leather poaches carried by Bushmen