Fjallraven KankenFjallraven Kanken

Have you heard of Fjallraven Kanken?

I only discovered it recently during a bike ride to work. I was waiting for the green light at a busy intersection with about 10 other bikers. Two of the girls in the group were wearing the same backpack in different colors. They were completely recognizable by the circular white and red logo smack in the middle of the lip.

Being the creep I tend to be, I took out my phone and snapped a picture. No use in even trying to remember a name like Fjallraven Kanken. What I found on their website was the ultimate treasure chest for backpack wearers.

How could I have named myself leader of Jack and I’s two person Backpack Club and never known about this.

The Kanken was originally made for Swedish school children in 1978, but the basic and rough-around-the-edges design is absolutely brilliant for every day, adult use.

I walk everywhere, I take public transportation, I bike to work, and for that, this is the best backpack I’ve come across. I also carry a book, a notebook, a pencil case, a water bottle and my Macbook Air so I desperately need something that is not too big but not too small. This little guy – the Fjallraven Kanken basic – is perfect for all of that*. It’s got thin yet comfortable straps, long pockets on the sides, a zipped pocket at the front, a laptop sleeve, the logo doubles as a reflector, and it’s water proof. Also, this won’t seem like a big deal until you actually use it, but the two additional handles at the top button together and your backpack becomes a purse. It’s genius for my over flowing morning tram rides!

Despite my irrational fear of online shopping, I ordered it from the website and they offered free shipping and delivery within a week.

I rant and rave about my backpack to anyone who will listen so I thought it was worth a mention.



*It could only get better if there was a safe compartment for my camera.



  1. 1

    Thanks for the post.
    Glad you discovereed our bag… We do make a “photo insert” if you want a little padding for your camera.
    Kanken/Fjallraven NA

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