Fjallraven is a Swedish outdoor-orientated brand that is at one with nature. Perhaps best-known around these parts because of its world-famous Kanken and its seriously good winter coats. Whether it is the recycled materials, the timeless designs or its stance on animal welfare Fjallraven has the upmost respect for the environment. Today we turn our attention to the one and only Kanken.
In the late 70’s statistics showed that 80% of the Swedish population had back problems, partially due to the not-so-very-ergonomic shoulder bags that were popular at the time. Experts and school nurses all over the country expressed their worry about the future of the school kids backs. And so, in swoops the founder of Fjallraven, Åke Nordin, and saves the day. Together with the Swedish Scout Association he designed the back-saving Kånken.
With the weight distributed evenly on the shoulders, the spines of Swedish school kids were saved! Kånka means carrying something heavy so it comes to no surprise that a backpack called Kånken was made to do just that. And as well as being comfortable and ergonomic, it’s made from the super hard-wearing Vinylon F fabric and has got lots of handy features; such as pockets on the side, a reflective badge, and a seat pad for when you’re feeling like having a picnic in the forest.
The concept of having a seat pad in your backpack doesn’t seem to be much of a thing here in the UK, but when I was a kid in playschool we would very often go on day trips to the woods, and we would never leave without the teachers making sure that each and everyone of us had a seat pad of our own to take on the trip. I still find this feature incredibly handy, the seat pad has saved me countless times from having to sit on the wet ground.
Why do we love it?
– Durable Vinylon F material repels moisture better than any other synthetic fabric. Fibers in this material swell in humid weather for superior water-resistance….no wet books while waiting for the bus!
– Two zippered compartments with two side pockets. This simplicity keeps you from losing things in the abyss that is your school bag.
– Simple shoulder straps make this bag easily customized and wearable for long periods of time.
– The logo doubles as a reflector to keep you safe on walks to school at dawn or dusk.
These features are all kinds of appealing, and can be found in each of the different variations of the classic backpack:
The classic! Made of durable fabric, the classic will outlast even the toughest of school days. Two side pockets and a zippered pocket in the front make for easy day-to-day storage.
The cutest little backpack you ever did see! The Mini is just that – a mini version of the classic. It is perfect for young kids headed back to school, or as a smaller daypack for adults! Doubles as a fashletic purse, which we aren’t mad about.
While you may be able to fit a laptop in the classic, this Kanken features padded shoulder straps and a specially designed area made to house a laptop computer neatly and securely.
Kanken No. 2
Redesigned and better than ever! The Kanken No. 2 is made from a sturdier fabric and has leather straps, making it a new and slightly improved version of the original. This bag also comes in laptop form!
We are all about being eco-friendly, especially with the start of a fresh new year. The Re-Kanken (and the mini) are sustainable versions of the classic style, as each bag is made entirely from eleven plastic bottles! Dyed with SpinDye® technology that radically reduces the amount of water, energy and chemicals used, this bag is mindful of our environment.