Fjallraven Kanken Backpack For Students

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack is available in many colours!

The Fjallraven Kanken Backpack was first introduced in 1978 and has become an iconic symbol of classic functional Swedish design.

After engaging in the “back debates” of the late 1970’s in Sweden, Fjallraven founder Ake Nordin developed a simple yet functional backpack with the help of The Swedish Guide and Scout Association.

This revolutionary design, now known as the Kanken, evenly distributed the bag’s weight to both shoulders which led to reduced back problems in Sweden.

The Kanken is made of Vinylon F, a highly durable, abrasion and water resistant fabric that softens with age and washes and becomes increasingly robust as the fibres in the fabric tighten from use.

The company, Fjallraven, has stayed true to its mission; developing timeless, functional and durable outdoor equipment while acting responsibly toward people, animals and the environment. Inspired by the outdoors, Fjallraven inspires others to get outside and has been doing so since its inception in 1960.

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack Review:

For over 25 years the Fjallraven Kanken backpack has hardly changed in style, which goes some way to say how successful it is…if it ain’t broke, why fix it!

This is perfect for school, college, commuting and day trips, it even makes a perfect air traveling bag as it’s just the right size for carry-ons.

The Fjallraven Kanken backpack is also great for those who don’t like a lot of zips and pockets. There is a big main compartment for all your heavy stuff and a smaller front compartment for your quick grab items such as phones, mp3 players and keys.

For an example, the Fjallraven Kanken backpack would be comfortable fitting in 2 or 3 decent sized text books, a 13′ laptop, lunch-box, kindle or tablet, hoodie or small jacket along with your pens and other small essentials. Choosing your backpack size and requirements is essential, so have a look at the measurements below to be on the safe side.

The material is strong Vinylon-F which helps water roll off instead of seeping in.

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack Dimensions:

  • Depth 13cm
  • Height 38cm
  • Width 27cm
  • Volume 16L-17L
  • Weight 300g

Also fitted with YKK zippers for extra strength and it’s available in at least 7 colours from darks to brights! You’ll also find carry straps on top of the backpack so you can carry it just like a normal bag.

Is the Fjallraven Kanken Laptop Friendly?

Yes, you can fit a laptop up to 13′ inside although it doesn’t come with a protective sleeve so you may want to think about getting a protective cover for your precious booty! As with all laptops, tablets, and ebook readers, they should be protected exclusively for their own safety when in transit.

We also liked the the logo on the back which acts as a reflector on dark days and nights, these little touches are often forgotten by many backpack manufacturers.

Fjallraven Kanken BackpackThere are many colours to chose from too…enough to almost make them unique to you.

Inside you will find an odd flat piece of foam that is removable, this is not meant for padding, it’s for pulling out and sitting on for a bit of comfort…quirky!

Overall, we think this is the perfect college backpack for students who don’t want a lot of fuss with a gazillion pockets to search through. The Fjallraven Kanken Backpack is simple, practical, extremely well made, cool and comfortable.

We give the Fjallraven Kanken backpack a very decent 4.5 out of 5 for it’s practicability and quality. We just wished there were a few more pockets, although not everyone likes little compartments everywhere…things get lost!

The backpack will seem a little stiff when you first wear it, but it’s meant to be that way for sturdiness, but rest assured, the material will get a more pliable as time goes on.

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