Fjallraven Kanken Backpack

The Fjallraven Kanken is one of the most iconic backpacks in recent memory. Although first introduced in Sweden in 1978, the bag has only recently exploded in popularity thanks to its unique style, ergonomic design and endless color options.

But it's not all hype. We love this bag for it’s smaller form factor that allows it to be comfortably carried by people with smaller frames who normally have trouble with big bulky backpacks. The design is also versatile enough to be used as a school book bag, travel bag and everyday items backpack. Two side pockets allow you to carry a water bottle and umbrella while a smaller front pocket is perfect for little items such as keys, pens, and wallets.

What we like

  • Spacious main compartment that opens 3/4 for full access to the things inside

  • Size is perfect for women, kids or people with smaller frames

  • Comes in over 2 dozen different color options

What we don’t like

  • Shoulder straps can become uncomfortable if the bag gets too heavy.

  • No organizers such as pen holders or key fabs for small items.

  • The original Kanken does not have a laptop compartment (must go with an updated “laptop” version instead)


  • Dimensions: 14.9” x 10.6” x 5.1”

  • Capacity: 16L

  • Weight: .7lb

  • Material: 100% Vinylon-F

  • Water resistant

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