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Fall for the Fjällräven Kånken backpack

The Fjällräven Kånken is a classic, minimalist backpack which comes in a rainbow of colours. It’s perfect for both city adventures and trips off the beaten track, it’s tough on the outside with so much space on the inside. If you’re looking for a functional backpack that will last, then read on.

Fjällräven – which means Arctic Fox in Swedish – started making these bags way back in 1978. They were originally designed for children so they could carry their school books without injuring their backs (aw!) but now they have well and truly crossed the functional to fashionable divide.

The simple design, size and durability of the tough polycotton material means they are a great choice for an everyday, functional bag.

The Test

I was looking for a backpack which would work as a carry-everything changing bag for my energetic toddler son. I needed a bag that I could carry on my back for when he’s running around which can fit everything we need for a day out. We’re talking a change of clothes, snacks, drinks, toys, nappies and wipes, plus my purse, phone and keys.

What I love about the Kanken

  • Its space. A whole 16 litres of room. More than enough.
  • The easy accessibility. A big zip which goes all the way round the sides and top.
  • The look. Simple and modern while still looking retro and classic.
  • The colours. OK, so mine’s slate grey which isn’t exactly the brightest, but it goes with everything and my husband loves using it too. They do come in colours ranging from baby pink to teal green.
  • The material. Tough and yet light, it’s waterproof too.
  • The front pocket. Great for lip balms, keys and your phone.
  • The foam seat pad. It holds the bag in shape, makes it comfortable to carry on your back and doubles as something to sit on.
  • The grab handle. Some backpacks have flimsy top handles – not this bag.
  • The comfort. I wasn’t expecting this bag to be as comfortable as it was as the straps aren’t padded, but it was really nice to wear and the weight felt evenly distributed.

In fact, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like, apart from maybe it would be good to have a press-stud to keep things from falling out of the side pockets.

This is a great, practical backpack which does the job while looking good. I would definitely recommend it.

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