We spend a large portion of our lives at school and then the rest exploring the world from different lenses, whether it be by travelling or simply through your daily 9-5. But what’s one thing that you would need in all these situations? You guessed it – a backpack. A good backpack should not only hold all your belongings but should also last you a lifetime, and our classic Kånken family does exactly that and more!
Let us take you on a quick trip down memory lane – back to the 1970s when Sweden was flooded with the rising issue of back pain due to poorly crafted backpacks. Following numerous other revolutionary inventions, our founder Åke Nordin designed the iconic Kånken backpack with durable straps running down the entire back to avoid them loosening and causing back pain.
It then launched right before the commencement of the school year in August of 1978 and was promoted in newspaper’s ‘Back to School’ articles as a solution to this generational problem. Åke had planned to sell 200 Kånken’s in the first year, however their popularity and high demand ended up doubling sales which then skyrocketed in the following year to an incredible 30,000. The Kånken Backpack grew immensely in the market and has since developed into an extensive range including backpacks, hip packs, shoulder bags, weekend bags and more, becoming Fjällräven’s most popular family and biggest seller to date.
Here are a few of our top picks for your return to school with Kånken:
As our classic Kånken backpack grew in popularity over the years, so did its family, now with many different colours, sizes and styles – all remaining a back to school essential. Our Kånken styles and sizes that are the ideal choice for school include the Kånken Mini, the Kånken Laptop 15" and the Re-Kånken, however we also offer several other models such as the Kånken Sling, Kånken Totepack, Kånken Weekender and more.
Made from hardwearing, lightweight Vinylon-F fabric that is both dirt and water-resistant, Kånken’s durability and versatility makes it the perfect staple for back to school as well as work, uni, travelling or trekking. The Classic is designed with compartments large enough to accommodate two A4 binders and an extra pocket for pen and accessory storage as well as an included PE foam seat cushion located in the interior back pocket of the bag. This helps prevent the contents of the backpack poking against your bag and allows you to take a break and sit down wherever you are.
Kånken Pen Case
Another item that is built to fit perfectly into the side pocket of your Kånken backpack is our classic zippered Kånken Pen Case made from durable G-1000 waxed fabric. The perfect accessory to keep everything organised and prevent losing your favourite pens ever again! There are 13 vibrant colours to choose from and it is not only great as a school pencil case, but can be used at home, work or in travel to keep all your loose bits and bobs together.
Kånken Tablet Case
For all our technology marvels, the Kånken Tablet Case is the perfect protective cover for your tablet, iPad, laptop etc. – however, note that it has maximum dimensions of 24 x 19 x 1 cm.
It is made from our durable G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco S fabric with foam padding and a flat back pocket for easily accessed storage of documents and other accessories. Produced in 4 versatile colours, our tablet case is another back to school essential you won’t want to miss.
Who doesn’t want a cute addition to their Kånken? Add to the look with our Kånken Keyring that comes in 20 different colours that will match any bag or key chain that you add it to. It is the perfect accessory for back to school to help distinguish your belongings against the crowd – you’ll never lose your bag or keys again!