Straight backs are happy backs! Kånken was created as far back as 1978 to help prevent back problems among Swedish school children and quickly became a common sight at preschools and nature schools throughout the country. Today, 35 years later, Kånken has straightened millions of backs across the globe and has become one of Fjällräven's most beloved products. This classic backpack is equally suited to journeys to and from school or work, as it is to trekking and travelling.
The material is hard-wearing, lightweight Vinylon F fabric that is able to withstand dirt and wetness. The spacious main compartment has a large opening with a zip, which makes it easy to pack and unpack. It has two flat side pockets and a zipped pocket on the front, perfect for those bits and bobs that you want to keep close at hand. The included PE foam seat cushion is stored in the interior back pocket where it prevents the contents of the backpack from poking against your back – and is always within reach for when you need to take a break and sit down, wherever you may be.
The carrying system is simple but practical and consists of handles at the top and slender, adjustable shoulder straps. The logo on the front is reflective. It also has an address label inside the main compartment.
Vinylon F is the functional fabric that has made Kanken daypacks seemingly immortal for the last 30 years. While being a synthetic fiber, Vinylon F shares many benefits with natural fibres. Fabrics used for backpacks usually need a coating to become water resistent. This is functional initially, but the coating inevitably loses its waterproofness over time. Vinylon F, on the other hand, behaves like a natural fibre and swells when it gets damp. Moisture actually makes the fabric weave tighter, so that it resists water without the need of a coating. The result is a lighter and more durable material. Combined with excellent resistance to abrasion, Vinylon F is a fabric that continues to prove its durable functionality, year after year.