I hate backpacks, but not when it comes to Kånken. I wish I had bought one years earlier, because if I did, perhaps I would be spared a shoulder condition and some back pains. But better late than never, right?
Fjällraven is a Swedish outdoor clothing brand that introduced Kånken backpack in 1978, as a remedy for steadily increasing number of back problems affecting increasingly younger groups. The design is clean and simple, the product is made of a resistant and light fabric Vinylon F that adds a minimum weight to the backpack cargo. Not surprisingly, Kånken made an international career among school children and their parents alike. Now it is available in several sizes and in a whole rainbow of colours, but in its spirit still true to the original idea and simplistic design. Straight backs are happy backs, as the company introduction says, so don’t be afraid to give it a try, perhaps you will appreciate it just like I did.
For myself I selected a classic black model in the regular size, which is big enough to fit a 13 inch laptop. I use it very often and it proved to be handy on many occasions, from casual weekend trips, hand luggage on a flight to a trusted companion on day excursions during bigger holidays, like on the below picture taken in Lucca. With Kånken your hands are free to hold a camera, you have an extra space for a bottle of water and a snack, as well as shopping, so you don’t need to carry around shopping bags and your handbag at the same time. From every angle it is a win-win situation, not only for your comfort, but also for the comfort of your back and shoulders. On the down side, the design can be too raw for some people and the price is on the high end. When I bought Kånken, my husband said it is the ugliest backpack ever, but I think he changed his opinion now, seeing how often I use it and how handy it really is. I hope he will be more appreciative when I finally buy another one, this time in the Fog shade.