For more than 50 years, the Swedish company Fjällräven has been crafting technical gear and clothing. The brand quickly became one of my favorites because of the rustic yet urban style – but also because of the great quality of the craftsmanship. It’s not rare to meet people who have been using their Fjällräven packs for more than 40 years now, near the mountains of Norway. I’ve been using the Kånken original pack for a while and when I recently shopped for a new travel/hiking bag, my heart stopped when I tried the Kajka 65. Honestly the most comfortable travel backpack I have ever owned.
But let’s come back to the Kånken. The pack is a Scandinavian classic – and is quickly becoming one in North America. There’s more than one reason to adopt it and never let it go. Before the huge success of the Kånken, Fjällräven came up with the Kånken No.2 : an even better version of the pack. Yes, it is possible.
The Technical Features
To begin, most of the features are exactly the same on the Kånken and Kånken No. 2. Why would you change a winning recipe? To make it even better.
– 16L capacity
– Two side pockets
– One zippered pocket in the front
– Removable sitting pad in the back pocket
– Large main compartment
– Narrow, supple shoulder straps
– Handle at the top
– YKK zippers
With these features, one of the best things about the Kånken is its versatility and practical aspect. You can carry it like a backpack, but also with the handles – making it more urban.
The removable pad assures and extra dose of comfort – while walking or sitting.
What’s the difference between the two models, then? Well, to begin, the straps, logo and accents are made out of genuine leather. This adds a touch of fanciness to your rustic pack.
Then, the bag is completely made of Fjällräven’s signature fabric: the G-1000. The outside shell is made out of HeavyDuty G-1000 – very resistant to water, while the inside is made out of G-1000 Lite, which also assure a great protection.
Besides the fabrics, the Kånken No.2 is almost identical to the original bag. However, the extra technical features could make the difference regarding water-resistance – when you’re out in the rain storm. You can even add a layer of resistance to the bag by applying the eco-friendly Greenland Wax on it.
Also, the choice of colors and the leather accents are pretty awesome… it makes it hard to resist!