Mary Ann and I have been talking about getting Fjallraven kanken bags for the longest time and we each finally snagged one, both with the intention of using them for work.
I was surprised at the size of the kanken classic. I’m 5’1, and the kanken classic didn’t overwhelm my frame but it still allowed me to fit the essentials and more. I also like the option of using it as a briefcase or a backpack, but I ended up using it as a backpack to keep myself handsfree.
I dumped the contents of my workbag into my kanken: makeup bag, toner, water bottle, wallet, a book (if I ever catch myself with some down time), and snacks -all fitting comfortably inside
The material of the kanken is 100% polyvinyl alcohol, it’s a thicker material and also water repellant. It has a nice weight to it and appears pretty sturdy. Because of the material ,the kanken holds its structure extremely well.
Tip: The kanken comes with a 1 inch, black foam pad, that lines the frame of the backpack. Don’t throw it away!!! It helps keep the shape of your kanken, but also helps to protect any electronics you put in the sleeve.
I’ve been using my kanken for about 3 weeks now, and I can honestly say it’s the perfect workbag for me. It holds what I need it to; I can pack my stuff, grab it and go and it’s stylish.
A lot of people ask me where I got the bag and if I recommend it. You don’t even need to give this bag a second thought. This bag has been a staple in Sweden since the ’60s. I read that people still have their kankens when they were children in the 70s, and it’s still as good as it was back then! I think this is the type of bag that will last a lifetime. Just get it, you won’t regret it!