Friday, 12 May 2017

Fjällräven Kånken

I realise this is a bit of a different entry from me, but I just wanted to gush about my new bag! And as I always enjoy a good review before I invest in something I figured it might help someone out.



I'm sure everyone is familiar with the Kånken backpack. I remember first seeing them years ago on the backs of European travellers in Disneyland Paris, but it seemed to take a while for them to catch on over here. I bought my yellow one 2 years ago, the summer before I was due to start university. I love the simple, kind of nerdy design and the single saturated colours they came in, and knowing I'd be lugging sketchbooks and art supplies to and fro everyday, I knew a backpack was an important investment. Also Kånken strongly advertise their back support, and my back is a huge issue for me and something that causes me a lot of pain. It makes my hips misalign and even pop out now and then, and I often have to wear a back brace (I don't know why writing that on my blog makes me feel uncomfortable, but there it is). I was skeptical over whether or not the Kånken was just another backpack, but it's proved invaluable to me over these two years. I can even load it up with heavy items from Aldi and carry it without issue, something unthinkable for me before.

The only issue I had with my Kånken was that it doesn't fit my 15.6" laptop in. Bummer! I usually end up carrying it in a tote, but I dread everyday I have to take my laptop into class and will often avoid it, which leads me to being less productive than I could be. I only recently learnt that Kånken make laptop specific backpacks. With them being so expensive and already having a perfectly good (albeit filthy dirty, seriously don't buy a light one) bag, I held back for a while. But then I found one on offer (in the colour I was lusting after, what serendipity!) and I couldn't resist. And I'm so happy with it!



I bought it in plum, and it's literally the colour of a red plum. It's delicious, and hopefully will better keep the dirt at bay! I bought the 17", as despite having a 15.6" laptop I'd read that the 15" bag won't fit a laptop bigger than 14.5" (so they're really for 13" MacBooks, not laptops). It has a separate concealed padded compartment at the back of the bag for the laptop, keeping it secure from your other items as well as being theft proof. The main compartment of the bag is the same as a regular Kånken, only bigger of course as it's a bigger bag overall. It also has padding on the straps to help your shoulders support the additional weight.

I realise this is sounding like a sponsored post, I only wish it were! I just really love my new backpack. And my old one, I will be using both depending on which size I need for which day.

My rigid, creased new one in size comparison to my softer, saggy Kånken Classic. This is why they get dirty, as they soften the protection disintegrates. I prefer the softer look, I just don't dig the embedded marks that won't come out!

One of the biggest things that almost stopped me from buying my new bag is knowing I've only got one year left of uni and whether I should just carry on for one more year as I have been. But I realised that's kind of silly - I'm going to have a career at the end of my course, and art careers are very computer based so I see it as an investment. Also because the laptop compartment is so sturdily padded, I could even carry artwork or prints in there without concern of them getting crumpled. You can even buy camera inserts which I'm really struggling not to buy 😬

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  1. I love those bags. When we trade at indietracks a lot of the European festival goers carry them and I've often considered treating myself. Could be ideal in India! xxx

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    1. I do recommend them, they're excellent for travel! Their size is deceiving, they fit so much in, I can travel for a few days with my Kanken alone.

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  2. Nice backpack, I've never heard of this brand before. I struggled finding a backpack I liked for uni too, but finally found one and after several years, I'm still using it, I give mine a wash once in a while if it gets dirty, haha. What sort of artistic job would you be interested in after you finish uni? :)

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    1. I have put mine through the wash and used an array of different detergents on it, but it just won't budge! I don't know if it's the fabric as it feels a bit different to other backpacks and I've seen it's a common complaint with these bags, but I've learnt to live with it! I'm an illustrator, ideally I'd like to be freelance or work with an agency. My dream is to work selling my own stuff (zines, prints, etc) rather than having to fulfil commissions, but we'll see! It's not something I ever want to be renowned for, I just want to get by doing something I love you know?

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  3. Plum is such a fantastic color. These bags sound like a great investment. I'm glad you found something that doesn't mess with your back.

    I just want to say I'm a little crazy about your current blog design - your header is perfect in every way! <3

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    1. Thank you! ♥ I really love my new blog design too, it's really inspiring my to blog again!

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  4. This bag sounds great! I had a very hard time finding a backpack I liked so I decided to sew my own a while ago. But it was not heavy-duty enough for what I needed and I ended up finding a decent one on a whim at IKEA of all places. Haha! I've never heard of this brand so I will definitely be checking them out.

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    1. Yeah I've tried making my own bags before, but because I carry so many art supplies around I never trust them to be hard-wearing enough. I didn't even know they sold backpacks in IKEA haha

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