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Pros

  • Zippers are securely hidden for safety in crowded areas
  • Perfect size for a day pack
  • Nice aesthetic with a variety of color options

Cons

  • Not the most compressible daypack we’ve tested
  • Ends and edges of straps are rough/itchy and can snag clothing
  • The top handles can be a nuisance when disconnected

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  • Capacity

    7l

  • Weight (oz)

    7.76 oz (220 g)

  • Dimensions

    11.4 in x 7.87 in x 5.11 in (29 x 20 x 13 cm)

  • Notable Materials

    Polypropylene, Vinylon F, YKK Zippers, Wasa Hardware

  • Manufacturing Country

    South Korea

  • Warranty Information

    Fjallraven Warranty Policy

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When you plot out your packing plans for a trip, you’ll need to break down what you’ll be using during your adventure. Trekking around cobblestone alleyways or across a hilly countryside won’t be conducive to a roller suitcase or a full 35L backpack. Enter the Fjallraven Kanken Mini—a great choice for a lightweight daypack (coming in at a mere 7oz) that can hold your camera, cash and perhaps a book.

A good combination of style and function can be hard to find when it comes to daypacks. When we began searching for the perfect pack to roam around the streets of Saigon, we saw a bunch of slings and packs that prioritize hiking features or that lacked the protection and padding we like to see. There’s no reason you should be beating yourself up with a camera through non-padded, nylon fabric.

A brief scan for stylish yet affordable backpacks led us to the Fjallraven Kanken—in particular, the mini. The brand features a signature square body with two top handles clipped together and a small red fox emblem. Founded in Northern Sweden in 1960 by a young adventurer, the brand boasts functionality, durability, and dependability as their core principles. Several of their core principals actually play directly into our review, which is saying a lot as we weren’t even aware of them when we first started writing!

If you haven’t noticed, Fjallraven has exploded into a globally recognized brand within the last couple of years. We saw these bags popping up in many places we’ve visited, in tons of airports, and even received notes from our friends about the popularity of the Fjallraven Kanken Mini.

Fjallraven Kanken Mini Quick Pack

The Fjallraven Kanken Mini is small enough to pack in a larger bag or use for a carry-on “personal” item (while still being polite to your seatmate’s overhead bin space). If you’re already traveling with a backpack, the top handles are key. It allows for extreme versatility in many situations. You can easily rock this as a backpack while wandering the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An, but then slip your arm through the top handle to sort out some cash as you make your way through the market. We found it to be important to keep the handles clasped, as they tend to stick out and intercept passersby when wandering heavily populated areas.

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Immediately on unpacking, we recognized how stiff this Fjallraven Kanken Mini was—from the handles to the fabric and the support along your back. Initially, this seemed like a frustration as the bag holds mega style value. In retrospect, the rigidity allows the bag to hold its shape and evenly distribute its weight no matter what you cram inside. In our case, the bag sometimes housed just a wallet and a small book, but other times we’d have a DSLR, power bank, art supplies, cell phone and a handful of funky souvenir items. Regardless of the contents, the bag remained in its perfect, square-like shape. An inside pocket holds a firm foam board, which Fjallraven designed to be a seat pad. We’ve found that it can double as extra support for the back and protection from heavy cargo bouncing against the wearer.

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The Fjallraven Kanken Mini features four pockets for a variety of needs. The interior pocket served as an exceptional place to store a passport or any important paperwork, receipts, or visa documents. We take safety and security pretty seriously when wandering abroad, and this interior pocket would be nearly impossible to access unless someone was able to snatch the bag off your back.

On the exterior, along each side, there are two slim pockets with no closure. We used these minimally but did find them useful for a cheap pair of sunglasses or easy access to some cough drops.

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Lastly, the fourth pocket is a small zippered pouch in the front. A classic backpack feature, this pocket is small and perfect for train tickets, knick-knacks, chapstick—you get the idea. We were pleasantly surprised by the solid variety of storage and organization within the bag—simple but effective!

We mentioned one of the security points on the Fjallraven Kanken Mini already, but one feature we have really come to appreciate are the zippers, and specifically the liners that cover them. Every edge of the main zipper has a lip covering it, which is stiff and snug—meaning you really have to get a grip on the bag to even expose the zipper pull, let alone open the compartments. A huge win if you find yourself getting nervous about people tampering with your stuff in a crowded or unfamiliar space. It’s not a bulletproof solution, but a nice addition nonetheless.

While Fjallraven offers a whole line of backpacks, the Fjallraven Kanken Mini is clearly the most suited for daily use. This means that you’re not going to find the same focus on durability and comfort you may find on a dedicated travel pack, for example. Which brings us to the straps…

Each strap is made of a high-quality, sturdy nylon—which is great. But there is no padding. None.

We were pretty concerned about this, as backpacking across a hot and humid country with this type of strap can lead to some discomfort at best, and cuts on your arm at worst. But not this little pack. This bag has held up over a bunch of different climates and we have yet to have any problems with the straps. We’re not sure if this is because the bag is so small it is generally on the lighter side or what, but the straps have been surprisingly comfortable. There are also no signs of creasing or folding, which is nice.

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We did notice on a very warm day with only a tank top on, that the straps weren’t exactly soft—If you’re a fan of sleeveless tops or going shirtless, you might want to look into the shoulder pads that Fjallraven sells separately.

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Condition: Excellent

Tip top shape, fresh and crisp.

2 Months of Use

Condition: Excellent

Still great condition.

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Created March 24, 2018 • Updated July 26, 2022

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FAQs

Is the Kanken Mini for adults? ›

Kånken was created in 1978 to help prevent back problems among Swedish school children and, since then, has become one of Fjällräven's most appreciated products. The Mini-version is suitable for small children as well as for full grown adults who are looking for a small backpack.

How can you tell if Kånken minis are fake? ›

Genuine Kånkens have double-stitched seams that are straight, use YKK zips with the Fjällräven logo on one side and the Fox logo on the other, and product tags are made from thick card that show the bag colour and barcode.

Is Kånken a VSCO? ›

They all wear them and they're all the exact same brand. May I introduce you to: Fjällräven's Kånken, the official VSCO girl backpack.

Why does everyone have a Kanken backpack? ›

It won't go out of style. The Kånken is more 'stylish' than 'fashionable', because it isn't subject to changing trends. It's a mainstay backpack that people can buy and wear for decades – and many people have done just that. It's got increasingly popular since 1978, and that isn't going to wane any time soon.

Can you fit a water bottle in a Kanken mini? ›

I have found that the 8.45oz/250ml VOSS water bottle fits perfectly in the side pocket of the mini!

Do Kånken backpacks hurt? ›

Is the Fjällräven Kånken comfortable? The built in straps can easily hurt when you carry a heavy load, but if you spend the extra €20 for the shoulder pads it is as comfortable as can be.

Do Kanken bags fade? ›

The longer you leave them, the bigger they'll get and then they'll be almost impossible to repair. And finally, don't leave Kånken in direct sunlight. The colour will fade. Kånken prefers shade or low-level sunshine.

Can a Kanken mini fit an iPad? ›

Kanken Mini can carry your everyday valuables like your wallet, phone, chapstick, glasses, water bottle, journal, Kindle/iPad, and hand sanitizer.

Are fjallraven bags made in China? ›

Today, Fjallraven have Asian production partners in China and South Korea to produce their clothing and gear, a long way from Ake's basement where it all started.

What VSCO means? ›

What does VSCO stand for? VSCO stands for Visual Supply Company. It is an app that was created in California in 2011. It allows users to capture photos and edit them with preset filters and tools.

What is VSCO? ›

VSCO is popular image editing and sharing app for mobile devices. Like other image sharing apps such as Instagram, VSCO provides editing features and filters, and allows users to share their pictures with other members on the platform.

Is Fjällräven worth the hype? ›

Is Fjällräven worth it? Fjällräven is a world-renowned brand with multiple products on offer to support your adventures around the world. If you're looking for a brand that uses high-quality materials, has long-lasting products, and is doing its bit to support the planet, then Fjällräven is the brand for you.

Is Fjällräven a luxury brand? ›

Fjällräven (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfjɛ̂lːˌrɛːvɛn], Swedish for 'The Mountain Fox') is a Swedish brand specialising in outdoor equipment—mostly upscale clothing and luggage. It was founded in 1960 by Åke Nordin (1936–2013).

What is the most popular Fjällräven backpack? ›

The Fjallraven Kanken backpack was born back in 1978 to help Swedish school kids with their posture.

Should I wash my Kånken before using it? ›

Soak your Kanken before you use it..

To get those really vibrant colours, we use a special dying technique. But this means there's a chance the colour can rub off on your clothes – particularly light coloured clothing - so we recommend soaking Kånken for 30-60 minutes in lukewarm water before you start using it.

Do I need to wax my Kånken? ›

Please note: All Kånken Backpacks (excluding Kånken No. 2) are made from Vinylon F fabric. Waxing is not advised for this fabric. G-1000 is a durable material and the tight weave (except G-1000 Air) makes it wind resistant.

Do Kånken bags bleed? ›

There can be some surplus dye. To avoid colour bleeding we recommend that you rinse the backpack in lukewarm water before usage. Take care when wearing with light coloured clothing.

Can Kånken bags get wet? ›

The Kånken is not waterproof but the bag's Vinylon F material is water-resistant. 2.2 How do I wash my Kånken? To wash your Kånken we recommend soaking it in lukewarm water and using a soft brush to get out stains. Hang to dry.

What is so special about Fjällräven? ›

Fjällräven Kankens are brilliantly water-resistant. Vinylon F, the synthetic fabric they are made from, behaves more like a natural fibre and swells as it becomes damp. As it swells, the gaps between the woven fibres close more and thus it becomes more resistant to water penetration.

How can I make my Kånken look better? ›

To get those vibrant colours, we use a special dying technique, but this does mean there is a chance the colour can run or rub off on your clothes. Particularly light-coloured clothing. We recommend soaking your Kånken in lukewarm water before you start using it, or gently rub the surface with a soft brush.

Can I wash Kånken bag in washing machine? ›

CARING FOR KÅNKEN

Whatever you do, don't put Kånken in the washing machine. Instead, wash dirty marks with lukewarm water, mild detergent and a soft brush or sponge. And when it comes to drying, you should hang up Kånken in a well-ventilated area that's not exposed to direct sunlight.

How long will a Kånken last? ›

How Long Will a Kånken Last? The oldest Kånken we own has been in great condition for at least 6 years, and I can see it lasting well beyond 10-15 years with the current level of usage.

How small is a mini Kånken? ›

Measures 11.4" (29 cm) x 7.9" (20 cm) x 5.1" (13 cm). Weighs 0.5 lb.

Is a Kånken big enough for school? ›

With padded shoulder straps and durable, water-resistant fabric, this pack is perfect for school, work and day trips. Stash the big stuff in the large main compartment and organize smaller items in the side pocket and zippered front pocket.

How much does Kanken mini hold? ›

The main portion of the bag about the size of a tablet and deep enough to hold 4 or 5 kid-sized books. Look, it has pockets!

What does fjallraven Kanken mean in Swedish? ›

Fjall means Artic and Raven means Fox in Swedish, so Fjallraven is the beautiful Artic Fox. Kanken simply means to Carry.

What is fjallraven Kanken in English? ›

Easy peasy. Fjällräven translates as 'Arctic Fox', hence the adorable badge logo that we see stamped on all of the brand's coats, jackets and popular Kanken backpacks. And Kanken is pronounced more like 'Konken', by the way, if we're aiming for full pronunciation accuracy.

Is Fjällräven ethical? ›

Fjällräven has also been recognised for their industry-leading, transparent and ethical, down production process (detailed in the 'Fjällräven Down Promise') and a comprehensive sustainable and traceable wool range.

What is a pick me girl? ›

pick-me girl (plural pick-me girls) (slang, derogatory) A woman who claims or acts as if she is unlike most other women, in order to gain attention from men.

What age is a VSCO girl? ›

"VSCO girls" tend to be middle and high school age and the trend starts to peter out among college age students and older, according to Wippich. This aligns with the VSCO app's overall user base, 75 percent of which are under age 25, according to Julie Inouye, VSCO's vice president of communications.

Is VSCO a girl or boy? ›

Instagram is for best, VSCO is for freedom. The VSCO girl wears Brandy Melville and Urban Outfitters, puts her hair in a scrunchie, wears Birkenstocks, Crocs or Vans, and usually applies little to no makeup with skincare first brands like Glossier or Mario Badescu. She is effortless and carefree.

What do VSCO girls say? ›

The phrase most commonly associated with VSCO girls is “and I oop”, which, like “sksksk,” can be used to express shock, surprise or embarrassment. Interestingly, this expression also has roots in LGBT black culture. Unlike sksksk, the origin of this phrase is more direct.

What does it mean when a VSCO girl says Sksksksk? ›

Sksksk is an interjection used to convey surprise, happiness, and other intense emotions. It's stereotyped as an overused expression of VSCO girls on social media.

What does a VSCO girl need? ›

VSCO girls channel a specific vibe. Beyond their enthusiasm for Instagram and Tiktok, they tend to care deeply about the environment, prefer a pastel palette, rock Vans, love a good lip gloss, and can't live without a hair curler (or eyelash curler for that matter).

Why was fjallraven made? ›

The idea arose out of necessity: to create a backpack that swallowed up gear, but sat comfortably on his back. Åke knew there must be a way. With his mother's sewing machine and his father's tools, Åke created a wooden-framed backpack in his basement. And with it, the seed was sewn.

Is it pronounced Nike or Nikey? ›

You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. It's Nikey, not Nike. Knight confirmed that it is, in fact, pronounced “Ni-Key,” by circling that option on the letter, before sending it back to the students.

How is IKEA actually pronounced? ›

It's pronounced "EE-KAY-UH," according to the company itself.

Is Fjällräven made in Sweden? ›

Hailing from the small town of Örnsköldsvik in Sweden, a place where mountains and forest meet the sea, Fjällräven is an outdoor clothing and equipment company that's committed to making nature more accessible.

Is Kanken comfy? ›

Kanken Classic Backpack has traditional shoulder straps webbing. They provide stable carry, but they're not as comfortable over the long run as padded shoulder straps like in Patagonia Refugio and TNF Jester. It'll dig into your skin, especially when it's heavily loaded.

What country is Fjällräven from? ›

Hailing from the small town of Örnsköldsvik in Sweden, a place where mountains and forest meet the sea, Fjällräven is an outdoor clothing and equipment company that's committed to making nature more accessible.

Which Fjällräven backpack is best for school? ›

The Fjallraven Kanken is a simple, well-made, classic looking backpack that feels light even when you pack it to the max. The sleek design, great color options, and trendy look of this pack make it great for school, extracurricular activities, camping, or anytime you need extra storage.

Why is Fjallraven Kanken so popular? ›

For some it's black, for others it's brick, for others still it's graphite, or green, or deep blue, and so on. Maybe that's why the Kånken is so enduringly popular, because it allows the owner to choose one that matches their tastes and complements the rest of their wardrobe.

Are you supposed to keep the foam in a Kanken? ›

Seat Cushion and Back Pad. To keep the items in the backpack from jabbing into your back, the Kanken has a foam pad inserted into the back panel. This provides a bit of extra cushion without adding weight. The great thing about the foam pad is that it can be removed and used as a seat cushion wherever you go.

What does a Kanken mini fit? ›

The 7-liter, squarish Kanken Mini can accommodate the essentials. A small tablet, your phone, wallet, a bottle of drink, a small camera and selfie stick, some snacks, and more.

How big is the fjallraven Kanken mini? ›

Measures 11.4" (29 cm) x 7.9" (20 cm) x 5.1" (13 cm).

Do you keep the seat pad in the Kånken? ›

Seat Cushion and Back Pad. To keep the items in the backpack from jabbing into your back, the Kanken has a foam pad inserted into the back panel. This provides a bit of extra cushion without adding weight. The great thing about the foam pad is that it can be removed and used as a seat cushion wherever you go.

Does MacBook Air fit in Kanken mini? ›

yes. 13.3' MacBook fits in this bag.

Can Kånken bag hold a laptop? ›

Classic Kanken, which went on sale for the first time in 1978, with a twist. This model has room for up to a 13" laptop in a special padded compartment at the back. Padded shoulder straps. Large main compartment, two side pockets and a zippered pocket in the front.

Can Fjällräven get wet? ›

The Kånken is not waterproof but the bag's Vinylon F material is water-resistant. 2.2 How do I wash my Kånken? To wash your Kånken we recommend soaking it in lukewarm water and using a soft brush to get out stains.

How do I make my Kånken less stiff? ›

We recommend soaking your Kånken in lukewarm water before you start using it, or gently rub the surface with a soft brush. Hang up to air-dry completely before filling it with fun stuff and strapping it on your back.

Do Kånken bags fade? ›

The longer you leave them, the bigger they'll get and then they'll be almost impossible to repair. And finally, don't leave Kånken in direct sunlight. The colour will fade. Kånken prefers shade or low-level sunshine.

What size laptop fits in Kånken? ›

The entire bag is made of durable Vinylon F. Fits a 15" laptop, maximum measurements 36 x 26 x 3 cm.

Do fjallraven bags bleed? ›

There can be some surplus dye. To avoid colour bleeding we recommend that you rinse the backpack in lukewarm water before usage. Take care when wearing with light coloured clothing.

Do Kånken backpacks help with back pain? ›

The Kånken backpack, which was produced in cooperation with the Swedish Guide and Scout Association, was introduced just in time for the beginning of the school year in 1978, and was very well received. When the weight of the bag was redistributed from one shoulder to both, back problems were reduced.

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