KANKEN FJÄLLRÄVEN. HOW TO SPOT FAKE? (2023)

Kanken Fjällräven

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KANKEN FJÄLLRÄVEN. HOW TO SPOT FAKE? (1)

Can you imagine that before you were even born Swedish pupils used to attend their classes with the same backpacks as we can see the most modern and stylish people wear today? The Swedish “Fjällräven” brand has not lost its relevance since 1978 and is now experiencing a new popularity peak. Today we will look on its “Kanken” backpack more closely.

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The brand specializes on different tourist and camping equipment and clothing, that is why even a school backpack (and it is what “Kanken” was originally conceived to be) has turned out to be so sturdy and durable, that you could easily take it into a long journey with you. This backpack is really an innovation for its time: its inventor was the first one to make a textile bag into an orthopedic backpack by using a wooden frame, opening a way for mass manufacturing of backpacks.

Today, the brand releases seven separate variations of backpacks that differ in size and design. In this article, we will talk about the most popular version – “Kanken Classic”. This backpack, as most of other popular products, is often being copied and imitated by dishonest competitor companies. So, what things should you pay attention to not to buy an expensive but bad quality fake?

Wrapping.

The original backpack is wrapped into a transparent plastic bag with a sticker containing information about model name, color and barcode on it. There should be no colored or paper bags.

Some copies might also be wrapped in transparent plastic bags that look very much like original, but they do not usually have a barcode sticker on them, which is a sure sign of a fake product.

Besides that, the bags on not original backpacks might have a handle or a zip lock which is, undoubtedly, fairly convenient. Unfortunately, it is also only a sign of an imitation.

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With the backpack itself there is also a leaflet with information in the wrapping. An original leaflet is accurately placed into an exterior pocket of the backpack. It is painted into bright colors and is folded fourfold. Besides good quality polygraphy it is also made of thick, good quality paper.

A fake backpack leaflet, on the other hand, just usually lies on top of the backpack in the wrapping. It is only folded in half, and its colors are much less vivid. Paper used to make it is, of course, worse quality and not that thick. However, if it is a very good, convincing copy, its manufacturers might bother and fold the leaflet fourfold, too.

2. The logo patch.

A round patch with a Fjällräven fox logo must be sewn accurately, with straight, identical stitches. The logo itself is reflective and glows in the dark, which you can easily check.

A fake logo is often sewn with not straight or different stitches; the seam might have visible knots or loops. Even an original model can have tiny defects, so the main criterion here is the reflective logo, which you cannot find on imitations.

3. Tags and labels.

The backpack has Kraft paper labels tied to it. Pay attention to the barcode sticker: an original model writing is not very big, while on a copy it is usually pretty large. In all other aspects, these labels are very similar, so it would be difficult to distinguish fake from original.

Inside the backpack you can find three little labels that are sewn into the seam, – one of them is made of cotton and the other two are synthetic. Under them, there is a narrow rectangle tag with a number and letter code on it. You should also pay attention to the place these labels are sewn to: on an original model, they are sewn into a side seam by the upper end of an interior pocket.

(Video) Differences of fake and original Fjällräven Kånken

On copies, they are located a bit lower, so you can surely distinguish an original backpack using the location of the labels. Besides that, some low quality fakes do not have the lower tag with a code, which makes it much easier to spot such a copy.

A large tag with the brand name and logo is sewn to the upper center on an interior pocket of the backpack. It also contains a short history of the brand and a space where you can leave your contacts such as your phone number and address, so that it can be returned to you in case of loss. Under this tag, a little Swedish flag is sewn, and some copies do not have this flag.

By the way, an original Kanken backpack is made in Vietnam, not in China.

4. Zippers.

Just as all the other materials, an original backpack zips are all very good quality. They are of the most famous brand in the whole world – “YKK” (the manufacturers logo is written on the lock); the zipper locks are painted in the same color as the zipper itself. There is a Fjällräven brand logo on one side of them and its name on the other. Clasps at the bottom of shoulder straps are made of plastic and their shape is nearly square.

Our premium copy has zips that are absolutely identical to the original, even the “YKK” sign on zipper locks. The buttons on the fake and original ones are also practically identical, so this cannot really be a sign to help you distinguish a copy.

5. Odor.

An original backpack has no specific smells. A pungent odor can indicate that the fabric has been treated with a water-repellent impregnation, whereas the original is made of “Vinylon F” water-repellent fabric.

Such a smell is usually present on cheap copies.

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6. Material.

Matt, thick textile looks the same on the front and back sides and holds the shape pretty well. The water resistance is easy to check – the drops remain on the surface and roll off it without being absorbed. The shoulder straps are sewn with threads that are the colour of the backpack and, of course, there are no threads sticking out or inaccurate knots.

A fake backpack fabric is smooth to the touch and pretty thin, so it does not give the impression of a good fabric to use for a backpack or bag. It does not hold the shape very well. Threads with which shoulder straps are stitched may be a darker color, although on our copy they are matched to the color of the backpack pretty well. The water-repellent quality of the fabric of a fake might seem the same at first, but you will probably notice later that even though water seems to slide off it can still get wet easily. And this means that fake product manufacturers have, undoubtedly, saved some money on the fabric and only used waterproof impregnation.

7. The inside

Inside there is one big pocket, which is located on the back side of the backpack. Inside it, there is a dark grey thing of foamed material. Its purpose is not, as you might have thought, to protect a laptop you could be carrying inside (by the way, the manufacturer advises to use their other model for that purpose – “Kanken Laptop”). This is a kind of pillow you could use during picnic or camping, which is a tribute to the brand’s spirit.

You should pay attention to the quality of interior seams: lots of threads sticking out or not straight stitches are the most common and reliable ways to distinguish a fake.

Of course, threads may also stick out somewhere on an original product, but it is usually only where the stitch ends.

8. Color

This model is being released in all different colors, but a copy may have a more pale color or the color of the backpack braid may differ from the color of the main textiles color.

9. The cost

Fake backpack prices start from 2500 rubles, an original costs 5800 rubles.

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A very low price should make you concerned. An original, good quality product cannot be very cheap (without any discounts or sales, of course). However, the price might be quite high, too and not differ much from the original, so we recommend buying only original products in official shops. This backpack you are able to buy in an official online shop here.

FAQs

Do all Kankens have the Swedish flag? ›

Under this tag, a little Swedish flag is sewn, and some copies do not have this flag. By the way, an original Kanken backpack is made in Vietnam, not in China.

Are fjallraven Kanken backpacks made in China? ›

Fjallraven utilizes multiple manufacturing facilities that produce the Kanken both in China as well as Vietnam. This is the reason that some tags will list China, while others Vietnam. It is however the same product.

Is buy Kanken backpack legit? ›

Definitely fake. Kanken are notorious for being faked, so the only way you'll know one is real is by buying it from a reputable seller, e.g. directly, or from John Lewis etc. They do look nice, but they're so uncomfortable if there's any weight at all in them.

Are Fjällräven 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 does Fjällräven mean in Sweden? ›

Fjällräven means "The Arctic Fox" in Swedish and their products can be identified by their Arctic Fox logo, often found on the left sleeve of their tops and outerwear.

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.

Is Fjällräven logo leather? ›

Leather is a tough, durable material that ages beautifully and this is why we've chosen to use it to make our logo and some of our products. However, the tanning process – used to make the leather more durable – uses a lot of water, chemicals and energy.

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.

Can you wash Kankens? ›

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.

Does Amazon sell real Kånken? ›

All orders from us are guaranteed a brand new, authentic Fjallraven Kanken backpack.

Why does everyone have a Kånken 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.

What are the buttons on Kånken for? ›

The padding is folded around the shoulder straps and secured with Velcro. Press buttons at the top hold them in place so they don't slide down the straps.

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 high quality? ›

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.

How can you tell a real Fjällräven bag? ›

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.

What is the most popular Kånken bag? ›

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

Do you keep the foam 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.

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.

How do you make Kånken look new? ›

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.

What country is fjallraven Kanken from? ›

About us. 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 the Kanken logo a fox? ›

From napkin sketches to global recognition - this is how our logo came into being. The Fjällräven logo – as you know it today – wasn't in place in 1960 when founder, Åke Nordin, started selling his first backpacks. At that point the 'logo' was more of an illustration: a drawing of a fox running down a hill.

What is fjallraven Kanken made of? ›

Vinylon F. Kånken wouldn't be Kånken without Vinylon F. This synthetic fibre has been used to make the classic everyday backpack (and our Kajka trekking backpack, too) since the beginning, and its durability is clearly proven. Despite being a man-made fabric it functions like one created by nature.

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.

What is the difference between Kånken Classic and No 2? ›

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. You can even add a layer of resistance to the bag by applying the eco-friendly Greenland Wax on it.

Should I wax Kånken? ›

Please note: All Kånken Backpacks (excluding Kånken No. 2) are made from Vinylon F fabric. Waxing is not advised for this fabric.

Do Kånken backpacks 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 I throw my Kånken in the washing machine? ›

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.

Is Fjällräven Swedish or Norwegian? ›

Fjällräven was born out of one man's vision: a vision to make nature accessible to more people. Åke Nordin was born in Örnsköldsvik, on Sweden's High Coast, in 1936.

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.

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.

Is Kanken good 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.

How do you wear a Kanken backpack? ›

Ensure that the straps sit on your shoulders without a gap. Make sure that the backpack isn't leaning backwards as over time this can affect posture if the contents of the bag are heavy.

How long does Fjällräven last? ›

Many reviews that I have found online claim that the Kånken lasts its owners a good 10 years easily. Some I hear, are even second hand owners of their parents' backpacks who used them in their school days.

What does Kånken mean in Swedish? ›

Yes, derived from the verb kånka which means to carry something with you. Kånken is just a noun form of that; the thing you carry with you.

Is Kånken still popular? ›

The Fjällräven Kånken remains the best-selling product in Fenix Outdoor's catalog. The company does not break down sales data for the public, but the Kånken is also the company's most high-profile ambassador, a common sight on school and university campuses, hiking trails, and hostels around the world.

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.

Which brand backpack is best for traveling? ›

The Top 8 Travel Backpacks in 2022
  • Budget Carry-On: AmazonBasics Carry-On.
  • Great Carry-On: HEIMPLANET Transit Line 34L.
  • Most Comfortable: Hynes Eagle 40L.
  • Most Durable: Osprey Farpoint 40L.
  • Great Laptop Protection: Level8 Atlas Laptop Backpack.
  • The Stubble & Co Adventure.
  • Salkan Backpacker.
  • Best Weekender: AmazonBasics Slim.

Are Kånken bags Swedish? ›

The humble Kånken backpack, designed in the 1970s for Swedish schoolchildren, has become a beloved classic. Editor's note: This article is a part of the Heritage content series, sponsored by Fjällräven.

Why does everyone have Fjällräven bags? ›

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.

Why do Nordic countries have the same flag? ›

The Scandinavia cross flag originated as a symbol of Christianity and was used on banners during war. The Kalmar Union, which was the kingdom that united Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, as well as parts of Finland between 1397 – 1523, adopted a flag with a red cross and yellow body.

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.

Are Kankens worth it? ›

It's decent enough for school and it even works well as a carry-on, since it's basically weightless and you can fit a bunch of stuff in it. On the other hand, it's pretty expensive for pretty much a piece of fabric. With so little pockets and extra features, it's kind of hard to justify such a high price tag.

Should I soak my Kånken? ›

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.

Are Germans considered Nordic? ›

There is no definitive answer to this question, but most experts would say that Germans are not Nordic because Germany is in Central Europe and uses the Standard German language. However, there are some similarities between the Germans and the other Nordic countries, including a shared language, culture, and values.

What is the most Nordic country? ›

The most populous of the Nordic countries is Sweden, which has over 10 million people. The least populous is the Aland Islands, which has a population of 29,489 people. The largest country by area is Greenland, which is also one of the least populous.
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Nordic Countries 2022.
Country2022 PopulationDensity (/km²)
Sweden10,549,34726
5 more rows

What are the 3 Nordic countries? ›

The Nordic Region consists of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, as well as the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland. You can find useful information about the Nordic Region and each of its countries here.

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