In our previous article we showed you how to recognize an original Kånken from a fake one.
In that article we also took a look at the reasons that explain its great success: the simple and functional design, the great attention to detail, the high quality of the materials and, more importantly, the comfort that a Kånken guarantees to those who carry it on their shoulders.
This time we want to show you a selection of backpacks that are inspired by the popular Kånken and that come at a cheaper price.
But before that, let’s begin with a brief look at the history and characteristics of this cute backpack.
Table of Contents:
- 1. The Kånken Backpack: History, Design, Materials and Prices
- 2. Backpacks Similar to the Kånken: Our Top Picks
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1. The Kånken Backpack: History, Design, Materials and Prices
Nordin’s goal was to create a backpack capable of solving back pain, which was increasingly common among young Swedish students.
His idea was to create a versatile, comfortable and perfect backpack to be used safely every day.
In fact, the presence of two straps on the backpack could allow young students to have their hands free so they can play and ride a bike even while continuing to wear a backpack.
Today the Kånken is loved by all age groups, from the smallest to the largest ones, thanks to the wonderful combination of comfort and design.
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This backpack stands out for its original rectangular shape and is available in different sizes: Mini, Classic and Laptop (13″ – 15″ – 17″).
Below we have added the corresponding dimensions for each size.
Kånken Mini: 29cm tall, 20cm wide and 13cm deep.
Volume: 7 liters.
Weight: 220 grams.
Kånken Laptop – 13″: 35cm tall, 25cm wide and 16cm deep.
Volume: 13 liters.
Weight: 345 grams.
Kånken Laptop – 15″: 40cm tall, 28cm wide and 16cm deep.
Volume: 18 liters.
Weight: 460 grams.
Kånken Laptop – 17″: 42cm tall, 30cm wide and 18cm deep.
Volume: 20 liters.
Weight: 500 grams.
In its Classic Version its dimensions are as follows: 27cm wide, 38cm tall and 13cm deep. With these measures it can accommodate a laptop of 13 inches.
Its capacity is 16 liters and although its spaces may seem limited, its interior is quite large.
Externally it has two large handles, two open side pockets, two adjustable shoulder straps, an ergonomic “X” design to ensure optimal support of the backpack and its contents and finally, a front pocket with zip closure.
By opening the main zip closure you have access to the main compartment, which comes with a very useful internal pocket.
Finally, the Kånken has a weight of about 300 grams.
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The cost of these backpacks ranges from a minimum of $70 USD for the smaller size, the Kånken Mini, to a maximum of $120 for the Kånken Laptop 17″.
The price increases if we talk about special models such as Kånken Art, Save The Artic Fox and the No. 2.
For any information and availability we suggest you consult the official website of Fjällräven.
2. Backpacks Similar to the Kånken: Our Top Picks
The different options that we will present below, recall the simplicity of the Swedish backpack design as well as its versatility and practicality.
In fact, it is impossible not to notice the many similarities that remind us of the iconic Fjällräven pack, in particular, their characteristic rectangular shape and the two large upper handles.
In addition, in this collection you will be able to discover backpacks of different colors and capacities, ideal for both school and free time.
Ok, let’s begin!
Himawari College Vintage Backpack
The backpack is scratch-resistant nylon with details in leather and a smooth metal zipper.
The main compartment with double-zipper closure is perfectly organized, with a laptop pocket where you can put an iPad or a 13″ laptop, and several smaller pockets.
Externally there are two large upper handles, two comfortable adjustable straps, two outer side pockets, one front zipper pocket with flap and a padded back.
The backpack comes in 30+ colors (at the moment).
Kalidi Casual Backpack
The backpack is in durable, lightweight oxford fabric.
This daypack presents a main compartment with lots of pockets inside: two flat side pockets and a front pocket.
Externally it has sturdy zippers, two elasticized side pockets, two large top handles and two comfortable adjustable shoulder straps.
The Kalidi backpack has the following dimensions: 38cm x 29cm x 13cm (15 x 11 x 5 inches) and it is also available in other colors and models.
Seventeen London Wimbledon Backpack
Externally the Wimbledon has two comfortable adjustable shoulder straps, a hidden pocket on the back with a zip, two top handles, two open pockets on the sides, and on the front, two zipper pockets.
Its volume is 12 liters and it can easily contain 13″ laptops. The backpack is also available in other colors and it has the following dimensions: 38cm x 11cm x 28cm.
Casual South Bandicoot Backpack
This backpack by South Bandicoot is made of 100% Polyester.
It has a capacity of 16 liters and its dimensions are as follows: 15″ (38cm) x 11″ (27cm) x 5.1″ (13cm) and it can fit a 14″ laptop.
Externally the backpack has two large top handles, two open side pockets, a two-way zipper for the main compartment, two adjustable shoulder straps and a front zipper pocket.
The daypack is also available in other colors.
Vaschy Vintage Backpack
This backpack by Vaschy is made of Vinylon fabric.
With a vintage design and rectangle shape, it has two top handles, two air mesh padded adjustable straps, a super comfortable breathable back panel, a front pocket, a secured back pocket and lastly, two open pockets on both sides.
Inside the main compartment with zipper closure, you can find a laptop padded sleeve, one zipper pocket, one mesh pocket and some small pockets inside.
The capacity of this backpack is 18.5 liters and its dimensione are as follows: 29cm x 40cm x 16cm. The daypack is available in many other colors.
Angogo Casual Backpack
Next, this casual pack by Angogo is made of 100% twill nylon. Its dimensions are as follows: 38cm x 29cm x 13cm and it can fit a 13-inch laptop.
Externally the backpack has two large top handles, two open side pockets, a two-way zipper for the main compartment, two adjustable shoulder straps and a zipper pocket on the front.
The daypack is also available in the color Graphite.
Coco Marketplace Backpack
The Coco Marketplace backpack, in army green, externally has two large top handles, two open side pockets, a two-way zipper for the main compartment, two adjustable shoulder straps and a zip pocket on the front.