Re-Kånken Backpack - Black

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A special edition of Fjällräven’s classic Kånken, made entirely from a polyester that’s recycled from plastic bottles. Originally designed for Swedish school children in 1978, the Kånken has since become a well-loved and iconic backpack for children and adults around the world.

As well as the fabric used being made from 95% recycled plastic bottles, the polyester is dyed with SpinDye technology that radically reduces the amount of water, energy and chemicals used. Other than the buttons, zippers and plastic buckles the bag is made from this one polyester of differing thicknesses, meaning that in many years time the material will ultimately be easier to recycle and minimising its impact on the environment.

The Re-Kånken is an everyday companion with a simple and classic design. The main compartment has a large zippered opening that makes it easy to pack and unpack. It comes with a foam seat pad in the inside back pocket that also adds additional padding. There are also two flat side pockets and a zippered pocket on the front.

Height: 38 cm
Width: 27 cm
Depth: 13 cm
Weight: 395 g
Volume: 16 L
Material: Polyester


The story behind Fjällräven began in 1950 when Åke Nordin, a 14-year-old boy from Örnsköldsvik in Northern Sweden, was about to go for a trek in the mountains. Åke, who spent more time outdoors than indoors, did not like the backpacks that were available at that time. He decided to take matters into his own hands and built a wooden frame.

To this day Fjällräven stays true to Åke's vision of offering functional equipment for journeys in the outdoors. Fjällräven develop environmentally friendly fabrics and co-operate with partners to improve the environment and support biodiversity.

“We went back to the beginning with everything except the classic design. The challenge was in achieving the lowest possible environmental impact while still meeting demands for a durable and functional product,” says Svante Björkroth, product developer at Fjällräven and the man behind the Re-Kanken project.

Please Note: All stock available online is also available in our 178 Shoreditch High Street, London shop. Our friendly and experienced team can advise you, help with sizing and find you the perfect kit for your next trip. Come in store or contact us if you have any questions or need help.