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Fjallraven Kanken 13 backpack Review

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Fjallraven Kanken 13
We checked 8307 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.4 out of 5.

What you need to know

The capacity of Kanken 13 the backpack is 793 cu in (13 litres). the backpack is therefore relatively small, but big enough for bringing your most important things around. Inside the backpack, there is room for one of those small 13 inch laptops.

the backpack got 4.4 stars out of 5 in our analysis. What this means is that Kanken 13 got a great rating that makes it better than many other backpacks.

Our analysis is based on hundreds of reviews (8,307 reviews in total), so it should give you an excellent idea about what the reviewers think of Kanken 13.

The height of the backpack is 15 in, width is 10.6 in and the depth 6.3 in. Small A5 folders are 8.5 x 6 in, so they can fit in the bag. There aren't room for normal sized A4 folders.

The weight of Kanken 13 is 0.9 lbs. The weight/capacity score is 32.5 which is not so good. This means that relative to the weight, Kanken 13 have less room than many other backpacks.

Considering the material, the backpack is made of vinylon f (synthetic fibre). The material is water repellent, so you don't need to worry if you carry the backpack in slightly bad weather. Just be aware that the backpack cannot handle being soaked in water, so don't expect it to protect your things in really heavy rain.

If you plan on flying with the backpack, you will probably be happy to know that this backpack is considered cabin luggage according to the IATA-norm.

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: Fjallraven
Model: Kanken 13

Capacity: 793 cu in (13 litres)
Weight: 0.9 lbs
Weight/capacity score: 32.5
Height: 15 in
Width: 10.6 in
Depth: 6.3 in


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Design review

Our panel of reviewers considered the bags by looking at anonymized photos. The panel could thereby consider the designs of the bags without being influenced by the brands. Kanken 13 from Fjallraven got an average design rating of 5 out of 10.

Fjallraven simply got the design super perfect with Kanken 13. When compared with the hundreds of other bags we have reviewed, the score of 5 is at the very top.

Surprisingly, all of our panel rated the design exactly 10 This tells us that the reviewers have quite similar opinions about the design. The reviewers generally liked the design and would consider this buying this bag.

Price of the backpack

Fjallraven Kanken 13 is priced a bit higher than many other backpacks. Considering the capacity of the bag, it's around 20% more expensive than the average backpacks.

The slightly higher price is sometimes a sign of quality and a respected brand, so itt might be worth paying the slightly higher price of the backpack.

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the Fjallraven Kanken 13 bag:

Reviewers like these things about the Fjallraven Kanken 13

  • Users have noted that the Fjallraven Kanken backpack has an iconic design which has been in style ever since.
  • Many of the reviewers indicated that its Vinylon F material is resistant to dirt and water.
  • Other reviewers thought that it is easy to clean the bag.
  • Laptop users found it easy to store their gadgets due to a padded sleeve dedicated for laptops.
  • Other reviewers said that the bag's pockets made it easy to organize and access personal belongings.
  • Users recommend the bag for everyday use including work use and commuting.
  • Several users felt that it was easy to carry the bag due to its top snap handles.
  • Users liked that it can hold a variety of things well.
  • Other users commended its ability to store items safely and securely.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Due to its relatively small size, a few reviewers felt that it could use more small pockets for small valuables.
  • A reviewer thought that the bag might be smaller than expected.

Selected reviews

Pack Hacker
Jesi Hoolihan
Posted 24 March 2018
If you’re headed on a run of the mill adventure where technical gear isn’t needed, this bag will get the job done while amping up your cool factor! The style and function are on point for most occasions, and there are a few subtle security features that we liked.
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Remake Style
Posted 5 December 2017
It is a small backpack that is actually made to for use by children. Because of its size, it is typical to use as an everyday bag for window shopping or scenic spot tours where you can’t be bothered by handbags or sling bags.
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Her Packing List
Ali Garland
Posted 21 March 2017
I highly recommend the Fjällräven Kånken to everyone who wants a simple, light-weight, durable bag that does exactly what it’s supposed to, with no extra fuss (or weight).
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Rush Faster
Posted 7 March 2017
If you’re looking for an adaptable everyday bag that complements your look, the Fjallraven Kanken is a great choice. You just can’t argue with almost 40 years of history.
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The Travel Tester
Nienke Krook
Posted 24 September 2015

The Travel Tester
Nienke Krook
Posted 24 September 2015

Fjallraven Kanken 13 vs other bags

Fjallraven Kanken 13 ranks #5 of all the reviewed Fjallraven bags.

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Fjallraven Foldsack No. 2 - 4.5
Fjallraven Kanken 13 - 4.4

Bag number C455/31337

Last updated on August 14, 2018