Here are some tips to help prolong the life of your favourite backpack.

Don’t put your kånken in the washing machine

Instead, wash dirty marks with warm water, mild detergent and a soft brush or sponge. When it comes to drying, you should hang up your kånken in a well-ventilated area that’s not exposed to direct sunlight.

Soak your kånken before you use it

To get those really vibrant colours, fjällräven 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.  

Don’t overfill kånken

We have loads of different sizes, so if you want to stuff it full of goodies then we recommend getting a bigger size. The classic kånken original backpack has a 16-litre volume, and although fjällräven don’t have an official max weight-load, you should keep it to just a few kilos.

Don’t put a laptop in a regular kånken

The back pocket is made for folders, notepads, perhaps a tablet computer, but not a laptop. It puts too much strain on the straps and zips. Get a kånken Laptop instead. There are three kånken Laptop sizes to choose from, so you can find one to suit your lifestyle.

Other Tips
  • If you get something stuck in kånken’s zips, avoid yanking it free. Instead, use a little bit of oil or clear lip balm to loosen the zip. Then gently try opening and closing it.
  • If tears appear, fix them straight away. The longer you leave them, the bigger they’ll get and then they’ll be almost impossible to repair.
  • Don’t leave kånken in direct sunlight. The colour will fade. Kånken prefers shade or low-level sunshine.