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Fjällräven Kanken Backpack

The Fjällräven Kånken backpack is available in 18 designs and various colors, including Kånken Big, Kånken Mini, the extra durable Kånken in G-1000 and the Re-Kånken made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Fjällräven Kanken Backpack

The Fjällräven Kanken backpack is the most counterfeited backpacks in the world and comes from the Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven AB which was founded in 1960. The term Fjällräven, means polar fox in Swedish and is therefore also found as an image in the company logo. Fjällräven revolutionized the market for outdoor equipment and functional clothing in the 60s with new improved thermal fabrics. Today's product range of Fjällräven extends from outdoor clothing to tents and tent accessories, sleeping bags, hunting accessories, school backpacks and bags, and even purses. Particularly popular are the backpacks with the fox logo as a school bag, which comes in different colors and sizes. The most popular backpack color is currently black.

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Some of the reputable suppliers of Fjällräven backpacks include:

These stores offer a wide selection of Fjällräven Kanken backpacks and bags at low prices and also often in sale or clearance sale.

Kanken variants

The backpack Kanken is available in 18 designs and various colors.
Among them in these variants

  • Kanken No.2
  • Kanken Big
  • Kanken Mini
  • Kanken Me
  • Kanken Hip Pack
  • Kanken Totepack
  • Kanken laptop

The extra tough Kanken made of G-1000 and the Re-Kanken made from recycled plastic bottles. The design is kept simple with the Fjällräven logo in reflective material. The backpack has a large main compartment that opens to the front (front loader), a zippered front pocket and two side pockets. There is a carry handle on the top. The woven outer material covers the sturdy zippers and protects them from rain.
In addition, the Kånken has a removable seat cushion that provides back cushioning in the backpack.

Fox logo

Fjällräven Kanken backpack fox logo

The logo of the Kanken reflects, so that you are seen in the dark. With the fraudulent fake, however, the logo does not reflect.


Fjällräven Kanken Backpack Material

The real Fjällräven Kanken is made of woven Vinylon-F material. This material is strong, rough and robust. When you touch it, you can immediately feel that the surface is rough.
Fjällräven fakes are usually made of soft fabric. The fabric in the fakes is also often much thinner than the original.
Even at a distance, the fake material can often be recognized by its sheen or glow; the real material is always matte.


Fjällräven backpack seams and zipper

Fjällräven Kanken Backpack Zipper

The Fjällräven Kanken is known for its good and sturdy workmanship. Especially the zippers are firmly and robustly processed in the original. The real Kanken has double seams that are sewn clean, straight and stable. The backpack already visually gives the impression to last long.
Not so the Kanken fake. This often has poorly sewn zippers that pull threads. The seams do not appear durable.
In addition, the Kanken zippers on the main compartment and the front compartment each feature Fjällräven (with YKK branding) on one side and the fox logo on the other.


Backpack side pockets and front pocket

In the side pockets of the Fjällräven Kanken Original you can put a 500ml bottle without any problems. The front pocket also has a certain depth, which allows it to be filled reasonably generously.
In the Fjällräven fake, these sewn-on pockets are very shallow and narrow. It is difficult to put a bottle in the side pocket without much squeezing and there is hardly any space in the front compartment.


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Fjällräven Kanken label

Distinguish Fjällräven label from fake

If the backpack is delivered new there is a label on the outside, which is attached to the Fjällräven Original with a rough, sturdy thread. This is twisted
In addition, the label of the original shows the color with number and a barcode. With the Fjällräven Fake this can be completely missing.
On the label, the real Kanken also has the royal coat of arms of Sweden. This has several colors. In the fake it is often shown only in one color.


Fjällräven Kanken snaps

Detect Fjällräven snaps from fake

The push buttons of the original have the fox logo on the top and the word "WASA 6" written on the bottom.


Fjällräven Kanken Label

The real Kanken you also recognize by the sewn-in label inside the backpack. In the lower right corner next to the label is sewn a small Swedish flag made of fabric. In the Kanken imitation this flag is often missing.


Kanken seat cushion

The Fjällräven Kanken backpack typical removable seat pad, which you can also use as a back pad in the backpack is uniform and thick in the original. In the fake, the pad is rather thin, uneven and dented.


Reputable online stores

Fjällraven does not sell its products in outlet stores. Exclusively the original Fjällraven website and officially authorized sellers have the real products on offer. Fake stores usually accept only credit card payments. More Features of fake stores you can find here.


NDR documentary about fake Fjällraven backpacks

Reporter Christian's wife fell for a fake and ordered a backpack from Fjällraven on the Internet. The shipment is intercepted by customs and the backpack turns out to be a fake - hazardous to health at that. This report from NDR under Zeit tries to clarify the most important questions like: Why do counterfeiters have it so easy? And how does the business work? Their journey takes them all the way to China to the workshops of the backpack counterfeiters.


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