The original Fjallraven Kanken that launched in 1978 is a sure design classic. There’s no disputing it.
So it’s understandable that, on first glance, people are suspicious of the Kanken No. 2, which looks slightly more dressed-up than the rough-and-ready original design.
How is the Kanken No. 2 different from the Kanken Classic?
The leather straps and leather logo are what makes No. 2 immediately distinct from the Kanken Classic, but there’s much more to it than superficial detailing. As with all things Fjallraven, there’s reasoning behind it. It’s not just a sequel for the sake of it.
The main upgrade the No. 2 offers is Fjallraven’s G-1000 fabric – a densely woven mix of cotton (35%) and polyester (65%).
The outer and the seat pad are made from G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco, which is coated (on both sides) with the brand’s famous Greenland Wax.
The inside back pocket, meanwhile, is made from G-1000 Lite Eco, which provides durability and protection without adding unnecessary weight.
What does all of this mean in plain English, for the backpack owner?
Greater water-resistance and harder-wearing fabric – making it a year-round backpack.
Leather handles and detailing
As mentioned earlier, the leather details are the most immediately apparent, giving it a smarter appearance but also ensuring durability in stress areas.
This added smartness makes the No. 2 a more work-friendly bag – one that looks just as much the part on the commute and in the office as it does out and about, or travelling the world.
Does the No. 2 come in various sizes?
Yes it does. You can get it in the following sizes:
- 2 (Regular) – same as the original Kanken Classic that has been on sale since 1978, with a capacity of 16L
- 2 Laptop 15 – this one is slightly larger, with a volume of 18L, and comes with a padded laptop compartment at the back – which can hold laptops up to 15” in size (hence the name)
- 2 Mini – with a capacity of 7L, this is just a scaled-down version of the regular size, and is perfect for smaller children
Take your pick from our full selection
Browse our full range of Kanken No. 2 backpacks here – and enjoy the added luxury!
Want to find out more about the origins of the world’s most recognisable rucksack? Read our History of the Kanken article .
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Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 Laptop 15 Dusk
Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 Laptop 15 Black Edition
Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 Laptop 15 Dark Olive
Kanken No. 2 Black Edition
Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 Laptop 15 Dark Garnet
Fjallraven Kanken No.2 Mini Dahlia
Fjallraven Mini No. 2 Kanken Seashell Orange
Fjallraven Mini No. 2 Kanken Alpine Purple