Extend the lifetime of your favourite backpack

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Little has changed since we launched Kånken in 1978. We now have more sizes and colours than ever; we have Kånken No. 2 – a more hardwearing version made using G-1000 Heavy Duty material – and in 2016 we added Re-Kånken, made from 11 recycled plastic bottles. But otherwise, the design hasn’t changed one bit.

Kånken was built to last. The Vinylon fabric Kånken original is made from and the G-1000 Heavy Duty of Kånken No. 2 are designed to stand up to wear and tear. But they’re not unbreakable. So if you really love your Kånken (and we’re sure that you do), you should really take good care of it. Here are some tips to help prolong the life of your favourite backpack.


Don’t put 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 Kånken in a well-ventilated area that’s not exposed to direct sunlight.

Soak your Kanken before you use it..

To get those really vibrant colours, we 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 get a bigger size. The standard Kånken Original backpack has a 16-litre volume, and although we 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

That 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 you.

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.