Wednesday
November 28, 2012

Fjällräven Kånken Mini

My favorite toddler backback, the Kånken Mini!

Not only the perfect size for your outdoorsy guy/girl, but the Kånken has a classic look & comes in pretty much any color. It was originally designed for Swedish school children in 1978 and the iconic backpack has become a favorite around the world. I love it’s vintage shape and the fact that it is made from durable, moisture repellent fabric. (BTW, you may also want one because they are the perfect size for your iPad!)

This Forest Green Kånken Mini will be under the tree for Rexy on Christmas morning:

If you are a true outdoorsman then you are probably already familiar with Fjällräven. If not, here is a brief synopsis:

In 1950 Åke Nordin, a 14-year-old boy from Örnsköldsvik in Northern Sweden, was about to go for a trek in the mountains. Åke, who spent more time outdoors than indoors, did not like the backpacks that were available at that time. He decided to take matters into his own hands and built a wooden frame. The frame improved the distribution of weight across the back. It was not only more comfortable to carry, but he could also carry more weight. This innovation gradually helped the outdoors become more accessible to a wider range of people.

The backpack frame & the support principles which still apply today, was the start of Åke’s company, Fjällräven, in 1960. The name Fjällräven means Arctic Fox in Swedish and the name is honoring the small predator which lives in the Swedish mountains in the harshest of climates. From a small room in the basement in Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven has now expanded to almost all corners of the world.

…& lastly, stay tuned for Fjällräven Polar 2013. (or submit your application!) Fjällräven Polar is an approximately 300 km long winter adventure across the arctic tundra. The participants will steer a dog sled all the way from Signaldalen, Norway, to the forests around Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland. Check out the video:

Fjällräven Polar Trailer 2013 from Fjällräven on Vimeo.

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  1. My son Alec has a dark green kånken – sooo cute!

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