As a lover of weekend trips, I am constantly on the hunt for bags that are suitable for short getaways. Recently I find myself wanting a backpack that could comfortably fit 2-3 outfits, my oversized laptop, toiletries and extra undergarments, and maybe some snacks. In my search, I stumbled upon Fjällräven, a Swedish outdoor recreation retailer known for making clothing and bags from durable tent fabric. Its flagship product is the Kånken backpack, which is no-frills, functional, and available in a number of sizes.
The “original” Kånken can only be worn as a backpack, so I was more attracted to the “Totepack” which comes in two sizes: I opted for the larger “No. 2” totepack, which is designed to be worn in three ways: on the shoulder, on the back, or in the crook of the arm.
The bag is moderately spacious, with a total volume of 16L, which is solidly in daypack territory, but is woefully insufficient for multi-day trips.
I decided to keep the “No. 2” totepack because I like the convertible-carry concept, the leather reinforced base, and the heavy duty waxed canvas material the bag is constructed out of (the material is water-resistant, not waterproof). The bag has one primary, cavernous compartment secured by top zippers, and also an outside zippered pocket for smaller items.
This bag hasn’t gone on sale in the time that I’ve been tracking its price, but it is included in most storewide promotions.
And my search for the perfect backpack for 2/3-day trips continues! Next up is the Osprey Porter 30 Travel Duffel Bag.