The Sporting Lodge is celebrating 30 years of the Kanken bag by Fjallraven. See the Kanken at www.thesportinglodge.co.uk
win a free Kanken bag simply send us a photograph of you taking part in
your favourite outdoor pursuit. Anything from walking the dog to
climbing Mount Everest! We will feature the best photographs and the
winners on our website on 1st April 2009.
The winner will receive a Fjallraven Kanken Bag Classic and a runner-up will receive a Mini Kanken!
Start snapping and send your photos with your name, town and country to [email protected]
All entries will be acknowledged.
Judges decision is final.
The Kanken Kånken, the world's most-sold backpack, turned 30 in 2008!
The backpack that has been sold to over 3 million customers since its release
in 1978 is celebrating its 30 year anniversary. Kånken is an unchanged classic.
was developed at the end of the 70s to save the backs of children and
young people. At that time the shoulder bag was popular and 80 percent
of the Swedish population reported that they occasionally suffered from
At the end of the 1970s, new statistics showed that 80 percent of the Swedish
at some time suffered from back pain, a discomfort that was reaching
younger and younger age groups. Experts believed that if the load from
school books was re-distributed from one shoulder to both shoulders,
back pain would lessen and perhaps even disappear.
founder Åke Nordin followed the debate on crooked backs and sketched a
functional, affordable backpack that met the needs of children
to carry books and folders to and from
massive campaign with experts leading the way launched the backpack
with the hope of encouraging Sweden's youth to follow the backpack
became interested too in the stylish, practical and durable Kanken bags.
Nordin had estimated that he would sell 200 Kånken backpacks during the
first year. He sold twice as many. The following year he sold 30,000,
there was no denying that Kånken was a success. Today, approximately 200,000
Kånken backpacks are sold each year. In 2002, the extremely popular sequel,
Kånken Mini, was released.
is made from an extremely durable vinylon fabric, Vinylon F, that is
suited to everything from rough children's play to tough climate
Vinylon F swells like natural fibres, which makes it waterproof and
does not require additional treatment. Vinylon F is unbeatable in its
combination of durability and low weight. Kånken has a long zipper that
opens the entire main compartment, two side pockets and a front pocket.
A practical, removable seat cover is included in the backpack.
The backpack is equipped with shoulder straps, a handle on top and
reflectors in the logo.
Did you know that…
o Kånken comes from the word "kånka", which means "to carry".
o The Swedish Guide and Scout Association participated with Fjällräven in the release of Kånken in 1978.
o In Denmark, the word "Kånken" is a general term for "backpack".
o Kånken was previously seen by some as a symbol of liberal political views and was sometimes called "the communist humpback".
o In Denmark, Kånken can be found at a museum in Brede, just north of Copenhagen.
It was important for school children to be able to fit their notebooks
in a Kånken. A telephone book from Stockholm was used to determine the
proportions of the bag!
See the Kanken bag at http://www.thesportinglodge.co.uk/shop/fjallraven/kanken-30-years-young-range/