Monday, 23 October 2017

Fjällräven Kånken Laptop 13" Review

So, in September I began my first month in university. I needed a new backpack badly, and didn't know where to look. So many of the ones I could find that had a laptop compartment were bulky, ugly and expensive. I'd heard of Kankens (I mean, at this stage, who hasn't?) but I didn't know you could get ones with laptop sections and I also didn't want to jump on the bandwagon just for the sake of it.

But upon further research, I decided I'd just go ahead and order one. They weren't as expensive as other laptop bags I'd seen, nor as huge, and my friend had one and really liked it. So in the end, I bought one from Amazon UK and chose to go with the green colour.

When it arrived, I was suitably impressed. It's pretty! I like it a lot more than I thought I would. It's lightweight yet sturdy, has padded shoulder straps (unlike the usual model) and a very discreet laptop compartment. It's small looking, and doesn't look like it's just another schoolbag. Even though it was originally designed for school children, it's stylish.

So what do I like about it?
-The shoulder straps are comfortable
-The bag claims to be good for posture and the back. How true this is I'm not sure, but it does feel well supported.
-The handle clasp. I didn't realise how useful this would be, but when you're in crowd, shops or public transport situations, it's great to be able to comfortably hold your backpack in your hand.
-The padded laptop compartment (I'll stop saying that phrase, don't worry). I trust my laptop in it, and when you're wearing it, you wouldn't even notice there's a big computer in it.
-The way the main compartment zips all the way down- no more rooting around for stuff!

Things I don't like:
-The side pockets are extremely tight. It is cool to be able to be armed with an umbrella at all times, but it's impossible to fit a standard water bottle in, which I had hoped I could.
-The front pocket is pretty tiny. I don't mind this so much because my wallet is small, but you couldn't fit a longer wallet in there.
-The size. Ish. I'm glad it's so neat, and I can fit almost everything in it, but the dimensions are too small for a narrow A4 binder, which would be useful for class.

So, would I recommend this bag to you?
Absolutely. It's so stylish, and adorable and simple. You're probably not going to lose stuff in the bottom of your bag because it's easy to access every pocket. There's a seating pad with it which I don't keep in there all the time, but it's comfy and would be good if you're looking to sit down on grass and don't want to get dirty. My recommendation for college students would probably be to get the 15" model because it's just that little bit bigger. However I'm happy with mine, as I know my 13" laptop is nicely protected, and smaller is nice when you're not that tall!

What bag do you use for class?

Anna x


  1. The bag is so pretty! Thank you for the review :) I've been wanting to buy a Kanken for ages but was worried about the size and all. I heard you could fit a 13" laptop in the classic but the other has padded straps so I might just get the right size, haha.

    yuki, solivagantic

  2. I've been wanting to get a Kanken for so long (bc bandwagon haha!) I got a mini dupe from miniso and I've been using it as my uni bag for months. I've been changing to my Girbaud backpack whenever I need to bring my laptop. I love both bags so much.

    mia | chaotic tales

  3. miniso stuff is so cute! My sister got me some stationery from them which I really like, so I'm sure your bag is great too! Thanks for your comment <3 x

  4. I've heard it will fit, but I really wanted the extra padding for fear my laptop would get damaged. Thanks for reading! xx

  5. Lovely review! I just purchased a new bag from M-24 - I considered Kanken but they seem a little small for me at this point unfortunately. I'm glad it's working out for you though!

  6. Thank you! I'll have to look at those too.


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