After a few months of trying to decided whether or not I could pull off a backpack, I finally got my Fjällräven Kånken Classic. Kånken backpacks are made by Fjällräven, which is like the Swedish equivalent to The North Face. Fjällräven literally translates to Arctic Fox. They make outdoor activewear (jackets, pants, sweaters, hats, etc.) and a collection of rucksacks. The Kånken first hit shelves in 1978 and the design hasn’t changed since. The backpacks are available in a wide range of colors and various sizes.
I ordered my through J Crew (because of their convenient return options), but I’ve seen them on many other third-party reseller websites ranging in price from $45-75. The most colors are available through the official site. I selected the Ice Blue color because it reminded me of the Team Zissou uniforms. It fits the perfect about of stuff. It easily holds my 13″ MacBook Air so I think it would be great for travel. There are side compartments that fit a standard plastic water bottle (16.9 oz); however, my 27 oz Classic Kleen Kanteen does not fit in the pocket. The front pocket is great for keys, earbuds, sunglasses, phones, or other small go-to items. Because the main compartment is a rectangle it is very easy to organize the contents.
Here are some pictures that provide a better look at the size of the Fjällräven Kånken Classic: