Vinylon F is the name of the hard-wearing fabric that has contributed to Kånken's popularity over the years. While being a synthetic material – it is made of a fibre called polyvinyl alcohol – it has certain properties that are otherwise mostly found in natural materials.
The fabrics used in rucksacks normally require a coating, such as polyurethane (PU) or silicone, in order to be water resistant. The vinylon fibre, on the other hand, behaves like a natural material and swells when it becomes damp. Dampness also makes the fabric more dense, enabling it to withstand moisture without the need for a coating.
This, in combination with its excellent durability, is one of the reasons why Vinylon F has been fashionable at Kånken since the end of the 1970s.
Straight backs are happy backs. Kånken was launched in 1978 to spare the backs of school children. Back problems had begun to appear in increasingly younger age groups and shoulder bags were popular. Kånken has many simple, clear functions. The backpack soon became a common sight at pre-schools and nature schools around the country. The idea of using a backpack quickly spread, as did Kånken. It is just as popular today, and an excellent choice for school, outings or biking to work. Kånken is made out of durable, lightweight Vinylon F. The large main compartment with a large opening makes it easy to put in/take out items. Two side pockets and a zippered pocket in the front. Handle at the top, narrow, supple shoulder straps, sitting pad in the pocket in the back and logo that doubles as a reflector.