Fjallraven – The Re-Kanken

by Neil Summers,

No longer the preserve of straight-spined Swedes on the school run, Fjällräven’s Kånken backpack is now a beloved piece of carrying kit the world over. Which, given it’s popularity is perhaps why the environmentally-conscious brand has decided to re-invent this firm favourite in the form of the Re-Kånken.

This relatively new addition to the Fjäll family has been produced using recycled plastic bottles and an energy efficient SpinDye colouring process both of which help to radically reduce each bag’s environmental footprint. What’s also great is that the whole backpack (save for its buttons and zips) have been created using the same material, with the main fabric, lining and straps all made from the same yarn, thus ensuring that a Re-Kånken bag will be a lot easier to recycle in the future.

Though given how long it takes to wear out an incredibly durable Kånken bag it’s handy that the Re-Kånken has retained all the timeless design features of its former guise with the only subtle difference being the Fjällräven badge has been embroidered rather than sewn on. This is a bag that will look after your possessions, your posture and the environment.

The Re-Kanken is available in many colours and also available in a smaller ‘Mini’ version. Take a closer look at the all new Re-Kanken at The Sporting Lodge or our Kanken dedicated sister site My Kanken Bag.

Festival Season 2015

Festival Season is here again! Festivals – mud, sun, rain, porta loos and hose pipe showers.. not the place for your favourite suitcase and Italian leather shoes.

So what do you really need to take to survive? The Sporting Lodge have handpicked a few suggestions that will help you on your way to your ultimate festival survival kit!

1. The Bag

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Comfort, durability and space are most important when choosing your backpack. If you like to take all your luxuries and more we suggest the Fjallraven Kaipak 58L Rucksack. It’s practical, rugged and weatherproof. Plenty of pockets to organise your gear, a carry system with air flow and support belt with even more places to keep your stuff. Compression straps can be used when the bag is not fully loaded and it also comes with a rain cover if the weather turns bad.

If you like to travel a bit lighter we recommend choosing a Fjallraven Kanken. They range from 16L to 27L with large compartments and if you really can’t live without your technology there’s even a few with laptop compartments! View our range to find your perfect size.

2. The Outer

the-outer

Umbrellas aren’t the most convenient at a festival, so a good all round outer layer is essential. For protection without the weight few have a few possibilities.

Firstly; the Fjallraven Poncho. Simple, robust and your new best friend if it starts to rain! The poncho is big enough to fit over your rucksack and can also double up as a tarp if you decide to sleep under the stars. Multifunctional and will fold up so small it can fit into your pocket, ready to go.

If you want something a bit more substantial, we enthusiastically recommend the Fjallraven Greenland Jacket. Available for Men and Women, this traditional piece will withstand the test of time. Made from hard wearing G-1000 which can be waxed for extra protection against the elements. Plenty of pockets and designed for layering up underneath. This coat is lightweight and will pack up tight if not needed. The Fjallraven Greenland Jacket comes in various styles and colours, and you can view the full range here.

3. Shoes

wellies

Wherever in the world you’re going this year there is going to be mud, so practical footwear is a must!

For ladies, we recommend Le Chameau City All Tracks wellies. Robust and practical with exceptional comfort. Available in 4 colours and at a fantastic price of only £85!

For men, we have the Beretta Lario Wellington Boots. 100% natural rubber, with cotton and polyester lining. Features toe, forefoot and heel protection. We stock a wide range of men’s wellingtons, so if these aren’t for you see the full range here.

Another possibility if you’re not a welly person is a versatile pair of Swims shoes. Norwegian made water resistant, lightweight, fast drying durable footwear. We have a great range, from sneakers to galoshes. These Swims Penny Loafers in Brown are a classy and practical option for those hot summer days!

4. Accessories

Here are a few key items we think will make your festival life more comfortable.

  • Fjallraven Greenland Hat (£30) – durable, water resistant with a flair of style.
  • Failsworth Snap brim Panama (£49.99) – Expecting Sun? Made in Ecuador by local artisans in 100% Toquilla Palm. A timeless classic.
  • Fjallraven Hip Gear Bag (£60) – Perfect for your personal belongings when you leave your tent. Approx 4L.
  • Fjallraven Puffy Travel Pillow (£17.50) – Small practical pillow with synthetic padding; the perfect accessory to make your stay more comfortable. Packs away neatly in its own pack bag.
  • Fjallraven Waterproof Dry Sack Bags (from £15) – waterproof bags with taped seams, ideal for clothing and equipment. A really handy accessory to have whilst you’re away from home. Available in 3 sizes.
  • Brunton Pulse 1500 Emergency Charger (from £25) – low battery? No problem, power up with a Brunton charger. Available in many power sizes, see our full range.

Need more inspiration? We’ve handpicked our favourite festival selection and popped them in one place for your browsing pleasure. See our full range of Festival Gear.

Think you have everything? See our checklist to make sure!

Our Essential Festival Kit 2013

Festival season is well and truly upon us.. are YOU all kitted out? We’ve put together four of our festival favourites so you can learn more about them as we explain why they should be at the top of your packing lists this year!

1. The bag. Fjallraven Vintage Backpack (30 Litre).

You won’t believe that this retro lightweight wonder can carry up to 30L of festival necessities! With real leather straps and a variety of different coloured weatherproof fabrics to choose from (in Fjallraven’s signature G-1000), we’ve judged this the ultimate festival backpack! With two outer side compartments, water (or beverage of your choice) is just a small reach away, along with the all important safety pocket in the top lid, ideal for your mobile phone or music player. Our favourite feature of this bag is in the wearing – the more rugged and worn it gets, the better it looks in our opinion! Have a look for yourself!

2. The pillow. Fjallraven Travel Pillow.

Heading to an overnight festival? Possibly preparing for a few nights of fun, wishing for nothing more than to collapse into bed at the end of the night and be in a cocoon of comfort and plushness. Sounds like an exaggeration doesn’t it? Well we kid you not, this value for money saviour promises to command your wish of just that! Nobody wants to be lugging round their own bed pillow, with the possibility of it getting dirty or ruined. This tiny treasure travel pillow copes with moisture and nasty weather conditions, ensuring your comfort for the best nights sleep possible at a noisy festival. The red colour means you will always be able to find it, and it also comes in its very own pack bag. How cute.

3. The jacket. Fjallraven Greenland Jacket.

Available in women’s and men’s sizes, this beauty of a jacket is THE jacket of the season, combining weatherproof features with true, classic Fjallraven style – which helps the jacket reign supreme as one of Fjallraven’s top selling products. This 6-pocketed marvel leaves no room for improvement, and there’s a pocket for just about everything (possibly excluding the kitchen sink). Also equipped with a hood, once you’re zipped up you’re well and truly ready for anything a festival throws at you! A wide range of colours also enables you to pick a colour to go with any outfit!

Available to buy online as both Women’s Greenland Jacket and Men’s Greenland Jacket.

4. The flask. Fjallraven Limited Edition 10oz Flask and Cup.

The festival go-er’s best friend. Providing nutrients, energy and an option for warmth, all from one packable vessel. We present to you, a unique stainless steel flask, bound in brown leather, and not one but two cups, reads to serve the beverage of your choice. We don’t know about you but when we queue up at a festival, excited to get coffee at the coffee stall, our thoughts are going wild at the thought of a warm beverage tantalizing our tastebuds.. until we see the price. For a stylish and durable casing to protect and preserve your favourite drink, look no further, we’ve got it covered.

We hope you love all the pieces we’ve picked out for you – but remember, we also have a full range of festival clothing and accessories in our festival shop, all available for immediate dispatch!

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