Best Quality

Kanken Hip Pack is just like the rest of Fjällräven products — it’s simple, minimalistic, and functional. The iconic Arctic Fox is very popular these days. The reputation is fairly well deserved for the most part.

Crafted from high-quality Vinylon F, it’s built with the intention of being used for a long time. Zippers, materials and spaciousness are all well-designed features.

It’s a premium product and it demands a higher price accordingly.

Curious to find out if it’s for you. Keep on reading this review. We put this fanny pack to the test and are stoked to share our verdict with you.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

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    Vinylon F is a resilient, water-resistant, and long-lasting fabric that’s easy to take care of
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    The bag is equipped with a name and address label for easier identification
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    It comes with a 1” (25mm) adjustable webbing strap to comfortably carry the pack on your hips
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    The handle at the top helps carry the fanny pack in your hands
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    The inside pocket and a key clip help with organizing stuff inside your belt bag
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    Two exterior pockets give you extra room
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    The hip pack is easy to wash; the fabric wipes clean

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markThe material is stiff
  • check-markThe zippers make noise when walking
  • check-markIt costs more because of the brand name

Where to buy:

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Fjallraven Kanken Fanny Pack

Specs & Features

  • Material: Vinylon F
  • Dimensions: 7 x 4.7 x 3.5 inches
  • Capacity: 2 liters
  • Weight: 4.7 ounces (0.3 lbs)
  • Intended for: traveling, biking, hiking
  • Colors: Black, Clay, Corn, Deep Turquoise, Flamingo Pink, Fog, Graphite, Mint Green, Navy, Ochre, Royal Purple

One with nature

If you haven’t heard about Kanken bags by Fjällräven already, you must’ve been living under a rock. They’re everywhere, and for good reason — their sustainable profile makes them stand out from many other fanny packs on the market. The Kanken Hip Pack is no different.

It’s an appealing purchase for those who prefer spending their money on eco-conscious gear. Fjallraven certainly markets its profile along these lines.

Manufacturing clothing and equipment “on nature’s terms”, Fjällräven uses Vinylon F for the material of this fanny pack. It’s the same material used on the Kanken backpacks.

Vinylon F is a synthetic fiber that doesn’t feel like it’s man-made. We like how sturdy (at times stiff) and water-resistant it is because you can bring it with you no matter the weather.

The 2-liter capacity and simple design automatically draw comparisons to Patagonia’s Black Hole Mini.

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Small but mighty

Some customers share that they expected the hip pack to be bigger. Although it’s smaller than the Waterfly fanny pack and most sling bags, it can still fit a handful of things. You can easily stuff it with your phone, keys, small wallet, sunglasses, and even chapstick. If you want to fit larger items and leave your backpack at home, you’ll need a larger belt bag.

Use the front pocket for cards, the back pocket for either your wallet or phone, and the main compartment for bulkier items like sunglasses, earbuds, and hand sanitizer. You can also write your personal details on the name and address label sewn into the inside of the bag so that it finds its way back to you in case you lose it.

The compact design makes the Kanken Hip Pack ideal for music festivals, short road trips, and hiking trips. It fits the essentials and gives you some peace of mind since your valuables are always in front of you. Being a tourist with this fanny pack from Fjällräven should be as stress-free as possible.

Throw your basic items inside of it and wear the hip pack on your hips or even over your shoulders. It does pretty well as a crossbody pack too.

Fjallraven Kanken Hip Pack Review

Fjallraven Fanny Pack’s Feel

Aside from the hip pack not being able to fit a lot of items, there are a few more things to look out for. If you’re new to Fjällräven products, you might not be used to the stiffness of the products’ material.

It has something of a rustic feel to it, but this isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker. We like it because it’s a rugged material, but it can be something you’ll need to get used to. But the more you use the fanny pack, the more it’ll loosen up anyway.

Another potential downside is the dangling of the zippers that make noise when you walk. Even though they’re great-quality zippers that don’t let your stuff fall out when the compartments are open, they can be a nuisance.

We appreciate the convenience of having the top handle to carry the fanny pack in your hands. The adjustable webbing strap comes in handy too. But the inflated price that comes with it can be hard to justify. If you want to invest in a hip pack from a trusted brand, then, by all means, go for it. That said, you might want to consider getting a different fanny pack if the price of the Fjällräven Kånken Hip Pack bites.

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In a nutshell

If you’re looking for a timeless accessory that’ll serve you well with good care, pick Fjällräven’s Kånken Hip Pack. All you need to do is wipe it clean with a wet sponge, and your hip pack will look brand new. It’s compact and low-maintenance, which is handy for avid travelers, hikers, and bikers.

An amazing alternative to this is the equally revered Patagonia Black Hole Mini.

You might want to look for a different fanny pack if you need it to be large and in charge. If you’re easily irritated by small things like clanking zippers and rigid material, this one is going to be a miss for you too.

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Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Vinylon F is a resilient, water-resistant, and long-lasting fabric that’s easy to take care of
  • check-mark
    The bag is equipped with a name and address label for easier identification
  • check-mark
    It comes with a 1” (25mm) adjustable webbing strap to comfortably carry the pack on your hips
  • check-mark
    The handle at the top helps carry the fanny pack in your hands
  • check-mark
    The inside pocket and a key clip help with organizing stuff inside your belt bag
  • check-mark
    Two exterior pockets give you extra room
  • check-mark
    The hip pack is easy to wash; the fabric wipes clean

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIt doesn’t fit a lot of things
  • check-markThe material is stiff
  • check-markThe zippers make noise when walking
  • check-markIt costs more because of the brand name

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Why do people like Fjällräven so much?

Fjällräven became a household name after the success of their original Kånken backpack. It remains to be the go-to outdoor clothing and gear company for nature enthusiasts and avid bikers. But the popularity of the brand spread beyond this niche group — it’s now a staple item in most people’s wardrobes. There’s very little chance that it’ll go out of style anytime soon.

How long do Kånkens last?

If you take good care of your Kånken hip pack, it’ll last just as long as the other Kånken products, like the signature laptop backpack and the mini backpack. Made from durable Vinylon F, it’s easy to clean with warm water, gentle soap, and a sponge. Hang it to dry once you’re done, and you’ll get to enjoy a decade or so of using the Kånken hip pack every time you go biking, hiking, or traveling.

Can a water bottle fit in the Kånken Hip Pack?

You can only fit a small water bottle in the Kånken Hip Pack. The standard-sized water bottle isn’t likely to fit. We recommend bringing a water bottle with a strap so that you wouldn’t have to compromise on the size of the said water bottle. Hydro Flask water bottle is a great option that comes equipped with a flex cap.

What are the best fanny packs?

A fanny pack worth purchasing should be made from durable materials, comfortable to wear, and spacious enough to fit your essential items. Here are our favorites, in no particular order:

Read more about the best fanny packs on the market here.

Does the main pocket have any organization?

The hip pack’s main compartment has a small pocket and a key clip for you to store your valuables. The fanny pack also has a zippered pocket on the front and in the back for even more storage.

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