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Fjällräven Singi 28 Backpack | Review

Here's a backpack that, with a couple of add-ons, can be adapted to suit any adventure – big or small, on wheels or on foot.

Images: Erin Williams.

Bags can be designed for almost any specific outdoor activity. Hiking, cycling, bushcraft, etc. But this makes it difficult to find a single, practical bag that can serve multiple purposes.

I recently walked a multi-day camping trip across the Lake District using the new Singi 28 litre backpack from Fjällräven’s Fall/Winter collection and, for me, this has been the first bag in a long time (since my old Sleeka Force 35 by Snugpak) that fits the bill.

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Coming from a collection containing four other packs in the Singi series, the Singi 28 is an adaptable and customisable bag that, with the help of additional pockets that can be purchased separately, can be adjusted to fit your activities.

If you are familiar with Fjällräven, then you will know what G-1000 is. If not, I will quickly explain. G-1000 is the signature material used for a majority of their clothing and load-carrying products, including this bag. This makes it super durable, and it can be adapted by using Fjällräven’s Greenland Wax to extend the garment’s life and add water-repellency.

What’s The Singi 28 Like To Carry?

With a base weight of 1400g, it’s a relatively lightweight pack. Upon first wearing it I can say it has a surprisingly comfortable fit, considering it doesn’t have an elaborate back support system. The rear of the bag is covered with a soft padding to make it comfortable when pressed against your back, regardless of any hard objects contained within.


To secure the bag, there is a convenient chest strap that prevents it rocking around – perfect if you want to use it when cycling. Like most outdoor packs, the chest strap also has a built in whistle. At the bottom of the pack is a comfortable hip belt with decent padding, complete with a pocket on each side. These are fairly roomy, allowing me to stash my head torch and some snacks for when I’m walking. The hip belt can actually be removed – convenient if you want a lighter setup.

What Options Do I Have For Carrying Gear?

At 28 litres it serves as a fairly average day sized pack and is ideal for day hikes. With good packing it should fit small and lightweight camping systems. In the main compartment I was able to pack a lightweight tent, a 3-season sleeping bag, a small air mattress, a down jacket and a small clothes bag containing my sleeping thermals.

The zips of the main compartment draw along almost the whole length of the bag, allowing for a great overview of the entire contents. On the inside of the main compartment lip you can find two pockets, one of which includes a blue rain cover. Also inside the main compartment there’s a sleeve pocket that will comfortably fit a small to medium sized hydration bladder or a 15” laptop.

On the top of the bag just above the main compartment zipper is a roomy top pocket inside of which is a plastic clip to secure your keys. At a first glance this pocket seemed quite small but whilst trekking I was able to cram quite a lot in there.

For some this pack may be considered a small bag for multi-day adventures. However, my favourite feature is the daisy chain webbing that allows you to attach additional storage pockets. Applied to the sides and the front of the bag, you can attach either the Singi Side Pocket or the Singi Gear Holder. Personally, I place my water bottle in one pocket and my Jetboil and a selection of foods in the other, allowing me to grab my lunch on the go without having to rummage around inside.

On the very front of the bag there’s a paracord system allowing you to secure items to the outside – stuff like a jacket, a blanket or a roll mat. I found this very handy, often placing my map under it and reviewing my routes every time I took my bag off.


Moving onto the bottom of the bag, you will find that it’s reinforced with 500D waterproof nylon to protect it against any damp surfaces it’s placed on. When I later removed my sleeping bag from the bottom, I found no evidence of water seeping through despite it having sat on wet ground. A minor drawback with the bottom, however, is the lack of straps to attach a sleeping mat (or similar), but I can forgive this thanks to the elastic paracord.


On top of that very small drawback I noted above, the only other issues I encountered with this bag was that the zipper for the main compartment requires a bit of extra pull when trying to close it, and your back may get a little sweaty from the lack of a ventilation system. But aside from those points, I’m super pleased with this bag and I’m now using it every day. For cycling and moving around the town, I just use the default pack without the pouches and hipbelt. If I’m heading out on the weekend, I can quickly change the bag to suit a multi-day wild camping trip in the mountains or a trip to the woods to practice some bushcraft.

If you want to carry more items on your adventures, a good alternative is the Singi 48 litre pack which offers many of the same features but with a much higher carrying capacity and room to attach additional pouches. There is also the Singi 20 for an even smaller setup and the Singi Stubben, which can also be used as a seat!

Full Specifications

1,400g / 40-49cm back length / G-1000 Heavy Duty Eco material (65% polyester 35% cotton) / 500D 100% polyamide / 28L volume / 27cm width, 57cm height, 20cm depth / rain cover included.


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