Why We Chose The Fjällräven Ulvö 30 Backpack: Versatile design, durable, weather resistant
While the Fjällräven Ulvö 30 might look like just a fashionable backpack that someone goes to work with, the reality is that it’s actually techier than most hiking-specific backpacks out there. Why’s that then? Well, not only is this decked out with useful features, but it also uses a remarkably impressive fabric.
Just FYI, we’ve already previously tested out the Fjällräven Ulvö Rolltop. This version here is the one with a zipped lid closure instead.
Who Is The Fjällräven Ulvö 30 For?
This really is a very versatile pack, one that we can see being very popular with commuters who walk or cycle to work. It’s also ideal for just your everyday hiker who wants something that can accommodate all of the kit and food they’d need for a day trip and that’ll be comfortable and hardy enough to get them up from A to B and back.
This uses a material first developed by Fjällräven only a year ago called Bergshell and it’s impressive stuff. In fact, despite being smooth and soft to the touch, it’s waterproof and surprisingly durable. That’s all thanks to a PU-laminate (which is free from PFCs) taped seams and then an interesting construction where the ripstop threads are kept level with the main fabric so that they won’t scuff and wear down quickly, as can often happen with the normal type of ripstop threads which are raised above the main fabric. The fabric is rated at 400D overall, so it’ll easily see off any sharp stuff. What’s more its made from 31% recycled materials.
The Fjällräven Ulvö 30 has plenty of adjustment potential which we always like to see on bags. Compression straps on the sides, for instance, allow you to cinch in the volume when you’re only carrying a small load. There’s also an easy-sliding sternum clip that holds well and fastens conveniently. Finally it has a removable hipbelt, which, although basic, does the job when you’re cycling or even running.
“I also found it to be surprisingly stable – even enough to run with.”
As for pockets, there are two stretch mesh ones on the sides, a zipped overlid and underlid and then you have a little zipped pocket down on your right kidney that you can access easily while on the move (this is perfect for stashing your phone in). Inside the bag, as well as that underlid pocket it also has a padded laptop sleeve that could double as a place to store a hydration bladder, two other mesh pockets for keeping small valuables and an internal gear divider.