Why We Chose The Fjällräven Ulvö: Technical fabrics and performance, casual look, useful details.
Even if you don’t know what the Fjällräven Kanken backpack is, we’re willing to bet you’ve seen it before. It’s a square-shaped thing made of brightly coloured canvas with narrow straps and a little round logo with a red fox on it. Yup, you’ve got it. As of this season, we have a new, fairly similar unisex backpack from the Scandinavian brand, and we reckon it could end up being another popular item. They call it the Ulvö.
This is a pack with a number of different uses. Its 23-litre capacity makes it perfect for carrying the load required for a simple dayhike (your waterproof jacket, some warm layers, and a picnic), plus it’s well-suited to cycling thanks to its flexible and padded back, little zipped pocket on the side for accessing your snacks while on the go and a strap on the front to clip a safety light onto.
It’s got a look that’ll fit right in in the city, at work, or in the classroom, and it has all the conveniences for those kind of things as well, like a padded laptop sleeve, and zipped interior pocket for small valuables.
There are two things we love about this though. First of all, it’s the Bergshell fabric. This is a brand new development by Fjällräven and they’re already rolling it out in some of their trekking packs and jackets. It might have a soft feel to it, but underneath that outer layer there’s a laminate and taped seams to make it fully waterproof. And it’s tough as well, thanks to a unique flat ripstop weave that Fjällräven have utilised – watch the video within this article for more on this.