A good backpack is one of the most important accessories if you practice outdoor activities like hiking, camping or mountaineering, as you can take with you all the necessary gear and store it safely.
Not only that, a backpack is also very useful in your day to day city life, while going at work, to the university or for a walk in the park.
We have written many articles on our website to give you ideas on different outdoor brands and today we will do the same.
Today we will talk about backpack brands that have one thing in common, apart from being high quality brands, they all come from Sweden.
We have seen many Swedish brands on our website, for example these jacket brands here, and today we will take a look at some backpack brands from this country.
Many great companies have been founded in Sweden, with a rich history of successes and an increasing popularity.
The brands we will see below use quality materials, the best craftsmanship and attention to details, and focus on environmental sustainability – chararacteristics that we personally like very much and keep in mind when choosing from which brands to purchase.
So, let’s begin!
Founded in the 1960s, Fjällräven started as a brand that designed backpacks only. Later, it started producing more than that. It has outfits for outdoors, for trekking and mountaineering.
It also sells all you might need while camping, from accessories to tents and sleeping bags. Let’s not forget the wide variety of bags and backpacks that you can use every day.
What’s the backpack we recommend? Here it is:
The Classic Kånken Backpack
This backpack is made of Vinylon fabric. It’s durable and water-resistant, so you don’t need to worry about your stuff, whether it’s raining or you spilled something on the bag.
It comes in different colors, and it’s 38x27 cm. It also has a foam cushion in the inside back pocket to make you comfortable and to ensure that you won’t hurt your back.
The bag has a main compartment, 2 side pockets, and one small pocket in the front. You can carry it from the handles placed at the top or as a normal backpack.
The design is simple yet practical. It works for everyday use and also when you’re traveling.
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When it comes to materials, they use cotton, wool, Nylon, Polyester and some recycled fabrics. Their goal is to design products that can make the life outdoors easier even in harsh weather conditions.
So, which backpack should you try from their product line?
Haglöfs L.I.M. 25
This backpack is designed for hiking. What’s special about it is its lightness. It’s made of Diamond Ripstop Polyamide fabric, which ensures its durability.
The design is really comfortable, as the bag has an Air-back suspension system. What does that mean? It means that it gives you the ventilation and airflow you need in that area.
The bag also has a padded hip belt, a sternum strap that can be adjusted to fit, and a top lid.
Speaking of pockets, aside from the main compartment, we have 2 elastic side pockets where you can place a bottle of water. In addition, two elastic pockets for the hip belt and an extra pocket on top.
Extra gear? You can easily attach these to the external cords.
Pinewood started in the ’90s as a small company in a garage. Now it offers clothes for hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. It even has rainwear and boots. And it also offers accessories and bags.
The brand cares about quality the most since they want products that can survive in the forest.
Let’s introduce this backpack.
Pinewood Scandinavian Outdoor Life 1909
This backpack resists water and wind. It’s durable as it’s made of Polyester.
The bag has a pocket for almost everything – 2 pockets at both sides, a small front pocket and a top one. There’s also a hidden pocket inside the bag, as well as a place for when you need to bring your laptop on the trip.
Sandqvist is a brand that was founded in 2004 by a group of friends. The company is specialized in bags only; backpacks, purses, wallets, all types of bags. Their aim is to produce well-designed reliable products.
They seek sustainability, and use organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled nylon, and leather.
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We picked this backpack.
This one is designed for outdoors. It’s water-resistant, and it’s made of Polyester.
It has a pocket for your laptop at the back and 2 pockets on both sides for bottles. In addition to a mesh pocket and 2 slip pockets inside of the main compartment and a pocket on top of the lid.
The shoulder straps are padded for extra comfort, and the patches on the bag are made of leather, which gives it a modern design.
You can easily close it with a drawstring and then cover it with the lid and buckles for more safety.
Tretorn was founded in 1891. The brand focuses the most on making products that can survive in the Scandinavian weather. They aim for well-designed and practical products.
Tretorn produces sneakers, boots, raincoats, and backpacks.
We’d suggest this backpack.
This pack is made of polyester and it’s water-resistant. It has a padded shoulder strap for your comfort.
Inside the bag, there is a pocket for your laptop and another small pocket where you can place your keys or wallet. Outside of the bag, you’ll find 2 pockets on both sides, with drainage holes so that they can dry quickly after the rain.
It has a main zipper which is covered with a lid and a hidden buckle for more safety. The bag is practical yet looks nice, and can carry up to 16 liters.
6. Peak Performance
In 1986, Peak Performance was established by skiers who wanted to design skiing outfits that were practical yet stylish.
Nowadays they offer clothes not only for skiing but also for golf and training. They offer bags, accessories, and jackets too.
They seek sustainability in their manufacturing process and materials utilized, like for example organic cotton.
Below is the backpack we’d suggest.
X Extended Rucksack
This backpack comes in black and it’s made of polyester. The bag has a military-style and a lot of pockets to carry everything you need.
It has a large front pocket that has a hook for your keys, and 2 large pockets on both sides to carry extra stuff. There’s also a hidden pocket on the lid that covers the main compartment. It has a place for your laptop too.
The bag has magnetic buckles and sternum straps. It also has carabiner loops on the shoulder straps so that you can attach extra stuff.
Since 1975, Klättermusen has been producing mountaineering equipment. It was founded by climbers who wanted materials that could handle the unpredictable weather in the outdoors.
The brand designs durable products that ensure the safety of customers as well as environmental sustainability. They use organic cotton and recycled fabrics – polyester, polyamide, and wool. They also use waterproof materials.
Among Klättermusen’s products you can also find bags and other outdoor gear. Let’s take a look at one of their backpacks.
This is a 40 L backpack, which means it can carry “everything” you’ll need while trekking. It’s designed with the Carry-on-Bone system using the Butterfly Bridge® technology that lets you carry more without affecting your muscles.
It’s made out of 60% recycled polyamide (nylon). The backpack has a top pocket, 2 side pockets, and one extra pocket at the front.
It has elastic straps to attach extra gear, and a hip belt with buckles and D-rings.
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These were the 7 Swedish backpacks brands that we’d suggest you to check out if you are thinking to purchase a new backpack.
In our opinion, picking a backpack is an important step because it’s never just a bag. We see it as a road companion – you can count on it to carry your belongings, keep them safe, and provide you with what you need, whenever you need it.
Let us know in the comments if you have any other similar brand in mind that you’d recommend.