When you’re choosing a backpack, you want to ensure you choose wisely so that it’s practical for what you need it for. There are unlimited options for backpacks so to get you started on your hunt, we’ve compared our two most popular backpacks, Herschel Supply Co.’s Little America and Fjällräven’s Kånken.

Herschel Supply Co. Little America

  • Padded back panel
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Accommodates a 15 “laptop

Fjällräven Kånken

  • Made of  resistant materials
  • Smaller size
  • Removable seat pad in the back pocket

Herschel Supply Co.

Notebook, a bottle of water, snack, clean socks, umbrella … Are you the type to carry a lot of things “just in case”? If so, the Little America is right for you. By far the most popular model at Herschel Supply Co, the Little America is a classic sized backpack with plenty of storage. It’s ideal for young professionals and students as it features a pocket for a 15 “laptop, plus a pocket for storing wires and electronics.

Do not hesitate to fill it up and utilize the full 25L capacity! The Little America remains just as comfortable. Crafted with back padding and wide shoulder straps, you’ll forget you’re wearing it and enjoy a full day with your belongings stowed away conveniently and securely in the Little America.

Buy it if: you are looking for a comfortable and spacious backpack that can accommodate your laptop.


The famous Kånken backpack from Fjällräven is one of the most popular in their inventory. Available in an impressive variety of colors (there really is something for everyone), its iconic style is at home in the city and on the trails and is sure to gain you come compliments wherever you wear it.

With a 16L capacity and smaller dimensions, the Kånken is definitely smaller than the Little America but no less popular. It is a bag for those who want to carry the bare necessities, without burdening themselves with an overstuffed backpack and unnecessary clutter. It’s perfect for urban outings or short day trips where minimal belongings are needed to bring along. Its 100% Vinyal nylon F construction makes it particularly robust so it will withstand a lifetime of adventures. There’s also a small bonus for bike lovers! The Fjällräven logo found on the original Kånken is also a reflector so you can ride home in the dark and rest easy knowing the reflector makes you visible although added reflectors or lights may be necessary.

Buy it if: you are looking for a practical and sturdy day bag.