Kanken Maxi vs Kanken Big:
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Kanken Maxi vs Kanken Big: how do the two older sisters of the Kanken Classic differ? In this article we explain the technical and aesthetic differences, as well as the uses for which they are designed.
Different inside and out.

What is the difference between Kanken Maxi and Kanken Big?

In terms of external design, the Big has two external pockets – one front and one side – while the Maxi has only the front.

The difference in size can also be seen at first glance. The Big is 45 cm high, 35 cm wide and 13 cm deep, while the Maxi is slightly smaller: 41 cm high x 32 cm wide x 14 cm deep. But don’t let this fool you: the Kanken Maxi has a capacity of 27 liters, compared to the 20 liters of the Big. How is that possible?

What makes the Kanken Maxi special is that it is an extendable backpack. All you need to do is pull out a zipper and it immediately adds 7 cm more depth and 9 litres more capacity. To give you an idea, when it is extended, its measurements are equivalent to those of a small suitcase.

Otherwise, the two share certain characteristics designed to protect the shoulders and back. Both are equipped with narrow, flexible padded straps. They also have two handles on the top for comfortable carrying.

They also include a removable cushion for a softer feel on the back. In the Big model, it is also housed in a rear compartment that can be used to carry a tablet safely.

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How do the Fjallraven Big and the Fjallraven Maxi coincide

Finally, both models are made of Vinalon, a light but very resistant material. Although not completely waterproof, it is water repellent enough to keep what you carry inside from getting wet on a rainy day. It’s also easy to clean with a brush and soapy water.
Kanken Big: a great backpack for everyday life

If you need to carry a lot of stuff, it’s perfect for you. For example, if you are a student or if you have young children. But it’s also the best option to take on a field trip.

The side pocket gives you quick access to what you need most, such as the water bottle or energy bars when hiking, or wet wipes for your little ones. If you tend to move around on your bike and want to keep your gloves or reflective vest, we recommend that you use the front pocket to avoid losing them. By the way, did you know that the logo is also reflective?
Kanken Maxi, the travellers’ backpack

Once extended, it occupies the same as a small suitcase, perfect for traveling by plane without check-in. Or as a complement to other luggage if you carry many things.

We hope that this comparison Kanken Maxi vs Kanken Big has solved all your doubts. Do you already know which one to choose?