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Fjällräven Kajka 75 Review

By Phil on 2015.01.06 In Product Review

Here is my review of my Fjällräven Kajka 75 after using it during my recent Fjällräven Polar 2014 mini-reunion in Finnish Lapland.

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I already own and still use the Fjällräven Abisko 75, but after hearing so many good things about the Kajka 75 I decided to purchase one of these also. I ordered it from my friends at Sporting Lodge last December and as usual their super-fast delivery allowed me to get it in time for me to use on my recent Finnish Lapland Polar reunion.

The Kajka comes in various litre sizes of 65, 75, 85 and even 100 in both Male and Female designs. It is made with a unique wooden frame which gives it a very sturdy and rigid feel while on your back which I think helps keep the rucksack from moving from side to side while trekking. The weight distribution of this rucksack is the best I have experienced to date. I was carrying just over 20kg during our 15km hike to our cabin and it felt very comfortable and evenly balanced.

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Although the Kajka 75 is 880g heavier than the Abisko 75, the extra weight is worth it for the extra features the Kajka gives you which I will detail below:

  • The rucksack lid has two external zip zipped pockets, one which I use to store the rucksack rain cover and other small items and the other to store items such as gloves, hat, sunglasses/goggles, snack food etc. On top of the lid there is also an elasticated cord which can be used to stuff a light waterproof or fleece should you need quick access to it.
  • The lid also has in internal small zip pocket which was ideal for storing passport and wallet.
  • Another great feature of the rucksack lid is how high it can be extended above the rucksack to allow storage of additional items such as sleeping mats, tent or in my case a large bag of food and alcohol for our trek. It really does give you a lot of additional rucksack space. More than I have ever seen on other rucksacks.
  • The best feature of rucksack lid is that it can be detached completely from the top of the rucksack and connected to the front of you across your chest giving you easy access to items stored in there during your trek. Being able to detach the whole of lid in this way, allows you to use it as a small daypack for shorter hikes.
  • The rucksack can be top or front loaded with the front loading lid having rigid poles at each side which I found helpful when zipping up a heavily packed rucksack.
  • It also has the usual side compression straps for tightening once the rucksack is packed. This combined with the rigid poles in the front loading lid really helps to compact the rucksack and avoid bulging.
  • There is a lower section of the rucksack which is ideal for storing your sleeping bag and also has the option of using a mesh zipped cover to store any wet clothing while trekking.
  • The lower section can also be opened up by the zipped separator to give one large internal compartment if required.
  • There are two very large side pockets on the main body of the rucksack which I used for storing camera tripod, walking poles, extra gloves and hats and other things I would want easy access to. As the zip to these pockets are facing your back, this allows easy access to those pockets without having to remove your rucksack.
  • The are also two mesh pockets below the side pockets on main body of rucksack for storing things like water bottles or other items you want easy access to.
  • There are two hip belt pockets, one mesh and one solid with enough room for things like handheld GPS and snacks.
  • One of the front chest straps has a plastic clip which allows you to securely clip the tube from a water reservoir you might be using which can be stored inside the reservoir pouch within the rucksack. A really useful feature and one I haven’t seen on other rucksacks.
  • The rucksack has the usual back height adjustment which is easily changed.
  • Another great feature of the Kajka being able to adjust the location of the shoulder straps. There are three settings of Small, Medium and Large. Again something I haven’t seen on other rucksacks and ideal for people with large or small shoulders and to give additional comfort.
  • All the zips have a rigid loop hole while allows you to easily open and close even while wearing think gloves. Which is ideal when using in winter conditions.
  • The adjustable chest strap also includes an emergency whistle.
  • A large adjustable rain cover is also included.
  • The back of the backpack has a handle at the top which is really useful when moving backpack in transit.
  • There is also a neatly hidden Owners Info section where you can write you basic contact details. Could be useful if it gets lost!

Verdict:

Overall I think the Fjällräven Kajka 75 is an excellent rucksack for long multi-day trekking and/or shorter camping trips. A lot of thought has gone into the design of this rucksack to give it some great features, some that I haven’t seen on other rucksacks as I mentioned above. The amount of room the expandable lid gives you is incredible and the option of removing it completely and connecting to your chest is another excellent feature. The comfort and stability of the rucksack while on your back is the best I have experienced. I will still use my Abisko 75 for treks where I don’t need to carry as much gear such as sleeping bag and food etc. like when staying in accommodation where food and bedding is included, but when having the right equipment is more important than weight, then I will always choose my Kajka 75. I would thoroughly recommend the Fjällräven Kajka 75 to anyone looking for feature rich, multi functional and comfortable rucksack and I’m really looking forward to using it during many future adventures.

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

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