I prefer a backpack to carrying a bag in my hands and I find messenger bags uncomfortable when weighted down. A Fjallraven Kanken is a comfortable backpack to carry that has served me well for over a year now. Here are the features that enable it to fit seamlessly into my lifestyle:
1. Plain and classic-looking design. I think this bag looks nice and works well with my wardrobe.
2. Water-resistant, tough fabric. I don't need to make extra preparations for snow or light rain, because the interior of the bag stays dry. Also, I don't have to worry about snagging or ripping the exterior.
3. Pockets! The side pockets are perfect for stashing my sunglasses and phone, making it easy to pull them out and put them away. The front pocket is where I keep all my daily essentials within reach.
4. The main compartment is large enough to give me the option of carrying a 13" laptop, gym bag, some groceries, picnic supplies, or typically whatever else my ride requires. Yet, the Fjallraven Kanken backpack is small enough to be practical and unobtrusive.