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You are looking for a classy bag but you're lost in the flow of information about these popular and remarkably durable materials? You are on the right page to find out the principal characteristics and distinctions between canvas and waxed canvas. Have a look at some key features!

Canvas bag: when Lightweight Meets Robustness

Canvas, and especially cotton canvas is a remarkably robust and durable material, used for centuries in many civilizations for its properties. Its surface is very smooth and it is extremely tough to tear the fabric because the meshes are very thin, guaranteeing maximum strength to the bag, that can endure tough wear.

Another significant advantage of the canvas is that it is a lightweight material and therefore extremely breathable, allowing you to store wet clothes in it without risking to die opening your bag when you come back from a sports session. However, the material still blocks air and various impurities, perfect for travellers looking for a practical and lightweight bag to carry around.

Taking care of a canvas bag is also very straightforward. Indeed, it can be washed simply with soap and water, provided that it is rinsed well with clear water and then dried afterwards

Here are some examples of our cotton canvas bag: 





reykjavik canvas rucksack


Waxed Canvas bag: the Extra Feature that Makes the Difference

Waxed canvas appeared during a period of sailboat innovation. Indeed, during their journeys, the sailors had noticed that the sails of their boats were more wind-activated and more efficient when they were wet, as the water filled the holes between the meshes of the fabric. However, the wet sails were too heavy. That is why they made them completely waterproof, maintaining their effectiveness by applying wax on them.

Since then and until today, waxed canvas is mainly used for this characteristic. It is used in particular to design objects that are likely to be subject to bad weather: tents, backpacks, outdoor accessories, etc. While texture and comfort may seem "hard" the first time around, the advantage of the waxed canvas is that it becomes more refined and softer over time, developing a patinated appearance over time.

Taking care of a waxed canvas bag is a little more "challenging " as there is wax on the fabric, but follows a similar process. You don't need to wash a bag made of waxed canvas unless you feel the need. However, over time, the wax layer can become thinner and it is advisable to apply a layer of wax every 1 to 3 years, depending on your use


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Here are some examples of our cotton canvas bag: 




On Eiken website, we're offering both fabrics, so that our adventurers can choose the material they prefer. Our bags are also made of Crazy Horse leather, one of the best quality cow leather on the market.