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Arrowhead Trail Rolltop Pack

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3.50 LBS

Scenario 1: You start your frosty morning bike commute wearing your fleece, wind shell, gloves and hat (Arrowhead Trail Rolltop cinched down to 18-inch height). But the day warms up, and on the way home you need to stow all that stuff plus more work from the office…Aargh! (Arrowhead Trail Rolltop expanded to 27-inch height…and you can still buckle the flap straps!). Scenario 2: (substitute "day hike in the Adirondacks"). Scenario 3: (substitute "trek to campus")…You get the idea.

The simple adaptability of the Arrowhead Rolltop makes carrying a small bundle, or a large load, a breeze. If you’re only carrying a little bit, roll the 18 oz. waxed canvas top all the way down and cinch the leather straps to the bag. Need more space? Unroll the top. The long, harness leather straps and extended top allow expanded capacity. Waxed canvas is water resistant, and when matched with a rolled top it is especially weather tight. There’s a loop for a blinking bike light, along with lash squares to tie stuff on… it’s a waxed canvas commuter pack that’s made in Duluth and really hauls!

Available in two sizes (13" and 15" width) and two pocket layouts (the ECO's add 2-in-1 pockets on the outside, (think water bottle pockets) and internal sleeves (think laptop or hydration bladder). Read on below for more specifics.


Upgrade Your Straps: Scroll down for details, click the link to get your own!


Dimensions & Weight:

No.395 Arrowhead & No.396 ECO: 18_h x 12_w x 5_d (Rolls open to 27_h.), 1080 c.i. (Approx.) Weight: 3.0 lbs. (standard) - 3.4 lbs (eco with expandable side pockets)

No.398 Arrowhead 15 & No.397 15 ECO: 18_h x 15_w x 5_d (Rolls open to 27_h.) 1350 c.i. (Approx.) Weight: 3.1 lbs. (standard) - 3.75 lbs (eco with expandable side pockets)

Shoulder Straps: 2-1/4íñ Cotton Pistol Belt Webbing riveted to a 1.75" solid brass ring yoke attachment and Bridle Leather strap, adjustable via solid brass roller buckle.

Closure: Pack opening snaps closed and rolls down to close the bag. Bridle Leather straps with brass roller buckles secure the rolltop.

Pocket Layout:

No.395 Arrowhead and No.398 Arrowhead 15: Single Main Compartment with 1 internal hanging zip pocket. External side slip pockets.

No.396 Arrowhead ECO and No.398 Arrowhead 15 ECO: Single main compartment with padded back with laptop sleeve, 1x internal hanging zippered pocket, 2x Internal narrow slip pockets at the sides, 2x external 2-in-1 side pockets (4"x4"xYY" pocket with snap closure, plus slip pocket between the pocket a

Grab Handle: 1" Cotton Web.

Lashing Points: 2 Leather Lash Squares on front, 1" Cotton Web Loop at bottom.

Base: Double Waxed-Cotton Canvas Bottom

Materials: 18 oz. Waxed Cotton Canvas, 10.10 oz Waxed Cotton Canvas, Oil-Tanned HH Vintage Boomer Leather, Deep Mahogany Bridle Leather, Chestnut Heavy Lace Reinforcement Leather, Solid Brass Hardware, Cotton Pistol Belt Webbing, Closed Cell Foam Padding, Cotto

Manufacturer: Made by hand at Frost River, Duluth, MN U.S.A.

Upgrade Options:

Premium Buckskin Padded Shoulder Straps: Enhance your pack with our premium buckskin padded shoulder straps. Cut from the same harness leather and built with the same care, attention to detail and cushy closed-cell foam as our top of the line canoe packs, ití´s an upgrade in both style and

Canvas My State Patches: Add a "canvas my state" buckskin patch, we've got all 50 United States available in our palomino buckskin, same stuff we use for the backstrap upgrade. This Upgrade makes this your pack, and NON-returnable.

Notes: Please note that pack upgrades require us to spend a little extra time working with your pack, and may add up to a week to your order processing. Also all of our buckskin comes from real, wild deer hides, so each one's unique and may have scars.

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  • 5
    Greatest pack ever

    Posted by Justine on May 27th 2019

    This is the only backpack you will ever need. I have used this bag regularly over the past 4 years. I commute in NYC by bicycle and it is my daily bag. It has traveled the world as a camping pack, up mountains, through woods, to the beach. It is lightweight, fits a ton of stuff and can handle weight well. Initially I was skeptical of the straps but boy was I wrong .. they are AWESOME! They distribute weight really well .. and I've overloaded the pack with 40+ pounds of gear and carried it up 65-70 degree inclines. You'll feel the weight eventually, but carrying 40+ pounds on your back all day you will feel it worse with another bag. I cannot recommend this pack enough... After logging over 50,000 miles with this on my back, through all kinds of weather and terrain, I can say you will never need another bag. AND... It will fit under the seat of an airplane and can be used for carry on. The bag only seems expensive... The quality and craftsmanship is next level.
    Do yourself a favor and buy one. And it's made in the USA!

  • 5
    Arrowhead Trail Rolltop Pack

    Posted by Mandotaco on Apr 2nd 2019

    Let's just start by acknowledging this is a tank. Most of you, like me, aren't hanging around Duluth, so won't have a chance to see these in person before shelling out the coin, so I want this to be helpful.

    First, I ordered all the upgrades - the larger pack, with the pockets, with the leather straps. I've done a lot of hiking/packing and have a rep for being into bags, having previously had a couple of packs custom made. I've now used this one to carry clothes for a weekend in a hotel, and for a day hike. Plenty of room in both cases. For the hike I filled it with unnecessarily heavy items to get a feel for the carry.

    This is significantly larger than I'd pictured. I probably would have been happy with the smaller version. You can always NOT fill the bag, right? (not me, apparently.) The material is exceptionally strong, and the seams all very well done. The side pouches are well made and plenty large for a water bottle. I love both the look and function of the rolltop - allowing the pack to become the size needed for a given load. There is no getting around it that heavier packs carry better over time when there is a load-bearing hip belt. I wish the shoulder straps (remember, I got the upgraded leather) were a bit wider to disburse the weight a bit better. I wonder if the standard issue straps are wider? That said, these straps did the task and I carried the overloaded pack for a few hours - no bruising. The ride felt secure.

    If you want a more technical, and lighter, pack there are plenty of them out there. None of them look this cool. This will last a lifetime.

  • 5
    Excellent pack

    Posted by ASPC on Mar 1st 2019

    This pack was a pleasant surprise. It is light, well built and most definitely beautiful. I am now considering buying the Arrowhead rolltop Eco (with additional side pockets) if Frost River can customize it by adding a hip belt. Excellent products.

  • 5
    Arrowhead Trail Rolltop Pack

    Posted by Range Morgan on Jan 25th 2019

    Using every cubic inch, this pack accompanied me up and down the Queensland coast for 6 joyous weeks. I had many offers to buy it, and threats to steal it when I handed it off to the crew on a dive boat or tour bus. Even when it barely rolls, it is securely closed against incoming water.

  • 5
    Outstanding quality

    Posted by T.K. on Oct 15th 2018

    A good pack is word it's price. Really assess the demisions you want and what it will look like because their listings are true to specs. I hope to return as a customer def been searching for a company like this for a while.

  • 5
    Quality and Craftmanship

    Posted by Gary on Mar 28th 2018

    I was bought the Arrowhead Rolltop Pack for Christmas 2017 ( although I chose it ) and I have used it every day since. Perfect size for a day pack, even a weekend bag. The quality here superb, I live in UK, but will definately buy from Frost River again. Worth every penny!

  • 5

    Posted by yan zhang on Nov 5th 2017

    When I first saw this backpack, I immediately decided that I wanted it. I like it so much!
    But just a little bit of a problem :I chose to upgrade to Buckskin Padded Shoulder Straps,I found the Buckskin Padded Shoulder Straps are not the same length,I just want to make sure will it affect the use and firm?(Please refer to the picture )

  • 5
    Incredibly durable bag!

    Posted by Nils on Jul 18th 2017

    The Arrowhead Trail Rolltop Pack is simply a great backpack. I’ve used it on canoe trips through the Boundary Waters, hiking in Europe, cycling in East Asia, and it’s my go-to backpack for daily rides across Shanghai. It keeps out a good amount of rain and is incredibly rugged. Great bag!

  • 5
    Isle Royale day hikes

    Posted by Travis Szekely on Jun 23rd 2017

    I just returned from a couple of days on Isle Royale. In the short time I was there my wife and I put in nearly twenty miles of day hiking. The Arrowhead was a perfect choice for me. Plenty of room for everything we needed on an all day outing. Comfortable to hike with and the exterior pockets on the ECO were great for bigger water bottles. I couldn't be happier with the pack and I know it will outlast me for sure.