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Backpacks for School and Beyond: Our Top Ten

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Backpacks for School and Beyond: Our Top Ten

Frost River waxed canvas backpacks...

...are built to be at home outdoors, living and adventuring with you, whether you’re sauntering a sunny woodland path, rock hopping across a wilderness stream, taking the spur trail to a spectacular vista or walking to the bus stop. Here are backpacks that will be at your side and on your back for years, making new memories with each outing. They’re built by hand in Duluth, Minnesota, and made to take the abuse of rugged backwoods travel— they’re more than qualified to endure years of service to and from the classroom.

We make a lot of different backpacks, and picking out the right one can seem daunting at first. That’s why we’ve put together our favorite fits for school and the rest of life’s adventures! It’s the next best thing to being in the shop and working with our friendly folks in the store. Just imagine the sounds of hammers and sewing machines pounding and whirring, and the smell of fresh-brewed Duluth Coffee Company coffee and read on!

Our two cents:

A good school backpack should be medium-sized, offer useful features for comfort and convenience, be just the right style for you, and be built to last. Visit us in Duluth and we’ll take you on a free tour of our workshop and show you just how durable our stuff is.

Top Ten backpacks for school

Frost River Congdon Park DayPack No.893The First Pack: Our Congdon Park Daypack and Book Packs are proportioned well for little loads but made to the same standards as their bigger siblings-- A great pack to suit the earlier years!

Sojourn PackThe Traditionalist:— Sojourn Pack Padded - This is pure canoe pack but sized for your day-to-day and with a padded sleeve for a laptop.

Frost River North Bay DayPack No.435The Classic:— North Bay 5” Padded (or 7” if you carry a lot of stuff) - This pack boasts lots of organization in classic, clean lines. American-made, lifetime guaranteed. Can’t go wrong.

Frost River Itasca Outset DayPack No.430High Speed, Low Drag:— The Itasca Outset - Here’s a zippered backpack that carries more than meets the eye. With extra pockets and accessory loops for added versatility, this is a clean pack that fits in well wherever you take it.

Frost River Summit Expedition No.825I’d rather be hiking: Summit Expedition. This drawstring-topped knapsack-style pack has side two-in-one pockets for hauling water bottles, rulers, pencil boxes, anything, while the large main compartment carries a load of books and much more.

Frost River Arrowhead eco DayPack No.396The Rolltop:— Arrowhead ECO - Our popular rolltop pack with expandable side pockets and internal sleeves. Rolltop design means versatility, expandability and security. Too many features to list here!

Frost River Knapsack in the back, Book Pack in the frontKnapsack: The Frost River Knapsack is a traditional pack on the smaller side of medium. This pack has a similar drawstring top with strap and buckle as the Summit series and our other rucksacks, but in a smaller package.

Frost River Saganaga Travel Satchel No. 878Messenger Bag: Big Saganaga - Ok, not a backpack...this is a simple messenger bag with pockets and organization. Clean lines, durability and usability come standard.

Frost River Bazaar Tote No.832A Capable Tote: The Bazaar Tote - Another non-backpack... this is a simple haul-everything tote with heavy duty leather handles and brass buckles, the bazaar can carry a lot and the handles extend to allow for either a hand or shoulder carry.

One of the biggest benefits of a Frost River bag going to school is that it’ll work great for years of use wherever you need to go. One pack to do it all; off to school, ramblin’ in the woods, travel, and headed into the workforce. Waxed canvas packs are repairable and get better with age, use, and experience… a lot like active, studious young people! Take a look at our Daypacks for more options, or give us a call at 1-800-FROST-84 to chat features or dig into any of the details on these or other Frost River Reliable Softgoods.