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Carrier Brief Messenger Bag

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Carrier Brief Messenger Bag No.891 by Frost River. The waxed canvas is a brown / green color called 'Field Tan' the wide green cotton web strap is adjustable and long enough (generally) to wear the bag across the body. Brown leather straps attach to solid brass buckles to keep the main flap closed. This and all Frost River bags are made in Duluth, Minnesota in the USA.

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The modern messenger bag presents an option to a backpack “slung” a over a shoulder. We build the Carrier Brief in three versions, each offers functional styling combined with waxed canvas, premium leather, and solid brass hardware, all are crafted by hand at Frost River in Duluth, Minnesota. The Premium Carrier offers a padded sleeve, leather shoulder pad, a snap closure, and extra leather on the main flap. The Carrier Messenger has a large zippered slip pocket and is a great starting price point. The Carrier Bike Messenger Bag has a waistbelt to stay where it belongs during bicycle travel. Consider a Vintage Messenger for extra style points. All are simple, reliable, and a little hip (cause that's where you wear them)... there's a Frost River Carrier Brief Messenger Bag to help keep you moving forward no matter how you choose to travel. The Heritage Black Premium Carrier Brief is a modern messenger bag of premium materials that presents a more professional option than a backpack. The wide shoulder strap with leather pad evens out the weight of a full load of work gear. There’s plenty of length in the strap to wear the bag across a body. Twin flap straps attach to specially antiqued solid brass roller buckles to offer security of contents. Crafted in the USA at Frost River in Duluth, Minnesota, we’re making work bags to help keep you and your career moving in the right direction! Frost River Canvas My State Buckskin Patch Info Below.


11″h x 15″w x 4″d. 660 c.i. (Approx.)


2 lbs. (Std.) 2.30 lbs. (Premium) 2.30 lbs. (Bike)


Large flap over main compartment (Snap closure on padded pocket).


1 full-width slip.


1 slip, 1 zipper (No zipper on padded or bike model).


Internal, 4 smaller slip pockets.


Double canvas.


2″ cotton web with adjustable slide – Up to 48″ (Premium version comes with leather shoulder pad).


2.25"W x 48"L cotton waistbelt with bridle leather and brass buckle closure (bike model only).


18 oz. waxed canvas, premium leather, solid brass hardware.


390 Carrier Bike Messenger Bag, 891 Carrier Brief Messenger Bag, 898 Premium Carrier Brief, 898-N Premium Carrier Brief in Heritage Black

Upgrade Options:

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
    Messenger Bag

    Posted by Vivian on May 6th 2022

    Frost River does it best! This makes the best everyday carry for anyone.

  • 5
    Just what we expected.

    Posted by Christine Gorshe on Dec 27th 2021

    Just what we expected. Well made.

  • 5
    Carrier Brief Premium Messenger Bag

    Posted by Bob on Dec 11th 2021

    Love this bag! It's exactly what I was hoping for, and I know it'll be as tough and durable as the field satchel I've owned and used for over ten years. The strap is nice and wide, the internal dividers are useful, and it looks nice. Fits my MacBook Air (13") well and plenty of room for accessories. The internal padding makes the bag fairly stiff, which I like. To my mind, the only downside is that it's so durable I won't be have reason to buy another Frost River shoulder bag any time soon. ;-)

  • 5

    Posted by Dennis Pearson on Sep 9th 2021

    Awesome bag! It’s not too big, but it still fits everything I need. I went with the premium option since for the extra padding and the snap rather than zipper. I feel confident my tech is safe and I don’t need to deal with a zipper. My only wish would be a more padding for my shoulder, but I only feel that way when I’m walking a lot.

  • 5
    Carrier Brief Messenger Bag

    Posted by Patrick Lucey on Sep 4th 2021

    I only got this bag a week ago but feel as if I’ve had it all my life! It fits my 15-in laptop with ease and with lots of space for extra books and binders! I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a high quality bag!

  • 5
    awesome bag

    Posted by Mike Bell on Aug 25th 2021

    Awesome bag fit nicely my MacBook Pro 13 (perfect size even with a felt case) materials are durable and the hardware is super robust. Only thing I would like to see added is a point to secure a keyring to one of the little internal pockets. anyway I'm super happy with the purchase :)

  • 5
    Carrier Brief Messenger Bag

    Posted by Robert on Apr 21st 2021

    This has replaced my old 5:11 bag. I wanted a little more room. This bag has a lot of room inside. Love the waxed canvas. My coworkers use to call my old bag a murse. A couple of them have made commits on the bag and have been looking into getting one. I've only used for a few weeks but its worth the money. Shipping was fast.

  • 5
    Best bag I've ever had

    Posted by Steve Woods on Mar 15th 2021

    I just love the look and feel. It's like going back in time when quality was essential and you may only buy one bag. This one is a lifer for me.

  • 5
    carrier brief messenger bag

    Posted by Fidel Rodriguez on Aug 16th 2020

    I was impress with this level of quality and beauty. I am so happy with this company that I am planning to buy three more , one for each of my adult children. This is the first time in my life that I have a bag (10) in design, (10) in materials, (10) in fabrication. I spent more than 20 years looking for a bag with a classic design, elegant, secure, strong and made for a man. I also wanted enough capacity to carry my computer, papers, cables, pens and my umbrella. I showed the bag to my professional friends where I work (clinicians, medical doctors and social workers) and they were also very impressed with this practical beauty. This company surpassed every other rival by maintaining the beauty and practicality of a timeless basic design and industrial strength quality. Congratulations !!!!!