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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
    Happy happy joy joy

    Posted by Tate on Jan 5th 2020

    I sold my Vintage Messenger Bag to a happy friend. It was a great bag, but I wanted something a smidge more compact. I came across the Premium Messenger at a shop in Japan, and after about twenty minutes inspection, stuffing my essentials into it, trying it out, I decide to go ahead and fork over my left foot to have it. It’s so beautifully made. The canvas, the careful dead-center riveting and evenly strong stitching are perfect on this one. To boot, I found a bag with the logo appliqué as I’ve seen it in marketing pictures—the reindeer carefully burned with the dimensional foreground/background contrast— all crisp and lovely. Really happy about that “plus” in this bag. The leather, the brass, the canvas are all rocking hard together. This bag is the perfect craft jam, and I’m very pleased to have it. Although the Vintage Messenger has its own beauty, and a larger capacity, this Premium Messenger hits all the right notes that that bag had, and for me, makes a more compact carry (less floppy). I also dig that this bag is zipper free. Don’t get me wrong, Frost River zippers are as strong and reliable as they come, but in a Messenger bag, I prefer the older closures of snaps and buckled straps. Thanks to the caretakers at Frost River for the awesomeness... and for distributing to Japan!

  • 5
    Enjoying this bag

    Posted by Shane on Mar 21st 2019

    Took a while to get this bag since they had to manufacture it. That is understandable and the quality is amazing. I have gotten many compliments. It’s very well built and looks great. I was worried about the size but I can fit all my school supplies and a 1000l water bottle. Would buy again.

  • 4
    Premium Carrier Brief Messenger Bag

    Posted by Ivan on Jan 20th 2019

    I've had this bag for a little over a year now and it's holding up pretty well. It came in fairly dark waxy but that was expected from a waxed canvas bag, however the color does lighten up with wear and looks quite nice. The leather is top notch and has a nice luster when polished (; I will say that the leather shoulder pad did cause some discomfort when new but after a week of breaking in it's really comfortable and helps distribute the weight of the bag. As far as construction, I don't have any real complains..although there does seem to be a hole emerging from where the canvas strap is attached to the side of the bag (; I'm not sure if this is due to the quality of construction or just regular wear and tear since I don't really beat this bag up or use up it's full capacity too much to expect something like this--I just use for school and don't carry any textbooks. I do wish this bag had a slip/exterior pocket on the back to access stuff a bit easier but I can't fault that on Frost River, it's just something I wish I had known I wanted when I purchased this bag. Overall this bag is a great value for the price and love how it's aging and holding up (with exception to that small hole emerging). I'd definitely recommend this to someone looking for a waxed canvas bag.

  • 5
    Carrier brief messenger bag

    Posted by Aaron on Nov 12th 2018

    I have had this bag for a few months now and I love it! I use it as my everyday carry and has exceeded my expectations. The bag holds my laptop along with all of the other items I need with me daily with ease. I have ordered a few other Frost River products since I received this bag and have not been disappointed. I expect to use and abuse this items for years to come. I would have to say that Frost River's biggest competitor in this market would be themselves due to the quality of products they sell. I do not plan on needing new bags for awhile. Keep up the good work!

  • 5
    Great everyday bag, amazing quality

    Posted by Christopher Paris on Jul 26th 2017

    I received this bag from my wife for Father's Day about two years ago. Since I am a stay at home parent it is my "manly" diaper bag and gets used for a day bag/carry on any time I travel. Once my kid is a bit older I plan to use it as my day bag and on my motorcycle thanks to the waist belt. It has a nice assortment of pockets inside. The larger internal pockets hold a small Nalgene perfectly. Having the zippered pocket is nice for important items I don't access often or documents. The front pocket is my snack pocket, but has plenty of space. The fabric just continues to look better with use. It has held up to daily use and abuse for the last two years and shows little wear. It's nice that the bag is highly water resistant. The waist belt was a little long when I purchased the bag, but a quick stop into the store and they shortened it for me on the spot! I am quite pleased with the look, quality, and functionality of this bag and cannot wait to watch it age (and hand it down to my son eventually).