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Cliff Jacobson Signature Pack

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2.50 LBS
Cliff Jacobson Signature Pack No.830 by Frost River. This box style canoe pack is designed with help from outdoor writer, wilderness traveler, and Eagle Scout, Cliff Jacobson and laid out with helpful features designed to haul your gear through the lakes of canoe country or the wilds of your everyday. This is a daypack, meant to go light and fast or supplement another larger pack for a full camping rig. It serves well as a school or travel backpack, too. We build them by hand in Duluth, from a lighter weight 10.10 oz waxed canvas that we get from the same supplier as our heavier 18oz. It's a tighter weave fabric that wears tough, but carries light. You get the choice of Field Tan or Hunter Orange waxed canvas. We regularly build the Field Tan, but may have to build a Hunter Orange pack from the ground up if high visibility is on your list. The Cliff Jacobson backpack is lighter than, but similarly laid out to it's older "cousin" the Nessmuk Pack. The top flap is longer on the Cliff Jacobson Signature Pack, the inside zippered pocket is bigger, the grab handle sits by the backstraps, and the 2-in-1 side pockets are both the same on each side (the Nessmuk has two small pockets on one side and the larger on the other. Both packs share the same 2.25" cotton, pistol-belt web backstraps that connect at the bottom of the pack. Need something larger? Take a look at the Woodsman or Timber Cruiser Jr.


Pack body: 16″h x12″w x 5.5″d. Actual 1056 c.i. Expanded volume 1900 c.i. (Approx.) Pockets measure 12″h x 5.5″w x 2″d.


2.5 lbs. (Approx.)


2 external (two in one), 1 slip on front body, 1 internal hanging zipper pocket.


Internal rain flaps, large flap covers main compartment.


2.25″ pistol belt cotton web with leather attachment.




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


Field Tan, Hunter Orange

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  • 5
    Awesome Day Pack for Canoe Trips

    Posted by Avid Outdoorsy Guy on Aug 9th 2019

    I've used this pack on 2 back country canoe trips in the Canadian wilderness and so far I'm definitely impressed. The quality and durability of the fabric is superb and I've had no issues with water seeping through at all. In my opinion this is a perfect option for a canoe trip day pack and I am so glad I chose it.

  • 5
    Great pack with excellent features

    Posted by TR on Jul 30th 2019

    The online field reports on the Isle Royale Jr had me leaning towards that bag, but being a fan of Cliff Jacobson and his sage advice gave me an impetus to visit the store and compare the two before before I purchased. I am glad I did because I ended up chosing the Jacobson due the weight difference and tighter weave material. I can say I am glad I did and have become a raving fan of this bag. The inside zipper pocket is awesome at keeping those things you don't want to lose well protected and safe (like keys and glasses). The side pockets hold large water bottles and the leather straps keep them there. There are stuff sleeves for your axe, maps and whatever else you don't need tied in. The main compartment is roomy and I find I can pack for a long weekend everything I need. I especially appreciate the buckle lock flaps inside to keep your gear inside the bag. This has become my airplane carry-on and my all around favorite pack for any adventure. It is extremely well made and water resistant, durable and very comfortable to carry. I love the traditional look and get many compliments as I travel. Once again a great product from a US Company. I bought this in store, and the staff there is very helpful in explaining the different bags and highlighting some additional accessories available. What I liked most of all is that they have display wall where you can see all their bags loaded, to give you an idea of capacity. This is a great idea and really helped me decide this was the right fit for me. I would buy again and recommend this bag highly to others.

  • 5
    Cliff Jacobson pack

    Posted by Gringo on Jul 15th 2019

    Fantastic pack. Perfect size for my needs. Great quality.

  • 5
    Excellent pack

    Posted by JJ on Aug 9th 2017

    I've had this pack for several months now and it has become my every day bag. I carry water, snacks, first aid/ survival kit, knife, multi-tool, plus what ever else I need for the day. I would recommend the sternum strap if you are going to carry heavy loads, but for general day to day carry it's fine without it.

  • 5
    Everyday Use

    Posted by Ron S. on Jul 31st 2017

    I bought this pack for my everyday use pack. I carry my coffee, food and water to work along with some first aid gear for just in case moments. This pack is of a lighter material which makes it a great day and in my case-everyday pack.

  • 5
    Versatily sized, comfortable, quality built pack

    Posted by Christopher Paris on May 23rd 2017

    I've owned this pack for about a month now. It took a lot of time comparing a few different models in store when I purchased it, but I am beyond happy with the Cliff Jacobson I took home. I do a lot of nature photography and I use one of the side pockets for a tripod and the other to hold a water bottle and or lenses. In the pack I can fit enough gear for a long hike or an overnight (weekend if I packed light and well). I like the lightweight, but still high strength, canvas used in this pack. I've taken it out on hikes about 5 miles and it has been comfortable the entire time. I would buy another if it was ever damaged (but hey, with a lifetime warranty I shouldn't need to)! As with anything I've purchased from Frost River I received wonderful customer service while picking out my pack and am in love with the quality.