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Crossover Luggage - Introducing the Voyageur Backpacks

Posted by Alex Messenger

Crossover Luggage - Introducing the Voyageur Backpacks

Crossover Luggage

The beauty of the open road and daily endeavors gets even better through the beauty of versatility in a handcrafted bag! The best pieces of gear work with you, and are versatile enough to go from one activity to the next, seamlessly. That’s why we think crossover luggage is awesome, it allows several ways to carry a bag that’s sized for a variety of loads and pursuits. One bag to rule them all!

Read on for our newest crossover piece, the Voyageur, and our other adaptable luggage options below.

Voyageur Backpack

The Frost River Voyageur Backpack Crossovers are equally at home on a back or over a shoulder and fit in the great outdoors and the wood paneled walls of the boardroom.

A brand new design—

Built in Duluth, MN to offer carrying options with two different sizes— great for working and traveling voyageurs. Available in Briefcase-sized and Carryon Luggage-sized options, the Voyageur is one bag you’re sure to keep coming back to. Both sizes offer the same feature set, in different proportions to suit your needs. Grab both for a matched set that’ll work with you on the road! Take a look at a review.

The Frost River Voyageur Backpack Brief is sized for every day carry, whether that's commuting to the office on planes, trains and automobiles, or paddling, biking, hiking or climbing. This pack is designed for versatility.

The Backpack Brief is the smaller of the two, sized as an everyday work bag to carry a laptop, change of clothes, lunch, documents and odds and ends, with plenty of pockets and organization to keep your stuff straight.

The Frost River Voyageur Backpack Luggage is sized for travel, whether that's making moves with planes, trains and automobiles, or paddling, biking, hiking or climbing. This pack is designed for versatility on the long haul. Lash Squares on three sides and daisy chains on the front and shoulder straps, plus brass dees for storable straps and an optional shoulder strap give you options.

The Voyageur Luggage is larger, and provides more capacity for extra clothes and gear. They’re made from tough waxed canvas at our shop in Duluth, Minnesota and just as all our reliable softgoods, are guaranteed to last.

You can find the dimensions and even more photos of the Voyageurs here.

What they're saying about it:

The Voyageur has been well-received by a lot of folks. The Expedition Portal crew likes that "the large clamshell opening allows... access all of the bag’s contents without having to reach through a small slit. In that regard, its like a good old fashioned suitcase... with a shape that fits in the overhead as well as it does behind the seat in my vehicle, the Voyaguer has become my new go-to." Read more of their field test by clicking here.

Both sizes feature:

The Frost River Voyageur Backpack Crossovers are equally at home on a back or over a shoulder and fit in the great outdoors and the wood paneled walls of the boardroom. Thoughtful details like bridle leather lash squares, a snapped leather handle keeper, daisy chain, the interior XP snap grid and more make these versatile travelers. The XP snap grid can carry two Accessory Bag XPs of any size in either vertical or horizontal orientation, and is shown here in horizontal (briefcase/luggage) orientation.

—A new XP snap grid inside that allows our Small, Medium, or Large Accessory XP Bags to attach within the main compartment. The grid provides a modular mindset with plenty of options to add pockets and organization, while being compatible with a vertical orientation when worn on the back, or horizontal as when using the handle or optional shoulder strap. This lets the bag work with you, and helps make these crossovers even more versatile

The Frost River Voyageur Backpack Crossovers are equally at home on a back or over a shoulder and fit in the great outdoors and the wood paneled walls of the boardroom. Thoughtful details like bridle leather lash squares, a snapped leather handle keeper, daisy chain, the interior XP snap grid and more make these versatile travelers.

— The outside front pocket closes securely with a durable zipper and features an organizing panel inside for pens, pencils, a passport, phone, portable hard drive or any other small stuff you want to stow, as well a larger items like notebooks or magazines.

— The front of the pack also features a sturdy cotton web daisy chain that runs from top to bottom, to allow gear to be clipped or tied to the bag.

The Frost River Voyageur Backpack Luggage is sized for travel, whether that's making moves with planes, trains and automobiles, or paddling, biking, hiking or climbing. This pack is designed for versatility on the long haul. Lash Squares on three sides and daisy chains on the front and shoulder straps, plus brass dees for storable straps and an optional shoulder strap give you options.

— Six lash squares with 3/4” slots along the bottom and sides of the bag provide more options for carrying gear (our bedroll and bike bag straps work great here).

— Comfortable contoured padded shoulder straps also have the same type daisy chain web as on the front. When not in use, the bottom of the straps unclip from the pack body and stow in a sleeve at the back of the pack.

The Frost River Voyageur Backpack Crossovers (Luggage at left with backstraps deployed, brief at right with backstraps stowed) are equally at home on a back or over a shoulder and fit in the great outdoors and the wood paneled walls of the boardroom. Thoughtful details like bridle leather lash squares, a snapped leather handle keeper, daisy chain, the interior XP snap grid and more make these versatile travelers.

— A padded and zippered laptop sleeve inside offers a spot for a computer. The sleeve is fully padded and protected, so you can carry your device with confidence!

— When used as a backpack, the backstrap sleeve of the Voyageur can serve to haul a smaller items to which you want quick access, like a hydration bladder on the trail, a map on a portage or a laptop on your way to TSA airport security. A padded sleeve is handy for carrying a laptop in the backstrap sleeve.

— External solid brass D-rings provide attachment points for backstraps and an optional shoulder strap (sold separately).

Either size is professional enough for work as a briefcase and tough enough for the outdoors whether on trail, in a boat, or just on the move. There’s capacity for travel, and with classic, rugged good looks, the Voyageur is a perfect match to an outdoorist attitude.

The Frost River Explorer ESB Carryon and Voyageur Backpack Brief on the pier in New York City. Two crossover luggage pieces that are at home on a back or over a shoulder, these are versatile made-in-isa travelers.

Explorer Duffel ESB

Explorer Duffel ESBA robust duffel bag with stowable shoulder straps. Our Explorers are tough, and built to carry heavy loads. With the cotton web and leather ESB backstraps, it becomes convertible to a backpack for hands free carry. When you don’t want the straps, you can stuff them in the sleeve on the bottom of the bag and use it as a normal duffel. The 2” grab handle web extends all the way around the belly of the bag to haul oversized loads, plus there’s another grab handle on one end, and a low profile zip pocket on the other. On the front is a handy exterior pocket with  a leather strap and brass post to keep contents where they belong. The main zipper is covered with a dust flap for weather and dust resistance. We build the Explorer ESB in two sizes, the CarryOn is smaller, just right for airline specs, while the Medium is a little larger, just right to carry a bunch of stuff.

NavigatorThis is one of our largest briefcases, with big side pockets for capacity that approaches true luggage. The Navigator is built for business with a sleeve for files or a laptop, an organizer panel for writing utensils and smaller items, a business card holder and solid brass D-rings on each side of the main zipper for a balanced, even shoulder load. We include a wide 2” shoulder strap and guarantee the hardware and build of the whole bag (just like we do with everything we make!) to last a lifetime.Navigator

We spend a lot of time on the road and appreciate the crossover features in a bag. It allows one bag to fill multiple roles on a trip. We believe in what we make and use the stuff everyday. The Voyageur Backpacks have been a work in progress for awhile. They’ve gone through several changes as we’ve used them on travels near and far. We think you’ll like it as much as we do! Keep traveling well, and as often as possible and be sure to carry a good bag…. Cheers!

The Frost River Medium Curtis Flight Bag, Small Imout Round Duffel, Explorer ESB Carryon and Voyageur Backpack Brief on the pier in New York City. Luggage to the left, and two crossover luggage pieces to the right that are at home on a back or over a shoulder, these are versatile made-in-isa travelers. The Frost River Medium Curtis Flight Bag, Small Imout Round Duffel, Explorer ESB Carryon and Voyageur Backpack Brief