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Explorer Duffel Bag

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The carry-on Explorer Duffel by Frost River is made from 'field tan' colored waxed canvas. It comes with a shoulder strap and wide green cotton webbing.

Our most robust duffel bags, the Explorers are built to handle heavy loads. Tough, wide, web handles go around the circumference of the bag. There's a dust flap over the main zipper to protect the opening and keep contents dry. A roomy pocket on the side closes with a leather strap and brass post. There's a grab handle on one end and a low profile zip pocket on the other. Four sizes make up the Explorer line –the small is neat and trim for just the basics, sized like a gym bag. The CarryOn is a weekend bag that is compliant to bring on board commercial airlines. The Medium is bigger, a handy gear bag for the outdoors. The Large Explorer lives up to its name. It begins to approach the scale of a hockey bag. It can carry a LOT. All are built from waxed canvas, premium leather, and solid brass hardware at Frost River in Duluth Minnesota.


700 – Large, 701 – Medium, 702 – Small, 703 – CarryOn


Sm. 9.5″h x 19″w x 9.5d. 1715 c.i., C.O: 13″h x 20″w x 12″d. 3120 c.i., Md. 13″h x 24.5″w x 12″d. 3822 c.i., Lg. 15″h x 31.5″w x 12″d. 6247 c.i.


Sm. 3 lbs, C.O. 3.6 lbs, Md. 4 lbs, Lg. 4.8 lbs. (Approx.)


1 external front pocket with leather strap closure, 1 zippered pocket on end of bag.


Double canvas.


2″ cotton web with leather handle cover, web grab handle on end of bag.


2″ cotton web, adjustable slide, snap hooks.


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


Leather Shoulder Pad (For 2" Strap), Leather Shoulder Pad, Padded Buckskin (For 2" Strap), Leather Shoulder Strap, 1" w/ Leather Pad

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  • 5
    Explorer Dufell

    Posted by Bill R on Aug 27th 2019

    Old world craftsmanship and materials. Made with pride and it shows. Don’t hesitate to purchase a product, you will never be sorry you did.

  • 5
    Explorer Duffel (Medium)

    Posted by Darren on Jan 15th 2019

    Just got my bag home and what a work of art! Form following function, indeed.I can't wait to bring this bag on adventures, whether it's as a carry-on, around the globe or getting snowed on on the way to the gym. Excellent quality and you can see and feel the pride. Also great updates to the order and everything worked great.

  • 5
    Finest bag on the market

    Posted by Bergie on Nov 22nd 2018

    I own several bags from Frost River, every one is of the finest craftsmanship. They really make quality merchandise that will last a lifetime. What else is there to say, I'm a customer for life...

  • 5
    Explorer Duffel Bag

    Posted by Ross on Oct 24th 2018

    I got this duffel a few weeks ago and have been working mostly on the road since that time and so have used it quite a bit. So far I have to give it an outstanding review because everything about it has exceeded my expectations. I can say that a lot of thought has gone into this duffel in terms of construction, materials, and design, and it shows. It's very well made and the size seems ideal for a week's worth of clothing and gear with a little extra room left over. I highly recommend it without reservations.

  • 5
    Carrying the Kitchen Sink in Style

    Posted by Dan B. on Mar 1st 2018

    Just had the Large Explorer bag delivered to my front door, in record time. This is my 2nd Frost River piece, the first being the Summit pack I purchased back in 2012. That bag has served as hiking and hunting pack, school bag and weekend bag flawlessly. I have a longer trip coming up and decided it was time for a addition. FR wasn't lying when they said this bag was BIG, but for a extra 20.00 over the medium, I couldn't pass it up. It is almost a size of my old Army issue duffle bag. That's a good thing. The quality of construction is what I would expect from FR; top notch. I have lots of business and hunting trips in my future, and this bag will carry pretty much anything, and look good in any environment.

  • 5
    Son’s birthday

    Posted by Gary on Feb 12th 2018

    This is the second bag I have purchased from Frost River. Top notch! I’ll be back for more.

  • 5
    Exceeded Expectations

    Posted by duffell on Dec 22nd 2017

    I had never heard of Frost River prior to performing a search for US made bags. I had intended to buy a waxed canvas/leather bag from a shoemaker in Wisconsin, but it was unavailable(turns out, that bag is imported anyway). Did I ever get lucky to find Frost River. My medium size, Explorer duffel arrived after 2 days, in a 12x12x8 US Post priority mail box, folded and wrapped in packing paper. The canvas, cotton web straps/handles, zippers and brass connections for the shoulder strap are all substantial. I also purchased a leather shoulder pad which is a nice piece of leather. I have no doubt this bag will last the rest of my lifetime, and will just look better with age. I also wanted to mention how great the customer service is. Top notch. Couldn't be more happy with my purchase, and I would not hesitate to recommend Frost River

  • 5
    A durable, spacious, head-turner

    Posted by Lukas on Jul 31st 2017

    I received a gift card for Christmas and I put it do good use on one of these carry-on duffels. It has quickly become my go-to bag for weekends up north, trips out of the country, and everything between! It fits everything I could want (and then some), and scores plenty of compliments from strangers. Would recommend this bag to anyone looking to invest in the last bag they are ever going to need!

  • 5
    Built Like a Tank

    Posted by B.C., New York on Apr 25th 2017

    My wife and I have two of these Explorer Duffel Bags ( Carry On Size ) and used them regularly on our domestic and oversea trips. We loved how much STUFF the bags can handle. They are built using the most robust waxed canvas... we have pulled them, tossed them, yanked them, and they still look as if they just came out from the factory! We asked if Frost River could make us these bags right from the scratch ( and not send us the ones that were already made ), and they accommodated our request. It may take a little longer to get these bags, but they are worth the wait. The Carry On size can carry up to 4 days of clothes and personal accessories. The side zipper and external pockets are very useful just in case we need more storage. The pull/grab handles on the side of these duffels are very handy if we need to get these duffels out from the overhead cabin if they are placed sideways. High class brass hardwares and leather trimmings, durable waxed canvas, thick shoulder strap, excellent workmanship, and accommodating Customer Service are what compelled us to go with Frost River. Their 'next door' competitors, Du***P*** and Fil*** do not even come close to Frost River's quality. Keep up the good work guys.