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Geologist Pack

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The Geologist Pack was inspired by James Byron Hustad and has many features that make durable and ready for your next adventure. The classic knapsack design was kept in-mind while designing this bag.

Roaming the North Country in search of Iron Ore can lead an intrepid young geologist into all sorts of adventure. James Byron Hustad was known as J.B.H. had explored Minnesota’s Iron Range in search of underground deposits for U.S. Steel in the middle of the last century. Equipped with his trusty “rucksack” he would often travel by canoe or float plane into secluded roadless areas. Our Geologist Daypack is modeled after the pack that J.B.H. carried on many of his explorations in the U.S. and Canada, Brazil and Africa. He often basecamped for weeks during the summer, and was sometimes dropped off to explore uncharted claims. He lived a life of exploration, self reliance, and survival that any adventurer could envy. Our Geologist Pack is modeled after the classic knapsack design of a drawstring topped main compartment with a flap cover. We've added more volume over the knapsack, plus rugged bridle leather shoulder straps and brass Sam Brown Post quick released front pockets. As with everything we make, it's built by hand from waxed canvas, premium leather and solid brass hardware and is backed by our lifetime guarantee.


14"h x 15"w x 4.5"d


2.40 lbs.


Expands to approx. 9″d (approx. 1920 c.i.)


Interior hanging zipper, 2 external gusseted pockets with flap: 6.5"h x 6.5"w x 1"d.


Nylon diamond-braid cord cinch, flap over main compartment.


1.5″ harness leather.


1″ cotton web.


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

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  • 5
    Geologist pack

    Posted by Philip Fulks on May 3rd 2022

    This is my third pack from Frost River. And a handful of other stuff from you. Your workmanship is just a pleasure to see, using it is a joy! I know this gear holds up because I come close to “abuse” rathet than use. You are true artists! I tell everyone to buy a Frost River Pack!

  • 5
    Great pack !

    Posted by Cash F on Jan 18th 2022

    I got this pack because I destroyed my North Face day pack and wanted something more robust for archaeological survey. This pack fits the bill and has incredible craftsmanship. I will be buying from Frost River again.

  • 5
    Geologists pack!

    Posted by Ben Sharples on Nov 16th 2021

    Just an absolutely amazing piece of gear to use at both work and for personal carrying too! Despite the compact appearance it opens out amazingly and can easily carry a rather heavy load without wincing at all! Colours and design are, of course, very high quality too, and the ease of use is also very good! Great bag for everyday work!

  • 5
    Wonderful Pack

    Posted by Francesco on Nov 14th 2021

    Great Pack,amazing quality.

  • 5
    Geologist Pack

    Posted by Zadock Dismuke on Nov 7th 2021

    I've had this bag about 2 weeks and use it as an everyday bag. I have been over it several times and i can find no manufacturing or assembly issues. None. I carries very well and based on its design capacity and quality. i expect many years of service, and no doubt my grandsons will fight over it.

  • 5
    Geologist Pack is Terrific

    Posted by GrowUpDaveyBoy on Oct 1st 2021

    Because I already own a couple Frost River canoe/travel size bags, I waited a long to buy the Geologist pack. It's super! I use it as a daypack, a camping/hiking bag, and a 1 to 3 day travel bag. It's perfect, comfortable, and somehow seems even more durable than my other Frost Rivers. If you think you need this pack, order one. Honest.

  • 5
    Frost River Geologist Pack

    Posted by David Thomas on Sep 27th 2021

    Fantastic work/day pack. Similar to the pack I first used when I started my geology career 45 years ago, but this Frost River pack is much better in materials, design details and workmanship.

  • 5
    Fantastic and functional

    Posted by Richard Proffitt on Aug 21st 2021

    Really great bag. Bought a year ago and it still looks brand new. Super functional and carries a lot. Love to see it in the royal red.

  • 5
    Love it!

    Posted by M Kelly on Aug 6th 2021

    This bag had all the features I was looking for, but before ordering I was worried that this bag would be too wide (I’m petite). When I got it, I was very pleased. It may be a wide bag, but it all comes down to how I pack it as to how it fits. And it fit perfectly! Well made and well waxed. Love it!