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Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs

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Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack No. 730. The largest Isle Pack of the collection. All Three offer buckskin padded backstraps, twin 2-in-1 exterior pockets, an axe sleeve, side compression cording, waxed canvas construction, and a guarantee to last.

Bushcraft-- wilderness self reliance skills— the ability to not only survive, but thrive for extended periods in the woods. For some, it can take a lot of gear to thrive, for others, all they need is a trusty knife, a hatchet, and the wealth of knowledge accumulated over a lifetime. Our Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs are built to carry big or small loads. All three sizes are designed narrow, for exploration, slipping between dog hair aspen and brush, these packs blend classic materials and construction with updated features for modern classic backwoods adventures. With lots of organization in the form of pockets, attachments and straps, there’s space to keep gear where it needs to be. Plus, there’s plenty of capacity in the tall, narrow pack body.


-Twin, vertical 2-in-1 pockets straddle an axe sleeve. Pair it with one of our Wood Craft Axes. -Each pocket is roughly the size of a 1L bottle and provides a space between the pocket and pack body to stow a folding saw or other long, thin object and keep it handy. -Premium Buckskin padded backstraps are distinctive and comfortable. -Ships with sturdy sternum strap installed. -All the straps are carefully selected and cut from a side of strong harness leather. -Lashing and compression at the sides with bridle leather straps, tough diamond-braid nylon cord and solid brass rings and buckles. -A slip pocket at the bottom of each side panel, two D-rings on the lid and lash squares at the bottom (four squares on the full size and Jr., two squares on the Mini) allow gear to be stored on the outside of the pack. -The lid features a slim pocket for maps or other essentials. -Outer pockets feature solid brass grommet weep holes to purge duff and water. Each of the bushcraft packs now come with a waist belt holder built in. A Medium Cotton Web Belt that fits 30”-44” is always included with No.730, the full sized Isle Royale. If you’d like another size or style, or want to add a belt to an Isle Royale Junior or Mini, check out our Waist Belt offerings, here.

We build all our waxed canvas Frost River packs, bags, and accessories at our shop in Duluth, Minnesota.

The Isle Royales are no exception. Weather and abrasion resistant waxed canvas from Fairfield Textiles in New Jersey, premium leather from the S.B. Foot Tannery in Red Wing, Minnesota, along with robust, solid brass hardware, all come together with heavy thread and pack building know-how by our experienced sewing and production staff here in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. We know how to build a pack the right way, guarantee it to last, and will be here with service and repair should it need to be refurbished after years of service. There is a symbiosis created when carrying a pack handcrafted of natural materials into the field. The canvas and leather blend with nature in a way that modern synthetics can’t. The swish going through brush is softer. The scrape over rock is subdued, the natural colors and organic textures just fit. The smell of warm leather in the sun, the beaded water droplets, fresh off a canoe paddle stroke, glisten just a bit brighter on waxed canvas than they do on with man-made materials. There’s unique character in a handcrafted, waxed canvas pack. It’s meant to be used in the woods, as it has been for generations. It remains relevant, and reminds a person to make plans to get back out again soon. Those of us who care about what we carry, and can see an object for more than the sum of its parts, will notice an inherent value and a sense of camaraderie between an outdoor traveler, a trusted pack, and the road, the stream, the journey… Add a Windigo Signal Bag and some straps to add a zippered pocket that lets you blend in or stand out, depending on your needs and changing environment.

Personalize your pack with a Canvas My State leather patch, details below.



I.R. 23″h x 15″w x 8″d, actual 2760 c.i. Expanded volume, 4968 c.i. (approx.), I.R. Jr. 18″h x 15″w x 6″d, actual 1620 c.i. Expanded volume, 2916 c.i.(approx.), I.R. Mini 15″h x 15″w x 5″d, actual 1125 c.i. Expanded volume, 2025 c.i. (approx.), I.R. pockets 11″h x 5″w x 3″d, Jr. pockets 10.5″h x 5″w x 3″d, Mini pockets 8″h x 5″ x 3″d.


I.R. approx. 7 lbs, I.R. Jr. approx. 5.5 lbs, Mini approx. 4.4 lbs.


4 external (2 two-in-one, 2 slip.), 1 internal map pocket.


Internal rain flaps, large flap over main compartment.


Harness leather, foam pad,, buckskin, plus sternum strap.


Leather strap and buckle, cord, and D-rings.


Double canvas.


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

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
    What it isn't and what it is...

    Posted by Robert Blaesing-Bauer on Nov 16th 2020

    What it isn't, is the lightest, most ergonomic pack so this shouldn't be your first choice for a thru-hike. But if you are looking for a classic bushcraft pack built by American craftsman with attention to every detail, using the best materials to create a functional and heirloom quality pack, this is IT!

    I was looking for a pack for the canoeing trip my wife and I were planning to the BWCA to check off a bucket list item this year. This bag was our primary bag for daily use items and it performed flawlessly. I'm looking forward to taking our grandchildren to the BWCA over the next few years and plan on handing this bag down to one of them when the time comes. I could not be happier with the bag and it is well worth the investment. Frost River has earned a lifelong customer.

  • 5
    My only regret? Buying the small one.

    Posted by Peter Severino on Oct 15th 2020

    If you're here, you've probably already decided you want a pack made by these guys already, consciously or not. It's a good choice. You can't go wrong. This thing is AMAZING, I would get more colorful but we're in polite company here.

    This thing carries better than you'd expect - not as well as a "high tech" over-engineered ultralight pack mind you, but much better than I even hoped for. If worry about comfort is the only thing holding you back from getting the Full size vs the JR, get the full size. I stuffed the Jr with every bit of 60 pounds and went on an eight mile hike. My knees hated me, but my back was fine.

  • 5
    ISLE Royale bushcraft pack

    Posted by Gregg on Oct 7th 2020

    This is one darn good pack, you can easily hold all you need for a stay in the woods.
    I was very pleased with the quality of this pack and well worth the cost when compared to other packs I have owned over the many years.
    Not only is the pack first rate but dealing with customer service was fast and a pleasant experience.
    I would recommend this company and pack to anyone who wants a product that you will be able to pass down to the next generation of woodsman or
    Woman in tour family.
    Great job

  • 5
    Best Bushcraft Pack

    Posted by Dale on Oct 5th 2020

    This pack is beautifully crafted and is the perfect pack for my bushcraft kit. It is what I call a “piece” ... solid, useable and great looking. This pack ticks all the boxes.

  • 5
    Excellent backpack really happy

    Posted by Matthew Edwards on Oct 3rd 2020

    Excellent service and fast shipping to Australia. Will use them again for sure

  • 5
    Ilse Royal

    Posted by Stephen on Sep 23rd 2020

    This is the kind of thing that if you like this kind of thing you'll like it a lot.

    Basically an old school set up that requires a bit of shift in thinking and some practice. It is large, heavy and needs to be packed thoughtfully. Canvas and leather solid build and it simply works. Looks good too.

    After 4 years mine is showing some dirt (good) but no wear (better) and carries everything I need regardless of the weather season or location (best).

    If you're looking for high speed low drag there are other choices. Want something to stand up to use and be passed down to the next generation(s)? Here ya go.

    I like this kind of thing and I like this a lot.

  • 5
    Isle Royale

    Posted by Darin Rohrer on Sep 11th 2020

    This pack was a bit more than I ever thought of spending on a backpack...but worth every penny, and then some. It is built like a tank. Only took a couple of practice laps to get the feel for how to load it properly. Now it is very comfortable. It is a large bag and will fully accommodate all you need for a weekend or more. Can't find any negative things to say. Highly recommend.

  • 5
    Isle Royale, great quality

    Posted by Rick A Deakins on Aug 10th 2020

    Love the pockets, back for water bottles, and side pockets. Brass rings are great in placement and size.

  • 5
    Love this pack

    Posted by B.S. on Aug 10th 2020

    2nd Frost river purchase and am in love with this bag.
    Couldnt decide between the Jr or Sr and ended up with the Sr based off my needs. I mostly do short car camp trips and this fits everything i need. Love the ability to sinch up the pack tight if not loaded to the max.
    The quality of materials and construction is top notch and is surprisingly comfortably with the large padded straps.
    Love this company - keep up the good work guys!