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Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs

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7.00 LBS
Isle Royale Jr. Bushcraft Pack No. 732 by Frost River

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

    Posted by Justin on Jan 23rd 2020

    Pulled the trigger on this old school bag.
    First I must admit I own several bags from frost river.
    This is an excellent bag I have the larger one . It will hold my winter hammock set up cooking gear , food and bed roll. The comfort is great. I figured by using a bag with out the back support like the newer bags would be not as comfortable but when you pack it correct it is better than the newer bags for me. I also am ok with the slight weight increase personally. I have made some miles on the App trail with it and I was very happy with it. Plus it keeps stuff dry when there are rain showers.
    The waste belt took a bit to dial in but now I am good with it as well. My only complaint it that now I want the smaller one for lighter camping and less gear times.

  • 5
    Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack Full-Size.

    Posted by John “pinkiewerewolf” Guengerich on Jan 17th 2020

    I expected a lot when I ordered the full sized Bushcraft pack from Frost River. On initially receiving the pack and its first uses, I’m glad to say that they have exceeded my expectations for a durable well made pack to last me the rest of my days. Materials and stitching are top quality and well done. Storage inside the main compartment holds most of my gear and my wool blanket, for when the weather is wet & nasty. The axe pocket works well when walking and when I set the pack down at my destination. I could go on & on, I’ll just end with this, it was money well spent that I should have done sooner.

  • 5
    Isle Royale jr

    Posted by Joe Mason on Jan 12th 2020

    Unbelievable quality, one very happy with the pack, worth every penny!!

  • 5
    Isle Royale Jr

    Posted by John on Jan 12th 2020

    This is my second purchase from FR. Several years ago I bought the Timber Cruiser for my canoe trips. No complaints. This time I got the IR-Jr, and the quality hasn't fallen off as far as I can see. FR sets a high bar, even in the face of cheaper imported products. These aren't for everyone, either. You have to like the look and style of Old School Gear - and be able to afford the price. They don't give 'em away, and they don't keep a container load in some warehouse, waiting for an order. So, if you want the very best in canvas retro gear, you can't do better. As to the IR-Jr: it is at home on those overnights or even a couple nights out with a short to moderate hike in. There are more comfortable designs out there for longer treks, but the IR series are better as canoe packs, IMO. MIne will get a lot of use, being tossed around, getting wet, leaning against wet trees and brush, and generally roughed up. But, that's what it's built for. I'll oil the leather from time to time, but basically, it's a No Care bit of kit - even at the upper end of cost. I'd buy another one, but I doubt I'll have to.

  • 5
    Island Royal

    Posted by Chris on Dec 25th 2019

    Just opened my Christmas gift wow what an awesome pack have wanted one for many years, this is an incredibly well built pack and I’m positive it will outlive me! Can’t wait until hunting season and summer backpacking this year! I feel it is worth every penny! Quality is never cheep!

  • 5
    Isle Royale Junior

    Posted by Clark Strand on Dec 21st 2019

    I bought this pack used with slight trepidation. But because I had read so many positive reviews about it—not just here but on a number of bushcrafting sites—I decided to take the plunge, paying nearly what it costs retail. The pack must have been used by its previous owner for at least a few seasons, but it was hard to tell. These Isle Royale packs are virtually indestructible and tend to wear very, very slowly. I am a book author who must travel for work, but I also like the freedom to taking off for a day hike or overnight to explore the regions where I travel. The Junior has a large enough capacity to pack for 1O days of jet and automobile travel—plus a little room left over for a blanket and a tarp.

    Realistically, this is a heavy pack, so don’t plan on hiking the Appalachian or Pacific Trails. But if you want a one and only pack for all kinds of travel, this is your bag! I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.

  • 5
    isle royale jr

    Posted by Greg on Nov 21st 2019

    As my wife and I near retirement we have been updating our gear and will be doing more conveyance type camping as opposed to long distance backpacking (older age). I have been particularly wanting to return to more classic style gear and have been searching for just the right canvas pack. The Duluth pack "Bushcrafter" caught my eye but was not exactly what I was looking for. Glad I waited (Over one year) and was referred to Frost River. Once I saw the Isle Royale I knew it was the one for me. Upon receiving it I like all your other customers, I was very impressed with the build quality and features. I can't say enough about it.

  • 5
    Best Backpack I've Had

    Posted by Don on Nov 13th 2019

    Quality built, timeless look. Will last me a lifetime

  • 5
    Awesome pack!

    Posted by Will on Nov 11th 2019

    Craftsmanship is awesome, this pack wont disappointment! Lots of room and quality throughout.