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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. - New for 2017 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, you can add one on to your order using the add-ons above. More info on our Waist Belt offering can be found 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.

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  • 4
    Magnificent backpack

    Posted by Dan on Feb 2nd 2018

    I bought the isle royal jr backpack just over 4 months ago and It hasn't let me down. Definitely worth the money, i will have this backpack forever and will always be proud of it because its made in America. I do wish it had inside pockets and that is my only complaint about this pack. Frostriver goods are top quality and are my opinion the best made bags in the camping realm.

  • 5
    great pack

    Posted by henk schutte on Jan 20th 2018

    this is a great pack i have almost 2 years now and its great . study as a rock fits perfect on me

  • 5
    Isle Royale Jr.

    Posted by dunn.richard1940 on Jan 19th 2018

    Great pack! I'd highly recommend it. Very high quality, thick leather straps, heavy waxed canvas, brass fittings, compfortable leather shoulder straps. Lots of extra side pouches and areas to stow gear on the outside of the pack. The sleeve for an axe is a nice and unique addition as is the draw strings on the sides to add tent poles, machete, anything too large/long to fit in the pack. Yes the cost is higher than many other packs but "you get what you pay for" and in this case a very high quality piece of equipment. I own the Jr. version and is probably best for anywhere from one to five days of camping/hiking any longer than that and you might want the full size version.
    The only thing I would change would be the addition of a snap or button closure for the map sleeve on the inside of the top flap. Everything I ever put in it falls out into the main pack, or flips out when I open the pack up. A very minor issue.

  • 5
    What a Rock Solid Pack

    Posted by Ron S. on Jul 31st 2017

    I have only used this for Day Trips so far this summer but rest assured. This pack is Rock Solid with quality through and through. The materials and craftsmanship is above any my outdoor products.

  • 5
    Almost too awesome

    Posted by Alex Gustafson on Jul 31st 2017

    Unbelievably well made pack. My only fear is I have more children than frost river packs and they squabble over their inheritance since this thing will definitely outlive me. Love My isle so much I bought the jr for something smaller to use as a carry on for flying or short trips. The large pack is perfect for backpacking trips. Plenty of space, but small enough it keeps you from over packing.

  • 5
    Awesome pack!

    Posted by Zach Ford on Jul 25th 2017

    I ordered the Isle Royale Mini to use as a day pack. I was torn between ordering the Jr. or the Mini for day hikes/nature photography. The Mini is the perfect size for what I need. It is bigger than what I imagined, easily able to hold all my equipment and gear. The quality and craftsmanship is superb. You can feel the durability in the canvas / leather / brass hardware. I really like the sternum strap for extra support. I ordered the State patch, which is such a cool feature. I had been looking for a new pack for over 2 years, just not convinced of what was on the market. The Isle Royale Mini has not disappointed me at all and I am looking forward to using this pack for many years.

  • 5
    awesome backpack!

    Posted by Hillard on Jul 20th 2017

    this is one of my favorite packs. it can hold a ton of stuff and you can cinch the sides to make it smaller if you want to use at more as a large day pack. the shoulder straps are amazing and build quality is exceptional. this is one awesome backpack!

  • 3
    Excellent quality, sub-par design

    Posted by Jeppe Just on Jul 19th 2017

    Like pretty much every other reviewer of a Frost River product I have to compliment them on their workmanship. The workmanship isn't flawless (one strap on my pack was frayed when I received it which is a shame) but it is really very good. The pack feels very sturdy and like it can take a beating. The only part of the bag that seems fragile are the plastic toggles on each side of the pack. They seem a bit out of place on a pack which is otherwise made almost entirely of leather, canvas and brass. But all-in-all the pack looks and feels great. The buckskin backstraps are very comfortable and the pack sits comfortably on your shoulders. Even after a long hike.

    I can't rate the design very high though. Placing the bottle holder pockets and axe sleeve on the outside of the pack moves some of the heaviest items in the average kit as far away from your back as possible. This makes the pack heavier to carry and also makes the backside of the pack more likely to collapse when you carry it. Of course this can be remedied through very careful packing but placing the pockets and axe sleeve on the side of the pack or pretty much anywhere else would have made the careful packing less crucial.

  • 5
    My favorite travel companion

    Posted by Jacob S. on Jul 14th 2017

    I've owned my Frost River Isle Royale Jr. for over 3 years now, and have been waiting since then to write this review. I'd heard good things about this company online and did my homework before i bought it. However, this did little to prepare me for what i was about to receive. This pack is simply stunning! Frost river's attention to detail and materials they use make this bag a joy to work with. From loading it up for a weekend in the woods, to throwing it in the back of my truck to visit friends out of town, to everything in-between, where i go, my frost river goes with me.

    There are a few things one should know before purchasing this bag. First and foremost, there is no frame, no support, and no airflow for your back when its hot. There is a certain learning curve that comes with a bag like this, in that you have to understand how to pack it comfortably. That may sound like a big deal, but i've come to rather enjoy it. If you've done any serious backpacking, you'll know that how you pack the bag makes a great deal of difference in how the weight gets distributed. Pack it right, and you won't have a problem.

    Second, the materials they are using are heavy. This bag has some weight to it because its freakin canvas and leather. My point is, don't expect this to be like you're ultra light weight (poly- rip if you look at me wrong) synthetic bag. With that said, i wouldn't hesitate to do anything with this bag. Regardless of the trip I'm planning, I know which bag is coming along for the journey. There is a comfort in knowing i won't be buying another backpack in a few years when my current bag's zipper breaks or seams unravel. Your Isle Royale will outlive you and will be something you pass on.

    After 3 years of ownership, the bag has broken in but is no worse for wear than the day i purchased it. Also, my Isle Royale Jr. was purchased before they put belts on them, and i've never felt one was necessary.

    This is the kind of company I love to support. They make great products, with good materials because they're passionate about what they do. I'm currently planning a week long canoe trip and this bag will certainly be coming along. I will defiantly be buying from Frost River again!

    - side note, don't buy if you hate frequent compliments on you pack...there will be many.