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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

    Posted by Donald on Sep 13th 2021

    I haven't taken this out yet to put it through it's paces, but on first examination this bag has quality craftsmanship all over it. From the leather used on the waxed canvass to the padded shoulder straps, the quality of the assembly of all these parts speaks to the high standard at Frost River.

  • 5
    The black bushcraft pack

    Posted by Black bag on Sep 10th 2021

    Wow! I've had this pack for about a week and I love it! I don't like the word perfect because nothing is 100% but this is a good 95%. It feels good to put on and carry a load, it looks awesome and I have already gotten compliments on it. I have 3 other frost river products and they are all over 15 years old and I still use them, so this should see me into retirement. All the others are brown and are aging well; I fully expect the black to just bet better with age.

  • 5
    Israel royal backpack

    Posted by Steve wentz on Aug 27th 2021

    Very well made. I expected it to be nice but you have gone above my expectations. Thank you!

  • 5

    Posted by John Nocella on Aug 14th 2021

    My late response is due to spending the last week off the grid in the woods with friend. This bag is outstanding, great quality and extremely durable to harsh weather. My friends will be placing an order. Great job with a great American product.

  • 5
    The pack has been great for my mountain hiking..

    Posted by C. John Ekman on Aug 10th 2021

    At first it was a bit heavy, but I got used to it.

  • 5
    The mini.

    Posted by Chris on Aug 4th 2021

    Unreal quality. It’s a backpack that’ll make the length of your life I’d say. I haven’t driven for a good while now. Which is rough. But I use a backpack everyday. Everyday! So having a quality pack that can withstand the everyday grind and the adventures. I’m super thankful to everyone at Frost River. Even the mini is plenty of space for me. For day trips etc. it’s exactly what I was hoping for. Now it is heavier than your average backpack. Due to the materials used. And is made to survive bushwhacking. But whatever you end up using it for. I think it’s safe to say they got you covered! Haha thanks again.

  • 5
    Isle Royale bushcraft backpack jr

    Posted by Tony D. on Aug 3rd 2021

    Love that it’s made in the USA! This pack is well built and can hold a lot of gear even though it’s their medium sized pack. If you pack it right and use the adjustable straps the pack feels almost weightless. Also, I received my pack in less than a week of my order being placed. Thanks for an excellent product and I look forward to sending you some pictures of my future hiking trips.

  • 5
    Isle Royale Mini

    Posted by Chris W on Jul 27th 2021

    Love this pack. I guide elk hunts in southern Colorado and needed a pack that would hold up to hard use, this is the one! The mini has all the room that I need for my butcher gear, rain gear, calls, and food. Definately will be the last pack that I will buy!! Hunt On!!

  • 5
    Isle Royale Bushcraft Sr

    Posted by Ken on Jul 13th 2021

    I have used canvas packs for over 50 years in every shape and make. I have several old Duluth packs that are great. But this Isle Royale by Frost River is the best pack I’ve ever used. I’ve signed off on Duluth because they don’t use real leather on their straps anymore - just a pressed leather. Frost River uses the best leather and materials and the attention to detail is the best I’ve seen. I know that they’re expensive, but these don’t wear out like the coated synthetics which never last more than a couple years. Buy these packs. They are the best I’ve seen or used since the 1960s and I’ve been a wildlife biologist and hard on gear for over 40 years.