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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, 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
    This is an awesome pack!

    Posted by Aaron on Sep 25th 2019

    From the heavy canvas to the hand riveted co at ruction to the padded deerskin packstraps I know I’m going to get a lot of mileage out of this incredibly built pack. As a usual ultralight hiker, I’m pretty picky about gear, but as someone new to bushcraft I can state that this pack defines “bombproof”.

  • 5
    Isle Royal jr

    Posted by Robert on Sep 18th 2019

    Just the right size,and Very Well made,quality,worth every penny.

  • 5
    Waxed Canvas Backpack

    Posted by Jay Mroszczak on Aug 28th 2019

    Outstanding backpack! I purchased this one to replace my waxed canvas mountain rucksack from LL Bean. This pack is far superior.

  • 5
    Isle Royale

    Posted by Chris Perry on Jul 12th 2019

    Secure, comfort fit. Got wet on first time out, contents stayed dry.

  • 5
    Classic Beauty

    Posted by Chad VL on Jul 8th 2019

    This bag is really amazing. From the hand hammered rivets, thick leather straps, and every little detail, this bag is worth every penny.

  • 5
    Very Nice Product

    Posted by Jeff on Jun 26th 2019

    Indestructible elegance

  • 5
    IR Jr

    Posted by Scar on May 31st 2019

    Concernant le modèle Junior.
    Je suis vraiment ravi de ce sac qui respire la qualité et la solidité. J'ai été surpris par le confort de portage. Notamment grâce à ses bretelles rembourrées. La sangle pectorale ne produit aucune gêne et ce même avec ses attaches en laiton massif. Ce sac permet de multiple configuration pour qui sait s'en servir. Le sac à vide bien que pesant plus de 2 kgs ne se sens pas une fois en place. Avec les sangles de compression serrées au max, il est assez discret et fais parfaitement office de daypack en petite sortie bushcraft. Par contre une fois déployé, c'est impressionnant de voir tout ce que l'on peut charger à l'intérieur. Les sangles du chapeau étant très grandes, on peut y adjoindre un sac de couchage en dessous de celui-ci et par dessus le rangement principal.
    Pour vous donner une idée et à titre d'exemple, pour une sortie bushcraft de 3 jours et 2 nuits, voici mon chargement :
    -une carte dans le chapeau
    -une hache à l'avant dans le tube
    -Ma gourde d'un litre dans son quart dans une des poches avant
    -un poncho et un couvre sac étanche dans l'autre poche avant
    -une couverture en laine sur le dessus du chapeau fixée avec des sangles
    -un tapis de sol sur le dessous fixé avec des sangles
    -un couteau de camp entre la poche et le sac
    -une scie entre l'autre poche et le sac

    Dans le compartiment principal:
    -un tarp
    -un hamac léger
    -un filtre à eau
    -une popotte+ théière
    -un petit kit à outils roulé
    -une trousse de secour
    -un sac étanche avec 2 paires de chaussettes, 2 caleçons et une chemise.
    -un pull en laine
    -de la nourriture pour 3 jours (2kg de viande rouge, des œufs, 1kg de farine, du sel, des barres céréales maison, du café soluble, du thé, des fruits secs) pour le reste je cueille sur place)
    - un petit sac contenant: boussole, firesteel, cuillère en bois, bois gras, téléphone GPS, clés de maison, gants de travail et Pierre à affûter
    - de la paracorde

    Alors, voilà comme je l'ai dit plus haut, j'ai été très surpris d'une telle contenance. Le temps étant Clément j'ai dormir sans sac de couchage mais j'aurai pu le rajouter sous le capuchon du sac.
    J'ai marché 4h allé et 2h30 retour avec ce chargement sans avoir souffert de blessure dues à la charge.

    Je pense du coup me prendre le Isle Royale grand format pour des bivouacs plus long (plus de 3 jours) pour emmener plus de nourriture et y rentrer le sac de couchage à l'intérieur.

    Merci à Frost River pour ce travail de qualité durable.


  • 5
    Excellent craftsmanship and very versatile

    Posted by Jason on May 23rd 2019

    I purchased this pack for longer trips into the wilderness. Was able to use it recently for a 9 day canoe trip in Algonquin. Worked great, held everything i needed except for food. The axe / hatchet slot in the front saves so much room on the sides for tent poles, water and anything else like a small camp chair. I filled mine up a ton and it there was still plenty of room for more. The one drawback i will say is the weight of the pack when its empty, I believe its 7lbs, which is a decent amount compared to a synthetic material. However i can tell this pack can withstand way more abuse than any of my other packs with are all synthetic materials. Overall fantastic pack, I highly recommend it!

  • 5
    Isle Royale Jr

    Posted by Josh Renner on May 20th 2019

    Extremely well built pack. Great looks. Carrys very well under heavy (70lb) loads. The Jr is sized almost perfectly for week long excursions in the backwoods. I am deeply enjoying mine