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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
    Amazing Rucksack

    Posted by Paul Wright on Feb 9th 2022

    The quality of this brought a tear to my eye. Let me tell you, believe the reviews and just by this artistic backpack because it really is the Ferrari equivalent compared to everything else.

  • 5
    Awesome pack hands down!!!

    Posted by Chris Davis on Jan 31st 2022

    This pack is the best pack that I have ever had!! I’m not new to rucking, bushcraft, trekking or survival. Retired Navy, mostly land warfare, so I have some experience with packs. This is definitely a bushcraft, not for through hiking. That being said, it’s a well made pack, attention to detail on every part of it!! You can definitely see and feel the quality craftsmanship that the pack is made with. I went from a very good pack, that was made by CC Filson Co. I honestly had no plans replacing that pack, until I went to Frost Rivers sight and seen the Isle Royale Jr. Liked every feature on it, so I pulled the trigger on it and it’s been the best decision I have ever made on gear, it’s bulletproof. Kudos Frost River on the best quality pack I have ever had the pleasure of owning!!!

  • 5
    The most durable backpack with a character

    Posted by Yu-shu Shen on Jan 16th 2022

    The pack arrived fast and secure with international shipping to Taiwan, I can definitely feel the love and care from Frost River in its packaging. There are also 2 free Frost River stickers in the box, which I'd love to put on my luggage as a proud owner. The smell and workmanship reminds me of the good old days when I used to live in the Big Bear mountains of California, now I live in Taiwan and will keep on carrying this backpack with me whenever I can. Thanks for for great product!

  • 5
    Better than I hoped

    Posted by Steve Labecki on Jan 10th 2022

    I’ve looked at this pack for a long time and was finally able get it. Can’t believe how good the quality is and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of attention to the details.

  • 5
    Awesome pack

    Posted by Justin on Jan 5th 2022

    I have many Frost river packs this is another gem. I look forward to using it like the large isle royals I have. The smaller size should work perfectly for the hunting and general back back for a hike and such

  • 5
    Isle Royal Bushcraft Jr

    Posted by Wes Wooten on Dec 30th 2021

    I love this pack! It is well worth the money. When they say bomb proof, they're 100% correct. This pack will definitely outlive me!

  • 5
    Isle royale

    Posted by Clayton Burleson on Dec 29th 2021

    The best!..over built and the pack to end all packs …save ur money and buy it! cry once then carry it forever!

  • 5
    lg. royale pack

    Posted by David on Dec 29th 2021

    Completely satisfied from years of lightweight back packing over the last year i have been a bush crafter like a started out as a teen. i just love the quality of this rugged beautiful work of art.

  • 5
    Isle royals bushcraft pack

    Posted by Albert J. Mikrut on Dec 25th 2021

    Great looking pack, has met all my expectations. Packed and ready to go!