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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
    best pack ever

    Posted by Christopher Haxton on Nov 8th 2018

    I bought the Isle Royale jr. and its volume is unbelievable. I use this pack everyday to walk to work (I live in Barrow, Ak, way above the Arctic circle). I also use it in the summer when I return to Montana for backpacking trips. it is so versatile. I can cinch it down so it is like a daypack for everyday use, but it expands enough for a backpack trip of a week or so if you pack light.

  • 4
    I bought my Isle royal Jr 5 years ago and this thing has been everywhere with my from moose hunting ,canoe trips ,ice fishing to being used as my carry on during international flights ...In a word I love it ,the only reason I gave 4 stars is that

    Posted by Chris Dawe on Nov 8th 2018

    excellent bag

  • 5
    Isle royale junior

    Posted by Louie on Nov 8th 2018

    I know these packs are made for canoeing and hiking but I liked the way these bags looked and wanted something for textbooks and other items for my daily commute to work. I spoke to a customer service rep to see what would serve my needs and she recommended the Bush craft series packs so I purchased one on the whim. When my pack arrived I knew this wasn't any ordinary pack this was bomb proof. I have used this bag everyday since I received it carrying heavy loads trekking the streets of New York City where the trails are made of concrete. This pack is no nonsense worth every penny.

  • 5
    Isle Royal

    Posted by Chris on Nov 7th 2018

    This is an A ++++++ pack. If I could give it more than five stars I would. It is big enough for everything I carry and let’s me do it with nostalgia. This was a gift to me and I would recommend it to anyone that loves to camp or bushcraft and wants a pack that will last generations.

  • 4
    Isle Royal

    Posted by WBL on Nov 7th 2018

    Well made with quality materials, I like that it is a narrow bodied pack that is tall enough to haul my stuff. As with all utility packs, I think a longer top flap and longer straps would be nice for when you need to stuff your parka on top. Not everybody walks down a path in a park, some of us use these packs while on skis, fat bikes, or Ski-Doo’s, occasionally hauling a Stihl chainsaw when clearing trail, therefore I think a sleeve inside the pack against the back would be nice to slip a piece of foam padding into for rigidity, comfort and warmth both on the back and when kneeling on the pack while ice fishing. Another improvement would be the ability to carry an ax with the head down to keep the weight at the waist and remove the axe head from the back of the head when skiing down hills, riding fat bike, or snowmobile, or for that matter - to keep the pack from being top heavy in a canoe. I would prefer to carry the ax - head down & a folding saw on the sides of the pack sitting in a shallow pocket & held on with a strap, not a bunch of rope - so they are easy to remove with choppers on to clear downed trees without undoing the top flap. Overall it’s a great pack, which could be improved in my opinion.

  • 5
    Isle Royale Jr

    Posted by Aaron A on Nov 7th 2018

    One of the highest quality items I own. I went back and forth for two years if I wanted to spend that much money on a backpack, and one day found it in a store in Minneapolis and was very impressed. Bought it on a whim with money I didn't even have at the time, and have been extremely pleased with it. Well worth the investment. I took it with me for 9 days in Isle Royale National Park and it held up like a champ. Now I use it everyday to haul my nursing textbooks. 5/5 would buy again!!

  • 5
    Isle Royale Jr.

    Posted by Lonnie Greene on Oct 24th 2018

    I live in the Appalachian mountains of n.c and needed a sturdy pack for bushcrafting. I learned of frost river from watching YouTube. I read the reviews on line,but I didn’t realize the quality and workmanship until I got my pack. I feel in love the moment I open the box. Someone even took pride in wrapping and boxing my pack it was very neatly wrapped. This is without a doubt the best made pack in the world. I know this pack will last me the rest of my life. They are a bit pricey ,but for a lifetime pack it’s worth every penny.

  • 5
    My new pack

    Posted by Randy Chevrier on Oct 24th 2018

    Just recieved my Isle Royale pack today. Very very impressed with the quality of this pack. This will definitely be passed down to my grand kids. Thank you Frost River for your attention to detail, functionality and quality.

  • 5
    Great Bag

    Posted by Justin on Oct 24th 2018

    I have debated a long time about spending the amount of money on this bag after receiving it I loaded it full of gear and took it to a campgrounds and used it to walk in about a mile and it was the most comfortable shoulder straps I have ever had in a bag. I own new more modern style bags and they are not as comfortable. I am very partial to waxed canvas and even more partial to Frost River bags I own several of them and every time I get one I realize how happy I am having the bag. This is a very utilitarian bag for any type of hiking in for backpacking and camping or hunting. I got the large one and I know that I can carry at least 15 lb in the bag without any trouble comfortably. I would also suggest getting the additional straps for the bed roll it makes it much easier but if you don't you can get it in around the flap because of the very adjustable leather straps to the main flap.