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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
    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!

  • 5
    Exceptional pack

    Posted by Roylene Mitchell on Dec 18th 2021

    We purchased this for our Grandson for his Birthday/Christmas present. He absolutely loves it. Of course the build quality, and pack design are second to none. We are more than pleased with our purchase. Looking forward to buying more in the future.

  • 5
    Royale pack

    Posted by David Valliere on Dec 18th 2021

    unreal pack im so pleased, just a few days came the bushcraft pack of my dreams, absolutely love it.

  • 5
    Best Bushcraft Pack

    Posted by Nathan on Dec 9th 2021

    This pack is bar none my go-to pack for long trips. Superior construction compared to similar packs offered by the other Duluth M.N. company, and standard waxed canvas and exterior mounting points at no extra charge is a huge plus. Lots of storage space inside and outside the pack. Having the option to store a handled tool outside is a huge plus. One outer pocket can store two standard size steel water bottles if you cram them in side-by-side. The ability to adjust the width of the pack makes it very customizable to your load. With attachment points on top and bottom you can carry your bedroll outside the pack which allows you to carry extra supplies inside. The thick padded waist belt and sternum strap make carrying a heavy load very manageable. This pack is rugged, and will survive longer than I will. This is a pack to pass down to my son when my body fails me.

  • 5
    Isles Royale

    Posted by Matt on Dec 8th 2021

    A generational pack for sure. This pack will be handed down to my son, and his son. I have no doubt. I hope I’m around to see it after all those years and adventures.

  • 5
    Isle Royal Jr. Bushcraft Pack

    Posted by Brant Zeller on Dec 3rd 2021

    I am overly impressed with my bag , this bag is the real deal . I not only love the way it looks but also the quality , no corners were cut making this . It should last me a very long time .I’m glad I went with Frost River!!

  • 3
    Isle royale large pack.

    Posted by Christopher Bardou on Dec 3rd 2021

    The pack material is really nice and waterproof. Plenty of room for gear. Only issue was three of the buckles were placed upside down so when I sinch it down it opens the brass buckle instead of collapsing it completely which is annoying. I haven’t had a chance to try this out in the field yet but I can’t wait.

  • 5
    Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack

    Posted by Chris Holt on Oct 31st 2021

    This is one awesome pack. It is truly a pack built for adventure. Most recently I used it pack in all of my tools to build deer stands before the start of season. It had plenty of room and the load was comfortable for a lengthy hike. I use it all the time for weekend hikes. In July I even used it as my suit case for an eight day vacation. This pack is worth the money.