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Kadunce Messenger Bag

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This American made messenger bag has a cross-body cotton strap with a leather pad for comfort and grip.

Downhill, out of the ancient rocky crags of Minnesota’s North Shore, under Highway 61, and into Lake Superior, the Kadunce River carries its water to the big lake. Our Kadunce Messenger Bag also has enduring northwoods character, shares a name with a wild river, and will carry water…

There are twin side pockets on the Kadunce Messenger Bag that are sized for round 32 or 40 oz water bottles. A thermos would fit fine, so would a travel mug, and the pockets will snap closed when not needed or to secure smaller items. There’s a wide web shoulder strap that attached at the ends and is sized to wear across the body (it’s even got a leather pad for comfort and grip). There’s plenty of space inside. Enough for a daypack-sized load with pockets, a padded sleeve, and a handy quick access zip compartment on the front of the lid. The Kadunce stands up on its own so it'll stay where you leave it. Here's a waxed canvas messenger bag built right, at Frost River in Duluth, Minnesota.


796 – Kadunce Messenger Bag


15.5″w (top) 13.5″w (bottom) x 9.75″h x 5.5″d


2.5 lbs


Twin leather flap straps with solid brass buckles on top flap, two sets of snaps on each side pocket.


Zip pocket on front, water bottle pockets on each side (sized for quart sized round bottles), two snaps on each pocket


Two slip pockets, one padded, Organizer panel with 4 slip pocket dividers.




18 oz. waxed cotton canvas, premium leather, 2″ cotton web, leather shoulder pad, solid brass hardware, leather logo.

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  • 5
    Great Bag for Photographers Who Hike

    Posted by Kathleen C on Mar 2nd 2021

    I use this bag to carry an Olympus micro four thirds camera on several mile hikes and it works great. Added the small accessory bag to handle the small items like keys and a headlamp. It takes up enough width that, with some padding, makes a nice cradle for the camera. There is still plenty of room inside for food, phone, glasses cases, an extra lens, etc. The two exterior pockets each have two pairs of snaps. With one pair closed, a 16.9 oz disposable water bottle or a collapsible umbrella fits perfectly in the pocket. With both pairs of snaps open, the pocket holds a 32 oz Nalgene or 1 liter bottle. The front interior pocket is not padded but has four smaller slip pockets that fit an iPhone, pens, or business card. The rear interior pocket is lightly padded, not as much as a standard camera bag, so it wraps around your hip. The front flap is long enough to keep one buckle undone unless you need to scramble up rocks and the zippered pocket is super convenient for a mask. The overall size is much like a day pack, but in the much handier cross body position for photographers. The build quality is excellent. Thank you, Frost River, for a well-designed and well-made bag!

  • 5
    Kadunce Messenger Bag

    Posted by Jeff Cook on Feb 24th 2021

    Excellent bag for my work as a driver. Holds everything I need including magazines or a laptop. Bought a Medium Accessory Bag for pens and other do-dads. Side pouches for water bottle and coffee mug are a bonus. Purchased Frost River Nalgene bottle (made in my hometown- Rochester NY!). Bag had an intoxicating aroma that filled my house for days, wondering if this is the canvas or the wax that is for sale in catalog?

  • 4
    Kadunce Messenger Bag is Great

    Posted by Steve on Jul 24th 2020

    I have owned this bag now for 2 years, and I love it. I selected this bag because i pretty much always carry a 32 oz water bottle, and this bag has 2 built in pouches in it. I can easily hold a 32 Nalgene bottle on both sides or your morning coffee and water bottle. (that how I roll). Only negative is I wish it had a sturdier main body or insert that could keep papers in better condition when in the sleeve. Laptop is also nicely secured in the bag, and its only getting better with age.

  • 5

    Posted by Matthew Pearson on Oct 28th 2019

    Recently received my new bag. First off, I must say the customer service from the folks at Frost River is exemplary. As for the bag, it's extraordinarily well made by hand by people who obviously care about and love their work. If I had to come up with a complaint it's that I wish the shoulder strap was longer, or easily replaceable. I am 6'8" and find the strap a bit short to go cross body over a parka etc. Other than that, I totally love it.

  • 5
    Well-rounded carryall

    Posted by Clint on Jul 6th 2019

    I have owned this bag now for two years. His name is Pawpaw, but don't let my weirdness dissuade you from purchasing this fantastic bag. I have the OG Peepaw with the d-ring closure system as opposed to the newer buckle system that is offered for sale now. I initially did not like the d-rings but have since gotten used to them. This bag has been everywhere with me and has yet to let me down. Eleven different countries, carried everything from guns to groceries (and sometimes both). Peepaw has been an aircraft carry-on, strapped to the back of a motorcycle, lugged up snowy mountains, and has graced board room meetings. He has run the gamut. He always exceeds my expectations and draws compliments. The side pockets hold a full size Nalgene bottle (or four HK-416 mags each), the inner padded laptop sleeve is a great addition. I seriously love this bag and am impressed with its high quality material and construction. Superb!

  • 5
    Kadunce Bag

    Posted by steveh on Apr 11th 2019

    I recently visited the Frost Rive Store and had a great experience learning about the different shoulder bags, the sizes, styles, etc. I always carry a water bottle with me, and this one has 2 built in bottles that are great. I use primarily use one water bottle and the other pocket works great for snacks, smaller items that you might want to access for the day. Pack is very roomy and made very well. I hardly need to buckle the straps and my laptop fits perfect in the protected slot. One thing I added was the small and medium accessory bags. They work really good for carrying my laptop charger, smaller cables, and other laptop items. Love this pack, they should make more the water bottle pockets built in. A must have!

  • 5
    Very helpful bag

    Posted by Leigh on Oct 24th 2018

    Picked this up as it had two secure spots to hold beverages. I was tired of dropping my water bottle or coffee while trying to get back and forth to work multiple times a day. Enough room inside the bag for a sweatshirt or jacket plus other gear of your choosing. Made a great carry on bag on a recent trip to Ireland. Very comfortable to carry as a cross body bag as we hiked through airports and the Irish countryside. Enough room for my computer and book too. A tough, useful, and well-made bag.