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The Knapsack is made in America and crafted from waxed canvas, premium leather, and solid brass hardware.

Do nothing in haste, wrote Edward Whymper after his first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1868, look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end. We took Mr. Whymper’s words to heart as we designed this Knapsack: simple and well thought out — like the ones we see him wearing in old engravings from the Golden Age of Mountaineering. The generous top-flap buckles over the Knapsack's ample opening; cordlock and drawstring cinch out spindrift and alpine blasts. Comfortably wide cotton web shoulder straps plus a large grab loop complete the pared-down elegance of the Frost River Knapsack. A classic daypack, simple, functional, and effective-- The Knapsack's size works great for kids or adults, the shape works fine for folders and textbooks, there's room for a fleece jacket and a lunch. It's easy to pack and easy to wear, the size prevents you from packing too much but allows just enough. Like everything we make, the Knapsack is made by hand by Frost River in Duluth, Minnesota, and backed by our Lifetime Guarantee. It's built to last. Now you're ready to follow in Whymper's footsteps, or simply carry his book Scrambles Amongst the Alps down to the coffee shop.


13"h x 12.5"w x 4.5"d


Approx. 730 c.i.


Internal hanging zipper.


Para cord cinch, flap over main compartment.


2″ cotton web faced with 1″ cotton web.


1″ cotton web.


18 oz. waxed canvas, premium leather, solid brass hardware.

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  • 5
    Little bag

    Posted by Imrann on May 4th 2022

    Perfect for work and leisure, and even for my 5 years old daughter

  • 5
    This was a birthday gift for my son he loved it.

    Posted by Elaine Harnett on Dec 21st 2021

    Size was perfect for a day hike or camping necessities!

  • 5
    EDC/ Man-purse

    Posted by Thomas G on Oct 17th 2021

    As a shorter fella 5'4 this is the unicorn of backpacks. I was lookin for a bag that wouldn't take over my whole back and still fit what I need (change of clothes, water, snacks). I basically treat it as a man-purse while its comfort and rugged look still allow me to feel... well.. like a man.

  • 5

    Posted by Peter on Jun 29th 2021

    This is a simple, fantastically built product that is quite likely going to outlast me in durability. The colors online do not do it justice, it is more of a dark forest green that is very handsome. It is cavernous and I pleasantly discovered it could hold more than I’d expected without being too much bag. I took too long before pulling the trigger on this one but couldn’t be happier now I have.

  • 5
    Best daily and best overall

    Posted by Eric Han on May 5th 2021

    This pack can hold so much . Looks can be deceiving . It rides high and clears when hiking . The access is great and will hold really good weight . Dump out all the gear and use it for foraging . Get one personalized . You won’t look back. Guaranteed.

  • 5

    Posted by GrowUpDaveyBoy on Apr 20th 2021

    This is my nw favorite day-hiker. Built very sturdily; what a refined design! Carries stuff and rides great. I bought it thinking it was just a little smaller than I needed, but it's definitely bigger than it looks in the pictures, Perfect. I've been using it for daily hikes on a trail near my home, and carried it around LA for 5 days. -- that's the purpose for which I got it and it was great. Man, it reminds me of a pack I had as a Cub Scout. - that's quite a compliment.

  • 4
    Frost River Knapsack

    Posted by Clark Strand on Apr 9th 2021

    This item has all of the best features of Frost River’s fine line of outdoor products: excellent craftsmanship, durable materials, and that not-too-heavy/not-too-light sweet spot for classic woodsman gear. My only critique is the straps. I’d have been willing to pay a little more for better materials there. Am I wrong in assuming that this product is an update of the L.L. Bean classic single-compartment canvas knapsack that so many of us carried in the 70s and 80s before they were replaced by ripstop nylon? If so, it would have been a good idea to keep the design of those leather-reinforced eye-hole adjustable shoulder straps rather than going to a dumbed-down all-cotton D-ring solution. Admittedly, I am splitting hairs here. You won’t find a better basic waxed canvas knapsack on the market. But I do wish the designers would go all the way with this particular product and produce a real classic, as L.L. Bean did in the earlier version of this pack. I wore out three versions of the earlier model. If Frost River had made it instead of L.L. Bean, I’m sure I wouldn’t have needed to replace it. The Frost River materials are vastly superior, as is the craftsmanship, which is truly unrivaled in the industry.

  • 5

    Posted by John on Feb 2nd 2021

    Love this pack. Surprising all you can get inside. Quality and craftsmanship are great.

  • 5

    Posted by David on Sep 8th 2020

    Just purchased the Frost River knappsack from the 1948 company here in the UK, and wow! I'm so impressed with the sublime quality of it, didn't think they made things this good anymore in this day and age! Thick, strong waxed cotton, gorgeous leather, brass fittings, worth every penny, this will out last me for sure true craftsmanship! Well done Frost River and thank you.