A customer recently asked about reviews of Frost River luggage. We were able to round up a couple of articles, one about our Flight Bags and a feature on packs but did not find reviews for the Explorers or Laurentians. So I wrote one and decided to share it here.
Most of the points would hold up for the Explorer line and the Laurentian line of bags as well. The Flight Bag is our base model, the Explorer is a heavier duty upgrade, the Laurentian is at the top of the line with more compartments and features. The raw materials remain the same throughout all of our luggage. We use the same waxed canvas, the same leathers, the same brass hardware and the same type of webbing in all the different designs.
The Flight Bag is great for value and economy. There is not too much, but it includes enough. The leather handles are substantial and are solidly attached thanks to brass rivets. The Flight Bag is great because you aren’t carrying anything extra; it’s simply a great bag. It’s got a good shape with a closure and a really nice shoulder strap. The CarryOn is sized for carrying onboard an airplane, it is a weekend sized bag (or suited for more if you are a packing professional)– the Medium is a little bigger, the Large is a lot bigger, the small is gym bag size.
The Explorer is robust. The strong, wide, web handles go all the way around the body of the bag. If you plan to carry a lot of weight in your duffel, the Explorer will work for you. It could be used as a tool bag, it is strong and enduring. There is one zippered pocket on one end, a grab handle on the other, and a covered pocket on the side, it closes with a leather strap and a brass post. The flap dust cover goes over the zipper and has a snapped closure. It protects the zippered opening and provides a level of weather resistance. There is a substantial feeling of quality when you grab an Explorer Duffel.
The Laurentian has the most pockets and dividers. The standard has a double canvas bottom, the premium has a leather bottom. It is our deluxe model, we make a CarryOn version sized right for carrying on a plane, the Medium and large are bigger. There can be spots for everything in a Laurentian. It is named after the Continental divide that separates the north/south water flow in our part of the country. The divide is 65 miles north of Duluth.
Also be sure to notice the Valise. It is distinctive, full of heritage, has all sorts of leather, and has it’s own class. The buckles and flap cover the main zippered opening, so part of its charm adds security, protects the zipper, and locks out the weather. It will last and develop more character as it ages. The Weekender is smaller –the CarryOn is bigger. The Overland bags remind me of getting dressed in your best for a trip on a train.
One of our newest pieces of Luggage is our Gladstone Luggage. We’ve made a Gladstone Toolbag for years, only recently have we redesigned and expanded it to become CarryOn travel luggage. It has great rolled leather handles, a gate mouthed opening with a zipper, pockets along the outside perimeter of the bag, and twin D-rings.