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Manitou Shoulder Bag

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The Manitou Shoulder Bag is made of waxed canvas, premium leather, and solid brass hardware in Duluth, MN.
A bag for action, the Big Manitou has big quick access front pockets, a big quick access main compartment and lots of organization. A leather shoulder strap and leather flap accent give this shoulder bag enough class for the boardroom, while the Frost River reliable construction makes it ready for whatever adventure you throw at it.

858 – Little Manitou, 866 – Medium Manitou, 859 – Big Manitou


Little: 9″h x 11″w x 4″d, Medium: 10″h x 13″w x 4.5″d, Big: 11"h x 16.5"w x 5"d.


Little: 1.65 lbs, Medium: 1.95 lbs, Big: 3.0 lbs.


Large flap over main compartment.


0.75″ harness leather strap with shoulder pad and buckle – 54″ in length.


Little & Medium: 1 zip on back, 1 zip on front with smaller organizational pockets and business card holder.

Big: 2 gusseted with leather strap & SB snap post closure, 1 full-width zippered.


Little & Medium: 1 full-width slip.

Big: 1 full-width slip, smaller organizational pockets with leather business card holder.


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

The Manitou Collection

Filling the role of a minimalist briefcase the Little and Medium Manitou have all the features of a full brief, like the Big Manitou, but are scaled down to tablet size. An internal slip pocket divides the main compartment, an organizer panel offers spots for all your stuff. The reliable leather shoulder strap has a sliding patch to distribute weight. Promote yourself by carrying a smaller bag, your frame will appreciate the upgrade.

The largest of the shoulder bags and least handle clad of the briefcases, the Big Manitou is distinctive. It is strictly a shoulder bag, having no traditional handle. The twin exterior pockets have a strap and post setup to offer security of contents. An inside organization panel offers pockets for pens and pencils, business cards and documents. A large zippered compartment offers a spot to keep the most important papers safe. The shoulder strap is leather with a wide pad. Full waxed canvas construction, great leather, and solid brass hardware; it all combines to make a great all-around shoulder bag.


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  • 5
    Little Manitou is my daily purse

    Posted by Becky W on May 13th 2022

    Four years in and the twill tape edging is wearing through at the corners. I love this bag so much I'm sending it in for repair, to get another four years out of it.

  • 5
    Manitou shoulder bag

    Posted by Gloria on Feb 19th 2021

    Beautifully made - exceeded my expectations. I love that it is all made in the US. I bought as a gift for my sister now I may need one myself.

  • 5
    This is my new mailbag.

    Posted by Jon Henschen on Jan 5th 2021

    My old bag was a Duluth Bag but I like your companies look and quality much more. The waxed cotton is a bonus.

  • 4
    Manitou bag

    Posted by Ethan Smith on Nov 7th 2020

    Perfect size, great pockets. Shoulder strap is very thin, and will need to be replaced. Wish there had been a canvas strap option. Weirdly noisy zipper pulls- will need to figure out how to quiet them. But the bag seems worth the drawbacks.

  • 4
    Big Manitou shoulder bag

    Posted by Joel on Oct 26th 2020

    This is obviously a quality bag, lots of room for organizing, stylish yet understated looks. I do have issues with the shoulder strap though. The width is quite narrow, and it does not have swivels at the attachment points. Since the bag also does not have handles, you have to pick it up by the strap every time - and without the swivels the narrow strap tends to twist easily, especially at the buckle. The bag would be greatly improved by adding a handle, widening the strap, and adding swivels at the strap attachment points. I may end up making my own strap, though hopefully Frost River can help me. It's all as advertised, I just didn't realize how this setup would affect my use and enjoyment of the bag.

  • 5
    Little Manitou

    Posted by Jerry Parker on May 25th 2020

    Amazing! I am in love with this product and seek out excuses just to use it. I bought this to hold my binoculars and birding guide. So many of the pouches for this function require you to cram them in to fit, which harms the book. This is just big enough to hold both, a small flask of water, and a few essentials. My previous career was as a pack designer and I am blown away by the simplicity and quality of materials. My only request would be to add swivel snaps at the end of the strap to keep them from trapping the binocular straps. Do yourself a favor and splurge on this wonderful American made product.

  • 4
    Shoulder strap

    Posted by Fox on Jan 6th 2020

    I purchased this bag over a year ago for the craftsmanship and handmade quality. I have used it as a side bag almost daily for work hiking etc. the water proof canvas is a game changer its easy to clean and extremely durable! I have to say the one thing I was very disappointed in was the leather used in the strap, after a couple months of use it started to ripple and reveal it was more of a patent leather and not the solid strong piece of durable leather I imagine "bridle leather" would be. It has definitely held up and I continue to use it, I have zero regrets with the purchase but I feel if the quality of the leather in the straps was upgraded it would take the product from upper mid range quality to perfection!

  • 5
    LITTLE Manitou Shoulder Bag

    Posted by Paul Demers on Dec 22nd 2019

    I've read the reviews and there doesn't seem to be much said about the Little Manitou. I have been carrying this small bag every day for just over a year. It serves me very well; carries everything I need when I'm away from home. It is small (about 9 X 11 X 4) but still fits all my stuff quite comfortably. The actual design and construction of this bag is better than it appears on the surface. There are doubled panels throughout and it's all 18 ounce canvas. No one has mentioned something I discovered when I first bought it: The zipper on the back opens up two compartments, one on the back and a compartment in the flap that will hold a small notebook or other items. I keep a portable leather strop there to hone my pocket knife. And itt also adds weight to the flap and keeps it steady. A great bag that looks great but is not so noticeable. I really like great gear that doesn't call attention to itself, and that is this bag.

  • 5
    Manitou medium

    Posted by Arthur Bankoff on Jul 10th 2019

    Great bag, right size and looks good. A it heavier than I expected, but very solid.