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Nessmuk Pack

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This made in America pack is unique to Frost River because of its special design including a long pocket with a divider on one side and twin stacked pockets on the other side.

Historically one of our most popular backpacks. And it does have history. It is a reproduction of writer George Washington Sears' (a.k.a Nessmuk's) old Maine guide pack from the 1880's. Popular for a reason, it is a great size! Perfect for a day's load of gear and even more if you pack right and have compressible stuff. It also works great as a second pack on a canoe trip. A long, single 2-in-1 pocket on one side, shorter twin 2-in-1 pockets vertically stacked on the other side (2-in-1 pockets allow storage of long, flat items to be stored between the pocket and and pack body). Inside, there is a smaller hanging pocket and a slip pocket at the front of the pack. The Nessmuk has a leather grab handle and is built at Frost River from 18oz. waxed cotton canvas.


16"h x 12"w x 5.5"d plus pockets


1056 c.i. (Actual) 1900 c.i. (Expanded approx.)


3 external (Long pocket measures 12" x 5.5" x 2", short pockets measure 6" x 5.5" x 2"), 1 slip on front body, 1 internal hanging zipper pocket.


Internal rain flaps, large flaps over main compartment.


2.25″ pistol belt web with leather attachment.


Waxed cotton canvas


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

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  • 5

    Posted by Daniel on Mar 21st 2022

    Absolutely perfect for my needs. Extremely well made. Extremely durable and well thought out. I get excited every time I see it. Functionality, quality, craftsmanship, and aesthetics that combine equally to make a fantastic product

  • 5

    Posted by Maxwell on Jan 22nd 2022

    Received my first Frost River pack as a gift and super pleased with the notable craftsmanship put into the Nessmuk pack which goes with me daily to work and will most certainly meet the challenges of weekend "go light" camps.

  • 5
    Well Built, Excellent Quality

    Posted by Tomas on Apr 29th 2021

    After buying a product like this I will never go back to buying bags at the big chain stores. Everything about the bag looks and feels like a pure quality product. The saying is right when they say you get what you pay for. Absolutely recommended!

  • 5
    Nessmuk Pack

    Posted by zeke on Mar 6th 2021

    Nice bag. It fits nicely under a airplane seat even when stuffed in every pocket. My only gripe is that it's not good to carry while partially open.

  • 5
    Perfect for traveling

    Posted by P Anderson on Dec 10th 2020

    I bought my Nessmuk Pack in 2012. Since then it has traveled with me to many states, the Caribbean, the UK, and of course Canada. I use it as carryon luggage all the time, and joked/not joked on my last cruise, that if the airlines had lost my luggage, I could have happily lived out of the amount of clothes I packed in the pack. Other than periodically needing re-waxing, it’s still going strong. Only one “problem”: because of the nature of the pack, the flaps over the pockets are kind of loose. For travel, I use those pockets to hold smaller bags. (For travel with this as my carryon, the long pocket holds my Dopp kit, and one of the smaller pockets holds a zip pouch with power/other cables for my phones and iPad. Ultimately, it is my favorite piece of luggage bar none.

  • 5
    best i ever had great workmenship

    Posted by dave r on Oct 26th 2020

    love it top notch

  • 3
    Great Quality; Uncomfortable

    Posted by John Appler on Aug 30th 2020

    I really wanted to love this pack. The quality of the materials and craftsmanship are, as with any Frost River product, top-notch. The pocket layout seemed ideal (I like the long-and-two-shorts more than the two-long layout of the similar Cliff Jacobson Signature Pack). But after filling it with a test load and walking around my apartment, it was immediately clear that I had to send it back. Notice the attachment points of the straps. Notice that they connect to the bottom of the pack rather than to extensions mounted on the sides (as you might see in, say, the Summit or Isle Royale series). On me, the effect of this mounting point is to cause the straps to dig into my back. This was uncomfortable right away, and I imagine it would have become a real problem on a hike. I adjusted the shoulder strap length, but to no avail. The pain persisted, and it was a deal-breaker. Perhaps a few tweaks would make this a near-perfect pack. I just don't think it's there right now.

  • 5
    Great Pack, classic looks

    Posted by Tip Graham on Aug 10th 2017

    A great pack that looks and feels great. Haven't really put it thorough its paces yet just some day to day stuff, but I have no doubt on or off the trail it will rock it. I totally love the fact that its 18 ounce canvas and WAXED at no extra cost. Have used waxed canvas in the past in hot and cold climates, and for me, its the only way to go. Keep up the great work.

  • 5
    Envy of the deer camp

    Posted by Kevin Mood on Jul 19th 2017

    Picked up this pack many years ago to carry the day's needs when out hunting. Camp pards were constantly commenting on what a nice pack I had. Also gets used as a utility pack when canoe tripping. In fact I had it with me last weekend in the backcountry of Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia. It feels best when I'm wearing wool jacket and pants with Bean boots. Perfect in every way!!