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North Bay Daypack

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The North Bay Daypack is made with waxed canvas, webbed cotton, premium leather, and solid brass hardware in Duluth, MN.

“There is nothing like the big open water of North Bay with a little steam rising off it on a clear, calm morning to begin a long Quetico adventure.” -Adam Macht, a canoe country guide at Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely, MN.

Our North Bay Daypack is just as at home in of one of Piragis' canoes as it is shuttling to and from campus or work. We build them in two sizes from trusty waxed canvas at our shop in Duluth. One has a 5” gusset and is a classic daypack size, the 7” is deeper, perfect for boxy or bulky items. All have a sleeve at the back for storing flat stuff, you get the choice to have it padded or not. The zippers go all the way down allowing the pack to open wide. Interior pockets provide organization.

Available in Heritage Black as well as Field Tan, the North Bay Daypack lets you choose which environment to blend in with, and which you'd like to carry with you. In Heritage Black, the North Bay is professional, sleek and understated. Heritage Black features all the same high quality materials as Field Tan, leather from Red Wing, MN, waxed canvas and solid brass hardware. It's built right from the start in Duluth, MN. The padded sleeve on the Heritage Black North Bay comes in Field Tan for increased visibility of your gear on the inside of the pack. The rest is solid black and antiqued solid brass. Here's a pack you'll enjoy for decades to come. Frost River Canvas My State Buckskin Patch Info Below.


435 – North Bay 5" gusset, 435-80 – North Bay Padded 5" gusset, 437 – North Bay 7" gusset, 437-80 – North Bay Padded 7" gusset, 437-80-N North Bay Padded 7" Heritage Black


17″h x 12.5″w x 5″d (or 7″d)


2.6 lbs, and 3 lbs.


Exterior slip with zip, exterior gusseted with zip, interior sleeve (optional padding), three slip pockets on sleeve, internal hanging zip pocket.


Full zip closure.


2″ webbed cotton


1″ webbed cotton


18oz. waxed cotton canvas, premium leather, solid brass, cotton web, nylon zipper.

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  • 4
    Day Pack

    Posted by Tom Hale on Mar 1st 2022

    Have not had a chance much to get out with the pack but till now it’s a very nicely made back and I’m sure it will serve well for years to come thank you.

  • 5
    North Bay Daypack

    Posted by Jeff on Feb 8th 2022

    I love this pack! For years I coveted these things. We bought one for our son when he started his nursing career two years ago and he loves toting all his goods to work in it. Then last winter my wife got me one--it gets great comments, the fabric wears like iron and I can bike to work or ride my scooter. It swallows up my computer and all my books for work. One cannot go wrong with Frost River products!

  • 5
    Day Pack

    Posted by Mark on Oct 18th 2021

    Excellent quality, as expected. This is replacing a nylon back that wasn’t durable enough for my lifestyle. This is my second purchase from FR and most likely not my last.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Sep 26th 2021

    Very good quality

  • 5
    The last backpack

    Posted by Evan Pietrone on Sep 17th 2021

    This thing is amazing. It’s just built so well. Really really happy I bought it. Seems like it’s the last backpack I’ll ever have to buy. Tough enough to double as a bullet-proof vest(probably). Convinced now I need everything else you make from the high level of hand made quality I see here. THANK YOU!!!!!

  • 5
    Very Well Made

    Posted by Steven on Aug 9th 2021

    Got this bag for my teenage son to use for school. He's rough on his things so time will tell, but very impressed with the quality of material and work. My only disappointment was that it didn't have a water bottle pocket on the side, I didn't notice that when ordering but would have been nice. But all in all it appears to be a great bag that will last many years. He loved the state patch as well.

  • 5

    Posted by Declan Concannon on Jun 24th 2021

    Only gets better with use!

  • 4
    Northbay Backpack

    Posted by Mark D Shirey on May 9th 2021

    Have only had a few weeks, but seems well made and very sturdy. Only complaint is, on the inside the material at the seams could be a little neater. It doesn't have any effect on the function of the daypack, just thought it would look better.

  • 5
    Love it!

    Posted by Jeff S on Dec 28th 2020

    Great bag. Perfect size for biking to work with my laptop. Comfortable and really well made!