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Old No. 7 Pack

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The Old No. 7 Pack is meant to carry all of your gear in and out of a canoe. The waxed canvas, three leather straps, and solid brass hardware make this pack especially durable and ready for the Boundary Waters.

Put this box style canoe pack in your will— it’s gonna outlast you. Built rugged and robust from natural waxed canvas, premium leather, and solid brass hardware. Frost River canoe packs all offer steadfast sanctuary for fragile ultralight camping gear. Just as a turtle appreciates his shell, your lightweight synthetics will relish traveling in hearty, natural materials. Plus it strikes a harmonious chord… traveling in nature with cotton and leather. All is as it should be.

It has been said our Old No. 7 pack is named after a bourbon from Tennessee— or a mule, owned by ‘Mad Jack’, one of Grizzly Adams’ few human friends… all we’re gonna say for sure is that our Old No. 7 Canoe Pack is handy to have along in canoe country (or wherever you use it) because it’s durable, a great size, and filled with features! Old No. 7 Pack Not to be mistaken for a day pack, the Old No. 7 is big. It’s a canoe pack, meant to contain a full (but well chosen) camping kit: tent, sleeping bag, cook pot, rain gear, first aid, skivvies, saw, a pair of socks and maybe a bit more. It all oughtta fit in a pack this size. If it won’t fit, you might not really need it. The Old No. 7, like all our Frost River canoe packs, is handmade from waxed canvas. The proprietary wax from Fairfield Textiles makes the cotton canvas weather and water resistant. It also helps protect against abrasion and wear. It is very tough stuff. The backstraps are padded and faced with premium deerhide buckskin. There is a leather cinch strap with brass roller buckle at the top of the pack for compression. Solid brass rings line the sides for more compression or storing gear. At the bottom of the side panel (the gusset) is a small slip pocket for map, permit, water bottle or wet socks. The flap straps on the lid (overbuilt to hold the heft of the pack when it’s lifted to and from the canoe) are riveted and sewn for longevity and lasting durability. The bottom of the pack gets double canvas. A tumpline and waist belt are standard equipment, and both are removable and replaceable. We aim to deliver the best right from the start. The Old No. 7, like all our reliable softgoods, is built by hand at Frost River in Duluth, Minnesota and guaranteed for life. If you like what you see, but need more space, we make bigger packs as well. Our Lewis and Clark is larger, the Tregurtha is bigger yet. The Woodsman is smaller, but all are on the same scale of proportions and features. The Grand Portage is larger with a wider side gusset, and offers an extendable top with flaps that fold over. The Old No. 3 is similar in capacity, but is an envelope style instead of a box style pack meaning there is no additional side panel, cinch straps or brass rings, the front and back pieces are sewn together at the seam. Carry traditions with a traditional canoe pack that’s built by hand on the doorstep to Minnesota’s canoe country by the artisan craftspersons at Frost River in Duluth, MN.


23"h x 21"w x 6"d


2898 c.i. (Actual) 5216 c.i. (Expanded approx), weight: 6.1 lbs.


2 external slip, 1 internal map pocket.


Internal rain flaps, large flap over main compartment.


Harness leather, foam pad, buckskin.


Leather straps and buckles, para cord, d-rings.


Double canvas.


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

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  • 5
    Faithful Companion

    Posted by E. Rundell on Jul 20th 2017

    I bought my No. 7 a few years ago when I was in search of a classic looking box pack to go everywhere with me. I had never been to the store before, and after trying a few packs on I brought it up to the register and asked where it was made, and by who - the guy working looked at it, pointed to the back room and said "back there, and it was probably me." Sold. As advertised, the pack is "just right." It's big enough to be a great portage pack while small enough to be a great "do all" bag. I've hauled mine over countless portages, through snowy pine forests, to plenty of duck camps and I have yet to have a complaint about it. It fit's me (5'9") perfectly, and for long hikes the waist band is just the right amount of support to keep the pack from sliding around. Like everything FR does, the heavy canvas and leather are not only beautiful, but they function flawlessly. I own many packs these days, but No. 7 is almost always with me.