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CarryOn Sizing

Many of today’s air travelers are carrying their bags on board the plane with them. As checked baggage fees are becoming more and more routine the overhead bins in the airplane cabin are looking more appealing to budget conscious travelers.  Experienced travelers know the benefits of carrying less stuff. Being free of the hinderance of a big Read More

Luggage options

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. Primer Magazine tried the Large Read More

Visit to Northland College

We were recently invited to Northland College in Ashland WI to set up a display at their Wildness Week program. Happy to have the opportunity to meet new Wisconsin friends and neighbors, we jumped at the chance and brought a load of Frost River packs and bags. There wasn’t much of a chance to catch Read More

New Beans From Duluth Coffee Company

The Crew at Duluth Coffee Company have a new batch of beans roasted. The story that comes with the beans states that Colombia Huila Los Naranjos coffee comes from an area where 52 individual growers each own their own “micro wet mill” where the coffee beans are carefully processed before they are sold. It’s really Read More

Frost River with Zeal Optics

  It was late in the day on a Friday afternoon, we were getting ready to close the shop and head out, when Chris, the Proprietor of Frost River came up front to the store on a mission. He had just got off the phone with the marketing guys at Zeal Optics. The Zeal crew Read More

In a hurry to get something? CALL US!!

We do a lot of shipping at  Frost River.  Every day we ship packs and bags domestically and around the world.  Occasionally customers are in a big hurry and need something quickly. We are happy to do our best to help, but are not ALWAYS able to make every request happen.  There are times when Read More

Frost River Hats

We now have a full line of Frost River hats.  We’ve had standard cotton Frost River hats for months.  They are nice, made in the U.S.A., and come in several different colors.  We have some with a leather logo and some with an embroidered logo.  All the standard cotton hats have “Duluth Minnesota” across the back. Read More

Waxed Canvas or Tin Cloth– a history

Waxed canvas is the original weather-resistant fabric.  Long before laminated membranes and PVC coated synthetic fabrics came into style for outdoor gear, enthusiasts were using waxed canvas.  It was nick named “Tin Cloth” because it was so durable.   A century ago tin was some of the toughest stuff around, now “tin cloth” remains durable, reliable, Read More

Solid Brass

Frost River packs and bags are made from the best materials available.  They are designed and built to last for years– the raw materials used in the construction had best be up to the task as well.  We search out, and invest in, the best materials available.  The best isn’t cheap, but the cheap doesn’t Read More


Being able to make a fire has been vital through human history.  Fire can keep a person warm,  will cook food, and can make water safe.  Being able to make a fire can be challenging  though.  Luckily, there are some craftspeople around who can help. We have added a new Cookstove section to frost Read More