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Featured Softgoods Take a look at some of our favorite, trusty packs and bags.

  • Micro Wallet

    $15.00

    Make a move toward streamlining your everyday carry and adding an option of front pocket security with our Micro Wallet. Sized around standard issue credit and business cards, there's reliable Frost...

  • North Bay Daypack

    $150.00

    “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...

  • Isle Royale Jr. Bushcraft Pack No. 732 by Frost River

    Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs

    $350.00

    Bushcraft-- wilderness self reliance skills— the ability to not only survive, but thrive for extended periods in the woods. For some, it can take a lot of gear to thrive, for others, all they...

  • Frost River 6 Panel, low-profile Hat, Green

    Wedge Patch Hat

    $30.00

     Hats off to American Craftsmanship! These Made in the USA Wedge Patch hats are offered in three different colors, Green, Tan & Light Grey. They are one size fits most and have an...

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    Itinerant Daypack

    $170.00

    “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by frost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) If your...

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    Lunch Bag and Lunch Tote

    $30.00

    “Brown Bag” your lunch Frost River style with one of our reusable, waxed canvas Lunch Bags. Durable and water resistant (also fruit juice, salad dressing, applesauce, and hummus...

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    Arrowhead Trail Rolltop Pack

    $195.00

    Scenario 1: You start your frosty morning bike commute wearing your fleece, wind shell, gloves and hat (Arrowhead Trail Rolltop cinched down to 18-inch height). But the day warms up, and on the way...

  • Urban Field Bag

    $80.00

    Waxed canvas, plenty of pockets, a long web handle, crafted in America; The Urban Field Bag is a well equipped companion for your travels. Interior and exterior zip pockets provide security while...

Premium Materials

What you put in is what you get out

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Solid Brass Hardware

Hard-wearing Hardware

All of the buckles, snaps, slides, and D-rings on Frost River packs and bags are solid brass. It matters because Frost River stuff will outlast brass plating. Instead of turning steel grey the hardware will develop a old world brass patina. It’s the way it’s meant to be- and has a great sound.

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Waxed Canvas

Traditional Technology

Martexin Original Wax is an authentic American product that has stood the test of time and has outfitted American workers, farmers, explorers, fighters and outdoorsmen for many generations. The Martin family has been involved in the dyeing and finishing of textiles in the United States since 1838. It is the best canvas available, and we stand behind it.

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LEATHER FROM SB FOOT TANNERY

Just Gets Better with Age

The leather in our straps and reinforcements comes from the SB Foot Tannery in Red Wing, Minnesota. In 1872, Silas Buck Foot began tanning leather to provide high grade footwear for fellow Minnesotans to stay warm in the winter. In 1905 the Foot family partnered with what will become Red Wing shoes. The partnership remains to this day.

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DEERHIDE BUCKSKIN

Supple, Durable, and natural

We use premium deerhide buckskin on our choppers, mitts and leather padded shoulder strap. It’s a supple, durable, and natural material that is sourced from wild deerhides taken during hunting seasons in the US. Most of our hides come from the Midwest. There will be some natural scars, scratches and imperfections in the leather. This is normal, and not a defect, adding character to our Reliable Softgoods.

Lifetime Guaranteed

Reliable Craftsmanship, Reliable Hardware

Built Right

Riveted & Sewn, Reinforced, Built the Hard Way: The Right Way

Handmade in the USA

Made by hand in Duluth, MN

Overbuilt for Life

Crafted for the Wild, Performs Everywhere

Latest Blogs Stories and Updates from the Frost River Crew

Apr 22nd 2020

Tough Times Call for Creativity

It doesn’t need to be stated that spring of 2020 has been strange, in many ways surreal and ultimately stressful. But- even in the worst of times it is key to remain optimistic and look for the best in every situation. This past m...

Mar 29th 2020

Defense Production Act for Small Businesses

Frost River is ready to help and looking for back-up in the effort of producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical professionals on the front lines in the battle with COVID-19.We have skilled sewing staff, computer...

Feb 23rd 2020

A Brief History of Waxed Canvas & its Whereabouts

Waxed canvas. What an enduring and endearing material. It has lasted through the ages, yet in the modern era, remains relevant. The value was spotted early by a seafaring lot. Wet sails caught better wind, but wet sails are heavy....

Jan 14th 2020

Crafting a Canoe Pack

Did you know that everything related to the Frost River brand is done under one roof?! From cutting our raw materials to marketing our packs, we all work together as team to propel the full cycle of manufacturing and selling waxed...

Dec 8th 2019

The Storm of Small Business Saturday

Snowmageddon, bomb-cyclone, terrible blizzard, winter wonderland…. however you want to describe the weather event that dropped more than 20 inches of snow on our neck of the woods of Duluth last week, could easily be described as...