Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs

Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
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SKU: SKU-94by Frost River

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Canvas My State Buckskin Patch

Show some regional pride on your Frost River gear with a Canvas My State custom buckskin state patch. More details below.

Bushcrafting? … consider an Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack. These rugged waxed canvas packs are overbuilt for years of service in the outdoors, so you know they’ll last wherever you use them. Available in three sizes, so you can carry a little, or a lot.

Overview

Overview

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 need is a trusty knife, a hatchet, and the wealth of knowledge accumulated over a lifetime. Our Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs are built to carry big or small loads. All three sizes are designed narrow, for exploration, slipping between dog hair aspen and brush, these packs blend classic materials and construction with updated features for modern classic backwoods adventures. With lots of organization in the form of pockets, attachments and straps, there’s space to keep gear where it needs to be. Plus, there’s plenty of capacity in the tall, narrow pack body.

Features

-Twin, vertical 2-in-1 pockets straddle an axe sleeve. Pair it with one of our Wood Craft Axes.

-Each pocket is roughly the size of a 1L bottle and provides a space between the pocket and pack body to stow a folding saw or other long, thin object and keep it handy.

-Premium Buckskin padded backstraps are distinctive and comfortable.

-Ships with sturdy sternum strap installed.

-All the straps are carefully selected and cut from a side of strong harness leather.

-Lashing and compression at the sides with bridle leather straps, tough diamond-braid nylon cord and solid brass rings and buckles.

-A slip pocket at the bottom of each side panel, two D-rings on the lid and lash squares at the bottom (four squares on the full size and Jr., two squares on the Mini) allow gear to be stored on the outside of the pack.

-The lid features a slim pocket for maps or other essentials.

-Outer pockets feature solid brass grommet weep holes to purge duff and water.

New for 2017 Each of the bushcraft packs now come with a waist belt holder built in. A Medium Cotton Web Belt that fits 30”-44” is always included with No.730, the full sized Isle Royale. If you’d like another size or style, or want to add a belt to an Isle Royale Junior or Mini, you can add one on to your order using the add-ons above. More info on our Waist Belt offering can be found here.

We build all our waxed canvas Frost River packs, bags, and accessories at our shop in Duluth, Minnesota.

The Isle Royales are no exception. Weather and abrasion resistant waxed canvas from Fairfield Textiles in New Jersey, premium leather from the S.B. Foot Tannery in Red Wing, Minnesota, along with robust, solid brass hardware, all come together with heavy thread and pack building know-how by our experienced sewing and production staff here in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. We know how to build a pack the right way, guarantee it to last, and will be here with service and repair should it need to be refurbished after years of service.

There is a symbiosis created when carrying a pack handcrafted of natural materials into the field. The canvas and leather blend with nature in a way that modern synthetics can’t. The swish going through brush is softer. The scrape over rock is subdued, the natural colors and organic textures just fit. The smell of warm leather in the sun, the beaded water droplets, fresh off a canoe paddle stroke, glisten just a bit brighter on waxed canvas than they do on with man-made materials. There’s unique character in a handcrafted, waxed canvas pack. It’s meant to be used in the woods, as it has been for generations. It remains relevant, and reminds a person to make plans to get back out again soon. Those of us who care about what we carry, and can see an object for more than the sum of its parts, will notice an inherent value and a sense of camaraderie between an outdoor traveler, a trusted pack, and the road, the stream, the journey…

Add a Windigo Signal Bag and some straps to add a zippered pocket that lets you blend in or stand out, depending on your needs and changing environment.

Personalize your pack with a Canvas My State leather patch, details below.

Specifications

Specifications

Size

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Size / Volume

I.R. 23″h x 15″w x 8″d, actual 2760 c.i. Expanded volume, 4968 c.i. (approx.), I.R. Jr. 18″h x 15″w x 6″d, actual 1620 c.i. Expanded volume, 2916 c.i.(approx.), I.R. Mini 15″h x 15″w x 5″d, actual 1125 c.i. Expanded volume, 2025 c.i. (approx.), I.R. pockets 11″h x 5″w x 3″d, Jr. pockets 10.5″h x 5″w x 3″d, Mini pockets 8″h x 5″ x 3″d.

Weight

I.R. approx. 7 lbs, I.R. Jr. approx. 5.5 lbs, Mini approx. 4.4 lbs.

Pockets

4 external (2 two-in-one, 2 slip.), 1 internal map pocket.

Closure

Internal rain flaps, large flap over main compartment.

Shoulder Straps

Harness leather, foam pad,, buckskin, plus sternum strap.

Compression Syst

Leather strap and buckle, cord, and D-rings.

Base

Double canvas.

Materials

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

Canvas My State Buckskin Patches

Frost River Canvas My State Patches showing all 50 United States. Handmade from deerhide buckskin in Duluth, MN. Available on certain new Frost River gear or as standalone patches so you can sew yer own onto whatever you'd like!You’re proud of where you’re from, so show it on your new Frost River Reliable Softgoods with one of our custom patches. You can read more about the Canvas My State program here, but the gist is this: when placing an order for certain Frost River gear, including the softgoods you’re looking at right now, you have the option of adding a deerhide buckskin patch. We’ve created iconic regional outlines, including all 50 United States, to choose from. Each patch is made and sewn right in our shop from locally-sourced, natural deerhide buckskin leather. The leather may have scars or other natural blemishes from being a deer in the wild, and it’s the same rugged buckskin that we use on our heavy duty mittens and canoe packs — it’s the good stuff. If we’ve got the bag in stock, we’ll sew your patch on within a couple business days, or if we’re out of stock and need to build your bag from scratch we’ll let you know it’ll take just a little longer. Canvas My State patches are now sold separately as well, for if you’ve got a trusty old bag you’d like to sew yer own onto.

 

Once you get your gear, share your patched pack by tagging it with #FrostRiver #CanvasMyState on social. We’ll share selected posts and give your regional pride a shoutout. Cheers!

Guarantee

WE JUST PLAIN GUARANTEE OUR STUFF.

We guarantee the hardware and workmanship on Frost River’s waxed canvas and leather packs, bags, and accessories forever. If we built it, we know the seams will stay strong, the zippers will work and the rivets and hardware will hold securely, and we take pride in building reliable softgoods at our shop in Duluth, Minnesota. We realize that stuff happens in life and rugged wilderness travel is tough on bags, and that if you use your gear hard, it will wear out eventually. That’s why it’s important to us that everything we make is highly repairable, usually worth repairing, and that we’ll be here to mend them with patches, straps, repairs, and fixes through a lifetime in the field — after all, the blemishes, scars, patches and stains in your pack each tell their own story, don’t they?

What’s covered?

We stand behind all our craftsmanship and hardware. We guarantee the seams on your Frost River bag will stay sewn together, the rivets will hold, the zippers will work, and the buckles will do their job for as long as you (or your grandkids) have your bag. The lustre on the hardware will fade and patina, and the seams will age, but they’ll hold, and keep on working. If they don’t, and your product fails due to flaws in craftsmanship or hardware, we will repair or replace it at our discretion to get your gear back in service. Please send any warranty or repair products to us in clean condition. You can read more about caring for you Frost River gear in our frequently asked questions section.

What’s not covered?

Our warranty does not cover normal wear and tear on the canvas, leather, or straps. We use great materials, — the best we can find — they’re tough and will hold up to all sorts of use and abuse. However, we cannot guarantee cotton and leather to last forever. We can, and do, make repairs to canvas bags at a reasonable rate, both Frost River, and sometimes other brands. If you’d like to get more information, or request a quote on a repair job, contact us at frcustom@frostriver.com or call the shop (it can help to send a photo or two).

The Fine Print…

All warranty and repair work requires postage to be paid to and from the shop. We reserve the right to replace a Frost River item if we feel it cannot logically be repaired, and refuse service if your pack or bag comes to us in an unclean condition. If a replacement is issued, the original will not be returned. Damage due to excessive wear and tear, damage caused by an animal, abuse, misuse, neglect, an act of God or nature, and damage due to modifications are not covered by our warranty. Please get a hold of us by using the contact us tab if you have any questions.

Do I need proof of purchase?

The short answer, is no, you do not need a proof of purchase. We build all Frost River reliable softgoods ourselves and we put our signature on each and every piece. If your bag has that little Frost River tag, (called a taffeta) it’s covered by our warranty. We will gladly work with you to repair bags and gear sent without the taffeta, but they are not covered by our guarantee. If you have any questions, please get a hold of us by using the contact info here.

Why we guarantee Frost River’s Reliable Softgoods

We take pride in keeping canvas bags out in the world, and will work with you to keep yours in working order. We offer a lifetime guarantee because we know how durable our products are; we built them, and because we did, we can take yours apart, fix it, and get it back to you again for more years of service.

Shipping Policy

We’ll get it built and get it there.

SHIPPING POLICY

Your order will be processed immediately upon receipt. As a manufacturer that prides itself on the handcrafted nature of our products, please understand that it may take a few days for your order to be built up. Orders with items that are in stock will ship out right away on the next business day, and if a production build has to be launched for your order, it may take up to 5 business days to get things ready. You will receive a confirmation email from us once your order is entered into our production system, and you will receive an email from your shipping provider once your package leaves our building.


EXPEDITED SHIPPING

If you need expedited shipping it is a good idea to give us a call to find out if the item is available for immediate shipping. You can reach us at 218.727.1472 or 800.FROST84. If your order is placed after 3pm CST, it will not be processed until the next day.


INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Shipping timeframe for international shipping will be dependent on the chosen carrier. We do not have control over any Duties / Tariff’s and said costs will be the customers responsibility.


WHEN WE SHIP

Every day that our carriers are open, we can ship packages. Weekend and Holiday orders will be sent the first available shipping business day.


HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES

Head over to our Shipping Policies page to see service area maps for FedEx, UPS, and USPS.

 

Monday December 26th 

The diligent folks that deliver our packages through UPS, FedEx and USPS will be taking a much-deserved day off. No deliveries or pick-ups today. Thanks for all your help!

Please note that while we will make every effort to get your package on its way to you, once it leaves our shipping department with your carrier of choice, shipping guarantees or lack thereof are all handled by the carrier. Please check their individual terms or give us a call if you have any questions.

Monograms & Personalization

The Frost River Monogram Alphabet. Take a look at how the letters look to get an idea of how your monogram will turn out. For reference, each letter is just under 1/2″ tall while the leather is roughly 1″ tall.

Monograms! Made a lot like how we make our logos right here at Frost River, heat and pressure make a permanent and good lookin’ customized impression on our premium leather.

How we make ‘em:

We’ll load your letters (all upper case) in a carrier which looks a lot like an old printing press. The whole works gets heated up, and when up to temp, is pressed with a pneumatic ram into a patch made from our premium leather, and voila! A custom branded patch emerges! It’s a handmade, personalized match made in Duluth.

To Order:

Pick the bag you want, type your characters (up to 4) into the space provide to add a monogram and add the whole kit’n’caboodle to your cart. Monogram not an option on the product you’ve selected? Add that product to your cart, then head over to our Monogram page and add it separately.

Where do we sew ‘em? Some bags will have several options for Monogram placement, others will be limited as to where we can place the patch. You can make a request on placement in the “Order Notes” area of the checkout page when you place your order, but ultimately it’s up to us as to where the monogram will go. If you have any questions about placement etc. be sure to get in touch or let us know in the Order Notes at checkout, as once we build your custom bag with a monogram, it is not returnable.

You can expect a new monogram order to ship out within ten business days of when you place your order.

The Fine Print:

Monogrammed bags are considered a custom item and therefore are not returnable. But why would you want to? The monograms turn out nicely, the font is professional, and adds a nice touch to any of our Reliable Softgoods. By using heat combined with pressure, it will look great for years and won’t harm the integrity of the leather as simple hammering sometimes can.

Note: We reserve the right to refuse a monogram request at our discretion. If there are any issues, we will contact you via the email address or phone number you provide in your order.

Details:

  • All monograms are stamped with an upper-case, serif font. See photos for examples.
  • 4 character maximum
  • Letters are approx 5/8” tall
  • Leather patch is approx 1” x 2.5” Leather is full grain, oil-tanned and premium quality sourced from the S. B. Foot Tannery in Red Wing, Minnesota. It’s the same stuff we use for our trims, bag bottoms, and lighter duty straps. It’ll match well because it’s the same stuff. We apologize, but at this time we do not offer embroidered monograms.

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  1. Matt

    Question

    Matt

    Do both the Jr & larger bag comply with Carry on max specs?

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    • Messenger

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      Hey Matt,
      They are both soft-sided, so depending on how full you make them, you may or may not comply with those size requirements on both packs. The Senior (730) would be too big for a personal item, and pushing it as a carryon, depending on how much you pack. That being said, the Jr. can be an excellent carryon, or when packed quite lightly, even a personal item. When both front pockets are empty, and the bag is cinched up, it’s a good fit for under the seat in front of you. Research the specific requirements for your flight, pack smart, measure and weigh your bag, and you’ll be good!

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  2. Zach Ford

    5 out of 5 Awesome pack!

    Zach Ford (verified owner)

    I ordered the Isle Royale Mini to use as a day pack. I was torn between ordering the Jr. or the Mini for day hikes/nature photography. The Mini is the perfect size for what I need. It is bigger than what I imagined, easily able to hold all my equipment and gear. The quality and craftsmanship is superb. You can feel the durability in the canvas / leather / brass hardware. I really like the sternum strap for extra support. I ordered the State patch, which is such a cool feature. I had been looking for a new pack for over 2 years, just not convinced of what was on the market. The Isle Royale Mini has not disappointed me at all and I am looking forward to using this pack for many years.

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  3. Alex Gustafson

    5 out of 5 Almost too awesome

    Alex Gustafson

    Unbelievably well made pack. My only fear is I have more children than frost river packs and they squabble over their inheritance since this thing will definitely outlive me. Love My isle so much I bought the jr for something smaller to use as a carry on for flying or short trips. The large pack is perfect for backpacking trips. Plenty of space, but small enough it keeps you from over packing.

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  4. Ron S.

    5 out of 5 What a Rock Solid Pack

    Ron S.

    I have only used this for Day Trips so far this summer but rest assured. This pack is Rock Solid with quality through and through. The materials and craftsmanship is above any my outdoor products.

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  5. Hillard

    5 out of 5 awesome backpack!

    Hillard

    this is one of my favorite packs. it can hold a ton of stuff and you can cinch the sides to make it smaller if you want to use at more as a large day pack. the shoulder straps are amazing and build quality is exceptional. this is one awesome backpack!

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      Hillard

      i was referring to the forst river isle royal jr in my review. sorry for the confusion!

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    Cowboy

    4 out of 5 I'd give it 4 and 1/2 - Solid Pack (Idle Royae Large Pack)

    Cowboy

    When I bought this pack, I gave it a lower review than deserved on the webstore’s site. I am going to rebut that here. When I bought this pack, I had issues with the lack of frame / material between the pack’s contents and my back. I went on a 20km hike, with about 50 lbs in this pack and this was very hard to deal with. Not only because I was unfamiliar with the correct way to pack it, but also unfamiliar with a simple mod to make this pack my go to woods pack. I added a FG295600BLA bin which fit perfectly. I then added a small section of a ground mat which sits in the pack, between the bin and the side of the pack that touches my back. This mod made this pack amazing, and much more comfortable.
    So, this pack is great because:
    Durable – this pack is solid.
    Versatile – very easy to add/carry lots of items/tools
    No materials that will fail / break in the cold / If it is waxed well – it is basically rain proof.
    Beautifully made, top end materials throughout.
    My only cons are:
    The hip belt. It takes minimal weight. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it is minimal.
    It’s hot in the summer. It’s solid, but it’s hot. A minor gripe here, but for users of other high end packs this might be an issue.
    This pack is ideal for someone who wants a bag that will handle 40 lbs easily in the worst of conditions for arguably longer than the wearer will need.
    If you want a high speed / low drag pack to carry 60 lbs + over longer distances, this pack might not be for you [but I have my doubts that was the design intent here]. Buckles take more time than clips – but they won’t fail in the cold after a month of daily use up in Canada’s Yukon either. The buck skin straps can get a bit hard on you in the rain, but I cover myself completely with a Jerven bag / large poncho when it’s raining so this is never really a problem for me. A lot of the things that one person might see as a problem with this bag, another might see as a solution. For example – I am sure the buck skin will outlast nylon. One is a bit rough in the rain, but the other might fail once you have been out in the woods for a year. Which would you rather have? Out in the wilds, your pack is one of your most important pieces of equipment. If packed right, this bag will not let you down. I love mine. I am sure that if you decide this is what you are looking for, you will love yours too.

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    • Craig Wilson

      Craig Wilson

      I will be needing this Isle ASAP with 50 Qty

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  7. Windhaen (NW Zeke)

    5 out of 5 Perfect!

    Windhaen (NW Zeke) (verified owner)

    I am a tall guy, and it fits so well. It has room for days and can hold anything! Yes, even that. The craftsmanship is superb and the materials excellent. It is already taking on a lovely patina and I have had it less than a year. I am so glad that I purchased this outstanding pack. Another company… you can guess who, has a pack that seems oddly similar and they claim theirs to be unique and the quality and materials sub par, plastic?!?! I am glad that I went with Frost River.

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  8. Jacob S.

    5 out of 5 My favorite travel companion

    Jacob S.

    I’ve owned my Frost River Isle Royale Jr. for over 3 years now, and have been waiting since then to write this review. I’d heard good things about this company online and did my homework before i bought it. However, this did little to prepare me for what i was about to receive. This pack is simply stunning! Frost river’s attention to detail and materials they use make this bag a joy to work with. From loading it up for a weekend in the woods, to throwing it in the back of my truck to visit friends out of town, to everything in-between, where i go, my frost river goes with me.

    There are a few things one should know before purchasing this bag. First and foremost, there is no frame, no support, and no airflow for your back when its hot. There is a certain learning curve that comes with a bag like this, in that you have to understand how to pack it comfortably. That may sound like a big deal, but i’ve come to rather enjoy it. If you’ve done any serious backpacking, you’ll know that how you pack the bag makes a great deal of difference in how the weight gets distributed. Pack it right, and you won’t have a problem.

    Second, the materials they are using are heavy. This bag has some weight to it because its freakin canvas and leather. My point is, don’t expect this to be like you’re ultra light weight (poly- rip if you look at me wrong) synthetic bag. With that said, i wouldn’t hesitate to do anything with this bag. Regardless of the trip I’m planning, I know which bag is coming along for the journey. There is a comfort in knowing i won’t be buying another backpack in a few years when my current bag’s zipper breaks or seams unravel. Your Isle Royale will outlive you and will be something you pass on.

    After 3 years of ownership, the bag has broken in but is no worse for wear than the day i purchased it. Also, my Isle Royale Jr. was purchased before they put belts on them, and i’ve never felt one was necessary.

    This is the kind of company I love to support. They make great products, with good materials because they’re passionate about what they do. I’m currently planning a week long canoe trip and this bag will certainly be coming along. I will defiantly be buying from Frost River again!

    – side note, don’t buy if you hate frequent compliments on you pack…there will be many.

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  9. WoodsWalker

    5 out of 5 Awesome Bushcraft Pack

    WoodsWalker (verified owner)

    My Frost River Isle Royale Pack was delivered 3 days after I placed my order. Impeccable quality!! I needed a pack I could use for short day trips or long winter weekends in the north and this pack does it all. I am looking forward to using it for week long summer trips too. The expandable design is what makes it work for all trip lengths. Very comfortable to carry, I am a small guy and almost 63 years old but loaded it up this winter and off I went. No problems. Spent this weekend in the rain hammock camping and the pack held up to steady drizzle and kept my gear dry. The classic look and functionality was a big selling point for me. I like “Old School” and American made quality!! I have other FR products and knew what quality to expect and I was not disappointed. Great pack, beautiful craftsmanship and functionality.

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