Nessmuk Pack
Nessmuk PackNessmuk PackNessmuk PackThe No. 840 Nessmuk Pack by Frost River is a traditional waxed canvas daypack with multiple pockets, solid brass hardware and a lifetime guarantee.

Nessmuk Pack

SKU: 840by Frost River



Ultralight technology from the 1880’s. Our Nessmuk Pack is patterned from history and brought to you from the Frost River shop in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. There are a pair of external pockets on one side, a single long pocket on the other. Inside, there’s the main bag with a hanging zip pocket along with a full size slip pocket at the front. A buckled hood with a handy grab handle and waxed canvas throughout.




Historically one of our most popular backpacks. And it does have history.

It is a reproduction of writer George Washington Sears’ (a.k.a Nessmuk’s) old Maine guide pack from the 1880’s. Popular for a reason, it is a great size! Perfect for a day’s load of gear and even more if you pack right and have compressible stuff. It also works great as a second pack on a canoe trip.  A long, single 2-in-1 pocket on one side, shorter twin 2-in-1 pockets vertically stacked on the other side (2-in-1 pockets allow storage of long, flat items to be stored between the pocket and and pack body). Inside, there is a smaller hanging pocket and a slip pocket at the front of the pack. The Nessmuk has a leather grab handle and is built at Frost River from 18oz. waxed cotton canvas.




16″h x 12″w x 5.5″d plus pockets


1056 c.i. (Actual) 1900 c.i. (Expanded approx.)


3 external (Long pocket measures 12″ x 5.5″ x 2″, short pockets measure 6″ x 5.5″ x 2″), 1 slip on front body, 1 internal hanging zipper pocket.


Internal rain flaps, large flaps over main compartment.

Shoulder Straps

2.25″ pistol belt web with leather attachment.


Waxed cotton canvas


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

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.


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. 218.727.1472 or 800.FROST84. If your order is placed after 3pm CST, it will not be processed until the next day.


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.


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