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Nessmuk Pack


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.


SKU: 840 Categories: ,

Additional Information


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.

Product Description

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.