Old No. 7 Pack

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)
SKU: 633538001449by Frost River


Full of features, built for canoe country, sized just right… our Old No. 7 is kinda like Goldilocks, but she wasn’t old, or a pack.



Put this box style canoe pack in your will— it’s gonna outlast you. Built rugged and robust from natural waxed canvas, premium leather, and solid brass hardware. Frost River canoe packs all offer steadfast sanctuary for fragile ultralight camping gear. Just as a turtle appreciates his shell, your lightweight synthetics will relish traveling in hearty, natural materials. Plus it strikes a harmonious chord… traveling in nature with cotton and leather. All is as it should be.

It has been said our Old No. 7 pack is named after a bourbon from Tennessee— or a mule, owned by ‘Mad Jack’, one of Grizzly Adams’ few human friends… all we’re gonna say for sure is that our Old No. 7 Canoe Pack is handy to have along in canoe country (or wherever you use it) because it’s durable, a great size, and filled with features! Old No. 7 Pack

Not to be mistaken for a day pack, the Old No. 7 is big. It’s a canoe pack, meant to contain a full (but well chosen) camping kit: tent, sleeping bag, cook pot, rain gear, first aid, skivvies, saw, a pair of socks and maybe a bit more. It all oughtta fit in a pack this size. If it won’t fit, you might not really need it.

The Old No. 7, like all our Frost River canoe packs, is handmade from waxed canvas. The proprietary wax from Fairfield Textiles makes the cotton canvas weather and water resistant. It also helps protect against abrasion and wear. It is very tough stuff. The backstraps are padded and faced with premium deerhide buckskin. There is a leather cinch strap with brass roller buckle at the top of the pack for compression. Solid brass rings line the sides for more compression or storing gear. At the bottom of the side panel (the gusset) is a small slip pocket for map, permit, water bottle or wet socks. The flap straps on the lid (overbuilt to hold the heft of the pack when it’s lifted to and from the canoe) are riveted and sewn for longevity and lasting durability. The bottom of the pack gets double canvas. A tumpline and waist belt are standard equipment, and both are removable and replaceable. We aim to deliver the best right from the start. The Old No. 7, like all our reliable softgoods, is built by hand at Frost River in Duluth, Minnesota and guaranteed for life.

If you like what you see, but need more space, we make bigger packs as well. Our Lewis and Clark is larger, the Tregurtha is bigger yet. The Woodsman is smaller, but all are on the same scale of proportions and features. The Grand Portage is larger with a wider side gusset, and offers an extendable top with flaps that fold over. The Old No. 3 is similar in capacity, but is an envelope style instead of a box style pack meaning there is no additional side panel, cinch straps or brass rings, the front and back pieces are sewn together at the seam.

Carry traditions with a traditional canoe pack that’s built by hand on the doorstep to Minnesota’s canoe country by the artisan craftspersons at Frost River in Duluth, MN.




23"h x 21"w x 6"d


2898 c.i. (Actual) 5216 c.i. (Expanded approx.)


2 external slip, 1 internal map pocket.


Internal rain flaps, large flap over main compartment.

Shoulder Straps

Harness leather, foam pad, buckskin.

Compression Syst

Leather straps and buckles, para cord, d-rings.


Double canvas.


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



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.


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. 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.


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.


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. 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, 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.


  • 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.
  • Again, monogrammed gear is not returnable.



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  1. E. Rundell

    5 out of 5 Faithful Companion

    E. Rundell

    I bought my No. 7 a few years ago when I was in search of a classic looking box pack to go everywhere with me. I had never been to the store before, and after trying a few packs on I brought it up to the register and asked where it was made, and by who – the guy working looked at it, pointed to the back room and said “back there, and it was probably me.” Sold.

    As advertised, the pack is “just right.” It’s big enough to be a great portage pack while small enough to be a great “do all” bag. I’ve hauled mine over countless portages, through snowy pine forests, to plenty of duck camps and I have yet to have a complaint about it. It fit’s me (5’9″) perfectly, and for long hikes the waist band is just the right amount of support to keep the pack from sliding around. Like everything FR does, the heavy canvas and leather are not only beautiful, but they function flawlessly. I own many packs these days, but No. 7 is almost always with me.

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