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

  • Flight Bag

    $180.00

    Rugged simplicity. If you want to keep the weight, cost, and fuss to a minimum check out the Flight Bags. Leather handles add reliability, a double layer of waxed canvas at the bottom resists...

  • Curtis Flight Bag

    $215.00

    The Curtis Flight Bag makes flying with a carry on bag easier and handier than ever now that there’s a spot to stash your paperwork. The twin pockets at the back readily stow a folded...

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    Book Pack & Simple Book Pack

    $110.00

    Built like a canoe pack but shrunk way down, The Book Packs offer heritage, utility, and function reduced to a miniature size. Just don't call them cute. They are tough, reliable, and secure-- but...

  • Frost River Catalog

    $0.00

    You've reached our catalog request page! Add a catalog to your cart here, and if that's all you're getting, we will ship it to you free. If you're interested in seeing what our premium raw materials...

  • Sojourn Pack

    $180.00

    “so·journ noun : a period of time when you stay in a place as a traveler or guest” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary seems to indicate that if a temporary stay has you carrying...

  • Frost River Zip Hoodie

    $80.00

    Not to brag, but this is to other hoodies what our bags are to other bags. Our Hoodies have a full length zipper on the front, a hood on the back, and great heavyweight sweatshirt material in between...

  • Crescent Lake Shoulder Bag Large No.558 by Frost River.

    Crescent Lake Shoulder Bag

    $70.00

    Backwoods utility meets uptown styling in a Frost River sort of way. The Crescent Lake Shoulder Bag offers pockets inside and out, a long strap to carry the bag however you please, snaps to keep it...

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

    Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs

    $330.00

    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...

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    Frost River Accessory Bag

    $16.00

    Add some organization to your pack or bag. Accessory Bags are available in three sizes and hold a surprising amount due to their triangular shape-- a wide bottom and zippered top. The XP versions...

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    Summit Expedition Pack

    $220.00

    The Summit series of packs are based on the traditional knapsack. It's a classic and enduring design that works. Our Summit Expedition goes a step further with upgraded pockets, external lash points,...

  • North Bay Daypack

    $140.00

    “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...

  • Back Bay Lumbar Pack

    $195.00

    It’s Day 4 on your BWCA adventure. You made it to Prairie Portage, skirted the border, and paddled the endless expanse of Basswood Lake to make a base on its southern shores. Now you’re...

  • Travel Kit

    $60.00

    A classic Travel Kit to tote the items fellas (or ladies) need to look their best while away from home. Our version is made in Duluth, Minnesota from our heavyweight waxed cotton canvas, it's water...

  • Windigo Signal Bag

    $35.00

    It feels good to be on land after the foggy, two hour ferry across Lake Superior. Isle Royale was barely visible as the old captain turned into the North Gap and Washington Harbor, but the fog...

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    Arrowhead Trail Rolltop Pack

    $180.00

    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...

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

Dec 12th 2018

The Handcrafted Hub of Frost River... The Store!

The Frost River Trading Co. at 1910 West Superior Street in Duluth, Minnesota is the hub of all things Frost River. First and foremost, it’s a store. It's THE Store for everything Frost River related! It's where you can find all t...

Dec 4th 2018

Looking for a Gift? We've got those!

It’s not easy, finding a good, meaningful gift amid the noise and chatter of this modern age. We’d like to encourage you to take a break. Step back and look toward the past and consider the lasting durability and charm of classic,...

Nov 7th 2018

Everyday Fair Shipping

Here at Frost River, we feel it’s important to be honest and fair. That’s part of why we use only the highest quality materials we can find like solid brass, waxed canvas and real premium leather. Just like those elements are t...

Jun 13th 2018

Welcome to the Frost River Marketplace!

We're excited to welcome two new businesses to the newly developed Frost River Marketplace which spans from 1900 to 1914 West Superior Street in the Lincoln Park Craft District.Corktown Deli and Brews and Love Creamery Ice...

May 3rd 2018

Book Excerpt: Kings of the Yukon by Adam Weymouth

In May of 2016, author Adam Weymouth reached out to us at Frost River about using a Campfire Tent on his upcoming epic paddle of the Yukon River. Over the course of four months, he’d be paddling 2,000 miles in search of King Salmo...

Mar 13th 2018

Gear for the Cold North

A little bit about our goods in the cold: Frost River gear is made to be used in all sorts of conditions, from the streets of Manhattan to the backwoods of the Boundary Waters and everything in between, and in every season. That...