$250.00 – $280.00
Voyageur is the French word for traveler, and ours is a versatile traveler indeed! Made to carry on a back or a shoulder these bags are at home in the woods and the boardroom and everything in between. Built to last in Duluth, Minnesota with stowable backstraps, an array of attachments, pockets and well placed features to keep gear in place, and several carrying options.
Here’s a handcrafted bag, well equipped for most any intrepid adventure. The crossover design works great for an outdoor lifestyle that requires travel luggage, trips across town for meetings, as well as a backpack for hauling adventure gear out and back again.
Hard working French Voyageurs roamed the canoe country of the North American continent for years before America’s westward expansion. “Voyageur” is the French word for traveler, and this bag is one very versatile traveler! Convertible between backpack, luggage, and briefcase, the stowable backstraps tuck out of the way for carrying with the sturdy web handles or optional web shoulder strap, yet they’re ready in moment when you need your hands free. Just break out the contoured, padded backstraps and use the bag as a pack. A pair of D-rings are there to add a shoulder strap for even more options. The trio of possibilities creates a veritable “hat trick” of carry options!
Plenty of pockets inside and out offer compartments to keep your stuff where it belongs. The large zip pocket on the front sports an organizing panel inside for keeping travel documents, gadgets, and a newspaper or magazine ready in a flash. Inside, a full length padded zip sleeve offers a spot for a laptop. Our new XP Snap Grid is compatible with our XP Accessory Bags, providing storage for smaller objects in a pocket sized to your liking. The grid lets you add the optional Accessory Bags in backpack or briefcase orientation. The heavy duty full zipper hugs the back of the pack to allow easy access to the padded sleeve whether in pack or brief mode. The #10 zipper goes three quarters of the way around the bag allowing it to open almost flat so you can easily get to or pack your gear.
Waxed canvas construction keeps the weather out, sheds dirt, debris, and stains, and will last for years. We build them and guarantee ‘em, in Duluth, Minnesota. Voyageur Backpacks come in two sizes, and both are carry on compliant for airline travel. The Backpack Brief is a little smaller, the Backpack Luggage, a little larger.
Available in Heritage Black as well as Field Tan, the Voyageur Brief lets you choose which environment to blend in with, and which you’d like to carry with you. In Heritage Black, it’s professional, sleek and understated. Heritage Black features all the same high quality materials as Field Tan, leather from Red Wing, MN, waxed canvas and solid brass hardware. It’s built right from the start in Duluth, MN in solid black and antiqued solid brass. Here’s a pack you’ll enjoy for decades to come.
Here’s a hard working and stylish way to add more versatility to your load. A bag built to keep up with you and your equipment no matter if on the road, in the air, down the trail, or just rambling about. Intrepid Voyageurs know to keep as many options open as possible when out and about, our backpack luggage is ready to hold all sorts of stuff and let you carry it however you please. Happy Travels!
Want to read more about the Voyageur or see our other crossover luggage pieces? The experienced travelers at Expedition Portal found the Voyageur to be, “a fantastic travel companion.” Click here to find out why the Voyaguer has become their new go-to. Or read up on our overview of the Voyaguer in this blog post.
Frost River Canvas My State Buckskin Patch Info Below.
No.876- Voyageur Backpack Brief, No.877- Voyageur Backpack Luggage, No.876-N Voyageur Backpack Brief Heritage Black
|Size / Volume||
Backpack Brief. 12.5"w x 19"h x 5"d c.i. (1,188 c.i. approx volume),, Backpack Luggage. 14.5"w x 21"h x 7"d (2,132 c.i. approx volume).
Backpack Brief. 3.45 lbs., Backpack Luggage. 4.1 lbs.
Exterior slip with zip and organizing panel, interior padded sleeve with zip, exterior slip for shoulder straps
Heavy Duty #10 Zipper with extra wide zip opening
Stowable contoured padded shoulder straps with daisy chain attachment points
1.5" cotton web handles with leather handle keeper
|Lash / Attachment Points||
6 bridle leather lash squares (2 on left, right and bottom), Interior XP snaps, 1" cotton web daisy chain, D-rings for shoulder strap (strap sold separately)
Canvas Double bottom
18 oz. Waxed canvas on body, 10.10oz waxed canvas on padded sleeve, #9 and #10 Coil Zippers, Solid brass d-rings, sliders, clips, and snaps
Canvas My State Buckskin Patches
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!
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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.