Explorer Duffel Bag

Rated 4.83 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)
SKU: SKU-105by Frost River




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Personalize your softgoods with up to 4 letters, hot-stamped into a premium leather patch and sewn to your goods. Allow up to 10 business days, more details down the page. Enter initials below.

A solid, heavy duty duffel– great gear bags for African safaris, weekend trips, or hockey practice. Available in four sizes. More details below.



Our most robust duffel bags, the Explorers are built to handle heavy loads. Tough, wide, web handles go around the circumference of the bag. There’s a dust flap over the main zipper to protect the opening and keep contents dry. A roomy pocket on the side closes with a leather strap and brass post. There’s a grab handle on one end and a low profile zip pocket on the other.

Four sizes make up the Explorer line –the small is neat and trim for just the basics, sized like a gym bag. The CarryOn is a weekend bag that is compliant to bring on board commercial airlines. The Medium is bigger, a handy gear bag for the outdoors. The Large Explorer lives up to its name. It begins to approach the scale of a hockey bag. It can carry a LOT. All are built from waxed canvas, premium leather, and solid brass hardware at Frost River in Duluth Minnesota.




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Size / Volume

Sm. 9.5″h x 19″w x 9.5d. 1715 c.i., C.O: 13″h x 20″w x 12″d. 3120 c.i., Md. 13″h x 24.5″w x 12″d. 3822 c.i., Lg. 15.5″h x 31″w x 13″d. 6247 c.i.


Sm. 3 lbs, C.O. 3.6 lbs, Md. 4 lbs, Lg. 4.8 lbs. (Approx.)


1 external front pocket with leather strap closure, 1 zippered pocket on end of bag.


Double canvas.


2″ cotton web with leather handle cover, web grab handle on end of bag.

Shoulder Strap

2″ cotton web, adjustable slide, snap hooks.


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

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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. duffell

    5 out of 5 Exceeded Expectations

    duffell (verified owner)

    I had never heard of Frost River prior to performing a search for US made bags. I had intended to buy a waxed canvas/leather bag from a shoemaker in Wisconsin, but it was unavailable(turns out, that bag is imported anyway). Did I ever get lucky to find Frost River.
    My medium size, Explorer duffel arrived after 2 days, in a 12x12x8 US Post priority mail box, folded and wrapped in packing paper. The canvas, cotton web straps/handles, zippers and brass connections for the shoulder strap are all substantial. I also purchased a leather shoulder pad which is a nice piece of leather. I have no doubt this bag will last the rest of my lifetime, and will just look better with age. I also wanted to mention how great the customer service is. Top notch. Couldn’t be more happy with my purchase, and I would not hesitate to recommend Frost River

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    • Andrew


      Awesome stuff! Question: what would you compare the medium explorer bag to? I’ve been deciding between medium or large

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    • Alex Messenger

      Alex Messenger

      Hey Andrew,
      The Medium is like a large carryon bag, while the large is much bigger, more along the lines of a small hockey bag. Hope that helps!

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  2. Gary

    5 out of 5 Son’s birthday

    Gary (verified owner)

    This is the second bag I have purchased from Frost River. Top notch! I’ll be back for more.

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  3. Dan B.

    5 out of 5 Carrying the Kitchen Sink in Style

    Dan B. (verified owner)

    Just had the Large Explorer bag delivered to my front door, in record time. This is my 2nd Frost River piece, the first being the Summit pack I purchased back in 2012. That bag has served as hiking and hunting pack, school bag and weekend bag flawlessly. I have a longer trip coming up and decided it was time for a addition. FR wasn’t lying when they said this bag was BIG, but for a extra 20.00 over the medium, I couldn’t pass it up. It is almost a size of my old Army issue duffle bag. That’s a good thing. The quality of construction is what I would expect from FR; top notch. I have lots of business and hunting trips in my future, and this bag will carry pretty much anything, and look good in any environment.

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  4. Pavel Rabinovich


    Pavel Rabinovich

    How well does this duffel fold up? I am looking to bring this with me in a luggage for extra storage and need to know if I can fold it up to fit it in my suitcase. Also, how well does it restore its shape after it was folded up? Thank you for the information.

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    • Alex Messenger

      Alex Messenger

      Hi Pavel,

      Thanks for your question! They vary in size depending on which one you’re folding, but the carryons folds to about 9.5″x9.5″x4″ (thinner if you don’t fold it as many times) while the large folds to roughly 12″x12″x7″. The other pieces of luggage that would fold well would be our Flight Bags (Curtis or Standard) and the Imout Round Duffel, with the latter folding the smallest.

      All of our goods fold and unfold well, though we try not to crease large leather panels or foam-backed pieces, neither of which are present in the Explorers or other mentioned bags. We ship our bags folded, and while the canvas shows folds, creases and scratches because of the wax, they go away with use or a light application of heat as from a hair dryer. If it’s clean and dry, you don’t need to hesitate to fold and pack Frost River gear.

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  5. Matt

    4 out of 5 Super Sturdy Bag

    Matt (verified owner)

    I own the large size and use it 4-6 days a week for the gym. Very solid canvas construction with nice stitching. The solid brass hooks attached to the bag inspire confidence that your bag won’t free fall from your shoulder unlike the squeaky plastic hooks of a nylon gym bag. You could hang from the shoulder strap it’s so sturdy. My only qualm with it would be the attachment points to the bag are a cloth material, but mine haven’t shown fraying yet. Rolled leather handles are made of a high quality leather and brilliant idea to have the webbing go all the way under to support the bag too. One of my favorite features of this bag is the zippers. Fat tabs to grab onto and they slide well on the top and side pocket. The front pocket is nice with the leather tab, but I’d prefer a zipper for speed and ease of access. This bag may be too classy for the gym, but it’s a little bit of luxury you can use everyday.

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    • Russell Dye

      Russell Dye (verified owner)

      Just got my Large Explorer Duffle in the mail. Very pleased. Needed one bag just a little larger for some trips. This is a great bag when you need extra room for bulky items like a pillow.

      I have used Frost River bags for years. Liked them so much I gave each of my sons one.

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  6. B.C., New York

    5 out of 5 Built Like a Tank

    B.C., New York (verified owner)

    My wife and I have two of these Explorer Duffel Bags ( Carry On Size ) and used them regularly on our domestic and oversea trips. We loved how much STUFF the bags can handle. They are built using the most robust waxed canvas… we have pulled them, tossed them, yanked them, and they still look as if they just came out from the factory! We asked if Frost River could make us these bags right from the scratch ( and not send us the ones that were already made ), and they accommodated our request. It may take a little longer to get these bags, but they are worth the wait. The Carry On size can carry up to 4 days of clothes and personal accessories. The side zipper and external pockets are very useful just in case we need more storage. The pull/grab handles on the side of these duffels are very handy if we need to get these duffels out from the overhead cabin if they are placed sideways. High class brass hardwares and leather trimmings, durable waxed canvas, thick shoulder strap, excellent workmanship, and accommodating Customer Service are what compelled us to go with Frost River. Their ‘next door’ competitors, Du***P*** and Fil*** do not even come close to Frost River’s quality. Keep up the good work guys.

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  7. Lukas

    5 out of 5 A durable, spacious, head-turner


    I received a gift card for Christmas and I put it do good use on one of these carry-on duffels. It has quickly become my go-to bag for weekends up north, trips out of the country, and everything between! It fits everything I could want (and then some), and scores plenty of compliments from strangers. Would recommend this bag to anyone looking to invest in the last bag they are ever going to need!

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