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Great backpacks for the day, if your day consists of kayaking off a waterfall, hunting for your own food and sleeping in a hammock. If your day involves walking the Upper East Side, well, they’re good for that too.

Day Packs

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  • Add a Monogram

    $25.00

    There’s a new way to personalize your new bag… …With brand new monograms! Made a lot like how we make our logos right here at Frost River, heat and pressure make a permanent and good lookin’ impression on our premium leather...

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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 home you need to stow all that stuff plus more work from...

  • Cliff Jacobson Signature Pack No.830 by Frost River.

    Cliff Jacobson Signature Pack

    $210.00

    https://vimeo.com/77247856 This box style canoe pack is designed with help from outdoor writer, wilderness traveler, and Eagle Scout, Cliff Jacobson and laid out with helpful features designed to haul your gear through the lakes of canoe country or the...

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    Geologist Pack

    $200.00

    Roaming the North Country in search of Iron Ore can lead an intrepid young geologist into all sorts of adventure. James Byron Hustad was known as J.B.H. had explored Minnesota’s Iron Range in search of underground deposits for U.S. Steel in the...

  • High Falls -short day pack No.399 by Frost River is a small pack made from field tan waxed canvas. Long and narrow, it's shaped to accommodate a water bladder. The long and lean layout works great when you just want to carry some gear in a low profile pack.

    High Falls Short-Day Pack

    $95.00

    It’s a short hike up to the High Falls of the Baptism River in Tettegouche State Park. The scenery is amazing, some of the best Minnesota has to offer! Good thing you brought a snack and some water so you can stay awhile. The High Falls -Short...

  • Ima Lake Cinch Bags in Hunter Orange and Field Tan Nos. 417 & 417O

    Ima Lake Cinch Bag

    $60.00

    It’ll be a cinch to find ways to use this bag! You’ve seen, and likely used a bag like this before, but wouldn’t it be nice to have one that lasts? Premium materials and Frost River construction make a big difference in durability. This...

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    Itinerant Daypack

    $150.00

    “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by frost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) If your ranging requires a trusty pack the Itinerant lives up...

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    Mesabi Range Daypack

    $160.00

    At home in Chicago, Eveleth, or North Hegman Lake, the Mesabi Range Pack will serve you well wherever you travel. Inside there’s room to pack a lunch or stow the goods from a quick stop at the market. An internal sleeve easily stows a laptop...

  • Nessmuk Pack No.821 by Frost River.

    Nessmuk Pack

    $240.00

    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...

  • Summit Boulder Jct.

    $240.00

    Compression is the key to the Boulder Junction Pack. It’s a fairly tall pack that holds a lot and really benefits from the cinched sides that the brass rings and laced cord provide. We got valuable input from the adventurers at Camp Manito-wish in...

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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, premium materials, and USA construction. Summit Packs...

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    Summit Pack

    $150.00

    An expertly crafted rucksack to wear on your back and haul the stuff that needs to be carried. A backpack with padded waxed canvas shoulder straps attached to a solid brass ring–what more do you need (or want)? It's simple to like-- just toss stuff...

  • Vintage Pack No.821 by Frost River.

    Vintage Pack

    $180.00

    O. Henry says that "the true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate." This is a great pack to grab when you're heading out to meet & greet an unknown fate, but want to calculate just a bit of room for an...

  • Voyageur Backpack

    $250.00

    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...

  • Skyline Rolldown Backpack Large (left) and Small (right) No.105 and N.104 by Frost River.

    Skyline Rolldown Backpack

    $110.00

    A handcrafted backpack that's sized small, with a safe and secure rolltop closure that's handy whether you're biking the Skyline Parkway along Duluth’s hillside or hunting agates along the Lake Superior shoreline. This pack keeps a low profile, and...

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    Knapsack

    $110.00

    Do nothing in haste, wrote Edward Whymper after his first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1868, look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end. We took Mr. Whymper’s words to heart as we designed this Knapsack: simple and well...

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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 small. Popular in town as much as on the paths less...

  • 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 Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely, MN. Our North Bay...

  • Bedroll Strap

    $15.00

    A harness leather strap to lash stuff to your pack. Finished length is 25", the straps will work with the 3/4" lash squares found on our packs. Brass hardware, premium leather... they're made to last.     MATERIALS ...

  • Itasca Outset Day Pack

    $200.00

    See what's going on inside your pack with a full zip opening and plenty of pockets.  You get the choice of having padding in the sleeve at the back or not.  Waxed canvas with a sensible layout plus American manufacturing, equals a pack you'll...