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Summit Expedition Pack

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The Summit Expedition Pack is made from waxed canvas, premium leather, and solid brass hardware.

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 are simple, classic, and yet refined knapsacks. It's been said "It's all you need!" Just toss stuff inside, throw your shoulders through the straps and go. No need to meticulously pack contents (though it's better to pack carefully) the Summit's won't mind. The Summit Expedition takes the same simple charm of our original Summit Pack and adds 2-in-1 side pockets. They'll carry a water bottle or thermos with ease and offer additional storage between the pack body and pocket. There's also a gusseted front zip pocket to stow small items. Lash squares are solidly stitched on the top lid to secure items to the exterior of the pack. The whole pack is made from our 18oz waxed canvas, the leather straps are hearty and reliable, all the hardware is solid brass. It's all you need and a little extra. Made at Frost River in Duluth, Minnesota.

Upgrade your straps! Enhance your pack with our premium buckskin padded shoulder straps. Cut from the same burly bridle leather and built with the same care, attention to detail and cushy closed-cell foam as in our canoe and bushcraft packs, this is an upgrade in both style and function. Please note that upgrading to the buckskin straps may require us to spend extra time building your pack. All of our buckskin comes from real, wild deer hides, so each one is a little different and may show scars & evidence of life lived in the wilds of North America. They'll most definitely be worth the wait! Frost River Canvas My State Buckskin Patch Info Below.


Main pack body: 20″h x 11″w x 9″d. 1980 c.i. (Approx.) Side pockets measure 10″h x 5.5"w x 2″d. Front pocket measures 6″h x 9″w x 2″d.


3.30 lbs


1 zip on bottom of flap, 3 external (2 side with flap and buckle (2-in-1), 1 gusseted w/zip on front.)


Para cord cinch, flap over main compartment.


Waxed canvas, 1.5″ cotton web, foam pad, harness leather attachment, attached to yoke ring.


1″ cotton web.


4 lash squares on flap.


Double canvas.


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

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  • 5
    Pretty awesome

    Posted by Darrin Ellero on Apr 11th 2022

    This is a strong high quality pack. I was worried it was too large but you can adjust the size easily. My first of many packs from FR.

  • 5
    Awesome Pack

    Posted by Christofer M Pacheco on Mar 30th 2022

    Just as described, and just as expected. Beautiful bag that will last for years.

  • 5
    back pack

    Posted by James Higgins on Jan 18th 2022

    bought it because I was tired of carrying a wives girly back pack around in the airport. Well built and is perfect for a weekend trip. bought the handle bar bag to put on top for more storage

  • 5
    Summit Expedition Pack

    Posted by Steven on Nov 3rd 2021

    What can I say its a frost river and they build'em like it was for family.

  • 5
    Absolutely Amazing

    Posted by Joshua on Oct 18th 2021

    I am so happy and proud to carry something with me everyday that shows the best of people who have taken the time to develop the skill, resources, and drive to share something of true quality to the world. I fear this is something that’s being steadily forgotten in today’s “disposable world”, but this pack is a testament to class of humans who take pride in the things that we bring into our lives everyday. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing this pack into my life. Worth every last penny, and then some.

  • 5
    The Jeep Wrangler of Backpacks

    Posted by Caleb H. on Sep 28th 2021

    Forged from the experiences of voyageurs, pioneers, rangers, and adventurers… The Summit Expedition holds up to any rigorous demands thrown its way. I first snagged mine fresh off the production line back in the day when the shop was the only nice thing around in Lincoln Park. During college I’d shove my laptop case and textbooks inside it, loading it down with chocolate milk and bananas to sustain me through the boring lectures of professors. In the off time it could fit my camera gear, beer, tobacco and food for the short ventures up the north shore of Minnesota. Rain, snow or sleet, I’d rely on it to keep my gear dry and out of the elements. Then one day, when I found myself in Montana, I dragged this finely crafted pack through mountainous crags, wading glacial rivers, using it in backcountry operations for firefighting, and once chucked it out of a helicopter when being dropped off on a mountain top LZ. Any time I find myself in the BWCA, it’s my go to bag for stashing gear and snacks, and the most precious of all supplies: whiskey. Sure it’s beat to hell, but it’s never failed. If Indiana Jones had a pack, this would be it. The Summit Ex’ is rugged, designed with common sense, and crafted together with a tradition of being made by Americans with attention to detail. Whether for books, whiskey or gear, this is the one you’ll find yourself grabbing when stepping out the front door on your next adventure.

  • 5
    Summit Expedition Pack

    Posted by Bill Cappy on Aug 22nd 2021

    My kids bought me this pack for my birthday 2 months ago. I wanted to use this pack before I gave a review, and it hasn’t disappointed! The pack has enough room for me to go to my cabin for a long weekend and it has room to spare. I have used it for several small trips and have never had to decide what to take and what to leave. We went on a week trip to the beach and this pack makes the perfect carryon bag, I always pack what I need for the first w days in my carry on bag, loose your luggage once on vacation and you will learn the value of a spacious bag. This bag has the right amount of floppiness to fit under the airplane seat or to shove behind the seat of my truck. The waxed canvas looks better and better every time I use it. This pack has the classic look of something to be used on a expedition but fits right in with everyday use as well.

  • 3

    Posted by DENNIS GESKER on Jul 19th 2021

    A good everyday kick around bag. Good size. Good back straps. Added a 'Sawbill Trail Handlebar Bag' to the lash squares on top for light and quick access items; pens, pen knife, phone, lighter, etc. It would be nice if there were lash squares on the bottom, too. Only negative is that the leather to close the pockets and lid are all very thin. Flimsy, really. I'm sure they will soon tear and need to be replaced. If I had known, and it was offered, I would have willingly paid for these to be upgraded to a heavier weight leather. When the first one eventually tears I'll just take the bag to the local saddlery and have all 3 replaced with good leather. The rest of the pack build is good. I own a Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs, too. The leather for the pockets on that pack is much better.

  • 4
    Summit Expedition Pack

    Posted by Richard Edgecomb on May 14th 2021

    Very well made. Nice arrangement of main bucket, side & front pockets. Good service, fair price, and quick delivery. BUT, there is one MAJOR design flaw, there are no lashing patches on the bottom of this pack. Not worthy of 5 stars due this flaw. Should have probably rated it 3 stars because Frost River refused to sew on the lashing patches or sell me the patches for me to sew on. I gave it 4 stars because it generally meets my needs better than other packs available in the marketplace and I was able to correct this design flaw.