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Vintage Messenger Bag

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The Vintage Messenger Bag is made from premium leather, waxed canvas, webbed cotton, and solid brass hardware.

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This full featured shoulder bag brings the messenger bag to a higher level. Borrowing elements from the Vintage pack, a pair of premium leather flapstraps go up and over the main flap of the bag. They hook into a solid brass post and offer speed with security like no other Frost River design. The 2” shoulder strap is attached directly to the bag and comes with a leather shoulder pad. The strap is adjustable and long enough to be worn across most chests. Built from waxed canvas, premium leather, and solid brass at our shop in Duluth, Minnesota. Available in Heritage Black as well as Field Tan, the Vintage Messengers let 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.


894 – Vintage Messenger Bag, 896 – Little Vintage Messenger Bag


Small: 9.25″h x 13″w x 4″d, Large: 10.25″h x 16″w x 4.75″d.


Small: 2.25 lbs, Large: 2.75 lbs.


Large flap over main pocket with straps over length of flap, two brass buckles and 2 SB snap posts.


1 full-width slip pocket on back.


Main compartment, 2 slip pockets.


2″ cotton web with adjustable slide, leather shoulder pad.


Double canvas.


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


Field Tan, Heritage Black

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  • 5
    Classic and Durable

    Posted by TDC on Jan 30th 2019

    I bought the Vintage Messenger Bag in Field Tan. The bag had a minor issue, but the people of Frost River resolved the problem quickly and considerately in an act of great customer service (Thank you, Frost River)! All the components of this bag are pleasing, and made of materials of fine quality. The metal: No cheap sheet metal or nickel here, just SOLID brass. The shoulder strap’s adjusting glide-buckles are particularly appealing with their rounded edges. The leather: The oil-tanned leather from Red Wing appears to be full-grain from good hides. The leather adjusting straps are hearty and strong just like on Frost River’s packs. The leather panel with the Frost River brand insignia is cut and sewn cleanly and develops beautiful character with use. The Sam Browne Post and leather strap closure is an ingenious design. Opening and closing the bag (while wearing it) takes a little getting used to, but once the bag and straps are broken in, it’s so easy. The waxed canvas: 18oz canvas gives just the right weight for a pack or bag! The color of the canvas on my bag appears more olive green than tan, which I really dig. The double-canvas base of the bag provides peace-of-mind in its strength and feel. The design: The layout of the organizing panel up front right under the hood makes it easy to access smaller contents, while the voluminous interior can fit all I need for work, or a day of play. The bag’s wide shoulder strap with its broad leather pad distributes the weight of a full load so comfortably that walking/biking long distances doesn’t feel burdensome. By far this is the most comfortable (and most handsome) messenger bag I’ve used. All around, the Vintage Messenger bag’s timeless design and strong construction with lasting materials make this bag a keeper for ages!

  • 5
    Excellent, Heavy Duty Messenger Bag

    Posted by Jonathan Chapman on Jul 20th 2017

    I received one of these messenger bags for Christmas 2016. I routinely destroy messenger bags as I use them to carry electronics and tools when on the road and in the field. Usually the first thing to go is the shoulder strap attachment or the bag closure. This one's solid. Additionally, the main section is divided into three sections which is nice for keeping items separated and easy to get to. The pockets on the outside of the main section are the right sizes for the small tools, folding rule, notebook, et c. that I regularly carry, and the flap cinches down tight enough to keep them from falling out, unlike most messenger bags. Overall, very happy, extremely rugged product, and it's survived longer than any of its predecessors.