Tales from the trail
The Handcrafted Hub of Frost River... The Store!
The Frost River Trading Co. at 1910 West Superior Street in Duluth, Minnesota is the hub of all things Frost River.
A Brief History of Waxed Canvas & its Whereabouts
Waxed canvas. What an enduring and endearing material. It has lasted through the ages, yet in the modern era, remains relevant.
Love these bags. The small is the perfect size for my GPS, field notebook, spare batteries, and pencils. I keep a bright orange version for my first aid kit in the same backpack.
These accessory bags come in sizes just right to fit into packs, messenger bags, and luggage. Designed and sewn to sit flat, they can add stability to a frameless box-style pack, or make an easily accessible storage solution on their own. The soft Hunter Orange version really pops, and stands out inside of a dark canvas bag. Similar to Frost River’s Iona packing cubes, the lighter-weight fabric of the orange accessory bag makes it so easy to pack and to organize within a larger bag/luggage that should I order more of these handy pouches in the future, I’ll go with the orange. Unfortunately, I received one of the large accessory bags with faulty sewing around the logo patch that led to the leather partially separating from the canvas. I informed Frost River personnel straight away, and the company kindly offered to send me a new replacement, and to send me a shipping label to return the defective product from Japan! I chose to repair it myself (a minor fix), but I appreciated the company’s honorable response to the issue. A sewing mishap aside, the quality materials used in the orange and in the heavier-weight Field Tan certainly impress. The waxed cotton-canvas adds character to the fabric that looks spectacular. The YKK zippers work like a charm too.
Ordered all three sizes. Great bags, well-made. Already being useful. My only complaint was the zipper pull. The zipper itself is substantial, but the metal pull would hit against the zipper and make noise. Solved that by clipping the pull off and replacing with a piece of leather boot lace. Looks good, and no longer makes noise. That would be my only suggestion to anyone that buys an accessory bag.
Expect this to last a long time. High quality and good size