Tales from the trail
When I say I did a ton of research on the bags I was about to buy, that's a major understatement. I read reviews, watched videos and asked real people their takes on bags for weeks one end. My wife was starting to think I'd lost my mind. I've recently subscribed to the buy it for life philosophy where possible and this seemed like a great way to do it. I was shopping for a bulletproof duffle bag and backpack for work/fun trips. I travel about half the year for work recently plus I'm a rather large fella so I needed something tough and spacious. I finally decided on the voyageur backpack and the laurentian luggage duffle. They're both absolutely incredible. They look great on the website but when you actually hold them in your hands you feel how tough the waxed canvas is, how chunky and sturdy the zippers are and also how spacious they are. I've already travelled twice with them since my purchase and they look the same as when I opened the box they came in.
My only complaint if I had one was the organization in the voyageur. I bought it primarily as a backpack so I find the strap in the front pouch doesn't hold things very well. Were I to use it as a briefcase instead I'm sure they would be great but it is a bit strange that a bag touted as being able to be carried 3 ways isn't a bit more thoughtful with it's organization when in one of the advertised carry modes.
Beyond that both are incredible pieces that I can imagine myself owning for years to come. 9.5/10
Really like that this luggage will be appreciated by me as well as my heirs - it is incredibly well made and tough. I spent a month in Hungary and Scotland and this is the only luggage i took with me. I was concerned it would be too large for some smaller air carriers, but it was well accepted and even fit under the seat in aisle seats. Although i bought the shoulder strap, I ended up not using it, but always the backpack straps which came in handy when having to run through two airports for considerable distance. Thanks for a great product and now shopping for a handbag.
A generational purchase
I have the Itinerant dayback that I use as my computer bag, however, I recently got a laptop that is more 'workstation' and is quite larger than normal, so I needed a larger pack. I was inbetween the small size (what I got) and the larger size.
My computer case it helps anyone is "ThinkPad P17 Gen 2 Intel (17") - Mobile Workstation - 20YU002SUS". It barely fits in the zipper --- like literally no 1/8" more in any direction would allow the pack to zip up. It BARELY fits. Therefore, if you are trying to figure out whether your larger computer will fit, just look up my laptop size and know its quite literally the max.
Other than that its got a decent amount of room in the pack for other stuff. With my laptop in it there really isn't enough room for too much clothes or anything unless you are traveling during spring or traveling very light. I was going to get the larger pack so my computer + clothes could stay in one pack and I could just have 'one bag' for overnight trips, but instead I decided to use my normal overnight back separately which works well for this. I keep my computer + books + cord + headphones + tablet etc (basically any electronics in it).
Quality is just as good as it always is. The only gripe I have with Frost River is there is no free shipping on products that cost this much. And free exchanges should happen too (for store credit/different sizes/etc.
High and strong frostriver backpack. I had another backpack from this firm and highly recommend it. Greetings from Paris