Frost River Isle Royale Bushcraft pack first hike

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  1. Kerri

    Kerri úlfheðnar Hobbyist Bushclass I

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    I took my new Frost River I sle Royale bushcraft pack out on my first hike with it I did about 10 miles total stopping halfaway to play in the woods a bit haha. I really dig this pack so far its got a few "faults" but nothing major it will be my go to bag for bush bumming for a very long time
    Frost River Isle Royale Bushcraft pack first hike - YouTube

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    Hard to see here but thats a big ol paw print there are a few bears round here
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    all the goodies I brought with me
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    using the sleeping pad roled up inside works great
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    with all that thrown in it cinched down to here leaving plenty of room for more gear for an overnighter
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    I didnt carry all that for nothin, made some ramen noodles for lunch
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  2. gwynn1975

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    Wow, that's a lot of water... Good for you though, as staying hydrated is important, even in these cooler months..

    Great looking day out
     
  3. Mr.Black

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    That pack is the Daddy Man!
    M/BK
     
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    This is the full size one correct? Not the Jr.? Very nice pack indeed! Giggity!
     
  5. Kerri

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    Yes its the full size bushcraft pack
     
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    looks like a big time, Kerri!

    congrats on your FR goodness - it all looks great together
     
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    O so Cooooool!!

    Thanks!!
     
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    Wow!!! that's alotta gear. Bet you had a good time. Nice photos, thank you!!!
     
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    Man, it's like watching one of those infomercials that you can't resist wanting to call and order one for yourself. Just may end up doing just that. Thanks for taking the time to post.
     
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    that would have to be my ideal bag shape I think, wish I could afford one.
     
  11. DeseretPatriot

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    Hey KerriTM, I'm going back and forth between the Sr. and the Jr.. Looking for something that's more of a daypack but could be used for 1 or 2 overnights if needed. Do you think the Jr. is too small for that? Would the Sr. be just right? I personally wouldn't be carrying as much gear for a day hike as you've shown in this thread.
     
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    I couldn't really tell you if the jr would be better then the sr I don't normally carry that much on a day hike but I wanted to add some weight to see how well the pack rode at about a 50 lb load but the bag cinches down pretty good so it wont be awkward if there wasn't as much gear in there
     
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    Great ruck. On my list of future buys.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Very cool man. That looks like a great pack. Curious to what the flaws were to the ruck.
     
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    Nice, looks like a flagship canvas pack........great vid, congrats.
     
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    Great! Thanks KerriTM :)
     
  17. Malcolm C.

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    Kerri,
    Thanks for taking the time to make your video review. That’s a great looking pack. I, too, love the old fashioned look, but I had a few questions about the functionality. How far did you end up going with the 50 lbs. in the pack? Given that it has no frame per say, how did it carry by the end of your hike? I would fear that the lack of frame and perpendicular belt would cause it to sag. Did the belt dig into your hips? It would seem the minimal padding and non-ergonomic shape of the belt would grind like crazy if the weight was successfully transferred to your hips rather than hanging on your shoulders. If you had none of those experiences, it looks like a well reasoned pack.
    Thanks,
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  18. Kerri

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    I did at least 10 miles with the pack on and by using the sleep pad to form a frame the pack molded to my back with the exception of the sternum strap being a tad to short the pack rode really well, better then alot of internal frame packs I've used
     
  19. Malcolm C.

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    That's good news. Perhaps I'll save up a bit and give one a try. I figure I can decide if it will work for me within one trip, and if not, I am sure I can recoup most of my cash selling it online. Thanks again for the info.

    Take care,
    Malcolm
     
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    reckon youv'e inspired me to do some mods to my frost river bushcraft pack, i'll start tomorrow. the most ambitious being an inner sleeve for a backpad, something i'm a bit surprized that is not inclusive already.
    but first i'll start with some leather gear patches on the top lid...woods
     
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    I have the similar Duluth Bushcraft pack and really like it as well. I think the side pockets are a nice addition to the FR pack compared to the Duluth. Also the Duluth gains some funcionality, but loses some athetics with their side compression straps and waistbelt buckle.
     
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    We need to get you a tripod Kerri...hahaha
     
  24. Kerri

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    I need to figure out something haha
     
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    Fleabay has some dirt cheap ones. Get you buy for a while. Really helps out filming.
     
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    Thanks for the review man! Mine is due to arrive in a couple of days and I can't wait. Also I'm glad to see you made it out of the woods without getting shot up by The Red Baron!
     
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    I cant wait to get one of those packs.
     
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    Its the sandhills region
     
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    I just recieved mine the other day, it's all packed and ready for a day off to go trekking, wait I hear it softly crying in the background. lol!
     
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    Very nice pack and great pictures, thanks for sharing your trip with us!
     
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    I did about 7 miles with my Isle Royale loaded up to just a few ounces shy of 50# last weekend and couldn't agree with you more! She's a sweet riding pack!

    The sleep pad "frame" is key to a comfortable carry with this bag, imho. Also, I changed out the waistbelt to a super heavy duty 2" leather one. I think that added to my comfort as well. Gets the load off your shoulders a little better than the stock belt.
     
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    thanks for the review. I've been looking for a good video that really details the carrying capacity of that pack.
     
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    I..need...one....NOW!
    This is exactly what I've been looking for.
    sadly, way out of my price range.
    love the ax carrier
     
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    "Barrel-chested freedom fighter" hahaha. Can't argue with that though, you're about the same height as me but 40lbs heavier :p

    I'm sensing a pattern Kerri... you review a pack, and I decide I have to add a pack to my list of things to buy ;)

    The thing that kept holding me back from one of these large canvas packs is I can't see them being anywhere near as comfortable as I'd like for extended carry. Hearing that you can carry it 10 miles and still think it's reasonably comfortable makes me think it might be doable. The only caveat is I usually use an inflatable mat so I'm not sure if it would work nearly as well for the "frame" effect.

    By the way, for a tripod, I've been getting a lot of good use out of my ZipShot (I tried both sizes and you definitely want larger one). It's light, quick to set up and take down, and packs small. Works well for carrying in the woods for shooting vids. It's not a pro tripod but it excels at being portable and quick to deploy. Worth looking into for your purposes I think.
     
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    Anyone know the cubic inches of this pack. It lists the ci of the smaller one but not the larger on their site.
     
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    Great review, Kerri.
     
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    Glad you're diggin the pack. It's a spacious specimen, I enjoyed working with it during the build. So much so I left the pic of it as my avatar.

    50#s is a lot in a frame-less pack like that, packing it correctly is critical, sounds like you did a heckofa job on that!
     
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    Great review. I think I just made my mind up and will be pulling the trigger on this by Friday. Thanks.
     
  40. Capt. Jeff

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    great looking pack! you had a lot of stuff in there!
     
  41. Kerri

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    Thanks ill be sure to check those tripods out, the inflatable mat I've got will work with the pack but it might not be as good as the non inflatable ill give it a shot and let you know

     
  42. Kerri

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    Its 3312ci
     
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    Kerri,

    What do you think of the top closure "flaps" Like/hate?

    I thought perhaps a draw string closer would be nicer, and more secure for top loaded gear.

    Just an idea I had to customize the pack whenever I order it.
     
  44. Kerri

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    It does have grommets at the top of the pack to run chord through so i thinkn will end up doing that kind of the same style as a military duffel bag but there not a bad feature
     
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    Yeah I have seen it in person, just wasn't excited about the top flap thing. Figured a draw string that runs around the whole top and tightens in the center would be better. The duluth bushcrafter does this, and is the only thing I saw between them both that the duluth looked better at.

    The frost river in person seemed to be a far more solid pack, and better fitting as well than the duluth.

    Glad you like yours, I am jealous!
     
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    That's not a bad idea But I think you lose a couple inches space I may in the future add a wet weather topper in like I did with m y ruck that will let you maximize spac and still let you close it all up
     
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    Great stuff brother, this is the first actual review on you tube or anywhere(other than pics and the small clip showing the owners of FR) for that matter.....thanks for sharing with us...
     
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    I forgot to ask...how would you rank this pack(all around) compared to the Elberlestock you own as well....I really like both packs...
     
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    Its tough to compare and ill need to use it more before I can really get an opinion on it. I like the looks of the frost river much better but that's because I dig the traditional look alot more than tactical or other modern gear.
    while the eberlestock has an internal frame that's very comfortable you do have to relaern to pack it as its a unique packing system in order to fit all your items but the frost river could go from pretty comfortable to god awful pretty quick if packed the wrong way

    Where as the eberlestock halftrack I own isn't quite a full on ruck sized it could be used for warm weather camping trips or be able to attach items for cooler weather or extended trips the frost river was ment to compete with actual backpacking bags designed for extended camping trips so the size of the frost river is bigger initially but doesn't have as many options to attach items that the halftrack has due to the molle webbing on it

    I will use the halftrack for work and the bushcraft pack for hanging out in the woods for fun

    Hope that helps
     
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    I found the halftrack hard to pack at times. I really didn't like the internal molle, pockets and divider. I would have preferred it to be plan on the inside, cutting down on weight and doodads. That's one awesome thing about the traditional packs. They have a lot of flexibility when packing odd shaped items. Great review by the way! Thank you
     

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