Canoeing, Trip Planning

DULUTH PACK – LARGEST BWCAW COOPERATOR

March 23, 2015
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Yes, you’ve heard it before and you will hear it again from us. Duluth Pack is the largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the entire world! (SERIOUSLY cool, right?!). We know, we know – we’ve got some major bragging rights and are sure as heck flattered and proud to promote it!

For 133 continuous years, we’ve been proud to say our roots as a brand and company started with being the original Boundary Waters canoe pack. Even though we have expanded our line into lifestyle, hunting, and collaborations, we still keep the outdoors near and dear, especially the Boundary Waters territory.

Whether you’re a beginner or seniority (You know who you are. You can basically walk the grounds with your eyes closed) within the Boundary Waters area, the stories and experiences are endless. I mean, you know a good story is coming when either weather, animals, or scary stories are involved! Ps: Has anyone ever heard of Piccolo Bob? Those stories kept me up for days! Anyways, before we get too off topic… the adventure starts, every traveler must be prepared with their essentials for the stay. Each one of these necessities is easily found at our retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota or on our extremely accessible website: www.duluthpack.com.

From insect covers to food, or a bear whistle to a banana saver, we’re ready to outfit you for every journey. Our packs are durable, our supplies is top-notch, and our customer service is one-of-a-kind. Once each and every customer is outfitted for their experience ahead, we are ready to issue a BWCAW permit. Again, we can’t help ourselves from saying it, but we are THE LARGEST COOPERATOR OF BWCAW PERMITS IN THE WORLD! (Raise the roof, people!)

So, in the end, go to a retailer and brand (here’s Duluth Pack!) that has experience and knowledge of helping hundreds of individuals each season, so they have the best camping and canoeing trip they will remember for the rest of their lives. Of course, the best stories also involve you taking us along with, too! From generation to generation and from portage mile to portage mile, we cherish our little vacay up North with you all. It’s something we look forward to year after year.

Now the real question is, who is ready to get camping?! Ps: My hand is raised way, way, way up!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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FOUR LEGGED FRIENDLY

March 16, 2015
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DULUTH PACK IS FOUR LEGGED FRIENDLY

Here at Duluth Pack we pride ourselves on a few values and interests. We stand for American Made quality, lifetime guarantee on our craftsmanship and our hardware, hardworking women and men behind the brand, simple designs and durability, and lastly, for the love (let’s not forget obsessions) of animals.

At our flagship store located at 365 Canal Park Drive here in Duluth, Minnesota, we allow animals of all kinds to come on in and enjoy the fun. From Great Danes to pigs (yes, we have had this happen) and we have had a few cats on a leash as well! Everyone can enjoy the Duluth Pack experience in some way, shape or form (can’t forget breed!).

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Not only does Duluth Pack allow your fur friend to enter our facilities, we also cater to their needs, wants, and desires as well. Can you say, TREAT?! From our great selection of pet treats, to leashes, collars, chew toys, our Duluth Pack dogs beds, and winter booties, we’re looking out for your whole family! Don’t worry, Max. We didn’t forget about you! Please find our selection of animal products in store and online at www.duluthpack.com.

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Lastly, most who work here at Duluth Pack own some kind of pet. Whether that be a small breed, large canine, or cuddly cat, we all understand the aspect of making them a priority. Not only in your life, but ours as well. We know you are proud of your pooches and kitties and have the desire to showcase their adorable faces to the world. Well, you’re are in luck, because Duluth Pack is calling out for all animal lovers! It’s your chance to have Duluth Pack help you out! Please submit any of your pets photos with your beloved Duluth Pack product to [email protected]! We would love to make not only your day, but everyone who sees it, too! By submitting photos, you give Duluth Pack the right to use these images. (Plus, we gush over them all day!).

PUPPY IN PACK

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LUMBERSEXUAL – TREND OR LIFESTYLE

March 9, 2015
PHOTO BY: MAD CHICKEN STUDIOS

LUMBERSEXUAL

You choose: trend or lifestyle?

Here at Duluth Pack we 100% believe and can prove that this style or trend is ultimately a lifestyle look . Duluth Pack has been rocking the down home, classic prints, easy cool style, and durable vibe for 133 years and counting. It’s a look now that has caught up with the millennium generation of the newest and coolest picks and pieces for fashion gurus and bloggers.

Most trends whether they be fashion, lifestyle, outdoorsy, or technology based are usually created on one of the coasts here in America. However, this year Minnesota – aka the North, has stomped forward and reclaimed itself as a trendsetter and innovator. This is exciting and has been needed for sometime. What does Duluth Pack think of this? We absolutely love it! People are beginning to realize it is about high quality, durability, and classic looks that will outlast, rather than just the it color or fabrications. It’s not just something that will be in for 6 months. Our company can prove that, clearly. Hello, we’re old (we prefer saying, vintage though. It sounds better!) and we have been doing this look our whole existence.

If you come visit Minnesota or Duluth specifically, you will spot a 25 year old and a 65 year old wearing almost identical ensembles. Most likely in a plaid wool button down, rugged boots, a Duluth Pack style of some kind, most likely facial hair, and if you’re in the deep woods, we wouldn’t be surprised if an axe and cigar are in hand. We believe one of the original “Lumbersexual” gents is Duluth Pack’s founder, Mr. Camille Poirier.

However, don’t get us wrong, the Lumbersexual vibe is for the ladies, too! You can see the outfit choices including either black, grey, white, or red buffalo check print, distressed denim, a Duluth Pack shell bag, and booties to compliment the whole package.

We want your input. Yay or nay on the lumbersexual look? Do you believe it will be a look that lasts a few months or do you believe like us, that it will be around for generations to come!

This wonderful photo is by our friends at Mad Chicken Studio here in Duluth, Minnesota!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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THE BIG REVEAL

March 2, 2015
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THE REVEAL IS HERE!

No need for you to wait any longer! After all the clues and the teasing, we are ready to announce who we are making packs for this year! READY…..SET….. it’s MAROON 5! It’s completely okay to scream, fist pump, jump out of our chairs, and yes, even drool (I did shamelessly!) .

This is a special project we’ve had to keep our lips sealed (been harder than you can believe) now for a few months and we could hardly wait to let the news explode out of our mouths! Last year Duluth Pack created special embroidered packs for the unbelievably well known band, Mumford and Sons and this year Maroon 5. Maybe this is a “M” theme for now we’re going on, but we are excited to get not only a judge on the highly recognized show, The Voice, not only People Magazine’s “The Sexiest Man Alive” cover star, and we can’t forget Adam Levine (the lead singer) is married to an angel, pun intended, too. Yes, he is married to a Behati Prinsloo a Victoria’s Secret model. Could we ask for more positive media coverage on such a well known celebrity and entertainer? That would be difficult!

Anyways, we have the entire band of Maroon 5 strutting around with their custom made Duluth Pack Scout Packs in our great lakes color. We highly recommend you following Maroon 5’s taste and style and going with this bag handcrafted by Duluth Pack (hint, hint – it’s a top seller!) . You can find our Duluth Pack Scout Pack in all canvas and leather options here: www.duluthpack.com.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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WE DO! – (YOUR LIFE PARTNER)

February 23, 2015
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WE DO love being your life partner!

Maybe it’s not the so called, “Wedding Season” yet, but heck, it’s a committed relationship for Duluth Pack 365 days a year and we are still here for you and ready for the next adventure in life.

All of our Duluth Pack handcrafted products are made ONLY here in Duluth, Minnesota and in the same factory for over 103 years (we’ve been around the block for a while) . You can say we are committed! Another way Duluth Pack adds value, reliability, and quality to your existence (Awwww, so sweet) is Duluth Pack’s lifetime guarantee on our craftsmanship and hardware. This includes our rivets, sewing seams, buckles, and zippers. Now that’s what you call a promising relationship!

The famous old tale, “It’s too good to be true” – WRONG. That’s a bit of bologna in our eyes. We believe individuals are selective and choosy in what they look for in products and we applaud you for doing so (I’m not kidding, I just clapped my hands a few times) . Welcome Duluth Pack in your life!

A commitment Duluth Pack has taken on (and will continue to) with our customers is that we are there for you with any adventure comes our way together. You want to hit up the Eiffel Tower, we’ve got your back! You’re out in the woods about to get that 10 point buck you’ve been hunting for, we’re hanging right by you! You are walking into your first day of a job, we’re hugging your side! Through the classic “for better or for worse” we’re proudly here for you each and every time.

However, we aren’t perfect and we can get worn down and need a little TLC and that’s when we get a little repair done (no, no – botox and a tummy tuck is not involved) . Duluth Pack will repair your bag, tote, purse, portfolio, messenger bag, gun case, and pack even if the damage isn’t under our guarantee for a small fee. This is our appreciation to your loyalty and support of our business.

Life can get messy and even hard at times and Duluth Pack gets that! So, maybe your dog became hungry and eats the canvas, because it looks so tasty (we get it, they’re intriguing) . That’s life and it happens, but Duluth Pack won’t leave you in the dust. From the minute you bought a Duluth Pack product, you became part of the family, tradition, and heritage. We’ll take that beaten up product and fix it right on up!

So, in a long text of words, we are grateful that you take the plunge and accept Duluth Pack in your life as a forever companion. We are fortunate enough to walk through many chapters in your life and involving our employees in the stories as well is the icing on top of the a cake (dare I say wedding cake – I had to!). We cherish the experiences you have given us. To another anniversary with us!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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Shop Local Worldwide

February 16, 2015
The Duluth Pack Store

Shop Local

Shopping local has seemed to pick up not only as a trend, but more of a lifestyle choice for individuals around the country and even the world in some cases (thank you and round of applause to you all!). It’s the customers like you who allow us to do what we love and succeed at each and every day.

Why we are zoning in on this topic is because it’s important to the Duluth Pack brand and our existence as a company. Not only geographically here in Duluth, Minnesota, but also for our customers on our website. You may never travel to our neck of the woods (way up North – ya betcha!) but you can still get the shop local charm, experience, and appreciation through our website found at: www.duluthpack.com. Our Midwest roots, Northern influence, and classic looks (real dapper appearance at that – wink, wink) are what we want to be able to share with anyone, anywhere, at any time and still have them support a small company and brand who has never strayed from it’s geographical roots.

In a nutshell, we want to thank you all who have stuck with Duluth Pack since you can remember, just were introduced to our brand, or even if you haven’t purchased something – at least you are reading this and are becoming educated on Duluth Pack. We’ve put a lot of work and pride to get our brand recognized and cherished globally and it has been fun having you along for the ride. So, fasten your seat belts, because we are just taking off as not only your favorite Duluth local company, but a quaint stuck-to-their-roots brand that you are ready to see hit every global market but not change our dynamics, way of things, or even our traditions.

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Valentine’s Gift Guide 101

February 11, 2015

Valentine’s Day. It’s either seen as a tragedy, waste of time (possibly money in some’s eyes too), or the greatest day to ever be invented (round of applause to Hallmark) to some. So, rather than panicking last minute on what to get your beloved, it’s okay to lean on a shoulder (cough, Duluth Pack) for some helpful advice and ideas.

Most women are on the ball when it comes to planning out holidays, events, parties, etc, but it’s the men (yes, we are talking about you ) who need that little nudge to conquer the dreaded topic, “What do I get my honey for Valentine’s Day?”. Don’t close the tab or even feel shameful, it’s the mass of the population out there too. However, we’ve put together a list of most loved products Duluth Pack offers. It’s time to step up the Valentine’s Day gift giving act and actually get your love something they desire and hey, last forever too!

Don’t get me wrong, flowers give women the butterflies, chocolates are beyond delicious (especially the ones with the caramel filling – oh yeah!), and who doesn’t love a soft teddy bear? But, it’s time to get the unexpected!

Here’s the low down in a nice and simple fashion for you:

Now, enjoy your Valentine’s and don’t fret. You will no longer be the last minute man or the predictable human for gifting the same thing year after year.

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Duluth Pack!

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PAVING THE WAY WITH THE ELITE SERIES

February 10, 2015
THE ELITE SERIES

DULUTH PACK IS PAVING THE WAY WITH THE ELITE SERIES!

This series is one of our most tediously crafted quality goods and it has earned its right to be in the limelight. This series gives off an effortlessly cool vibe, yet still remains professional, classic, and as always, durable !

Our Elite Series inspiration was created by the gorgeous contrast of our leather and canvas bags that are requested to be monogrammed or embroidered (if you’ve been on the fence of this, do it! They look outstanding!) . It’s a collection that Duluth Pack has handcrafted and expanded upon. The current products available with this stylish almost, “sleek and chic” essence include: The one-of-a-kind Elite Sportsman’s Tote, the remarkable Elite #100 Shell Bag, and the striking Elite Sportsman’s Duffel. All of these creations are available in our retail store located at 365 Canal Park Drive in Duluth, Minnesota and on our well established website at duluthpack.com!

The ora that the Duluth Pack Elite Series entails is one of timeless beauty, a showpiece that is highly wanted around the globe, and is American beauty at its finest. Did you know that Duluth Pack not only makes all of our Duluth Pack packs, totes, purses, and bags only in Duluth, Minnesota , but we also source as many American goods that help us to handcraft our products as much as possible.

Duluth Pack is going on its 133rd continuous year in business. So, we’ve been around the block for quite sometime and understand what products, sources, and techniques will last you and the next generations without or little hassle.

Some people question if we make our products almost “too good”. Which, yes, is a compliment, because they won’t need another. However, once individuals know about the quality and the one, only, and the original story behind the oldest canvas and leather bag making company in the USA , they understand they want more. I mean, you can’t just choose one color, so you might as well buy another (or five!) .

So, without further ado, go check out our newly relaunched and promoted Elite Series. It’s the most elegant collection we have ever handcrafted thus far and we’re ready to give it the main stage. Happy shopping friends!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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The People Behind The Packs

February 9, 2015

You’ve been curious. We know it. Don’t deny. We can almost smell the sense of curiosity. It’s now that time when Duluth Pack is introducing the hardworking employees behind its quality products.

Here it is. Plain, simple, and to the point. This is Duluth Pack’s Motto: T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More!

What is the significance behind this quote and what does its involvement mean with this particular blog post today? A LOT!

Here at Duluth Pack we are more than just employees, we’re a team, and ultimately a family. May seem cliche and hey, even slightly corny, but it’s the utter most truth. This segment is about you all getting to know Duluth Pack beyond just the canvas and leather products. It’s time to meet the hard working people behind the packs who handcraft, promote, ship, and sell it every day!

We’ve asked questions regarding the company, favorite Duluth Pack product, and yes, even the personal mush gush questions that every one is always a little curious about knowing, even if they won’t admit it at first. So, without a further a do, here are some of the women and men who are the Duluth Pack team. (And please feel free to give anyone of them a hard time for their guilty pleasure!) .

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DULUTH PACK PRODUCT?

  • “There are so many cool bags I wish I could justify having. That being said, I think the Jet Setter is one of the most versatile, unique bags, that everyone could find a use for” – Trenton / Customer Service Manager
  • “I have to choose just one?! I’d have to say the Bison Shell Bag. The Safari Duffle is an extremely close second. Bother are very versatile!” – Molly / Retail Store Manager
  • “My favorite Duluth Pack Product is the Heavy Duty #3 Duluth Pack Canoe Pack. Reason being is because it is the perfect size for a gear pack/food pack. I’ve carried one all over Northern MN and the Quetico leading youth canoe trips and across the Grand Portage.” Brent / Customer Service Representative
  • “For Duluth Pack manufactured product I love my Market Tote – Large, Useful, and Functional, I use it every day! Also in love with the bison leather!” – Elizabeth / Retail Assistant Manager
  • “The Domer Bags! Even though I’m a Packer Fan, I can appreciate the memories that everyone has from the Metrodome. Being able to carry a piece of that with you is truly priceless.” Nicole / Buyer

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING AT DULUTH PACK FOR?

  • “I’ve been working at the flagship retail store in Canal Park as a sales associate for almost two years and have loved every second of it!” – Maggie / Sales Associate at Retail Store
  • “Working on six years!” – Sam / Hard Goods Buyer
  • “7 + years” – Becky / Manager Corporate/Dealer Accounts
  • “I’ve been employed here at Duluth Pack for a year and a half already! It’s been the best and most fun job I’ve ever had by far!” – Andrea / Soft Goods Buyer

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

  • “Friends over and over on DVD! (Not on Netflix).” – Natalie / Team Lead at Retail Store
  • “Coca-Cola! Enjoy a Coke with your friend.” – Kyle / General Manager
  • “Even though I am only 23, my guilty pleasure is an activity that is most common among a population quite a bit older than me…playing solitaire for hours on end! My boyfriend thinks I will be burnt out from solitaire by the time I turn 80, but I beg to differ!” – Maggie / Sales Associate at Retail Store
  • “To sit around my fire pit with family and friends having a beer.” – Tom / President
  • “Merino wool boxers.” – Sam / Hard Goods Buyer
  • “Unfortunately, my guilty pleasure are Milk Duds. I’m pretty sure I am a sugar addict. I once made it 45 days without eating any sweets and I thought that would cure my addiction – it didn’t. I craved Milk Duds every day. Oh yeah, I love cake and brownies too. And cookies.” – Abe / Marketing Director
  • “Iced mocha coffee!” – Becky / Manager Corporate/Dealer Accounts
  • “Disney movies, I could watch them all day even at the age of 23!” – Morgan / Team Lead at Retail Store

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

  • “Go to the airport and take the next random flight somewhere for a weekend getaway.” – Kyle / General Manager
  • “I want to climb Mt. Reiner. I’ve already been to much higher elevation in the state and Nepal, but I want to do something more technical.” – Trenton / Customer Service Manager
  • “To get to all 50 states in the USA. Only one left to go – New Hampshire.” – Tom / President
  • “To compete at upper levels of eventing (horseback riding) and to backpack and kayak across New Zealand.” – Elizabeth / Retail Assistant Manager
  • “I’ve never really thought of this, but I would love to golf some of the famous golf courses in the world – Augusta, Pebble Beach, St. Andrews. I would love to travel in luxury too, first class airfare with the seats that fold into beds, flight attendants catering to my every need – sounds like heaven. I love swimming in waterfalls (at the bottom – not the top). And I love the ocean. I would love to do all these things with my amazing wife. An extended stay in Yosemite would be great, too. And rafting down the Grand Canyon.” – Abe / Marketing Director
  • “Spending a weekend in the Stanley Hotel. I am a haunted house and ghost movie fanatic! I would love to stay in the room 217 which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining .”
  • “To go to Paris, walk up the Eiffel Tower, eat croissants and macaroons, and blow a lot of money on high end designer clothing in France. Not too much to ask for…(wink, wink).” – Andrea / Soft Goods Buyer

EXPLAIN YOUR JOB IN ONE WORD:

  • “Enjoyable.” – Natalie / Team Lead at Retail Store
  • “Rewarding.” – Maggie / Sales Associate at Retail Store
  • “Adventure.” – Brent / Customer Service Representative
  • “My job as President is rather dynamic and always changing. In one day, I may be in meetings making decisions regarding marketing, sales, production, retail operations, and shipping and distribution. It equals a lot of shifting gears within the same day.” – Tom / President
  • “Canvas.” – Sam / Hard Goods Buyer
  • “Exciting! For the first time in my life, I work for a company I am proud of. I love the people I work with. I love the products we make and the fact that we stand behind our work. We are like one big family here. We all work together and we make a great here at Duluth Pack.” – Nicole / Buyer
  • “Amazing. Where Else can you learn about what the outdoors industry has to offer, be apart of an amazing historic company, and still interact with people one on one?!” – Morgan / Team Lead at Retail Store
  • “Exciting.” – Molly / Retail Store Manager

After this tid bit of information shared from parts of our Duluth Pack team, we hope you take away more than just a Duluth Pack product. We want you to connect with us beyond just the products we make, but the culture we have created within the company.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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Aging: It’s Inevitable

February 2, 2015

AGING.

It’s a word with so much power behind it and sadly it’s mostly considered a negative in society. Duluth Pack takes a 180 degree spin on things. We take pride in aging. Why? Because it’s inevitable! We believe aging tells a story. For crying out loud, we are old! We’ve been around since 1882!

We consider our packs somewhat like a person. No, it doesn’t have a beating heart or lungs flow oxygen through the body of the pack, but it has structure, proof of a well lived generation, can communicate stories, and yes, it even ages .

In more cases than not, many of our employees who have owned packs 5 + years are constantly asked if their well worn Duluth Pack can be purchased. Total shocker on society’s aging concepts, right?! Duluth Pack’s products still keep their heritage feel and look with a well loved charm once broken in. Now, you Duluth Pack customers (you’re all the best and thank you for your support and business) understand this! It’s almost like Duluth Pack is a good wine, it just gets better with age.

As Duluth Pack’s President, Tom Sega states, “My Duluth Pack ages better than I am!”. Anyone else have this feeling, too? Another aspect a Duluth Pack product is similar to a person is how to treat the item after it has turned the corner and is considered “aged”. Like an individual, we use anti-aging or beauty brands that we believe make us look our age, but, well better . With Duluth Pack products, if your item is a waxed canvas, we recommend over time re-waxing the item. Locking moisture in and preserving the pack to the highest abilities. Also, our leather products are literally skin, too. As some individuals do, they moisturize with a lotion, body butter, or some kind of vaseline to keep their skin from peeling, breaking, or down right hurting < i> (especially during these harsh winter months) . With our quality leather products, there is also a “cure” for the same outcomes! Check out our selection of leather conditioners and cleaners at www.duluthpack.com and at 365 Canal Park Drive.

Now that are within the first 2 months of the 2015 new year, some people may have put “look younger” as their resolution. We want to preserve age, wear and tear, and mostly the original appeals of what attracts people to Duluth Pack. We aren’t the shiny and in your face, but we radiate quality. Whether a customer is interested in our original canoe packs in olive drab, to a client wanting the bison leather portfolio items we sell, all Duluth Pack’s age. Our parting words with you today will be, “be like your Duluth Pack and flaunt our aging!”.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack