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Duluth Pack is Stormy Kromer’s Featured Retailer!

May 30, 2012
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Visit the link on Stormy Kromer’s Blog: Featured Retailer: Duluth Pack | May 30, 2012

 

If you’ve never heard of Duluth Pack, it’s okay.
You’ve probably just never been outside.

If you’re not the type to venture beyond the wilds of your own backyard, it’s all right. The Duluth Pack Store can outfit you with every bit of gear you need to take on places like the Boundary Waters.

Or, shoot, you can just sit in the store and feel outdoorsy enough.

Named after its Duluth Pack, a cavernous canvas and leather camping satchel patented in 1882 and stitched in the same Duluth (MN) factory for 101 years, the store caters to hikers and campers who want the gear that will keep them alive out in the wilderness plus allow them to look good when the forest rangers finally find their bodies.

We’re kidding, of course, but Duluth Pack gear has been a symbol of north woods ruggedness as long as the north woods have been a symbol of outdoor adventure.

But let’s say you’ve never stepped further outside than Central Park. That’s okay, too. The Duluth Pack Store is now selling to places like Barney’s of New York.

“It’s weird, but we’re hip,” said Laura Duenow, Apparel and Footwear Buyer for the Duluth Pack Store. “We’ve been selling a very traditional product for a very long time, but because we’ve been able to blend modern style with traditional function, we’ve got this cool, Americana following.”

Just like, she says, Stormy Kromer.

“We’ve always carried Kromer caps,” added Duenow, “but the outdoor customer is more savvy than ever, and Stormy Kromer adapted and expanded its apparel line to fit them. When we saw that, we knew we had to sell it.”

And last year, they were the world’s second-largest seller of Kromer goods.

“We offer our customers an experience they can’t get in the big-box franchises,” added Duenow. “It’s a destination, not just an outdoor store.”

She couldn’t be more right. Duluth Pack sits in Duluth’s famous Canal Park district, which welcomes 3.5 million out-of-town visitors each year—many of whom stop at the store as a starting point for their wilderness vacation.

“We give them fashion-forward function, and Stormy Kromer understands what that’s all about. Those are the kind of brands our customers want.”

You just have to go out and get them. Or at least visit www.duluthpack.com.

 

Shop Stormy Kromer at DuluthPack.com here.

Techniques & Advice, The Lowdown

How to Clean and Maintain your Duluth Pack Bags

May 21, 2012
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Caring for your Duluth Pack is easier than you may think.  It’s time to take your packs out of the closet, if you haven’t already, and get them ready for your next adventure!

 

Caring for your Canvas & Leather
Duluth Pack Products

Duluth Pack products only get better with age. Here are a few maintenance suggestions to help your product last a lifetime.

Washing and Maintaining:

When not in use, store Duluth Pack products in a cool, dry and well ventilated area to avoid mold and mildew.  If washing becomes necessary, spot wash with warm water and a mild soap, such as the Mirazyme Odor Eliminator. This can be done at the beginning of the season if you find your packs have a musty smell.

Leather Care:

Oil and condition leather components on a regular basis or when leather looks dry.  Without proper conditioning, the leather will become brittle and may break when you really don’t want it to!  We suggest Lexol Leather care products such as Lexol Leather Conditioner (also available in Quick Wipes).

Canvas Care:

You can make your canvas pack even more water-resistant, by using Nikwax Cotton Proof as directed.  Our waxed canvas products can be re-waxed as needed, or applied with Nikwax Wax-Cotton Proof.  When using your packs this summer, remember the following:

1. Our canvas is over dyed and when wet, the canvas may bleed.

2. Remove contents and allow the product to dry completely.

3. Canvas is a natural, water resistant, and breathable fiber, which means it will dry quickly and completely so you won’t have to worry about your stuff being wet for an entire trip!

Want to see these tips in action? Check out our demonstration video here: How to Clean a Duluth Pack.

 

Find all Care and Maintenance products for your Duluth Pack here.

 

The Lowdown

2012 Photo Contest Winners!

May 8, 2012
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Thank you to all of our Duluth Pack fans who participated! We received an overwhelming response with great images attached, of course.  The best part for us is seeing our bags take on exactly what they’re designed to.

The Results are In Great Wall of China- Sparky Bag

And Congratulations to our winners!  As difficult a decision as it was, we were able to choose our 3 gift card winners. In first place, we’d like to congratulate Bonnie R. for her amazing photo of her spruce Sparky Bag at the Great Wall of China.

 

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And in second place, Christophe M. for a creative look at our Duluth Pack #4 Monarch Canoe Pack.

 

And certainly not last, our third place gift card winner is Derek D. for showing how our Duluth Pack Wanderer Pack can really be put to the test!Winter Wanderer

 

 

 

 

Photo Contest Runners-Up

Again, because we received so many great entries, we just had to show off our runners-up and honorable mentions.  Be sure to check out the additional top 12 in the gallery below.

Thanks again for all your entries.  Enjoy the results, and don’t forget to look for the next Duluth Pack photo contest!

 

 

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Spring 2012 Photo Contest!

April 18, 2012
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Previous Photo Contest Entry- Jeff Evans

Let the Creativity Begin!

Wednesday, April 18th – Friday May 4

It’s time for another photo contest! Each season, we are thoroughly impressed with you, our Duluth Pack fans, and the creativity  and photographic skills you bring to the contest.  We are looking for photos with Duluth Pack products but they don’t need to be to win. Past winners have been on the front covers of our catalog!

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Previous Photo Contest Entry- John Wartman

Here are the details:

1. Submit your photos to [email protected]

2. Photos must be high-resolution and in digital format.

3. Photos must contain any product made by Duluth Pack.

4. You may submit as many photos as you wish.

5. Photos must be submitted by Midnight CST Friday, May 4, 2012.

5. Duluth Pack will have rights to photos submitted and can be used for marketing purposes.

6. Duluth Pack employees (past and present) and their families are not eligible.

1st place = $100 Duluth Pack Gift Card
2nd place = $50 Duluth Pack Gift Card
3rd place = $25 Duluth Pack Gift Card

Thanks and let the creativity begin!

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Bracket Challenge Champion – #4 Duluth Pack

April 3, 2012
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In the final match-up between the Olive Drab #4 Duluth Pack vs. Red Scoutmaster Deluxe Pack…

The Olive Drab #4 Duluth Pack came out on top!

Congratulations to our voter, Sean, who won the Grand Prize $100 Duluth Pack gift card!

Thanks to everyone who participated.  We had a lot of close match-ups this year!

Look for the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge next March.

Who knows what new products it might bring.

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Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge– Championship Match-Up

March 30, 2012
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Championship Match-up of the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge!

Olive Drab #4 Duluth Pack vs. Red Scoutmaster Deluxe Pack

Vote now in the comments! Grand Prize $100 Duluth Pack gift card will be awarded!

Voting ends Monday, April 2nd @ 11:59 p.m. Winner announced on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge Finals

1. There are seven (7) total challenge rounds. One vote per person per challenge round – each vote cast will have a chance to win the drawing regardless of your challenge pick.

2. One person can have up to seven (7) total entries, one for each round – each of the seven (7) challenges will result in a gift card being awarded for the specified amount for that round.

3. A vote constitutes a Facebook comment, a blog comment, or a tweet.

4. Duluth Pack employees and family members of employees are not eligible.

The final round will have a Grand Prize of a $100.00 Duluth Pack Gift Card.

The final drawing will be chosen from ALL entries, so be sure to enter each round.

Please be patient after you post your comment it may take some time for the blogmaster to approve. Thank you.

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Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge- Round 6

March 23, 2012
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Round Six of the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge

Red Scoutmaster Deluxe Pack vs.Bison Leather Sportsman’s Tote

Vote now in the comments! Gift card awarded in each round!

Voting ends Friday, March 23th @ 11:59 p.m. Winners announced on Monday, March 26th.

1. There are seven (7) total challenge rounds. One vote per person per challenge round – each vote cast will have a chance to win the drawing regardless of your challenge pick.

2. One person can have up to seven (7) total entries, one for each round – each of the seven (7) challenges will result in a gift card being awarded for the specified amount for that round.

3. A vote constitutes a Facebook comment, a blog comment, or a tweet. Each round ends at 11:59 pm of the day it was posted.

4. Duluth Pack employees and family members of employees are not eligible.

The final round will have a Grand Prize of a $100.00 Duluth Pack Gift Card.

The final drawing will be chosen from ALL entries, so be sure to enter each round.

Please be patient after you post your comment it may take some time for the blogmaster to approve. Thank you.

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Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge- Round 5

March 22, 2012
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Round Five of the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge

#4 Duluth Pack vs.Mossy Oak® Rambler Pack

Vote now in the comments! Gift card awarded in each round!

1. There are seven (7) total challenge rounds. One vote per person per challenge round – each vote cast will have a chance to win the drawing regardless of your challenge pick.

2. One person can have up to seven (7) total entries, one for each round – each of the seven (7) challenges will result in a gift card being awarded for the specified amount for that round.

3. A vote constitutes a Facebook comment, a blog comment, or a tweet. Each round ends at 11:59 pm of the day it was posted.

4. Duluth Pack employees and family members of employees are not eligible.

The final round will have a Grand Prize of a $100.00 Duluth Pack Gift Card.

The final drawing will be chosen from ALL entries, so be sure to enter each round.

Please be patient after you post your comment it may take some time for the blogmaster to approve. Thank you.