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Black Friday – Duluth Style!

November 23, 2012

Take advantage of this great deal on all of our Duluth Pack handcrafted items (well really all of our website items)!

Offer good online through Sunday, November 25th, 2012.

 

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Duluth Pack Store Brings In Wintergreen!

November 16, 2012
Witergreen

The Flagship Duluth Pack Store located at 365 Canal Park Drive in Duluth is now the Wintergreen Clothing Twin Ports headquarters!

Stop on in and check out our amazing selection of this Northwoods iconic brand.

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Duluth Pack – A Customer’s Story

November 7, 2012
repairpacks

We thought we would share a letter we received along with a pack that needed repair.

Enclosed is my Duluth Pack. As you can see, it is in need of some light sewing repair on the top of the side seams.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for crafting such fine packs. My father owned a Duluth Pack for many years and it went along on with him on hundreds of trips. He started a family tradition when he purchased a Duluth Pack for me as a young adult. Now well into my forties, my pack has tagged along with me as much. In turn, a few years ago, I purchased my son his own Duluth Pack as he was ready to start tagging along with me on hunting, fishing and camping adventures. My father died several years ago, but we continue to use Duluth Pack.

In today’s throw-away society, it is unique to own something that I know will last a lifetime, and in my father’s case, did. Just for the fun of it, I enclosed a photo of our 3 Duluth Packs.

Thanks for making great dependable packs!

Sincerely,

Matt S.

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Duluth Pack to Showcase Products at the 100% USA Made NorthernGRADE

September 7, 2012
NorthernGRADE

NorthernGrade

This Minneapolis event is a gathering of like-minded designers, artisans and brands — all true symbols of the heartland. They offered high-grade menswear, accessories and collectibles for sale direct to the public during the market. Celebrated with music, food and spirits, we support our Made in America brands. NorthernGRADE was founded to promote and celebrate them.

The ONLY 100% USA MADE POP UP MARKET FOR MEN

SEPT 15   12-7PM

SEPT 16   11-4PM

1330 QUINCY STREET NE MINNEAPOLIS

 

 

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Outdoor Adventure Series: Cliff Jacobson’s ‘Wilberforce Affair’

April 20, 2012
Cliff Jacobson Presentation

Cliff Jacobson Presentation

In 1992, Cliff Jacobson and Sue Harings were married at Wilberforce Falls on a canoe trip along the Hood River, in Nunavut, Canada.

The story is in Cliff’s book, Expedition Canoeing.

This year, the couple will celebrate their nineteenth wedding anniversary and will re-live the magic of their Wilberforce Affair through this stunning slide presentation. See Susie’s reaction when she learns that Cliff has left their Duluth Pack wedding pack (which contained her ermine-trimmed wedding dress!) at the float plane dock in Yellowknife! Later, thrill to the daring of the float plane pilots who flies it to the wedding. See the grizzly that nearly killed the marriage commissioner and ended the wedding; account for the deep spiritual message that was delivered by a raven.

The Wilberforce Affair is more than just an Arctic canoe trip. It is for everyone who has ever been in love or wants to be. This heartwarming story will be enjoyed by all, even those who don’t canoe.

Techniques & Advice, The Lowdown, Trip Planning

HOW TO PLAN A BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA (BWCA) TRIP

April 11, 2012
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HOW TO PLAN A BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA (BWCA) TRIP

I posted this a few years pack and we still get requests for the packing list. Here you go and enjoy!

PLANNING • Where to begin? Well how about with choosing your companions! People you know that can handle some work and getting back to nature. The BWCA does have a party limit and campsite limit. Nine people and four watercraft are the maximum allowed in the BWCA. Chose a date that works for everyone and plan for some alternate dates for your group in case the permits are gone already. Advanced planning is key. There are several books on the market that explain planning for a trip in detail.Here a two of our favorites: Canoe Country Camping and Exploring the BWCA .

DATES • From May 1st to September 30th you will need to obtain a BWCA permit. Permits in certain areas go fast so reserve early! You must enter the BWCA on your specific permit date, not the day before or after. The Duluth Pack store at 365 Canal Park Drive is a BWCAW Permit Station, stock up on everything you need when you pick it up at Duluth Pack.  Permit tip!  Make sure to add extra group alternate leaders on your permit, you are not able to change them once submitted.

ROUTES • For your first time out I would choose a route with limited portages. I would suggest, once your party is determined, to have a group meeting. Choose a leader to pick up the permit, decide who will be in charge of what meals and what everyone is bringing so there are no unnecessary duplicates. Check out the various entry points and maps for the best location. Once you choose your route, buy maps for the lakes you will be paddling. A set of maps for each canoe is helpful in case you are separated. A beginner and popular route is Lakes One, Two, Three, and Four out of Ely, MN off the Fernberg Trail. Entry point 30. There are lots of campsites on each lake and limited portages. The further in you travel the less people you will see.

Experienced campers should check out entry points with limited entries and/or every other day permits. You will see less people the longer portages you take away from all other entry points. Also consider planning your trip during off peak times, the middle of the week, late Fall or early Spring.

PERMIT • You can obtain a BWCA permit from this website or by calling the Duluth Pack retail store at 218-722-1707.

You must watch a video when you pick up your permit, once you watch the video you will get a card so you won’t  have to watch the video again that year. Permits can only be picked up the day before, or the day of your entry date, by your group leader or an alternate leader listed on the permit. Office hours do vary so check with your permit pickup location for their office hours.

FOOD AND GROUP SUPPLIES • If this is your first trip you may want to consider contacting an outfitter to provide you with canoes, Duluth Packs, and various gear. Here is a partial list of outfitters.

  • You will need:

canoes

WHAT TO PACK  Personal use.

Extra- here is something fun! Fishing gear, book, and camp chair.

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

Bending Branches debuts their new Black Pearl carbon fiber paddle

August 11, 2011
The new carbon fiber paddle from Bending Branches

Hard charging, performance-touring paddlers are going to love the new Black Pearl carbon fiber canoe paddle from Bending Branches. Made from high tech materials and coming in at just 14 ounces this paddle will be a great addition for your lightweight Kevlar canoe. The company recently debuted the new Black Pearl paddle at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, 2011.

American made Bending Branches (BB) was founded in 1982 by whitewater paddlers Dale Kicker and Ron Hultman. By building composite paddles with Kevlar tip guards, which became known as rock guards, they revolutionized the industry and changed paddling forever. This small, privately held company in Wisconsin has built more than one million paddles for canoeists and kayakers.

The Black Pearl was built as an answer to Bending Branches customers who own and paddle high-end canoes built of Kevlar or carbon fiber. They wanted a lightweight, strong paddle to match well with their lightweight boat. The Black Pearl gives them the ability to partner a high tech touring paddle with their high tech boat.

It starts with a carbon fiber touring blade paired with a carbon fiber composite shaft, a very stiff, light combination. The paddle is topped off with a carbon grip built to fit the paddlers’ hand. Dale Kicker has said he believes it to be the most comfortable grip they have built. At 14 ounces this paddle possesses an extremely high strength to weight ratio, and with the large touring blade it is maximum efficiency on the canoe trail.

This paddle will be ideal for the canoeist who likes to have the newest, fastest technology in their hands. And, has been waiting for a high-end paddle to pair with their high-end boat for outstanding performance touring.

Grab one of these paddles today, get your canoe pack out of the garage, and be ready for the Boundary Waters tomorrow. And don’t forget one for you bowman, too.

Portage me back to DuluthPack.com

 

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My five favorite pieces of gear to fill my Wanderer pack

August 1, 2011
The best pack to take on your adventure to Costa Rica

You’ve been watching “Love in the Wild,” and have your favorite guy, girl or couple in which you are pulling for. Please always keep in mind that Miles is from Minnesota. You are really in the spirit and have stenciled your name on your Wanderer pack, making it ready for an adventure in Costa Rica. But what great gear are you going to use to fill up your pack?

Let me share my five favorites with you:

1. Leatherman Skeletool, $79.00. You can’t go into the woods without a Leatherman, and this is the coolest one out there. Not only is the frame cutout to keep it light, but you have all the tools you would ever need. One word of caution: never hold your Leatherman over the side of the boat to de-hook your fish. That’s not covered by the 25 year warranty.

2. Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp, $39.95. Having a hands-free light source is invaluable whether camping, night fishing or just reading a good book in the Adirondack chair on the deck. This headlamp is great because it has a couple different levels of light, and the light source tilts giving you extra flexibility when pointing the beam.

3. MSR Pocket Rocket Stove, $39.95. Lightweight, easy to use, and adjustable flame from boil to simmer. This little stove fits right on top of the canister and hardly weighs anything. Add an aluminum windscreen and you are good to go for hiking or canoe camping.

4. Brunton Military Compass, $19.95. This sighting compass has rugged case and is easy to use with all maps.

5. MSR MiniWorks Water Filter, $89.95. Two reasons why I love this filter: 1. it screws right on top of my Nalgene water bottles. And 2. this filter is field maintainable. Simply unscrew the pump, remove the ceramic cartridge, give the cartridge a good scrub and rinse, and back into the pump it goes. Keep it on top in the canoe pack, just under the flap or in a side pocket, and it is handy at any point.

Here’s an honorable mention: Sigurd Olsen, “The Singing Wilderness.” It is simply wonderful, old-school, Boundary Waters prose that will make you listen to the glide of the canoe, and revel in a fly line that is thrown with a perfect loop.

Enjoy the water!

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