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June 23, 2016
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| Duluth Pack Rucksack |

Our biggest source and most important asset to our success are the people. The people are our customers and of course our employees. Duluth Pack customers treasure and truly become one with their Duluth Pack item. Through the years and even generations of use, their canvas and leather bag or pack remains faithful, loyal, and consistent. The same goes for our employees. Each Duluth Pack products is handcrafted with the mindset of all the years and travels ahead. With each stitch, each rivet pound, and each snip of the scissors for cutting is carefully and precisely done to ensure our quality is second to none.

Every day, our customer service team receives heartwarming stories and photos about customer’s and their journeys with their beloved Duluth Pack. Just recently, we received this lovely story by one of our customers, Joe. With his permission, we wanted to share his words with you all.

Have a great Duluth Pack story you want to share? Great! We’d love to hear! Email us directly at: [email protected]

Dear Duluth Pack,

Several years ago, I ordered one of your Rucksacks for a trip to Yellowstone with my ailing father. I have since carried this pack the world over for a more than a decade. It is marked by all the places traveled and events endured.
It was on my back when a Grizzly charged in Alaska, been immersed in saltwater when fishing far offshore in Florida, and has carried countless textbooks to and from graduate school. I remember hastily packing it for the flight home when the call came.
It held my eulogy notes on the day of my dad’s funeral. It has seen plenty of good times since. In essence, this simple object carries much more than supplies or gear. It now carries memories. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for crafting this pack and convey how much I appreciate the character and quality it exudes.

Kind regards,

Joe in Scotland

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk


June 20, 2016


| The Duluth Pack Limited Edition Southwest Collection |

It’s here and back by popular demand. For a very limited time, the Southwest Collection by Duluth Pack is back. This time, it’s the last time the collection will ever be available. Don’t miss it before all items are sold out once again. In the fall of 2015, Duluth Pack launched the Southwest Collection both in store and online at . Within one week, the hundred of pieces from the entire collection were sold out.

With great demand, Duluth Pack was able to work a deal with Pendleton Woolen Mills (the suppliers of the gorgeous printed wool) and bring it back for one last run.

The collection is available in Duluth Pack’s top selling styles, The Medium Sportsman’s Duffel , The #100 Shell Bag , The Scout Pack , The Market Tote , and the Mini Haversack .

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk

The 4 Elements of Duluth Pack

June 13, 2016

We hear it constantly and know it. Many companies try to replicate our products. I mean, it’s not that difficult. We’re canvas and leather products. However, the one thing they cannot copy as hard as they may try is our passion, our story, and our heritage. Including the fact that Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in the USA.

The Duluth Pack brand itself, revolves around four easy, simple, and to the point causes. Let’s break it down and why each is so important to the existence and reputation of the Duluth Pack company and brand as whole.

1) Duluth Pack stands for QUALITY . As John Ruskin once stated, “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” (This quote was found on We absolutely agree with this statement by Mr. Ruskin. For a 134 continuous years, Duluth Pack has seemed out the most quality designs, techniques, theories, products, and time tested ways to ensure the quality and longevity of a Duluth Pack product remains the same from day one.

2) The second point Duluth Pack involves itself in is PREMIUM PRODUCTS . As the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the USA, we seek out the highest and most pristine products, materials, and workers to ensure the best product for you, our customers! We want to make sure our durability, lifetime guarantee, and the trust in our goods stays constantly the same. Whether it’s an heirloom passed down each generation, a splurge after good grades, or a daily necessity you carry to work. We want our customers to know we not only research, but seek the most premium items to help manufacture our packs, totes, hunting gear and purses. These include, the type of canvas, the leather used, rivets, the wools, and even the needles we use in or sewing machines. On a last note, Duluth Pack sources as much American Made goods to help create our goods as possible, too!

3) The third on the list is where we are geographically proud to be located. This point is all about MADE IN AMERICA . Duluth Pack has ALWAYS AND ONLY made our products here in Duluth, Minnesota, USA for the continuous 134 years in business! We are proud of where we come from and proud of where we are. We have been in the same factory for 104 years. Duluth Pack is the all American brand that has stayed simple, not flashy, to the point, and trustworthy. We’re a humble brand, that isn’t trendy, but we are consistent. You can even say we are predictable and we aren’t ashamed. We’re proud you can count on an American Made product, basically right in your backyard, and we stick with designs that will take you from canoe to car and from train to plane. We’ve got your back.

4) The last but not least point, is that Duluth Pack has always featured and included a LIFETIME GUARANTEE . The Duluth Pack lifetime guarantee covers our craftsmanship and our hardware. What does that entail? Let’s break it down. Craftsmanship – This includes our sewing seams. If a sewing seam breaks loose and unravels, no worries. That’s covered under our lifetime guarantee. Hardware – This involved our zippers, rivets, and buckles. If any of these break or just don’t work anymore, again this falls under the lifetime guarantee. It’s so difficult to find these days and to know you can count on that with Duluth Pack since the beginning, we think it’s seriously special.

So, when you think of Duluth Pack, remember these four solid, easy, and to the point topics. Quality, Premium Products, Made in America, and Lifetime Guarantee. To know Duluth Pack has remained the same and not conformed to what society or trends entail is what keeps us doing what we know best, making the top rated packs, totes, purses, hunting gear, and canoe bags you can find.

Photo by AshLee Frazier

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


June 6, 2016

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. Everyone can enjoy the Duluth Pack experience in some way, shape or form (can’t forget breed!).

Not only does Duluth Pack allow your fur friend to enter our facilities, we also cater to their needs, wants, and desires as well. 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! Please find our selection of animal products in store and online at

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!).

Featured image shot by our friend, Kiley Marissa Photography

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


May 26, 2016


| Bag: The Times Collection Market Tote |

Just a few short weeks ago, our team was able to hand deliver “The Times Collection” Duluth Pack Market Tote at the Xcel Energy Center to the ever famous artist, Ellie Goulding. We are so very grateful that we not only have become partners, but great friends with the folks at the Xcel Energy Center. Whenever entertainers make their way through the Saint Paul, Minnesota region and are entertaining at their venue, Duluth Pack is able to handcraft products for them. In the past, we have been able to work with Mumford & Sons, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews’ Band, and Hozier to name a few.

Want to stay updated on which upcoming entertainers Duluth Pack is handcrafting for? Follow us on our Instagram , Facebook , Twitter , and Pinterest accounts! That is where we promote first!

Wishing you all a fantastic, long, and relaxing Memorial Weekend ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


May 23, 2016
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One of the top questions we are constantly asked is on the lines of, “How do I clean my Duluth Pack?” To help you out, here is what we have always recommended to help not only clean but keep the longevity of your Duluth Pack items whether they be canvas or leather.

1) How do I clean my Duluth Pack?

We DO NOT recommend putting our packs in a washing machine as it may have the potential to compromise the integrity of the bag. We do recommend washing our packs by hand with a mild detergent (i.e. unscented hand soap, dish detergent, etc.). Please feel free to check out our website with care instructions and a tutorial of how to do so.

2) What do I do if my Duluth Pack gets wet?

It’s life, it happens. Let your pack air dry completely in a well ventilated area. Also remember to condition your leather! Hello, leather is skin. Skin gets dry, so condition it every so often. We recommend our selection of the brand LEXOL that has cleaners and conditions. Available both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive and online at

3) Where do I send my Duluth Pack for repairs?

Send your repair to: 1610 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806. Please remember to include a note with your contact information, mailing address, and a description of what repairs you would like us to do. We will give you a call for any estimates, and we will not repair your pack until you approve them.

Now, these are the top questions/concerns/comments we hear almost on a daily basis. You, our customer and us here at the Duluth Pack team respect and understand the craftsmanship, time, effort, and care it took to not only create that precious bag of yours, but the adventures and memories associated with it. We want you to get the best care possible all around with Duluth Pack and that requires what goes in and on your pack as well.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


May 19, 2016
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Happy Thursday, friends!

We wanted to write a post today on the basics, expectations, and fun plans ahead for Duluth Pack over some morning coffee with you all. Maybe you’re already at work, maybe you’re reading this though you phone screen in bed, or maybe you’re curled up on your couch. Either way, we wanted to catch up with you all and fill you in on plans and events to stay tuned for.

Summer is right around the corner and that means event are ahead. The ever anticipated and yearly event, Grandma’s Marathon is one we always look forward to. However, this year in August Tall Ships is once again sailing into the Duluth, MN Harbor, which is right where our retail location is in Canal Park. Tourists of all kinds enjoy the entertainment and we look so forward to seeing you all in our retail store as well to pick up your new Duluth Pack items.

While enjoying the hot and humid temperatures, you will want to cool off with a refreshing and cold brew. We recommend the recently launched Duluth Pack Pale Ale that is crafted by our friends at legendary brewery, The Duluth Brewhouse located in the Fitger’s complex.

Lastly, we have not only new apparel that will be hitting stores and our website soon, but new products , and new collaborations just on the horizon. Have any guesses what and who they might be with?

Have a fantastic weekend ahead, folks!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

PC: CastleMaker Creative

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


May 16, 2016

We wanted to make your Monday a little bit more exciting today by sharing the news of our recently launched Duluth Pack Growler Tote .

The Growler Tote is a round, bucket styled bag that holds a standard 64oz growler perfectly. This simple, yet classic designed bag is a great addition for your next adventure.

Width: 5.5″

Height: 10″

1″ cotton web handle

Our first beverage inspired bag was the Growler Pack . Due to it’s great success and the recent partnership with The Duluth Brewhouse of the crafted creation of the Duluth Pack Pale Ale, it only seemed fitting to have us handcraft a tote that compliments it.

The Growler Tote is available in all 15 canvas colors that we offer, including recently launched purple canvas and a grey canvas , too.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


May 12, 2016

Happy Thursday, friends!

We’re excited to officially announce that we have launched two new products that all of you have been asking for sometime. Introducing the All Leather Safari Duffel and All Leather Traverse Crossbody Bag .

As our President, Tom Sega, says, “It’s about the people. They are what makes Duluth Pack happen every day.” It’s true, if it weren’t for all of you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag maker in the USA, and that is not a coincidence. It’s from handwork, loyalty, support, and consistency in quality and values. You are the reason Duluth Pack is what it is today and from that, we love listening to what new products you ask for and will ultimately purchase and use for your lifetime.

Thank you for your ideas and interest in new Duluth Pack developments and products. So, here’s to you all and enjoy the two new products that you requested and can finally purchase and use.

Wishing you all a tremendous weekend ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


May 9, 2016









Does this post seem a bit fishy today? It is for us and here is why.

One of the most beautiful times of the year here in the Northland is upon us and we’re getting ready for it. Summer is quickly approaching and we are getting prepared for all the outdoor activities we can emerge ourselves in, like fishing.

This year, we have become incredibly close with photographer, Kiley Marissa. She brings a spunk and artistic viewpoint to showcase not only our canvas and leather products, but promote the emotional connection behind the packs. She gets that our goods creates stories and last a lifetime. As we say, “Making memories with you since 1882″. P.s. check out Kiley’s website HERE

What is your favorite memory on the lake? Is it with your parents when you were a little tyke? On the water with your granddaddy and you beat him with the bigger fish? Maybe it was the time you didn’t catch a single thing, but laughed the entire time. Whichever moment you have, we want to be there with you. Check out our Duluth Pack fishing themed products in our retail store or on our website.






Happy fishing, happy memories, and happy shopping!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack