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MY DULUTH PACK SAVED MY LIFE

August 31, 2015
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They are the most humbling of stories when we hear that Duluth Pack products have impacted people’s lives for the better. Whether that be helping through portages, assisting by carrying books to class or we actually save someone’s life. Today’s post is based on an email that our team recently received this past month from one of our customers. It made our jaw’s drop and gave us gigantic goosebumps. Get ready for a story of a lifetime!

Please note: The customer has given Duluth Pack the approval to share her story with her Duluth Pack along with the photos to prove her point.

Hello Duluth Pack – I am sure like most reviews and comments in emails you receive, there may be more negative than positive comments. However, if you give me a few moments I would like to tell you a story.

My name is Megan Thun I am 25 years old and I was born and raised in Silver Bay, MN just North of Duluth. For years I have wanted a Duluth Pack and never had the funds to buy one after all the college tuition and rent bills. I envied those who had them, and assured myself that I would spoil myself one day with a forest green Duluth Pack. Another year passed and it just was not a necessity, just a luxury.

So last fall I put Duluth Pack on my Christmas list (That my aunt requires me to do). I don’t like asking for gifts, so Christmas lists are low on priority shelf. However, I thought to myself “Why not?”.

Then Christmas came around. I opened a box from my aunt, and low and behold, a forest green Duluth Pack sat in the folds of wrapping paper. I fell in love immediately! It was perfect, it smelled great, and felt comfortable on my shoulder. I cleaned my stuff out of my old bag that night and switched my essentials over to the pack.

Now, when I get into a vehicle to drive I don’t take my purse or bag off. It has something to do with comfort and snugness in the driver’s seat. All my relatives think it is weird. Which leads me to the rest of the story.

On January 7th 2015, I drove my sisters dog to the vetrinarian in Ely, MN. It had snowed early in the morning and the woods were beautiful, but the roads were a tad slippery. So I took my time up to Ely. I dropped my sisters dog off and headed back to Silver Bay slow but sure. I was thinking of going snowshoeing when I got back, but it was rather cold that day (a balmy -20 degrees). I was about half way in between Silver Bay and Ely on Hwy 1, when my back wheels hit a patch of black ice. I took my foot off the brake and let the car slow down and drive out of the slippery patch. But nothing helped. My car was fish tailing around the corner. When I looked up my heart sank… A logging truck was coming around the corner and my car was slipping right into its path.

I turned the car enough to miss the front of the logging truck, but it was not enough. When I realized I was not going to miss the trailer of the logging truck I let go of the steering wheel and closed my eyes. I figured, that was it. In those split seconds I remember thinking “Nobody lives through these accidents.” (please don’t stop reading).

I opened my eyes and relized I had made it out of the accident with my life. My car was in pieces on the highway and I had no windsheild. Miraculously I had no cuts or scrapes. My driver’s side door looked like a crumpled piece of paper. Luckily, my arm was tucked between me and my Duluth Pack. It was a buffer between the tangled metal mess just inches away from me. It saved my arm from injury or worse possibilities. I thank God that I had it with me that day and did not take a wallet instead. I sat in the freezing cold for and hour and twenty minutes, waiting to be cut out of the car that held me prisoner.

When the EMT’s finally cut the car apart and freed me and EMT told me to sit very still (standard medical percautions; in case of brain or spinal injury). I remember him saying “We’re going to take your purse and put it in the Sherriff’s vehicle. (He grabbed the Duluth Pack and pulled). I informed him that it was attached to me over the shoulders. He then yelled to one of the other EMT’s that were there, “Someone get me the cutting shears!”

They say in times of stress you forget your reactions or how you handle situations. This time was one of them. I cannot recall if I said this next sentence with poise or out of straight irritaion. I said, “No! You can pull it over my head and slide it off, but don’t you cut it!” (the poor EMT got the brunt of my reaction, and I am sure he thought I was crazy. I was possibly injured, trapped in a car, and freezing, and still barking orders.) The EMT oblidged and took the Duluth Pack over my head. I cannot recall whether I said thank you, because soon after that they pulled me out of the seat and put me in the ambulance, everything after that gets fuzzy and blurry.

When I got to the hospital I was told I had a dislocated hip. They popped it back in and then I had to have hip surgery to repair the damage. I am just about back to normal now and have little to no pain.

The scratches on my Duluth pack are a constant reminder that I was very close to more serious injuries, not ruling out fatal injuries.

So in conclusion I would like to personally thank you for making such strong reliable bags. They are more than just carriers for us. They are what hold our essentials that makes our lives go around, and they hold memories and emotions that are not visible or tangible in this world. For me my Duluth Pack was a life saver.

Have a great rest of the summer! I am sure the tourists keep you busy! I attached pictures so you have something to pair to the long story I just told you.

Sincerely,

Megan H. Thun

If you have a story with your Duluth Pack, please email our team at: [email protected] and we would love to hear how Duluth Pack has been integrated into your life.

Thank you for your loyalty and support! Please know, our lifetime guarantee can mean more than just the craftsmanship and hardware in our products, as Megan so thoroughly describes. If you’re interested, buy Megan’s style of bag HERE.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

BACK TO REALITY (SCHOOL)

August 24, 2015
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The chaos has begun! Yep, it’s back to school time and Duluth Pack is in full stride to gear your child with what is not just needed but wanted, too! You want your child to have the best and so do we! Hint: That means investing in a Duluth Pack.

Here is a little personal tidbit to add to the posting this morning – I received my first ever Duluth Pack Daypack (Shop mine HERE ) when I was in Elementary School. My father allowed me to choose which hue suited my needs and wants and stated, “Choose your color wisely, because you’ll have it forever”. At the time I didn’t think much of it, I mean I was only six years old. I chose the khaki colored canvas, because it matched my outfit at the time and trotted off with my new prized possession. To this day, I have so many memories with my pack, beyond just being a new back to school piece that all my classmates envied, it has been with me during my Elementary School, Middle School, High School and College studies. Not only that, but it has moved between 3 states, been squashed under airplane seats, crammed in the backseat of cars, and remains a piece I cannot stop using.

A Duluth Pack in general is not just a product that we take to school as a young tyke and not think much of – it’s so much more. The memories between my Duluth Pack and myself are priceless. It’s got my back each and every year.

It’s time for you to invest in the best. You’ll never have to buy your little one another cheap bag again that falls apart in the first 6 months of using. Our lifetime guarantee is something we pride ourselves on and know you can rely on.

Check out our back to school products HERE . It’s time to stop stressing about the deals and steals and buy right the first time.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

ROCKIN’ AND ROLL-TOPPIN’

August 10, 2015
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One of our best selling bags has a new best friend!

Move over all canvas Duluth Pack Roll-Top. There is a new sheriff in town with a whole lot of red and black fiery! We took our ever-popular Roll-Top Scout and gave it a northern twist. Ohhhh yaaa betcha!

Introducing the new Duluth Pack Wool Roll-Top. It’s a stunner with some pizazz and edge. Even with it’s soft as can be material, it comes with a effortlessly cool vibe. Invest in one of these timeless pieces today. Trust us, they will outlive you and be an heirloom that your grandkids will WANT to actually have. Yes, we get it – you may not even have children yet, but we know that this bad boy will be lusted after for generations to come.

Wool you be purchasing one of these newly handcrafted items? (guilty, pun intended!)

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

RIDIN’ DIRTY

August 6, 2015
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We don’t play it safe here at Duluth Pack. We’re wanting to push the limit, go to the edge and find the land that hasn’t been touched. So who is with us?!

This blog posting is anything but just words. We’re driving (pun intended) excitement about the focus on traveling on two wheels or AKA – ridin dirty.

Did you know that Duluth Pack has an entire line of bike bags? If not, check out the massive selection right HERE . Without overwhelming you with lots of canvas and leather products in your face, I thought it would be easier to breakdown to the most popular bike bags that have been featured in a few magazines as well.

Welcome the Banana Bike Bag

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This Banana Bike Bag is your new biking companion! Designed with a slight curve, just like a banana, to fit under your bike seat. Perfect for carrying a sandwich, keys, wallet, and few extras to get you through the day. Removable plastic inserts in front and back give the bag its shape. Grommets on sides to cinch under the top if you have it too full. Complete with leather lashings, leather straps, and brass buckles. Measures 11H x 6W (tapers to 3W) x 4.5D (inches). If you want the bike bags of your dreams that’s under $140 – bam, it’s HERE .

If you’re really into zipping down the backroads or flying in the city, ta-da, the Pannier Bike Bag is just the trick

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This pannier bag is compact enough for riding around town but big enough for a multi-day getaway. This pannier style bike bag has two large top loading bags so organization is easy! You can carry everything you need for a weekend bike tour. It has two spacious main compartments that are angled to accommodate the motion of the pedals, and a rigid back that won’t get caught in the spokes. A zippered pocket on each flap allows you to store your trail maps with ease and paracord on the top allows for easy access to cinched down jackets. Get your meathooks on THIS bag now! P.S. It’s under $200!

Who needs a basic handle bar when you can have a Candy Bar!?

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This bag is perfect for keeping all your small necessities handy. It can easily hold a water bottle or two, pair of gloves, extra pair of socks, or anything else you think you might need. Designed to fit on your bikes handle bars. Sink your biker’s sweet tooth into THIS tasty goodie.

Last, but certainly not least is the Duluth Pack Hobo Seat Bike Bag.

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This bike bag is big enough for a large water bottle, rain coat, warm jacket/sweater, lunch, and an emergency repair kit. It’s designed to attach to the back of your bike seat. Seriously, what else more do you need with a bag like THIS ?

Happy ridin’ and bikin’ folks! We can’t wait to see you on the roads and trails!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

UNDERCOVER WITH MOSSY OAK

July 16, 2015
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Now you see us, now you don’t.

We’re talking the best of the best camo here, people!

Our awesome friends at legendary company, Mossy Oak know a thing or two (or three) about the wilderness and not only how to be in it, but how to become a part of it. Whether your happy place is in a duck blind or a deer stand, they have the print for you. The best part, Duluth Pack has partnered up with Mossy Oak to sell our 250 + bags with their Break-Up camo pattern! So, not only can you be rocking a Life Time Guaranteed and Made in America bag, but you can be basically invisible in your sanctuary of leaves, twigs and trees. Check out some of our selection on the Duluth Pack website right HERE !

Last week, the Duluth Pack family was more than thrilled to see our products featured in Mossy Oak’s first ever summer virtual catalog! Check out the featured images below!

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Shop the Duluth Pack Haversack in Mossy Oak Break-Up camo pattern pictured above HERE .

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Shop the Duluth Pack Rucksack in Mossy Oak Break-Up camo pattern pictured above HERE .

Thank you to the folks at Mossy Oak for featuring the Duluth Pack products in your virtual catalog! We are humbled and proud to be a part of it!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Events, Gear Talk, The Lowdown

DULUTH PACK, THE GEAR JUNKIE AND A GIVEAWAY!

July 8, 2015
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We’ve caught the giving bug and we’re teaming up with the awesome folks of The Gear Junkie to do a giveaway of the Duluth Pack #51 Deluxe in our wax canvas hue! Don’t know which style that is? Not a problem, click HERE to check it out.

The beyond cool The Gear Junkie employee, Andrew drove up to Duluth one wonderful spring day this year and took the grand ole’ tour of the Duluth Pack factory/headquarters – all 104 years and counting in this bad boy! I walked around the tour with Andrew as our fantastic leather cutter, Jim explained the whole enchilada on the Duluth Pack company, our products and down to the materials and custom work he has done since being employed here. (Seriously, Jim is THE BEST at tours) . After moseying the cutting, riveting, sewing and quality control area, Andrew revises his knowledge on the last hour and picks through his snapshots that he took that involve lots of canvas, leather and buckles.

This day was just the start of a great idea for our two companies to work together. After focusing on what each companies does, we realized we’re kind of the best fit for one another. A straight forward opinion on goods (The Gear Junkie) and the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack company in the USA (Duluth Pack) . It was time to unite. So, this is where the first ever giveaway together was born!

Check out The Gear Junkie’s review of the Duluth Pack #51 Deluxe and why they think it’s the bag for not only their staff, but for you and you and yes, even you! Read the review HERE . Now, if you want to enter the giveaway, please enter either the Duluth Pack’s Facebook page here or The Gear Junkie’s here .

Happy Giveaway!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

JUST LIKE OUR COUNTRY, WE’RE AMERICAN AND PROUD OF IT

July 4, 2015
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

It’s the glorious 4th of July and we’re in full celebration mode. We’re so proud of our roots not only here in America, but being in Minnesota and even as specific as Duluth. It’s time to let the festivities begin. Wave the American flag to the sky, sing the Star Spangled Banner, slap on some Coppertone 45, eat a hotdog (oooh yeah!), dip your toes in the lake and listen to good ole’ country music (George Strait, anybody?). Like our country, we’re American and we’re darn proud of it!

We understand the summer temps. They are hot, sticky and promote less and less clothing. So, why would you want to haul around a bag or pack that seems bulky? You wouldn’t. That’s why we recommend our American Made Duluth Pack Drawstring Pack. It’s the perfect companion for days by the lake that fit just the right amount of essentials – sunglasses, swimsuit, beverages and is still patriot in so many ways. Get your hands on this All-American accessory here . And yes, it comes in the legendary red, white and blue trifecta!

Duluth Pack prides itself on being a quality filled product and company. However, we like to push that phrase even further. We pride our customer’s on enjoying their Duluth Pack products in a quality filled live that involves quality time with loved ones. Check out the Duluth Pack Exclusive Video made by our friend, Carl Martin! (Click HERE to preview video) Check out his other fantastic work on Vimeo.

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Have a safe and fun Independence weekend everyone!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk

BWCA Permit Promotion

May 9, 2014

Hey friends!

Remember how we are the #1 permitting station for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area? Well… We just added a little promotion to make it even sweeter.

During the 2014 BWCA season, we’re giving every person buying a permit 10% off one standard Duluth Pack product!

For the entire day of purchase, the permit holder can get 10% off one, in-stock, standard bag/gear item of their choice at our 365 Canal Park Drive location.

So happy adventuring to all of you! What are your summer BWCA plans?

Gear Talk

Beer & Gear at Duluth Pack with Fitgers Brewhouse

May 5, 2014

Duluth Pack has teamed up with the historic Fitger’s Brewhouse & Brewery again! This time, to bring you an awesome event full of free beer samples, giveaways, gear demos, and discounts on May 8th from 7-9PM.

There will be a raffle to win one of many Duluth Pack bags at 8:30 PM! For every $20 you spend on May 8th (all day long), you’ll receive one raffle ticket. You must be present at 8:30 PM to win!

See our Facebook event here for more details and to let us know you’ll be there!

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