Have you ever noticed the old Duluth Pack on eBay going for… oh, a couple tens of thousands of dollars…?
Well, recently the world did.
The Duluth News Tribune wrote this article about it that made their front page (above the fold): http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/277738/
After they highlighted the old pack, many other news sources picked it up.
Duluth Pack sure had it’s moment in the light!
How old are your packs?!
We love our Haversack (shown here in leather). It’s a classic design originally created for hunters and woodsmen. It continues being used for it’s original purpose, but has also been adapted as a women’s over-the-shoulder purse. When we use it, we like to wear:
Maurices Knit Maxi Skirt
Mod Cloth’s “New to the Colorblock Top in Gray”
Keen’s Emerald City 3-Point Sandal
Maurices Charteruse 3 Row Faceted Stone Statement Necklace
Right in the Rain Sketchbook
We received an amazing letter along with a pack for repairs:
“Dear Duluth Pack Company:
Here is my beloved Duluth Pack backpack, which has been my faithful companion for more than 10 years now.
This pack and I started out together during my youth in Esko, Minnesota. It’s seen me through high school, Boy Scouting, and college… It’s seen me down the trail, up the river and through the Boundary Waters… It’s seen me down the road from coast to coast and through 8 months of Gypsy-living while we relocated our farm, veterinary practice and family across 1,000 miles to the countryside south of Nashville. I look forward to many more years with this pack.
As you can see, over the years and the many miles it’s developed a rip near the zipper towards the top of the main compartment. I had it safety-pinned together for a time, but it became evident that it needed to be sent in for repairs. I’m confident your master craftsmen will have it ship-shape in short order – and I sincerely hope so, since it’s hard to part with it, even for a time.
Nashville is my home, now, but I will always be proud of the Northland, the land of my birth and my raising, especially as long as Duluth Pack keeps up its excellent work. Thank you for continuing to hold yourself to such excellent standards of quality and customer service. I’ll always be happy to tell anyone who’ll listen that Duluth Pack is bar-none the best place to go for gear.
Thanks for being such a wonderful fan, John! We appreciate you and wish you the best of luck and happiness in Nashville!
Are you heading out on a canoe/portage-style camping trip? You’ll want to check out this gear list first. These essentials might make or break your trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA(W)) or another similar place.
Food Pack, Camp Kitchen or Front Pack
- Food and snacks
- Spices – salt, pepper, garlic, etc.
- Lightweight camp stove and repair kit
- Fuel and plastic funnel
- 3 waterproof sources of fire
- Pots and pans for cooking
- Plates, mugs and cutlery for each person
- Fillet knife and cutting board
- Cooking utensils – large spoon, spatula
- Dish towel and paper towels
- Coffee press, coffee pot, or instant coffee
- Biodegradable soap and scrubber
- Trash bags and Ziploc bags
- Bear rope and suspension system
- Hatchet and folding saw
- Water filter, purification tablets, or SteriPEN
- Water bottles or dromedary bag
- Flask or wine preservation system
- Candle, kerosene or propane lantern
- First aid kit
Tent, Stakes and Poles
- Repair kit – duct tape, sewing kit, super glue
- Rain fly
- Ground cloth or tarp
The following stuff sacks will all fit in our canoe packs. Try the #2, #3, #4 Duluth Pack, Monarch or Timber Cruiser:
Stuff Sack #1 – Sleeping Gear
Stuff Sack #2 – Clothing
If trip is before June or after August
Stuff Sack #3 – Miscellaneous Items
Under Top Flap of Pack
- Rain jacket and pants
- One tarp per canoe for covering packs while paddling
Fanny Pack, Pockets and Thwart Bags
With all of this gear, you’re guaranteed to be prepared and enjoy your trip to the BWCA.
Check out some planning, routes, and permit tips here: How to Plan a BWCAW Canoe Trip
Is there anything else you always pack? Lets us know in the comments below!