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RED, WHITE & BBQ

July 20, 2015
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The sizzle of the grill, the crunch corn on the cob and the claps of metal cooking thongs. It’s grilling season and we’re all about it!

It’s time to step up your grilling process and not only use the best products to flip your patties and veggies (mmmm…mmmm) , but you need grilling gear that will protect your apparel and secure your utensils.

Unless you’re on the Food Network Channel, most likely your grilling process can be a bit messy. Admit it, it’s true! Either grease can fly, food can smear or crumbles fall everywhere. We may not be able to eliminate all of these obstacles during your Bobby Flay moment, but we can help dress you for grilling success!

The Duluth Pack canvas apron is sure to protect you from splatter and give you the look of a true grill master. Shop this necessity HERE .

As seen in the photo above, the Duluth Pack Utensil Roll is the perfect utensil holder that is durable, takes up minimal room and protects your assets with canvas care! Plus, with a price tag like THIS , you can get a few for your favorite host and hostesses!

Are you at a location where glass is not allowed and plastic cups are crushed in your bag and ended up cracked? Don’t worry! The Duluth Pack Canvas Cups are flexible, travel ready and can hold your favorite bevy wherever you are! Plus, they are only $7.00 and come with the Made in America and Lifetime Guarantee punch! Check them out HERE .

Happy grilling!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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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!

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MADE IN AMERICA – MADE IN MN – MADE IN DULUTH

July 13, 2015
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We’ve narrowed it down to our homeland. We are both (just wait, you’ll find out) not only Made in America, not only made in the land of 10,000 + lakes, but we’re made with love right here in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota! Duluth Pack has teamed up with our pals at Epicurean to do one heck of a giveaway together!

Yep, you absolutely read that right! We want to do a toast to you all for supporting American Made Products and brands, so here is to you! The Duluth Pack Wine Satchel makes traveling with your favorite vino not only stylish, but protected and even better, a Epicurean cutting board fits snug as a bug in the bag! Now, you can bring along your favorite red, a couple glasses, your cutting board and a good hunk of cheese to share.

We’ll be waiting by the mailbox for an invite for your adult picnic (kidding, kind of) . It’s easy to enter! Just go on the Duluth Pack Facebook Page – Link HERE and follow the fool proof steps. Once you finish, you are entered and are one step closer to bubbly headed your way.

Good luck, everyone! We can’t wait to see who wins! Please note: No purchase is necessary. No limit to the number of entries. Winner will be randomly drawn at the end of the giveaway period (7/17/2015). Winner will be announced within 48 hours of drawing. Giveaway begins on: Monday, July 13th.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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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

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EVERYDAY ADVENTURE SWEEPSTAKES

July 6, 2015
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Minnesota is in the limelight. Two Northern companies have come together – Duluth Pack and Minnetonka Moccasin to create a fun giveaway prize package called, “Everyday Adventure Sweepstakes” that you can enter and possibly be the winner of!

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Here are the guidelines (Don’t worry, they are simple and painless – promise!) .

STEP 1: To enter, pin an image inspiring your next everyday adventure to your Pinterest page. Visit Minnetonka’s Summer Lookbook for pin-spiration! Ps: Check out Duluth Pack’s Pinterest page for fun HERE .

Step 2: Submit your pin below by clicking THIS link and click “Submit an Entry” for a chance to win.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff of this post – THE PRIZES!

Grand Prize – One (1) winner will receive a $250 gift card to MinnetonkaMoccasin.com, a Paddle Board and Duluth Pack Scout Pack (link to bag is HERE )!

Runner-Up

Ten (10) runner-ups will receive a $25 gift card to MinnetonkaMoccasin.com.

Please note, the Everyday Adventure Sweepstakes runs from Monday, July 6th to Sunday, July 26th. The winner’s will be announced on Minnetonka’s Blog on July 29th.

Thank you to the phenomenal photographer, Jesse Morrow. Please check out his talent here and follow his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram handles.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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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

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR CFO

July 2, 2015
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Running a successful business involves numbers – LOTS of them. It’s cut throat. Either something is working for the company or it is not and it’s the Chief Financial Officer’s job to investigate what is bringing the bills in to afford opening up the doors, employing individuals and each and every day. Sounds difficult just thinking about it – we agree, too!

Today we sat down with Duluth Pack’s CFO (or as we know him – hardcore Vikings fan!) Mark Oestreich. We dug into what keeps him motivated, focused and a thriving CFO along with being an all around good family man! In his office you see a clean and organized arrangement of papers, family photos, his handy-dandy calculator, a fist full of candies (butterscotch and fruit flavored – oh yeah!) and a steaming hot mug of Duluth Pack Paddler’s Blend java nestled on his Viking’s mascot coaster. and a smile peering on his face. Time to get down to the nitty gritty now. Without a further a do, here’s Mark, everybody!

How do you…

Start your morning: Coffee and sometimes exercise, but always coffee.

Stay motivated: Break down goals into smaller pieces to more easily measure progress.

Get inspired: Spend time outdoors.

Challenge yourself: I try to invite some discomfort into my life by pushing myself out of my comfort zones.

Motivate others: I try to lead by example and will generally interject humor where appropriate.

Find personal balance: Make a conscious effort to plan activities I enjoy, like golf. Keeping one night a week as date night with my wife.

Stay organized: Write things down in Outlook.

End your day: Kiss my wife and daughter goodnight!

As the questionnaire and conversation ends, Mark slips on his spectacles (you know he means business when these are on) and gets back to numbers mode. So, next time you walk into the Duluth Pack store, shop our website at duluthpack.com or trot into our headquarters, know he is the guy working endlessly to maintain stability for the brand!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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HIPCAMP MEETS DULUTH PACK

June 30, 2015
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Duluth Pack has recently teamed up with Hipcamp (link here ) for a phenomenal giveaway including some other brands like Stormy Kromer and The North Face! The best part? A Duluth Pack bag and gift cards are some of the goodies up for grabs and YOU could be the lucky winner of them!

This particular campaign is called, #WandertheWater. We’re all encouraging people to get out and go! Especially now that Minnesota is thawed out, us Northerners can frolic in the water, hike the trails – shout out to the Superior Hiking Trail (PS: Did you know Duluth Pack adopted a portion of the SHT to keep clean? We are so proud to do so!) and get going the distance.

The particular bag that is available to win is the.. drumb roll please… CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT

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Okay, we can’t hold it in any longer – it’s the legendary #2 Original Duluth Pack in classic Olive Drab canvas! This knockout plus Duluth Pack gift cards can help conquer your bucket list one adventure at a time. All you have to do is sign up! It’s kind of like having your cake and eating it, too! (And we know that option rarely happens!) So, take full advantage, ladies and gentlemen!

Good luck! Photo by our friends at, Northern Urbanity. Check out their blog here!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY…

June 29, 2015
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It’s a common theme amongst us humans, do you pay your pretty penny for that item of whatever it may be or do you wave goodbye to it and stroll on?

Depending on the predicament it can either be a downer to say no to that piece of clothing you wanted almost more than anything or a tiny victory for choosing fresh fruit over that delicious tub of Rocky Road. What to do, what to do?

We’re breaking down the simple rules we live by here at Duluth Pack – to buy or not to buy?

It can seem much more difficult, painful and cumbersome than we make it seem, but in all honesty, it’s not. We’ve got your backs and want to make sure when purchasing a product, like a Duluth Pack, food item, guilty pleasure or even a house per se that you are making the right move, selection and ultimately the right purchase for you!

1) Why are you buying the product?

This is the first thing to ask yourself before dropping some of your hard earned cash. What is your motive? Instant gratification? Investing in a product that will last (visit our selection here )? Or is it, because you just REALLY, really want it? No option is better than the other, but it comes down to what is most efficient for you and the real reason behind the buy.

2) Is it on sale?

It could be a mental trap. Are you buying whatever it may be, because the price has dropped a few digits? Yes? Then watch it! If this is your only reasoning for buying the goodie, it may not be the one for you. The best reason to buy a product is, because you won’t regret it! Before purchasing something at the till or putting it into your online cart, make sure you want it enough that you would be willing to pay full price for it, not just because it’s discounted.

3) Will you use it?

Seems a bit silly, but will you use this item? If the answer is nada, it’s probably not the one for you. Our rule to help decide whether it’s a keeper is by asking yourself two easy statements that help decipher: Think of three outfits or uses for it and if you can think of three places you will use it then it’s a done deal and call it, SOLD! With Duluth Pack products, we make it a bit straight forward with these questions, because you’ll have us for your lifetime – literally (so we know we’ll go with at least three outfits through that time period and at least three locations or times you’ll use us).

Voila, you’ve survived our breakdown of the daisy petal picking questions – (no, not the does he/she love me), but the to buy or not to buy continuous theme.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DULUTH PACK GOLDEN TICKET GIVEAWAY!

June 27, 2015
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Uh huh, that’s right, it’s just like the chocolate factory, but better! (no calories = no guilt)

The entire month of June, Duluth Pack has been giving away a rich gold pieces of paper that have a whole lot of meaning. What’s so great about them? (Ahem, free moola!) The guidelines are fool proof – buy ANYTHING from the Duluth Pack website (shop here ) and you could be the winner of FOUR Duluth Pack Golden Tickets given away! Once you open your shipment from Duluth Pack and find a special ticket, follow the step-by-step directions on how to submit your winnings! * DON’T THROW AWAY THE PIECE OF PAPER! THIS IS NOT FAKE * The Golden Ticket Giveaway winnings are FOUR $100.00 Duluth Pack gift cards, so now YOU can get that pack, tote or bag you’ve been lusting over. But, hurry! This giveaway is ending the end of June and there are only so many opportunities left!

Please note, there is no price limit a customer must pay to enter.

Happy shopping!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack