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Locally Grown Series – Part 3: Brad

June 27, 2014

The third segment of our “Locally Grown Series

This series will highlight some of our local heros: awesome people from the Duluth area, doing cool things, that happen to carry a Duluth Pack.

Read along as we meet these people and share their stories:

Local Grown Series - Brad

Brad is the Minister of Culture & Propaganda for Fitgers Brewhouse, Tycoons Alehouse, Burrito Union, Redstar Lounge, and Endion Station Public House. Brad is one of the co-creators of our Growler Pack!

Not so long ago, Brad was in the top 15 nationally in cross country skiing and training for the Olympics. He continues to ski, bike, and spend time in the outdoors in general. His favorite spots in Duluth are Chester Park (the creek and ski trail), Magney-Snivley park for skiing, and Park Point.

Brad is a member of “three and a half” bands performing often in the Duluth area including the Black-Eyed Snakes, and the Boomchucks.

Another hobby is camping and being with his daughter. He has enjoyed sharing his lifestyle with her and bringing her up in the outdoors.

In college, Brad went to the BWCA with his friend, an Olympic paddler. His friend had many Duluth Packs and introduced the brand to Brad.

The Growler Pack collaboration was sought out by Brad: “years ago we made a growler bag, but it was obvious to make a revised, upgraded product with Duluth Pack.” Before their first one, they had never heard of a growler pack on the market. When we asked what’s next, he replied, “hmm.. Beer Pannier.”


Thanks for chatting with us, Brad! 

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Locally Grown Series – Part 2: Jen

June 24, 2014

The second segment of our “Locally Grown Series

This series will highlight some of our local heros: awesome people from the Duluth area, doing cool things, that happen to carry a Duluth Pack.

Read along as we meet these people and share their stories:

Local Grown Series - Jen

Jen is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry. We visited her in her classroom, office, and lab at the College of Saint Scholastica where her students were undergoing a honey study. She took along her Deluxe Book Bag in royal blue canvas.

She grew up in Duluth, left to get her degrees, but now, teaching and living here, she thinks “to be able to do it all in Duluth is kind of a miracle.” Jen loves the outdoor opportunities of Duluth and the family-aspect.

You’ll often catch Jen at Minnesota Point with her dogs: from the wooden paths to the beach… it’s the “best of everything.” Or possibly at Bent Paddle enjoying a local brew. Other than micro brews, her hobbies involve the outdoors: hiking with the dogs, cross country skiing, kayaking, volleyball, and going to the cabin.

This bag was actually a surprise present to replace her previous Duluth Pack that was stolen. She loves the color and functionality of this bag. The professional aspect – casual and just fancy enough.

We’re glad you’re a fan, Jen! Thanks for your support. 

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Locally Grown Series – Part 1: Paul

June 17, 2014

The first segment of our new “Locally Grown Series

This series will highlight some of our local heros: awesome people from the Duluth area, doing cool things, that happen to carry a Duluth Pack.

Read along as we meet these people and share their stories:


Local Grown Series Test

Paul Connolly, Web Designer at Maurices, bought his 2012-2013 Trapper Series Wool Scout Pack because he needed a simple backpack for his urban commute. With his design background, the collaboration between us and the Faribault Woolen Mill was right up his alley.

Paul’s major hobby is playing music: he’s in a band, organizes a music magazine, and writes for a few others.

He likes living in Duluth for many reasons; one is the accessible arts and music scene. A favorite local spot of his is the Electric Fetus. He worked there while in school and loves coming back.

When pressed for his “guilty pleasure” Paul claimed he “could solve crimes and prosecute with his sleuthing skills,” all due to the “unreasonable amount of time” he’s spent watching Law and Order.


We don’t blame you, Paul! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. 

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Instagram Giveaway!

June 9, 2014



Share this photo on Instagram with hashtags #FathersDayGiveaway & #DuluthPack and follow @duluthpack for a chance to win this Father’s Day Package.
The perfect last minute present for the dad in your life!

• 51 Utility Pack
• Barebones Living Outdoor Forest Lantern – water resistant, charges your phone, rechargeable via wall/USB or AC, 325 Lumens.

Contest ends 6/11/2014

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Winner’s Announced! Photo Contest Spring 2014

May 15, 2014

Our Spring Amateur Photo Contest came and went, and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

Today we gathered a couple dozen employees at our Duluth, MN factory to vote on your fantastic submissions. We’re continuously impressed by all that you do! Our bags truly travel the world.

But without further ado, we announce our first, second, and third place winners:

First place! Winner of the $200 gift card is Boone H!

Sportsman's Duffel on a busy street in Japan

Second place, and winner of the $100 gift card is Bryant J!

Fly fishing with a Daypack in a river surrounded by snow

Third place, and winner of the $50 gift card is Ryan S!

A Daypack & owner on the side of the Grand Canyon

Thanks to everyone who participated. This is once of our favorite times of the year! Because we love it so much, we thought we’d include a few honorable mentions.. Keep watching for a couple more in the coming days!



Girl with a Shell Bag and a dog on dock  From Christa M.

Girl on hill at sunset From Michael S.

Boy at train station with ScoutmasterFrom Michael G.


Thanks again, and stay tuned for the next Photo Contest this fall!



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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Duluth Pack Spring 2014 Amateur Fan Photo Contest

April 30, 2014

We are very excited to announce the start of one of our favorite promotions: the Photo Contest!


Winning Photo. On a mountain in Switzerland.
Previous Photo Contest Winning Submission by Meredith A

Each season, we are thoroughly impressed with all of our Duluth Pack fans. Their adventures, creativity, and photographic skills are brag-worthy!

We encourage everyone who is willing to submit an image to participate! We love to see our packs at work – so include your Duluth Pack in the image!

There are gift cards for first, second, and third place winners.

Here are the details:

Second place. Dog on a porch.
Previous Photo Contest’s First Runner Up by Charlie H.

1. Submit your photos to [email protected]

2. You may submit as many photos as you wish.

5. Photos must be submitted by Midnight CST Wednesday, May 14th, 2014.

5. Duluth Pack will have the rights to photos submitted and can be used for marketing purposes (we love to brag about our fans!).

6. Duluth Pack employees (past and present), and their families, are not eligible.

Third place. Girl near river.
Previous Photo Contest’s Second Runner Up by Sarah B.


1st = $200 Duluth Pack Gift Card
2nd = $100 Duluth Pack Gift Card
3rd = $50 Duluth Pack Gift Card


We can’t wait to see what our fans and their bags have been up to!


Fall 2013 Winners + Honorable Mentions