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OFFICIALLY VERIFIED!

February 15, 2016
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Hello our friends! We wanted to write a quick post on how excited and humbled we are to announce that the Duluth Pack Instagram and Facebook accounts have been officially verified! If you are unaware of what that means, in simple terms, it’s the blue and white check mark you find right behind our name on each account. It means that both Instagram and Facebook note our accounts as authentic and useful to follow.

We are thrilled about this next chapter and step for Duluth Pack in the social media world and want to thank you all for your constant loyalty for the Duluth Pack brand, products, and heritage. We would not be able to conquer these amazing feats and steps without all of you.

If you have not done so, we would so appreciate if you follow our social accounts including, Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , and Pinterest . I mean, we really like you, so like us, too!

Again, thank you and have a wonderful day.

Amazing featured photo by our photographer pal, Alyssa Hei .

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

February 11, 2016
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It’s fun to hear all the stories of people with their packs and adventures from today through the rest of their lives. However, it’s important that everyone knows all the elements behind how a Duluth Pack is handcrafted including the people behind the packs – AKA: the Duluth Pack team. Today, we are introducing our creative spirit and in-house Graphic Designer, Jade. She may be small in height size, but she has a large personality that is shown in her colorful style and work. So, without a further ado, here is Jade, everyone!

How do you…

Start your morning:

“Every morning I make a healthy shake to drink on my drive in to work. The first thing I do when I arrive is turn on my computer, grab my awesome peacock mug, and caffeinate. I always stop to chat with the production team before I head to my desk.”

Stay motivated:

“I’m a list writer and a post-it note extraordinaire. A lot of the time, my monitor is lined in post-it notes. Let me tell you, ripping one of those bad boys off after a task is complete is oddly satisfying and motivating in and of itself. Don’t forget about the coffee and the occasional blast of “Eye of The Tiger” from Ryan’s speakers.”

Get inspired:

“I am inspired by quality time with friends and family. Being with people and sharing a good laugh is all we need sometimes.”

Challenge yourself:

“I like to try new things! As a designer, it’s easy to get sucked into one particular style. Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and try something new with fresh eyes. If it works, great! If not, I tried.”

Motivate others:

“I like to think I’m pretty funny sometimes. In fact, people think it’s funny that I think I’m funny… it works. What’s better than making someone laugh?”

Find personal balance:

“I always go into my day with a plan, and that plan must include time for myself. It’s good to be busy, but I feel most balanced when I set aside some time at the end of each day to do what I enjoy, even if it’s just watching some Netflix.”

Stay organized:

“Lists, lists, and more lists, and of course, post-it notes.”

End your day:

The day isn’t over until I wash my coffee cup.

“We hope you enjoyed another snippet into the lives and outlooks of our employees. At Duluth Pack, it’s all a team effort from the production side to the creative.”

Have a wonderful day!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Camping Recipes

CAMPING FOOD

February 8, 2016
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Hassle-Free, Delicious, Camping Menu

Take a quick/easy trip and eat well too!

Duluth is known for many things… one of which: delicious cuisine. Duluth restaurants are featured on foodie road trips. There are even many Duluth restaurants that have been featured on the Food Network.  Even us outdoorsy folk appreciate fine dining; although camping and fine dining aren’t usually in the same sentence (unless you’re a glamper: here). While reading through a recent issue of Backpacker Magazine, we found a “no-nonsense” recipe that would make our go-to favorite, the hotdog, seem lackluster. Next time we go out for a quick trip, we’re using this menu:

The Menu

Breakfast 1
On the road

Lunches 1 & 2
Bagels with avocado and cucumber

Dinner 1
Garden State Quesadilla

Breakfast 2
General Washington Griddle cakes

Snacks
Apples, trail mix

 

The Grocery List

Apples
Avocados
Cucumber
Tomatoes
Bunch spinach
Powdered milk
Flour
Sugar
Trail mix
Bagels
Whole wheat tortillas
Eggs
Shredded cheddar
Butter
Salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, and maple syrup

 

The Recipes

Garden State Quesadilla
1-½ cups shredded cheddar
4 whole-wheat tortillas
2 Jersey tomatoes, chopped
1 handful spinach
2 pads butter
Salt and pepper

Heat a frying pan and grease it with half a pad of butter. Lay down the tortilla, and layer cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and cheese again. Cook 3-4 minutes, regrease pan, flip, and cook until golden brown and crispy.

 

General Washington Griddle Cakes
2 cups powder milk
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
¼ cup sugar4 apples, sliced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat and grease pan. Combine milk, eggs, flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Pour ¼ cup blobs of batter into pan and top with apple. Bake until pancake is light brown (3-4 minutes), then flip and cook 2-3 minutes.

Tips from us:

  • Measure out the powdered milk, flour, sugar, and cinnamon for the Griddle Cakes in a container before you leave home. The container will double as your mixing bowl when adding the eggs.
  • Print this post off (or screen shot it on your smart phone) and you’ll be set for your next 30-ish hour camp trip.

 

So what do you think? Will you give it a shot? What do you normally like to eat while camping?

Stay tuned… We just might bring you more of these! Thanks, Backpacker.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Paige Hogan
Source: Backpacker Magazine

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15 REASONS WE LOVE LIVING IN DULUTH

February 4, 2016
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It is not secret that we love where we are from. We do so much, that it is in our brand’s name! So, it only seemed fitting for us to make a list of 15 reasons we love living in Duluth, Minnesota. Lets start, shall we?

1. The first reason we love making our home in this community of quality living is for none other than what is on our backyard. The largest fresh water body of water surrounds our existence which is specifically known as the beautiful Lake Superior. The vast body of water not only is our source of the freshest drinking water, but provides us with memories like, sailboating, fishing, swimming, and pebble throwing.

2. Another element that makes us fall in love with Duluth, MN time and time again are the extensive list of outdoor activities that our natural habitat provides us with. Just over a year ago, Duluth was voted the #1 Outdoor City in the country by Outside Magazine (read the article here ). The options are endless, especially with a four season city. Running trails, bikes lanes, mountain biking trails, fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and swimming are just a small grouping of all the outdoors activities the Duluth, Minnesota location provides.

3. Speaking of activities. Duluth hosts each June the internationally recognized running marathon, Grandma’s Marathon. Athletes from around the world visit our city on a hill to run along the scenic view near Lake Superior. To add to this, our retail store is so conveniently located right at the finish line in Canal Park. P.s. Free parking in back!

4. Duluth wouldn’t be the community it is without the individuals who call it home. Duluth’s population is roughly 86,000 people and is filled with people who invest in giving back. Duluthians are proud of where they call home and open their doors to opportunities of growth. For example, each winter season near Bayfront Festival Park, a light show of hundreds of thousands of lights and volunteers with hearts bigger than their bodies create a spectacular location called, Bentleyville. Duluth’s community is not about 86,000 individuals, it’s about one big community with loyalty and heart.

5. Speaking of Bayfront, Duluth houses one of the coolest outdoor festival events at Bayfront Festival Park. It is conveniently located near the Aerial Lift Bridge and Canal Park region. Large artists and bands come out to perform their latest and greatest hits to the audience sitting in the grass and sipping on local brews. For example, Bob Dylan, a local of Duluth just recently performed along with country star, Dierks Bentley.

6. Probably the most legendary landmark that is associated with Duluth, Minnesota rather than the tip of Lake Superior is the Aerial Lift Bridge. As one of only two bridges in the world to physically lift up and down to tailor to large iron oar ships coming into the harbor and it operates 24 hours a day by conveniently allowing cars to cross over to the Park Point sand beach area in Duluth. Depending on the season and occasion, the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, has lights shine in different colors. During Independence Day, you will find the American hues of red, white, and blue lit up among it’s metal along with a pink color for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

7. Among the water, Duluth’s air quality is second to none. With some of the freshest air around, the Duluth population has little to worry about with smog occurrences. Sometimes there is just nothing better than a deep breath of good and clean fresh air. Am I right?

8. As we mentioned, Duluth is a community driven city that promotes small businesses, growth for their neighbors, and creating a life of quality for the next generations to come. Duluth’s safety as an entire city is tremendous. With multiple neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs, and new resident establishes developing, it’s exciting to see the schools booming in populations and updates and with little crime rates. Trust us, Duluthians are willing to help you out. If you’re in need of help, you’ll probably have to wait 10 seconds before someone jumps in.

9. During the winter season, a very well known sport with the name of Hockey is showcased on outdoor and indoor rinks around the state. As the state of Hockey as a whole, the Duluth community rings in the winter season well with multiple high school teams who attend the High School Hockey Tournament. Duluth also houses the D1 Hockey team, The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, which games are conveniently played near Canal Park at the beautiful AMSOIL Arena facility.

10. The local beer scene is one many demographics have picked up on, but Duluth has been brewing local liquids for years. As a brand that is great friends with non other than the legendary The Brewhouse located in the Fitger’s building on Superior St, it’s fantastic to see the demand increase. Throughout the downtown Duluth scene, you will come across multiple different breweries, distilleries, or bars that are promoting local beverages for not only the locals to enjoy, but tourists as well. A newer distillery called, Vikre, which specializes in whiskey and gin is only a block away from our flagship store.

11. BWCAW. 5 letters and many years of memories. Only a few short hours away from the peaceful lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, is Duluth. As our existence at Duluth Pack first started as being the original Boundary Waters Canoe Pack, we have a soft spot in our hearts each summer for taking the trek to portage and be among the beautiful nature. We are lucky its only a short road trip away. P.s. Duluth Pack is the number one largest distributor of BWCAW permits in the world. If you need one, you know where to get it.

12. Hike that SHT. As in the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail or abbreviated version (SHT) is 310 mile footpath of pure backpacking and hiking heaven. The tail end of this endeavor runs right through our backyard. Since Duluth is such an outdoor community and pet lovers, the SHT allows dogs with leashes to be involved on your journey as well. In the past year, Duluth Pack has proudly adopted a 7 mile portion of the SHT to clean and maintain for all to enjoy. For more information on the Superior Hiking Trial, please visit the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s website here .

13. We couldn’t list just breweries without incorporating some grub as well. The local restaurant scene in Duluth is one not to miss. With pubs, diners, dives, and upscale eateries, Duluth has a range of food for any palette. Duluth is so well known for it’s delicious bites, that it has been featured on Food Network Channel’s show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives . Anyone else hungry now?

14. Duluth’s music scene is one that is growing by the minute. Every year Locally Grown music festival is housed around local Duluth venues and one band that is always a hit is, Trampled By Turtles. This band has become a real household name and still promotes their roots right here in Duluth, Minnesota. Also, Duluth Pack launched a fun limited edition partnership style of bag that you can buy right here .

15. It only seemed fitting to start this post on the same concept, water. For the fact Duluth is a harbor city right on the most Western point on Lake Superior, Duluth has some of the purest and most crips drinking water your tastebuds will ever encounter. With fresh water just outside our doors, it makes drinking bottled water subpar. Tap water from Duluth is one that everyone mentions is one in million.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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DULUTH PACK’S FOUNDER, CAMILLE POIRER

February 1, 2016
Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN

Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN. Photo via Duluth Public Library.

Camille Poirer created the first Duluth Pack in 1882. Twelve years before that, he set off to Duluth, MN (our flagship location) from St Paul, MN to start a new life. The trip took him four days “of very cold and suffering,” he wrote, starting Feb. 10th, 1870 and ending on Feb. 13th, 1870. 144 years ago today, he would have been on the 3rd day of his trek.

Via Google Maps

Via Google Maps

Poirer walked from St Paul to Hinckley, MN (a 76.6 mile, 25 hour walk) even though in 1856, he injured his leg in a wood-chopping accident, and it never fully recovered. From Hinckley onward, he rode up to Duluth via stagecoach.

Once he made it to Duluth, Poirer started a shoe shop on Lake Avenue and Superior Street.

In 1882, he was inspired by the voyageurs of the northland, and created a new style of “packsack” which would later be called the Duluth Pack.

Poirer died on October 17, 1919 in Duluth, Minnesota.

Read more about this event, and Camille Poirer here.

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VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

January 28, 2016
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The day full of hearts, cupid, and love is just around the corner. Are you prepared? Whether you are buying for your better half, your gal pals, or even yourself, it’s always influential and easy to get a round up of what items are the best for a valentine’s gift guide. We’re breaking it down to make your shopping trip easier and quicker, so you an enjoy that bottle of wine longer. Plus, it’s time to get a gift that lasts longer than 7 days or 2 bites.

Here’s the low down in a nice and simple fashion for you:

Now, enjoy your Valentine’s and don’t fret. You will now have a gift for someone that will showcase your love for a lifetime.

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Duluth Pack!

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9 THINGS EVERY PROFESSIONAL NEEDS AT THEIR DESK

January 25, 2016
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Today we are rounding 9 things every professional needs at their desk. Please note, the products listed below are of our own personal opinions tallied around the Duluth Pack office.

A Good Journal / Notebook / Notepad

Having a journal, post its, or some kind of a accessible paper is necessary at a desk. Whether the boss is asking us to jot information down, a phone call happens and crucial pointers are needed to be remembered, or you make easy to follow to-do’s. At anytime, you will most likely be using a notepad or notebook during the day, regardless if you use a laptop computer. The ones our team uses are the Jotter To Do Refill pads along with the Bison Leather Notepad Holder which keeps all notes organized and accounted for.

Business Cards

This may be one of the most important tools in any career choice you do. Business Cards not only assist in your process of networking, but share you information to the most important people you come across in your line of business. Always make sure you have enough on hand as a spur of the moment lunch meeting may happen.

A Coffee Mug

Early mornings, especially early Monday mornings (like today) can be a little tougher than most. Almost all desktops have a coffee mug on them at all times here at Duluth Pack. Of course we all represent the company with our favorite Duluth Pack mugs. Our top sellers for not only our customers, but our employees include: The Campfire Mug – a favorite especially for men. Large sized hands actually fit in the handle. The Duluth Pack Logo Redwing Mug – It’s our iconic Duluth Pack logo mug that screams Americana. This coffee cup is seen with many bloggers and influencers nowadays. The Latte Mug – is such a versatile mug that it not only carries your favorite caffeine sidekick, but can switch into your soup bowl for lunch, too. The best cup voted specifically for tea is the Duluth Pack Frosted Barrel Mug . It holds the exact amount of water to make your tea extra delicious.

A Water Bottle

After starting our day with caffeine, we focus on hydrating the rest of the day. Whether you drink juice, good ole H2O, or even treating yourself to a soda or as well call it pop, we have the bottle for you. Scattered on many of our employee’s desks is the Duluth Pack 32 ox Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle. If you’re looking for something that comes with a spill proof tom, the CamelBak .75L Waterbottle with Duluth Pack Logo is the one for you. It’s great for the lunch time workout session as well.

Ballpoint Pens

Just as important as paper, pens are right in line with them. Pens are more important than pencils at the office, because we are constantly signing important documents or dating paperwork that has to be permanent. If you’re someone who writes hard as well, pens are a better options as they are less likely to break.

Your Wallet

Having your identification is necessary in this day in age. However, many lunch meetings can pop up where we have to make a run for some food quickly. We have a huge selection of Duluth Pack wallets that almost all of our employees (mostly men) are fans of. We have styles that are available in leather and canvas here .

A Comfortable Chair

Keeping a good posture is so important for your health. Having an office job can make that difficult, especially if you’re starting at a screen all day. We recommend investing in a comfortable chair that keeps your back up right at all positions. If you’re wanting to focus on another element of your health, we suggest looking into substituting a chair with an exercise ball.

A Blanket or Jacket

Back up to the point about having your wallet for a quick lunch run, living in Minnesota, especially Duluth you need to have clothing options ready at all times of the year. Mother Nature in the Northland can be a bit unpredictable, so having a quick rain check or zip up is always smart. We highly recommend the Duluth Pack embroidered Matrix Jacket. For only $5 more than our regular sweatshirts, it’s a great soft-shell jacket to whip on.

Snacks

Eat to live or live to eat. Which are you? We support a healthy lifestyle here at Duluth Pack and healthy means maintaining a good diet – AKA: snacking on good treats. In the morning, you will find that a lot of Duluth Pack employees chow down on yogurt, oatmeal, or a breakfast bar. Usually two of three are topped with Granola from the brand, Crapola . If the marketing alone on it doesn’t get you, we don’t know what will!

We hope these desk side tricks and essentials help you prep your desk for the week! What are you favorite deskside items? We’d love to hear!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

BUFFALO CHECK IS BACK

January 21, 2016
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Everything makes a comeback at some point and wool is certainly here to stay for good.

Last season, we heard over and over about the so called, “Lumbersexual” trend that rocked our country. Now if you ask us Northerns, this classic buffalo check print, bearded faces, and waxed canvas coats have been around since we can remember. It’s almost a part of our identity. Since the look has now gone mainstream, many are realizing that the timeless red and black buffalo check print is worth the investment. We couldn’t agree more.

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Now introducing in 2016 the All Wool Grab N Go ! It comes with the same style as the original all canvas style, but with a little extra something to store either your hygiene products, pencils, or lip glosses. Plus, the price isn’t going to make your uncomfortable either.

If you’re looking for more of a pack style, we’ve got you. The Classic Wool pattern is available in many of our styles, like The Roll-Top Scout Pack , Scout Pack , #50 Shell Bag , and the Sportsman’s Tote Bag .

Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER

January 18, 2016
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Monday’s may not be your favorite day, but we’re making them a bit more fun this morning with a look inside the lives of some of our managers and how their departments succeed here at Duluth Pack. A look from the inside of a company seems interesting, almost mysterious, and actually really fun. Today, we are sitting down with our Assistant Retail Store Manager, Elizabeth, or also known as our energizer bunny. Elizabeth is the type of person that no matter what the situation, she continuously looks to the light and positive side of everything. She is the person our team relies on to keep the energy flowing and our customers expecting the best of the best customer service they deserve. You know the type of person that just attracts happiness and people to want to be around them? That’s her. Without a further ado, here is Elizabeth!

Start your morning:

With a run, walk, or hike! Gotta get the blood flowing!

Stay motivated:

I’m very competitive so I set goals. Be they long or short term, I need those benchmarks to reach for. I always have to stay in motion or my energy dies.

Get inspired:

Go horseback riding! Time at the barn is always time well spent and good for the body and mind. Time to exercise, de-stress, and reflect.

Challenge yourself:

By trying new things. Routine is great, but for me it isn’t enough. I always find attainable ways of doing more, being faster, learning new skills, etc. If you have the energy to do something well you can always do it better.

Motivate others:

Lots and lots of energy, and by keeping the humor alive. No matter how crumby my day is, I always try to be positive, witty, and energetic. I also lay on the sarcasm… hard.

Find personal balance:

By managing my “me time” schedule to be just as important as my work schedule. I would never put off a work appointment, so why would I put off my time doing the things I love? They are the reason that I am even ABLE to be energetic and happy at work.

Stay organized:

Ha! I don’t. I let it pile up until there’s a break in the action, then I tackle it.

End your day:

Eating good food with my husband and snuggling with the dogs!

Thank you to Elizabeth for sharing a snippet of her day and what keeps her motivated to make each day count. We’re curious. What gets you going and seizing the day?

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

WINTER ACTIVITIES

January 14, 2016
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This winter season has been a bit different than what we usually expect up here in Northern Minnesota. Has it been where you are located as well? Even though the snow fall has been limited, our winter activities list hasn’t dwindled. Listed below, we have put together a few of our favorite outdoor interests and how to outfit yourself to with the best products for any adventure.

DOG SLEDDING

As many of you know, Duluth Pack is an animal friendly business. We allow our customers to bring their pets in our location, which usually happen to be dogs. We have free treats available behind our tills, but the best part is that we can outfit your pooch as well. If you’re going out in the cold, you’re wanting a jacket or coat that keeps you warm. We recommend the Duluth Pack Anorak . This canvas wind shell is made following native design after many winters of field-testing in the cold Northwoods of Northern Minnesota. It’s handcrafted with durable 10-ounce tightly woven cotton duck canvas.The canvas is highly wind resistant, breathable, preshrunk, and untreated and has a full-cut with ample room in the arms for layering and freedom of movement. Last but not least, the Duluth Pack Anorak comes with an adjustable storm hood for many types of weather ahead. To outfit your pup for the long trek ahead, get these fleece booties.

WALKING / HIKING / SNOWSHOEING

Depending on where you are, the snow fall may or may not be what you anticipate each winter season. Up here in Duluth, the snow isn’t nearly what we had last year, but is still present and currently coming down. If you’re doing a winter hike in the near future or strapping on the snowshoes, we recommend these products. 1) The snowshoes available both in our retail store and our website are a top pick. We also have a pair for women as well. If snowshoeing is not your gig, we have a fantastic selection of footwear lines in store like – Keen, Merrell, Sorel, Columbia, and The North Face.

SNOWMOBILING

Even though we are not your typical snowmobile go-to outlet, Duluth Pack still has the accessories to help you out. With gaiters, balaclavas, scarves, mittens, and gloves from your favorite brands like, The North Face, Smartwool, Patagonia, Icebreaker, and more! Plus, once you take your helmet off, keep your ears and head warm with our Duluth Pack Logo Beanie !

WINTER BIKING

If you’re the type of person who takes on the weather while riding a bike, kudos. We want you to be safe and using the right products for you. One of our top selling items both in store and online for bikers of all types are the Waterproof Handle Bar Mittens. They are created exactly for the winter activity and make the trek that much easier. .

SNUGGLING

We had to save one of the best for last. After you have gone out into the frigid temps, nothing is much better than snuggling up with your better half. For your top half, we absolutely recommend our top selling Cross Paddles Sweatshirt . It’s our legendary apparel item that stays in style for years, plus the comfort of it is one to not pass up. To cover up your bottom half (or the woman in your life) is the Purnell Winter Legging . They are the perfect accessory on a chilly evening and are comfortable enough to lay on the couch and relax. Plus, they are only $39.00.

AFTERMATH

Don’t worry. We didn’t forget about the impact salt brings beyond just melting snow. It can stain and make shoes and your packs dirty. No need to fret, friends. The Minnetonka Moccasin Shoe Care Kit is available both in our retail store and online. It’s easy to use and will last you a very long time! To condition and clean your beloved Duluth Pack handcrafted item, we always recommend the Lexol brand. Again, it can be located both in our flagship location or on our site.

We are wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack