The Lowdown


July 30, 2015

Have you always wanted to have a career that pushes you to do your best rather than a job that you just get by with? If so, you’re the kind of person we’re looking for. Due to our customers being so loyal, Duluth Pack has grown incredibly within the last year. For this, we are grateful and more motivated and determined than ever to continue employing more Americans! Now is your time to join our team!

If you’re a self motivated individual who wants to make a difference, become part of a brand that is based on quality, have pride in your employment and actually have some fun, too (plus, an awesome discount – oh yeah!) look no further. Apply and check out the Duluth Pack career page HERE .

Intrigued, but don’t know too much about the Duluth Pack brand accept that you love the products? No worries, here is a bit of information to chew on. Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the USA. Duluth Pack has been handcrafting since 1882, making us 133 + years old (we age well, right? Am I right or am I right!?) . Duluth Pack’s flagship store is located in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and is a whopping 8,500 square feet of products and brands like, The North Face, Patagonia, Keen, Filson, Faribault Woolen Mills and Camp Chow. The Duluth Pack retail store is the world’s largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the world! If you did not know, Duluth Pack is the original canoe pack, specifically of the BWCAW area. The Duluth Pack factory/headquarters is located at 1610 W. Superior Street, where we have been making our products out of for 104 + years. FREE public tours are given each week day and that’s where our customers and viewers can see the entire handcrafted process of how a Duluth Pack product is created. Fun fact: The fanciest riveting tool in our factory is a ball-peen hammer! Lastly, Duluth Pack is proud to be 100% handcrafted right here in America! If you look inside your Duluth Pack product, you will notice a Made in America tag. A better surprise – flip that tag up and notice that a sewer’s tag is there and signed. The name signed on the tag is the actual sewer who handcrafted that product just for you. Can you say, proud in your own work? In a nutshell, join our team today!

We look forward to seeing your application!

– From your friends (and new co-workers) at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


July 27, 2015
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Itinerary – Chicago

Hello Windy City!

A couple weeks back, some of the Duluth Pack clan made the trek from the Northern region of our country down to the big city of the Midwest. The location of deep dish pizza and hotdogs with pickles and onions was calling our name. Of course, the main attractions for tourists were a must see like, Millennium Park / The Bean, Willis Tower, Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM (yes, it’s a real thing!) , Shake Shack – those cheese fries are REAL good and the well known Aquarium!

To our excitement, we came across multiple locals rocking their canvas and leather Duluth Pack bags. Fun fact, the Duluth Pack Scout Pack (found HERE ) was the most sighted Duluth Pack product!


Where are you all traveled to coming up? Make sure to show us on social media with your Duluth Pack product at #duluthpack or please tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram!

So, now we can wrap up not only our trip, but this blog post with.. “Bean there, done that”.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


July 23, 2015
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We have done it again, Duluth! We’re so proud of where our roots are and where we have always been located and always will be – Duluth, Minnesota.

Recently announced and virally taking over the social media world are the Best 16 Places to Live in the US: 2014 and the top runner is nonetheless gorgeous and simple, Duluth. It’s the “small big town” that gazes at Lake Superior, survives on local eateries, promotes entrepreneurs and the landscape is nothing short of breathtaking. The water is clearer than the blue sky, air is fresher than the untouched wind and even if two people are complete strangers, they open up and become acquaintances while waiting to be checked out at Target.

We may sound bias, but it’s the utter truth. The outdoors lifestyle flourishes in the Northwoods and the love and appreciation of life on the water is craved during the winter months. Fortunately, Duluth Pack has been in Duluth since our beginning. For 133 plus years, we have called Duluth, Minnesota home, which it will always be.

For more information on the other 15 cities in the top sector, please click THIS link.

Way to go Duluthians, we’ve done it again! Ps: The graphic above is from our 2014 Limited Edition T-shirt series. Who ended up getting one?!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


July 20, 2015

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

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


July 16, 2015

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!



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




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!

The Lowdown


July 13, 2015

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

Events, Gear Talk, The Lowdown


July 8, 2015

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

Events, Style, The Lowdown


July 6, 2015

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!








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, a Paddle Board and Duluth Pack Scout Pack (link to bag is HERE )!


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

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

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


July 4, 2015


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.




Have a safe and fun Independence weekend everyone!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


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 or trot into our headquarters, know he is the guy working endlessly to maintain stability for the brand!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack