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

The Lowdown


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


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

The Lowdown


June 29, 2015

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

The Lowdown


June 27, 2015

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

The Lowdown


June 25, 2015

This secret has been almost bursting out of our mouths for the past few months. We almost can’t believe it. Recently, we’ve teamed up with our super cool pals from the XCEL Energy Center to partner up together and create these special Dave Matthews Band bags for the band. Pinch us, seriously.




The bag of choice that will be totted around by the legendary band is the Duluth Pack Deluxe Laptop Daypack in the clean navy hue canvas. You can shop this killer cool piece here .

The Dave Matthews Band concert held at the XCEL Energy Center is on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The bags will be hand delivered to their team by the XCEL Energy Center and the Duluth Pack Lifetime Guarantee form along with other thank you notes will be provided inside their new keepsakes.

Thanks for getting just as excited as we are. Stay tuned for new partnership in the future. You already know we have a few more up our sleeves for the year!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Camping Recipes, The Lowdown


June 22, 2015
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We eat to live, not live to eat. Well.. sometimes here in the marketing department we twist the phrase a bit. Hello, we love our carbs and can’t deny a diet Coke every so often. Plus, who doesn’t REALLY want a donut on a Friday after a busy as a bee week? Come on, don’t deny it. WE ALL DO!

Anyways, back to the meat and potatoes of this notion (yes, a food phrase was needed) we’re excited to share what our tastebuds have been craving and what we are on the verge of drooling for. What does that entail? We’re promoting some recipes that were found either on Pinterst, dusted out of our cupboards, passed down from Grandma, or a savory dish we whipped up from the creative imagination. If you have any dishes that are drool worthy, please send them onto us! We would love to test them out ourselves!

Can you tell we have a sweet tooth? Yep, these cookie dough frosting cupcakes are EXACTLY what we want right now! See here!

We’re all about the savory dishes, too! Good day, carbs! We fancy you !

Sour is right up our alley, too! Come the sizzling Duluth summers, these will be a must-have on a daily rotation!

This will be slurped down plenty of times here at Duluth Pack – can guarantee that. Plus, energy? Booyah!

Even though we are Northerners, we are oh so festive when it comes to Taco Tuesdays! Get in my belly, home-made Crunch Wrap Supreme ! Healthiest? No way, Jose. But, when you’re running around work all day and who cares (that’s how it goes, right?) .

Stomach rumbling now? Ours are! We’re all about, ‘sharing is caring’ here at Duluth Pack. If you have something that needs to be in the limelight, tell us! We’re becoming hungry, hungry hippos over here!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Events, The Lowdown


June 20, 2015

Here in Duluth, MN we encounter year round whip-lash of seasonal affects and conditions. These include, sleet, rain, sizzling heat, snow and the crisp cool winds in the fall. However, these seasonal changes don’t stop the pitter patter of running steps. How come? GRANDMA’S MARATHON IS WHY! Today is the big day and one of the most hectic (and fun) days in Canal Park!

This year, we have multiple Duluth Pack employees hustling the full and half marathon course. All from each one of our locations such as our retail store in Canal Park, Distribution Center and Headquarters (all within a mile and a half radius from each other) . Not only are Duluthians signed up for this yearly event, but individuals from all over the globe!

Throughout all the crowds, noise and energy, you can rely on one place remaining and always welcoming you in – the Duluth Pack retail store! We’re located at 365 Canal Park Drive or to make it real easy to locate us, we’re right at the Grandma’s Marathon finish line! Talk about front row watching!

We will be having new products hitting the floor, our bathrooms available for public use and free beverages ready to go!

Stop by, shop around and even come give our awesome sales staff a thumbs up!

Good luck to all the Grandma’s Marathon runners!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


June 19, 2015


Tis the time for a giveaway and we’re so excited to announce it’s with our great friends from Mossy Oak! Trust us, folks. You really don’t want to miss this one.

Whether you’re wanting to gift your pops with this Duluth Pack for Father’s Day (don’t forget – it’s right around the corner!), be selfish and keep it for yourself (uh, no shame what-so-ever!) or you’re wanting to win it and hopefully earn some cash for it, there is no right answer. All you have to do is go to the Duluth Pack and Mossy Oak Instagram pages and follow the easy to follow, fool proof directions. Tomorrow, June 20th, the lucky winner will be announced! Good luck, pals. We can’t wait to announce the winner who is randomly chosen!

Giveaways are so fun aren’t they? You risk nothing and gain a whole lot of goodness! Visit the Duluth Pack Instagram page here

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


June 17, 2015
© Bailey Aro Photography //

We’re all about partnering up with photographers and companies, which fortunately lead into friendships and crazy good magic for you all to see and enjoy after the work is done. What are we talking about exactly? Well, recently here in June, Duluth Pack worked with local photographer, Bailey Hutchence who is the owner of Bailey Aro Photography. [ Check her page out here .] Both companies collaborated on bringing out the essence of each other – the roots of the Northland, the love of nature and bucket loads of laughter. Basically a dynamic duo in a nutshell!

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

© Bailey Aro Photography //

The purpose of the shoot was to show that Duluth Pack is more than canvas and leather bags. We’re an experience, your friends and the product that is there for you. We create memories with you. Even if a canvas and leather tote, bag or briefcase isn’t your thing, we still carry apparel pieces, include a footwear selection and can help you be the toast of the town with our can koozies!

After long days of rain, cloudy skies and almost zero sun, we felt the photo shoot may not happen. That all changed on the big day. The weather began to cooperate and it became the most perfect setting. A lake, the cutest married couple, some gear and the brilliant, Bailey. We couldn’t ask for a better afternoon and we’re so happy we gained a new friend out of the deal, too!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


June 15, 2015

Let’s give it to the father’s in all of our lives. Make this Father’s Day memorable and one-of-a-kind just like your dad is to you.

They are our providers, supporters, pushers and our go-to protectors in this glorious life. When I think of my dad, I feel I could rant, rave and never stop talking about how proud I am to share the same last name as him. For all the positives he posses, I just hope I can be half the person he is.

Father’s Day gifting can be such a head scratcher. What do you gift the best man in your life? How can you forever thank him for what he does in one day designated for him? It’s time to step up the gifting process for the man who taught you how to ride a bike and say how much he means to you beyond tools and grilling utensils. Here is the gift guide for being original and finding a unique product that will have your pop saying, “thank you” rather than “you’re welcome”!

If your dad is the rugged, get dirty in the mud and eat ribs off the bone and not use a napkin kind of man’s man then do we have the bag for his every need. Welcome the Duluth Pack Rambler Pack. Even the name just sounds hunky! The minute he gets his paws on this bag, it’s never leaving his site. Shop the Rambler Pack here .


Maybe your father is the clean cut, get the job done, smoke a cigar on the porch after wearing a suit all day kind of gent. We can compliment his style with ease! The number one selling category of Duluth Pack products is our Portfolio Collection. They all posse a design element that differs from one another, but all include the sleek and timeless style all with packing the Made in America and Lifetime Guaranteed punch that he desires. If he’s into some meat on his bag, the Builder’s Portfolio will carry all of his work necessities plus more! This bad boy is available in all leather options along with our canvas selection as well. Shop this bag here .


If your daddio is a sharp shooter, enjoys campfire coffee (mmm so good!) and looks forward to the days in a deer stand or on the water fishing, we’ve got the gadgets. For the man who wakes up before dawn, dresses in his camo and waits for the perfect hunt – here are his dream gun cases. The first if our legendary rifle cases. Available in different lengths along with american leather, our tough as nails canvas and the beautiful American Bison Leather edition found here . If your dad finds pure bliss on the open blue, a line between his hands and the adrenaline rush when a fish is on the hook, we can help make his experience even better. The Duluth Pack Soft Sided Tackle Box will just be the trick. Get one for him here .



Last but certainly not least, if your pops is the type of guy who is constantly on the go, he needs a travel companion that he can count on while he is away from you and the family. The show stopping Duluth Pack Sportsman’s Duffle comes with so much bang for it’s buck. Not only is it handcrafted right here in Duluth, Minnesota, USA, but it’s made of authentic American Bison Leather. Each hide is unique to one another and this piece can stand alone, plus holding from his toothbrush, to his shoes to the electronic device he relies on. Trust us, he’ll be forever grateful for THIS piece.


We hope these helpful hints and tricks for this upcoming Father’s Day will make gifting a smooth ride rather than a stressful endeavor!

An early Happy Father’s Day to all on the wonderful dads out there!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack