The Lowdown

Aging: It’s Inevitable

February 2, 2015


It’s a word with so much power behind it and sadly it’s mostly considered a negative in society. Duluth Pack takes a 180 degree spin on things. We take pride in aging. Why? Because it’s inevitable! We believe aging tells a story. For crying out loud, we are old! We’ve been around since 1882!

We consider our packs somewhat like a person. No, it doesn’t have a beating heart or lungs flow oxygen through the body of the pack, but it has structure, proof of a well lived generation, can communicate stories, and yes, it even ages .

In more cases than not, many of our employees who have owned packs 5 + years are constantly asked if their well worn Duluth Pack can be purchased. Total shocker on society’s aging concepts, right?! Duluth Pack’s products still keep their heritage feel and look with a well loved charm once broken in. Now, you Duluth Pack customers (you’re all the best and thank you for your support and business) understand this! It’s almost like Duluth Pack is a good wine, it just gets better with age.

As Duluth Pack’s President, Tom Sega states, “My Duluth Pack ages better than I am!”. Anyone else have this feeling, too? Another aspect a Duluth Pack product is similar to a person is how to treat the item after it has turned the corner and is considered “aged”. Like an individual, we use anti-aging or beauty brands that we believe make us look our age, but, well better . With Duluth Pack products, if your item is a waxed canvas, we recommend over time re-waxing the item. Locking moisture in and preserving the pack to the highest abilities. Also, our leather products are literally skin, too. As some individuals do, they moisturize with a lotion, body butter, or some kind of vaseline to keep their skin from peeling, breaking, or down right hurting < i> (especially during these harsh winter months) . With our quality leather products, there is also a “cure” for the same outcomes! Check out our selection of leather conditioners and cleaners at and at 365 Canal Park Drive.

Now that are within the first 2 months of the 2015 new year, some people may have put “look younger” as their resolution. We want to preserve age, wear and tear, and mostly the original appeals of what attracts people to Duluth Pack. We aren’t the shiny and in your face, but we radiate quality. Whether a customer is interested in our original canoe packs in olive drab, to a client wanting the bison leather portfolio items we sell, all Duluth Pack’s age. Our parting words with you today will be, “be like your Duluth Pack and flaunt our aging!”.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Canoeing, The Lowdown

Camping Cravings

January 26, 2015

A picture is supposed to say 1,000 words. One of those words for this photo we believe is heaven.

It’s not some kind flu like symptom that gives you the cold sweats or makes you cough uncontrollably. However, it is a craving and a good one at that. We can’t hold it in any longer, we’re having summer camping cravings here at Duluth Pack! Ps: If you are feeling under the weather right now, we are sending you ‘get better’ wishes!

The crackle of a sparking bonfire, the feeling of the light breeze off the glistening water, the smell of warm air that contains our nostrils, and the call of a loon in the distance. Those are the feelings and memories we miss. So, rather than rant and rave about the past, with this new year we are focusing on ALL the wondering adventures ahead! Look out BWCA we’re coming for you soon!

Are we giving you all a little bit of a tease during this cold weather? Perhaps, but it’s something we are too excited to not talk about! With only 5 short months away, who can’t be? Time to whip open your Duluth Pack canvas camping pack and let the nostalgic memories flow. Grasp that paddle of yours and start working those arms (Yes, even if you’re practicing your paddle strokes on your couch in the family room. Great arm workout by the way!). Lastly, don’t forget to plan ahead! This is something many campers forget or wait until last minute. Tisk, tisk on procrastination. May seem taboo, but it’s true! The 5 months will fly by and one of our favorite seasons will already be knocking on our front door before we know it!

So, get those winter legs of yours moving and make your way down to the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park. If you’re not near our location, don’t fret! An easy solution with a similar outcome would be to jog in place, visit our newly renovated website at, and purchase those essentials that can save your life and ultimately make your camping trip a yay instead of a nay.

Stay warm and healthy!

< - From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

Outdoor Retailer, Here We Come!

January 19, 2015

It’s that time of year again! Yes, when our hands feel like sandpaper and lips are dryer than a bone (thank you soothing chapstick and lotion) . But, it’s also the time when our Duluth Pack team including our sales, managers, buyers, and marketing team have boarding pass in tow and head on down to one of the largest outdoor shows! Drum roll, please … Outdoor Retailer!

Not only does our team showcase Duluth Pack’s latest and greatest products and trends, but we also have individuals on the prowl for other goodies to sell on our website < i> ( and in our flagship store located in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota! Anything you’ve been ooing and ahhing over? Tell us! Yes, we want to hear!

You would think choosing our luggage would be an easy task, but think again! Yes, of course the Duluth Pack brand will be carried on our shoulders or tossed over our body, but pairing the right bag with each outfit is a game. With so many choices the only sane idea would be to pack all! Wool, leather, and canvas will be making an appearance in Salt Lake City.

Even if you aren’t hopping on the plane, sharing a bag of Starbursts, gazing at the clouds out the window, and looking for the nearest coffee house with us (5:00 a.m. flight. Oofta!) you can still be a part of the fun! Follow our Instagram page @duluthpack and watch our team as we hunt down the newest and coolest finds and you can be a part of the Duluth Pack family!

Hasta la vista Duluth, hello Salt Lake City!

From your friends at Duluth Pack!

The Lowdown


January 12, 2015

The rumors are true! We’ve been featured in the highly trafficked blog, The Cult Collective. With the seasonal chills and thoughts of summer, we were getting cabin fever. So, we decided to get cozy, embrace the snow, and team up to create this winter wonderland filled with wool and canvas Duluth Pack creations.

Our featured products were the #50 Classic Wool Shell Bag and the Great Lake Canvas Sportsman’s Tote. These two bags have been show stoppers and hits from bloggers, customers, buyers, and retailers world wide (seriously!).



In a cozy little cottage up in Larsmont, Minnesota this phenomenal photo shoot was taken place. The simple necessities in life were among the shots like, chopped wood, an old fashion warm fire, moccasins, a comfortable throw blanket, and a yummy cup of java, along with the latest and greatest apparel pieces that we are drooling over.

We are thrilled to promote and show you the sneak peek of this fun blog posting about our over 132 year old company, brand, and products! You can catch the entire feature at:

From your friends at Duluth Pack!

The Lowdown


January 5, 2015

It’s that time of year, when some of us (I sure know I do) get antsy and need to thaw out from the frigid Northern cold that blows off of Lake Superior.  It is when you need to chime into your animal spirits ways, become a bird, and fly south for the winter. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, it’s almost that easy and Duluth Pack is here to help you out!

Our Duluth Pack Daypacks, Totes, Shell Bags, Duffles, Portfolios, and Scout Packs are sure to help the travel process be more happy and less hectic. Can you say, “Hello, best carry on of my life!”. Duluth Packs are handcrafted to take on that extra TLC or also known as travel beatings. With our stylish seams, tough as nails rivets, durable fabrics, and time tested way, you just can’t beat a Duluth Pack as your new and improved travel buddy. Take note, we like pretzels over peanuts.

Pictured is a Duluth Pack fan traveling home over the holidays in style. Her Roll-Top Scout Pack in Olive Drab Canvas is a sure knockout. This product is available both in our retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and at!

From your friends at Duluth Pack!

The Lowdown


December 31, 2014

Everything makes a comeback at some point and wool is certainly here to stay for good. Duluth Pack’s Classic Buffalo Check Plaid has been the hot seller this past year and we don’t see it stopping anytime soon in 2015! It’s a new year, so it means it’s time for a new resolution (nice knowing you carbs and sugar, just kidding) and of course a new bag. Whether you’re speed walking in the crowded streets of New York City, sipping on drinks at a local eatery in Los Angeles, or complimenting your layered outfit in Minneapolis, Duluth Pack is sure to be the best accessory. Forewarning, you will get complimented, so be prepared! The wool material is from the established Woolrich brand and radiates an instant cool vibe with the one-of-a-kind detailing and craftsmanship you expect from Duluth Pack. In multiple styles, bags, and unique designs, it’s sure to please the eyes (and even your wallet!). The picture is of infamous southern belle blogger, Katey McFarlan rocking our #50 Classic Wool Shell Bag. Get it while you can, because this bad boy is only $95 and available both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive and at!

Happy New Year from your friends at Duluth Pack!

Events, The Lowdown


November 13, 2014

Drum roll, please.

Today, Thursday, November 13th from 5:30 – 7:30 this evening, the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park is hosting the Wool & Whiskey event with Pendleton and Zeitgeist Arts Cafe! There will be free Duluth Pack gift cards up for grabs, free whiskey, and free Pendleton products. Probably all we need to say.

Spread the word and look forward to seeing you all there!

The Lowdown

More Than Just Canvas

November 10, 2014

Duluth Pack. Two words and one big history.

The brand, Duluth Pack has been proudly around since 1882. The company’s products from canoe packs, to business portfolios and purses alike, have been passed down from generations, telling a story of where they have been and what they have held.  In the Duluth Pack flagship store, located in Canal Park in Duluth, MN, there are plenty of products that have tested the lifetime guarantee warranty on craftsmanship and hardware. One olive drab portfolio, showcases it’s battle markings after being deployed to overseas. Another, getting jolted by the direct hit of lightening and still staying in a pack-like-shape. The third, being scratched and bit by a hungry black bear, yet still a pack to carry contents in.

When some hear the words Duluth Pack, a canvas pack comes to mind, but the Duluth Pack brand is more than just that. Duluth Pack prides itself on the infamous statement, “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?”.  The 133 year old company has been making products the same way, each handcrafted by one sewer, riveted with original techniques, and cut with precision on the highest quality of American leather, canvas, and wool around. Once each bag, specifically made just for you is complete, the sewer signs their signature. This is a personal expression that the Duluth Pack brand prides itself on that’s unique and promotes their skillful employees.

The Duluth Pack factory is available for tours all day, every week. They are open Monday – Thursday. Please call ahead to reserve a tour spot. The factory is located at 1610 W. Superior St in Duluth, MN where Duluth Pack has been handcrafting bags and packs in the same and only Duluth Pack factory for over 100 years. Now that’s impressive!

The Duluth Pack retail store is located in energetic Canal Park in Duluth, MN. The Duluth Pack selection at the retail store includes all products in all colors, canvas, wool, and leather options. There are other well-known brands available for purchase such as, The North Face, Patagonia, Hydroflask, Merrell, Keen, Smartwool, Pendleton, Camelback, and many more.

With age comes wisdom and Duluth Pack has a history and story to share.

Events, The Lowdown


October 30, 2014

It’s that time of year again! We can feel it in the air (literally, it started snowing yesterday). It’s getting brisk outside, we’re all prepping for winter, and in desperate need of warm clothing. That’s when Duluth Pack has your back. Starting this Saturday, November 1st, Duluth Pack is bringing back Wool-vember. This is the month long event that promotes the essentials of surviving a Northern short fall, long winter, and most likely into “spring” time.

What is Wool-vember you ask? The event hosted at our Duluth Pack flagship store located at 365 Canal Park Drive is to inform all of you about the importance of wool products. Get a FREE $20 Duluth Pack gift card when you spend $100 or more on Pendleton apparel and blankets, Woolrich throws, Icebreaker apparel, Smartwool clothing, Faribault Woolen Mills products, Darn Tough, Smartwool, and Point 6 socks and lastly, on any Stormy Kromer piece.The  Duluth Pack gift card is to be used on your next transaction either online  ( or in store.

To kick start this event, this Saturday, November 1st (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday, November 2nd (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), the Duluth Pack retail store is hosting a Faribault Woolen Mills trunk show. There will be free giveaways and just-hit-the-floor products available for purchase! Come support Minnesota tradition that is more than 130 years in the making.

See you all there!