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Gear Talk, The Lowdown


March 31, 2016

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 carryon 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.

We look forward to all the future trips and adventures with you all. Where to next?

Photo by: @dreaming_outloud and @Bryce_miller

From your friends at Duluth Pack!

The Lowdown


March 21, 2016
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One of our favorite phrases to live by and repeat to you all over social media is, “Unplug from the indoors and recharge in the outdoors.” That’s exact what this post is about today. It’s about disconnecting from the constant distractions of technology and pushing your limits in your natural habitat of nature

Nature is all around us, as difficult as it might be to see sometimes. Get out of your chair, away from your screen and really look around you. The blue sky above, the beaming sun beating down on your neck while you walk, the dandelions and foliage growing in between the sidewalk blocks and the call from a bird overhead. In this concrete jungle we call home, sometimes we bypass the obvious. It’s apparent and inevitable. The tall oak trees become city skylines, the moon’s bright appearance is overshadowed by street lights and the sounds of sirens whistle by rather than the wind. Thats demand of populations growing, forests shrinking and cities booming. It’s reality.

We are so distracted by many obstacles every day that sometimes we feel like we don’t have time for just ourselves, even for just a moment. There is constant commotion, demands and hustle and bustle lifestyles (which are wonderful, don’t get us wrong) but sometimes we need to just stop and smell the roses – seriously . We has a whole species need to take a deep breathe of fresh Mother Earth air, listen to the songs from the chickadees, really feel the textured sand grains between our toes, scream at the top of our lungs while reaching a summit and realize, nature is what we need . It’s what we need to be as living, breathing, beautiful human beings.

The excitement of ‘bright lights big city’ is there and we can all feel at some point in our lives, but then we want to become centered again. That centered place is where we get peace in our minds and gratitude in ours hearts. One may prefer a walk in the woods, sitting around a campfire, or hanging out at the beach. Either way, nature is the full focus, whether you realize it or not.

Maybe we feel we can never really escape the modern day commitments, but you can in many different circumstances. Go to the local farmer’s market and purchase flowers. Water them, feed them, have the sun shine it’s rays on their petals and appreciate the delightful scent they bring. If it’s raining, don’t pity, feel the water drench your palms and wash away your worries. Focus on recycling your products rather than just tossing. Remember, “What goes around comes around” and in this case, recycling materials are exactly what we want back. Realize the simple things mean the most to us and affect how we feel, what we do, what we eat and what we surround ourselves with.

Nature is one of us, it’s in our core, in our soul and surrounds us daily. It’s a sanctuary, an escape and the secret to appreciating beauty in everything. What is your re-charge moment?

Photo by our friend, Annie Persson.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


December 14, 2015

We are always so thankful for our following and customers. Without you all we wouldn’t be who or where we are today. It’s something we are forever grateful for. Again, thank you.

Let’s be real though, we’re human. We sometimes get stuck in a rut or the same old same old and forget how something or someone can make such an impact in a person’s life. This is where we are forever touched about our customer’s stories whether it be where a pack saved their life from a lightning strike (this is really true and the Lightning Pack is showcased in our store) or their Duluth Pack purse saved them in a car crash. Again, a true story we will never forget. Just recently, Kaitlin shared her story and what Duluth Pack means to both her and her ex-boyfriend. Please read below and never forget to tell the ones you care about how much you love them and to live a life that makes you full and happy.


My ex-boyfriend, Chris, was a walking advertisement for Duluth Pack; he bought the pictured backpack on a trip to Minnesota years ago and it loyally accompanied him on countless adventures throughout the US and around the world. This photo was taken on a two week roadtrip last January as we were approaching the exhilarating uphill climb of Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park. I’ve always loved this photo but at the time I took it I didn’t know how meaningful this picture was going to become to me.

On August 2nd I unexpectedly walked into the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park and looked around in awe. I texted Chris in excitement and considered buying a bag of my own but decided against it.

On August 8th, I got a most dreaded phone call and received the tragic news that we had lost Chris. He was my first love but I was not his; everyone who met him fell in love. He was the most captivating person I’ve ever met. He traveled the world with this backpack and met people from every walk of life. His soul will live on in me and so many others that he touched.

Today is November 8th and it has been 3 months since we lost him. This photo has been the background on my phone ever since. His backpack is now in my possession and it will accompany me on every hike, every roadtrip, and every adventure, so that I can carry on Chris’ memory, his zest for life, and his passion for the outdoors.

I can feel Chris’ presence, his imprint on my soul, when I look at his Duluth Pack; thank you Duluth Pack for giving me something so tangible to hold onto and for being a center piece in so many memories.

It is our pleasure to be able to share Kaitlin’s story that she has given us approval to do so with. Thank you to Chris for his passion in our brand, company, and products and we know that our customers and followers even if they are not with us here today anymore are always one in a million. We want to know, what’s your Duluth Pack story? Please feel free to share with our team at: [email protected]

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


December 7, 2015









“Cruising down the highway. Looking for adventure.. ” now that that phenomenal tune is stuck in your noggin, we’re pumped to inform you of our awesome road trip adventure and photoshoot with our pals from Five Four!

Crisp California sea air, warm hugs from the sun, and two brands taking on an adventure together. We seriously couldn’t ask for a better weekend. On top of that, to find a company that whole heartily believes in the American heritage, craftsmanship, and purpose that you possess is one not to pass up. That’s where we became connected with our friends at Five Four. They focus on promoting quality made products that are appealing for men around the United States. Let’s just say that we were real excited when they initially contacted us.

Here’s to more adventures with Five Four. So, buckle up and hold on, because it’s going to be one fun trip ahead!

The products featured in the photos below include:




Thanks again to Five Four for the fantastic photos shown in this blog post.

– 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

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, Trip Planning


June 11, 2015

If you’re taking a trip to the Northland coming up, 1) we’re excited for you and 2) you need to know the tricks of the trade when visiting this glorious city! We consider all of you our friends, so we want to share with you the best locations to relax, gobble down bites, lodge at, adventure to see and of course drop a few dollars at (365 Canal Park Drive – wink, wink) .

Here is a lineup of all the must, need, gotta have do’s of Duluth, Minnesota in our opinion.

Your stomach is talking to you and you’re on the verge of drooling because of how hungry you are. Where on Earth should you spend you pretty penny on a meal that will leave you full, happy and craving another visit back? Look no further. Here is our go-to agenda for you.

1) You can’t beat a crunchy and deliciously filled egg roll. You just can’t . Our (basically neighbors) friends at Taste of Saigon in the Dewitt Seitz Building cook a mean lunch menu and trust us, you HAVE to have one (or five – no judgements from us) of their homemade egg rolls. The sound affect from this egg roll alone will make you feel like you’re in a commercial for these. Seriously, I’m now craving one. No exaggeration here.

2) Breakfast time is the best time, or so we believe. A hardy and delicious brunch is just the ticket to starting your day off in Duluth on the right foot. Say hello to (hands down) one of the best brunches and it’s conveniently located in Canal Park, Duluth, MN – Amazing Grace Cafe! This eatery is tucked away in the basement of the DeWitt Seitz building and has an array of bakery and breakfast dishes that are a knock out, plus they make killer good mimosas. Trust us, you’ll feel like you’re waddling out of the place, because you had to take at least one bit of everything (and it’s oh so worth it!) .

3) Brew pubs, yes please! Our great friends at Fitger’s Brewhouse on Superior St. crush the competition when it comes to great grub, an awesome atmosphere and the tastiest beer around. Ps: we make growler packs for them! Check out the selection here . Picking “favorites” on their menu is a real head scratcher, because you can’t just pick one! Here is a quick run down of what you need to take a nibble out of. Fish tacos, yes! Maple salad, always! Burgers, yum! Now don’t even get us started not their bevy selection – it’s too hard to choose!

Now that you have filled up on tasty treats, it’s time to burn off some fuel and get your body moving and grooving.

Hello, Duluth Lakewalk! There are so many activate that you can partake in on this gorgeous and scenic area. First off, you can rent one of the many different types of bicycles available. Have a group of 5? Don’t sweat it – there is a bicycle available (ps: you can really motor in these things once you start!) . Maybe biking isn’t your forte and that’s a-okay! The most common of the activities on the Duluth Lakewalk consist of individuals and groups walking, jogging and running around Lake Superior. It’s a phenomenal location to prep for Grandma’s Marathon that is always hosted in the Canal Park region of Duluth, MN. On a side note, have any of you ran Grandma’s Marathon before? If so, kudos from your friends at Duluth Pack! Here I go getting sidetracked, oofta sorry folks! Maybe running, biking and walking isn’t what you crave in the Northland, but if you’re fan of four legged mammals you’re in luck. Say hello to the horses. Horse drawn carriages are available and give a fun and exciting ride during the day and a romantic edge during the nightlife along the water. The last and final idea around the lakewalk involves being a beach bum and if being that way is wrong, well, we don’t want to be right! Throwing the pebbles and laying out on the warm rocks and sand is always a fan favorite during the gorgeous summer days.

SHT. This may look like a bad word missing one letter, but don’t worry it’s the farthest thing from that! SHT stands for the famous Superior Hiking Trail that runs right through our backyard (basically) . It’s the perfect sanctuary that allows one to get away from the city life and become one with nature. Strolling through the pine filled lands is almost like a dream. Fun Fact: Duluth Pack proudly adopted a section of the SHT to clean, tidy and fix up during the year. It’s in great pride that we can step in and do our part with the Superior Hiking Trail!


Time to lay that noggin of yours down and dream of the following day in Duluth. Location. Location. Location. We hear we, we know it and listen to it. As buddies of yours, we highly recommend for you, your family and friends to enjoy your stay in Canal Park during the summertime. The sounds from Lake Superior crashing on the shores, the convenience of shopping (cough – the Duluth Pack store) , eateries and adventure locations, like Vertical Endeavors is a hoot! A similar vibe-esque as the Duluth Pack retail store is the hotel called, “Canal Park Lodge”. It’s the perfect combination of modern meets rugged and they have breakfast in the a.m. PS: BOOK EARLY These hotels go fast, fast, fast!

Now that you know some of the most lusted after restaurants, lodging, shopping and activities we can’t wait to hear about all of your upcoming travels and memories from the Duluth area!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

Hudson Bay Bound: Part One, Challenges

May 3, 2011

Soon to be St. Olaf graduates Ann Raiho and Natalie Warren are planning a canoe adventure of a lifetime. Following in the footsteps of Eric Severeid and Walter Port their trek is to begin June 2nd in Minneapolis and end sometime in early September on the banks of Hudson Bay. While several have recreated the canoe trip documented in the book “Canoeing with the Cree” it has never been done by two women.

Speaking via Skype we talked about the trip, the challenges, and the message they would like to share with others. One challenge we talked about was the first 330 miles of Minnesota River they will paddle as they head to Big Stone Lake. They will put in at Fort Snelling and be upstream on the Minnesota River until the transition into the swamps of Lac Qui Parle Wildlife Management area. Ann and Natalie told me about the pelicans in the WMA, as many as 30,000 will nest there in a given year.

A second challenge they mentioned would be the water levels on a small creek before they enter the Hayes River. If all goes well they will be at the northern end of Lake Winnipeg sometime in August, and lack of water could be an issue. If they can’t paddle the creek they would be dragging and portaging, and that could make for a difficult run into the Hayes.

Third, Lake Winnipeg is big water, and can get nasty therefore, I asked them if they plan to consider a towboat or launch in case of wind. Both were adamant and determined, they will wait out the wind and not consider getting a lift. They have time built into their schedule to account for weather eventualities.

Naturally, the first question is: “why do you want to be the first women to recreate this adventure?” For both ladies it is about sending a message to other young women. They want the show through example how accessible the wilderness is to girls of all ages ready for an adventure. And, for them it doesn’t mean trips as lofty as the BWCAW or Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. They want young people to realize that the wilderness and adventures can still be found in right in your own back yard.

For me, the author, that could mean one of the rivers or lakes around the Twin Cities. Or you can find adventure near Duluth on the St. Louis River or the Apostle Islands.

Stay tuned for part two of my interview with Ann and Natalie tomorrow.

Best of luck in your adventure ladies. I know you will make Hudson Bay.


By: Brad Putney. “Captain” Brad Putney considers himself an inland waters guru after spending 40 years on the lakes of Minnesota. The Captain likes to say he has been at the helm of everything from a ten-foot inflatable to an America’s Cup yacht. Mr. Putney can be found at the Duluth Pack Store, helpfully dispensing free advice. He has degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota. Please contact at: [email protected].