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American Bison Series

Duluth Pack premieres the American Bison Series

New, high-quality leather is introduced to Duluth Pack’s venerable line of products.

Introducing the American Bison Series from Duluth Pack. The American Bison Series blends the quality and tradition of Duluth Pack with the rugged luxury of the American West. Beautifully handcrafted of full-grain, premium Bison leather, these bags are both robust and replete with style.

Our craftspeople, which create these pieces, pay significant time and attention to every detail as well as to the elegance of their art. The bags in this series are sewn from full hides, which are soft to the touch and durable for life. Elements such as rolled leather handles, hand-pounded solid copper rivets, and interior linings come together to embody these high-quality bags.

With traditional styling in mind, we have taken seven of our most in-demand leather products and adapted them especially for bison leather. The series includes: the Bison Leather Kit Bag, Bison Leather #100 Purse, Bison Leather Traveler’s Portfolio, the Bison Leather Sportsman’s Tote, Bison Leather Gun Cases, Bison Leather Pistol Rugs, and the Bison Leather Sportsman’s Duffel.

Reminiscent of expeditions across an untamed American West, these pieces will become time-honored adventure gear. Reward yourself with something truly unique from the American Bison Series by Duluth Pack. Made in America, guaranteed for life.

About the American Bison

For hundreds of years the natives of the North American plains relied on the bison for their existence. The bison was hunted to near extinction in the 1870’s, their numbers dwindled to as few as several hundred remaining. A reintroduction of bison to North America began in 1899, and today free-ranging bison in conservation herds number approximately 30,000. For many people living in North America the bison is symbol of strength, stability, and prosperity.

About Duluth Pack

Duluth Pack established in 1882, is dedicated to making quality canoe and camping gear as well as purses, luggage, messenger bags, gun cases, and portfolio bags.  These products are manufactured in Duluth, Minnesota, using time-honored techniques.  All products manufactured by Duluth Pack offer a Lifetime Guarantee on craftsmanship and hardware.

Petal Pusher

Women’s fashions for fall

The wind is blowing, the leaves are turning color, and it feels like fall here in the north woods. It is time we starting thinking about pulling those warm clothes out of the closet. Better yet, let’s talk about what’s new and looking good for women this fall.

Stormy Kromer Petal Pusher Hat • Good, old Stormy Kromer, his ears would get cold while wearing his baseball hats and steaming down the rail line. His wife, Ida added ear flaps to one of those time-tested hats, and the Stormy Kromer hat was born. The Petal Pusher not only looks good but it’s stitched with the same last-as-long-as-you-will, six-panel-crown-construction as the original Stormy Kromer cap. Made in America.

 

 

Filson Women’s Wool Timber Jacket • Like Stormy, C.C. Filson was a railroad man who knocked around Nebraska for a time before he settled in Seattle, Washington. The gold rush came to his neck of the woods in 1897 and C.C’s destiny in wool was forged. This jacket is reminiscent of the original Filson wool jackets designed to protect timber cruisers. Built for warmth, the Timber Jacket is made from Filson’s heavy weight 100% virgin 24-oz. Mackinaw Wool. And, it is as durable as it is good looking. Made in USA.

 


All-Leather Rucksack • Our comfortable wrap-around Classic Rucksack, redesigned as a women’s backpack/purse. The All Leather Rucksack is made with our luxurious Serengeti leather and has been sized down for everyday use. Take it on the hiking trail with you, to a football game, or wandering around Canal Park. Guaranteed for Life. Made in USA.

 

Heim Made Minne-Skirt • Here is a great down insulated skirt from right here in Minnesota. Perfect for staying warm while being
active in the winter time; hiking, snowshoeing or skiing. Also great to have with you for those fall football and soccer games when you need just one more layer to curb the chill while you cheer for the hometown team. A “jacket for your behind” as the Heim ladies like to say.

 

 

 

Minnetonka Three Layer Fringe Boot • In 1822, two 17 year old boys paddled up the Minnehaha Creek to make the European discovery of Lake Minnetonka. While we are not sure of their footgear, one thing we are sure of: this Three Layer Fringe boot is going to be a very popular one this fall. Minnetonka likes to say these are “more than just boots, they become a part of you.”  Calf high, in natural suedes with a thin rubber sole.

This season is shaping up to be a really nice one for color in the trees of Minnesota. Looking forward to getting out and enjoying some great walks through the woods. Here’s hoping you have a great fall season no matter where your hiking boots may land.

The Gopher welcomes everyone to the Minnesota State Fair

Duluth Pack at the Minnesota State Fair

It’s that time of year again; the Minnesota State Fair starts today, and runs through Labor Day. Almost two million of our closest friends will visit the fair during the 12 day run. Duluth Pack will be there in the Dairy Building with the “World’s Largest Duluth Pack” to be a part of the action and take it all in.

Food is the first thing I think of when somebody mentions the Minnesota State Fair. What else is there? My favorites are mini-donuts, cheese curds, and gator on a stick, but during my four-day visit to the fair I will not limit my menu. Thinking I am going to have to swing through the North Woods area on Cooper Street and check out the Campfire Grill. The name alone is right up our alley.

One stop at the fair you might want to think about is the National Park Service in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street. We are so lucky here in our state to have all this wonderful water and woods in which to go play. In Minnesota we have one National Park, two National Forests, two National Monuments, a Scenic River Way, a National Recreation Area, and a Wilderness Area. Can you name any of them for me?

No trip to the state fair is complete without a stop in the animal buildings at the southwest corner of the fairgrounds. Every animal from horses to cows to chickens to sheep and maybe even a llama or two can be found. And of course the granddaddy of them all the “Super-Boar” in the swine building must be seen.

The DNR building just south of the grandstand on Carnes Street has always been one of my favorites. It is fun to see all the animals native to our state and learn about what is going on in regards to our natural resources. But for me the fish pond out back is the real draw, all those Minnesota fish in one place makes an angler drool. However, a conservation officer has warned me that noodling for paddlefish will not be allowed.

Come see us in the Dairy Building, at the corner of Underwood and Judson, we will be there every day from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. We love to talk canoe packs, backpacks, and the BWCAW, but no subject is out of bounds. Our experts have a broad base of knowledge and really enjoy sharing stories and adventures with everyone.

 

Black Bear in Woods

BWCAW Bears and Canoe Packs

It has just been one of those summers in which the black bears of Minnesota have visited a lot of campsites in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Visitors to the wilderness must continue to be ever vigilant and keep the campsite clean to remove any and all temptations for curious and hungry bears.

Here is the latest I have on our furry friends in the north woods:

There is a bear or bears making the rounds on Bonnie Lake and most likely venturing into the Knife Lake area as well. Reports tell us that a large, persistent bear has been coming into camp on Bonnie Lake during daylight hours looking for a snack. This bear was so unnerving to a group that they moved camp up to Knife.

Another report from Knife Lake, involving possibly the same bear, states that a food pack was damaged and another one was taken. Advice is to keep those campsites clean, and hang those packs when possible.

Back to the west on Basswood Lake there are several reports of a bear or bears with their hungry eyes on food packs. Bears on and around Pipestone Bay have made themselves known through visible activity and raids on some campsites.

On Basswood’s Washington Island a bear tore a screen tent and stole a food pack while the group was out fishing. The report doesn’t state whether the pack was in the screen tent at the time of the pilfering. Doesn’t matter anyway because my advice is always the same: keep any and all food out of the tents. A thin layer of nylon will not stop a hungry bear.

The above report also reminds me to offer this advice: please take your food barrel or pack with you when you leave camp on a day trip. We all love our ursine friends, but let’s remove as much temptation as possible when traveling in areas known for bears with a penchant for thievery.

Still lots of summer left out there, get on the water and enjoy it!

Boundary Waters bear report for July 1, 2011

Dear Bears, keep your paws off my canoe packs

 

The best pack to take on your adventure to Costa Rica

My five favorite pieces of gear to fill my Wanderer pack

You’ve been watching “Love in the Wild,” and have your favorite guy, girl or couple in which you are pulling for. Please always keep in mind that Miles is from Minnesota. You are really in the spirit and have stenciled your name on your Wanderer pack, making it ready for an adventure in Costa Rica. But what great gear are you going to use to fill up your pack?

Let me share my five favorites with you:

1. Leatherman Skeletool, $79.00. You can’t go into the woods without a Leatherman, and this is the coolest one out there. Not only is the frame cutout to keep it light, but you have all the tools you would ever need. One word of caution: never hold your Leatherman over the side of the boat to de-hook your fish. That’s not covered by the 25 year warranty.

2. Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp, $39.95. Having a hands-free light source is invaluable whether camping, night fishing or just reading a good book in the Adirondack chair on the deck. This headlamp is great because it has a couple different levels of light, and the light source tilts giving you extra flexibility when pointing the beam.

3. MSR Pocket Rocket Stove, $39.95. Lightweight, easy to use, and adjustable flame from boil to simmer. This little stove fits right on top of the canister and hardly weighs anything. Add an aluminum windscreen and you are good to go for hiking or canoe camping.

4. Brunton Military Compass, $19.95. This sighting compass has rugged case and is easy to use with all maps.

5. MSR MiniWorks Water Filter, $89.95. Two reasons why I love this filter: 1. it screws right on top of my Nalgene water bottles. And 2. this filter is field maintainable. Simply unscrew the pump, remove the ceramic cartridge, give the cartridge a good scrub and rinse, and back into the pump it goes. Keep it on top in the canoe pack, just under the flap or in a side pocket, and it is handy at any point.

Here’s an honorable mention: Sigurd Olsen, “The Singing Wilderness.” It is simply wonderful, old-school, Boundary Waters prose that will make you listen to the glide of the canoe, and revel in a fly line that is thrown with a perfect loop.

Enjoy the water!

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