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Love in the Wild Season 2!

Heritage Style Backpack on National TV Show’s 2nd Season

If you’re wondering what backpacks the contestants on the new NBC TV show “Love in the Wild” are wearing, the answer is: it’s the American-made Duluth Pack Wanderer. This pack was chosen because of its durability and ruggedness, which is essential for the contestants on the show.

The Duluth Pack Wanderer is one of Duluth Pack’s most popular products, and has been for many years. Customers appreciate the heritage style, American craftsmanship, versatile size, and unparalleled quality this pack provides. Made of canvas, leather, and metal buckles, this pack is built to carry most anything. The front and side pockets are perfect for holding essentials, keeping them accessible. The roomy interior provides ample space for everything else you need. Whether you’re carrying school books or survival gear, the Wanderer Pack is the backpack you want.

About “Love in the Wild”

This summer, NBC’s “Love in the Wild” returns for the show’s second season with new host Jenny McCarthy, a new location in the tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic, and even wilder adventures chock-full of surprises and dramatic twists. The series puts relationships to the ultimate test with exhilarating and wild adventures that challenge the participants, both physically and emotionally. Single men and single women, all looking for love, will experience a romantic adventure unlike anything they could have ever imagined. Season two of NBC’s “Love in the Wild” will premier on Thursday, June 7th at 8-10pm (EST).

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Duluth Pack Monarch

How to Clean and Maintain your Duluth Pack Bags

Caring for your Duluth Pack is easier than you may think.  It’s time to take your packs out of the closet, if you haven’t already, and get them ready for your next adventure!


Caring for your Canvas & Leather
Duluth Pack Products

Duluth Pack products only get better with age. Here are a few maintenance suggestions to help your product last a lifetime.

Washing and Maintaining:

When not in use, store Duluth Pack products in a cool, dry and well ventilated area to avoid mold and mildew.  If washing becomes necessary, spot wash with warm water and a mild soap, such as the Mirazyme Odor Eliminator. This can be done at the beginning of the season if you find your packs have a musty smell.

Leather Care:

Oil and condition leather components on a regular basis or when leather looks dry.  Without proper conditioning, the leather will become brittle and may break when you really don’t want it to!  We suggest Lexol Leather care products such as Lexol Leather Conditioner (also available in Quick Wipes).

Canvas Care:

You can make your canvas pack even more water-resistant, by using Nikwax Cotton Proof as directed.  Our waxed canvas products can be re-waxed as needed, or applied with Nikwax Wax-Cotton Proof.  When using your packs this summer, remember the following:

1. Our canvas is over dyed and when wet, the canvas may bleed.

2. Remove contents and allow the product to dry completely.

3. Canvas is a natural, water resistant, and breathable fiber, which means it will dry quickly and completely so you won’t have to worry about your stuff being wet for an entire trip!

Want to see these tips in action? Check out our demonstration video here: How to Clean a Duluth Pack.


Find all Care and Maintenance products for your Duluth Pack here.


Great Wall of China- Sparky Bag

2012 Photo Contest Winners!

Thank you to all of our Duluth Pack fans who participated! We received an overwhelming response with great images attached, of course.  The best part for us is seeing our bags take on exactly what they’re designed to.

The Results are In Great Wall of China- Sparky Bag

And Congratulations to our winners!  As difficult a decision as it was, we were able to choose our 3 gift card winners. In first place, we’d like to congratulate Bonnie R. for her amazing photo of her spruce Sparky Bag at the Great Wall of China.


Canoe Pack- Window


And in second place, Christophe M. for a creative look at our Duluth Pack #4 Monarch Canoe Pack.


And certainly not last, our third place gift card winner is Derek D. for showing how our Duluth Pack Wanderer Pack can really be put to the test!Winter Wanderer





Photo Contest Runners-Up

Again, because we received so many great entries, we just had to show off our runners-up and honorable mentions.  Be sure to check out the additional top 12 in the gallery below.

Thanks again for all your entries.  Enjoy the results, and don’t forget to look for the next Duluth Pack photo contest!



Trail Running

Tales from the Trails

 Trail Running through Chester Bowl

Sunny Chester Bowl TrailThe thing I love about trail running is similar to what most people love about canoeing, camping, hiking, or fishing. IT’S OUTDOORS! It is such a wonderful escape from all the pavement. Stub your toe on a root and not a broken glass bottle in the nearby parking lot. Duck underneath the pine needles while you are darting in-between pine saplings, covering beneath their “parents” for protection. Put the headphones and armband away while you listen to Nature’s “Running Playlist”. These reasons are why my tale from the trail takes place in Chester Bowl. Once you get down from the street level next to the creek, everything shuts off mentally. That is when the primal takes over. Christopher McDougall sums that feeling up perfectly in his book Born to Run. Trail Running

“There is something so universal about that sensation, the way running unites our two most primal impulses: fear and pleasure. We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and we run around for a good time”

This exhilaration is tough to shake when the only sound is the rushing of the creek and the pat, pat, pat, of your cadence with the ground. My most recent run in Chester Creek was similar to any beautiful love story. It’s so easy and accessible to fall into. When you are on the same level as the water it’s such a refreshing feeling and then there is conflict. No matter which way you go into the bowl, you need to climb up to get out. You can walk and let the hills win. The hills want to win; it’s appealing to them, conquering runners. In defiance of this game you, the runner, must not give them that pleasure. You can’t walk up the rocks and give them the silence of your broken soft footsteps. Each step up from the bottom must be taken at a jogging pace, just enough to hear those comforting pat pat pats coming from your feet. This is the coming of age story for many runners that happened to me that last time I ran. I heard my mind telling me that I was done, but my feet kept reassuring me. The pat pat pat was telling me, “Keep running, we can handle it.” Again, like any good romance, after the conflict is the top, the perfect paddling day after a week of rain in BWCAW, the sunshine and breeze falling on your back while you reach for the next hold.

So the next time you are running and you hear your thoughts. You are doing it wrong. Find a good trail off in isolation, eat up, wear the right gear, and then let your feet take over. Listen to the encouragement from your feet and the chirping of nearby birds

Blog written by Connor, outdoor enthusiast and Duluth Pack store employee

Chester Creek Bridge

Skyline Parkway- Chester Bowl Entrance

Chester Creek northview

View toward Chester Park- creek level

Chester Creek lakeview

View toward 9th Street- creek level


Chester Bowl Trail

Trail view through the pines



Spring 2012 Photo Contest!

paul bunyan duluth pack

Previous Photo Contest Entry- Jeff Evans

Let the Creativity Begin!

Wednesday, April 18th – Friday May 4

It’s time for another photo contest! Each season, we are thoroughly impressed with you, our Duluth Pack fans, and the creativity  and photographic skills you bring to the contest.  We are looking for photos with Duluth Pack products but they don’t need to be to win. Past winners have been on the front covers of our catalog!

canoe on lake

Previous Photo Contest Entry- John Wartman

Here are the details:

1. Submit your photos to marketing@duluthpack.com

2. Photos must be high-resolution and in digital format.

3. Photos must contain any product made by Duluth Pack.

4. You may submit as many photos as you wish.

5. Photos must be submitted by Midnight CST Friday, May 4, 2012.

5. Duluth Pack will have rights to photos submitted and can be used for marketing purposes.

6. Duluth Pack employees (past and present) and their families are not eligible.

1st place = $100 Duluth Pack Gift Card
2nd place = $50 Duluth Pack Gift Card
3rd place = $25 Duluth Pack Gift Card

Thanks and let the creativity begin!