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Gear Talk, The Lowdown


August 31, 2015


They are the most humbling of stories when we hear that Duluth Pack products have impacted people’s lives for the better. Whether that be helping through portages, assisting by carrying books to class or we actually save someone’s life. Today’s post is based on an email that our team recently received this past month from one of our customers. It made our jaw’s drop and gave us gigantic goosebumps. Get ready for a story of a lifetime!

Please note: The customer has given Duluth Pack the approval to share her story with her Duluth Pack along with the photos to prove her point.

Hello Duluth Pack – I am sure like most reviews and comments in emails you receive, there may be more negative than positive comments. However, if you give me a few moments I would like to tell you a story.

My name is Megan Thun I am 25 years old and I was born and raised in Silver Bay, MN just North of Duluth. For years I have wanted a Duluth Pack and never had the funds to buy one after all the college tuition and rent bills. I envied those who had them, and assured myself that I would spoil myself one day with a forest green Duluth Pack. Another year passed and it just was not a necessity, just a luxury.

So last fall I put Duluth Pack on my Christmas list (That my aunt requires me to do). I don’t like asking for gifts, so Christmas lists are low on priority shelf. However, I thought to myself “Why not?”.

Then Christmas came around. I opened a box from my aunt, and low and behold, a forest green Duluth Pack sat in the folds of wrapping paper. I fell in love immediately! It was perfect, it smelled great, and felt comfortable on my shoulder. I cleaned my stuff out of my old bag that night and switched my essentials over to the pack.

Now, when I get into a vehicle to drive I don’t take my purse or bag off. It has something to do with comfort and snugness in the driver’s seat. All my relatives think it is weird. Which leads me to the rest of the story.

On January 7th 2015, I drove my sisters dog to the vetrinarian in Ely, MN. It had snowed early in the morning and the woods were beautiful, but the roads were a tad slippery. So I took my time up to Ely. I dropped my sisters dog off and headed back to Silver Bay slow but sure. I was thinking of going snowshoeing when I got back, but it was rather cold that day (a balmy -20 degrees). I was about half way in between Silver Bay and Ely on Hwy 1, when my back wheels hit a patch of black ice. I took my foot off the brake and let the car slow down and drive out of the slippery patch. But nothing helped. My car was fish tailing around the corner. When I looked up my heart sank… A logging truck was coming around the corner and my car was slipping right into its path.

I turned the car enough to miss the front of the logging truck, but it was not enough. When I realized I was not going to miss the trailer of the logging truck I let go of the steering wheel and closed my eyes. I figured, that was it. In those split seconds I remember thinking “Nobody lives through these accidents.” (please don’t stop reading).

I opened my eyes and relized I had made it out of the accident with my life. My car was in pieces on the highway and I had no windsheild. Miraculously I had no cuts or scrapes. My driver’s side door looked like a crumpled piece of paper. Luckily, my arm was tucked between me and my Duluth Pack. It was a buffer between the tangled metal mess just inches away from me. It saved my arm from injury or worse possibilities. I thank God that I had it with me that day and did not take a wallet instead. I sat in the freezing cold for and hour and twenty minutes, waiting to be cut out of the car that held me prisoner.

When the EMT’s finally cut the car apart and freed me and EMT told me to sit very still (standard medical percautions; in case of brain or spinal injury). I remember him saying “We’re going to take your purse and put it in the Sherriff’s vehicle. (He grabbed the Duluth Pack and pulled). I informed him that it was attached to me over the shoulders. He then yelled to one of the other EMT’s that were there, “Someone get me the cutting shears!”

They say in times of stress you forget your reactions or how you handle situations. This time was one of them. I cannot recall if I said this next sentence with poise or out of straight irritaion. I said, “No! You can pull it over my head and slide it off, but don’t you cut it!” (the poor EMT got the brunt of my reaction, and I am sure he thought I was crazy. I was possibly injured, trapped in a car, and freezing, and still barking orders.) The EMT oblidged and took the Duluth Pack over my head. I cannot recall whether I said thank you, because soon after that they pulled me out of the seat and put me in the ambulance, everything after that gets fuzzy and blurry.

When I got to the hospital I was told I had a dislocated hip. They popped it back in and then I had to have hip surgery to repair the damage. I am just about back to normal now and have little to no pain.

The scratches on my Duluth pack are a constant reminder that I was very close to more serious injuries, not ruling out fatal injuries.

So in conclusion I would like to personally thank you for making such strong reliable bags. They are more than just carriers for us. They are what hold our essentials that makes our lives go around, and they hold memories and emotions that are not visible or tangible in this world. For me my Duluth Pack was a life saver.

Have a great rest of the summer! I am sure the tourists keep you busy! I attached pictures so you have something to pair to the long story I just told you.


Megan H. Thun

If you have a story with your Duluth Pack, please email our team at: [email protected] and we would love to hear how Duluth Pack has been integrated into your life.

Thank you for your loyalty and support! Please know, our lifetime guarantee can mean more than just the craftsmanship and hardware in our products, as Megan so thoroughly describes. If you’re interested, buy Megan’s style of bag HERE.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


August 27, 2015

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Every Minnesotan knows there is nothing quite like the mayhem, food and festivities like the Great Minnesota Get Together – The Minnesota State Fair. Greasy food fills our nostrils, activities are around every corner and the iconic butter carving station is a must to visit.

For the past few years, Duluth Pack has proudly set up a booth with multiple Duluth Pack employees and canvas and leather products galore. Over the two week stretch each sizzling summer, Duluth Pack’s location is in the famous Dairy Building, which is surrounded by delicious and fresh ice cream! Ps: it also is conveniently located by the Prime Rib Sandwich stand (Our General Manager is a sucker for these!) and you can’t resist the deep friend candy bars, too.

While at the Minnesota State Fair, the last thing a festive goer needs is a bag that gets in the way, can’t be stained, is difficult to handle or just is uncomfortable! No one needs that and Duluth Pack has a list of fool fair proof go to bags that won’t dissapoint your fun filled agenda!

Pick number uno! Check out the iconic Duluth Pack Scout Pack. It’s uni-sex style with an ideal size that rides comfortably on your back. Plus, it’s lightweight and super stylish. You can’t beat THIS top seller. If you want a little bit more of an edge with leather accents, check out the new Deluxe Scout Pack right HERE .

For all ages, all styles and all sizes – the iconic Drawstring Pack is a state or country fair want and a need! With 16 colors of canvas, the Duluth Pack Drawstring Backpack found HERE is great for your children, your cousin, yourself and your parents. Yes, it’s that good.

The third and final choice that blogger, Molly Yeh 100% recommends is a customer favorite – the Duluth Pack Market Tote . It holds all your necessities – your phone, wallet, sunglasses, liquids and your splurges – food, concert tickets, photo booth pictures and the yearly fair logo shirt. Read her blog post about her experience at a local country fair and why the Duluth Pack Market Tote is one of her new favorite bags year round HERE . By the way, thank you for the featured photos, Molly!

Happy fair time, friends! Be safe, eat lots and enjoy the Minnesota culture!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


August 24, 2015

The chaos has begun! Yep, it’s back to school time and Duluth Pack is in full stride to gear your child with what is not just needed but wanted, too! You want your child to have the best and so do we! Hint: That means investing in a Duluth Pack.

Here is a little personal tidbit to add to the posting this morning – I received my first ever Duluth Pack Daypack (Shop mine HERE ) when I was in Elementary School. My father allowed me to choose which hue suited my needs and wants and stated, “Choose your color wisely, because you’ll have it forever”. At the time I didn’t think much of it, I mean I was only six years old. I chose the khaki colored canvas, because it matched my outfit at the time and trotted off with my new prized possession. To this day, I have so many memories with my pack, beyond just being a new back to school piece that all my classmates envied, it has been with me during my Elementary School, Middle School, High School and College studies. Not only that, but it has moved between 3 states, been squashed under airplane seats, crammed in the backseat of cars, and remains a piece I cannot stop using.

A Duluth Pack in general is not just a product that we take to school as a young tyke and not think much of – it’s so much more. The memories between my Duluth Pack and myself are priceless. It’s got my back each and every year.

It’s time for you to invest in the best. You’ll never have to buy your little one another cheap bag again that falls apart in the first 6 months of using. Our lifetime guarantee is something we pride ourselves on and know you can rely on.

Check out our back to school products HERE . It’s time to stop stressing about the deals and steals and buy right the first time.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


August 20, 2015

When a photographer like, Kiley Marissa wants to work with your company, you don’t hesitate for one second. This past month, we partnered with this lovely lady to enjoy some of the best things in life, Duluth Packs (of course) , delicious donuts, hot coffee and a group of great guys in the woods talking it up. The best part? It was all captured on camera!

Could you ask for a better time for young men to be enjoying themselves on a beautiful day in Duluth, Minnesota? No, probably not.

So, without a further ado, here is the guy adventure weekend captured by: Kiley Marissa Photography !


Get this top selling cap HERE .


Shop some of Duluth Pack’s top selling options listed below:






THIS bag handcrafted by Duluth Pack is the incredible Boot Duffle bag. It’s the perfect weekend bag with a section designed just for your footwear. Plus, it’s really cool looking.


We completely understand that a travel / luggage bag is an investment. You count on it to hold your most valuable assets and rely on it to carry you through the most crowded airports, cities, rural areas and anything in between. The Duluth Pack Jet-Setter Pack is not only a great seller, but the Duluth Pack sales team uses this bag out of personal appeal and choice!


Get these two classic shirts that are available both in store and online here: Option 1 // Option 2 .

We wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead with all of your pals!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


August 10, 2015

One of our best selling bags has a new best friend!

Move over all canvas Duluth Pack Roll-Top. There is a new sheriff in town with a whole lot of red and black fiery! We took our ever-popular Roll-Top Scout and gave it a northern twist. Ohhhh yaaa betcha!

Introducing the new Duluth Pack Wool Roll-Top. It’s a stunner with some pizazz and edge. Even with it’s soft as can be material, it comes with a effortlessly cool vibe. Invest in one of these timeless pieces today. Trust us, they will outlive you and be an heirloom that your grandkids will WANT to actually have. Yes, we get it – you may not even have children yet, but we know that this bad boy will be lusted after for generations to come.

Wool you be purchasing one of these newly handcrafted items? (guilty, pun intended!)

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


August 6, 2015

We don’t play it safe here at Duluth Pack. We’re wanting to push the limit, go to the edge and find the land that hasn’t been touched. So who is with us?!

This blog posting is anything but just words. We’re driving (pun intended) excitement about the focus on traveling on two wheels or AKA – ridin dirty.

Did you know that Duluth Pack has an entire line of bike bags? If not, check out the massive selection right HERE . Without overwhelming you with lots of canvas and leather products in your face, I thought it would be easier to breakdown to the most popular bike bags that have been featured in a few magazines as well.

Welcome the Banana Bike Bag


This Banana Bike Bag is your new biking companion! Designed with a slight curve, just like a banana, to fit under your bike seat. Perfect for carrying a sandwich, keys, wallet, and few extras to get you through the day. Removable plastic inserts in front and back give the bag its shape. Grommets on sides to cinch under the top if you have it too full. Complete with leather lashings, leather straps, and brass buckles. Measures 11H x 6W (tapers to 3W) x 4.5D (inches). If you want the bike bags of your dreams that’s under $140 – bam, it’s HERE .

If you’re really into zipping down the backroads or flying in the city, ta-da, the Pannier Bike Bag is just the trick


This pannier bag is compact enough for riding around town but big enough for a multi-day getaway. This pannier style bike bag has two large top loading bags so organization is easy! You can carry everything you need for a weekend bike tour. It has two spacious main compartments that are angled to accommodate the motion of the pedals, and a rigid back that won’t get caught in the spokes. A zippered pocket on each flap allows you to store your trail maps with ease and paracord on the top allows for easy access to cinched down jackets. Get your meathooks on THIS bag now! P.S. It’s under $200!

Who needs a basic handle bar when you can have a Candy Bar!?


This bag is perfect for keeping all your small necessities handy. It can easily hold a water bottle or two, pair of gloves, extra pair of socks, or anything else you think you might need. Designed to fit on your bikes handle bars. Sink your biker’s sweet tooth into THIS tasty goodie.

Last, but certainly not least is the Duluth Pack Hobo Seat Bike Bag.


This bike bag is big enough for a large water bottle, rain coat, warm jacket/sweater, lunch, and an emergency repair kit. It’s designed to attach to the back of your bike seat. Seriously, what else more do you need with a bag like THIS ?

Happy ridin’ and bikin’ folks! We can’t wait to see you on the roads and trails!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


August 3, 2015

Does something seem a bit fishy about this post? Perfect.

We’re discussing the concept of gone fishin’ today, folks! Question of the day, where do you go on the open blue? Are you a fly fisher person who thrives on the rivers or more of a the bigger the better kind of water individual? No matter which you choose, boy do you we have the quality products to help you get the big keeper!

So, why would you choose a canvas product rather than nylon near the water? Great question (we hear this often!) . Some interesting information about canvas is that it expands. It’s a material that when it becomes in contact with a liquid, it begins to expand. Is canvas waterproof? No, but why it is a great material when you’re canoeing, hiking, fishing, or just going to work is that it is durable, lasting, quality and efficient, plus if becomes in contact with water, it expands for a time that eliminates water damage or leakage to your safe keepings.

Why doesn’t Duluth Pack work with a nylon material? Sure, it’s lightweight, flexible and eliminates water damage as well. However, we aren’t looking for something that will last you only a year, we’re wanting a product that will withstand every obstacle you go through, your children, their children, and your grandchildren’s children. That’s right, our lifetime guarantee on the bag is that good.

Learn HERE about our Wax Canvas option. May we say, this materials gets SO much better with age!

Now, lets talk tackle and fishing gear!



Pictured above is one option of a perfect fishing go-to handcrafted by Duluth Pack. It’s the Mini Tackle Box. We made a scaled down version of our popular Soft Sided Tackle Box! Take this along when you embark on your yearly fishing trip when you want to pack light. Holds two plastic inner tackle compartments (included) and comes with a shoulder strap. Easy to pack and comes in at only $85.00! Check it out on the Duluth Pack website HERE

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If you want another option with a enough room for your gear plus your child’s and their friend’s, we’ve got you covered! Check out the Duluth Pack Soft-Sided Tackle Box. After spending years on local lakes and rivers using and destroying low quality tackle boxes, the innovative fishermen and fisherwomen at Duluth Pack decided to build a box that would not only withstand years of on and off water abuse, but actually make organizing your gear simpler and more efficient.

• Burly 18-ounce canvas construction.

• Main zippered box holds five plastic inner tackle compartments (included).

• High quality outdoor specific zippers.

• Two zippered front and back pockets and two side slip pockets for organizing your coveted fishing gear.

• Durable cotton webbing handle and shoulder strap.

• Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.

The Duluth Pack Soft-Sided Tackle Box costs $265.00, but will last you your entire fishing life, plus more! Get yours HERE

Happy fishing, everyone!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


July 30, 2015

Have you always wanted to have a career that pushes you to do your best rather than a job that you just get by with? If so, you’re the kind of person we’re looking for. Due to our customers being so loyal, Duluth Pack has grown incredibly within the last year. For this, we are grateful and more motivated and determined than ever to continue employing more Americans! Now is your time to join our team!

If you’re a self motivated individual who wants to make a difference, become part of a brand that is based on quality, have pride in your employment and actually have some fun, too (plus, an awesome discount – oh yeah!) look no further. Apply and check out the Duluth Pack career page HERE .

Intrigued, but don’t know too much about the Duluth Pack brand accept that you love the products? No worries, here is a bit of information to chew on. Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the USA. Duluth Pack has been handcrafting since 1882, making us 133 + years old (we age well, right? Am I right or am I right!?) . Duluth Pack’s flagship store is located in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and is a whopping 8,500 square feet of products and brands like, The North Face, Patagonia, Keen, Filson, Faribault Woolen Mills and Camp Chow. The Duluth Pack retail store is the world’s largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the world! If you did not know, Duluth Pack is the original canoe pack, specifically of the BWCAW area. The Duluth Pack factory/headquarters is located at 1610 W. Superior Street, where we have been making our products out of for 104 + years. FREE public tours are given each week day and that’s where our customers and viewers can see the entire handcrafted process of how a Duluth Pack product is created. Fun fact: The fanciest riveting tool in our factory is a ball-peen hammer! Lastly, Duluth Pack is proud to be 100% handcrafted right here in America! If you look inside your Duluth Pack product, you will notice a Made in America tag. A better surprise – flip that tag up and notice that a sewer’s tag is there and signed. The name signed on the tag is the actual sewer who handcrafted that product just for you. Can you say, proud in your own work? In a nutshell, join our team today!

We look forward to seeing your application!

– From your friends (and new co-workers) at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


July 27, 2015
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Itinerary – Chicago

Hello Windy City!

A couple weeks back, some of the Duluth Pack clan made the trek from the Northern region of our country down to the big city of the Midwest. The location of deep dish pizza and hotdogs with pickles and onions was calling our name. Of course, the main attractions for tourists were a must see like, Millennium Park / The Bean, Willis Tower, Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM (yes, it’s a real thing!) , Shake Shack – those cheese fries are REAL good and the well known Aquarium!

To our excitement, we came across multiple locals rocking their canvas and leather Duluth Pack bags. Fun fact, the Duluth Pack Scout Pack (found HERE ) was the most sighted Duluth Pack product!


Where are you all traveled to coming up? Make sure to show us on social media with your Duluth Pack product at #duluthpack or please tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram!

So, now we can wrap up not only our trip, but this blog post with.. “Bean there, done that”.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


July 23, 2015
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We have done it again, Duluth! We’re so proud of where our roots are and where we have always been located and always will be – Duluth, Minnesota.

Recently announced and virally taking over the social media world are the Best 16 Places to Live in the US: 2014 and the top runner is nonetheless gorgeous and simple, Duluth. It’s the “small big town” that gazes at Lake Superior, survives on local eateries, promotes entrepreneurs and the landscape is nothing short of breathtaking. The water is clearer than the blue sky, air is fresher than the untouched wind and even if two people are complete strangers, they open up and become acquaintances while waiting to be checked out at Target.

We may sound bias, but it’s the utter truth. The outdoors lifestyle flourishes in the Northwoods and the love and appreciation of life on the water is craved during the winter months. Fortunately, Duluth Pack has been in Duluth since our beginning. For 133 plus years, we have called Duluth, Minnesota home, which it will always be.

For more information on the other 15 cities in the top sector, please click THIS link.

Way to go Duluthians, we’ve done it again! Ps: The graphic above is from our 2014 Limited Edition T-shirt series. Who ended up getting one?!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack