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The Lowdown


January 25, 2016

Today we are rounding 9 things every professional needs at their desk. Please note, the products listed below are of our own personal opinions tallied around the Duluth Pack office.

A Good Journal / Notebook / Notepad

Having a journal, post its, or some kind of a accessible paper is necessary at a desk. Whether the boss is asking us to jot information down, a phone call happens and crucial pointers are needed to be remembered, or you make easy to follow to-do’s. At anytime, you will most likely be using a notepad or notebook during the day, regardless if you use a laptop computer. The ones our team uses are the Jotter To Do Refill pads along with the Bison Leather Notepad Holder which keeps all notes organized and accounted for.

Business Cards

This may be one of the most important tools in any career choice you do. Business Cards not only assist in your process of networking, but share you information to the most important people you come across in your line of business. Always make sure you have enough on hand as a spur of the moment lunch meeting may happen.

A Coffee Mug

Early mornings, especially early Monday mornings (like today) can be a little tougher than most. Almost all desktops have a coffee mug on them at all times here at Duluth Pack. Of course we all represent the company with our favorite Duluth Pack mugs. Our top sellers for not only our customers, but our employees include: The Campfire Mug – a favorite especially for men. Large sized hands actually fit in the handle. The Duluth Pack Logo Redwing Mug – It’s our iconic Duluth Pack logo mug that screams Americana. This coffee cup is seen with many bloggers and influencers nowadays. The Latte Mug – is such a versatile mug that it not only carries your favorite caffeine sidekick, but can switch into your soup bowl for lunch, too. The best cup voted specifically for tea is the Duluth Pack Frosted Barrel Mug . It holds the exact amount of water to make your tea extra delicious.

A Water Bottle

After starting our day with caffeine, we focus on hydrating the rest of the day. Whether you drink juice, good ole H2O, or even treating yourself to a soda or as well call it pop, we have the bottle for you. Scattered on many of our employee’s desks is the Duluth Pack 32 ox Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle. If you’re looking for something that comes with a spill proof tom, the CamelBak .75L Waterbottle with Duluth Pack Logo is the one for you. It’s great for the lunch time workout session as well.

Ballpoint Pens

Just as important as paper, pens are right in line with them. Pens are more important than pencils at the office, because we are constantly signing important documents or dating paperwork that has to be permanent. If you’re someone who writes hard as well, pens are a better options as they are less likely to break.

Your Wallet

Having your identification is necessary in this day in age. However, many lunch meetings can pop up where we have to make a run for some food quickly. We have a huge selection of Duluth Pack wallets that almost all of our employees (mostly men) are fans of. We have styles that are available in leather and canvas here .

A Comfortable Chair

Keeping a good posture is so important for your health. Having an office job can make that difficult, especially if you’re starting at a screen all day. We recommend investing in a comfortable chair that keeps your back up right at all positions. If you’re wanting to focus on another element of your health, we suggest looking into substituting a chair with an exercise ball.

A Blanket or Jacket

Back up to the point about having your wallet for a quick lunch run, living in Minnesota, especially Duluth you need to have clothing options ready at all times of the year. Mother Nature in the Northland can be a bit unpredictable, so having a quick rain check or zip up is always smart. We highly recommend the Duluth Pack embroidered Matrix Jacket. For only $5 more than our regular sweatshirts, it’s a great soft-shell jacket to whip on.


Eat to live or live to eat. Which are you? We support a healthy lifestyle here at Duluth Pack and healthy means maintaining a good diet – AKA: snacking on good treats. In the morning, you will find that a lot of Duluth Pack employees chow down on yogurt, oatmeal, or a breakfast bar. Usually two of three are topped with Granola from the brand, Crapola . If the marketing alone on it doesn’t get you, we don’t know what will!

We hope these desk side tricks and essentials help you prep your desk for the week! What are you favorite deskside items? We’d love to hear!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


January 18, 2016

Monday’s may not be your favorite day, but we’re making them a bit more fun this morning with a look inside the lives of some of our managers and how their departments succeed here at Duluth Pack. A look from the inside of a company seems interesting, almost mysterious, and actually really fun. Today, we are sitting down with our Assistant Retail Store Manager, Elizabeth, or also known as our energizer bunny. Elizabeth is the type of person that no matter what the situation, she continuously looks to the light and positive side of everything. She is the person our team relies on to keep the energy flowing and our customers expecting the best of the best customer service they deserve. You know the type of person that just attracts happiness and people to want to be around them? That’s her. Without a further ado, here is Elizabeth!

Start your morning:

With a run, walk, or hike! Gotta get the blood flowing!

Stay motivated:

I’m very competitive so I set goals. Be they long or short term, I need those benchmarks to reach for. I always have to stay in motion or my energy dies.

Get inspired:

Go horseback riding! Time at the barn is always time well spent and good for the body and mind. Time to exercise, de-stress, and reflect.

Challenge yourself:

By trying new things. Routine is great, but for me it isn’t enough. I always find attainable ways of doing more, being faster, learning new skills, etc. If you have the energy to do something well you can always do it better.

Motivate others:

Lots and lots of energy, and by keeping the humor alive. No matter how crumby my day is, I always try to be positive, witty, and energetic. I also lay on the sarcasm… hard.

Find personal balance:

By managing my “me time” schedule to be just as important as my work schedule. I would never put off a work appointment, so why would I put off my time doing the things I love? They are the reason that I am even ABLE to be energetic and happy at work.

Stay organized:

Ha! I don’t. I let it pile up until there’s a break in the action, then I tackle it.

End your day:

Eating good food with my husband and snuggling with the dogs!

Thank you to Elizabeth for sharing a snippet of her day and what keeps her motivated to make each day count. We’re curious. What gets you going and seizing the day?

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


January 14, 2016

This winter season has been a bit different than what we usually expect up here in Northern Minnesota. Has it been where you are located as well? Even though the snow fall has been limited, our winter activities list hasn’t dwindled. Listed below, we have put together a few of our favorite outdoor interests and how to outfit yourself to with the best products for any adventure.


As many of you know, Duluth Pack is an animal friendly business. We allow our customers to bring their pets in our location, which usually happen to be dogs. We have free treats available behind our tills, but the best part is that we can outfit your pooch as well. If you’re going out in the cold, you’re wanting a jacket or coat that keeps you warm. We recommend the Duluth Pack Anorak . This canvas wind shell is made following native design after many winters of field-testing in the cold Northwoods of Northern Minnesota. It’s handcrafted with durable 10-ounce tightly woven cotton duck canvas.The canvas is highly wind resistant, breathable, preshrunk, and untreated and has a full-cut with ample room in the arms for layering and freedom of movement. Last but not least, the Duluth Pack Anorak comes with an adjustable storm hood for many types of weather ahead. To outfit your pup for the long trek ahead, get these fleece booties.


Depending on where you are, the snow fall may or may not be what you anticipate each winter season. Up here in Duluth, the snow isn’t nearly what we had last year, but is still present and currently coming down. If you’re doing a winter hike in the near future or strapping on the snowshoes, we recommend these products. 1) The snowshoes available both in our retail store and our website are a top pick. We also have a pair for women as well. If snowshoeing is not your gig, we have a fantastic selection of footwear lines in store like – Keen, Merrell, Sorel, Columbia, and The North Face.


Even though we are not your typical snowmobile go-to outlet, Duluth Pack still has the accessories to help you out. With gaiters, balaclavas, scarves, mittens, and gloves from your favorite brands like, The North Face, Smartwool, Patagonia, Icebreaker, and more! Plus, once you take your helmet off, keep your ears and head warm with our Duluth Pack Logo Beanie !


If you’re the type of person who takes on the weather while riding a bike, kudos. We want you to be safe and using the right products for you. One of our top selling items both in store and online for bikers of all types are the Waterproof Handle Bar Mittens. They are created exactly for the winter activity and make the trek that much easier. .


We had to save one of the best for last. After you have gone out into the frigid temps, nothing is much better than snuggling up with your better half. For your top half, we absolutely recommend our top selling Cross Paddles Sweatshirt . It’s our legendary apparel item that stays in style for years, plus the comfort of it is one to not pass up. To cover up your bottom half (or the woman in your life) is the Purnell Winter Legging . They are the perfect accessory on a chilly evening and are comfortable enough to lay on the couch and relax. Plus, they are only $39.00.


Don’t worry. We didn’t forget about the impact salt brings beyond just melting snow. It can stain and make shoes and your packs dirty. No need to fret, friends. The Minnetonka Moccasin Shoe Care Kit is available both in our retail store and online. It’s easy to use and will last you a very long time! To condition and clean your beloved Duluth Pack handcrafted item, we always recommend the Lexol brand. Again, it can be located both in our flagship location or on our site.

We are wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


January 11, 2016

The holidays may be over, but trade show season is just beginning. With the phenomenal Outdoor Retailer show hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah under our belts, the next we are taking on is SHOT Show in Las Vegas and then Liberty, Project, and Magic. Will you be attending any of these shows?

If you have never attending a retailer show before, it’s essentially a large location (very large) that houses thousands of brands that range from large corporate companies to small mom and pop shops. Meetings begin right away in the morning and go until the late hours in the night. If you have time, there are concession stands you can swing by and pick up some grub. The connections and networking are second to none and the experience is one the Duluth Pack team will never take for granted or forget. Each booth is proportionally and aesthetically built together to tell the story of the brand. Duluth Pack’s is very elegant and classic. We incorporated our American heritage with our timeless appeal. With shelves built together to emulate the old Duluth Pack location that are perfectly decorated with antique books, scrolled gold frame, black and white filtered photos of our past, and candles and small table lamps the bring a homey feel, our booth seems to be one many don’t forget.

Do you know of any other shows Duluth Pack should consider attending in the future?

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


January 7, 2016

Have you ever wondered how Duluth Pack bags aren’t just sold in our 8,500 square foot retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN or just our website Just take a moment. Duluth Pack can now be purchased in a retail location in over 30 states in the USA and 11 different countries. This feat does not just happen over night, but rather a team effort with incredible communication and planning skills that many can’t match. This is all done by our Outside Sales Rep team who tell the story of Duluth Pack’s heritage, history,and future. What we possess, what makes us different, and why Duluth Pack is more than just canvas and leather company.

Welcome, Maddy. Our new Outside Sales Representative who has a spitfire of a personality, brings extra spunk to the office, and has a determination like no other. She and other members of our Outside Sales Rep team travel around the country discussing plans, collaborations, private labeling opportunities, and other ways Duluth Pack can impact someone’s life. Without a further ado, here’s Maddy!

How do you…

Start your morning: Go for a run! Then coffee. A lot of coffee.

Stay motivated: I love the feeling of accomplishment, so I do everything I can to end each day feeling like I completed or moved forward with something. It doesn’t have to be something huge, small victories feel just as great. It’s all about perspective and taking the time to enjoy what you have the ability to make or change. That motivates me.

Get inspired: I’m inspired by intelligence, strength, and altruism.

Challenge yourself: I’m very goal-oriented and committed. I like to test my limits and promise to accomplish something that I’ve never done before. Whether that’s setting an insanely high sales goal at work or signing up for a marathon, I won’t stop until I cross that finish line.

Motivate others: Positive energy. Smiling. Cracking jokes. Acting goofy on occasion. When you’re happy, you’re more productive.

Find personal balance: I find balance in nature. I can sit on the shore of Lake Superior and feel incredibly grounded and calm, or I can climb a 14er in Colorado and feel invigorated and unstoppable. My go-to if I’m dragging is a trail run no matter what the weather is doing. There’s just something about that mix of sweat, mud, thrill and fresh air that always put me right.

Stay organized: I make lists for everything! On a scale of 1-10 (10 being organized and 1 being a complete mess) I would say I’m about a 7. Not great, but definitely above average. Also, sticky notes are also a godsend.

End your day: (She had two responses the we like!) 1) If it’s a good day, a good beer. If it’s a bad day, a good whiskey. All in moderation of course. I call my mom. Netflix and chill or read a book until I fall asleep. Clear my head for the next day. 2) I’m typically not a night owl. Evenings typically consist of some sort of sport after work (big into volleyball, cycling and soccer), a call to my mom, and then it’s either Netflix and chill or reading until I fall asleep.

So, next time you see a Duluth Pack in a retail location you recognize (we have teamed up with Barney’s of New York, Urban Outfitters, and Target’s website) just know that there is a team of people behind Duluth Pack being partnered up with another company.

On a side note, Duluth Pack has a strict MAP pricing policy regardless of where you purchase our brand’s product. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding our MAP Policy, please feel free to email our team at: [email protected]

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


December 31, 2015

In a few hours, it’s hard to believe that it will be a new year. Or also known as new goals, new responsibilities, new ambitions, and new wants.

Each year, we ask ourselves and our followers (you) what their New Year’s resolution is. Do you know yours yet? Ours is the same each and every time. We want to continue traveling the world with you. There are so many new and exciting places to see and experience that we can’t just have the resolution for one year and one year only.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is parallel to ours, then it’s time for you to invest in the best and get a new bag. It’s fitting – new year, new bag.

Here’s the breakdown of top sellers by category to help ease the online shopping mayhem.


Photo Credit: Blogger, Dressed To Ill


When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to think about is if your luggage will make it though the wear and tear. Here are not only our employees, but our customers favorite go-tos for any type of travel you have planned.






Duluth Pack

Duluth Pack

Photo Credit: Photographer, Jenna Kutcher


Trails to taverns. It’s a pack that is durable, but stylish. It can hold all your gadgets and still be cool.






Photo Credit: Blogger, Kaitlin Keegan of Blonde Expeditions


Duluth Pack’s history and beginnings were based on being the ultimate canoe pack for taking you from portage to portage. However, in this day and age, some customer’s just want a Duluth Pack, because of it’s American heritage and versatility, plus effortlessly cool look. Here are the top sellers for simply a good looking bag.





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Photo Credit: Photographer, Mycah Burns of Redmond Digital Media


Not only was Duluth Pack first around doing the traditional canoe packs, but also outfitting hunters for their hunt. Check out the style of hunting bags that have been around for quite sometime! P.s. we have a great relationship with expert hunting brand, Mossy Oak!






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Photo Credit: Duluth Loves Locals


Heavy books, lots of homework, and just the demands of school can be enough weight on your back. Let us carry the load. You carry the passion, we carry everything else.





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Photo Credit: Blogger, Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity


Invest in a work briefcase that can carry and protect your career necessities safety.





Photo Credit: Jordan Villamor


Get the perfect office accessories at Duluth Pack. From journals, to checkbook covers, and your favorite wallets.






Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Years!


– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


December 28, 2015

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be long gone, but the Duluth Pack savings are not.

Currently Duluth Pack’s in store only 75% off clearance deals are in full swing. All categories are up for grabs including, children’s, women’s, men’s, and footwear. Not only are some of your favorite footwear and apparel brands in the mix, but don’t forget that Duluth Pack’s manufactured seconds are at a discounted price as well.

The Duluth Pack winter final clearance sale is available until the last piece is sold. However, don’t walk, but rather run, because the items are going extremely fast.

You can find our flagship retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN. There is free parking in Canal Park and pets are welcome in our location. For any questions regarding the Clearance Sale, please feel free to contact our wonderful customer service team at: 1-800-777-4439, email us at [email protected], or follow us and stay update via social media channels, like Facebook , Instagram and Twitter .

If you’re not in the Duluth, Minnesota region please feel free to stay updated on everything Duluth Pack, including deals with our email subscription sign up and by visiting our website at .

Happy savings, folks!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


December 23, 2015

Investing in the best is exactly that – investing .

Trust us, we know. Our American made and handcrafted lifetime guarantee products are expensive and are considered a luxury item. However, we do design and produce products that are similar to our more splurgy items, but still come with all the benefits of being a Duluth Pack, plus are less of a price tag.


SPLURGE – Medium Sportsman’s Duffel in Great Lakes Canvas

MAP Retail Price: $325 / All Bison Leather Option MAP Retail Price: $495


SAVE – Small Safari Duffel in Khaki Canvas

MAP Retail Price: $188


Around the holidays, most of us are traveling, whether that be a short or long distance. Either way, you and your family have to pack up your most festive outfits and get to your destination in style. We are breaking down the similarities, differences, and price points of our best selling luggage pieces – the Medium Sportsman’s Duffel and the Small Safari Duffel. The Medium Sportsman’s Duffel is by far one of the most stunning handcrafted items we have designed thus far. The craftsmanship is impeccable, the simplistic detailing and hardware is timeless, and the leather accents are rugged but polished. However, the price point is one of our most expensive pieces and for all leather it ups the ante. The safe and less expensive choice for a Duluth Pack luggage good is our Safari Collection, which includes the Small Safari Duffel. With easy to use zipper opening, comfortable handles, and design aspect to hold more than enough, this less expensive choice will give you the luxury of owning a Duluth Pack, plus be less of an impact on your bank account. Shop the Medium Sportsman’s Duffel in canvas and leather and the Small Safari Duffel both in store or online at



SPLURGE – Sportsman’s Kit Bag in Olive Drab Canvas

MAP Retail Price: $115 / All Bison Leather Option MAP Retail Price: $140


SAVE – Grab N Go Bag in Burgundy Canvas


Another product that can add up in cost is a good and handy dopp kit or better known as a shaving kit bag. They are useful for so many ways, including holding a person’s hygiene products. One of our top selling items is our Sportsman’s Kit Bag. It comes with a zip closure, leather accents, a loop hole for easy handling, and is just the right size to pack in any bag. At $115, this product can be a bit spendy. To overcome the worries or questioning desiccation to buy or not to buy, we have created a new product called, the Grab N Go . For only $28 retail, yes you read the right, you get a smaller kit bag without the same design elements, but at a much less of an amount. Another great aspect of the Grab N Go is that it not only secures someone’s toothbrush and razor, but is a great lipstick case, pencil pouch, or trinket carrier. Buy yours here .


SPLURGE – #100 Bison Leather Shell Bag w/ Black Trim


SAVE – #50 Shell Bag in Black Canvas


Finding your sidekick companion: AKA your new favorite purse can by tricky and pricey. However, finding a purse you will have for your entire existence is nearly impossible, except that we have quite a few you can choose from. We offer a wide range of products like our square purse design – the Mini Haversack , the buckle flap product – The Shell bag , the all zipper closure – The Traverse Crossbody , and the list goes on. One of the splurge purse styles is the all American Bison Leather #100 Shell Bag . It is beautiful, refined, and is classy. However, it comes with a price of $210.00. If you’re loving the style, but want to find a more suitable purse for everyday that can take on the wear and tear and still not break the bank is our #50 Standard Shell Bag in any of our 15 + canvas colors. You really can’t beat a selection like that for $65.00.


SPLURGE – Executive Portfolio in Black Canvas


SAVE – Standard Book Bag in Brown Canvas


Last, but certainly not least is our discussion on the splurge and savings of briefcase designs and elements. By far our number one selling briefcase style is the Executive Portfolio . It comes with a remarkable esthetic of rich leather embellishment, strong hardware, and enough room to carry your office essentials, including your laptop, iPad, and documents. If you like the concept of a carry all, but not willing to pay the price, we have a great pick that will suit all your needs. The Duluth Pack Standard Book Bag is just that. With simple details and easy access to your daily needs, the Standard Book Bag comes with a comfortable cross body strap and posses the same buckle closure as the splurge example.

We hope we helped break down our most beloved splurge items and our great savers. What were your favorite comparisons? A special thank you to our friend and photographer, Amanda from Jane Cane Photography for the featured photo for this blog post. Shop the coffee mugs featured above here .

– Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


December 21, 2015
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We hear that our retail store located in Canal Park, Duluth, MN is one of the most unique shopping experiences and locations many have come across. We are grateful and humbled for these responses. To allow us to continue growing and creating a better shopping atmosphere for our customers, we need a leader who brings consistency and reliability. That person is our Retail Store Manager, Molly. She focuses on leading our retail staff to promote and sell our brand and the ones we carry, hit daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals, possess a open and comfortable place to work, and make sure all of our customers leave our location with the best experience we can provide.

Here’s a look what it is like desk side with Molly and what gets not only to carpe diem, but ready to get the sales staff team ready to achieve.

Start your morning:

Every morning I start with a walk through the woods with my two dogs, Jack and Reko. Taking a hike in the morning with the cheerful pups brings joy to every day, this is my “coffee” fix, as I am not a coffee drinker.

Stay motivated:

I always look for the next challenge, next adventure, next item to tackle. You can’t stay in the moment. If I have something to look towards, I will do my best to not only hit, but exceed that goal. One thing about me is I always need an adventure planned, as I live for traveling. It can be something as simple as weekend adventure in our own area, or something across the world, it doesn’t matter. But having adventures always keeps me motivated and pushing to the next thing, everywhere in life.

Get inspired:

Research – Reading, photographs, adventures, videos, you name it. I love to look for new ideas, new limits, hear other people’s stories. If I’m watching a movie, I’m immediately drawn to ones that are based on a true story, ones that showcase someone’s life journey and the hurdles they overcame. If it’s something like merchandising or even a house project, I Pinterest, a lot… I’m always searching for new ideas, inspiration for new projects or merchandising ideas. The creative minds of the world inspire me to continue trying new things.

Challenge yourself:

I’m someone that always wants to do better and always wants to improve. Once I hit a goal, I think of what can I do next. I reflect to discover learns and how to improve. It’s taking the time to reflect, plan, and push yourself for the next step. It’s never getting stagnant.

Motivate others:

A lot of this depends on the person. Everyone is motivated differently and as a manager, it’s important to take the time, get to know everyone individually, and discover what motivates them. It’s building a family, knowing that everyone is a team. If one person isn’t motivated, it impacts everyone. So discovering what makes that person tick. What keeps that person moving forward. It can be something simple like a “How was your day? Here’s a recap of what you missed” or it could be someone that needs to see big picture and have an overview of how their responsibilities impacts the others.

Find personal balance:

I have to have “me time”. If I am completely scheduled for more than a few days, it will take a toll on me. I need time to reflect, relax, stop, and enjoy the moment. Life passes quickly, so we have to enjoy the now as well as push ourselves for the future. If I get too busy of a schedule, I start saying “No, I can’t this week, but what about next?” I have learned this about myself and now am able to postpone a social interaction so I can have my “me time” to reflect and simply enjoy life.

Stay organized:

This all varies. I am usually a very organized person. But sometimes when it gets busy at work, I add it to a pile on the edge of my desk and then tackle little by little with any breaks in the day or week. It is considered my “interim” pile, where if I don’t have time to fully file, add to a digital list, etc it stays in my to-do pile and I tackle and put everything in its place as time allows.

End your day:

I end my day the same way I start it. A hike through the woods, except this time, my husband is able to join. We then relax and recap our days. We are very lucky to live in a rural neighborhood and are able to walk our dogs leash free through the woods.

So next time you walk through the Duluth Pack retail store, know Molly is the head coordinator and manager of the facility. Her expertise, experience, and personality make for not only a great leader, but a fantastic manager, and wonderful co-worker to have.

Read the past blog post on our President and our CFO’s Desk Side experiences as well. Who else would you like to meet from the Duluth Pack family?

– 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