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Aging: It’s Inevitable

February 2, 2015

AGING.

It’s a word with so much power behind it and sadly it’s mostly considered a negative in society. Duluth Pack takes a 180 degree spin on things. We take pride in aging. Why? Because it’s inevitable! We believe aging tells a story. For crying out loud, we are old! We’ve been around since 1882!

We consider our packs somewhat like a person. No, it doesn’t have a beating heart or lungs flow oxygen through the body of the pack, but it has structure, proof of a well lived generation, can communicate stories, and yes, it even ages .

In more cases than not, many of our employees who have owned packs 5 + years are constantly asked if their well worn Duluth Pack can be purchased. Total shocker on society’s aging concepts, right?! Duluth Pack’s products still keep their heritage feel and look with a well loved charm once broken in. Now, you Duluth Pack customers (you’re all the best and thank you for your support and business) understand this! It’s almost like Duluth Pack is a good wine, it just gets better with age.

As Duluth Pack’s President, Tom Sega states, “My Duluth Pack ages better than I am!”. Anyone else have this feeling, too? Another aspect a Duluth Pack product is similar to a person is how to treat the item after it has turned the corner and is considered “aged”. Like an individual, we use anti-aging or beauty brands that we believe make us look our age, but, well better . With Duluth Pack products, if your item is a waxed canvas, we recommend over time re-waxing the item. Locking moisture in and preserving the pack to the highest abilities. Also, our leather products are literally skin, too. As some individuals do, they moisturize with a lotion, body butter, or some kind of vaseline to keep their skin from peeling, breaking, or down right hurting < i> (especially during these harsh winter months) . With our quality leather products, there is also a “cure” for the same outcomes! Check out our selection of leather conditioners and cleaners at www.duluthpack.com and at 365 Canal Park Drive.

Now that are within the first 2 months of the 2015 new year, some people may have put “look younger” as their resolution. We want to preserve age, wear and tear, and mostly the original appeals of what attracts people to Duluth Pack. We aren’t the shiny and in your face, but we radiate quality. Whether a customer is interested in our original canoe packs in olive drab, to a client wanting the bison leather portfolio items we sell, all Duluth Pack’s age. Our parting words with you today will be, “be like your Duluth Pack and flaunt our aging!”.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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TRAVEL BUDDIES

January 5, 2015
flying

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 carry on 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.

Pictured is a Duluth Pack fan traveling home over the holidays in style. Her Roll-Top Scout Pack in Olive Drab Canvas is a sure knockout. This product is available both in our retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and at duluthpack.com!

From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk

New Product: the Port City Sling

April 10, 2014

port-city-sling-lifestyle

The Port City Sling is inspired by the Frisbee players and sun tanners at Park Point beach in the middle of this city on a port. Whether seated on the bus, or in line for lunch, twist this pack from your back to your lap and easily access all of your gear. The Port City Sling is your one-strap backpack solution with comfort in mind.

• Hand constructed 15 oz. canvas for durable quality and heritage “better-with-age” aesthetic.
• Outside pocket for easily accessing important items.
• Flexible cotton strap provides durable comfort.
• Securable elastic cording for holding items such as a light coat.
• Tough YKK zippers for quick access to secured items.

Guaranteed for life on craftsmanship and hardware. Made in the USA.

Dimensions:
17“H x 11“W x 3“D (measured at widest perpendiculars)

Shop it here!

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Our Founder Came to Duluth 144 Year Ago Today

February 12, 2014
Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN

Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN. Photo via Duluth Public Library.

Camille Poirer created the first Duluth Pack in 1882. Twelve years before that, he set off to Duluth, MN (our flagship location) from St Paul, MN to start a new life. The trip took him four days “of very cold and suffering,” he wrote, starting Feb. 10th, 1870 and ending on Feb. 13th, 1870. 144 years ago today, he would have been on the 3rd day of his trek.

Via Google Maps

Via Google Maps

Poirer walked from St Paul to Hinckley, MN (a 76.6 mile, 25 hour walk) even though in 1856, he injured his leg in a wood-chopping accident, and it never fully recovered. From Hinckley onward, he rode up to Duluth via stagecoach.

Once he made it to Duluth, Poirer started a shoe shop on Lake Avenue and Superior Street.

In 1882, he was inspired by the voyageurs of the northland, and created a new style of “packsack” which would later be called the Duluth Pack.

Poirer died on October 17, 1919 in Duluth.

Read more about this event, and Camille Poirer here.

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The Duluth Pack Store Experience

September 18, 2012

In June of 1991, we opened our first “hole-in-the-wall” retail store in Duluth’s Canal Park, a revitalized warehouse district on the waterfront. Within a few years, we quickly expanded three times and finally built our 5000 square-foot flagship store a few doors down in April of 1998, which is where we are today.

Stopping by our retail store is not just about the shopping, it’s about the experience!  We have 2 levels packed full of merchandise and so much to see, smell, touch, and even taste.  Here is just a small sampling of some things you can expect to see when you visit……

Duluth Pack Welcome Moose

 

 

 

 

Of course, you’ll find our complete line of Duluth Pack backpacks and bags!

 

 

 

 

 

Along with camping supplies…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

……and lots of clothing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got Stormy Kromer, Merrell, Woolrich, and The North Face, just to name a few……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can get fitted for a paddle……

 

 

 

 

 

 

….take a closer look at a Gransfors axe (be careful – they’re sharp!)…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…..and see how these Magnesium Fire Starters work!

Be sure to say “hello” to our critters atop the cabin….

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and have a seat next to our fireplace while you peruse our unique library!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, the next time you’re in our neck of the woods, make sure you stop by for a visit…

…we’d love to see you!

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Duluth Pack is Going to the Minnesota State Fair!

August 21, 2012

Yup, it’s that time of the year… the Great Minnesota Get Together!  Over the course of 12 Days (August 23rd – September 3rd, 2012) more than 1.7 million people will attend the Minnesota State Fair, and hopefully all of them will stop by the Duluth Pack booth in the Dairy Building (corner of Judson Ave and Underwood St) where we will have a variety of bags on display and available for purchase.

 

We love to make the trip down each year to share our story, our rich history, and continue to amaze people with the fact that our products are still manufactured right here in Duluth, Minnesota, and have been for 130 years. Each bag is hand sewn, hand riveted, and hand signed….and on top of all that, we offer a Lifetime Guarantee on our craftsmanship and hardware.

 

 

So, grab a meal-on-a-stick and swing by to see us.  While you’re in the Dairy Building, you can also grab some ice cream and check out the famous Butter Heads.  We look forward to meeting our friends and fans, hearing your amazing tales of adventures with Duluth Packs, and making new friends!

 

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4 Tips for Successful Blueberry Picking

July 17, 2012
blueberries

Ah yes, that plump little berry with that sweet, yet tart, bursting flavor that takes over your mouth and has you yearning for more…..

 

July is National Blueberry Month, and it’s perfect blueberry picking time here in northern Minnesota.  Picking wild blueberries is a great way to enjoy being outdoors, and you get to take home lots of blueberries to eat.  (Who wouldn’t want that?)  Here, we’ve included some tips for wild blueberry picking along with a couple recipes for you….good luck, and enjoy!

 

1. What to wear:

2. What to bring:

  • A Duluth Pack with food and water to sustain you for the day
  • Insect repellant and sunscreen
  • Several 5qt plastic ice cream buckets for carrying berries
  • A compass to keep you going in the right direction
  • A buddy!  Never venture into the woods alone – always have someone with you.  It can be easy to be focused on the picking, and before you know it, you’re not sure where you are or how you got there.

3. Where to go and what to look for:

  • Most serious blueberry pickers have an “I’d tell you but then I’d have to kill you” kind of attitude when it comes to revealing their secret blueberry picking spots.  Nonetheless, be on the lookout for blueberry bushes along high, sunny trails or on the hills among rocks and cliffs.
  • Also, finding trails around previous years logging sites might lead you to some blueberry bushes.
  • Stay away from thick bushes and swamps (you’ll just get wet and scratched up, not to mention eaten alive by mosquitoes!).

4. Picking blueberries:

  • Since the bushes are low to the ground, you’ll want to kneel and use both hands.
  • Ripe blueberries are a light grayish blue and should be nice and plump.
  • Avoid white or green (unripened), or dark blue berries (over-ripened)
  • Pick the ripe blueberries off the bush and put them in your bucket and continue on.

Once you return home, dump the blueberries on a table covered with a towel and sort out the good ones from the bad ones.

What are your blueberry picking tips and/or amazing blueberry recipes?

Blueberry Drop Cookie Recipe

INGREDIENTS
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened (I use Smart Balance sticks in this recipe with great results).
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup white sugar
1 cup fresh (or frozen & thawed) blueberries. (I much prefer fresh, though).

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, egg, and milk. Mix well after the addition of each ingredient. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; blend into the sugar mixture. Fold in the blueberries. Cover and chill for 4 hours (I actually skip this step most of the time, and they still turn out great).
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart.
3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen.

 

French Berry Pie

Start with:
2 cups raw berries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Bring them to boil until soft.  Add: 2 tbsp corn starch diluted with water, brandy, lemon juice or orange juice.  When thickened and clear add 2 more cups of raw berries, 1 tbsp butter and 1 tsp cinnamon.  Adding orange or almond extract is optional.

Pour into a baked and cooled pie crust and chill in refrigerator for several hours to set.