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15 REASONS WE LOVE LIVING IN DULUTH

February 4, 2016
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It is not secret that we love where we are from. We do so much, that it is in our brand’s name! So, it only seemed fitting for us to make a list of 15 reasons we love living in Duluth, Minnesota. Lets start, shall we?

1. The first reason we love making our home in this community of quality living is for none other than what is on our backyard. The largest fresh water body of water surrounds our existence which is specifically known as the beautiful Lake Superior. The vast body of water not only is our source of the freshest drinking water, but provides us with memories like, sailboating, fishing, swimming, and pebble throwing.

2. Another element that makes us fall in love with Duluth, MN time and time again are the extensive list of outdoor activities that our natural habitat provides us with. Just over a year ago, Duluth was voted the #1 Outdoor City in the country by Outside Magazine (read the article here ). The options are endless, especially with a four season city. Running trails, bikes lanes, mountain biking trails, fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and swimming are just a small grouping of all the outdoors activities the Duluth, Minnesota location provides.

3. Speaking of activities. Duluth hosts each June the internationally recognized running marathon, Grandma’s Marathon. Athletes from around the world visit our city on a hill to run along the scenic view near Lake Superior. To add to this, our retail store is so conveniently located right at the finish line in Canal Park. P.s. Free parking in back!

4. Duluth wouldn’t be the community it is without the individuals who call it home. Duluth’s population is roughly 86,000 people and is filled with people who invest in giving back. Duluthians are proud of where they call home and open their doors to opportunities of growth. For example, each winter season near Bayfront Festival Park, a light show of hundreds of thousands of lights and volunteers with hearts bigger than their bodies create a spectacular location called, Bentleyville. Duluth’s community is not about 86,000 individuals, it’s about one big community with loyalty and heart.

5. Speaking of Bayfront, Duluth houses one of the coolest outdoor festival events at Bayfront Festival Park. It is conveniently located near the Aerial Lift Bridge and Canal Park region. Large artists and bands come out to perform their latest and greatest hits to the audience sitting in the grass and sipping on local brews. For example, Bob Dylan, a local of Duluth just recently performed along with country star, Dierks Bentley.

6. Probably the most legendary landmark that is associated with Duluth, Minnesota rather than the tip of Lake Superior is the Aerial Lift Bridge. As one of only two bridges in the world to physically lift up and down to tailor to large iron oar ships coming into the harbor and it operates 24 hours a day by conveniently allowing cars to cross over to the Park Point sand beach area in Duluth. Depending on the season and occasion, the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, has lights shine in different colors. During Independence Day, you will find the American hues of red, white, and blue lit up among it’s metal along with a pink color for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

7. Among the water, Duluth’s air quality is second to none. With some of the freshest air around, the Duluth population has little to worry about with smog occurrences. Sometimes there is just nothing better than a deep breath of good and clean fresh air. Am I right?

8. As we mentioned, Duluth is a community driven city that promotes small businesses, growth for their neighbors, and creating a life of quality for the next generations to come. Duluth’s safety as an entire city is tremendous. With multiple neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs, and new resident establishes developing, it’s exciting to see the schools booming in populations and updates and with little crime rates. Trust us, Duluthians are willing to help you out. If you’re in need of help, you’ll probably have to wait 10 seconds before someone jumps in.

9. During the winter season, a very well known sport with the name of Hockey is showcased on outdoor and indoor rinks around the state. As the state of Hockey as a whole, the Duluth community rings in the winter season well with multiple high school teams who attend the High School Hockey Tournament. Duluth also houses the D1 Hockey team, The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, which games are conveniently played near Canal Park at the beautiful AMSOIL Arena facility.

10. The local beer scene is one many demographics have picked up on, but Duluth has been brewing local liquids for years. As a brand that is great friends with non other than the legendary The Brewhouse located in the Fitger’s building on Superior St, it’s fantastic to see the demand increase. Throughout the downtown Duluth scene, you will come across multiple different breweries, distilleries, or bars that are promoting local beverages for not only the locals to enjoy, but tourists as well. A newer distillery called, Vikre, which specializes in whiskey and gin is only a block away from our flagship store.

11. BWCAW. 5 letters and many years of memories. Only a few short hours away from the peaceful lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, is Duluth. As our existence at Duluth Pack first started as being the original Boundary Waters Canoe Pack, we have a soft spot in our hearts each summer for taking the trek to portage and be among the beautiful nature. We are lucky its only a short road trip away. P.s. Duluth Pack is the number one largest distributor of BWCAW permits in the world. If you need one, you know where to get it.

12. Hike that SHT. As in the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail or abbreviated version (SHT) is 310 mile footpath of pure backpacking and hiking heaven. The tail end of this endeavor runs right through our backyard. Since Duluth is such an outdoor community and pet lovers, the SHT allows dogs with leashes to be involved on your journey as well. In the past year, Duluth Pack has proudly adopted a 7 mile portion of the SHT to clean and maintain for all to enjoy. For more information on the Superior Hiking Trial, please visit the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s website here .

13. We couldn’t list just breweries without incorporating some grub as well. The local restaurant scene in Duluth is one not to miss. With pubs, diners, dives, and upscale eateries, Duluth has a range of food for any palette. Duluth is so well known for it’s delicious bites, that it has been featured on Food Network Channel’s show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives . Anyone else hungry now?

14. Duluth’s music scene is one that is growing by the minute. Every year Locally Grown music festival is housed around local Duluth venues and one band that is always a hit is, Trampled By Turtles. This band has become a real household name and still promotes their roots right here in Duluth, Minnesota. Also, Duluth Pack launched a fun limited edition partnership style of bag that you can buy right here .

15. It only seemed fitting to start this post on the same concept, water. For the fact Duluth is a harbor city right on the most Western point on Lake Superior, Duluth has some of the purest and most crips drinking water your tastebuds will ever encounter. With fresh water just outside our doors, it makes drinking bottled water subpar. Tap water from Duluth is one that everyone mentions is one in million.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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DULUTH PACK’S FOUNDER, CAMILLE POIRER

February 1, 2016
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.

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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, Minnesota.

Read more about this event, and Camille Poirer here.

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9 THINGS EVERY PROFESSIONAL NEEDS AT THEIR DESK

January 25, 2016
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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.

Snacks

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

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BUFFALO CHECK IS BACK

January 21, 2016
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Everything makes a comeback at some point and wool is certainly here to stay for good.

Last season, we heard over and over about the so called, “Lumbersexual” trend that rocked our country. Now if you ask us Northerns, this classic buffalo check print, bearded faces, and waxed canvas coats have been around since we can remember. It’s almost a part of our identity. Since the look has now gone mainstream, many are realizing that the timeless red and black buffalo check print is worth the investment. We couldn’t agree more.

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Now introducing in 2016 the All Wool Grab N Go ! It comes with the same style as the original all canvas style, but with a little extra something to store either your hygiene products, pencils, or lip glosses. Plus, the price isn’t going to make your uncomfortable either.

If you’re looking for more of a pack style, we’ve got you. The Classic Wool pattern is available in many of our styles, like The Roll-Top Scout Pack , Scout Pack , #50 Shell Bag , and the Sportsman’s Tote Bag .

Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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NEW YEAR. NEW BAG.

December 31, 2015
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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.

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Photo Credit: Blogger, Dressed To Ill

TRAVEL CATEGORY

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.

THE JET-SETTER

THE BISON LEATHER SPORTSMANS DUFFEL

THE ELITE SERIES SPORTSMANS TOTE

THE SMALL SAFARI DUFFEL

THE SPORTSMAN’S KIT BAG

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Photo Credit: Photographer, Jenna Kutcher

TRAILS TO TAVERN CATEGORY

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

THE RAMBLER

THE SPARKY BAG

THE WANDERER

THE #51 DELUXE PACK

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Photo Credit: Blogger, Kaitlin Keegan of Blonde Expeditions

STYLISH STREETSTYLE CATEGORY

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.

THE ROLL-TOP SCOUT PACK

THE SHELL BAG SERIES

THE THE SCOUT PACK

THE BISON LEATHER MEDIUM MARKET TOTE

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Photo Credit: Photographer, Mycah Burns of Redmond Digital Media

HUNTING MUST HAVES

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!

THE RANGE BAG

THE CANVAS PISTOL RUG

THE LEATHER RIFLE CASE

THE HAND WARMER

THE SHOTGUN BREAKDOWN CASE

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Photo Credit: Duluth Loves Locals

BACK TO SCHOOL

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.

THE LARGE STANDARD DAYPACK

THE BISON LEATHER BOOK BAG

THE LAPTOP SCOUTMASTER

THE URBAN PACK

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Photo Credit: Blogger, Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity

WORK READY

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

THE EXECUTIVE PORTOFLIO

THE LEATHER COMPUTER PORTFOLIO

THE BISON LEATHER BUILDER’S PORTFOLIO

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Photo Credit: Jordan Villamor

DESK TRINKETS

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

LEATHER CHECKBOOK COVER

THE BISON LEATHER BI-FOLD WALLET

PAPERWEIGHT

WOOD JOURNAL

BISON LEATHER NOTEPAD HOLDER

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Years!

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– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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SAVING A BUNDLE

December 28, 2015
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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 duluthpack.com .

Happy savings, folks!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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YOUR DULUTH PACK STORY

December 14, 2015
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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.

KAITLIN’S STORY

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

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CALIFORNIA CRUISE WITH FIVE FOUR

December 7, 2015
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“Cruising down the highway. Looking for adventure.. ” now that that phenomenal tune is stuck in your noggin, we’re pumped to inform you of our awesome road trip adventure and photoshoot with our pals from Five Four!

Crisp California sea air, warm hugs from the sun, and two brands taking on an adventure together. We seriously couldn’t ask for a better weekend. On top of that, to find a company that whole heartily believes in the American heritage, craftsmanship, and purpose that you possess is one not to pass up. That’s where we became connected with our friends at Five Four. They focus on promoting quality made products that are appealing for men around the United States. Let’s just say that we were real excited when they initially contacted us.

Here’s to more adventures with Five Four. So, buckle up and hold on, because it’s going to be one fun trip ahead!

The products featured in the photos below include:

ALL LEATHER SPORTSMAN’S DUFFEL BAG

SCOUTMASTER PACK

THE ROLL-TOP SCOUT PACK

Thanks again to Five Four for the fantastic photos shown in this blog post.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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MORE THAN STRONG AND QUALITY PRODUCTS

November 30, 2015
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Why do you love your Duluth Pack?

Is it because it is a canvas and leather pack that carries your essentials to and from work, in the thickest of forests, or down the river bends? Or maybe it’s because your Duluth Pack does all of the above, but most importantly you build strong and quality filled relationship with it too. Not only have we has a company been around the block a time or two, but we have been making memories with you and your family since 1882. As we say, Duluth Pack is more than strong and quality products. We’re your friend. We focus and cherish our strong and quality filled relationship with you.

Everyday, we strive to have at least one person become a part of the so called, “Duluth Pack family”. Once you own a Duluth Pack, we want you to know how much we appreciate you. You’re one of us. AKA: the thriving adventurer, pizza loving (extra cheese, please!) , positive viewing, go big or go home kind of pal.

That’s what we intend with our connections outside of Duluth Pack as well. We want to connect, network, and build prospering friendships with our dealers, our collaborators, and partners in crime (let’s be real, there is never any crime). When we hunt, seek, and bop around looking for the best of the best to collaborate with, we want to carry a friendship that lasts longer than just one photo shoot or one blog post. We want to build memories together that we can look back on and smile, plus become inspired and influenced on.

A take away from today’s post, “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” It’s always better to be sweet than sorry. Focus on the quality of people, things, and products around you rather than the quantity.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead!

Photo by outstanding individual and person we are happy to call a friend, Jenna Kutcher. Visit her website HERE .

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DEALS AND STEALS!

November 27, 2015
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It’s the “kind of a holiday” of deals and steals galore! We’re a very festive group, so Duluth Pack is launching out sales that you certainly don’t want to miss out on for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and even Cyber Monday! We’re so excited that we an hardly stay still! All deals are available on our internationally stoppable website HERE but for reference is (www.duluthpack.com) and at our flagship retail store in Canal Park located in the heart of Duluth, MN. P.s. FREE PARKING IN THE BACK!

As you may know, Duluth Pack products hardly (if ever) get marked down. So, this is your time to fetch out that pretty penny of yours and save some big moola on that pack you’ve been lusting over.

Will there be more than just bags? Oh yeah, you betcha! There will be other goodies available including apparel, books, edibles, and even some merino wool items! Trust us, these are our best discounts in history!

Want more than just one product at a steal deal? Don’t sweat it! We have put together specially picked bundles of top selling products that compliment one another and save you bundle – get it?! Keep all pieces together for one big and great gift to someone special, or kill two birds with one stone and separate the pieces to gift more than one person. So, it’s basically a win win situation we’re talking about.

We take the stress out of holiday shopping and focus on the holly jolly part of it.

Happy shopping, friends!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack