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Gear Talk, Style


October 15, 2015

Introducing a new style of bag brings the feeling of butterflies in your gut. It’s a huge moment where we expose a new goodie to the market and hope everyone loves it just as much as we do.

That time has come again and the entire Duluth Pack crew is beyond pumped to announce the All Wool Promo Tote – Envelope Style. It’s the perfect little tote to carry your lunch to and from work, the carry all purse for shopping, or the ideal gift bag package to slip in a present. Talk about perfect timing before the holiday, eh?!

The all over Classic Buffalo Check Wool is purchased from our friends at Woolrich and is a timeless pattern that compliments men and women both young and old. The best part? This tote is Made in America, comes with a Lifetime Guarantee, handcrafted with quality wool, and is only $50! Get your paws on this must-have today! Shop it both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive in Duluth, MN or online HERE .

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


October 12, 2015
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If you did not know, you do now. Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the USA. How old? 133 years and aging!

Aging. Is it taboo? Is it to be ashamed of? Is it to run like Forrest Gump from? Or is is something to embrace?

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 (don’t get dizzy now!) . We take pride in aging. Uh huh, that’s right. Why? Because it’s inevitable! We believe aging tells a story. For crying out loud, we are old! I mean, REAL 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 10 + 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 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

Events, The Lowdown


October 5, 2015

You heard that right! (yes, that was intended).

FREE ADULT BEVERAGES. FREE DELICIOUS APPETIZERS. FREE DULUTH PACK RAFFLES. You can’t beat an event like Duluth Pack’s Ladies Night on October 8th – cough, cough – this upcoming Thursday! No excuses, mark those calendars!

We’ve teamed up once again with the fabulous folks from Black Water Martini Lounge on Superior Street along with our friends at Lole! There will be giveaways at the end of the night, including some Duluth Pack products!

Come one, come all! We’re excited to be able to have a fun night with all of our wonderful customers. Please feel free to share the word and reserve your invite on the Duluth Pack Facebook Events Page found HERE .

We can’t wait to see you all at our flagship store in Canal Park! P.s. there is free parking in the back!

Directions found HERE .

If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like asking for directions (or admitting they did) – no worries – it will be our little secret that we helped you out.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


October 1, 2015

You asked for it, so we are bringing it back, people! It’s not just one week, not even just two, and why stop at three? For the ENTIRE month of October (yes, you read the right!), Duluth Pack is hosting a free photo contest for anyone who is interested in participating.

The guidelines are fool proof. Here’s how to enter the Duluth Pack October 2015 Photo Contest:

1) Snap a photo of your Duluth Pack anywhere in the world.

2) Email the photo to [email protected] with subject “Photo Contest Photo” through the month of October.

3) If you have social media accounts, like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, please upload them and #duluthpackphotocontest and

4) Fool proof – you’re entered!

5) Sit back, relax, and wait for the winners to be announced. Cross your fingers and toes it’s you!

Please note: “By entering the photo contest, you give Duluth Pack the rights to use your photos for marketing and promotional purposes without written credit.”

The three lucky winners will be announced at the end of the photo contest within the first two weeks of November. First place winners will receive a $200 Duluth Pack gift card. Second place will win a whopping $100 gift card and third place will be sent a great gift card amount of $50. If you need more information on the October 2015 Duluth Pack Photo Contest, please feel free to head over to our website by clicking the link HERE .

Good luck, friends! We can’t wait to see all the snaps you have and hear about all the stories that go along with them, too!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Testimonials


September 24, 2015

Duluth Pack customer meet your craftsperson, craftsperson meet your customer!

At Duluth Pack, our sewers, cutters & riveters take unbelievable pride in their artwork and craftsmanship. You won’t find a more talented and dedicated group of artists who care more about perfecting their work. This is why with every handmade Duluth Pack product, you can find the sewer’s name right on the tag. It’s not quality assurance – it’s loving what you do and loving what you make.

You’ve been curious. We know it. Don’t deny. We can almost smell the sense of curiosity. It’s now that time when Duluth Pack is introducing the hardworking employees behind its quality products. Duluth Pack’s craftspeople take so much pride in what they create, that they actually came up with the concept of personally signing each and every bag they produce. Want to know where to find the signature of the sewer who handcrafted your bag just for you? 1) Flip over the “Made in America” tag to find the craftsperson’s signature. 2) Meet them with THIS link. P.s. you can even write them a letter to thank them!

Here it is. Plain, simple, and to the point. This is Duluth Pack’s Motto: T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More! What is the significance behind this quote and what does its involvement mean with this particular blog post today? A LOT!

Here at Duluth Pack we are more than just employees, we’re a team, and ultimately a family. May seem cliche and hey, even slightly corny, but it’s the utter most truth. This segment is about you all getting to know Duluth Pack beyond just the canvas and leather products. It’s time to meet the hard working people behind the packs who handcraft day in and day out the products you purchase!

We’ve asked questions regarding the company, favorite Duluth Pack product, and yes, even the personal mush gush questions that every one is always a little curious about knowing, even if they won’t admit it at first. So, without a further a do, here are some of the women and men who make up the Duluth Pack team. (And please feel free to give anyone of them a hard time for their guilty pleasure!) . Click THIS link to read up on the people behind the packs!

So, who handcrafted your Duluth Pack? Comment their name below!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


September 21, 2015
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Finding outfit staples, like a bag, jeans, a good pair of kicks, and a hat are crucial. They are like the vanilla ice-cream of desserts – they are reliable and go with everything!

We’re doing a little breakdown today (no, not dancing – we wish!) but rather, discussing which Duluth Pack canvas and leather products you should start making your everyday necessities.



The Medium Market Tote. 1) It’s cool. 2) It’s a newly released product. 3) It’s only $85! Some may think, “Whoa, that’s a lot of money to drop, Duluth Pack!” We get you, really. But, think about all the coffee runs you get a week or the miscellaneous products you don’t need at the store and never end up using. Trust us, those add up and quickly. So, take those pretty pennies of yours, save up for a month, and voila – you’re the new owner of one of these Made in America goodies. Easy enough, right?!



Talk about a useable product that was handcrafted for adventures. Wowee – check out the eye-catching #51 Deluxe Pack. With rich leather detailing, a grab handle, and an interior hanging pocket, this bag is cool enough to go from trail to tavern any day! Admit it, it’s swoon worthy! Check it out HERE .



It’s if a book bag and a portfolio had an offspring. The Duluth Pack Field Satchel is the best of both worlds. 1) It’s a bag that comes in at $155! Hello, lifetime bag! 2) It’s just the right size. Not too big and not too small (our version of Little Red Riding Hood) . 3) With a buckle closure and a zip interior pocket, this bag is begging for a good time. Tough enough for the outdoors and effortlessly cool enough for the city.

Have fun finding your new gotta have it / need it now piece for your closet.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Events, Style, The Lowdown


September 16, 2015






Hey, Duluthians and fans alike, it’s time to fist pump and holler, because Duluth Pack and Trampled By Turtles have partnered up!

Duluth Pack has announced that they will be teaming up and handcrafting bags for local Duluth band, Trampled by Turtles. Duluth Pack will be delivering the bags on September 19th at the Festival of Palomino (Check out their site HERE ) that Trampled by Turtles hosts in Shakopee, MN. A Duluth Pack booth will be present that will be selling a variety of Duluth Pack canvas and leather products. We want to hear, what Duluth Pack product(s) do you want to see or purchase at our booth?

“We are very excited to be able to team up with Trampled by Turtles,” said Tom Sega, Duluth Pack’s President. “Everyone at Duluth Pack is excited to finally have this opportunity for Duluthians to come together in a fun way.”

Duluth Pack has handcrafted their best selling product, The Scout Pack and added specialty embroidery for the band. “Making Scout Packs for Trampled by Turtles was something that needed to be done,” said Kyle Radich, Duluth Pack’s General Manager. “We are thrilled that this opportunity has finally arrived!”

Fans interested in purchasing the same style of bag can find it on or at their flagship retail store located at 365 Canal Park Drive in Duluth, MN. P.s. Stay tuned for the possibility of purchasing Trampled By Turtles x Duluth Pack bags soon! (wink, wink) .

For more information regarding the partnership of Duluth Pack and the band Trampled by Turtles, please visit Duluth Pack’s social media pages (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest) or call the Duluth Pack Headquarters at (218) 722-3898. P.s. we like you a lot, so like us back. :)

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk


September 14, 2015

We hear, nothing is for free these days. FALSE. We’re shaking that statement up a bit. How? Well, each handcrafted Duluth Pack product comes with a free Lifetime Guarantee on craftsmanship and hardware. Duluth Pack is so proud of the quality products and goods we use and create, that we gladly offer a lifetime warranty of craftsmanship and hardware.

What does that mean? Craftsmanship includes our sewing and riveting. Hardware includes all zippers, buckles, d-rings, snaps, and other metal parts utilized on our bags. In a nutshell, the production of the pack. If anytime in the life of your Duluth Pack product you have problems in these areas, return the product and it will be repaired free of charge. (Yes, that’s how much we believe in our product!) If the product cannot be repaired due to a defect in craftsmanship or faulty hardware, we will be happy to replace the item. However, 9 / 10 times most people will do anything to have their original Duluth Pack repaired, due to the memories, history, and adventures the customer and pack have made together. Please note: Damages not covered under warranty can be repaired at a minimal cost.

Your Duluth Pack item is designed and crafted to provide you with a lifetime of use and love. To wrap it all up, Duluth Pack is a premium, quality filled, Made in America product that comes with a lifetime guarantee. You can’t ask for much more than that.

Duluth Pack is not responsible for common wear or misuse of your product. Normal fabric or leather wear, or misuse is not covered by warranty.

Check out our selection of product at our flagship store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN (FREE parking in back) and or our website at

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


September 10, 2015
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Fall is right around the corner and it’s time to start investing in pieces that will take you from desk to drinks in a snap. The pumpkin lattes are flowing, temperatures are dropping, sweaters are a necessity, and fall activities are approaching.

Below are a few products that we consider crucial for all, regardless if you live on the East Coast, West Coast, South, or right here in the Midwest!

1) A good pack (obviously) . We’re starting off with the essential. I mean, hello, we make them!


The all around top-seller, best in game, awe-worthy pack is the Duluth Pack Roll-Top Scout Pack. It’s ready for any adventure that comes its way, works for both men and women, is versatile, stylish and holds a whole lot of stuff. Shop this canvas creation HERE .

Want to be a little rebellious and step out with major bag game? Seek out our All Wool Roll-Top in a Classic Wool pattern HERE .

A good pair of denim is darn nice. They mold to your body, dress up or down, and transition between the seasons flawlessly. Below are a few pieces that we recommend for men and women.


1) Tall, dark, and handsome. Do we need to say more? Link HERE .

2) They are basically sweatpants combined with denim material. Can you say, “Dynamic Duo”? Check them out HERE .


1) Distressed boyfriend jeans. Yes, yes, yes. Get yours hands on them HERE .

2) Probably the coolest graphic print denim we have ever laid eyes on. Jeans available HERE .

Apparently, we are creatures of habit. We stick to the basics, go for the familiar, and don’t stray from the standard. It’s time to mix it up a little . Rather then going for the typical moccasin that he, she, and everyone in between owns, get the pumped up version. THESE Minnetonka Moccasin Hi Top Boots are just the trick. Hey, you, gentlemen. Yes, you. We didn’t forget about you! THIS Minnetonka Moccasin Slipper is what you have been looking for.

It’s sweater weather, or better known in the Northland as.. sweatshirt time! No one wants to pay a pretty penny for a sweatshirt, but rather get a good deal and wear the heck out of it for years to come. We’ve got the answer for you. Best part? It’s unisex! Check out the $35.00 Logo Crew Neck Sweatshirt HERE

Happy shopping, friends! Stay warm, enjoy the crisp fall air, and drink up your yummy lattes! Thank you to our friends at, Duluth Loves Local for the fantastic photo!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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