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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

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

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

The Lowdown


August 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Now, lets talk tackle and fishing gear!



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

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

• Burly 18-ounce canvas construction.

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

• High quality outdoor specific zippers.

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

• Durable cotton webbing handle and shoulder strap.

• Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.

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

Happy fishing, everyone!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


July 30, 2015

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing your application!

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

The Lowdown


July 13, 2015

We’ve narrowed it down to our homeland. We are both (just wait, you’ll find out) not only Made in America, not only made in the land of 10,000 + lakes, but we’re made with love right here in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota! Duluth Pack has teamed up with our pals at Epicurean to do one heck of a giveaway together!

Yep, you absolutely read that right! We want to do a toast to you all for supporting American Made Products and brands, so here is to you! The Duluth Pack Wine Satchel makes traveling with your favorite vino not only stylish, but protected and even better, a Epicurean cutting board fits snug as a bug in the bag! Now, you can bring along your favorite red, a couple glasses, your cutting board and a good hunk of cheese to share.

We’ll be waiting by the mailbox for an invite for your adult picnic (kidding, kind of) . It’s easy to enter! Just go on the Duluth Pack Facebook Page – Link HERE and follow the fool proof steps. Once you finish, you are entered and are one step closer to bubbly headed your way.

Good luck, everyone! We can’t wait to see who wins! Please note: No purchase is necessary. No limit to the number of entries. Winner will be randomly drawn at the end of the giveaway period (7/17/2015). Winner will be announced within 48 hours of drawing. Giveaway begins on: Monday, July 13th.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


June 25, 2015

This secret has been almost bursting out of our mouths for the past few months. We almost can’t believe it. Recently, we’ve teamed up with our super cool pals from the XCEL Energy Center to partner up together and create these special Dave Matthews Band bags for the band. Pinch us, seriously.




The bag of choice that will be totted around by the legendary band is the Duluth Pack Deluxe Laptop Daypack in the clean navy hue canvas. You can shop this killer cool piece here .

The Dave Matthews Band concert held at the XCEL Energy Center is on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The bags will be hand delivered to their team by the XCEL Energy Center and the Duluth Pack Lifetime Guarantee form along with other thank you notes will be provided inside their new keepsakes.

Thanks for getting just as excited as we are. Stay tuned for new partnership in the future. You already know we have a few more up our sleeves for the year!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


May 11, 2015

Get ready for a stomach growl, because delicious looking grub is coming your way!

Tis the season where barbecuing, summer grilling, and over the bonfire meals are prepared, cooked and then gobbled down. Needless to say, it’s our absolute favorite time of year! Spicy, salty, sweet, sour and a twist of savory are all found in this post. Whether it’s finger linkin’, grab and go, simmer over the fire, or just plain ole’ good looking morsels, we’re all over it! Thanks to the ease and instant accessibility of Pinterest (follow us by hitting THIS link) , anyone can become the new up and coming Betty Crocker. Check out some of our “need to try before we die” meals below.


We’re starting off with a bang! As in, Dynamite Bang Bang Shrimp, folks! Wow-ee THIS recipe has seriously left my stomach craving and my tastebuds eager to gobble down this dish. If you’re not a fan of seafood or allergic, you can easily substitute chicken into the meal. This recipe knocks it out of the park, no questions asked.


This photo makes use just think, “Hello there, carbs.”. The most All-American meal (minus hot dogs and burgers of course) but in a close third place is the notorious grilled cheese sandwich. It just takes you back to middle school days, doesn’t it? The ooey gooey filling of melted cheese squashed in-between two perfectly crisp pieces of bread – it’s like heaven on a plate. THIS dish pushes us to step up the grilled cheese game and incorporate a few more ingredients that will make the sandwich go from ‘yum’ to ‘give me now!’ kind of attitude. Now all we need is a cup of tomato soup and we are good to go.


A food related blog post is nothing without a hint of sweet sugary goodness in the mix. Please note, THESE cupcakes are watermelon inspired. So, we take it that they count as a serving of fruit, too (kidding – kind of) .


A scrumptious salty solution is here! The combination of Snickers and salty – that was the ticket to convince us to try THIS in a split second. Crunchy goodness is always a yes in our book.


Veggies are tasty, friends. Especially when they are topped with sour cream and turned into fritters. Wa-la, wa-la! THESE suckers are fool-proof to make are and incredibly delectable. Give your side dishes a zip and try them for your next din. Ps: When you do, please feel free to invite the Duluth Pack clan.


CHILI. CHEESE. FRIES. FIRE. Did we mention cheese? Yes, THESE babies are such a treat, especially when out in the brush. Some of our team has made these and swears they hit the spot when you’re craving a meal that maybe isn’t oh so healthy, but is darn good cookin’.

You all need some supplies to help with your prepping and food festivities. Check out our entire spread of cooking supplies (available in store and ONLINE ) that helps make your dinner a breeze. Maybe none of these recipes don’t intrigue you. Not a problem! Check out Duluth Pack’s minimal step meals, especially if you’re heading into the woods or on the water – HERE .

Have any of you tried or concocted these recipes before? We’d love to hear your opinions! Also, if you have a recipe that is share worthy, please feel free to email us at: [email protected] We will test them out and write another blog on our findings!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown


April 20, 2015

Cuddles, kisses, snuggles, footsie. Oooh yeah, that’s the good stuff or also known in every day lingo.. TLC.

That’s great and all, but that’s not quite the tender loving care we are discussing today. HOLD IT! Don’t you go anywhere. This read is necessary if you own, borrow, or even thinking of buying or using a Duluth Pack!

We’re all about the touching, holding, caring, and forever love you feel for your Duluth Pack and keep on keepin’ on with it, but we’re discussing how to truthfully “care” and revamp your Duluth Pack to look like a shiny new penny.

Here are some easy peasy guideline and tricks of the trade we here at Duluth Pack have seen work – yes, we are confident about it, because we are time tested for over a century! So, without a further a do, let’s get to the nitty gritty frequently asked questions…READY, SET, GO.

1) How do I clean my Duluth Pack?

We DO NOT recommend putting our packs in a washing machine as it may have the potential to compromise the integrity of the bag. We do recommend washing our packs by hand with a mild detergent (i.e. unscented hand soap, dish detergent, etc.). Please feel free to check out our website with care instructions and a tutorial of how to do so.

2) What do I do if my Duluth Pack gets wet?

It’s life, it happens. Let your pack air dry completely in a well ventilated area. Also remember to condition your leather! Hello, leather is skin. Skin gets dry, so condition it every so often. We recommend our selection of the brand LEXOL that has cleaners and conditions. Available both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive and online at

3) Where do I send my Duluth Pack for repairs?

Bumps and bruised a bit? No worries, we’re here! We may not be St. Nick, but we do work like elves here in our shop! Send your repair to: 1610 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806. Please remember to include a note with your contact information, mailing address, and a description of what repairs you would like us to do. We will give you a call for any estimates, and we will not repair your pack until you approve them. Not to toot our own horn or anything (toot, toot!) but we have been in the same facility for over a century!

Now, these are the top questions/concerns/comments we hear almost on a daily basis. You, our customer and us here at the Duluth Pack team respect and understand the craftsmanship, time, effort, and care it took to not only create that precious bag of yours, but the adventures and memories associated with it. We want you to get the best care possible all around with Duluth Pack and that requires what goes in and on your pack as well.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!