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HUNTERS, GATHERS & THE OVER PACKERS

June 1, 2015
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hunters, gathers & the over packs…

I personally happen to be the latter – thank goodness for lifetime guaranteed Duluth Pack zippers to hold in the excess apparel options!

Anyways, back in the day, life came between what humans hunted and gathered to survive. This was crucial to live – no if’s, ands or buts about it. In modern day society, it’s not that straight forward. It seems to have come down to the effect that we hunt for what we want (i.e.: relationships, friends, security), we gather what we need (via: food, family, water, shelter) and over pack the unnecessary (with: dress clothes, concert tickets, drama, stress, expectations). Can we just go back to simpler times every so often? I’m not saying we have to take two sticks and rub them together hoping a flick of a flame happens, but rather we take on the mindset of essentials. AKA: we leave behind the unnecessary stresses or obstacles in life and focus on the future.

This ride called, “life” – It’s about where you are going, where you want to be and where you want to end up. To get there though, we all need a few good luggage pieces to help along the way (wink, wink – Duluth Pack ). What do you believe is your personal destiny? Here at DP, we want to go places, be places, live in the present, strive for the future and grow with our customers. Let’s do it together, friends!

Reality proves, we are all a little bit of a hunter, a gather and a over packer in our veins. We’re human beings for crying out loud – it’s inevitable. We’re thirsty for more, for better and quality filled lives and let’s sure not settle for anything less than that. Let’s keep the fuel from the fire roaring and go after what intrigues us and pushes us beyond just survival means. So what do ya say? Up for an adventure? We’re packing our bags as we speak write!

Thank you to our friend, Amanda from JaneCane Photography for this fantastic snap of her beloved Olive Drab Duluth Pack Sportsman’s Duffel! You can find her website HERE

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

Duluth Pack premieres the American Bison Series

October 20, 2011
American Bison Series

New, high-quality leather is introduced to Duluth Pack’s venerable line of products.

Introducing the American Bison Series from Duluth Pack. The American Bison Series blends the quality and tradition of Duluth Pack with the rugged luxury of the American West. Beautifully handcrafted of full-grain, premium Bison leather, these bags are both robust and replete with style.

Our craftspeople, which create these pieces, pay significant time and attention to every detail as well as to the elegance of their art. The bags in this series are sewn from full hides, which are soft to the touch and durable for life. Elements such as rolled leather handles, hand-pounded solid copper rivets, and interior linings come together to embody these high-quality bags.

With traditional styling in mind, we have taken seven of our most in-demand leather products and adapted them especially for bison leather. The series includes: the Bison Leather Kit Bag, Bison Leather #100 Purse, Bison Leather Traveler’s Portfolio, the Bison Leather Sportsman’s Tote, Bison Leather Gun Cases, Bison Leather Pistol Rugs, and the Bison Leather Sportsman’s Duffel.

Reminiscent of expeditions across an untamed American West, these pieces will become time-honored adventure gear. Reward yourself with something truly unique from the American Bison Series by Duluth Pack. Made in America, guaranteed for life.

About the American Bison

For hundreds of years the natives of the North American plains relied on the bison for their existence. The bison was hunted to near extinction in the 1870’s, their numbers dwindled to as few as several hundred remaining. A reintroduction of bison to North America began in 1899, and today free-ranging bison in conservation herds number approximately 30,000. For many people living in North America the bison is symbol of strength, stability, and prosperity.

About Duluth Pack

Duluth Pack established in 1882, is dedicated to making quality canoe and camping gear as well as purses, luggage, messenger bags, gun cases, and portfolio bags.  These products are manufactured in Duluth, Minnesota, using time-honored techniques.  All products manufactured by Duluth Pack offer a Lifetime Guarantee on craftsmanship and hardware.

Techniques & Advice, The Lowdown

Tips to improve your travel photography

October 13, 2011
A man sits on a step in Bhaktipur, Nepal

With the advent of the digital camera everyone has become a photographer in one form or another. From the professional carrying the Canon 1Ds to the amateur with the built-in SmartPhone camera, the majority of people can capture an image at anytime. And whether your destination is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or Timbuktu, here are a couple simple tips to think about before you press the button.

  1.  Fill the Frame – Once you have chosen your subject think about the elements that surround. Does all that sky enhance the photo or is it not necessary? If I remove all those trees branches and zoom in on my subject will it be a better photo? Now fill up that frame with your subject and let the background clutter fall away. And remember: the most powerful zoom lens you have is your feet, so get close to your subject.
  2. Rule of Thirds – There is an old saying among old photographers: “Dead center is dead boring.” When you are framing a photo draw mental lines, and divide it like a tic-tac-toe board. This works if you are framing a photo horizontally or vertically. Now, try to get your subject to fall on one of those lines you have mentally drawn. Better yet, get your focal point right where two of those lines cross. And for all landscape shots, get the horizon off the centerline.
  3. Not every photo has to be posed – The best travel photographers talk and interact with the people they are photographing. This not only creates a rapport with the subjects, but also gets them to relax and let down their guard. Great photos are captured when people are at ease and their most natural. A big smile or a cheesy grin becomes an image which is just that.

Next time you pull your camera out of the canoe pack give one, or a couple of these tips a try and see if you like your photos more. And when you capture that really special image from the trail send it to us here at Duluth Pack and we will post it online. Who knows you might even win our next photo contest and become a Duluth Pack celebrity.