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Gear Talk, The Lowdown


January 14, 2016

This winter season has been a bit different than what we usually expect up here in Northern Minnesota. Has it been where you are located as well? Even though the snow fall has been limited, our winter activities list hasn’t dwindled. Listed below, we have put together a few of our favorite outdoor interests and how to outfit yourself to with the best products for any adventure.


As many of you know, Duluth Pack is an animal friendly business. We allow our customers to bring their pets in our location, which usually happen to be dogs. We have free treats available behind our tills, but the best part is that we can outfit your pooch as well. If you’re going out in the cold, you’re wanting a jacket or coat that keeps you warm. We recommend the Duluth Pack Anorak . This canvas wind shell is made following native design after many winters of field-testing in the cold Northwoods of Northern Minnesota. It’s handcrafted with durable 10-ounce tightly woven cotton duck canvas.The canvas is highly wind resistant, breathable, preshrunk, and untreated and has a full-cut with ample room in the arms for layering and freedom of movement. Last but not least, the Duluth Pack Anorak comes with an adjustable storm hood for many types of weather ahead. To outfit your pup for the long trek ahead, get these fleece booties.


Depending on where you are, the snow fall may or may not be what you anticipate each winter season. Up here in Duluth, the snow isn’t nearly what we had last year, but is still present and currently coming down. If you’re doing a winter hike in the near future or strapping on the snowshoes, we recommend these products. 1) The snowshoes available both in our retail store and our website are a top pick. We also have a pair for women as well. If snowshoeing is not your gig, we have a fantastic selection of footwear lines in store like – Keen, Merrell, Sorel, Columbia, and The North Face.


Even though we are not your typical snowmobile go-to outlet, Duluth Pack still has the accessories to help you out. With gaiters, balaclavas, scarves, mittens, and gloves from your favorite brands like, The North Face, Smartwool, Patagonia, Icebreaker, and more! Plus, once you take your helmet off, keep your ears and head warm with our Duluth Pack Logo Beanie !


If you’re the type of person who takes on the weather while riding a bike, kudos. We want you to be safe and using the right products for you. One of our top selling items both in store and online for bikers of all types are the Waterproof Handle Bar Mittens. They are created exactly for the winter activity and make the trek that much easier. .


We had to save one of the best for last. After you have gone out into the frigid temps, nothing is much better than snuggling up with your better half. For your top half, we absolutely recommend our top selling Cross Paddles Sweatshirt . It’s our legendary apparel item that stays in style for years, plus the comfort of it is one to not pass up. To cover up your bottom half (or the woman in your life) is the Purnell Winter Legging . They are the perfect accessory on a chilly evening and are comfortable enough to lay on the couch and relax. Plus, they are only $39.00.


Don’t worry. We didn’t forget about the impact salt brings beyond just melting snow. It can stain and make shoes and your packs dirty. No need to fret, friends. The Minnetonka Moccasin Shoe Care Kit is available both in our retail store and online. It’s easy to use and will last you a very long time! To condition and clean your beloved Duluth Pack handcrafted item, we always recommend the Lexol brand. Again, it can be located both in our flagship location or on our site.

We are wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

How to Choose the Right Snowshoe

November 29, 2011
Iverson Snowshoe

Winter in the north woods is on the way. Don’t let this mild weather fool you, before you know it we will be up to our knees in the white stuff. And like true Minnesotans once winter arrives we will be ready to go play in the snow.

Last February I posted an article on the differences between wood and aluminum snowshoes. As you are looking to buy snowshoes this season it might be a good idea to go back and review a few of the pros and cons of each type. In this article I would like to examine the wooden shoes from Iverson Snowshoes a little more, and talk about how to choose the right pair for you.

As with anything, examining how you will use your snowshoes is the primary factor in determining the best style for you. Is this a recreational snowshoe that might be used in tight spaces or wooded trails? Or, are you a pretty serious snowshoe traveler that will be going great distances on primarily open terrain?

Let’s start with the former; you are a recreational snowshoer who will be traveling wooded trails on a regular basis. A smaller rounded shoe like the Green Mountain will give you great maneuverability in the tight spaces. It is also an excellent shoe if you plan on carrying it as a back up on your snowmobile, or dogsled.

If you are going to be breaking trail and headed into deep snow there are two good choices. The Modified Bearpaw and the Michigan are both good straight-tracking shoes for the deep stuff. The Bearpaw will be a little bit more maneuverable at 35 inches long with the Michigan at 46 inches creating a nice blend for use in moderate wooded areas as well as wide-open spaces.

And for the adventurer who is going to travel long distances with deep snow the Alaskan or the traditional Ojibwa will be the shoes for you. The Alaskan was built for Artic Adventurers going out to trek across the tundra in deep powder and drifted snow. The Ojibwa is similar to other cross-country shoes, but the long pointed nose will cut through deep snow and any underbrush that might get in your way.

Of course if you want to talk to somebody about the difference between a Bearpaw and an Ojibwa, the snowshoe experts at the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park can answer all your questions. They have been all over the north woods on many types of snowshoes and will find the pair that’s right for you.

Next time: which binding is right for your new snowshoes?

Gear Talk

Just Another Walk in the Woods…in Japan?

February 12, 2010

Shirakoma Pond, JapanHere are some photos from one of our favorite dealers in Japan! Mr. Takashi Isaka from the company Country Breeze.

These photos were taken on Shirakoma Pond at Kitayatugatake in Japan.





japan-ramblerFeatured in these photos are our waxed Rambler Pack, Canvas Anorak, Plunge Mitts, Duluth Pack Snowshoe Bindings, Iversons Snowshoes, and our famous Red Toque!



Thank you for the great photos! We love to see pictures of our packs from all over the world so send them in!snowshoe-toque