Testimonials

Bison Leather Sportsman’s Duffel

Amazing

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I bought this bag about 6 months ago.  It has been great for all types of traveling.  The most surprising thing for me was how much the bag holds.  Its the size of a weekend bag, but can hold enough for a week.  The shoulder strap is helpful getting through the airport.  Only one issue you might have with this bag is everyone stopping you to tell you how nice it looks.  It will be the last duffel bag you ever buy!

Posted on 7/18/2013 by Joe

outstanding!

  • Rating ★★★★★
    Bison Leather Duffel
  • Incredible craftsmanship and beauty. i was passing through security at cleveland hopkins airport the other day and the security agent commented “i have seen thousands of carry-ons over the years, and that is the most beautiful bag i have ever seen.”

Posted on 12/25/11 by david

wowdawowdawow!

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I have seen the bison series bag and it is amazing! If it looks good on the website, multiple that by 10 and that’s what you’ll get. The leather feels like it would wear well and last a lifetime or two. The color of the leather is beautiful.

Posted on 10/20/11 by cade

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The Scout Pack

Very dapper!

  • Rating ★★★★★

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    The Scout Pack – Backpack

  • I’ve had this bag for about a month and I love it. Superior quality and Made in The U.S.A. What more could you want? I ordered around christmas and the customer service was very accommodating with my last minute delivery changes. thanks again!

Posted on 1/29/13 by Jesse

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The Wanderer Pack

 Having a love affair with this pack!

Rating ★★★★★

I submitted a review in April after having just received my pack,and was impressed in the quality and workmanship upon opening the package. Now after having carried it on several snow shoe outings and hikes, Im even more impressed. I did use Nikwax brand of waterproofing ( cloth and leather ) on the bag and straps and even in a late spring record snow fall for Alaska, this thing shed water and snow like a duck’s backside. i tend to ” over pack ” and the roominess of the main bag is more then ample for all my gear. Several times folks have commented on the “coolness” of this pack and asked Where did i get it. I did add a piece of closed cell foam pad ( cut to fit ) to slip in the pack so that pointy/ hard items wont rub against my back. I am extremely pleased with this pack !

I would highly recommend this pack for serious hikers, trekkers, backpackers and for everyday use, and … if ya want to be ” COOL ”

Alaska Bill on 5/18/13

Lives up to the Duluth Pack reputation!

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I bought my Wanderer just over a year ago. At that time I was little skeptical over spending the $ on the pack. I don’t know why, since I already own several other Duluth packs and they are all fantastic.
  • Since I purchased mine (I went waxed canvas). I have been only pleased with this pack. It has been all over the US and Europe as well now. This has become my go to bag for almost any occasion. Work trips to other states, trips to the gun range, day pack for glacier hiking, thwart bag for a canoe trip; the list goes on and this pack performs admirably.
  • The side pockets are perfect for holding a Nalgene bottle. The front pocket holds me Nexus 7″ tablet and sunglasses with room for a small notebook and deck of cards too. My only complaint is that I will the main compartment were a bit taller, maybe 3-4″ or so. It would really let you capitalize on the versatility of this bag.
  • In the end, it has been a solid purchase. and I do not regret it one bit. In the last year mine has been dragged over rocks, soaked with water and frozen solid. I am pretty sure it is just getting broken in. I expect this will last for decades to come.
  • Martin on 12/16/12

Built to last

Wanderer Pack

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I use this pack for all my Scottish mountains, summer and winter. It’s been frozen stiff, dropped down gullies, dragged over rocks and it still looks like new. I would never go back to a modern synthetic backpack.My Klean Kanteen 64oz wide bottle fits into the side pocket which is great. I got the khaki colour and love it to bits. Comfortable, tough and well built. Perfect!

Posted on 5/27/12 by Mark

 

Deer Camp 2012 – Bring It On!

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • Hi all!  I have owned two DP “wanderer” packs for nearly five years. I have used my wanderer to travel from Utah to Duluth and further north to deer camp for the past two years and plan on the doing the trek again, this November. I ALWAYS have to stop in to DP at Canal Park on the waterfront of Lake Superior to what they have new in stock. The wanderer is an ‘all-around’ versatile pack that equaly the reputation of any other pack that DP has in its inventory. In addition, it is a fantastic pack to take as your only ‘carry-on’ to the aircraft and easily stowes under your seat or in the storage bins above your seat. Do not delay…get the wanderer today! You will not be disappointed…as you will not be for ANY of Duluth Pack’s products! Incidentally, I have a ‘drafters” bag that I purchased from DP over 13 years ago and it is still going strong. Yes, the leather has weathered and matured (only making it look better), the zipper broke once, and a top panel had to be replaced as the material wore out, but it was all repaired free of charge. The only thing I paid was for the shipping back west. Yes, I am a former Duluthian from the late 50s but will still not purchase any other pack on the market. These packs are not inexpensive. However, I always rely on the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” In this instance (and all instances at DP), you DO get what you pay for – unequalled quality and fine craftsmanship!

Posted on 6/6/12 by Straussjoe

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Bedroll / Campers Roll 

Bedroll/ Campers Roll

One of the best pieces of gear to have.

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • This is a wonderful piece of gear. It is a rock solid shelter system in and of itself. This is the only bedroll that I’m aware of that makes provision for using something as your pillow — and keeps it in a zippered pocket so it doesn’t squish out — and keep your sleeping pad in with you so you don’t wake up cold, laying next to your pad after rolling off of it.

In warmer months, you’d need to take nothing but this with you. In cooler months a woobie or wool blanket will work, and  there’s room for a sleeping bag in really cold temps. This is definitely on my “don’t ever leave behind” gear list.

Only downside is that if you count ounces, this won’t be for you.

Posted on 5/31/12 by King Bear

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Credit Card Wallet

6 years in the mud and still in tact!

Credit Card Wallet

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • My family and I visited the BWCA every summer when I was a kid to canoe, fish, and camp. We used Duluth Packs handed down from my grandfather who had been visiting the BWCA since he was a kid. After college my mom bought me a Duluth Pack credit card wallet, which I lost the first summer I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I still live. That was 6 years ago… last week a friend found my wallet in the mud outside of where I used to work. It had been there for 6 harsh Wyoming summers and winters and everything inside was still in great shape! I wanted to say thanks for making such great products. It was fun to go through the wallet and see everything was still intact, from my ID, credit cards, fishing license and even a dollar bill that was folded up inside.

Thanks again for making quality products that last generations,

Posted on 6/6/12 by Beth M.

Credit Card Holder

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • This is the perfect product for traveling light. I use it on camping trips and especially on bicycle trips. It’s lightweight but has just enough space for ID and essentials like debit card and receipts. Great fit in back pocket for those days when you just don’t need much!

Posted on 7/21/10 by marcia

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The Pathfinder Pack

Very Impressed

Pathfinder Pack

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I received this pack and was immediately impressed by the workmanship. Reinforced seams and buckles all around. On my first trip I took this pack on a 10 mile hike along the Copper River in Chitina Alaska for a dip netting trip. In my pack I had a gallon of water, rain coat, hip waders, filet knife, survival knife, folding saw, 3 stringers, fleece jacket, gloves, knit hat, change of dry cloths, food, .44 mag revolver (for bears), camera, and multiple plastic bags. All in all it was between 35-45 lbs. My dip net trip was unsuccessful but I was absolutely amazed by the pack. Even with all I brought with me I had lots of room to spare. The pack was very comfortable the whole way riding just right and as long as I packed everything correctly I had no sharp edges or rub spots. The wide shoulder straps rode comfortably and didn’t slip even when wearing the pack over my rain coat. The waxed canvas stood up to the on again off again rain all day with nothing inside getting wet. It also withstood my slipping and sliding down the steep banks to the river, I even took a couple slips landing directly on the pack. The slick sharp rocks left a couple marks but no damage, and it protected my back from scrapes and cuts. All in all I have nothing but great things to say about the pack. Thanks for the fantastic product.

Posted on 6/11/12 by -Noah

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Duluth Pack Haversack

Love It!!!!!

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I would recoomend the haversack to anyone. I have ms and a service dog to help.The haversack has taken everything both of us have thrown at it and still looks good after 5 years. I have decided to down size to the mini and as my original isstill ingood shape I am going to give it some love with Frebreeze and donate it to the local battered womens shelter to share with someone else who will enjoy it as much as me. Thanks again
  • Posted by Shelly 3/2/13

my favorite bag!

Haversack

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I bought this bag in waxed canvas as a companion for my Scoutpack backpack. I have Coach, D&B and Ralph Lauren bags and I have to say this little bag has become my go to everyday bag. My husband and kids can’t believe that I’ve ditched my high-end bags for this little wonder. It holds everything I need for everyday errands and it’s absolutely fabulous for travel. On a recent trip I packed it with my IPad, nikon digital camera, small cosmetic case, glasses (in the side pocket), pens, wallet and travel journal. Sounds like a lot but everything fit! Greatest bag ever! And made in the USA makes it that much more special! PS – one suggestion to make this bag even better…a zip pocket on the top flap for passport, keys etc.

Posted on 6/19/12 by V

haversack power

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • This haversack is my hunting and scouting bag.  It has been through rivers mountains just about everything and it still going strong.  pros: space quality durability everything cons: none

Posted on 1/4/12 by trace

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Market Tote 

Market Tote

Love it!

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I was looking for a “throw it all in and be secure” tote and this is perfect. I love the adjustable handles and the red canvas is beautiful. I am always looking for products made in the U.S.A. Thanks Duluth Pack! One addition that would add to the perfection is a key leash on the inside instead of having to get my keys out of the pocket. Highly recommend!

Posted on 6/19/12 by Tandy

Huge, stylish tote!

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • This bag is like the clown car of tote bags. You can cram so much into this tote, it’s incredible. Not to mention how attractive it is. The brass hardware is gorgeous, and the rich Burgundy color sets off the brown leather very well. I recently had a piece of fruit squish inside the bag, and because the bottom is canvas, I was able to hand wash the affected area and air dry without affecting the leather, and there was no fading to the color–a huge plus! I use it as an everyday work tote and carry a smaller purse inside of it. While out shopping one day I was asked, “Oh, I love your bag; is that from Nordstrom?”, to which I proudly replied, “Nope–it’s from Minnesota!”

Posted on 3/16/12 by Amanda

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Leather Checkbook Covers 

Leather Checkbook Covers

Very well made, great product

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I am very pleased with this product. The leather is thick, beautifully tanned and neatly sewn. The clear flap for duplicate checks is heavy-duty vinyl. The stamped logo is subtle, not obtrusive. It even smells good!

The cover was flat, not folded, when I received it. I inserted the checks and register,   folded it closed and put it under a heavy     book so it will stay folded. Worked great!

Posted on 6/24/12 by cc

Excellent product

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • Over the years, I’ve gone through scores of cheap vinyl check book covers. Now that I’ve had the Duluth leather cover for several years, I have no doubt that it will outlast all of the others combined.

Posted on 10/7/11 by Tom

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Pathfinder Large Sportsman’s Duffel

Pathfinder Large Sportsman’s Duffel

Best gift EVER!

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I received this duffel as a graduation present in 1991. Since then, it has been across the country several times and to two other continents! I still used it almost weekly for a variety of reasons from laundry to groceries to travel. My son graduated from high school this week and I could think of no better gift for him than his very own Sportsman’s duffel!

Posted on 6/26/12 by Kelly

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Duluth Pack Bifold Wallet   

Duluth Pack Bifold Wallet

Great

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • Just received my wallet and I love it. The leather is rich and supple. I like the fact that you can tell the wallet was stitched by a person not a robot. Keep up the good work !

Posted on 3/28/12 by Pete

Very Nice Wallet!

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • You can’t beat the price for this type of quality. I don’t think you could find a more durable wallet on the market.

Posted on 2/3/12 by Chester

Excellent Quality

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • I have only had this 5-pocket wallet for about a month, but the workmanship is fantastic, just as good or better than more expensive foreign made leather wallets I’ve used.

High quality leather outside and in. Soft, leather lining in currency pocket is a plus for money not “sticking” compared to unlined wallets. Like the fact that it us Made in USA, though I do wish it stated that on inside of wallet with American Flag tag! Though it does say Duluth, MN.

Posted on 9/8/11 by chumlley

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Leather Duffel

This bag is everything I wanted when choosing my next-stage-of-life duffle

Leather Duffel

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • The gist is this: I’ve used this bag now for just over a year. I bought it thinking that I would use it for long weekend trips and flights out to Vegas. But, the truth is the bag is so well built and just the right size, that I found myself taking it to Europe for two weeks.

For the price the quality of this bag is absolutely ridiculous. I’ve done a lot of looking at leather bags and the Duluth duffle I have       is always on par or better looking. It has this American charm to it, rugged but classic.
Long story short, I have no regrets about this purchase. And as time passes the bag is only getting better. I’ll be using this likely for the next two decades.

Posted on 6/30/12 by Bruce Clark

 

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Standard Book Bag

Ol’ Reliable

  • Rating ★★★★★

    Standard Book Bag

  •  I’ve had my satchel for over 10 years and it is still in excellent condition. It goes on all my adventures and keeps up with me. This is a purchase you won’t regret!

Posted on 2/24/12 by Kristen

 

It’s a Teenager Now! 

  • Rating ★★★★★
  •  This bag can withstand anything !!! When you say lifetime guarantee you MEAN lifetime guarantee !!!! My mom has had this bag for about 13 years ,ever since I was a baby and it is still in good condition . She brings it to work with her everyday.  I just want to say thank you , Duluth Pack !!! This is definitely something you can invest in.  Soon I shall be ordering another one , FOR ME !!! I am very excited to get my new Duluth Pack bag !!!!! Thank you again !!!! You are amazing and don’t you forget it !!!!
Posted on 7/19/12 by  lalaskykat

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Shooter’s Haversack

For All Occasions

Shooter’s Haversack

  • Rating ★★★★★
  • Last Saturday I took the haversack with me on a two hour hike in the woods. Held waterbottle, binoculars, energy bar etc. Came home pulled that stuff out and replaced with my reading glasses (ugh!), cell phone, pen and notebook and brought it with me to dinner at a very nice restaurant. Looked good and performed well in both venues. What more could you want?
Posted on 3/6/12 by Pete

 

Great Bag!

  • Rating ★★★★★
  •  Bought this for when I travel and it is great to carry my small stuff through the airport. Going thru security is a breeze. Also going to see it as a great bag for carrying bird books, binocs and other essentials when out walking. Very pleased with the haversack and would recommend it to anyone.
Posted on 4/19/12 by skimmerhorn

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Dear Duluth Pack,

When it came time for my son and I to attend the World Cup Soccer Games in June of last year in South Africa and we knew we were going to be doing quite a bit of hiking and exploring around the country in the 2 1/2 weeks we’d be there, gear selection was going to be critical. A backpack that was light, tough, looked good, and represented the United States and what it meant to the world were critical. That was why my Duluth Pack was my first and only choice. This picture was taken in the Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensberg Mountains in southeast part of the country between Johannesburg and Durbin while climbing this beautiful and very accessible part of their country. We were actually snowed on during this trek, which made it even more noteworthy after coming from near 100F temperatures in the United States two days before.

I received many compliments and questions about the pack, hat, and the moose logo from numerous South Africans during my visit and wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t receive several orders for products from them. They are a very outdoor orientated people, as well as being extremely friendly and outgoing and the perfect host for the flawless World Cup Soccer Games they held there in their country.

Your most recent catalog cover was a nearly identical setup to my photo and I meant to send this picture to you right after I got back. Please feel free to use the photo and story in whatever way you’d like. I am a long term user of Duluth Pack products and a great supporter of the quality you build into each item. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Greg

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Hello:

Enclosed is my dear #3 Duluth Pack. I could not force myself to dispatch this to my garbage barrel.   I bought this pack when I was 19, I am now 69. It’s over 50 years old! What a great product! I have packed a lot of moose and elk meat in it.   It has been on many canoe trips over the years. I thought you might want to see what it looks like after much use. Keep up the good work!

Gary O.

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“first of all: i love my scoutmaster deluxe pack! finally i found a pack with which i want to spend my life with. it is perfectly manufactured, good looking, comfortable and has exactly the great size for small travels as well as for daily lsecond: i have to say how helpful the duluth customer service is! even if i was a really complicated customer they always found solutions for my special wishes.  big thanks kaci and duluth pack and greeting from germany!”

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Dear Duluth Pack,

In my daughter’s middle school years we decided to purchase quality, rather than replace her backpack each year. Little did we know it would get her all the way to age 24 and graduate school. She was very active in high school; she was homecoming queen and class president. She went on marching band trips to New York and a geography trip to Costa Rica. In college she spent six months touring Europe and took this backpack (pictured) to a different city every weekend on tour. She is now ready for graduate school for urban planning in New York City. I’ve decided to replace this green backpack with a new black colored one. We’re sure she’ll get many more years out of it.

Teresa A.

P.S. What a terrific product you make. Parents are well ahead buying a quality product.

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When I was in college, I borrowed my father’s camera for an introductory photography class I was taking.  Dad was a photojournalist with the Army in Vietnam, so when he delivered the camera to me it was still in his U.S. issued, army green shell bag with a well-worn leather strap.  I loved that bag and needless to say when the class was over, I returned the camera but kept the bag.

The year was 1993 and that Christmas, under the tree, was my very own shell bag, complements of Dad from Duluth Pack.  If you have never heard of the Duluth Pack, get friendly immediately.  Their products are timeless, guaranteed for life, made in the USA and beyond reasonably priced.  And, if an endorsement from Delicious is not enough, what about Barney’s?  Duluth collaborated with the New York fashion force to produce an exclusive line.  And, out of respect for Duluth, I am not one to drop names but I can tell you Barney’s is not the only retailer who is interested in their wares.
Eighteen years later, I am still carrying that same bag on my journeys (and in my daily life).  Oh sure, at times it went to the back of the closet for a spell (you remember the “it” bag trend after all, don’t you?) but I always come back to my shell bag.  I love it for travel because it can hold all the essentials but the blend of canvas with leather makes it more lightweight than an all-leather bag, plus I love the contrast of materials.  And last Spring when I saw Chloe roll out the military trend in their looks, I put down my wallet and pulled my Duluth bag out from the closet.

I just wanted to tell you and your customers how pleased I am with your Duluth packs.

Jennie T.

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I have been going to both the Quetico Provincial Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for many years.  Each year I bring along some students from the Canton, IL school district.  This tradition of offering these students the chance to experience this wonderful place has been going on for over 25 years.

I still have the same Duluth packs today that I started with.  Trust me when I say these students know how to abuse my packs, (i.e. drag them over rocks, lift them up by the front flaps, you name it, they have done it.) I have always known that these packs can handle. most any type of abuse and still hold up for the next group, year after year.  The one thing I had hoped these packs could do as well was float, for an extended time.  Well last year it finally happened, one of my canoe’s flip over above a waterfall. By the time I got the students to shore (before they went over the falls), the canoe and 4 of the 25 year old Duluth packs had gone over.  When I finally got my canoe back out of the water, portaged it to below the falls, and loaded it back up again, around 20 minutes had passed.  Another 5 to 10 minutes had gone by before I spotted the other canoe floating downstream.  To my amazement there were all 4 Duluth Packs still floating by the canoe!  These packs had been floating for around 30 minutes! So for anyone that asks the question, “Will they float very long?” You can tell them to call Greg S. from Canton, IL.  I will be going back again this year with the same packs, but this time I will be taking a different route through the Quetico.

One very satisfied customer!!!

Greg S.

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This pack has been my favorite since I was stationed in Duluth in 1999. Since then it has traveled from NYC to Miami and Virginia Beach to San Francisco. It has spent enough time at sea with me to earn a medal. I love you gear and heartily recommend it to anyone who listens.

All,

Best regards,

Scott H.

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I know I have written you about my DULUTH PACK duffel in the past. Over the years, I had purchased too many alleged “ballistic” nylon duffels to count. They typically failed where the zipper attaches to the fabric. However, they failed in other ways too. The point is they failed!!! One such failure caused me to use my beloved DULUTH PACK duffel on a trip to Shanghai. This was a bag I traditionally used for local trips because I loved its appearance.

In any case, I have used the duffel on sixteen subsequent trips to China and too many miscellaneous other destinations to recall. I suspect international trips give a truly astonishing number of people an opportunity to mishandle my bag. When I arrived in China last month, my business partner remarked that he admired my duffel. I filled him in about my affection for the bag. He said, “well, you must like them you keep buying them”. He could not believe that the same bag had held up so well that it looked new and still does after all this use. SOMEWHERE, there must be a pile of “ballistic” nylon duffels awaiting recycling. I will no longer be contributing to that pile.

Thanks, John M.

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I have lived in Alaska for 26 years now. I came up here from South Carolina for the fishing, paddling, hunting, and other outdoor activities.  There is lots to do, and this is really the place to do it.  I stay busy, even, or especially, in retirement, with a constant parade of trips, from one day to three weeks, floats for hunting and fishing, whitewater, road based trips, remote airplane access only trips.  A friend and I even do a moose-hunting trip by train every fall, using America’s last flag stop train to get in and out of the mountains.  I never leave home without a Duluth Pack product of some kind.  I have original Duluth Packs in the #3 and #4 size, a canoe thwart bag, a rifle case, and several smaller items, and my wife uses your bomb proof heavy duty tote, and a shell bag for a purse.  I don’t take any canoe trip of any length, or in any style of boat, without the thwart bag – it is the absolute perfect solution for the niche that it fills.

But the Duluth Packs are the all-stars.  They go on any trip longer than a day, rafting, canoeing, hunting, fishing, catching the train.  They can hold anything and wear like iron.  And they can take the abuse too. ÂIn the mid-90′s I was on a rafting and fishing trip in Southwest Alaska, on the Togiak River.  My aging Dad, my brother, and two South Carolina friends and I had spent a week floating, fishing, camping and enjoying being together.  We had a Duluth bag with us, needless to say.  On the last day we were picked up on the river in a Grumman Goose, an amphibious plane in wide use in Alaska. The weather was poor, the load was heavy and to make a short nightmare into a short story, we crashed on takeoff, shearing off the tip of a wing that caught on the river bank, and tearing open the belly of the plane.  The plane went into a flat spin and miracle of miracles we landed upright, with the passenger compartment intact.  We had bumps and bruises and minor blood flow, but all were essentially unhurt.  The plane was totaled; some of the gear was flung off into the bushes and destroyed, including a Pelican Case (they are guaranteed against everything but sharks and 5 year old children).  I had all the raft repair kit and other tools in an Army surplus 50 cal. ammo can – it was ripped open and the metal torn like tin foil.  The Duluth Pack was in the storage compartment in the nose of the plane, and suffered two tears in the crash, but was otherwise fine.  After we arrived back in Anchorage, I took it to a shoe repair shop, and had them sew the rips with their heavy duty sewing machine.  I have used the pack ever since and will cherish it always as a momento of a close call survived with family and friends.

I am embarrassed to say, I treated my Duluth Pack  like it needed no maintenance whatsoever.  That’s not exactly true – the leather should get some cleaning and preservative from time to time.  I ignored this.  My straps finally deteriorated to the point where they broke, and I sent them back to Duluth for replacement.  Voila!  Good as new, and my pack is looking at another season of heavy use in the Alaska Bush.

I don’t recommend that you test your Duluth Pack gear like I did, but I do recommend that you use it and use it hard.  It will hold up, and it will do everything you ask it to, almost.  Come to think of it, it did exactly what I asked it to do – it held up through a plane crash and protected my gear.  I’m a fan for life.

Venable V., Jr. Anchorage, AK

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I just received my Plunge Mittens, and the first thing I noticed was the fine craftsmanship, as well as the handsome look. I’m sure I’ll get years of use from these fine mitts. Thanks so much. Looking forward to doing more business with Duluth pack.

Dave M.
Ogden, Utah

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A few years ago I took a 60 – 70 year old wood framed trapper nelson pack on a 12 hour hiking trip through Mt. Backer, WA. I had bought it at a thrift store for $1 just a year before on a whim and hung it on the wall of my room next to a pair of old wooden ski’s; I never intended to use it but a friend said he’d give me $50 if I used it for a hike we had planned in Mt. Baker, WA. I did, made $50, and completely changed my style of enjoying the outdoors. Previously it was all modern materials, expensive, often costly to repair, and they never seemed to fit in with the wilderness. After marching through deep snow for 12 hours, I realized that old pack of canvas and wood was more durable than any of the modern packs I’ve owned, and its simplicity of design seemed to be more fitting for the wilderness. I started replacing and sometimes just getting rid of most my modern equipment, finding along the way how much excess I had. After a few more hikes with that pack I started to become fearful of damaging it. A pack that old isn’t under warranty and they aren’t making new ones daily to replace it. So I searched the web and found an older timber cruiser pack for sale on ebay. It looked good and the price was right so bought it and a few days later was holding my new pack. About a year after that I was ending a hike in the Cuckanut Mt. near Bellingham, WA. when an older gentleman commented on having owned a pack just like it. Well that started a conversation, mostly I listened to what he had to say, and he had some great things to tell a young guy like me. He told me about many hiking adventures through the very hills I was just leaving, and some I’d surely like to go see. Told me about his first pack (a Trapper Nelson, modified for use with or without the pack board) that he owned for about 46 years before a bear got into it and how he replaced it with a Duluth Pack Timber Cruiser. That was in 1970 he said, and it served him until 2006 when he sold it. Our conversation lasted a good couple hours, but eventually, as I had to get a move on and get home, we shook hands and exchanged names, when he said his name was “Christopher” I immediately replied with his last name, which put a look of concern and puzzlement across his aged face. I opened the flap on the pack there across the inside of it, in faded marker was “Chris Johnston”. A smile shot across his face that I’m sure he hasn’t smiled in decades and his eyes lit up like a kid at christmas. We were both in a bit of disbelief that his pack he sold ended up on my shoulders, and that we would then meet, and I think he was more surprised than me. Our conversation ended for the day but didn’t stop. He was 84 and I was only 21, quite the age difference but he quickly became one of my better friends and mentor of sorts. Sadly Chris died just a month ago, at 85 years of age. I remember him every time I load up his old, my new, Duluth Pack Timber Cruiser and set out into the wilderness. Its nearly 40 years old, and I think its got another 40 left in it.

Robert P., Kalispell, MT.

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Dear Duluth Pack,

I have an Olive Drab Boot Duffel that I purchased from you some 20 years ago. This bag has been around the world as I survived in the U.S. Navy. Believe me, this is one tough bag. You should be proud of your product!

William V., Bullhead City, AZ

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I recently purchased your haversack for use with my iPad, and I wanted to let you know that after buying and trying at least half a dozen bags for use as a “man purse” and iPad tote, this is by far the closet I have come to finding the perfect bag!

Erik K.