Guide Pack

Item S-123
Based loosely on some of our favorite old pack designs, the new Guide Pack is destined to become a Duluth Pack classic.

  • Burly 15-ounce canvas construction.
  • Dual buckling rain flaps under the lid.
  • Premium leather flap straps riveted and reinforced for long-term durability.
  • Padded leather/canvas shoulder straps
  • Zippered pocket under top lid for easy access.
  • Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.

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When a day in the bush can involve traveling miles of rocky game trails or navigating long exposed lake crossings, what you carry on your back and in your mind can be invaluable. Features such as dual buckling rain flaps under the lid, a grab handle, and a handy zippered internal pocket under the top flap all add additional value to a pack that has been designed to carry everything you need for an adventurous day in the woods. We have also included our new leather/canvas padded shoulder straps that require very little breaking in and are comfortable right from day one. Additional features include two small side pockets, and one full-length side pocket to help keep all of your equipment organized and quick at hand. Constructed from our heavy-duty 15-ounce canvas, the Guide Pack will certainly hold up to a lifetime of use. Also available in Waxed Canvas. Made in USA.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 17H x 16W x 5D +pockets
  • Construction:15 oz canvas, riveted leather pack flap straps, padded cotton canvas shoulder straps, grab handle, high quality roller buckles, zippered pocket under flap


As always, great quality gearReview by Mike
This is my third Duluth Pack of different sizes for different purposes. As always, Duluth Pack makes great quality stuff, and American Made means American jobs ☺
I am 5’6” and the shoulder straps are set in the middle, so someone with a smaller frame has room for adjustments. I am a scout leader with a troop that goes camping every month in all conditions and it fits all the gear I need on any weekend trip and probably a week or longer trip as well. With the waxed canvas I have not had any issues of inside contents getting wet, and when camp is struck, it makes a great pillow too.
The video shows six hand-pounded rivets for attaching the shoulder / web straps, but mine came with only four.
I really like the long side pocket that easily holds a 64 ounce Klean Kanteen, I can also slip my 19” hunters axe handle in (the head sticks out a little over an inch and faces backward) and still have room for some smaller items above or below the water bottle.
I also like the web handle so it is easier to strap / hang on a tree at the right height for getting into and packing.
I only wish the flap straps were a bit longer so I could better add a bedroll under the flap, or if they could add some webbing on the flap to accommodate a bedroll.
(Posted on 1/21/2014)
Great BackpackReview by Ed
I have had the backpack for about a year. Holds a lot, comfortable, all around great product. I bike to the store so the large capacity is nice. I have been caught in heavy rains and the contents stay dry.

I get a lot of compliments and people asking where they can buy it. (Posted on 7/16/2013)
Great hauling bag, Review by Lawrence
School books, groceries, Christmas trees, tents...this bag has helped me bike home a lot of things any other bag would have forced me to leave. However, it's straps are stiff and set too wide for my shoulders (I'm 5'7, medium build), and hangs too low with no real adjustment ability. The padding in the straps is sinking, too. Now in its 6th month of daily use, I can barely stand to carry a load a long way in it. I wish it were more comfortable for my lunch + binders + laptop daily school load, but I think i'll have to try out a more casual bag and save this one for special trips where carrying capacity is more important than comfort (Posted on 1/30/2011)
exp/looks like it might be bulkyReview by sgt hoot
it might be alright for an adult but what about a small teen,it appears to be bulky if fully loaded (Posted on 7/30/2010)
Great re-issue fo the old Nessmuk packReview by GrowUp-DaveyBoy
This is a beautiful interpretation of a great traditional pack design --- just like the pack that Nessmuk used as he canoed around the Adirondacks. It's fun to use for that reason alone. This pack is just the right size for a well-equipped day-hike, a day-long backcountry fishing excursion, or a well planned Scout- or bushcraft overnighter. Like most Duluth packs, it holds more than you think it's going to.
One of the other reviewers mentioned some initial irritation from the shoulder straps/buckles. I don't discount that concern, as I have encountered it with some other packs, but I didn't with my Guide pack. So, it may be a matter of body type and shape. As I do with my Rambler pack, I stick a soft folding canoe or camp chair right inside the back. It helps the pack keep its shape and prevents anything hard or sharp from sticking into your back. And then, no matter where you are, you have a comfortable & dry sit-upon.
This would be a perfect pack for a Scout leader, or a nice gift for an Eagle Scout or Explorer. I've had mine only about six months, but I absolutely love it. The padded leather shoulder straps are a nice step up from the canvas webbing straps, and seem very durable.
Love the pockets, too. (Posted on 4/29/2010)
I take it everywhere.Review by Old hiker
When I opened the box, it was exactly what I had imagined, until I put it on. The buckles at the bottom of the straps, dug into my ribs. I knew that they were going hurt me, but I was still surprised at how much. After my first three mile snowshoe trip I didn’t ever want to see the thing again. It was OK to wear with a heavy coat, so I kept taking it on trips, hoping it would break in. It didn’t seem to me that there was anything that was going to make those buckles become comfortable. I wore the pack around the house doing chores for three months, and I gradually noticed the pain had changed to an irritation. Even though it is a great pack, if it is irritating to wear, it is not going to get worn. I stayed with it, and at about month four, it suddenly became completely comfortable. Now I love it.
On a recent trip to Arches, I had a fellow hiker comment that it was the kind of pack Lewis and Clark might have had. I enjoy the obvious sold construction and the classic style.
It belongs out of doors, and if that is where I am, it’s with me. I don’t even notice it back there. It has almost become a part of me. (Posted on 4/4/2010)

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