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Duluth Pack Launches Lumbar Pack in Mossy Oak Canvas

5/22/14


Ammo Land written May 22, 2014


...the result of years of technical input from serious sportsmen and women around the country.


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Duluth Pack Uses Social Media for "Wishlist Selfie" Contest

4/11/14


Fox 21 written April 11, 2014


Duluth Pack is using Twitter and Instagram to their advantage and running a contest called "Wishlist Selfie."


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The Outsiders: New Outdoor Creativity

4/1/14


Gestalten written April 1, 2014


Water Checklist.




Marfa

Issue 0


The Collective Quarterly written April 1, 2014


Always Go.




Fix it Don't Ditch it

2/26/14


Valet Mag written February 26, 2014


We've always advocated the motto of "buying less, but buying better.


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Hall of Fame Finalists - The Carry Awards

2/14/14


Carryology written February 14, 2014


This is the category that gets nostalgic and shines a fanciful beam of light on something truly classic.


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From Dome to Duffel

2/3/14


CBS written February 3, 2014


At Target Field or the Xcel Energy Center, Jim Cunningham is always in on the action.


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31 Days of Backpacks

1/20/14


31 Days written January 20, 2014


You can't have too many bags.


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Mittens Sold to Raise Money for US Olympic Team Made in China

12/17/13


ABC News written December 17, 2013


They are the $14 mittens being sold all over the country by the U.S. Olympic Committee, emblazoned with the patriotic message, “Go USA!”


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Duluth Pack: An Inside Look

12/1/13


Emily Gable written December 1, 2013


This is what Made in Minnesota really means.


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Leaders of the Pack: Style Directory

10/1/13


Monocle written October 1, 2013


If it ain't broke... Duluth, USA.




Xcel’s MN-Made Gifts For Mumford & Sons

9/19/13


Men's Journal written September 19, 2013


Commuting – or staying put for that matter – feels more like taking a kayak trip through the Boundary Waters when you're carrying the Traveler's Portfolio from Duluth Pack.


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NYFW: DAY 4

9/15/13


The Metro Man written September 15, 2013


And....here's what I wore to New York Fashion Week Day 4.


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Street Style: Italian-Made Linen Summer Suiting

9/3/13


Details written September 3, 2013


Today's look was spotted on Salvatore Ambrosino, an NYU grad student who works at the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce.


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Xcel’s MN-Made Gifts For Mumford & Sons

8/29/13


CBS written August 29, 2013


When national touring artists stop at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, they leave with a little reminder of our Minnesota Nice.


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12 Picnic Essentials You Can Use Year-Round

8/20/13


Glo MSN written November 1, 2013


Don't let summer slip away before you've had a proper picnic.


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Metrodome Roof Gets New Life as Duluth Pack Bags

8/18/13


MPR News written August 18, 2013


A Duluth maker of outdoor gear plans to introduce duffel and shell bags made of material formerly used in the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.


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Sustainable Style for Back to School: The Ultimate Guide to Green Supplies

8/6/13


Mothering written August 6, 2013


Back to school season is here and we know you're likely thinking about how you can be more eco-friendly this year without breaking the bank or spending excessive amounts of time you don't have.


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Canal Park Businesses Reap Big Benefits During Tall Ships

7/28/13


WDIO written July 28, 2013


The Tall Ships drew another crowd Sunday and the weather even decided to cooperate.


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The 25 Most Stylish Items Under $25

7/28/13


Complex Style Magazine written July 28, 2013


Having to spend money sucks. Simple and plain. There are plenty of great clothes out there that, unfortunately, require serious funds.


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Eh? Ticket to Ride

7/11/13


Duluth News Tribune written July 11, 2013


This weekend you can take a one-way trip out of town — and ride your bike back.


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Faribault Wool + Duluth Pack = Amazing Bags

7/10/13


Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine written July 10, 2013


It’s a collaboration that had to happen. Duluth Pack and Faribault Woolen Mills, two Minnesota companies with a rich history of local manufacturing and products built to last, have teamed up on a collection of bags that are exactly what you will want for fall. - See more at: http://blogs.mspmag.com/alishops/2013/07/10/faribault-wool-duluth-pack-amazing-bags/#sthash.Ujmc6aLz.dpuf


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Best Men's Clothing Brands Made in USA Right Now

7/03/13


Complex Style written July 03, 2013


A company doesn't survive for 130 years unless it's using proven techniques to churn out products that are guaranteed to outlive the owners.


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Duluth Pack Utensil Roll

6/28/13


Overland Gourmet written June 28, 2013


If you’ve been looking for a high quality, heavy-duty utensil roll for your camp kitchen look no further than Duluth Pack.


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Tribal

6/27/13


The Metro-Man written June 27, 2013


Featuring a red Scout Pack.


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Gear | Duluth Pack No. 51

6/18/13


Tomboy Style written June 18, 2013


There's a lot of heritage backpacks on the market currently, and I must say I really like most of them, but it's probably near impossible to out-heritage Duluth Pack.


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Duluth Pack Creates Growler Pack

5/10/13


WDIO ABC Eyewitness News written May 10, 2013


Duluth Pack and Fitger's Brewhouse have joined forces, to create an insulated carrier for your growler of craft beer.


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Ask dapperQ: Affordable, Masculine Work Bags?

4/17/13


Dapper Q written April 17, 2013


My favorite places to find great work/school/messenger bags: thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales...


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Messenger Bag by Duluth Pack for Urban Outfitters

4/16/13


Nylon Guys Magazine written April 16, 2013


...to see what may be available and suitable for a grown-up man that wishes to have a backpack that is a little different from the almost uniform black nylon backpack that is so common.


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Wear This: Brad Bennett from Well Spent

4/15/13


Cool Materials written April 15, 2013


Each week, we turn to one of our favorite style bloggers or men’s fashion insiders to put together a solid outfit.


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Backpacks for the Stylish Man

4/14/13


Well Dressed Dad Blog written April 14, 2013


American Heritage brand, Duluth Pack, has been making high quality canvas and leather bags, packs, and outdoor gear since 1882...


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Designed By: Duluth Pack

4/11/13


Urban Outfitters Blog written April 11, 2013


Pete Williams, the editor at Highsnobiety, a lifestyle site that covers sneakers and streetwear, lets us know what he thinks about our exclusive Duluth Pack duffel.


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The Way to Justify Spending a Lot on Bags

4/11/13


Bloomberg - Loot Blog written April 11, 2013


...all you really need for your escape is two days of spotty email access and a weekend duffel. The following are some of the best getaway bags.


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Minnesota

4/1/13


Brindley Musicwritten April 1, 2013


So, last Fall I had this burst of creativity that resulted in most of the songs that started this project.During the same time I was also looking for a new backpack...


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10 Wedding Gifts so Good They'll Fight Over Them in the Divorce

3/26/13


XO Janewritten March 26, 2013


I polled some recently married friends for feedback on the most beloved wedding gifts they received that weren’t on their registries, and the feedback was enlightening.


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The Duluth Laptop Scout Pack

3/14/13


Privilege Blog written March 14, 2013


How many of you carry your laptop in a backpack? I’m guessing a substantial few. Well, here’s something to consider – a non-plastic, made in America, $125-costing, slice of history.


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Made in America: The Short List

12/11/12


CNN written December 11, 2012


he slow death of American manufacturing and the trend toward outsourcing overseas has made it hard to find American-made goods, but not impossible.


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Make Room for Fashion: Backpack Envy

7/17/12


Lucky Magazine written July 17, 2012


Duluth Pack is the real deal, a true outdoorsy company catering to the hunting and fishing types. That’s why I was so impressed to see the functionality and craftsmanship..


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Duluth's First Cash Mob

3/24/12


WDIO article written Mach 24, 2012


In this tough economy, some say small businesses need all the extra attention they can get. Today, the Duluth Chamber of Commerce utilized a new phenomenon that uses social media to get people buying local.


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It’s Official: Dallas’ Design-Minded Have an “It Bag"

3/15/12


Blog written by Joslyn Taylor


And wait, what’s that he’s clutching in his right hand? Oh, it’s a fetching olive green Duluth Pack Market Tote. Hmm…that’s the second Duluth Pack sighting on one of our fair city’s designer/stylist/creative types in as many weeks.


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Picture Show: Duluth Pack

3/13/12


WordPress Blog written by Lauren Date


This past Christmas I received a wonderful Duluth Pack Scout Pack from Emily and Kyle.


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Senator Klobuchar Continues "Made in America" Tour in Northern Minnesota

1/3/12


WDIO article written by Dayna Landgrebe January 5, 2012


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Press Release 1/3/12


Includes Visits to Brainerd-Baxter, Park Rapids, Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Duluth


MINNEAPOLIS (Tuesday, January 3, 2012) – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be visiting businesses in several northern Minnesota communities this week as part of her ongoing “Made in America” economic tour.


On Wednesday and Thursday this week, Klobuchar will visit Brainerd-Baxter, Park Rapids, Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Duluth.


In addition to the business-related visits, Klobuchar will also be in Bemidji on Thursday morning to help present the Red Cross “Lifesaving Award of Merit” to Kelsey Johnson, a Bemidji State University graduate who saved the life of her stepfather who was suffering a seizure.


Klobuchar’s “Made in America” tour is designed to showcase successful Minnesota businesses and job creation. Since late October, she has visited nearly 20 businesses across the state.


On Wednesday, Klobuchar will be in the Brainerd-Baxter area to tour LINDAR, a plastics thermoforming company that specializes in stock plastic containers and custom plastic parts for the paint sundry, food packaging, retail packaging, medical parts and packaging and custom industrial component markets. Also on Wednesday, she will be in Park Rapids to participate in a roundtable meeting on tourism and broadband communications.


On Thursday, Klobuchar will be in Grand Rapids to tour the Terex Construction Americas facility that manufactures compact construction equipment. Also on Thursday, Klobuchar be in Duluth to tour Duluth Pack, which manufactures a full line of high-quality outdoor gear.


Klobuchar serves as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion. She has also introduced the “Innovate America Act” to promote innovation and boost America’s ability to compete in the global economy.


Below is Klobuchar’s itinerary:
Wednesday, January 4
11:30 a.m. Business tour of LINDAR 7789 Hastings Road Baxter
3:30 p.m. Walking tour of Main Street with mayor (starting at River Bend, 207 S. Main St.), followed by roundtable meeting on tourism and broadband communications New Frontier Resort 15602 County 6 Park Rapids

Thursday, January 5
9:00 a.m. Ceremony to present the Red Cross “Lifesaving Award of Merit” City Council Chambers Bemidji City Hall 317 4th Street NW Bemidji
Noon Business tour of Terex 840 Lilly Lane Grand Rapids
3:00 p.m. Business tour of Duluth Pack 1610 West Superior Street Duluth
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Civilizing the Pack Mentality • New York Times


Duluth Pack appears in New York Times article written by David Colman on September 15, 2011


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Duluth Pack Celebrates 100 Years in the Same Factory Location

7/6/11


Iconic Duluth Pack celebrates making quality canoe packs for 100 years in same factory location.


Duluth Pack is celebrating their 100th year manufacturing at the same factory location in Duluth, Minnesota. As you step inside the factory, you feel the American heritage, history, and tradition. With today’s modern and fast-paced society, how was Duluth Pack able to achieve this milestone?


It all started with French-Canadian, Camille Poirier, who made his way from Quebec to Duluth, Minnesota in 1870. On December 12, 1882, Mr. Poirier filed for a patent on a new type of packsack, which today is referred to as the Original Duluth Pack. In 1911, Mr. Poirier sold the pack business to the Duluth Tent and Awning Company. They opened shop at 1610 West Superior Street where they continue to thrive, and continue to manufacture the original “Duluth Pack” as well as a greatly expanded product lines.


Since 1911, Duluth Pack started to grow and expand their product lines to meet the ever-changing demands of societal trends and customer needs. One example dates back to the 1920’s when the car camping trend began, Duluth Pack designed the first pack that was specifically designed to attach to the side of the Ford Model-T. Another example is from the 1960’s when people were utilizing air travel, Duluth Pack added luggage to their production line. Most recently, Duluth Pack redesigned their Backpacks and Messenger Bags and now offers these bags with padding for laptop computers, for the busy professionals in mind.


Duluth Pack President, Tom Sega states: “It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead a company that is true red, white, and blue American. When entering our factory each day, I am reminded that I am responsible for caretaking of a true American brand. A responsibility I do not take lightly. Our Production staff also carries the pride of American Made quality. Excellence is what we strive for each day.” And excellence, indeed, is what one will find with their Duluth Pack.


This centennial celebration will be on July 15th 2011 from, starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the mayor of Duluth, Minnesota proclaiming it “Duluth Pack Day”. After the ceremony, people can visit the Duluth Pack factory for a tour, meet the hard-working staff, and grab a bite to eat from the barbeque.


Traditional Style Backpack on National TV Show

5/31/11


Duluth Pack’s Wanderer backpack makes its national TV debut on NBC’s “Love in the Wild”.


If you’re wondering what backpacks the contestants on the new NBC TV show “Love in the Wild” are wearing, the answer is: it’s the American-made Duluth Pack Wanderer. This pack was chosen because of its durability and ruggedness, which is essential for the contestants on the show.


The Duluth Pack Wanderer is one of Duluth Pack’s most popular products, and has been for many years. Customers appreciate the traditional style, American craftsmanship, versatile size, and unparalleled quality this pack provides. Made of canvas, leather, and metal buckles, this pack is built to carry most anything. The front and side pockets are perfect for holding essentials, keeping them accessible. The roomy interior provides ample space for everything else you need. Whether you’re carrying school books or survival gear, the Wanderer Pack is the backpack you want.


About “Love in the Wild”

"Love in the Wild" is an exciting adventure dating series that puts relationships to the ultimate test. 10 single men and 10 single women, all looking for love, will experience a romantic adventure unlike anything they could have ever imagined. These singles have tried it all, and now they're headed deep into the remote jungles of Costa Rica to see if they can find that special someone they've been looking for. In each episode, the couples will pair up in exhilarating quests that will push their bodies and their emotions to the limit. “Love in the Wild” can be seen on NBC Wednesday nights starting June 29, 2011 at 10pm/9C.


Historic Duluth Pack is the Trend in the Fashion World

5/26/11


The American-made Scout Pack from Duluth Pack is a #1 seller, and helped launch Duluth Pack into the fashion world.


Traditional style combined with today’s fashion trends makes for a very popular item that both men and women are using as an everyday carry bag. Fashion-conscience urbanites are flooding Duluth Pack with orders for the Scout Pack, which is an American-made slim-lined simple backpack, made of canvas and built with leather, metal hardware, and cotton webbing shoulder straps. People love the slim-and-trim look which makes it easy to carry whether traveling city streets or country trails.


Duluth Pack first unveiled the Scout Pack in fall 2009, as the result of a request by customer David Colman, who is also a writer who chronicles men’s style for the New York Times. According to Colman, "I had these distant memories of my family using these great big green backpacks on treks in Glacier Park when I was little," says Colman, who still hikes in Montana every summer. "So I've always wanted a pack just like the ones I remember, but I just figured they were lost with time. One day researching a story, I stumbled across the Duluth Pack website, and I thought, 'This is it!' But then, I found out that the smallest one was big enough to hold a sleeping bear cub or two. (They did have one so small that only a child would wear it -- no help there.)”. He states “I asked the company President, Tom Sega, to make a real, old-school-style pack for day hikers or city people, or anyone who’d appreciate the authenticity of the Duluth Pack style. I suggested some dimensions, an inside pocket, and Duluth Pack did the rest.” After working with Colman’s idea, Duluth Pack created the Scout Pack, which then became an instant hit. “Now I have equal cred in New York City or in Glacier Park.”, says Colman.


For nearly 130 years, Duluth Pack has been known for its American-made canvas backpacks that can carry several days’ worth of gear for canoeing, hiking, and camping enthusiasts. The slender look of the Scout Pack appeals to a lot of Duluth Pack customers who are looking for a smaller version of the hearty, bigger packs often used on canoe trips. Customers were seeking an affordable everyday carry bag that is built strong and tough and could hold belongings for their daily travels. It looks like the Scout Pack can do just that.


The Scout Pack has also caught the eye of many fashion designers in big cities across the country and across the world. Over the last 2 years, Duluth Pack products have been featured in GQ, Lucky, Marie Claire, and Country Living magazines. This exposure, combined with today’s social media outlets, has launched Duluth Pack into the world of fashion. As a result of this exposure, their R & D Department is currently working with several designers on new projects and new prototypes for fall 2011. Looks like Duluth, Minnesota’s best kept secret just got out!


My Chemical Romance Gets Nostalgic With Their Fashion

4/27/11


Historic Duluth Pack develops friendship with popular rock band, My Chemical Romance.


American rock band, My Chemical Romance (MCR), set out on tour with a stop in Minneapolis, MN at the famed First Avenue music venue. After the concert, three employees from Minnesota’s own Duluth Pack were given the VIP treatment, as they were on a mission to deliver a custom made bag to the band’s new drummer, Michael Pedicone. http://duluthpack.com/utility-packs-canoe-pack.html To show their gratitude for the hospitality, Duluth Pack also provided the rest of the members (Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way, Frank Iero, and James Dewees) of MCR with Scout Packs, the company’s most popular urban style bag.


Each band member was extremely surprised and grateful for the backpacks. Guitar Player Frank Iero tweeted “just wanted to say thanks again, and I love my bag! Thank you, you guys rule”. Drummer Michael Pedicone says his custom pack is “so nice, yeah!” Lead singer, Gerard Way first spotted an American-made Duluth Pack at the Dover Street Market in London while on tour and just had to have it.


MCR, while immensely popular among their fans, is gaining more notoriety for their recent support of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This band has responded to the tragedy by recording the song "#SINGItForJapan," which has been released exclusively via iTunes. MCR and Warner Bros. Records will donate proceeds from this song to the American Red Cross in support of its relief efforts in Japan.


Jason Davis - Host/Executive Producer


5 EYEWITNESS NEWS (Twin Cities, Minnesota)"On The Road with Jason Davis"


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Duluth Pack Manufacturing the Highest Quality Hunting Gear

10/15/10


Iconic 128 year old company manufactures the highest quality hunting gear for avid hunters.


The air is crisp and cool, and the leaves are changing. Autumn is here, and for many outdoor enthusiasts, autumn means hunting season. Whether you hunt waterfowl, upland game, or large game, you need to make sure you are prepared and have everything you need.


Preparing for a successful hunting trip takes time and strategic planning. Not only will you need to have the logistics planned out (dates, times, location, etc), but you also need to plan ahead to make sure your hunting gear is ready to go as well. Is your firearm ready? Do you have a proper case for your firearm? Do you have the proper pack to carry your gear for the day, or week?


Duluth Pack of Duluth, Minnesota can help you prepare for your upcoming hunting trip. Duluth Pack manufactures the highest quality outdoor gear, including shotgun and rifle cases, pistol rugs, gun cleaning pads, and backpacks to suit almost every hunter and their needs. Duluth Pack products are hand crafted using durable canvas, premium leather, and the best hardware around. Each product has been field-tested and approved, ensuring the utmost protection of your valuable firearm and gear.


Known for their exceptional quality and traditional style, Duluth Pack also makes a variety of shooters shell bags, holsters, and range bags. Duluth Pack offers a variety of colors customers can choose from, including hunters orange. They can also do custom upgrades to their packs to suit the need of the individual customer. Listening to customers needs has helped Duluth Pack grow their expansive product line into what it is today.


As you plan your upcoming hunting trip, take a look at the variety of hunting gear that Duluth Pack can provide. This American made company has proven that traditional designs, time-tested methods and materials make products that will last a lifetime.


Duluth Pack Brings Back Their Bike Bags

7/23/10


Due to the growing popularity of bicycling, Duluth Pack in Duluth, MN has re-introduced their Made in the USA bicycle bags.


The peak of summer is upon us, and more and more of our time is spent participating in outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and bicycling. From the days of pedaling your feet as fast as you can to a leisure pedal through a beautiful trail, many of us have enjoyed the freedom and beauty that riding a bicycle brings. Not just solely a form of recreation, bicycling has also become a form of transportation, as well as sport. .


Starting as a Walking Machine, a Boneshaker, and the High Wheel Bicycle, the bicycle has gone through many changes in the last 200 years to get to where we are today. According to the National Sporting Goods Association, 38.1 million Americans age seven and older were estimated to have ridden a bicycle six times or more in 2009. Previous year’s numbers of participation include 37.4 million in 2007 and 38.7 in 2008. .


Due to this increase of popularity of bicycling, Duluth Pack in Duluth, Minnesota has recently re-introduced bike bags into their production line. Riders will find a bag to suit their needs whether it’s for a trip to the store, a ride on a trail, or a trek across the country. Styles include the Banana Bag, the Candy Bar Bag, the Hobo Bag, and the Pannier Bag. Each bike bag made for a specific purpose is made out of durable 15oz canvas, leather straps, and top-notch hardware. These American Heritage style bike bags will hold up to uneven terrain, inclement weather, and are suited for even the steadfast adventurer. .


Known for their top quality and traditional style, Duluth Pack also makes a variety of Messenger Bags for those bicyclists who need more than just storage on their bikes. Duluth Pack combines functionality and style with their popular bicycle commuting bag styles such as their Scout Pack, Daypacks, as well as over-the-shoulder Book Bags. .


As you plan your upcoming summer adventures, or prepare for your commute, take a look at the variety of high quality lifestyle gear that Duluth Pack can provide. This American made company has proven that traditional designs, methods, and materials are always in style..


Duluth Pack Debuts at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010

7/23/10


Duluth Pack from Duluth, Minnesota is making their debut appearance at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah August 3-6, 2010.


Due to recent exposure in the New York Times, GQ, Lucky Magazine, Inventory Magazine, as well as collaborations with Urban Outfitters and Barneys New York, Duluth Pack’s products have become increasingly popular. For the first time in company history, Duluth Pack will be attending Outdoor Retailer Summer Market meeting with potential dealers to expand their dealer registry.


Over the last 128 years, Duluth Pack has been specially known for their canoe and portaging packs made of leather and canvas. They also have hundreds of items to offer outdoor enthusiasts including daypacks, fishing and hunting gear, and many more canoe and outdoor accessories. Not only does Duluth Pack offer a wide variety, they also offer a Lifetime Warranty on all their handmade products.


Duluth Pack will be located in the New Vendor section, booth # BR830. They will have on hand each product from their extensive product line for buyers to have an opportunity to experience and feel the quality of each hand crafted Duluth Pack item. Stop by their booth and take a look at one of America’s greatest outdoor traditions.


About Outdoor Retailer

After 25 years, Outdoor Retailer is the leading outdoor industry event for retailers and company representatives to connect and promote outdoor specific products, services, brands, apparel, and outdoor innovation. Outdoor Retailer has proven to be instrumental with launching new products and brands by providing the opportunity to meet with thousands of buyers in one location.


Look Out Synthetics…Wool is Back in Style

5/03/10


Synthetic materials are out of style. Traditional materials, such as wool, are back in fashion with a vengeance.


Wool is making a comeback! More and more, consumers are buying wool because they know that wool has the durability and longevity that makes a purchase more like an investment, and today’s man made fibers just can’t compete. Starting in the 1950’s, with the changing modern society, wool was getting a reputation for being old fashioned and hard to care for. Man-made synthetic fibers were easier to wash and care for. Wool was considered old fashioned and no longer in style. But today, wool is making its comeback. Wool has once again become attractive and fashionable.


Wool is an extraordinary material which is why Duluth Pack has decided to incorporate it in their product line. Duluth Pack has been hand making canvas and leather bags for128 years. Duluth Pack products are known for their durability, high quality, and Lifetime Guarantee. What do wool and Duluth Pack have in common? Both have been tested through the years and both prove that their durability and traditional appeal will outlast and out-perform everything else. By combining wool material with Duluth Pack quality craftsmanship, something very special has been created.


In the last few months, Duluth Pack has expanded their product line by introducing wool bags. Currently, Duluth Pack is offering women’s purses and messenger bags made out of wool. But, with a few minor adjustments, they can make almost any bag or pack out of wool. Tom Sega, Duluth Pack President, states “These wool bags have quickly become a hit with our employees and customers. Wool gives the product a very classy look, and makes it that much more versatile.”


Why wool? It is naturally water repellent, durable, and resistant to static, dust, and dirt. Wool, also a sustainable resource, is a waste product of sheep every spring. What keeps the sheep warm and dry through the winter, keeps us warm and dry after they are done with it. Wool has been used for thousands of years and still, there is nothing better.


According to Google Search Trends, wool is desired almost 5 to 1 over polyester and this number is up 20% in less than 6 years. Is it because polyester reminds us of discos and odor-filled leisure suits? Or is it because we finally realized that wool is just easier on the environment and does the job better than any synthetic fiber could ever do? Step aside synthetics, wool is what it’s all about!


Duluth Pack: A Humble Beginning to Worldwide Popularity

3/30/10


After being in business for 128 years, Duluth Pack continues to thrive and manufacture products in Duluth, Minnesota and has become world renowned. Duluth, MN March 30, 2010 -- After being in business for 128 years, Duluth Pack continues to thrive and manufacture products in Duluth, Minnesota and has become world renowned.


Duluth Pack is a company that goes all the way back to the 1800’s. It all started with a poor French-Canadian named Camille Poirier, who made his way west to Duluth, Minnesota. Arriving in 1870 with his little stock of leather and tools, he began a small shoe store and quickly made a go of it in this booming frontier town on the shores of Gitchi Gummi, also known as Lake Superior. On December 12, 1882, Camille filed for a patent on a new type of packsack. It was a canvas sack that closed with a buckled flap, had new-fangled shoulder straps in addition to the traditional tumpline, a revolutionary sternum strap and an umbrella holder (for portable shade in this newly cutover country). Known then as the Poirier pack, this northwoods classic is referred to today as the Original Duluth Pack.


In 1911, Camille sold off the pack business to the new Duluth Tent and Awning Company. They opened shop on 1610 West Superior Street in the then bustling West End. In addition to the packs, they made countless awnings for booming Duluth businesses. Remember, during the early 1900s there were more millionaires per capita in Duluth, Minnesota than in any other town in America. Duluth had lumber barons, shipping magnates, railroad tycoons and big shots in the iron ore business.


Duluth Pack has been manufacturing in the same factory since 1911, and the highly skilled craftspeople use the same methods and techniques with the highest quality materials available. Each Duluth Pack is painstakingly built by hand with the attention and detail that only a true artisan can provide, and built to last. They stand behind their work and are proud to offer a lifetime warranty covering all craftsmanship and hardware they use in the construction of their products. Their product line currently consists of over 100 different handmade wool, canvas, and leather products which include luggage, women’s purses, portfolio bags, messenger bags, and school back packs. Staying true to their roots, they continue to manufacture products for the rugged outdoors lovers: such products include gun cases, canoe packs, and other hunting and fishing gear.


Research and development continues as they expand their product line by introducing several new products every year. Most new product ideas stem from loyal customers who are looking for a quality product that no other company can make that compares to the quality of Duluth Pack. Some examples include the Bushcrafter Pack, the Floating Gun Case, and their Wool products (purses and messenger bags).


Today’s social media trends have helped Duluth Pack go from a humble local company in northern Minnesota, to a brand seen all over the world. Their online presence attracts customers from all around the globe, and exposes the world to one of Duluth, Minnesota’s best kept secrets. Customers can place orders on their website, peruse their blog, join their Facebook group, and follow them on Twitter. As a result of this social networking, Duluth Pack products have been featured in the New York Times, Lucky Magazine, and Inventory Magazine.


What can you expect from Duluth Pack? Expect excellent customer service. Expect a superb product made in the USA. Expect a product that will last you a lifetime (and they have the Lifetime Guarantee!). Expect to make so many memories with your Duluth Pack that it becomes a part of your family. Expect to pass your Duluth Pack on to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Duluth Pack has been in business for 128 years…they’re doing something right.