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The Benefits of Merino Wool | Duluth Pack

The Benefits of Merino Wool

When you think of traditional wool, it can often bring to mind sweaters and socks to keep you warm (and sometimes almost too warm) in the coldest months of the winter, like December and January in Minnesota. Today, however, we want to highlight the magical properties of merino wool instead of traditional wool. Merino wool is truly one of a kind when it comes to the wool material genre—it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer while still maintaining its quality. Here at Duluth Pack, we wanted to give you a quick history and overview of merino wool, as well as the benefits of wearing this high-quality wool.
Packing With Duluth Pack: For the Jet-Setter | Duluth Pack

Packing With Duluth Pack: For the Jet-Setter

Packing with Duluth Pack Series: For The Jet-Setter

Now that the summer months are rolling around and our world is beginning to open a little bit more, your friends at Duluth Pack have created a packing guide for all types of vacations that you plan to go on in the future. Use this guide to help you pack for your endeavors this summer, or to dream of that perfect vacation that you plan to take in the future. Today’s post is for the jet-setter.

The jet-setter is for those who feel at home while flying 30,000 feet in the air. For some, flying provides tranquility and peace that being on land doesn't. Even if you can’t travel by plane this summer, keep this guide in mind for the next time that you can act on your travel bug and go sightseeing once again.

Exploring the Minnesota North Shore | Duluth Pack

Exploring the Minnesota North Shore

The Minnesota North Shore is the expanse of coastline spanning over 150 miles that starts in Duluth and continues along Lake Superior into Ontario. Over 3 million people visit the Northshore every year, and it's not hard to see why. There are state parks, hiking trails, historical sites, and scenic towns all along the path that are great for any hiker, camper, or canoer to stop and explore. Be sure to make a day or weekend out of the experience, as it's easy to fall in love with the scenery, so packing smart is a must if you're going to stay a bit longer. Let's go over some of the sights that make the North Shore one of the best hiking trips you'll ever experience. 
Aside from the starting city of Duluth (which is a must-stop of course), there are dozens of spots to stop and enjoy the natural beauty of the state. The first major must-see is Two Harbors. At 24 miles from the start, Two Harbors features the only real working lighthouse on the North Shore. It also has the Sonju trail, which allows you to see an ore ship being loaded. 
Fun and Functional Ways To Reconnect With Your Home | Duluth Pack

Fun and Functional Ways To Reconnect With Your Home

Right now, the home feels more important than ever. Give your house some well-deserved one-on-one time.

  • Incorporate Comfy Classic and Textures

Consider editing your space with textures and classic pieces that will be transitional and effortless from season to season.

We recommend playing around with pillows, timeless blankets, funky rugs, and incorporating a bit of the outdoors with potted plants.

  • Create Your New Comfort Foods

There is no better time than now to get comfortable in the kitchen. Experiment with tasty treats, comfort classics, and create new guilty pleasures. Don’t forget to use top-notch cooking accessories and equipment such as Cast Iron Pans, quality cutting boards, cool canvas aprons, and extra utensils.

 

  • Find Time To Play

Disconnect from Wi-Fi and reconnect with your loved ones over old school board games and cards. We recommend the Duluth Pack Mini Game Pack that comes with a cribbage board, cards, and more! Perfect for home, cabin, or road trips. Also, check out the Minnesota Activity Book for the kiddos.

 

  • Discover Artwork That Inspires You

Find pieces that speak to you. Whether it be abstract paintings, landscape photography, or statue pieces. Bring in colors that make you feel happy or inspired. We recommend photography work from our friends at Radiant Spirit Gallery.

 

  • Bond With Your Backyard

Make your backyard your new oasis. Get grilling, light up your fire ring, cut some wood, and start landscaping – if weather permits. Enjoy the simple moments in your own yard.

 

  • Create Your Ideal Coffee Corner

Learn how to brew your favorite coffee at home. Right now, whipped coffee is all the rage. Try that or learn how to grind whole bean coffee properly, enjoy the tastes and flavors of all types of blends. We recommend sipping slowly while using your favorite mug. You can find us sipping on the top-selling Duluth Pack Campfire Mug. Now, time to pick out a book and get lost in the story.

 

We hope you enjoyed our easy how-to guide to staying inspired while staying indoors. If you'd like more ideas on creating the ultimate cozy space, view our favorites for the home and our favorite comfy classics

 

Happy day, friends.

 

Outdoor Guide: The Differences Between Wax Canvas and Traditional Canvas | Duluth Pack

Outdoor Guide: The Differences Between Wax Canvas and Traditional Canvas

If you are looking to buy your first Duluth Pack or looking to expand your collection you may be wondering what waxed canvas is and what the history behind it is? What is the difference between the waxed canvas and traditional non-wax canvas? 

Waxed canvas was originally used during the 1800s by Scottish fishermen who noticed ship sails caught more wind when they were wet. However wet sails were too heavy to be effective, so the sailors decided to use linseed oil to saturate the sails. By doing this, the sails were able to repel water and they caught the wind better, making for more efficient sailing. Linseed oil mimics the properties of water but without adding the additional weight. Once the sails reached the end of their life, they would be recycled into weather-resistant clothing to wear at sea. Over time this practice became so widespread that factories started producing waxed canvas for mass production.

Waxed canvas is just that, it is our traditional cotton duck 15 oz canvas which has been applied with a thin layer of wax on top of the canvas.  It is still made with our durable and rugged canvas, but we just go one step farther to create a bag with a quicker patina aesthetic. 

Our traditional canvas is a tight weave high strength fabric that holds up to the test of time. Canvas itself is not watertight so it has the potential to allow water on the inside of the bag which is why we recommend a poly pack liner if you are going on a canoe trip. Canvas is a wonderful material as it expands when wet, this is why it is an ideal choice and heavy-duty material for outdoor adventures and it is also time-tested. Canvas is a fairly breathable, yet wind-resistant fabric and fairly easy to clean. The bottom-line canvas is durable and will last for many generations to come.

Waxed canvas has all the benefits of our traditional canvas plus a few extra perks. The wax finish allows the water droplets to bead up on the surface and flow off creating the effect of a water-resistant finish. It also has higher wind-resistance compared to traditional non-canvas. The wax creates a thin membrane on the canvas which will also repel dirt. However, it will show some scuffs and marks more than the traditional canvas option, but this will add to the overall character of the bag. Waxed canvas can be more comfortable to wear, and some people say it has an overall softer feel to it. To care for your pack all you need to do is reapply oil wax finish depending on the amount of use. You should not put it in the washing machine as that will take most of the wax finish off. If you scrub it with soap and water, you may take off the finish too. Please read Duluth Pack’s care instructions on the website.

We must note, Duluth Pack packs, totes, duffels, and handcrafted products are not water-resistant and or water-proof. The seams are not sealed, and many needle holes penetrate the fabric. 

Hopefully, this answered your questions and made choosing your next Duluth Pack easier. 

Happy shopping, friends!