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#2 Original Duluth Pack - Canoe Pack

Made in America
For generations of wilderness travelers, the Original Duluth Pack has been the time tested favorite for discerning individuals who demand rugged durability and uncompromising value.

  • Tough 15-ounce canvas construction.
  • Rugged leather shoulder straps riveted for extra reinforcement.
  • Large single compartment with built in map pocket.
  • Rides low to allow the carrying of a canoe while wearing the pack.
  • Specifically contoured to fit the confines of a canoe.
  • Each pack comes with a heavy duty 6ml poly liner and a tumpline.
  • Guaranteed for Life. Made in the USA.

This envelope style pack features 15-ounce canvas construction, top grade roller buckles, three ¾ inch leather front flap straps, and sturdy leather shoulder straps attached with hand hammered copper rivets. In addition, all stress areas are reinforced for extra durability and peace of mind while portaging even the heaviest of loads. All fastenings are top grade, smooth working, roller buckles. Each pack is equipped with the traditional tumpline, an internal map pocket, and a thick replaceable poly liner. Made in USA.

Technical Specifications

Item No. S-302 #2 Original Duluth Pack

  • Dimensions: 25H x 24W
  • Capacity: 3,970 cubic inches : 65.05L
  • Construction: 15 oz canvas, envelope style design, double sewn side seams, leather reinforcements for all rivets, includes M-211 poly liner

History of this Product

Many people believe that the name Duluth Pack is a generic term, much like Kleenex® or Band-Aid®, when in fact there is only one real Duluth Pack. A French Canadian named Camille Poirier first patented the now famous Duluth Pack on December 12th, 1882. Until this time, a pack of this type did not exist. Poirier had designed and built a new type of pack-sack that closed with a buckled flap, had new-fangled shoulder straps, a tumpline, a chest or sternum strap, and an umbrella holder (umbrellas were used as portable shade during the time of clear cutting in the Northland). In 1911, Camille sold off the pack business to the new Duluth Tent and Awning Company. At that time all packs were manufactured and sold under the Monarch Brand trade name, but over the years became commonly known as the “Duluth Pack.”

To this day, we are still making Duluth Packs in the same building, with many of the same machines and techniques that were used almost a century ago. As rugged as the country in which it was born, the Original Duluth Pack has been an integral part of life in the North Country for well over a century. The Duluth Pack was originally designed as an every day use pack, for just about anything. For years, forestry workers, trappers, hunters, and canoe adventurers alike have all praised the Duluth Pack for its simplicity, utility, and durability.

A common misconception about our packs is that they were designed for the coureur des bois (runner of the woods), or the licensed Voyageurs during the fur trade. While the Voyageurs did use a similar flat or envelope style pack to transport enormous quantities of goods throughout the Northwood’s, the Duluth Pack, unfortunately, missed the Voyageurs by roughly half a century (although the Voyageurs were most prominent during the 17th and 18th centuries).

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Customer Reviews (20)
Forever and ever . . .
The A -2 pack I bought in 1956 finally wore out this last Summer. It served me well for many trips in Quetico, as well as river trips on the Missouri (Montana) and Green (Utah). Review by Montana Guy (Posted on 3/21/2011)
Best pack anywhere on the planet
Duluth Pack makes the best packs on the planet. After using Duluth Packs in the BWCA, I purchased one (Size #2) and have taken it to Antarctica several times as my primary piece of luggage. and use it for camping in Hawaii - it handles travel well in any environment. I have purchased other Duluth Pack backpacks for light duty use and have also been satisfied. Keep up the good work! Review by Aloha! (Posted on 8/23/2010)
wouldn't canoe camp without my Duluth Pack
I have used Duluth Packs since 1960 and love the way they fit in my canoe, pack, and last. Review by canoeinnh (Posted on 8/6/2010)
Can't be beat
I have used Duluth Packs for many many trips in Quetico and the Boundary Waters and the quality and durability of these packs can't be beat. Review by lwerner (Posted on 7/20/2010)
What a bag!
My 1st canoe & camping trip in the BWCA & I am so glad I had the "right" equipment. My Duluth pack held everything I needed for my 3 day trip. Sturdy, dependable, easy to carry and the best...everything stayed dry! I had a great camping experience. Review by ktb (Posted on 7/20/2010)
#2 is awesome
This pack is wonderful personal pack. Have used it many times and fits all the gear i need and no more. leather straps are great quality and have retained their brand new look after three years. i would recommend padded shoulder straps. Review by Katie (Posted on 7/19/2010)
40+ years old and still kicking
Bought one of these "Minnesota" Duluth Packs when I was about 20, now at 63 is is still working great, though I don't fill it as much as I used to. Great for X-country skiing into a remote campsite. Could fill it to the point I couldn't put it on myself ! BEST EVER! Review by Doug (Posted on 7/17/2010)
Tried and True
No "new techs" can beat a Duluth Pack. Lasts forever, holds everything. Rides perfectly in a canoe and goes on every hunting trip. Classic, well made and versatile. Review by Canoe Crazy (Posted on 7/16/2010)
Most useful pack in existence
You'll never find a better canoe pack. Sits properly in a canoe, holds everything you need, is easy to get into and lasts forever. Review by Outdoor Nut (Posted on 7/16/2010)
Best all-around canoe pack out there
I've owned an original Duluth Pack for about twenty years and it still looks practically brand new. I love how rugged it is, how well it lays in the bottom of my cedar-strip canoe, keeping a low center of gravity, and the size. You can fit an entire weekends worth of gear in it. Best pack I've ever owned! Review by Nate (Posted on 7/16/2010)
The # 4 is simply the best and most effective pack Ive ever used! I handled all the equipment I need for an extreme Canadian wilderness trip! Review by RYAN (Posted on 7/16/2010)
Comfortable to pack a big load
I really like the #4 Original Duluth Pack. Ir rides well in the canoe packed with our sleeping bags, pads, and clothing. I like to take it camping all year round. This pack just makes me feel good every time I use it. Review by miller (Posted on 7/15/2010)
Great, classic bag for the BWCA
We bought this bag for our canoe trips on the return trip from our first year in the BWCA about 7 years ago and it has held up really well! The only wish I have is that it had a couple of zippered pockets inside for smaller items that are waterproof but tend to get lost in the big bag. Review by bjr (Posted on 7/15/2010)
SO durable
I love my Duluth pack (#4)...I bought it in 1970, and it has lasted through years of use and abuse...and even a black bear attack...but it has survived. I have had many people make offers to buy it offer to buy it from me...but it is my old friend...and I would never part with it...NEVER! Review by Duluthhawk (Posted on 7/15/2010)
Great for deer hunting
The Hunter's Orange option is great for deer hunting! Review by gavin (Posted on 7/15/2010)
Best pack around
I've taken this bag on dozens of canoe trips into Lake of the Woods and the Boundary Waters and it has served me well on all of those trips! This pack has been shown some tough love, and it has stood up extremely well - barely a scratch on it! Other packs that have all those random compartments that don't really fit anything well and usually tear are a forward: plenty of space to fit everything you need and built to hold up against anything that you throw at it. Totally worth every penny! Review by e.fulton (Posted on 7/15/2010)
Dumb product design?
Who designs and produces a product that never needs to be replaced? 2 of my #4's were acquired when i was in scouts and was about 15 years old for our first BWCA trip. They went with my sons, myself and the dog last year and still work just fine. The years have put some "character" in the leather straps and canvas has faded a bit. But the tumplines still work fine and really take a load off your shoulders if you know how to use them right. Can't argue with that kind of service from any product. Review by Don P. (Posted on 7/15/2010)
45 years and full of stories even when empty.
I recently went on another trip to the Boundary Waters and was able to use my Dad's old #4 Duluth pack. He dug the pack out of the garage from a special area separated from the usual camping gear and handed it to me. A solid look in his face told me to take care of the bag even though nothing was said. He knew that I would. Of course it worked great for everything. That's not the focus of this review because everyone already knows how great the product is. When I returned home, I received some of his stories. These stories are what I will share. He bought the pack when he was sixteen with money earned as a paperboy. His family was poor and the bag was very expensive for him back then. In his words, “probably 20 dollars”. He used it often as he evolved into a boyscout guide and led countless trips for hundreds of young canoeists. He shared stories of canoe games on a hot summer day and raising a sail to easily pass everyone paddling feverishly to keep up. There were scary stories of heroic rescues, harsh weather and what he calls “the black mist”. He told of surprising bears on trail that quickly led to the addition of a bear bell to the pack – especially when he started bringing my mother. One rescue in particular always seemed hard to believe until I was at a graduation party for the son of one of the kids (now father) that my Dad took on a trip. This stranger to me took me aside quietly and said, “let me tell you a story about your father…” The same story that I had heard before was told from a different perspective about a canoe flipped over and wedged in a rapids filling with water as a trapped canoeist underneath was beginning to drown. People around trying to lift the filled canoe unsuccessfully while another person cupped his hands around the mans’ mouth to block out the rising water. My Dad grabbed a large post and used it as a lever to break the back of the canoe. The canoe folded and headed downstream while the person came up choking on fresh air. The pack comes with a tradition that has been passed down. It carries food, gear, and all the stories that you can fit. It may look old and worn, but it carries a lifetime of boundary waters history. Over the 45 years that it has been in my father's possession, only a small hole has worn into the bottom corner of the bag. I took it to the store in Canal Park and reluctantly removed my Mom’s bear bell and old rope in order to place it in your hands for repair. Please take good care of it. I know you will patch it up well to prepare it to hold a second generation of memories. Thanks,

-Branden Asplund
Review by Asplund (Posted on 7/6/2010)
Pack that is used for everything
This simple pack is the most functional bullet-proof pack made. The others can harp about the features and bells and whistles, they can have them. For me time is the true test and the Duluth Pack will win every time. I will put my old Duluth Packs up against any brand new pack from others and mine will be the one coming home from every trip. Pay a little extra, yes, but in the long run inexpensive. If you want a cheap throw away bag don't buy this one it will not die. Review by Grant (Posted on 10/4/2009)
old is best
I was given a #3, which turned out not always big enough; I later bought a
#4. Either one is a great pack. And they are tough! For me, packs with pockets, inside dividers or sections, are a nuisance: I like a great big bag that holds everything organized in stuff bags. (The more bells and whistles, the more that can go wrong.) I use both bags almost exclusively for canoe camping in northern Maine.
Review by Blair (Posted on 6/30/2008)
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