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#3 Cruiser Combo

Item S-233-
A traditional pack with an endless number of contemporary applications. Most often used as a food pack for long trips into Northwoods canoe country, the #3 Cruiser Combo is also great for artists, photographers, forestry workers, or any other hard working or hard playing individual who could benefit from added impact resistance and organization. Made in Olive Drab. All other colors made to order.

  • Ultra burly 18-ounce canvas construction with double bottom.
  • Quick drying cotton shoulder straps riveted for extra reinforcement.
  • Large main compartment with built in map pocket and compatibility with 20” basket.
  • Two flap-covered side pockets for quick access to everyday necessities.
  • Rides low to allow the carrying of a canoe while wearing the pack.
  • Comes with a heavy duty 6ml poly liner and a tumpline.
  • Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.

You are more than welcome to add or upgrade the following options on your Duluth Pack. To do so, please call Duluth Pack Customer Service for a quote. 1-800-777-4439
  • Side Pockets: $75/pair
  • Padded Leather Shoulder Straps: $45
  • Padded Leather Shoulder Straps w/ Sternum Strap: $80
  • Leather Lashings: $10/pair
  • Waist Belt Assembly: $50
  • Sternum Strap Assembled (for leather straps): $35
  • D-rings sewn on: $5 each
  • ***prices subject to change***

Availability: In stock


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We modified our versatile Cruiser Pack and combined it with a pack basket to help protect your gear. Photographers and ice anglers love this pack, and it makes a sturdy canoe trip food pack. Flap-covered side pockets keep your insulated bottle, extra water, tackle box, or lunch near to hand while the rest of your things stay safe within the crush-resistant main compartment. Features include tough 18-ounce canvas, cotton shoulder straps, double bottom, tumpline and internal map pocket. Stained basket comes with its own shoulder harness for use alone. The #3 is a bigger food pack that can handle enough food for up to six people for a weekend or two people for a week or more. Comes with heavy-duty poly liner. Purchase as pack only or combo with basket. Made in USA.

Technical Specifications

Item No. S-233 #3 Cruiser Combo

  • Dimensions: 23H x 21W x 6D
  • Capacity: 5,790 cubic inches : 94.88L
  • Construction: 18-ounce canvas, box pack design, double sewn side seams, two side pockets, leather reinforcements for all rivets and high stress seams, top grade roller buckles, double canvas bottom, includes M-215 poly liner, compatible with 20” basket

History of this Product

Known primarily for his fifteen books covering such subjects as canoeing, wilderness camping, and nature, famous Northwood’s author Calvin Rutstrum also developed the concept for the ash basket/soft pack combo. This versatile outfit, which we now call the Cruiser Combo, has been popular for years because it not only offers additional protection over other methods but also rides low to avoid catching on branches and shrubs in the heavy woods.

In addition to his writing and important innovations, Cal Rutstrum, along with other notable conservationists such as Sigurd F. Olson, are also heavily credited with successfully campaigning and winning the late 1940’s precedent-setting battle to ban all airplane traffic over what is today the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Dimensions 23H x 21W x 6D


Customer Reviews (7)

The OneReview by fruzblob
Just did my first BWCA trip with this pack after 40 years of trips with many other packs. I was a little leery of the tumpline, but I used it about half the time, and liked it. Good size and features and great quality. I hope to be using it long enough to leave it to a great grandchild. (Posted on 8/16/2014)
Amazing Pack!Review by GrizzledAtoms
I agree with others who say that this pack is just right and the quality is amazing. It is! You just don't see craftsmanship like this anymore and it is a wonderful thing to experience. This has to be one of the best packs out there! Also, the service that I experienced along with ordering this pack was nothing short of amazing as well. Very personal attention and the kindness and care could be felt. (Posted on 6/19/2013)
My #1 canoe packReview by pspaladi
The #3 Cruiser Combo pack is my #1 canoe pack. For me it is just the right size and includes all the features I need and want for canoe camping. I prefer the box style pack and the side pockets are key. The 18 oz canvas makes for one tough pack . The craftsmanship is unmatched in anything I've seen. I purchased mine about 10 or 15 years ago without the basket and it is as good as new. (I've blown through nylon and vinyl packs in shorter timeframes.) (Posted on 7/21/2010)
wouldn't buy any otherReview by djtelin
I'm still using my dad's #3 that he used for hunting and fishing until he passed on. I believe it must be about 50 years old or better. Still has the original leather shoulder straps and thong. Over the years he brought it back and had a few patches sewed on but it's still in great condition and I use it regularly along with the one he bought me when I was 8. I'm convinced that you can not buy a better pack. It will last a lifetime, literally. (Posted on 7/19/2010)
Best Pack Made - EverReview by djtelin
I've been stompin' around the North American wilderness with this pack for about 43 years and it's lookin' like it's going to outlive me. Except for being 'broke in', it's still just like new. Trust me, this #3 has seen a lot of country! (Posted on 7/19/2010)
greatReview by deerman
can't say enough good things about this pack I use it in the BWCA elk hunting in Colo. winter camping I have had it for years and it still looks new. (Posted on 7/16/2010)
An alternative kitchen gear & Food packReview by miller
This was my first Duluth Pack I got to go canoe camping. I really like the heavy duty construction. The outside pockets work nice to carry fuel and stoves keeping them away from the kitchen gear and food we carry inside the pack. This pack always goes along in the BWCA for canoe camping. This Cruiser Combo #3 is big enough for regular camp out backpacking too. (Posted on 7/15/2010)

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