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#2 Original Duluth Pack - Canoe Pack

Made in America
20 Review(s)
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.
SKU: S-302-

Availability: In stock

Customer Reviews (20)
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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