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Rutstrum Gear Cruiser Pack

We've brought back an old favorite! Cal Rutstrum, 'Man of the North' was the first to popularize putting a pack basket in a canvas pack for ease of hauling and durability. Designed for carrying awkward or fragile gear, the pack is built around a 24-inch pack basket.
Made in Olive Drab. All other colors made to order.

  • Ultra burly 18-ounce canvas construction with double bottom.
  • Durable Leather Shoulder straps with leather sternum strap
  • Large main compartment, compatible with 24” 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.



Designed for carrying awkward or fragile gear, the pack is built around a 24-inch pack basket. Canvas flap straps cinch the load while an extra-long top flap allows for mounding gear above the basket top. Huge 18" tall side pockets hold plenty of stuff. Slip tent poles or axe behind the side pockets for easy packing and access. Secure with leather side straps which can also serve as lift handles or as an attachment point for your mug. Double bottom, tumpline and leather shoulder straps with sternum strap. Made in USA.

Technical Specifications

Item No. S-250 Rutstrum Gear Pack

  • Dimensions: 24H x 22W x 6D + Pockets
  • Capacity: 6,950 cubic inches : 113.89L
  • 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 24” 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 of packing 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.

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Customer Reviews (3)

A WorkhorseReview by Sololoon
I've had my Duluth Rutstrum Pack now for one year and have taken it out on three trips into the northern woods of Maine. My pack was custom fitted with padded shoulder straps, sternum strap and a waist belt. This pack is a work of art and is built like a tank. It withstood the abuse I gave it and easily fit all of my gear, including enough food for a week long trip. It was comfortable to wear even after a three mile portage! The only advice I have would be to pack carefully (following Duluth's advice) and consider slipping a foam pad in the back to make it more comfortable to wear. I am looking forward to getting another pack for my newborn son when he's old enough. Too bad Duluth doesn't make baby carriers! (Posted on 9/6/2013)
Finally, a pack that fits!Review by Mike
Quality beyond compare! Will return with more after field test...Thank you Duluth for your product, OUTSTANDING!
(Posted on 10/4/2012)
Fantastic productReview by 2k
I just received my pack today, first rutstrum in waxed canvas. I also had Duluth install the front portage kit. The quality is top notch, I mean TOP notch. For all of you looking at this pack be prepared, it is large. I wanted something this big that way I could expand, I am also a large guy; 6'3 275lbs. It holds everything I will ever need and then some. I don't mind the weight though. I plan on taking it for its first adventure in the next couples weeks and I will update if needed. I venture to guess the break in period will be at least a few weeks of use. I look forward to putting many miles behind me with is pack on my back. (Posted on 2/21/2012)

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SKU: S-250, S-250-P

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