Duluth Pack - Since 1882

Sparky Bag

One of our best selling daypacks, the Sparky Bag was designed to be the most versatile bag you own. It works great as an everyday work or school bag, but is equally at home while snowshoeing fresh powder or traversing rocky shorelines.

  • Burly 18-ounce canvas construction.
  • Zippered main compartment opens flat for quick access to anything inside.
  • Padded leather shoulder straps.
  • Two zippered side pockets for holding water bottles or extra gear.
  • Thick leather bottom for water resistance and added durability.
  • Two lash tabs and adjustable bungees to strap on additional items.
  • Interior zippered pocket.
  • Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.



Built out of rugged 18-ounce canvas and reinforced with a thick layer of leather on the bottom, the Sparky Bag is built for the road less traveled. Features like padded leather shoulder straps, dual zippered side pockets, and a reinforced leather grab handle all make this bag ultra practical for long days around town or in the woods. To help speed up loading and unloading, just unzip the whole front panel of the pack open and lay it flat. In addition, two leather lash tabs on top of the pack and a web of bungees on the front make carrying along an extra item or two no problem at all. Side pockets are large enough to carry a thermos or 32-ounce water bottle. Made in USA.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 17H x 13W x 5D + pockets
  • Capacity: 1,105 cubic inches + pockets
  • Construction: 18 oz canvas, box style design, thick leather bottom, premium leather flap straps, high quality roller buckles, two leather lash tabs, two zippered side pockets, leather reinforced grab handle

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Customer Reviews (27)

True StoryReview by Peter
I've reviewed this product positively before but I wanted to add this story. Recently I went to a very well respected(read expensive) tailor for the first time. I'm kind of embarrassed because I coming in with a used jacket. Pretty sure it is not the level he is used to. Jacket is rolled up in the Sparky bag which I flop on the counter. Tailor looks down and does a double take. Starts to examine the Sparky's shoulder straps. "Very strong. Good stitching." He is really impressed with construction and genuinely surprised. Nice job Duluth Pack. (Posted on 10/12/2015)
Very very very good.Review by Beamer
Bought one these bags years ago. I use the Sparky for everything, and take it every where. Just wonderful. (Posted on 1/31/2015)
sparky bag is tops at any price.Review by beemer
I own many packs, bags, luggage etc.etc. from Duluth Pack. The Sparky bag is my most used and loved bag.
Just the best. (Posted on 7/6/2014)
Great ProductReview by Peter
I have had this bag for about six months. Waited to write review until I had taken it on a serious hike. I have used as a carry-on, brief case day bag and on a day hike. As with all Duluth products it is simple and extremely well made. I will wear out before it does. Fits my medium frame well although might be too big for a small person. Side pouches can easily hold a one liter water bottle or my reading galsses and cell phone. Main area can hold all you need for a day hike or over night. I have also carried my ski boots in it. Just had bag on a day hike that included long climb and rock scrambles. Bag was solid and stable through all. Would recommend for school, city, or woodland day hikes. Probably not the best for technical stuff like back country skiing or very hot weather. (Posted on 8/22/2012)
IndestructableReview by Arrowit
I bought the Sparky in waxed and have dragged it through the rain, steams, mud, snow and baking sun for the past two years. I use this pack daily for everything from kayaking, carry on, hiking, lunch bag, and baseball gear bag. My Sparky looks as good as the day I got it in the mail.This thing is built tough and rugged. I'll keep on abusing it and when it does fail I'll definately send it back in for repairs and order another new one for a back-up at that time! (Posted on 2/7/2012)
QualityReview by Ben
I bought this pack in 1994 at the Canal Park store in Duluth,MN. It has been my constant companion - on hiking trails, campsites, fishing excursions and business trips.
It gets better with age and experience.

"It's the best Jerry, the best!" (Posted on 12/27/2011)
It's a TANK!Review by Winterlover
This bag is very comfortable, classy, and tough. I use it for all kinds of things, it's especially good for collecting rocks and boulders on the beach, bushwacking through brush, and other pack-destructive activities. I don't think it will ever wear out, and the padded shoulder straps are extremely comfortable. It's great! (Posted on 10/6/2011)
Fantastic pack, well worth the priceReview by Catie
My father originally bought this pack for day hikes; I now use it for college. Durable, roomy and just about indestructible, the Sparky bag is a wise investment. The size belies what the pack can really hold- I have to carry around a lot of adaptive equipment and I haven't had the need for a second bag. (Posted on 8/21/2011)
Worth weight in gold to daughter in college/grad schoolReview by Peterson
Bought daughter a Sparky Bag in Duluth when she was going into her freshman year at College of St Benedict - she used it daily for 4 years - had it embroidered with name and college (actually, picture on Sparkey bag part of webpage is her using it in Rome/Study abroad). Now is going off to Vermont to Grad School - will have it embroidered again with different school name - she'll use it daily there too. Not one problem with the product. As good as my two old #4 bags that have been to Quetico a dozen times. Nice people in the store too. I'll buy another one for the boy when he graduates high school soon. (Posted on 6/9/2011)
Get one..that's all you will need.Review by Carl
My old pack fell apart after 15 years regular use so i stated looking about. I hate spending money so was looking for a pack built to last, not 15 years this time but 30! Ordered from the states (to England) i was impressed with the speed of delivery, 14 days in my hand.
I am certainly impressed with the bag, the information on this site leaves you with a good idea of what you get but like everything it is only when you see and feel the product can you really know. I now know, these are great bags for the money.
The only thing i would change would be to put two leather straps through the lash tabs at manufacture as these are real hard to get straps threaded through and it would be nice to have two straps of the same leather as the straps on the bag, these tabs were an important consideration for me as that is where my raincoat will sit.
I have no doubt in my mind that i will be back for more. Thanks for a great bag. (Posted on 9/23/2010)
great addition to BWCA tripsReview by silver fox
Added as day pack and met or exceeded all expectations. Beware that colors (my case burgundy) bled into other packs/clothes at the first rain. I did not expect and should have anticipated. (Posted on 7/27/2010)
LOVE LOVE LOVEReview by Sparky
we have 2 of these and love them, they go everywhere with them. HIking canoeing college and on the big minnesota vacation each year (Posted on 7/21/2010)
great packReview by eric
Ive used this hiking up on the north shore to hiking in the mountains of alaska very sturdy pack (Posted on 7/21/2010)
An Awesome all around day pack!Review by RawRedmeat
Bombproof, beautiful, and terrifically organized. This pack has it all, and then some. My only addition: a "utility panel" inside the main compartment for things like pens, phone, ipod, whatever. I added one to mine myself and it made this pack as close to perfect as it gets! (Posted on 7/19/2010)
Perfect everyday/small trip packReview by fiesta
I've had my sparky bag for over 5 years now and just love it. Durable as all get-out, and while not a huge bag, I have been able to fit a lot of gear in to it. I love the size of the side pockets. And the quality of Duluth Pack construction and customer service is unrivaled! (Posted on 7/19/2010)
very happyReview by jim
This pack will last forever. It is durable, and very functionable. Factor the price over its' lifetime and it is a huge value. Don't think twice it is the last backpack you will ever need. Once again Duluth Pack delivers. (Posted on 7/17/2010)
Great PAckReview by mpssweet
Sometimes I use this as an overnight pack and sometimes as a book bag pack, regardless I use this bag all the time. (Posted on 7/15/2010)
PracticalReview by KirkB
This is the perfect bag for around town the woods or over night. (Posted on 7/15/2010)
OUtstanding product.Review by lblackwell
This pack will meet the needs of many outdoorsmen. (Posted on 7/15/2010)
WonderfulReview by Joh
It is a wonderful pack. It will last foever I promise you. Thanks for the fast and guarrantied shipping to let me go home happily. (Posted on 2/10/2010)

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