Retailer Spotlight: Duluth Pack, Minnesota

The folks at Duluth Pack, based in Duluth, Minnesota, have been crafting their canvas and leather products by hand since 1882. That kind of longevity attests to excellent products and satisfied customers who keep coming back for more.  

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(Photo by Bailey Aro Photography; courtesy of Duluth Pack)


About Duluth Pack

Historically, Duluth Pack’s most famous product has been its aptly-named Duluth Pack: a heavy-duty canvas and leather pack built with utility and durability in mind.

Their product line expanded over the years to include more than a dozen different packs for canoe trips, as well as products for hunting, the general outdoors and urban life. They also carry paddles, apparel, jewelry, maps, camping gear and household items.

They have a both a retail location in Duluth and an extensive online store, which has enabled them to reach customers all around the world.

Their Company’s History

The company that eventually became Duluth Pack was founded by French-Canadian Camille Poirier in the late 1800s. The pack he developed for trappers, lumber workers and traders was a natural fit for canoeists heading into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

It was tough enough to last season after season, and large enough to fit all the gear needed for an extended trip.

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Vintage photo of canoeists using Duluth Packs (photo courtesy of Duluth Pack)


Duluth Pack’s signature products continue to be handcrafted at their original Minnesota headquarters. In fact, you can see the names and faces of those who cut, sew and rivet each piece on the company website.

Great Products Mean Great Guarantees

The folks at Duluth Pack stand behind their products with a lifetime guarantee on the craftsmanship and hardware of their packs and bags.

If you live near Duluth or will be traveling there, you can get a first-hand look at their process by going on a Factory Tour.

Duluth Pack and Bending Branches

“We carry Bending Branches paddles because they are a great value product for our customers. They are high quality, but still have an approachable price point. This sweet spot provides paddle options for every customer. From the avid paddlers, to the guys or gals who only get out once a year, BB has a great option.

Duluth Pack and Bending Branches have been partners for over a decade now and still going strong!” (Jack Moore of Duluth Pack)

portaging with duluth packs
Portaging and packing (photo by Brian Paul Hallberg; courtesy of Duluth Pack)


You can connect with Duluth Pack on their website, on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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