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post #1 of 31
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I'm not sure how much interest this thread will get, but I couldn't find a thread dedicated to Duluth Pack. With brands like Engineered Garments and Inventory doing collabs in the past few years with Duluth--does anyone have any first hand experience with the bags? I actually own a wanderer backpack from them in waxed canvas, quality is excellent. I actually use it for its intended purpose too--hiking and day trips. Might post some pack porn in the near future. Thoughts?
post #2 of 31
Having grown up just a few miles away from Duluth - I have been to the store in canal park many times, and can definitely second that these guys make a beautiful product. I personally own 2 safari duffels, the shaving kit, and a leather briefcase. You're not going to find a higher quality product, but I'm actually not a huge fan of the leather logo patch they put on the bags. I much prefer my filson briefcase for this reason - and while I know it's what makes their brand, I'd really prefer no logo on my bag.

Thinking about picking up the doctor's weekend bag in brown pebbled leather - thoughts?

http://duluthpack.com/doctors-weekend-bag.html
post #3 of 31
I bought a small canoe pack a while back when I visited their store in Duluth. It's nice and all, but I would never pay those absurd prices collaborations go for.
post #4 of 31
i have a standard shell bag that i got when i thought i'd need a cheap substitute to the filson small field bag. i probably don't need it at all so it just sits here. the canvas is way flimsy compared to a filson canvas bag, but i have no problems with the bag at all. anyone need a burgandy shell bag?
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i have a standard shell bag that i got when i thought i'd need a cheap substitute to the filson small field bag.

i probably don't need it at all so it just sits here. the canvas is way flimsy compared to a filson canvas bag, but i have no problems with the bag at all.

anyone need a burgandy shell bag?

those things hold their value - you'd get most of your money out of it on ebay if the condition is good.
post #6 of 31
i have a bunch of duluth packs that i use for canoeing and kayaking. two of them - the big, single-flap food packs - are over 50 years old (i got them from my grandfather), and are still in flawless condition. i should clarify - they have aged wonderfully and still function perfectly. they're tough as hell, too - those two food bags have made 8 trips up into the quetico with me and have been through some terrible weather, canoe tips, a brief encounter with a black bear, etc. as for materials, i don't own any leather products from duluth (can't justify taking a huge chunk of leather into the wilderness), but the canvas is gnarly. great feel, and the leather straps are as comfortable as one can expect when carrying 80 pounds of food on your back. as for collabs, i agree the price would be insane. part of what makes duluth packs so attractive (at least in the midwest-born canoe and kayak community) is that they're an amazing value. adding another name to the product might help them gain exposure, but i can think of a few people (myself included) who would be turned off by a move upmarket. just looking at how quoddy's prices have changed in the past two years makes me fearful...
post #7 of 31
I grabbed a "Duluth pack" made by Frost River (now owned by Duluth) awhile back when they were clearing out their deadstock on eBay. It's small, I think the equivalent model currently for sale is the book pack. Anyway, for $50, it was a hell of a deal... perfect for carrying around town or through the airport. My only gripe is the somewhat cheap-seeming leather used for for the shoulder straps, but it's a minor detail on an otherwise great product. I think now that Frost River is up and running again, I'll eventually pick up one of their waxed cotton packs.
post #8 of 31
I just got their catalog which I had shipped to me from their website, and I am liking a lot of their packs. I think I will pick up one of the more simple backpacks, they look really nice and quality seems excellent.
post #9 of 31
My mom actually ordered this purse from duluth. I haven't been home to see it in person but she said the quality/value is good.
post #10 of 31
Hello, I work for Duluth Pack and have for 6 years. Thank you for all your kind words. After 128 years in business I hope we are doing something right!
It was mentioned how a few folks don't like our logo on certain products. If you call us we would be happy to make you a bag without our logo on it.
We also have waxed canvas again. Thanks again for this thread!
post #11 of 31
Welcome.

Nice bags.
post #12 of 31
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If you call us we would be happy to make you a bag without our logo on it.
Nice. That's customer service.
post #13 of 31
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Hello, I work for Duluth Pack and have for 6 years. Thank you for all your kind words. After 128 years in business I hope we are doing something right!
It was mentioned how a few folks don't like our logo on certain products. If you call us we would be happy to make you a bag without our logo on it.
We also have waxed canvas again. Thanks again for this thread!

Awesome--I didn't think creating a thread about you would bring you to the forum! Welcome

I just purchased a waxed wanderer from you. Can't wait to use it in the field.
post #14 of 31
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Hello, I work for Duluth Pack and have for 6 years. Thank you for all your kind words. After 128 years in business I hope we are doing something right!
It was mentioned how a few folks don't like our logo on certain products. If you call us we would be happy to make you a bag without our logo on it.
We also have waxed canvas again. Thanks again for this thread!

That's great. Probably just persuaded me to make a purchase.
post #15 of 31
I have nothing but nice things to say about working with Duluth Pack as well - the products are really great, the lifetime warrante is incredible and the bags just look great.
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