Duluth Pack is a North Woods institution. Founded 137 years ago, the brand still makes products by hand in the USA.
If you’ve paddled Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, there’s a fair chance you’ve used a Duluth Pack portage bag. But the brand’s iconic, huge, burly canoe packs are just a fraction of its offerings.
From belts and gun cases to book bags and portfolios, Duluth Pack makes quality products meant to last. Think canvas, leather, and brass.
Founded In: 1882. Duluth Pack founder Camille Poirier started a leather goods store on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street in Duluth, Minn. In 1882 Poirier filed the patent for the Original Duluth Pack.
Home: Duluth, Minnesota
Mission: To make the world’s best high-quality canvas and leather packs, luggage, purses, and briefcases and to continue to make them in the USA with a lifetime warranty.
Buying Tip: Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in America. All its products come with a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship and hardware.
Fun Facts: In 1917, Duluth Pack began selling packs to Abercrombie & Fitch on Madison Avenue, N.Y.
With every handmade Duluth Pack product, you can find the sewer’s name on the tag.
The Bison Leather Duffel is a pricey piece of luggage built to last decades. It’s a simple design with rolled leather handles, a dust flap to keep everything clean, and a webbed shoulder strap with a bison leather pad. Strong, durable, and (like great wine) only getting better with age, it will take on a natural patina over time.
A solid day pack, the Roll Top Scout is a nice size for bikers, commuters, or students. It rolls lower to accommodate a small load, or higher to pack everything you might need for a weekend. The current model is on sale, a value at $105, before an updated model comes to market this summer.
Initially designed to carry shot shells for hunters and shooters, the Standard Shell Bag is now more seen as a multi-purpose model for everyday use. If you like the original, pick one up now on sale for $52 as it’s about to get a facelift on its design.
Brand Spanking New
Duluth Pack in recent years has expanded past its backwoods roots. This portfolio gives access to daily essentials without bulk. This envelope-style design also has an internal water bottle holder.
The most popular tote by Duluth Pack, this model has a leather bottom for extra durability. Toss your lunch and gym clothes in to be ready for the day.