Duluth Pack – Backpacker Magazine “Get Out More” Event

Backpacker Magazine Get Out More

Backpacker Magazine Get Out More

Sept. 9 | 6-8 p.m.Backpacker Magazine visits the Duluth Pack retail store in Duluth as a part of its “Get Out More” events.  Free outdoor gear give-a-ways, slideshow and more. getoutmore2009.com | duluthpack.com

Duluth Pack is one of about 50 places Backpacker Magazine will visit in the USA.

14 Comments

speechie

about 12 years ago

Sure wish I would have known about this earlier!

zra

about 12 years ago

hear hear...too much to do to break away from the goings on...

Cory

about 12 years ago

Yea, sorry, I just heard about it from one of the owners this afternoon.  Luckily I will be able to hit up the event tomorrow night at Midwest Mountaineering in Minny.  I heard they were giving away some nice outdoor gear.

makm

about 12 years ago

A sideshow?  Now that does sound fun!

samh

about 12 years ago

Duluth Pack and Backpacker mag = a match made in heaven... err... hell.  Let's see just HOW MUCH weight we can carry on our backs.

huitz

about 12 years ago

samh is right.  I love my Duluth Pack, but it isn't a marriage made in heaven with backpacking.  A friend of mine hiked the whole SHT from Two Harbors with one (he used one with pockets, I want to say it was a Monarch).

He swore by it, by I'd probably go with a frame pack myself.  Canoeing with long portages, still am not entirely certain about that.  But, darn those things fit well in a canoe!  Albeit, they may, at times soak up bilge water just before the 50 rod hike.

huitz

about 12 years ago

I really embarrass myself sometimes :)  Didn't realize I put 50 rod and long portage in the same post.

The Big E

about 12 years ago

Pretty rotten to do it on an NMTC night.

zra

about 12 years ago

canvas portage pack on a backpacking trip? um. no. i ran into a couple of kids using them a few years ago outside Silver Bay, they were coming back up the trail from Bear Lake. they looked miserable.

I'm using an Osprey Aether 60 internal, 3700 cubes, weighing in at a scosh under 3 lbs. I could stand to lose a pound or two on sleeping bag weight, but as it sits with 70oz of water, food for three days and requisite gear (Hennessey Hammock, Nebo bag, clothing, etc...) it weighs a little under 40lbs...considering even the nice ultralight minimalist types on the AT and PCT carry packs that run 29-30 lbs, I'm not doing that bad.

I think my pack topped out at about 50 lbs last fall during my trip to Isle Royal.


On the whole, Duluth Pack is more geared to the plush canoe/portage camper than the ultralight minimalist type, though they do have a nice selection of that type of gear on occasion. If I were shopping for lighter more portable gear, I'd shop around a bit, which I do, quite extensively.

Still, would have been nice to make it to the event.

Cory

about 12 years ago

Duluth Packs aren't made to hike many miles, they are designed to canoe and portage, hence the name "portage pack". I do agree the canvas is heavy and the metal buckles can do some damage to the bottom of your canoe but they are tried and true..  I prefer Granite Gear, they makes great portage packs.. Lightweight and durable.   But even their largest pack needs side pockets like the large Duluth Pack. Those side pockets are handy.

huitz

about 12 years ago

zra, for a load that seems armed to the teeth, that actually sounds like a good setup.  I tend to go smaller, but my trips aren't really all that epic.

udarnik

about 12 years ago

Battle Lake Outdoors has lots of good backpacks and other stuff, made in Minnesota:

http://battlelakeoutdoors.com/shop/catalog/index.php?cPath=30

zra

about 12 years ago

@ huitz:

i tend to do the bulk of my longer trips in the spring/fall when the weather's cooler, so i tend to leave nothing to chance, warranting a slightly heavier pack. on shorter, warmer trips i could conceivably drop a few by dumping cooler weather non essentials like gaiters, the softshell and shell pants...but given my knowledge of northern MN in the spring and fall...would i really want to?

then there's the matter of my sleeping bag...which i'm desperately trying to find a lighter, cooler (read: i carry a down Nebo rated to -10), less bulky bag. dropping a couple of pounds on that setup could put me solidly in the 35 lb pack range, but i'm loath to go any farther down than a 30 degree bag for obvious reasons.

i do okay...i may need an upgrade on a couple of other items, but all in all i have a pretty complete pack. it's taken me about 6 years of trial and error to get it to where it is now. i never used to really worry about weight much til i began taking longer trips, so i'm naturally kind of getting to the point where i'm actually paying attention to weight and pack size.

MUCH different than the fall trips to the BWCA, where we're portaging in 70lbs of food, a couple of dutch ovens, corny kegs of brew and risk boards...that's p.l.u.s.h. living...

Shane

about 12 years ago

Yes, how could something be scheduled on an NMTC night...

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