I spent a long time searching for the perfect canvas bag. There are currently a lot of options on the market; some of them really great and some of them really bad. I had a few key requirements when looking into a new brand.
1. Handmade in the USA
2. Quality and long lasting product
4. A great company to work with
Typically I could meet 2-3 of these requirements but never all of them until I came upon Duluth Pack.
Duluth Pack was first created by Camille Poirier in Duluth, Minnesota in 1870. Here he is below:
Poirier had designed and built a new type of pack-sack that closed with a buckled flap, had new-fangled shoulder straps, a tumpline, a chest or sternum strap, and an umbrella holder (umbrellas were used as portable shade during the time of clear cutting in the Northland). This bag would allow you to wear it on your back while carrying a canoe. Here is the patent for the original Duluth Pack which hasn't changed much to this day.
They have a good thing and why mess with a good thing??? Duluth stands behind their products and give each customer this guarantee:
"All of our handmade packs and bags are built to last in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. Our factory, where we have been building our products since 1911, is home to an extremely talented group of sewers, riveters, and leather craftspeople. Each piece of Duluth Pack gear is painstakingly built by hand with the attention and detail that only a true artisan can provide. We stand behind our work and are proud to offer a lifetime warranty covering all craftsmanship and hardware we use in the construction of our products. Craftsmanship includes our sewing and riveting. Hardware includes all zippers, buckles, D-rings, snaps, and any other parts utilized in the manufacturing of our bags. If at anytime during the life of your Duluth Pack product you have problems in these areas, return the product and it will be repaired free of charge. If the product cannot be repaired due to a defect in craftsmanship or faulty hardware, we will be happy to replace the item at Duluth Pack’s discretion."