Duluth Pack

The popular version of the pack. (Tim Tomkinson)
Photo: Tim Tomkinson

A heavy canvas rucksack, patented in 1882 by French Canadian Camille Poirier in Duluth, Minnesota, along the shores of Lake Superior. The water-resistant, waxed-canvas design—flat, wide, and low, with multiple straps and a high storage volume—is popular among canoeists. The packs are still made by Minnesota’s Duluth Pack company, and a smaller version has become trendy among young, bearded urbanites. (See Lumbersexual.)

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