Duluth Pack | 1882
There’s a little disagreement about who invented the first backpack. What we know for sure is that Camille Poirier, who founded Duluth Pack in 1882, received a patent that same year for a bag that a wearer could either hook over both arms or carry from a top handle. Like the products Duluth offers today (all made by hand in Duluth, Minnesota) it was crafted from durable canvas with leather accents, and designed to be worn in the great outdoors.
Today, the company sells a variety of outdoor gear in 14 canvas colors, all made using some of the same techniques that built the very first pack from this outfitter. One of the best sellers is the Wanderer, a scaled-down backpack that’s the perfect size for a decent hike—or a long day in an urban jungle.
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