FAVORITE: Duluth Pack, The Wanderer in Waxed Canvas

Last fall, upon deciding I needed a new backpack (I still get to wear backpacks after all because, well, I’m still in college), I went perusing the Internet to find a bag that was:

  • Made out of waxed canvas.
  • Made in the USA.

After primitively Googling these criteria, I landed on Duluth Pack’s website. After reading about Duluth a bit, I was sold. The 128-year-old company’s reputation was worthy of buying into: American-made, handcrafted gear. I was into it, and the Wanderer seemed to fit my taste and criteria the best, so I pulled the trigger. The bag was sold out, so I’d have to pine for it for another 2 weeks before it arrived.
The wait was well worth it. It’s almost too spacious for my purposes, the main compartment (drawstring closure, with a top flap that buckles over it) holds my Mac, a slew of textbooks and journals, a thermos, and a sweatshirt with relative ease. The weight, almost surprisingly to me, didn’t put much of a strain on my back, even with the unpadded straps. The side and front compartments were perfect for holding anything else I may need to carry (cords, external hardrive, water bottles, writing utensils, iPod, etc.).
Overall, the carrying capacity was far beyond expected, in a good way. My favorite aspect of the bag has been the waxed canvas; it eliminates all worry about taking it out in snow or rainfall and shows wear in subtle, but eye-catching ways. If you’re looking to replace an aging North Face (not hating on NF, just saying) or your old high school Jansport (again, I love Jansport), and are looking for a company worth investing in for said replacement, I’d urge you to check out Duluth Pack. I promise, this bag is worth every penny.
Oh, did I mention it’s guaranteed for life?

Mike - Thanks for posting! After 100 years in the same factory we are proud that other folks are enjoying our bags as much as we do!
-Duluth Pack-

mallory wiegers - nice hanky

Daniel Cummings - So killer. Great choice.

Jobbing it in Chi-city, part three

When it comes to an interview, you want your personality to shine, but not too much.Sexy, but not too sexy.
Show some skin, but not too much skin.
A little ankle, maybe some cleavage, but hey, this ain’t no free show.
Dressy, but not too dressy.
What better way to show your personality and character but through an awful ’70s-looking retro tie? Thrifted, of course.
Psh, you think I’ll pay full price for a 100% silk tie when my student loans are sky high?
Natural leather belt from URBN $4.99, Baldwin 14oz Karabo “the Henley,” American Apparel blue oxford button down, Billtornade sport coat, thrifted awful retro tie $1, thrifted diagonal stripe tie bar $1, Filson tote without zipper.

David - Oh well that’s a different story all together, when you’re selling denim, you had better be wearing that shit. I work with jewelry and watches and I always make sure I wear some of what I sell, if you’re not a believer of your product the customer won’t be either. Jay-Z quote was dead on there.

mallory wiegers - a little ankle. . . gets me every time. also, i saw your hits. i’m number 3000 and i’m feeling good about it

jeff - Glen- I mean, when you’re selling selvedge denim, you like to rep the product…

Seth – A risky move, indeed. We’ll see if it pays off. Ballsy? Yes. Banksy? Probably.

David – To quote a famous lyricist, Jay-Z, “I’m not a business man, I’m a business, man.” And about that suit….yeah….about that.

David - Hahaha that just won the award for best response to a slightly backhanded compliment. I guess it all depends on what he is interviewing for. If it’s a creative job they might like that, if it’s banking they probably won’t. I would probably always wear a suit to an interview just to show I have one and I know how to use it really well.

Seth J. Putnam - That’s probably because London = proper, you posh spaz. But I agree; Jeff made a risky move. Think it paid off, though, because now there’s such a thing as “dressy” jeans. But I’m not sure I’d be as ballsy.

Glen - Tie looks great, as does the tie bar… I have heard numerous times from just about everyone never to wear jeans to an interview, even if they dress casual to work. We can wear jeans to our company but I don’t think anybody who wore them to a first interview would be asked back for a second.