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Duluth Pack at Brimfield | How Much Would You Spend?

May 21st, 2010 | Categories: Bags, Brimfield | by Michael Williams

Something of a debate we had going at Brimfield — how much would you pay for this vintage No.3 Duluth Pack canvas bag? The company still makes a very similar bag (if not the same) which is available online. But vintage can be more fun than new and this bag looks to be in especially good shape. Plus, this nice old bag also predates that circular logo-badge that the new bags have, which is a good thing. So the question is, how much would you pay for this bag at a flea market, cash and carry?

Comments: 43

43 Comments to “Duluth Pack at Brimfield | How Much Would You Spend?”

  1. trace
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 10:48 AM

    Hmm, I’d say nothing over $50. That seems like a lot to me for a vintage canvas bag, but after researching them a little on the internet they aren’t exactly cheap. I do like that pack, though!

  2. joanna goddard
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 10:48 AM

    up to $50. i love it!

  3. chaz
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 11:01 AM

    Is that a tumpline? That’s nice but I bet they wanted more than $50. If I thought it was usable I might get closer to $100. I suspect that table it’s on was full of awesome.

  4. Ryan
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 12:04 PM


  5. A
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 12:09 PM

    Would pay: $40
    Worth (to many): ten times that

  6. S.Lemon
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 12:09 PM

    Probably $100-150

    Assuming the lifetime warranty still stands.

    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 12:37 PM

    something like this on ebay would go between 100-200. i know because ive been outbid on similar items.

  8. goncalo
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 12:39 PM

    150-200 usd

  9. doane
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 1:18 PM


  10. Josh
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 2:21 PM

    Up to $100. Not easy to find something like that everywhere.

  11. tara
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 3:05 PM

    But the question is….did YOU buy and how much did you pay?

  12. ryan
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 3:30 PM

    How much would RRL pay for this inspiration piece? A lot more than 50 USD.

  13. Shawn
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 3:46 PM

    Agree with Ryan, RRL would not blink at any cost. They would then duplicate and sell for 500.00. (and we all would buy one)

  14. Duluth Pack
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 4:17 PM

    Hello! What a great discussion! I guess it is worth whatever someone will pay for it, but we see packs much older than that!
    Yes, the lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship is good for the life of the bag! No matter who the owner!

  15. S.Lemon
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 5:13 PM

    @Duluth Pack

    “Yes, the lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship is good for the life of the bag! No matter who the owner!”

    That’s fantastic and actually addresses precisely what I was wondering, whether the warranty would carry over to any owner. Love your packs, especially the new collaboration with Inventory, hoping I can come up with the money for one of those soon.

  16. Grant
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 5:56 PM

    I’d say I’d spend no more than $75 dollars.

  17. kenyan
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 6:17 PM

    I have 2 if these from Brimfield…one I got in 99′ and the 2nd in 03′. I paid $20 for the 99′ and $80 for the 03′…I would figure with the whole canvas thang going on now it would go for $300..?


  18. Michael Williams
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 7:33 PM

    We didn’t buy it actually. I’ll share the asking price after a little more people have a chance to weigh in. —ACL

  19. mike
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 8:07 PM

    At a flea market? Maybe $40-50 and that’s pushing it.

  20. JP
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 9:51 PM

    $75–looks like a great pack.

  21. Andrew
    on May 22nd, 2010
    @ 12:09 AM

    I’d pay $75 — but with greed what it is these days, they probably were asking $300+. If they knew it was discussed on ACL, then nothing less than $500.

    That would be a steal compared to this $50,000 Duluth Pack on eBay:

    BTW, this pack was being offered for $100k a few weeks ago. Half off! What a deal.

  22. Tony Oliver
    on May 22nd, 2010
    @ 7:31 AM

    i say $75.

  23. Lineage of Influence
    on May 22nd, 2010
    @ 7:46 AM

    If I truly loved it and knew I’d get a lifetimes use out of it then I’d happily pay a few hundred dollars for it.

    But it’s only worth what someone’s willing to pay for it.

  24. donald a tavares-donovan
    on May 22nd, 2010
    @ 10:46 AM

    I found one at Salvation Army for $3.

  25. Gregg Shaw
    on May 22nd, 2010
    @ 4:03 PM

    $75, no prob. Maybe $100…

  26. ad ease
    on May 23rd, 2010
    @ 9:55 AM

    I work at RRL designing bags and yes, we would not blink at more than most folks but seeing as the silhouette is more or less the same as the ones now, I probably wouldnt pay more than $150. It would be more of a rigging piece than anything since the classic shape is so ubiquitous these days.

  27. ryan
    on May 23rd, 2010
    @ 10:07 AM

    wouldn’t pay nothin’ for no gnarly used canvas bag

  28. mike
    on May 23rd, 2010
    @ 10:26 AM

    If I needed another one for canoe trips I’d pay $50. They’re great for canoe packing but not much else.

  29. Brad
    on May 24th, 2010
    @ 10:30 AM

    If the asking price was ‘fair’, I would imagine that you would have bought it. I assume they were asking between $450-600. I’m just guessing though.

  30. Tom Burket
    on May 24th, 2010
    @ 2:01 PM

    The trouble is, you spend $50 at the flea market for the pack. Then a grand on up for the canoe to go with it, several hundred for a new tent, a couple hundred for a really nice paddle. You quit your job and move to Minnesota because suddenly all you want to do is canoe. Buyer beware.

  31. Thornproof
    on May 24th, 2010
    @ 5:23 PM

    Personally, no more than about $20 … but I would imagine that the asking price would be in the $50 range. Then again, not much surprises me these days and it could very well be in the $300+ range!

  32. Jonas
    on May 24th, 2010
    @ 10:03 PM

    I found a canvas pack recently, military surplus. Dated 1944. It came with a detachable metal frame. I think it’s a alpine pack or rucksack. Any one else have or seen one? Kind of a neat old item.

  33. brant
    on May 25th, 2010
    @ 11:33 AM

    @ jonas,
    this sounds like a swedish alpine pack-one internal pocket, drawstring top with a flap that has 2 leather straps. If you see any stamping on the leather straps or on the canvas that are 3 simplified crowns in a triangular formation then that is what you have. If not then it could be any of the usual European countries (swiss, german are likely based on the description of it having a date–swiss bags almost always have a date stamp on one of the leather pieces).

    Duluth+Brimfield=$300 list, but probably could walk for $220 if a good negotiator.

  34. Larry
    on May 25th, 2010
    @ 12:36 PM

    I’d go $50-$75 for that… not because it’s not worth more, but because I’m just partial (biased) to another Minnesota Bag Manufacturer down in Saint Paul… :-)

    Great find though! Bag looks like it’s in great shape.

  35. Hue Willie Cares
    on May 25th, 2010
    @ 10:42 PM

    I’d say it went for $250?? It looks more like a collectors piece with the nice stencil, leather straps, nice vintage patina so I could easily see it going for more, especially at Brimfield where someone knows what they have

  36. Jonas
    on May 26th, 2010
    @ 12:30 AM

    The pack I have is stamped U.S. on the outside of the top flap, has 3 external pockets, and says Hinson MFG. CO. on the inside and the 1943 date. The 3 pockets have leather buckles, the main compartment has webbing and buckles, and the shoulder straps are webbing. There is a long web strap that hangs off the side of it that is permanently attached.

  37. brant
    on May 26th, 2010
    @ 10:58 AM

    @ jonas,
    well I couldn’t have been further off the mark with my pack deductions. Yes, this is a great pack for a vintage military collector the proper model name is 88B. It has many of the features which were used in U.S. packs–most notably the ALICE pack/frame which was widely seen in Vietnam. Also nice having both the Mfg. and date on the pack so you don’t have to wonder too much about when/where it came from. Also since it is all canvas you won’t have any issues with degradation of materials like leather which can go bad pretty quickly if not properly cared for so you could actually use this pack rather then hang it on a wall for decoration. For more details check out this link http://www.mountaintroops.us/history_rucksack.html

  38. Prova
    on May 27th, 2010
    @ 10:14 AM

    $120 on the nose

  39. Alexi
    on May 28th, 2010
    @ 12:11 AM

    If it was the same on ethat was there last year with the woolrich knickers and matching jacket $80 Bucks was the asking price. I’ve seen them at shops in new england and quebec for $50, so that would be my going rate

    oh and for those of you who keep saying “flee-market” Brimfield is an antiques market.

  40. angelo
    on May 29th, 2010
    @ 3:28 AM

    I have the Duluth x Inventory bag for which I paid $180, but I’d rather have this one. But a lifetime guarantee is legit, if you think about how many backpacks you might buy in a lifetime, you could easily estimate that $500 is a good price for a lifelong rugged pack.

  41. sam
    on Jun 1st, 2010
    @ 10:30 AM

    well? what were they asking for it?

  42. Michael Williams
    on Jun 1st, 2010
    @ 5:25 PM

    The guy was asking $250 for this bag, which by our estimates was at least $100 too much. —ACL

  43. Himel
    on Jun 19th, 2010
    @ 8:49 PM

    That tump strap brings back painful memories of being 10 years old tripping in the wilderness carrying more crap then I weighed…ugh