Wooden Packframe – The Final Draft

Expanding on Lessons Learned In 2012 I decided to build a wooden packframe.  What started out as a Sunday afternoon project led me down many paths, from Iron-Age Europe to 21st Century military designs and it took about a year of stewing around before I actually got around to building something. It was fortuitous for …

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The Duluth Pack – The First Patented Backpack…

(from the Paleotool vault) I just had to reblog this fine article from 74 Footwear Design... "Camille Poirier patented the first back pack on Dec. 12, 1882 in Duluth, Minnesota (Patent No. 268,932). Initially called the Pack-Strap the pack is today referred to as the Duluth Pack. The basic design of the Duluth Pack already …

Rucksack

I had a friend shoot a few pictures of the rucksack in action.  My only regret is that it could be slightly bigger.  But then again, I'd just fill it with more stuff. It should last a lifetime and beyond. Not exactly dressed up here.  I'm wearing the old caulking and painting shorts. If I …

Pack Box

Continuing my search for backpacks and rucksacks throughout history, I keep coming across various types of boxes and baskets strapped to people's backs.  While querying the web today for variations of the Asian pack box, I saw this nifty solution.  Cheap, easy to construct and extremely functional. I can imagine this as an excellent platform …

The Duluth Pack – The First Patented Backpack

I just have to reblog this!

74 FOOTWEAR DESIGN CONSULTING

Camille Poirier patented the first back pack on Dec. 12, 1882 in Duluth, Minnesota (Patent No. 268,932). Initially called the Pack-Strap the pack is today referred to as the Duluth Pack.

The basic design of the Duluth Pack already existed in the blanket bag, or knapsack and had been in use for at least 100 years by the British Army prior to the patent, especially during the American Revolution. But Camille Poirier added a few improvements including a sternum strap, tumpline and an umbrella strap to hold an umbrella, or sunshade above the users head while hiking.

With a budding wilderness recreation movement in the USA, the Duluth Pack designed for ease of use went onto arguably become the first world’s first recreational backpack.

Incredibly today and over 130 years since its patent, the Duluth Pack is still is available and being made in Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

Which new products…

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