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Duluth Trading Hard Working Essentials

Reviewing: Duluth Trading Engineer's Briefcase  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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Duluth Trading Company specializes in cases, totes, tool bags, and organizers for people who work hard and expect their gear to do the same.

The briefcase I own is no longer offered, so I won’t go into great detail about its features. I bought it in 1995, and it was called the engineer’s briefcase. I’ve used it regularly since then, and except that the shoulder strap is a bit squished it practically looks new. No stitching, zipper, clip or tab has failed. I am notorious for getting things filthy, and worked in outdoor locations for several of the years I used the case daily. It sheds mud like a duck, and is not stained anywhere.

You won’t find this model, but what you will find is that the company offers top quality products at prices that won’t break your back. Of course, you can stuff so much equipment in their rugged bags that you might break your back lugging it around. But the bag can take it!

Their canvas bags are made from fire-hose canvas. It is rugged and waterproof. They design their bags with compartments that actually work for people who need a portable office. There are pockets and slots and holders and zippers galore, but they all make sense and fit current technology. For example, when I bought mine, pockets were sized to fit floppy disks and older, larger cell phones. Now they fit digital cameras, PDAs, etc.

The model that seems to be most comparable to the one I have is now called the Fully Evolved Briefcase, and it sells for $69.50.

They also offer nylon and leather goods, and a variety of special products to meet various storage needs like bucket tool organizers, tool belts, travel bags, lunch bags, car organizers, electronics tool briefcases, etc.

I’d kind of like a new bag, but this one will never wear out!