The Story


Our Story

Welcome to Northside Bags, a small outdoor backpack company based in Duluth, Minnesota! My name is Nate Elsey Williams and I founded this company in 2018 with a group of supportive team members. If you are like me, you enjoy living an active lifestyle and being on the go!

I came up with the idea of Northside Bags after a bad experience I had at a music festival when I became separated from my friends while being dehydrated with a dead phone battery. After that experience, I started doing research on solar-powered backpacks.

I ordered and tested samples. After 2 years of improving the product, I packed up ship and moved up north to a historic backpacking town in Minnesota and Northside Bags was born!

Our Goal:

Northside Bags is the 2nd Black Owned hiking Backpack Business's in the U.S. With that being said, my mission has always been get more Black people and all people of color to the outdoor hiking scene. 

One of our promises that we made when we started this business was to grow and be able to give back to others. We are currently looking for charities and organizations to help. If you have any ideas or people we could benefit, email us at