Saddleback Ultimate Manly Travel Gear Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on July 13, 2010 · 2,923 comments

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The pull of travel, of the open road. Every man feels its tug, but not every man is ready to answer the call. When the opportunity for an adventure arises, a man needs to be prepared to pack his bags, jump in his car, hop a plane or train, or mount his trusty steed. A man needs a few pieces of trusty gear ready to accompany him on every adventure, gear that will last for decades of trips and experiences, gear that will take whatever he dishes out and keep on ticking. Here’s your chance to win the travel gear you’ll carry with you the rest of your life.

This giveaway is huge. Saddleback Leather Company, the craftsmen who create the sturdiest, manliest, best-made leather goods on the planet, is giving away an overnight bag, a small travel case, a laptop sleeve, and a passport wallet. Four manly pieces of gear that all come with Saddleback’s unmatchable 100 year warranty. And you get to choose the colors you want.

You’ll have plenty of stories to tell your kids about where these pieces of gear have been, and they’ll be fighting over them when you’re dead.

Let’s take a look at the amazing booty up for grabs in this giveaway:

Overnight Bag

A man doesn’t use a wheelie bag. He carries something like this. The overnight bag is perfect for your spontaneous short trips. This bag is big enough for all your manly essentials. It has a false bottom where you can keep documents, pictures, and treasure maps without creasing them. And it fits in the luggage  compartment of planes, allowing your to stride past the baggage check and get on with your adventure.

Small Travel Case

Every man needs a quality dopp kit to hold his toiletries and other supplies. But this travel case is far more than your typical dopp kit. Made with a detachable shoulder strap, thick, stout, full grain boot leather, and a tough pigskin liner, this is the one travel case that’s made to last a century. You can use it for your toiletry bag, or you can pack it with ammo, first aid supplies or even your lunch.

Laptop Sleeve (size to be determined by the lucky winner since there are 7 sizes)

The laptop sleeve is the latest leather creation from Saddleback. They’re not even out yet-the Saddleback laptop sleeve debuts on July 20. You can be one of the first to start protecting your laptop with stylish sturdability. Yup, I just made that word up.

Passport Wallet

Made with 100% full-grain boot leather, this wallet keeps your money, credit cards, and money all in one place.

How to Enter

So how can you get your hands on this awesomely manly prize package? You have 3 ways to enter your name in a random drawing to win Saddleback’s Ultimate Manly Travel Gear.
  1. Leave a comment under this post sharing where in the world you would spend a weekend getaway if could pick up and go anywhere.
  2. Join the Art of Manliness Community’s Man Bag Group. In order to join the group, you have to be a member of the AoM Community.
  3. Share this post with your friends using the “Email Story to a Friend” button in our “Share” Box at the bottom of the post. For each friend you email this post to, you’ll receive one entry in the contest. This means the more friends you share it with, the more entries you get. You can only send 10 at a time, but feel free to come back and send some more. We can’t see your friends’ email addresses and would never send them spam.

Deadline to enter is Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 11PM CST. Enter early and often. Good luck!

2601 Conor July 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I’m stuck in the special hell of studying for the bar exam, but I can still imagine where I would go immediately following the bar. I think a nice week in Ireland would suit me fine, where I could turn off my phone, bring a bag full of good books, and forget about the law for a while.

2602 Shawn Roy July 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I would visit New Orleans and drink pisco sours at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone.

2603 Sean E July 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hmmmm…… road trip around the US. Start in the Pacific NW, south through California, east across Nevada, Utah, Colorado, south to Texas, east to the Atlantic, north to New England, then west back to the Pacific.

2604 Anthony July 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Jimma, Ethiopia – The birthplace of coffee
I train pastors in local churches there quarterly.
These bags would be a great asset to my travels.

2605 Joshua Barber July 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I would spend a week with my wife in Ireland just walking around with my wife, just marveling at the beauty.

2606 Michael Roesch July 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I would venture around Germany, visiting the various places from which my ancestors came.

2607 Doug July 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Canada, fly fishing!!

2608 Ashley July 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I would take him on an Alaskan Cruise or a European Cruise. Something all inclusive where we would only have to plan our trips to sight-see! :)

2609 M. Gilmore July 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I’m going to Paris and Barcelona next Summer, so I’d love to look more stylish than I actually am with this prize. These bags would give me the tools necessary to fool all those Europeans.
Just kidding, Europeans — I love ya!

2610 Keith Jemison July 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm

When I was in the military, I was stationed in Germany. To be honest, I had no interest in a place that held no real romantic sentiment for me. However, I would take my wife with me back to Germany and parts of the Netherlands. I found it to be a very Romantic place indeed.

2611 Will Hill July 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I think that I would go to the west coast and travel up the west coast highway and of course I would have to see the redwood forest.

2612 Ryan July 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I would like to travel out west. Too often people forget the beauty of our own country and the history that we have here. I would love to visit some of the ghost towns and finish my book while I am watching the sun set over the rockies.

2613 Samuel July 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

If I could just get up and go somewhere for the weekend, I’d have to say it would be either Japan or back to the Phillipines to see my family. Either way, cant go wrong. Both locations are amazing to be in, even if its just a weekend.

If not there, I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. I’ve heard the landscape out there is amazing.

2614 Joel Reichenbach July 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I would tour the middle east. The need for peace and the troublesome times are things i would like to understand more by experiencing them and helping others to understand.

2615 Ski July 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I’d hike from Lake Baikal to the holy mountain of Burkhan Khaldun in Mongolia.

2616 Sam July 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Ski trip to Chamonix, France

2617 Mike D July 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm

A weekend in Cleveland, yes Cleveland because the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame is worth seeing again then a short drve to Canton and the Football Hall of Fame.

2618 Greg H July 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Were I to pick up and go, it would be to a secluded cabin somewhere in Montana. Fishing, hiking, freedom, etc. Manly.

2619 Tony Fastiggi July 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I’d go with my closest friends to a major river, build a raft, and spend my summer traveling the country in the spirit of Huckleberry Finn.

2620 Nate Moore July 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I would spend the time in the Colorado Rockies, perfect for a weekend in a place like Vail, classy, yet rugged.

2621 joshua otte July 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm

With a Saddleback overnight bag, a small travel case, a laptop sleeve, and a passport wallet I would travel all over Ireland. My wife and I just celebrated our 10th anniversary and we have been saying since we were dating that we’d go to Ireland for out 10th. Maybe there’s still a chance?!

2622 Kgoodies July 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I would head by train from Paris towards Spain, following the path of Hemmingway’s protagonist in The Sun Also Rises to fish for trout.

2623 David Miller July 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I’d go home to Oklahoma. I’ve been living out of hotels across the country for the last year and I’d like to be home with old friends and my family. Great give-away!

2624 Morgan July 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Tromsø, Norway. Average temperature in July is 55 F, the sun does not set, and added to the mix the the fact that it’s a foreign country, a different city, a new place to test how putting down a root would feel.

2625 Dave July 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

The Weekend Journal once featured a walled resort in North Korea. Not only would this be an incredibly unique experience, but it is apparently beautiful as well. So, either North Korea or Vietnam — also a very unique locale.

2626 Thomas July 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I would kill for this bag. . . and I will probably be killed for it too. But this would be perfect for my trip up through the mountains of China. Just the bare essentials, plus some toothpaste. Carbon black would be sexy too.

2627 Fred K July 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I’m on the way to Peru right now. My equipaje would be complete if o had some of this gear.

2628 Josh July 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Take a solo motorcycle trip up the west coast, through Big Sur, all the way to Alaska.

2629 Chris July 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm

My wife and I have been talking about a cruise to Antarctica, with stops in South America. But I might need another suitcase for the 2.5 weeks. However, a weekend trip to the mountains would work just fine…

2630 Brian July 19, 2010 at 12:02 am


I have been planning a trip to Europe so that I can visit all eight of the countries my family hails from. I’ve done, and continue to do, research about family history to find specific areas to visit and plan on going in the Fall of 2011. I’ve had my eye on a few Saddleback items ever since I learned of the country on you site, they are exactly the style of luggage I’ve always wished to find in departments stores but never did. I would love to have these durable items along with me on my quest. Here’s hoping you like my post and make that happen!

2631 Brian July 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

I plan on traveling to Europe to explore the countries my ancestors came from, all eight of them. I’ve done, and continue to do, research on all the places my family is from, to narrow down the areas I want to visit. I may find relatives still living there, I may not, the point of my journey is to learn about my own personal history more than anything. I have had my eye on a few pieces of Saddleback Leather Co. luggage ever since I saw the company mentioned on your site, I would love to have these well-made and durable companions on my quest. Here’s hoping you like my post and make that happen!

2632 PM Nelson July 19, 2010 at 12:12 am

Back to Bryce Canyon, Utah with my wife of 34 years. A bade day there still beats a good day at home!

2633 Geo July 19, 2010 at 1:00 am

Budapest! Been wanting to see Eastern Europe before it modernizes too much.

2634 Arthur July 19, 2010 at 1:27 am

I’d go to Morocco, Japan, or Northern California.

2635 Sean July 19, 2010 at 1:34 am

If I could pick up and go anywhere, I would travel all over Europe. I have always wanted to go, and it is definitely on my bucket list.

2636 Daniel July 19, 2010 at 1:59 am

If it were an immediate trip I would visit my sister down in Jacksonville florida, on a students budget thats as good as I can do

2637 Henry July 19, 2010 at 1:59 am

I would take my family to Italy for a reunion with some of our relatives still living in the old country who we’ve recently tracked down. As an archaeology student I would have to take a side trip to some of the amazing sites nearby.

2638 Sidney July 19, 2010 at 3:51 am

Ive always dreamed of renting a luxury car in Europe and driving for a couple days on the autobon.

2639 Kyle July 19, 2010 at 6:02 am

I would go to New York City for the weekend, since I have never been there.

2640 Leslie July 19, 2010 at 6:04 am

I would go to London for a few days, and visit Saville Row.

2641 Philip July 19, 2010 at 6:14 am

Fly to San Francisco rent a convertible and drive down the PCH.

2642 Devon July 19, 2010 at 7:52 am

Since it would just be for a weekend, I would spend it traveling among the Scottish Borders. Great village atmospheres and a stellar place to walk during the day.

2643 Nathan July 19, 2010 at 7:59 am

For just a weekend, I would go back to Ireland. Just visited this year for the first time and loved every minute of it.

2644 Anthony Pienta July 19, 2010 at 8:10 am

Visiting an old favorite – Italy. A new adventure – Ireland. Just stateside – Napa Valley, CA

2645 Love Carlshamre July 19, 2010 at 8:35 am

I would go to Italy. The country of my dreams, even though I’ve never been there. I would rent a car and accompanied by all of my manly Saddleback travel gear (I wish…) I would go hunting for the best Italian food I could find. Ciao.

2646 Ryan July 19, 2010 at 8:55 am

Ireland. I’d visit County Kerry, which is where my Grandmother’s family is from and just spend a couple days driving around the small villages and looking at the countryside. I’ve been to over 30 countries, and somehow only made it to the airport in Ireland. That needs to change. :)

2647 Sam July 19, 2010 at 9:08 am

S. E. Asia. Beginning in Indonesia, travelling across the region staying with learning Muay Thai in Thailand, volunteering in Cambodia and crashing with mates in Indonesia

2648 Sam July 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

Hmm, not sure thats really a weekend getaway though. Two days diving at the Great Barrier Reef then.

2649 Robert July 19, 2010 at 9:20 am

I would probably spend a weekend in Chicago. I’ve never been there before so why not?

2650 Jaron July 19, 2010 at 9:36 am

If it’s only a weekend I’d like to go to Washington DC. I’ve never been there and feel like I should see our nations capital before I see anything else.

2651 Daniel July 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

I would spend it hiking the Swiss Alps. Namely, conquering the Matterhorn, although that might take a bit more than a weekend.

2652 Jeff Pyles July 19, 2010 at 9:47 am

If I could go anywhere, I would trek around the British Isles. However, if I only had a weekend, I would hike around Montana. I’ve always wanted to go there, but haven’t yet.

2653 Gino July 19, 2010 at 9:53 am

I’d take it dune bashing in the deserts of Abu Dhabi or Dubai!

2654 Nicholas Betit July 19, 2010 at 9:55 am

I would visit Ireland and take a walking tour of the old villages and sprawling fields that it is known for.

2655 Tom July 19, 2010 at 10:04 am

I’d go to Huka Lodge in New Zealand. Catch some trout and watch the river run by…

2656 Chris Richardson July 19, 2010 at 10:04 am

I would visit England to see all of the old castles! History!

2657 Adam July 19, 2010 at 10:18 am

I would spend a week in Madrid during bullfight season, maybe stop in the Prado to escape the heat.

2658 Tim July 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

I’m making plans to drive my kids from the smokies where we live to the Red Wood Forest in California like my dad did me when I was a boy. Some of my manliest memories.

2659 Greg S July 19, 2010 at 10:33 am

Heading either to Acadia National Park on the coast of Maine (my idea before the President showed up), or to the Lake District in England. Heck, with these accouterments, I’ll do both and the Canadian Rockies to boot.

2660 Louis July 19, 2010 at 10:33 am

I’d visit Spain, I think, to see through the eyes of Ernest Hemingway’s Robert Jordan, from For Whom The Bell Tolls. Scope out the mountains, navigate the landscape, and maybe even meet a Maria of my own.

2661 Charles Milem July 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

The Smokey Mountains with my wife and 5 kids.

2662 Ryan July 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

I’d be inclined to head to Britain or Finland for some sight seeing, but I really want to get to Africa to see wildlife and the southern cross

2663 Drew July 19, 2010 at 11:41 am

These bags make me want to travel Europe by train. Or go on a safari in Africa. Great items.

2664 Dave July 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

This set makes me feel like going to Ireland, but I’d probably head to northern Germany.

2665 Tyler July 19, 2010 at 11:52 am

My weekend getaway would be up at my cabin in Eagle River, WI. Perfect bags to bring along!

2666 Tyler B. July 19, 2010 at 11:57 am

I think a nice trip to the North Shore of Minnesota would be perfect. Old Highway 61, a handful of state parks, and some incredible small towns, that sounds like an excellent getaway to me!

2667 Adam July 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to Scandanavia and play viking for a week, and this looks like the perfect kit to do just that.

2668 Peter July 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I dream hitting the open road with my girl and drive up to Canada; visit Nova Scotia, the Hudson Bay, Yellowknife, then make my way over to Alaska. We would end our trip by back-tracking a bit and move on down to Banff. My dream trip…

2669 Kris July 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I’d use it to take a trip to Wellington, New Zealand to visit my little brother. He’s getting ready to get married in December and is going to start work on the Hobbit hopefully in August, so he doesn’t have the time to come back to the states, so I’d go visit him, or I might sneak away to Fort Collins, CO. I just got back from there and it is beautiful country.

2670 Greg July 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Someplace in Europe.

2671 Ishma3l July 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I would head back to Spain. I spent a summer in Ovideo as college student and have kept in contact with my host family ever since. I’d go back and see how the family is doing these days.

2672 Mike Butcher July 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Scottish Highlands here I come – There can be only 1

2673 Mike July 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Laos. Time slows down to a crawl; every action there is like meditation.

2674 Paul July 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Washington D.C. No doubt. I never get sick of this place. Hand made noodles in Chinatown, Lunch at the Chili Bowl, free museums, gorgeous buildings, people from around the world, brilliant!

2675 Sean Connolly July 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Seward, Alaska would easily be my first choice. Big country exhibiting rather epic beauty in even the smallest of details, and a central location offering access to both the boundless back country and metro areas such as Anchorage (and everything in between). True Man’s country, which I miss dearly.

2676 Will Geer July 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I have never been west of the Mississippi, so I would love to take a long weekend trip to Colorado to experience the majesty of the Rockies.

2677 Jay Pyatt July 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I would start my whirlwind tour of tiny countries: Lichtenstein, Singapore, Losotho, Vatican City. Any thing with a land mass smaller than my backyard.

2678 Daniel Hood July 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I would visit the Maldives to relax, or Alaska for some heli-skiing.

2679 Ryan July 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Have bags will travel

2680 Justin July 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

You know, I don’t have a lot of time or money, but I would be happy with just a 4 hour ride to the campground in Maine I’ve gone to for a number of years. Just me, a bottle or whiskey, and a fire. Be a nice break from my now ex-girlfriend and co-workers.

2681 Scott Schemahorn July 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm

If I could do a weekend getaway it would be to Alaska. My brother and I talked of going, and now It is up to me to go, as he recently lost his battle with cancer.

2682 Eric July 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I would go to the mountains of northern Lebanon.

2683 happy5 July 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm

This is a great giveaway. I am recently mulling over what bag should I invest in:

If I had one of these, I would probably take it to work first, so my colleagues would drool with envy, and the ladies would go, “what kind of bag is that?”

Then I would take it on one of the beaches of Puerto Rico, where I live. Then off to a trip to California (where I have a convention in a couple of months – hint, hint!). Washington, DC would be a great place to show this off, especially in the fall.

2684 Scott O'Neil July 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I would go to the new Globe Theatre in London, and get some photos of my SBL gear on the same stage where such manly icons as Henry V, Hamlet and Titus Andronicus (seriously, that’s one of the best plays from a guy’s point of view) were brought to life.

2685 Jordan Ha July 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I would definitely take this to Australia while I study abroad next year. What better place to take this rugged gear than to a country known for its sense of adventure?

2686 Stephen Vasconi July 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Breckenridge, Colorado. Hiking, snowboarding, breweries, quiet mornings in the mountain air, and a feeling of natural grandeur.

2687 Justin Ha July 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I love going on road trips, especially to see my girlfriend up in Wyoming. I’d definitely bring this along as a quick-and-easy way to go on one of those spur of the moment trips.

2688 Jesse July 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Calakmul in the Mexican rainforest.

2689 Dan F. July 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

To Greece! To dance on the sands like Zorba!

2690 Ryan July 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Rome. Could live off of the gelato there for weeks…

2691 Chris Edwards July 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I would through that manly leather bag behind the seat of my ’73 MG and take a leisurely tour of the west coast. Of course I’d have to cross towering mountains and burning deserts to get there from Texas… Take old route 66 as much as possible, then work my way to the california coast and wind up the scenic route to Seattle. A real Man-Quest. :)

2692 Jonathan July 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I would explore Northwestern Europe, the cradle of my Dutch/Scandanavian heritage. Do they allow base-jumping from the cliffs of fjords? I would definitely be down for that. Also, I would bag me a viking bride and some size thirteen wooden shoes to clomp around the office.

2693 David L July 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm

After I finish my Ph.D. thesis dissertation in the next week, I will take a brief well deserved vacation, and travel back to the east coast (from Iowa) to visit friends and family. It would be great to look like a grown-up with some nice new bags, to go with my new status and new job.

2694 Bryan July 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I would travel throughout Asia, with a majority of my time spent visiting Japan…climbing mt. fuji and enjoying the cuisine.

2695 James July 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Anywhere a little dangerous and off the beaten path. The kind of place you aren’t supposed to want to visit.

2696 Rick July 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

My wife spent four months in Spain after college, but I’ve never been. I’d love to go see a bullfight!

2697 Corey Nagle July 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm

San Antonio, TX, of course. I’ll even stop by and pick up the bags to save on shipping.

2698 Ian Mc July 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm

The Scottish Highlands. I meant to go there after college, but just never quite made it that far…

2699 Robert July 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Greece. I would go to see the places of history, the places of warriors.

2700 Zach July 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I’d head straight for Barcelona and trek around to all the Gaudi build sites.

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