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!

2801 ARB July 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

One weekend? Definitely Switzerland-probably the Alps somewhere.

2802 photomike July 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

I would definitely go back to Japan. That country is truly amazing to experience as a traveler.

2803 David July 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

I would take a trip to Scotland to visit old friends, see the sites, and travel around meeting people. Scotland, much like Ireland, is a great place to walk into a pub and have a conversation with a perfect stranger.

2804 Jason July 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

I would take my wife on a long weekend to someplace in the Caribbean…perhaps St. Marteen, or St. Johns

2805 Michael B. July 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

I would go to India for a weekend get away. Going and getting lost among the local people would be a true adventure.

2806 Jon Odom July 21, 2010 at 10:50 am

I’d also do a ballpark tour of California.

2807 Andrew July 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

Definitely Mt. Timpanogos Utah.

2808 Joe July 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

Climbing Angel’s Landing in Zion National park to watch the sunset would be a good way to spend a Saturday, and then the wife and I would relax Sunday by taking a horsey ride or or a helicopter tour of the Grand Staircase. I’m a huge geology nerd and she loves traveling and big scenery so this would be a great weekend! Definitely a break from the usual beach-and-rum vacations.

2809 Christopher Hunt July 21, 2010 at 11:32 am

I would take it on my next camping trip to the City of Rocks. I like a bag with some dirt, knicks, and cuts on it!

2810 Bill July 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

Relaxing on the beach of Boracay, Philippines

2811 paul July 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I’d take them with me on a tour of southeast Asia. Or Africa.

2812 nolan July 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

jeju island in korea

2813 Travis July 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Las Vegas! The perfect bag for a quick getaway

2814 Johnny Moran July 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Id like to visit Bora Bora. In that climate, I might be able to break the world record for the world’s worst sunburn! It would be worth every single giant freckle though.

2815 John Kemp July 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I would love to visit the Grand Canyon. As an American, there are so many domestic sights to see without ever stepping foot out of the country.

2816 Doug July 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Boundry Waters.

2817 J. M. J. West July 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I’d take my wife to Tuscany, and leave the kids with grandma for the week!

2818 J. M. J. West July 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I’d take my wife to Tuscany, and leave the kids with grandma for the week. Or Istanbul, to see the Hagia Sophia!

2819 Nathan July 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I’d go to the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota, and I’d leave my laptop behind.

2820 Mike July 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I would visit Padagonia to see one of the last unspoiled wildernesses of the world.

2821 Chris July 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm

My wife and I would head to the west coast and do a road trip from California up to Seattle with a few sprints inland. Hopefully will happen in the next year.

2822 Johnny July 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I would go island hopping in Greece

2823 Craig July 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I would take my girlfriend to Greece for the weekend. I’ve never been there, but she grew up in Athens until she was 12 and moved to the States. Her family traces their roots back to a little village (where they take their last name from) of beekeepers who are said to make the best honey in the land.
I would find that little village, take her there and ask her to be my wife. We could spend the rest of the time racing around on scooters as they do. Of course we’d have to leave room in the old Saddleback for a big jar of their famous honey to take home with us…and olive oil…and wine…
Goat cheese is probably best enjoyed locally.

2824 JD July 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Well, for a weekend getaway it’d have to be somewhere easily accessible with a main attraction – like Bunaken or some of the other dive sites in Indonesia.

If I had longer it would definitely be Peru – starting along the northern coast and then moving east towards the Amazon. But the roads there are pretty terrible so you’d need more than just a weekend.

2825 steve July 21, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Love to go back to Gulu, in Uganda and do another mission trip.
Thanks for such a fun website.


2826 NorCal Alex July 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

It looks like the kind of gear that you strap to a motorcycle and drive through God knows where in Central or South America, just trying to find the next town for food and gas, or maybe a good cerveza. I personally would do the same on a Ural Motorcycle from LA all the way along the Pacific Coast to Anchorage, AK.

2827 Mike Reed July 21, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I have been wanting to take my wife to England for several years now. We are trying to plan a trip in the not-too-distant future to have an adventure exploring Lake Country, the White Cliffs of Dover and to maybe make our way up to Scotland and Ireland. Can’t think of a better place to take this fantastic gear! Thanks for another great giveaway!

2828 Cody M July 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

If I could spend the weekend anywhere in the world I would have to say Copenhagen or Roskilde, Denmark so that I could spend time with the woman I miss more than anything

2829 Kevin Finson July 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I would take my girlfriend to Great Britain to see Hadrian’s Wall and Stonehenge.

2830 Andrew July 21, 2010 at 10:34 pm


2831 Christian July 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I would go see my sister over in England and see the sights of the English countryside.

2832 Richard Sheridan July 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Colorado for a visit to my in-laws’ ranch. Hiking at Garden of the Gods, white-water rafting, fly fishing…rugged bag for a rugged adventure.

2833 Phil Davis July 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I would use these on a “quick” jaunt to Scotland with my wife. We’ve both been separately, but would love to reexperience it together.

2834 kevin b July 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm

i would first stop off to see my sister in chicago, whom i rarely get to see, while im on my way to visit my girlfriend in portland so we could walk around the outdoors.

2835 Jason July 22, 2010 at 12:21 am

I would spend a weekend down in New Orleans on Bourbon St.

2836 Ryan July 22, 2010 at 1:57 am

I would travel to china and climb up to the shaoulin temple to observe the training the monks put themselves through

2837 Ryan C July 22, 2010 at 1:58 am

I would travel to china and climb up to a shaoulin temple in the mountains to see the training the monks put themselves through

2838 Sebastian July 22, 2010 at 6:43 am

I’d definitely take the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway! They also call the “toy train”. It’s a beautiful railway passage from Siliguri to West Bengal. I’ve been dreaming about this trip ever since I saw this song from a Hindi movie:

2839 Nathan M July 22, 2010 at 6:59 am

Manhattan with my wife and son.

2840 Tom Warsaw July 22, 2010 at 7:53 am

I would take my wife to the Cayman Islands. Her dream is to go there someday.

2841 Andy July 22, 2010 at 8:49 am

The woods beginning at the end of my garden. They are after all lovely, dark and deep.

2842 Tom Janes July 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

I would leave all my electronics at home and travel to Pensacola. I love the white sands, and would volunteer to help clean up the tar balls. Some day, I want to bring my yet to be born children there to play in the bay and catch hermit crabs like I have.

2843 scott mills July 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

would take the wife to the republic of georgia to visit the young lady we hosted for a year thru the local exchange program

2844 Alex Ekkelenkamp July 22, 2010 at 10:52 am

Between the people, landscape, and artchitecture, Norway is said to be the most beautiful place in the world. This would be the first place I’d spend some time if given the chance. The choice seems rather obvious to me.

2845 Justin S July 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

Just a weekend? Head up to Canada with my girlfriend to take the Old Pacific Railroad from Vancouver, into Banff and see how far east the rails would take us before Monday came back around.

2846 Megan July 22, 2010 at 10:55 am


2847 dbng July 22, 2010 at 10:58 am

Norway. Never been and I hear it’s beautiful.

2848 Bryan July 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

I would go sailing on Lake Superior in the Apostle Islands.

2849 Jesse July 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

Hiking in Yellowstone.

2850 Matt Husted July 22, 2010 at 11:54 am

I would go to the Yucatan Peninsula and try to a part of the world before the oil spill takes its full effect on the region

2851 ccw July 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

would love a getaway weekend to show my 2 yr old the rainforest in Costa Rica or Brazil!

2852 J. Armstrong July 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I would go all over the US visiting national parks and take it to Europe if I had the time left!

2853 Mike Calkins July 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Wow, there are so many places that I’d go if money were no object. I’d take the wife back to Greece where we spent our honeymoon, I’d take her through the mountains, and back to Mykonos. I’d go fly-fishing in alaska/canada with my college buddies. I’d whitewater raft the grand canyon. Trek throught the jungles of Costa Rica, check out the Holy Land, the pryamids at Giza, go on Safari, and hike the pacific crest trail. But for now I’ll settle for the two week German vacation with my beautiful wife for our for our first anniversary.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

2854 Baxter July 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I would love to travel though eastern europe and the baltics!

2855 Jacki July 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I’d go to Italy for the weekend. I’ve never been, but I want to try the food there and see all the culture.

2856 Tim July 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

i’d fly in to Zurich, Switzerland, and then take the train/s to the remote and beautiful region of Appenzell.

2857 Patrick T July 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I would go travel western europe.

2858 Dan M. July 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I would most like to head to Europe, specifically Ireland’s west coast to sekk out some long-lost (or never known?) relatives. although, a set like this lends itself more to getting lost in the amazon or on a Hemingway-inspired getaway to Pamplona. I would be comforted to know that my bag was in one piece after just barely dodging the thunderous hooves of Espana.

2859 David July 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Norwegian fjord hike and paddle.

2860 Phillip July 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

A manly set like this suggests a manly destination (upland game bird hunting in Scotland perhaps) but also sophistication (touring and sampling famous Scotch whisky distillers)… so I can achieve both with a quick jaunt to Scotland!

2861 JT July 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

The quiet white sand beaches of Eleuthera in a heartbeat.

2862 ZO July 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Space. But, in case that’s cheating, Italy. To wander Roman Era ruins.

2863 Brian July 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I would love to spend a while trekking around Europe! I’ve never been and would love to go!
Thanks for this opportunity!

2864 sherryrose July 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm

entering for my coworker (he’s to manly to waste time figuring out these newfangled computers).

he would use the packs for his trips to any of his several mining claims throughout the state of idaho…doesn’t get much more manly than gold panning halfway up the back side of an abandoned mountain where there’s still 2 feet of snow in july and a smith and wesson is your best friend! campfire stew anyone?

2865 Oss July 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I would travel through Western Europe.

2866 Michael Halbrook July 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Anywhere? I would take a week or two to show my sons the joys of backpacking in the Smokies.

2867 Jeremy July 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I sure do want to win! I love Saddleback’s stuff. I really want to get back to visit Spain. I spent three weeks there about 7 years ago and it’s one of the greatest places on Earth. Saw a lot of the country, but never made it to the west side near Portugal. Can’t wait to go back and these items would have be traveling in style.

2868 Livingstone July 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I’ve been telling my grandmother for a while now that I’m going to visit her in Pennsylvania. So if I win these bags, I’m definitely going to honor that!

Cross your fingers Gram! :-)

2869 Michael Galbreath July 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

My weekend getaway would be to fly to Florence, Italy and visit the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Giardino di Boboli, and The San Lorenzo Market. Since Tuscany is a food centric culture I would have to try fagioli all’uccelletto; trippa alla fiorentina; lampredotto; crostini toscani with liver paté and the unforgettable fiorentina all while staying at the Palazzo Magnani Feroni .

2870 Matt July 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I am reading “Death in the Afternoon”, so I would probably go to Madrid to watch bull fights.

2871 Bob July 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I’d travel to Rome…I went there once and want to go back!!

2872 Derek Johnson July 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm

If I could go anywhere, I would go to Nepal to spend some time in some of the Buddhist monasteries.

2873 Gerard July 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I would travel to Spain or Italy. Live life like Hemingway did.

2874 Chris G. July 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I’d use the packs to travel all over Europe, because I have yet to visit. I’d love to to to Germany, Belgiam, & Czech to try all the amazing beers.

2875 Tom Betz July 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Cartagena Colombia would be a rational distance to fly to for a weekend getaway.

2876 Nathan Robertson July 22, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I would love to visit Lausanne switzerland.

2877 Kat July 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm


2878 Josh Paddock July 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

If I could travel anywhere in the world it’d be to Cincinnati, so that we could take our youngest son (15 months) to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He was born with an extremely rare condition called CLOVES Syndrome (, which stands for Congenital Lipomatous (fatty) Overgrowth, Vascular
malformations, Epidermal nevi and Scoliosis/Skeletal/Spinal anomalies. It’s caused him to have several enlarged limbs, as well as large fatty deposits that could threaten his internal organs. He also has an incredibly large foot that has limited his mobility and motor development. There are less than 40 people worldwide with this condition. Needless to say, it’s very hard to find a single doctor who is well versed in this disease, let alone an entire team of doctors that can address all of the issues with CLOVES. For a full description of CLOVES go to

Right now we’re struggling to pay our bills, and we’ve had issues with insurance refusing to pay for certain things. It’s been recommended to us that we take him to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital because they have a clinic that specializes in combined vascular deformities. However, it’s not certain when, if ever, we’ll be able to take him there. My wife is a special education teacher, and currently looking for a special education job so our income is limited. I don’t want to go anywhere far away, or fancy, or expensive. I just want to take my son to the specialists he need, so we can begin to figure out how we’re going to treat his disease.

2879 Grown Man July 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm

While I’m sure I’d take these fantastic bags to a number of places over my lifetime (and my children, and their children’s lifetime)…I think that a trip to my guest bedroom would feel oh so adventurous with boot leather hanging over my shoulder!

2880 Kyle Hansen July 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Anywhere in California’s Sierra Nevada, probably Yosemite, but it would be hard to leave when the weekend is over.

2881 BKP July 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Load a travel guide on my Kindle and head to Spain.

2882 dave July 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm

without using air travel i would make my way across the mediterranean, through turkey and all the way to mongolia. once in mongolia i would hike or ride my way across the plains fishing the whole width of the country, taking in the plains and its culture.

2883 Garrett S July 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I would go to Devonshire England where my great grandad immigrated from nearly 100 years ago. I don’t know much about him so I’d spend the time tracking down his history. Who knows, maybe 100 years from now my grandkid will take the same trip with the same Saddleback bag.

2884 Jason Hatch July 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I would take them bad boys with me to Alaska thus September when I head up there with my dad to go bear hunting. I would especially use the laptop sleeve to bring my laptop and write a story of the trip for AoM. Doesn’t get any manlier than that!

2885 Chris July 22, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Anywhere in the world would have to be Hanalei, HI for a weekend of hiking and kayaking. Total relaxation with a workout added in. Now that we’re talking about it, maybe i’ll book it.

2886 Jeff July 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I’d head out for a middle of nowhere camping trip, perhaps with a buddy. In fact, I’m probably going to do that soon in the upper peninsula (of Michigan), but if I could go anywhere, I’d probably choose a more mountainous region.

2887 Lantz Howard July 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I would spend the weekend in Northern California exploring the redwoods.

2888 Jessica July 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Take my husband to go snow skiing this winter in Whistler.

2889 Tony July 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I would head straight to the medieval town of Assisi. I love Italy.

2890 Mush July 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Spend time exploring Wales, Scotland, and England and enjoy the great outdoors.

2891 Tom Hughes July 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I would save the weekend for July 7th. And fly to Pamplona, Spain for the running of the bulls. Then, in the tradition of “papa”, Ernest Hemmingway, I would spend the evening before in quiet contemplation, wake early on the seventh for the feast of San Fermin, don white clothing with a red sash and run with the bulls. Afterward, if not in the hospital, not having been unceremoniously run over by a bull, I woud regale the locals with tall tales while drinking great spanish wines and eating a great Spanish at a local cafe.. The bucket list lives on.. for a 53 year old.

2892 Chris Reitz July 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm

New Zealand. I’d like to explore the mountains and sail the oceans all around this amazing set of islands.

2893 Jon July 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I would head for a camping trip to Yosemite in California!

2894 Kevin Cherrick July 22, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I would go to New Zealand if travel didn’t take up the whole weekend, Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia otherwise

2895 Andy July 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I would use the overnight bag filled with the travel case, (as a dopp kit) and my laptop in the sleeve on my next trip to Hawaii at the beginning of the month. Since this giveaway also includes a passport I would feel obligated to us it. Therefore I would use all these items on my next trip to Abel Tasman National Park. I could even write about it with laptop!

2896 Kevin July 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I would go to New Zealand if travel didn’t take up the whole weekend, Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia otherwise

2897 Brad Currah July 22, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I would most likely camp in the mountains near Evergreen Colorado. But I’m afraid I might just stay if I did it.

2898 Christoph July 22, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I would definitely go to Norway and fjord it up.

2899 Doug July 22, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I think I would head for Mount Kilimanjaro and gladly make my weekend longer.

2900 Kevin Ryan July 22, 2010 at 11:17 pm

The rain forests’ of Belize!

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