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Saddleback Leather bag giveaway!

on March 4, 2014 7:00 am

sb4 Gadgeteers, today is your lucky day to enter our contest to win your choice of one of three gorgeous leather bags from Saddleback Leather Company. We’ve been featuring bags from Saddleback for almost 7 years because their quality and workmanship is unsurpassed. They don’t offer a 100 year guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship for nothing! If you haven’t been able to enter one of our contests in the past because you’re outside the US, you’ll be happy to learn that this contest is not restricted to the US. It’s open to everyone and is easy to enter, so what are you waiting for?


Winner will choose one Saddleback Leather bag from the following selection  (including preferred size and color):

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Utility Duffel $548 – $598 value
Squared Backpack $582 value
Classic Briefcase $568 – $664 value

How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

1. Between now and 03/07/2014 11:59PM EST leave a comment on this page telling us which Saddleback Leather bag you will choose if you win this contest and what you will carry in the bag.

Optional: earn one extra entry by tweeting the following: Win an awesome leather bag from Saddleback Leather Company and The Gadgeteer! If you tweet, copy the link to the tweet and leave it in a 2nd comment to this post.

2. At some point on 03/08/2014, I’ll pick 1 random winner using The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to claim their prizes. If I do not receive an answer to my emails in that time period, I’ll do other drawings till the prizes are gone.


1. Only one entry/comment per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Gadgeteer writers, family members and close friends may not enter this contest.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

Note: The links to Saddleback Leather Company on this page are affiliate links. If you use one of these links to make a purchase, we will earn a small percentage of the sale, so we appreciate it if you click through.


The winner is #338. Congrats to Ned and thank you to everyone who entered and to Saddleback Leather Company for sponsoring this awesome contest!



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    Matt Sailors says:

    I have several Saddleback Leather Company products and they are all of excellent quality and are hard wearing.
    I am in need of a new duffle, so the medium duffle in Dark Coffee Brown would be my choice.

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    Tom says:

    I would choose the duffel. I recently started traveling for my job and found that I don’t have a good duffel I can carryon. This would allow me to bring some of the extra color management equipment I need for my job in a classy and classic duffel

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    Walter says:

    I would choose the squared backpack and use it for my photography equipment and tablet..

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    Robert says:

    I would choose the backpack. And I would load it with all my fuji xpro1 and lenses, and an ipad air for good measure.

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    Andy says:

    I would choose the Squared Backpack Style. This would work nicely for quick bike trip to work and between work building trips. It’s very practical and stylish.

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    Larry Silverman says:

    Having fallen in love with my Saddleback mini iPad case, I have lusted for more quality leather products from Saddleback.

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    Larry Silverman says:

    Forgot to mention squared backpack is my choice.

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    Lee says:

    All three are awesome. Choosing one, I would like the Utility Duffel. I would carry my tablet, camera and rare coins with me when working. After work, I would carry everyday stuff and have people call me Doctor.

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    jennings Woods says:

    I would choose the Classic Briefcase in size Medium, Tobacco. I love bags of all types, but I have a special affinity for attache and messenger bags. I tend to carry a book, a camera and a magazine or two wherever I go, but I also carry a laptop back and forth between home and work and am occasionally on the road for a week at a time.

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    Bill Greene says:

    I would select the classic briefcase; it would be a great carry for my consulting business.

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    walk says:

    I would probably go for the Utility Duffel for the my travel gear and pair it up with my Tom Bhin packing cubes.

    I got a Bugatti small duffel bag as a gift and it’s very nice (and rather pricey), but you can tell the quality is lacking compared to what Saddleback produce with the thick leather, minimal number of seams and leather pieces.

    I have a Saddleback ID Wallet and the quality is amazing.

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    Melanie F says:

    OH be still my heart… I am in love/lust with these bags! I can almost smell that yummy leather. I especially LOVE the classic briefcase. I would love to use it as an extremely cool mama/camera bag! Thank you so much for the chance!

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    Jim says:

    I think I’d like the classic brief case, I’ll be retiring soon so most likely use for travel gear as a carry-on.

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    Austin says:

    I would love to win the squared backpack. I would carry my macbook, nexus 7, and other random things that accumulate within one’s backpack. I would also take this with on my trip to mexico.

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    C.C. Chapman says:

    I’d choose an XL Classic Briefcase in Carbon and use it as my go to bag when I travel the globe. I’d put my laptop, change of clothes and camera gear into it.

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    Tom Sedens says:

    I have a few Saddleback Leather products. They are ridiculous. Ridiculously overbuilt, awesome and long-lasting. I have a feeling that my kids WILL be fighting over them when I’m gone.

    I always wanted a SBL duffle bag – that would be my choice and it would be in dark coffee brown, just like my other stuff.

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    Jim Carman says:

    I’d take the Utility duffel. It would work well as a carry-on bag.

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    TXMX (B. Perez) says:

    I’d pick the Utility Duffle in Tobacco and fill it with my clothes for weekend adventures. Looks like it would make a great carry on bag.

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    Will says:

    I would love the Utility Duffel in Tobacco brown. I’d likely use it as an overnight/weekend bag for clothes and toiletries, especially when flying somewhere briefly. I love that the medium works as a carry-on. I could also see my wife and I carrying photography equipment with it when we travel!

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    Hallie says:

    I would definitely go with the classic briefcase – all the better for work and play!

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    Jeff says:

    I would choose the Utility Duffel.

    I would stuff it full of clothes and tools needed during my travels. The size seems to be just about perfect for those week long trips.

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    Michael Brown says:

    I would totally pick up a Large dark coffee classic briefcase. I would carry The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Miserables, My Bible, My journals (wrapped lovingly in my handmade journal bandolier), my pens to help document my adventures, my laptop and cables, my Kleen Kanteen water bottle, and my jacket.

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    Joe says:

    I would like the classic briefcase, I would probably put my iPad, keys, saddleback wallet, and leatherman in there, plus a diaper or two, snacks, and some toys for my toddler.

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    Absolutely no doubt about it, the Squared backback in dark coffee brown. I’ve been eyeing it for years to carry my MacBook Air, a couple iPads, and a Big Jambox all around the country–and, as of this fall to Thailand as well. I’m a SL DCB addict (just ask my wife), but I prefer to look at it as investing in my kids’ futures…since they WILL fight over it all when I’m dead.

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    David hedeen says:

    I would go with the briefcase because it’s a classic

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    Jared says:

    I’d pick the Large Classic Briefcase in Dark Coffee Brown. I’m a student so laptop, books, etc… Plus I’m a husband and daddy so there will probably be some Batman toys in the mix.

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    jon says:

    I’d take the duffel, and I’d load it up w/ my gear when I travel

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    dbng says:

    Wow, I remember reading your 2007 review of the Classic Briefcase when I was researching before I invested my Large Dark Coffee Brown. Love that bag.

    I’d go with the Squared Backpack in Dark Coffee Brown. Would split time as a commuting back (laptop, gadget/cable holder, lunch) and photo bag (2 bodies, lenses, flashes, etc.)

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    Ken says:

    I would like to win the Utility Duffel. I would use it with some inserts and carry a 4×5 pinhole camera setup in it (film holders, tiny tripod, notebook, meter, a book for imagination… ).

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    Scott says:

    I’d love a large briefcase, big enough to hold my 17″ laptop because nothing says kick-ass professional like one of Dave’s briefcases.

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    John says:

    Classic Briefcase. I’m finishing grad school, and need a professional case like this! I’d carry my Macbook Pro 13″, iPhone 5s, a portfolio for writing and the like, power cords, and my everyday carry bag made by Timbuk2 with all the gadgets you’ve made me crave over the years.

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    Chris says:

    I would pick the classic briefcase and fill it with my laptop and other everyday carry items. I love the look of heavy duty saddle leather.

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    Al says:

    Utility Duffel FTW! I travel a lot, and it looks like it would make a great companion

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    Chris Drover says:

    I love the utility duffel! Definitely would use it for short trips!

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    Toni says:

    For me it would be the squared backpack in tobacco. It would be carrying laptop, tablet, books, snacks, trusty leatheman and whatever else I need that particular day. Sure hope I win!!

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    John Hanson says:

    I would like the Squared Backpack in Chestnut to carry my computer and notebooks to work each day.

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    Greg says:

    Wow the classic brief! Small electronics, everyday stuff.

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    Trace says:

    I have the Saddleback Leather classic briefcase and it is because of a review on The Gadgeteer several years that piqued my interest. Since then I have purchased a few of the smaller accessories which I use daily. The duffel in Chestnut would be a nice addition and would be perfect for my carry-on luggage (I don’t check anything) in my international travels for business. This would also make a great 50th birthday present as I am reaching that milestone the day your contest ends. As a side benefit, they do attract attention from those who appreciate quality.

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    Rob Cline says:

    This contest could not come at a better time with my Graduation around the corner (May, 3). As a Business Management Major, a need for a quality briefcase is extremely important. If I was to win, I would choose the large briefcase in Dark Coffee. This bag would be my daily carry for work, it would hold my laptop and all necessary tools needed for my IT System position. This includes a MaxPedition Beefy pocket organizer packed with Zip Ties, Channel Locks, Leatherman Multi-tool, flashlights, a lighter and networking equipment to get me through a pinch. This briefcase would ultimately be my go to bag for my fishing and hunting trips across the Southern United States. I would accompany me to the annual dove hunts in Abilene, Texas, the cold trips to Stuttgart, Arkansas for some late season duck hunting and the Spring trips to Lake Fork for spawning Largemouth Bass. This work of art would get the scars and scratches one of this quality deserves. My wish is to have a tale to tell for each one of those scars and scratches as I carry it into my office during the work week. This bag would lead a double life as a IT Professional in a Corporate work environment, and a outdoorsman’s pack that carry’s fishing gear, ammo, and a outdoor journal capable of holding each trips memories and stories for years to come.

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    Joe Buck says:

    The squared backpack would be perfect for carrying around a change of clothes and extra buy-ins for poker games.

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    Vu says:

    I would love to have the classic briefcase, which I will carry my laptop and any paperwork as I go to work every day.

    Classy !!!

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    Jbender says:

    Classic Briefcase in medium would be filled with my work stuff and would make my co-workers so envious.

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    Eddy Del Castillo says:

    The Utility Duffel is the one for me! :) Cant’ afford a nice bag like this, so I buy then at the local thrift store until they break and then I sew them back together until they are more sewing than bag and then donate them back and buy another one. This bag would be awesome.

    Things that go into the bag:
    1. My homemade utility knife (made it from an old oyster knife I found in the thrift store).
    2. Short spoon and Fork (a spoon and fork with the handle sawed off).
    3. Clothes for when I stay over places.
    4. My Idea / Sketch book.
    5. My computer & cables (A gen 1 macbook air I got as a hand me down from a friend).
    6. Napkins.
    7. Ketchup packets.
    8. Food.
    9. Respect.

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    joe Di Fabio says:

    I would love to win the utility duffel. Quickly starting to realize that a backpack for all travels (business and pleasure) may not be the best for a young professional anymore.

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    Damien says:

    I would choose the utility duffel, as I am a long haul truck driver in Australia it would be ideal to take with me in the truck to hold all my clothes etc. Would need to take a beating!!

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    Jarrin Brister says:

    I would choose the medium classic briefcase in tobacco. I am currently a student so I would carry a laptop, books, etc. But I would also use the briefcase when I travel.

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    Tom says:

    I would choose the large Utility Duffel in tobacco or chestnut. I’ve had the slim briefcase for a year and a half, and it is amazing!

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    Kim Shay says:

    Oh how I would love the squares backpack to fill up with medical books, my stethoscope and likely a snack or two whilst studying. It’s hard enough to try and look stylish in green scrubs, but this would help a LOT!

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    Tip says:

    Ohhhh, really difficult choice — duffel – backpack – duffle – backpack……

    And, should I win the choice would be, the duffle.

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    Flash says:

    I would have to go for the Classic Briefcase. I don’t mind toting things by a handle.
    As to what’s inside… whatever I need at the time. The way my life runs today, I don’t have any kind of EDC other than my pocket contents. What I need right then and there I stuff into my range bag, my mini messenger bag, my Tom Bihn or variety of other totes. Heck, if I had a bag that good lookin’, I’d carry it empty!

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    Classic Briefcase all the way. All are certainly works of art but the daily usage bag would be the briefcase.

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    Mary says:

    Oh that’s a toughie. But I haven’t had a backpack for a while, and I want to start riding my bike to work, so I’d pick the backpack and would use it to carry my daily stuff – wallet, tablet, phone, etc.

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    Rick Smith says:

    If I’m lucky enough to win, I’d like the Utility Duffel….and will carry numerous utilitarian items in it! Kidding….most likely clothes for a weekend away, things like that. Good luck to all!

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    Joe Buck says:

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    Thanks, and good luck!

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    Philip Sharman says:

    I would choose the Utility Duffel (large, chestnut) to carry all the stuff I travel with. Clothes, books, cables … far too many things!

    (I have a Saddleback Leather briefcase, and I can recommend it to anyone interested. In an age where so many things are made cheaply and designed for immediate obsolescence, it is really nice to find high quality products that are built to last.)

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    Marco DiGiulio says:

    I would choose the Classic Briefcase and fill it with my laptop, iPad, headphones and files.

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    Rick Belford says:

    If I win, I would chose the Classic Briefcase and keep my iPad, morining newspaper and all of my business papers in it.

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    Trish F says:

    Hello, I would get the Squared Backpack and use it as a camera bag. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Leask says:

    I’d choose the Classic Briefcase and use it basically just as that: hold my laptop/iPad, a book or two, whatever supplies I need. It’d probably become a go-to carry-on choice for flights.

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    Matthew says:

    Hands down I would choose the Classic Briefcase. It’d be my primary work bag for my laptop and related files I need.

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    Andrew Artz says:

    If I win, I would choose the large Classic Briefcase in Tobacco color! I love this bag!!
    I have always wanted a bag to carry back and forth to work every day. So inside would be my lunch, hat and gloves, water bottle and my iPad.

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    Kendall Lin says:

    I would choose a coffee classic briefcase to carry my MBA, Ipad Mini, Livescribe 3, charging cables, and headphones.

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    Rachel Cartucci says:

    I would love the squared back pack!!!!! I could carry everything I need on a daily basis in that bag!

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    Jeff Zack says:

    If I win I would choose the classic briefcase, and stuff my other cases inside of it, because that’s the only way they would ever leave the house again…

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    Cindy A. says:

    Thank you for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. I would choose the Utility Duffle. It would serve as a travel bag for both myself and my mister. I’m not sure what he would carry in it, but I would pack it full of books, beauty products, and snacks. Priorities, people!

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    Justin T. Spicer says:

    Duffel bag, and I will travel extensively with it!

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    Karl says:

    I would choose the briefcase, because that is a brillant companion for my work every day and my 15″ Monster Laptop, which I have to use at work.

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    Marianne Schultz says:

    These bags look awesome. If I won, I’d choose the utility duffle. I’d use it to hold my clothes, toiletries, and other gear on overnight or weekend trips. Since a carry-on size is available, I’d also use it on longer trips as my carry-on bag on planes to hold electronics I wouldn’t trust to be kept safe in a checked bag.

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    Phil says:

    I would chose the Classic Briefcase to carry my gadgets every day.

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    Terry Pescosolido says:

    The Squared Backpack. I’d love carrying my stuff around in that everyday!

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    zak says:

    I’d give the briefcase a very happy home and would be the envy of the staff room as I pulled marking and planning out.

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    meng says:

    I think my laptop, notes, my gerber applegate and coffee will fit nicely.
    I’ll also have a presentable pack to use for internship interviews!

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    Sufyan says:

    The squared backpack for my daily commute stuff (Laptop/Lunch/Books/Tablet etc).

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    Ferf says:

    Oh where to begin — as a man of many hats, I think the utility duffel probably suits my needs in a unique fashion. I mean look at that thing, its sexy and useful – its like James Bond and Indiana Jones had a lovechild, and for some reason, that lovechild has a tremendous taste in luggage.

    But seriously, back to the bag. What would I put in it? That’s a personal question, but let me lay out a few ideas:
    - 3 speedos and 4 gold chains, in case i want to change into sexy mister-t randomly on a beach while traveling
    - a small bag of goat feed (you never know when you will need it)
    - a fun noodle, cut into smaller fun noodles… you know, for more noodle fun
    - 17 oranges. enough said.

    All that for when I was just lounging around. I guess if I was going on a date, I might add a couple of batting gloves, an eye patch and a copy of nickle backs last album (chicks love that stuff).

    Anyway, thanks for the time. Saddleback up!

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