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July 27, 2011

Online: The Toughest Bag Ever

By Departures Dispatch | Shopping


Adventurer Dave Munson has thrown spears with the Masai in Tanzania, gone shark diving in Bora Bora and fought bulls in Spain. While teaching English in Mexico, though, he decided he needed a scholarly bag that could not only hold his lesson plans but also keep up with his life on the road. After sketching his ideal design and working with a local craftsman, he founded Saddleback Leather Co., a line of leather travel bags and accessories. A favorite is the versatile Waterbag, made from a giant piece of thick, full-grain boot leather and sewn with the same industrial heavy-gauge thread used to make sails and airbags. The water- and dust-resistant rucksack has two handles (one fixed and one moveable), no breakable parts such as zippers, buttons or snaps, and can be carried open, folded over, rolled up or carried as a backpack. All Saddleback bags come with a 100-year warranty—that's how confident Munson is of their durability. $645; saddlebackleather.com.

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