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Traveling in Style with Topo Designs: A Giveaway!

I’m very particular when it comes to luggage. And that probably explains why I have a whole closet full of luggage in all shapes and sizes, from compact carry-ons to roller bags to snowboard carriers.

Though every bag has a purpose, I usually find myself gravitating to the ones that can multitask on my travels. They’re the ones I keep at eye level, within easy reach, and usually have a pocket pre-filled with first aid, business cards, Garden Betty stickers, and other things I always like to have on hand. And one of those bags has so far been getting the most mileage this year: the Klettersack by Topo Designs.

Aside from its retro good looks, the Klettersack is a workhorse. It’s traveled thousands of miles with me since Topo Designs first sent it to me in April: first to El Salvador, where it spent a week on the black sand beach as I surfed… to Point Reyes, where I stuffed it with gadgets for a work trip… to Big Sur, where it hauled all my gear for hikes along the rugged coast… to Sequoia National Park, where it camped amid the graceful giants… and finally, to the top of a granite dome overlooking the Great Western Divide. This unassuming sack got around. It was equally comfortable as a carry-on as it was a daypack.

Gone surfin'

The Klettersack in Big Sur

Hiking with the Klettersack

The Klettersack in Sequoia National Park

The Klettersack overlooking the Great Western Divide

These days, it seems backpacks are outfitted with all kinds of gimmicks: special pockets and loops, hidden compartments and iPod holders, thises and thats. The Klettersack keeps it simple. Inside is a spacious main compartment with a laptop sleeve, and outside you get a zippered top flap and two side pockets.

The Klettersack at Dorst Creek

The Klettersack as a daypack

Klettersack by Topo Designs

Klettersack by Topo Designs

You can store (and find) everything easily with this setup, and the bag is built to last.

Where is it built? In the good old US of A β€” right in Colorado in fact, in a LEED-certified building with, as they say on their site, an “amazing view of the Rockies.” As an outdoor-oriented company, I like the fact they do all the things their customers do, from hiking and biking to hunting and fishing. They are their own gear testers, so they know what they want, need, and like. And that so happens to be what I want, need, and like… and maybe you, too!

Topo Designs and I are teaming up to give away an awesome Klettersack ($169 value) to one lucky Garden Betty reader. You get your choice of color (mine is silver) and the giveaway is open to US and Canadian fans!

How to enter: Leave a comment below and tell me where you’d take your new Klettersack this summer (I always love finding new destinations for my own travel list!). To receive an additional entry, follow @theGardenBetty on Twitter, and leave a second comment below indicating your Twitter username. You have two chances to win!

The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on Friday, June 20, 2014. Winner will be drawn at random and announced the following week. Good luck!

Giveaway Rules

  1. Giveaway begins June 16, 2014 and ends June 20, 2014.
  2. No purchase is necessary. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.
  3. Only US and Canada residents ages 18 and older are eligible to enter.
  4. Two entries allowed per person.
  5. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received.
  6. Winner will be drawn at random.
  7. If winner does not respond within 48 hours after time of contact, that entry will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.

This post is brought to you by Topo Designs. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that support Garden Betty.

Update: A big thanks to everyone who entered!
This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Sarah from Washington.

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  • Leah

    I would take my Klettersack hiking a camping in northern Minnesota!

  • Angela Higdon

    Followed on twitter – angela2562

  • Angela Higdon

    Camping in Southern Illinois!

  • Emily

    Hiking in tennessee -Emily

  • Jean


  • Jean

    Going up the Pacific coast!

  • taryn tener

    Thank you for this giveaway! I would like to take this sack when hiking through the Smoky Mountains and the rocks in Sedona!

  • Argh Aaron Burr


  • Argh Aaron Burr

    Hiking the fjords of Norway!

  • JonAJ

    Probably take it to the coffee shop. @JonAJ

  • Christina Hagan

    Im now following on twitter! @stainat

  • Amy Tran

    I would take it to the grimiest music festival in Upstate New York then to the beaches of Delaware. I’d throw in my gym locker daily then take it hiking on the weekend. Hikes for this summer: Sugarloaf Mountain, Old Rag, and Billy Goat Trail.

  • caitlin

    Thank you!!! I hope to make it to the Berkshires (MA) this summer, to visit Tanglewood and the waterfalls.

  • Eleni Sokos


  • Eleni Sokos

    love that klettersack! (first read as kluttersack – probably more appropriate in my case, hah!) would find a million and two uses for it.

  • Dillon Allen


  • Dillon Allen

    Sailing in the Virgin Islands with my beautiful wife.

  • Mariam

    I would love to win this backpack to go on summer vacation this year! So much more practical to stuff things in than a purse!

  • Cass

    I’d rock this amazingness at enchantment lakes… can’t wait to visit them, anf I definitely need a new pack!

  • TriZel

    I would love to visit Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii this summer!

  • Rust

    Following you on twitter @rusthawk. thank you!

  • Rust

    Hoping to raft the Wenatchee river later in the summer.

  • Amber

    Hoping to go on a trip down the Oregon coast in the fall.

  • Jenny

    I can’t leave in the.summer because of milk goats, broilers and pigs we raise and a garden that can’t b left, but….we do go someplace in november and I would take my bag to the gulf of mexico on the florida coast.

  • Melissa

    well…in the old days it might have gone to mexico, guatemala, the frank church wilderness, skiing…but for the next couple of summers it will have to stay a bit closer to home to hold diapers and sippy cups. Not for long though:)

  • ShanaAmber

    Good morning, Linda! This backpack would get to see New Mexico, Arizona, SoCal, and maybe even Colorado. The great American Southwest would be a good start, right? Happy hiking & harvesting!


  • Pam

    I would absolutely use this pack on a camping and fishing trip to Robinson Creek, just outside of Bridgeport, CA. Located along the Eastern Sierras, this entire side of the Sierras maintains an old West feel and far fewer visitors travel the 395, so it is easy driving. Nearby , I’d also use the pack for a day trip to Bodie Ghost Town. It’s a fairly large town kept in arrested decay, so it feels real. Betty, you would love it and with your great camera work, you could bring us back some great photos!

  • Connie Martin Trevino

    I’d take mine to Santa Cruz, Channel Islands!

  • Kyle Sortore

    I would take this bag to Strasbourg France and Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Also looks like a great everyday laptop bag.

  • Eric

    I would use this bag to go hiking. Thanks for the chance!

  • Doris

    I will take my new Klettersack to Summer camp! Can’t wait!

  • Fran

    I just followed you on Twitter as well. My handle is @FKS_Designs

  • Fran

    I’m headed to OBX to catch some waves this summer and check out the annual kite festival! This bag would be the perfect companion!

  • Erica

    I’m headed to Nootka sound this summer for ten days of salmon fishing and boat beaching! We went every summer when I was young but this is the first time in five years I’ve been able to go. Rugged, beautiful area!

  • I just followed you on twitter as well! My handle is @maegyosef.

  • Barrett

    I have a camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park that I’m sure this sack would love to join me on.

  • Susie Besack

    If I am lucky enough to win the Klettersack I will use it on our annual hike up Mammoth Crest!

  • val

    I’m itching to go to upstate New York

  • Julia

    I would take my klettersack hiking in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern North Carolina. It’s my favorite place in the world.

  • Rosemary

    Climbing Mt. Fuji in a couple of months and will need this!

  • Kris Casiano

    Going on a couple trips in the next few months & I would definitely bring this bag along – half dome in yosemite, hiking in zion, havasupai falls, and around the beaches of costa rica!

  • Rohin Elangovan

    Also, @darkgarius is my Twitter!

  • Rohin Elangovan

    Olympic National Park

  • Ally

    Where wouldn’t I take it is the question? πŸ˜‰ However, most likely on our summer trip to the cabin and to Tahoe.

  • Rebecca Lacasse

    When I travel it’s not with much style. Unfortunately my ancient duffle bag just gave it up. I could use a new and not too big bag. I have a bit of urban traveling coming up: San Francisco, San Diego, and points in between. I enjoy reading your blog; looking forward to your book. Following you on Twitter as tinyeden.

  • London

    To travel with so many well wished adventures of your old bag would be rad!!!
    Garden Betty all the way to the tips of peaks, around corners of rocks, lounging as a pillow by some bad ass river/streams, to oceanic views……
    Much luv

  • Sharon

    And I’m following you as @sldelman

  • Sharon

    I’d take that bag to Yosemite, around Northern California, and wherever my travels take me after that!

  • Jaycee Bridges

    Sounds like a great bag! I’d use it navigating the wild terrain of downtown Chicago. I’m sure after a mere week of use I wouldn’t be able to believe I survived the (a) pot-holes, (b) wandering tourists who are constntly gazing upward, not in the direction they’re moving and (c) wildly unpedictable weather without it. Like I said, it’s wild out there!

  • Lee Anne

    Lots of hikes in the PNW with an 18 month old!!!

  • Adele

    I would take it to Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast!

  • mike

    I would take it to Kyoto with me!

  • Shannon

    I would love to take this on a tour of the Florida cold springs, dotted throughout the center of the state!

  • dmhaen

    following on twitter @dmhaen

  • dmhaen

    I would take my new Klettersack for a hike on the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia this summer!

  • melissa komadina

    and following you on Twitter: @funkykomadina

  • melissa komadina

    Going to Rocky Mountain National Park (need I say more? this summer and the Klettersack would be an amazing companion!

  • Breakfast

    I’ll bring it on a day hike on the appalachian trail!

  • CT

    I’m fixing to travel to the great wilderness of northern california.

  • Laura

    and i’m following you on Twitter @themuseumscout.

  • Laura

    We’re planning a trip to the Oregon coast later this summer. The Klettersack would be perfect!

  • Christine

    We are going to Olympic National Park in July. It would be great as a day pack on hikes there.

  • Cee

    Oh, I miss Big Sur! I’d use it on a hike along the Tennessee River when we head down to Chattanooga this July. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

  • I’d bring the pack along for our yearly Hocking Hills trip!

  • Kimberly Eldredge

    I’m looking for a no-frills pack to go canyoneering in Arizona. The pack I took last weekend did NOT live up to the trip.

  • Christina Hagan

    I’d take it on a road trip to Asheville North Carolina!

  • illberich

    following you @illberich(you didn’t “look” like a betty;). lisa at fresh eggs daily, mentioned you on her web site.

  • kath applebee

    nothing so adventurous as you, sad to say, but we do spend time at red river gorge in Kentucky. canoeing, hiking, camping. beautiful. come join us.

  • Rose

    I’m following you on Twitter. I’m @roselovescajeta

  • Jennifer

    Chicago! Going there in a few months! I cannot wait.

  • Rose

    I’d take this great bag on my summer adventures all over NorCal (that’s Northern California, for you non-locals)!

  • Rebecca L

    It would also look fantastic overlooking Vancouver from the top of Grouse Mountain

  • Rebecca L

    This bag would be at home on the West Coast in Tofino, BC.

  • Rob DiCarlo

    I would use this camping with my kids – mostly Boy Scout trips!

  • Keri

    Love to take this camping at Turquoise Lake up by Leadville, CO

  • Katherine Chan

    and I’m following via twitter! πŸ˜€ -kttykat16

  • Katherine Chan

    I’m going camping this summer with the kids at Lake Huntington – this would help carry all the stuff little kids need!

  • toshimisan

    definitely I’d take it with me on my first hike to half dome! πŸ™‚

  • Kristin A.

    The Klettersack by Topo Designs looks amazing…love it! It would be the perfect bag to take on my weekly hikes as well as when I travel to Chile and Patagonia this year!

  • Leena

    I’m taking it to Yosemite national park.

  • Eric T.

    I would take the klettersack with me when I go grouse hunting this fall in the methow valley, WA.

  • Michelle R.

    I would take that bag EVERYWHERE outdoors this summer. We have plans for Southwest Four Corners trip in September. Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Havasupai, Grand Canyon and The West Elk Loop in Colorado. Yippie!!!

  • Mabel

    I would take it on a hike to Banff, Alberta.

  • Lucia O.G.

    I would take it with me hiking all over the island of Kauai!! In the meantime it would be a great surf rucksack for some long-boardy beach days in San Diego and Santa Barbara πŸ™‚

  • Linh

    Would love to take it to Oregon hiking around waterfalls.

  • HilLesha O’Nan

    I’m following via Twitter.


  • HilLesha O’Nan

    I’d take it on hikes, especially when I go to the Garden of the Gods. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Ann Hayden

    I would love to take it to Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan.

  • Lisa M.

    Thanks for the opportunity to with that bag!

  • Lisa M.

    We have lots of great hiking around here. The Blue Ridge Parkway is right behind our house and the Appalachian Trail is just down the road! Love that bag!

  • Tia Maria Bednar

    Where wouldn’t I take it! What a great bag! I would take it up North with me and then out West, probably Montana. Hopefully, there will be a bigger adventure in store for it!

  • sarah

    Awesome bag! Looks like it would be great for some trips through some slot canyons near Goblin Valley and hiking the Narrows in Zion!

  • opsinglm

    Great post and giveaway. Thanks Garden Betty and Topo Designs!

  • opsinglm

    A new Klettersack would follow me to Moonstone Beach for some climbing in Northern California.

  • Lou Poskitt

    Oh, and I have been following you on twitter @louposkitt

  • Lou Poskitt

    I’d take this gorgeous little backpack through the Gulf Islands and San Juans!

  • Sharon Howard

    I sure could use a backpack like this we go camping in the mountains of West Virginia at least once a year and it would be put to good use.

  • idahodad7

    Camping and hiking in beautiful Idaho

  • Rachel

    The BWCA (Boundary Waters Canoe Area)!

  • Hannah

    To Moab with the family or backpacking in the San Juans this summer!

  • Pam

    I’d like to hike the Grand Canyon!

  • I’d love to take this on my first backpacking trip ever with the hubs this summer. In the meantime, I’d use it for work everyday!

  • This is awesome! I would take this Klettersack kayaking in Half Moon Bay. πŸ™‚

  • Kat

    I love camping and backpacking, this would be a great addition.

  • Pam

    I would love to use this bag to camp, hike and fish along Robinson’s Creek, which is out of Bridgeport, CA. Located in the Eastern Sierras, this town and, actually much of the Eastern side of the Sierras, is much less populated and traveled compared to the Western slopes of the range. There is a real old West feel to it. I highly recommend the 395 for a travel-back-in-time experience (pass quickly by Mammoth to avoid losing the mood!)

    Not far away, I would take a day trip to Bodie Ghost Town. It is being maintained in arrested decay, which is truly dramatic in its’ impact. There is the sense that the inhabitants only recently departed. An amazing experience. I would use this pack every day during my travels in the area. I have a multi-pocketed bag that is driving me nuts and would much prefer the design you’ve described, Betty!

  • Organic With Attitude

    Oh, this looks super cool! I would love to have one of those.

  • Teresue

    Alaska in August

  • cindy

    I love the back pack and would like to take it to the Grand Canyon.

  • I follow on twitter as @shespeaksbark

  • My husband and I are road tripping this summer and I can think of nothing better than this bag! We want to travel internationally (no decided destination just yet) soon too!

  • Martha Wells

    My obvious choice would be to take it to Belize. Been there dozens of
    times since the early 70’s (showing my age here,) and when trekking thru
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    in my pack. Also linked to one of his hunting hounds, so a backpack was
    a must. (We only camera-hunted, by the way.) BIG blue butterflies, the
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  • Julie

    This would make the perfect bag for air travel and backpacking!

  • vilmark

    follow as @vilmark

  • vilmark

    Id actually take it to this very cute treehouse camping resort near perth ontario

  • sbvegas

    On twitter at @sbvegas

  • sbvegas

    I would take this pack on my trip down to stay at your place in Baja (I’m assuming that the winner also gets an invite…?).


  • Rachael

    It would also be great to take to the farmers market on my bicycle this summer

  • Rachael

    I would take this bag to the beaches of Wellfleet MA, on a hike on portion of the North Country Trail in PA and camping on our baby moon ..yes we are going camping for a babymoon!

  • I would take this bag to Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley because I could take my dog with me!

    Following you @gfcuisine. Thanks.

  • Emily Smith Tan

    It will also be wonderful for travel ing to Chicago this summer when I take my daughter back to college.

  • Jackie

    My husband and I would like to start taking hiking trips, so this bag would find good use. Our first trip would be to Ohiopyle State Park, and I am sure this bag could hold all the essentials. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Emily Smith Tan

    I will take it to Oxford, England where I will be studying for a few weeks this summer.

  • KAP

    I will take it throughout my backyard.

  • Rebecca Roberts

    My husband and I go on long road trips and keeping the “stuff” to a minimum is a must (exception for food). This bag looks perfect for the right amount of space that I need for belongings.

  • Vylotte

    I grew up in Alaska and went camping all the time, but I’ve never taken my kids. We’re rectifying that this summer, bought a tent and sleeping bags and are starting next weekend. I want to take them on a series of hikes around our area (Washington State) and this bag would be perfect. Thanks!

  • Sophie Charlotte Bidet

    I also need it for an upcoming summit to the top of CLOUDRIPPER.

  • Sophie Charlotte Bidet

    This backpack would be ideal, if not perfect, for my upcoming honeymoon to Bali. A dear friend once explained to me the necessity of having two bathing suits per day, and I have heeded her advice (partly) and obtained one suit per day for my trip. This backpack can store my lovely suits as well as gear, passport, book and essentials. I would love this bag. thank you!

  • Claire Snyder

    The Klettersack would be perfect for my annual trip to Thailand.

  • Denae Dahlen

    I would take it to Itasca State Park in Minnesota

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  • RW

    I’d use it camping at the outer banks in NC!!!

  • Tyler

    and now following you! @tylerpuley

  • Rachel Milne

    My Twitter user name is @RachelMilne and I’ve been following you for a while now! πŸ™‚

  • Nina Khosla

    I would use it as my carry-on bag to visit my parents, since the airline charges for check-on luggage.

  • Tyler

    I would take it to Revelstoke, BC. It’s amazing in the winter and summer!

  • Rachel Milne

    I will take it on my first ever canoe-camping trip into Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada, this summer.

  • Michelle

    I would love to take one for a hike to all the waterfalls near where I live, which I have yet to visit!

  • Nina Khosla

    I would use it as my carry-on bag to visit my parents, since the airline charges for check-on luggage.

  • Kelly Grace

    Great Bag! It would motivate me to take a hiking trip!

  • Holly

    I would take it to Catalina Island.

  • Stefanie

    I would take it to the backcountry of Yosemite. My 11 year old could carry it for his first backpacking trip! It’s perfect!

  • We already follow you on twitter @JoshUrsoDesign πŸ™‚

  • disqus_QrnnYkMhbT

    I would bring it up to go camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan

  • We’d go to the Great Smokey’s together!

  • Angela Devlin Whitworth

    I would take with with me on our camping vacation in Maine. It is just the right size!

  • Lucy Cromas

    Looks perfect

  • Kyle

    My wife and I are headed to Italy and Ireland for our anniversary. This would be great fit trekking around the Italian Alps or on the Aran Islands in Ireland. Twitter @kws627

  • Kristen

    On my Southeast Asia trip this fall– just started planning πŸ™‚

  • Lina

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