Here is another clever way of putting the briefcase into backpack mode that our friend Emil shared with us. It ensures the strap is not twisted and and does not slip through the o-ring when you're putting it on. It also prevents you from having to squeeze any of the shoulder pads through the o-ring. See the steps below to try it out.
Medium - 14" (35.6 cm) Wide, 11" (27.9 cm) Tall, 9" (22.9 cm) Deep (regular laptop)
Large - 16" (40.6 cm) Wide, 12" (30.5 cm) Tall, 9" (22.9 cm) Deep (average 17" laptop)
Extra Large - 18" (45.7 cm) Wide, 13" (33 cm) Tall, 9" (22.9 cm) Deep
NOTE: Dimensions are for the outside of the bag. Interior dimensions are ¼” (0.6 cm) less to account for stitching at the seams.
Pigskin lined - 6.5 pounds (2.9 kg)
Pigskin lined - 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg)
Pigskin lined - 8 pounds (3.6 kg)
Each compartment is 4.5" (11.4 cm) deep
Thick double zero continuous filament polyester marine-grade industrial thread
Hypoallergenic 4-5 oz. (2-2.2 mm) thick chrome tanned leather
Stout rivets at all stress points
Handle riveted to metal bar for stiff upper rigidity
Only three major seams
Shoulder strap is adjustable from 36" (91.4 cm) to 59" (150 cm)
Tough pigskin lining. Pigskin is the second strongest hide in the world, second to kangaroo.
This item is currently shipping with the shoulder strap clasps pictured
Hi, I'm a pituitary giant working at the circus, which size briefcase should I get?
You want the bag to fit your body size. If you're huge, then you'll look even bigger with a smaller bag and if you're small then a big bag will make you look like a real little fella. In my humble opinion:
Pituitary Giant circus performers and men over 6' 5" I recommend an 18"
People 5' 10" - 6' 5" I recommend a 16". It's a nice size for air travel and for larger laptops.
Folks 5' 4" - 5' 10" should get a 14".
Where can I see one of the bags in person?
I don't have any of the items in stores and we're not big fans of folks coming to our home in San Antonio because of the weirdo factor. My sister, Patricia and her husband (my Chess and Scrabble nemesis), send out the leather from their place near Ft. Worth, Texas, but again, because of the weirdo factor they're not set up to show either. If it helps, everyone tells me that they look better in person.
How can I get my spouse to understand that I need this?
Here's your rationale: Buy the best, cry once. It's all about the cost per year. In college, I bought a pair of very expensive shoes for my job as a waiter. I couldn't afford them, but I bought them anyhow. They were really light and comfortable and took me through two years of waiting tables and one year as a limo driver and another year of occasional use. And then they still looked good for a month of Sundays. Cost per year was about $25. Most of the other waiters bought a new pair of $55 heavy and uncomfortable shoes every 6 months because theirs wore out and looked ratty by then. One of the principles the successful in the world understand is this: If one buys quality from the start they save money. Don't be penny wise and dollar foolish. This will be one of the most savvy investments and inexpensive leather pieces you'll ever have. And remember, you must truly love yourself before you can love others. A couple of other things to think about you'll be more popular. Everybody isn't buying one. I'll invite you to my birthday party. What's wrong, you chicken?
Which color should I get?
Pick the one that fits who you are. I've observed what the bag owners tend to be like based on the color they have chosen over the years. The category below that fits you best is probably the color you'll enjoy most. Remember, your first inclination is usually the correct one.
Tobacco Light Brown (Sanguine)
Laid back and casual
Likes old Land Cruisers
Creative (enjoys writing)
Loves big dogs
Never met a stranger
Lots of random thoughts
Loves the outdoors
Only wears clothes because you have to
Carbon Black (Phlegmatic or Choleric)
You look good in a thick black leather jacket
Rides a cruiser type motorcycle
Wear thick black framed glasses
Drives a Volvo or Saab
They know your name at the coffee shop
Sci-Fi is your favorite genre
Are very interested in Oriental culture
Prefer cats over dogs
Loves modern contemporary style square furniture
Chestnut Reddish Brown (Choleric or Melancholy)
Belongs in a Mercedes Benz or Jaguar
Classier than most
Has excellent taste in dressing and decorating
Great sense of humor
Smokes a pipe instead of a cigarette
Appreciates the finer things
Dark Coffee Brown (Phlegmatic or Choleric or Melancholy)
Loves the outdoors
Is the best friend of many people
Reads a lot of books
Loves big dogs
If you still aren't sure, then just buy all four colors.
Are the animals tortured before they are slaughtered?
Absolutely not ! With some pigs we do use waterboarding and sensory deprivation techniques previous to slaughtering them, but the cows do not require any special handling.
Disconnect the shoulder strap completely. Attach the end of the shoulder strap that is closest to the buckle of the shoulder strap to a rear bottom d-ring. Run the shoulder strap through the d-ring beneath the handle along with one shoulder pad and then attach the other end of the shoulder strap to the opposing rear bottom d-ring.
How much do they cost you, Dave?
Well, I lived for three years in a $100 a month apartment in Mexico with no hot water, because of these bags. My dog, Blue, and I drove for thousands of hours all over the North American continent because of these bags. I had a crooked Federale sent to kill me because of these bags (I convinced him that SeÃ±or Alarcon would never pay him) and we became friends). I've shed gallons of blood and tears and sweat and at least a quart of other people's, because of these bags. I've slept in my car or on the rack of my old Land Cruiser at least 150 times because of these bags. I've lost weeks of sleep and have gone hungry for days because of these bags. I was broke for years and even had to trade two of Blue's little puppies for a month's worth of tacos in order to eat because of these bags. I've been detained by who knows how many Mexican police because of these bags. I've thrown away thousands of dollars and made hundreds of mistakes because of these bags. I've been stolen from, taken advantage of and robbed because of these bags (they even stole Blue once, but I got him back). All of these things and more have happened to me because of these bags. They cost me a lot.
Hey Guys, Here is what I wrote to Customer Service.
Dear Mr. Munson,
I recieved my XL Chestnut Brief Case yesterday in the mail and my son took to it right away. I had to remind him twice that it was MINE.
I believe you sent me the wrong bag. I bought mine from your Dave's Deals for a 25% discount for flaws one can see 10 feet away. Sir, there is none.
Please let me know if you did indeed mix up my order so I can send this bag back to the rightful owner....I can not WAIT TO get my bag. Because this one is everything you say it is and so beautiful.........
BTW, May I keep the Personal Bible?. I know this will add to my answers as I continue to search deeper for God.
Let me know how you would like me to proceed regarding this bag..
Here is what they Wrote Back
Hey there Eddie,
Tiffany here this lovely Texas morning, happy to help out!
Thanks so much for your note and your concern! I took a quick peek a(n)d it look(s) like the correct bag was sent to you! That bag is yours! =D
We don't know exactly what flaw is on which bag, so unfortunately I can't point you to where to look on your bag to find it. We're also really tough on our quality standards, so we try to keep the cosmetic flaws in Dave's Deals extremely minor - even in the 25% off range. So it looks like you just snagged an awesome deal there!
Holler if you have any questions, and enjoy your new briefcase!
It should be noted that I still can NOT find any reason why this bag is on Dave's Deals nor can I see anything that would justify a 25% discount. There simply is no flaw on it.
In addition, At this writing, I have not own my work of art for 24 hours and the Customer Service is as great as the product itself.....I bought an XL Brief Case and it is NOT that heavy (so, man up!) I am overjoyed that I do not have to return this bag....
I will be purchasing another item again.
Very pleased with this briefcase
I ordered the Large Classic Briefcase in DCB, and I'm very happy with it. With regard to the quality, it is as durable - almost overbuilt - as it's advertised to be, and the design is well thought out. A lot of reviewers say that it's heavy, but I haven't found the weight to be an issue, given that I'm loading it up with 20lbs of gear and books anyway. My 17" MacBook Pro fits snugly, so I'm glad I didn't go for the XL. I've found the backpack option to be particularly useful, once I sorted out how to arrange the strap. Overall I'd recommend this briefcase to anyone who goes in for high quality stuff - the materials, construction, and usability make it worth the price. Thanks Dave!
Worth every penny
I read "how to convince my spouse" and reviewed the available bags many times before ordering a medium briefcase in chestnut. In my case it was not me convincing her but her convincing me. I travel weekly for work about 50 weeks per year and travel quite a bit in between those trips on my own. I was going through a standard ballistic bag or even two a year at roughly $50 each. The lining would tear, a zipper break, some portion of the carrying system would give out... you name it I broke it.
I started looking at leather bags but the up front price always had me balk. I am a believer in quality but somehow when coming to bags the cost to perceived value just would not level out in my mind.
Once my wife convinced me that the cost would be at least the same if I had a single bag for even a few years compared to how often I was purchasing them; I started my hunt. The cost and weight of the Saddleback bags really had me unsure but I LOVED the designs and the reviews and videos and warranty and return policy and... you get the idea.
I won't lie, even though it is not that expensive in hind sight after having the bag almost a year, but the up front cost really worried me for some reason. From the day I got my Saddleback, the beauty and craftsmanship began easing that concern.
Then the weight, fairly substantial even empty, was a worry. After realizing how easy I could strap to my suitcase with the medium accessory straps combined with the adjustability and comfort of the carrying strap design I realized this too was not really much of a concern.
The stares and comments of admiration for the bag are unbelievable. I have not once traveled without at least one comment on the bag or being questioned by someone who had been contemplating a Saddleback purchase.
In all cases I have to say I was a fool not to purchase sooner and any need for a product which Saddleback has an option for; Saddleback is the only vendor I shop. That's right, when it comes to the products they make I am so certain theirs will be the best I no longer comparatively shop. They are that good. Thank you Saddleback.
Best bag ever!
I just wanted to drop you a note to commend you on your incredible products. I first discovered your company in 2005, and instantly drs on love with your extra large chestnut briefcase. I drooled over that bag for two years!! Then, for my birthday in 2007, my beautiful wife got me the large chestnut wallet. I was floored. I carried that wallet all over the globe. In 2007, my word shocked me again when I returned from Africa with my dream briefcase. I loved the looks that it drew and loved passing out your business cards when asked about my bag. I carrieeverything in that bag, which is why it was devastating when two men in Houston ambushed me, stuck a gun in my face and got away with my beautiful bag and wallet. All of the other stuff was recovered, but not my bag or wallet. I'm saving up to replace them, and will soon. Just wanted to share my story...keep up the great work!
Not just a bag, a new member of the family!
I will try to be brief but I am too excited. I have been looking at purchasing the classic briefcase for over a year now. I read all the reviews and watched numerous video reviews to narrow down my decision of size and color.
To also assit I bought a tobacco ID wallet and med. notepad holder, a chestnut laptop case and a dark coffee pouch. Seeing the colors confirmed what I had known. For me I went with the tobacco brown large briefcase and the coffee colored pouch looks great hanging off of the front.
Size was another concern. I felt I probably needed the large but did more research on the size of the things I need to carry. The extra 2 inches made the difference from a medium to the large. The extra large seemed too big to carry everyday.
I just received my bag about a week ago and now have it filled. Here is what I have in it so far: DSLR camera with 2 lenses, A light for video shoots, 8 rechargeable batteries and 2 chargers for the light, extra battery and charger for the camera, macbook pro and sleeve, Apple charging equipment, med. note holder, legal pad (no cover), 2 small towels, the strap to the pouch(pouch hangs off the front of bag-with business cards, USB drive and documents like passports and travel documents), pens and of course a few snacks and breath mints.
The bag is heavy to start but not as bad loaded as I would think. The shoulder strap really balances the load and the pads are comfortable. I had also read from some people that the leather was very stiff. This was true of my pouch but not the briefcase. The other thing about leather is it will get softer over time so be patient and the bag will become more pliable.
This is a beautiful bag and my brother-n-law, who is in the Army, and I believe it would stop a 50 cal. bullet from 100 yards, that is how durable it feels. Quality does not come cheap but if you want the best and want something to last then this bag might be the least expensive of the options on the market.
I hope this helps those of you who are taking time to read this. Take your time and do your own homework. Just be prepared, when you finally pull the trigger you will never look back and you will wonder why you hadn't made this decision sooner.
Thanks Dave! Keep up the quality work as I have my eye on a duffle bag and my Brother-n-law has the front pocket backpack on his wish list.
Found what I was looking for
Just got my Classic in chestnut about a week ago.
I previously had bought three briefcases in the last 18 months and was not happy with either of them. My wife said I was as bad about my briefcase as she was a pocketbook. Now I'm happy and she is to.
Thanks Dave for making such a beautiful briefcase.
We live in the most skilled and sophisicated marketing society ever developed. Our every waking moments are filled with testimonials and promotions promising perfection and happiness if we would only purchase from them. Unfortunately and often, the quality we are seducted with isn't present in the real time product.
Dave and Saddleback is the real deal. Dave is honest, straighforward and he clearly is a man of integrity. The joy and pride he feels when he tells you about the extraordinary quality of his product is visceral.
I have searched worldwide off and on for two years for the perfect briefcase/messenger bag and could not find all the essential components, regardless of the cost. But I did with the large, chestnut briefcase from Saddleback. It is more impressive and quality laden then the pictures express.
It took two days for me to digest the price and make the purchase. When the bag arrived and I examined it, one of my first thoughts was " this briefcase is worth more than the asking price." It is a true deal at the current price.
I appreciate that Dave expresses his faith and the extra gift he places in the bag.
I got the large classic briefcase in coffee brown and it just arrived. Cost me 25 per cent to clear customs so this is something to keep in mind. I will say it is very nice. But some people love it and others hate it in my office, but everyone has something to say about this. I like to keep my life simple, so I like that I can use it with a suit and look good and also use it around town on the weekend. I live in the city so it is nice there is plenty of room in it to lick up groceries on the bike on the way home from work.
I will say that it seems to be wildly over engineered. I think 100 years is an understatement. The leather might even be too thick for this type of use-it is very stiff. Hopefully it will become more supple with time.
Also all of the hardware seems a bit unnecessary and clutters up the esthetic of it, and I don't think I will use it.
There are also two small loops on the back that keep the two closing straps in place that don't seem necessary and rub on the back while wearing it which makes it a bit uncomfortable. I think the size is good though for what I use it for.
I think it will only become better looking and easier to use after it breaks in. It is a bit clumsy right now with everything so stiff, it is a bit like hose tackle-ish.
In all, I am very satisfied and I am convinced it will be in my will to be inhereted by my decendants and most likely the last briefcase/day bag/ carry on bag that I buy.
Stop Humming & Hawing and just do it!
This is message to all of the people humming and hawing, desperately trying to justify spending this amount of money on a bag. I say DO IT! You will not regret it. The customer service was amazing, Great people to deal with. I ordered the Medium bag and when I recieved it, it was just to small, so a simple email back to them and they emailed me the appropriate paperwork and within minutes it was all takin care of and the new one was on its way to me. When I did finally recieve the Large bag, it was exactly what I was looking for. I have never been happier with a bag (which is a good thing because they last forever). And I would recomend Saddleback Leather Co. to anyone. 2 thumbs way way up!
The Perfect Adventure Bag
I'm a history teacher with fantasies of being Indiana Jones. I waited about five years until I had enough money to get the large dark coffee briefcase, and it was worth the wait. The bag is great for going on hikes and for travelling, but it looks perfect and professorial in the classroom too.
I've already got about five students who want to buy one, and I get compliments on the bag just about every time I go out.
The weight of the bag isn't a problem for me; it adds to the classic charm. I converted it into a backpack last week and hiked with it up Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan. It was comfortable and not a bit too heavy.
I can't wait for it to get scuffed and worn in.
Awesome ! Awesome
Just Quality and Pure Quality !! Unbelievable Leather !!
Beautiful Piece of Art
I am super happy to join the Sadddleback Leather Family. I got the XL Classic Briefcase in Black. I can't describe how amazingly impressed I am with this bag. All the positive you see on this review site is absolutely true. The Leather is super thick and substantial. The workmanship and built quality is steel strong and overall looks and feels like a quality product. The leather bags you see in retail stores and even most online and even those with designer names on them are only shiny looking on the surface but lack the QUALITY ingredients that Saddleback gives. This lacking in other leather products is so manufacturers can save cost and maximize profits. If you want a true quality leather briefcase that will get even more beautiful with age, this is the briefcase. The initial price is hard to swallow but when you hold the bag in your hands, every penny feels well worth the cost. The Briefcase especially in XL is heavy but only because that's what real, thick, cowhide leather is ..if you want a light weight product, there is plenty of "leather" spray on and imitations out there. In the end, it's true that you get what you pay for.
Thanks for the fantastic, delicious, well-built Leather, Dave .. I love the personal and family touch you have injected into your products, customer service and your company. Keep up the superb standards !!
Best wishes from your neighbour up North :)
Warm and kind service prompt me to order more next time
I was looking for an iPad sleeve and was thinking of the classic look. That soon brought me here. While I was browsing through, I saw the nice looking briefcase which can be converted into a backpack. Reminds me a lot of the Hobbit traveller. I could not decide to choose between Tobacco Brown or Chestnut. Later decided to get three items with three different colours as shown in the photo.
These would be a good companion as I embark on my PhD study adventure later this year. The smell of the leather is so nice. I'm very used to it from having chestnut leather shoes, wallet and carbon black leather belt.
I will soon order a small suitcase and small satchel. Many thanks to Tim and Jodie for helping me with the orders.
Another well-deserved 5 star review
Purchased the XL briefcase in chestnut through Dave's Deals, however like another review, I can't find a single thing wrong with it - it's just an outstanding piece of craftsmanship. Heavy, thick leather, tight stitching. Every part feels substantial and well-made. If I need to armor up for a knife fight, I'll just cut some arm holes.
In regards to size: Having read quite a few reviews, I was slightly concerned ordering the XL size, as I thought it might just be monstrously huge. It's not, it's perfect. Is it big? Yes, that's the point - however, for me, not too big. Having shifted over a laptop, file folders, sunglasses (in a big case) and charging cords, pens and notebooks, a thick book, a huge water container and some assorted junk from a backpack, I still have room for my gym clothes with space to spare on a daily basis. This is a good thing.
Since having it for a few days, I've already received numerous compliments from co-workers (not to mention jealous looks and lots of how much was it? That things just going to get better over time!), and it makes my office (and car) smell like delicious leather. The smell alone is worth the price.
The chestnut finish is beautiful. Exactly what I'd hoped it would be. if you like the photos of the chestnut finish, you'll love the actual bag.
As I say to my girlfriend, it's worth spending the extra to get what you really want. You're already invested, make sure you don't have to purchase twice. If you try and save money by getting something "close" to what you want, you won't be satisfied. You'll end up purchasing something else eventually, and thereby negate any savings you might have had initially. Plus, you likely still won't have what you wanted in the first place.
I enjoy purchasing quality, and I couldnât have made a better choice.
Size Matters part 2
As promised, this is an update to my first review. I have received the extra large briefcase and it is quite nice. It accepts legal sized pocket folders and expandable folders nicely. Quality is extraordinary. The bag is heavy and large, so if you are looking for a lightweight bag, this is not the bag for you. But if you want a quality case that can handle literally anything you can put in it, this is your bag. Just remember, as I stated in the first review, be sure you are getting a size that can accept what you want to put in it. I recommend this extra large bag (but when it is full, it is very heavy).
I bought this, because there are days when I needed a large briefcase. This bag is awesome, and has turned into my main bag for work and travel. It can hold a weekends worth of summer clothes, or a 14" laptop and a bunch of work files. My only slight regret is that I bought the medium and not the large, only because my laptop won't fit in it. It's OK though my old leather briefcase holds that one. The medium will work quite well though. Awesome bag Dave.
It was time to grow up...
I've been drooling over this briefcase every since seeing someone carry one into a meeting. Yesterday an employee gave it to me as a gift.
I knew that I wanted one, but didn't know how much until I got my hands on it. Often, we fantasize about something and it's rarely as good in reality as it was in our minds - this was not one of those cases.
It's an incredible bag that gives me that timeless feel which merges into my MacBook Pro and iPad.
So, I shed my backpack of many years and migrate into manhood with the last briefcase I'll ever need.
I got the large size briefcase and it holds my 15inch MackBook Pro and all the other tech gadgets and items that I carry. I highly recommend it.
Hi....Did I say in my recent review that I'd rate this item at 5 stars?
If I didn't, I meant to.
I originally ordered the Large Classic Briefcase, thinking it would be perfect for my law practice. When it was delivered, I tried putting an expandable folder inside (Redweld brand), and was dismayed to learn it would not fit. Dave's video doesn't even show the Extra Large size, but the screen just says something like it's good for litigators with huge case files. This led me to believe that the Large would be fine for normal use. Well, it is not. I would have appreciated a disclaimer on the size chart that says "expandable legal size folders do not fit in the Large case". So, now I am waiting on the delivery of the Extra Large. Oh, and of course I have to pay for return shipping. Had I known a normal legal folder would not fit, I would have ordered the Extra Large in the first place. That is disappointing as well. Once I take possession of a briefcase that actually can accept legal file folders, I will update this post as to how I like that case.
Medium Classic is PERFECT
I originally purchased the large thin briefcase, and loved the look of it, but it isn't deep enough for my needs. I ordered the Medium Classic in Chestnut, and before it even arrived I thought I had made a mistake again. I watched many reviews saying the medium is too small, and "purse" like. Well, I can tell all of you that is not the case. I am 6'0, 250lbs, and if it doesn't look tiny on me, it wont look tiny on you. I can fit the medium notepad holder, a 13in MBP Retina in the 13in MB Air sleeve, and my 14in dell laptop in the back , and all the cables, chargers, pens, office needs in the front with room to spare for a medium bible with the closure.
If you have a 15in laptop or bigger, then you need the bigger bag, but if not, the medium will more than meet your needs. Unless you just like the look of carrying a large bag with you, the medium classic briefcase is perfect.
Some kinda wonderful
I just got back from a trip and my Large Classic Briefcase in Chestnut had arrived.
From the first moment I picked it up I was seriously impressed and convinced that the expensive purchase will be well worth it.
Here's another thing; this was one of Dave's Deals with a 15% discount, but I haven't found the flaw yet, the bag looks to be in tip-top condition.
My better-half tells me it sounds like I'm saddling-up to ride out whenever I'm using it!
Great product, really.
Called Classic for a Reason
Being 6'0, 180 lbs I was unsure of what size to get; ultimately based on the limited videos on youtube (at the time) I went ahead and ordered a large in chestnut. great choice! I love the snug fit for the medium notepad holder and the medium MacBook sleeve in the back compartment, lots of room for a kindle, passport, pens, and thumb drives in the remaining internal pockets and a generous front compartment for cables, cameras, etc.
It's a heavy bag, it's not a flaw - it's a characteristic. My advice, just because there's room, don't feel compelled to fill it with unnecessary items just for the sake of filling it. The space is there when you need it and things aren't just flopping around when it isn't packed to the brim.
Love my bag, and it's only getting better! Thanks SBL!
I bought a classic medium briefcase off of Dave's Deals at 15% off. I cannot find anything wrong except a three inch bubble on the inside cover pigskin just above the handle. It is so small an issue, and you would have to have the case open to see it. I have it loaded up with a 13 inch MacBook Pro, an iPad in the back pocket, a pocket size Daytimer, all kind of cables in a cable bag, also Dave's Deals. Pens, papers, the works, and there is still room to add things. It is not heavy at all for me. I know leather. The workmanship is excellent. You cannot buy a better case for the money. For this to be a Dave's Deal, they must have very high standards. This case is so worth it. Thank you Saddleback, I will be a returning customer.
I've had my XL Classic Briefcase in Tobacco Brown for about a month now. This is a big piece of luggage as advertised! I'm 6'3" and 250# and this is about all I would want to carry on a regular basis. The weight of the bag itself is not an issue. The Cordura rolling bag that this Briefcase replaces actually weighs more than this XL Briefcase. The only issue is that you can pack a LOT of items in the Briefcase and might be tempted to overload it. With a full load of 17" laptop, power supply, cords, security cable, extra phone/charger, Franklin Classic day planner, 50 pages of files, and a small sundry bag, the weight is 24.5# which begins to wear on you in the long haul. Without the thick and heavy day planner, it could be snugged down to about 2/3 the thickness if needed with much reduced weight. I still have room for a change of clothes and toiletries and use this as an overnight bag. For everyday in-office use the Large Classic Briefcase might have been a better pick, but the XL gives me the flexibility of an overnight carry on bag.
Fits in overhead bins of large airplanes just fine, as noted in other reviews. If you are worried about being asked to gate check this bag, point out that other passengers are bringing far bulkier bags onboard and jamming them into the overhead bins, and that it can go under the seat in front of you if necessary.
This is a great bag that does everything Dave says that it should. Be prepared for admiring comments!
Cycling with the Classic Briefcase
Having tried many bags as backpack for my bicycle commute I attest that the SB Classic Briefcase is the best bag I have ever used. I own the large classic as I am a big man. I carry laptop, books and the necessities of life such that the combined weight is considerable. Herein is the magic. Thanks to the design features of the bag the weight is distributed evenly across my back so the bag is comfortable. The straps have large pads so they do not dig into my shoulders. The conversion from satchel strap to backpack strap is simple. The effect of tightening the two side straps around the bag is to round out the base so that the leather base of the bag is not sticking into my back. It is waterproof. The weight moves with my body as opposed to what happens with any pannier system.
Thanks to this bag I no longer have to pack a cycle bag as a separate entity to my work bag. The two are one and the same.
Better than the reviews!!!
How often does a product exceed your expectations? This SB briefcase is awesome and will do just that even if you are tough to please! I have had this briefcase about a month (my 2nd SB product) and it rocks.
I ordered the medium because I was concerned about the weight once I got it loaded down. I can carry my 15 inch laptop, an iPad, several files, and only have one of the two internal sides full. Yet, it is not the weight that sticks out in your mind when carrying it but the solidness of the product. It is built to last and a by-product is that it will get noticed by your peers and fellow travelers.
It is a significant upgrade from the standard black nylon computer bag that the IT guys seem to love to issue everyone. I carry it for work and travel and it delivers!!!
I had one person I was working with insist that I place it in his car trunk when on a call because he did not want to deal with the hassle of a police report when someone broke into the car to steal my SB briefcase!!
The toughest part of the choice to buy this bag for me was I wanted the suede lining but I did not want to wait the extra time to get my bag. Buy this briefcase today!!! Youwill not be disappointed.
Great Travel Bag
I bought my bag in Chesnut back in 2008. It has travelled with me to Moscow, Russia and back to Texas, has gone with me to Washington DC several times, Florida and all over the big State of Texas.
It barely has a scratch and is the most durable piece of luggage that I have ever owned. I use it typically as a carry-on bag for flying, and as a front seat travel bag when I am driving.
I have loaded it completely with everything from laptops, camera equipment, work documents/folders, chargers, keys, passports, baby items (yes....it even has been used to carry toys, formula, diapers etc of our two little girls over the years).
I can load it and always feel confident that it will hold. The heavy duty strap is always useful for carrying heavier loads, or for when my hands are full carrying other things.
Although the size I bought was a bit too big for day to day briefcase use back and forth to the office, it has been a reliable part of my life, and like the advertisements say, will be there for my family long after I'm gone from this world.
If you are wanting a great multi-purpose bag that will handle everything, lasts forever, and causes people to stop you and compliment you on it, then this is what you need.
I wholly recommend it. Thanks!
Just got my back, was one of Dave's deals. Dave must be aweful picky since I cannot find any flaw at 10 feet let alone 2 feet but thanks for the discount. Have traveled last 14 years and went through God knows how many suitcases and laptop backs/backpacks. Not any more love this case and will be my last one. Built to last, worth every penny and don't be scared about Dave's deals.
I'm all leathered up!!
Just getcha some!! Pull the trigger. Quit thinking, "man it's so expensive though." I started with the iPad case and then a little card holder, gadget sleeve and now I've got the classic BC in medium chestnut. OMG! Got it off Dave's Deals but I honestly don't see why it was discounted. Not complaining though. Anyway, my next purchase will be the pouch and then the large pad holder and.... Like I said, just getcha some!!
Honourary Saddleback Leather Pusher-- Just do it.
For how much I have been talking about this bag at work and with my friends, you would think that I owned shares in whatever Dave was selling.
I say this because I have been talking about SBL for MONTHS, 9 to be exact, before I even laid my hands on one. And like every anal retentive doctor can be, I have trolled the youtube videos, Dave's personable videos, styleforum, googled images of the different colours and styles. If you look hard enough, there is an amazing amount to find.
I debated long and arduously about what I wanted and needed it for, whether the classic was too big and manly for my willowy thin [130 pound], 5'9.5" on a good day [in flats] frame... and whether my puny muscles could lug around a 3 kg bag-- empty. But I will get to that...
I ended up with the medium tobacco rather than the chestnut (which is probably more professional and which I regret a little, but the grass is always greener). It doesn't look monstrous on me, but it is -- solid...
The bag is amazing in backpack form... it hangs just below the shoulder blades/scapula, hugging the body close to distribute the weight well. And honestly, 3 kilos feels pretty darn light when the bag looks and smells so yummy.
Ironically no one has time to give me compliments because before they get a word out edgewise, I start jabbering on about the bag, the warranty, the design and general perks about the bag-- which is everything maybe minus the price. Most of my friends aren't quite sold, but just give me a little time... they will come around.
For the beautiful ladies out there who are doubting, this bag is not for the faint of heart... If you can't cope the load, the medium satchel looks like an awesome alternative. The capacity of this mother of a bag is amazing... a few overly heavy 1200 page books... and you think your arm will fall off-- backpack mode here we come. A 4.5 inchi width is more than enough for practical day to day use for most people I suspect-- even me.
Anyhow, I have been rambling long enough... even with the $75 shipping to Australia, this bag is worth every last penny of money hard earned. I feel like a school girl that just landed her crush that she has been languishing over-- inordinately happy and over the moon!
Yup, I'm addicted too
Yes -- I've also become addicted to awesome Saddleback Leather. I started with a simple credit card wallet...followed by an Ipad 1 case, Large Classic Briefcase and keychain, and set of Medium Utility Straps. All in Dark Coffee Brown. Just got the straps in the mail today....already thinking of ways to use them and what I could hang from / strap to my Briefcase.... About the briefcase: tough as nails. I used to worry about my old 'padded' computer bag. I used to fuss over it, worried about a raindrop or two, and overly careful with it. But that's just not my style. I wanted something tough and rugged and of lasting quality. This bag checks every box. I regularly carry my Macbook Pro, Ipad, notepad and papers, power cords, sunglasses case -- and I always carry a baseball, as I've got Spring Training fever right now.... Plenty of room for all those things and more. I would not consider the bag heavy. Rather, I would suggest that all lesser bags are lightweight. Next on my radar will be a Saddleback Notepad Holder or Belt -- haven't decided on which yet.... Thanks to Dave and everyone at Saddleback.
A Proud Owner (and Saddleback leather addict!)
I just received my XL Classic Briefcase (Dark Coffee Brown), and I couldn't be more excited. I got all of my major Saddleback purchases through the Dave's Deal's (discounted from 10-25% off) feature on the Saddleback web page and I highly recommend you check out those for great discounts. I won't repeat what you already know about the awesome quality, incredible customer service and unbeatable warranty with Saddleback leather products, but suffice to say...its all true. If you're reading reviews, you may still be on the fence about whether to buy, or which size. I will say first: ignore the complaints you may sometimes read about the bags being too heavy. They aren't. Now, as to the question of XL or Large? Of course it is up to what you want to use it for. If for carrying a laptop, some books and a file or two, the large would be good. If you want to carry more than that, the XL is the way to go. I am 6'3", and....big, shall we say, and the XL fits my XL lifestyle (hehee). Now I will warn you that once you buy one Saddleback leather product, you will become addicted to their quality, and the great feeling you have owning such a high quality product. So far I have the Large Satchel, the XL classic briefcase, the messenger bag, medium travel case, the pouch, and a small bi-fold wallet (all in DCB). About the prices: they are actually relatively inexpensive compared to other "luxury leather" makers' stuff that retails in the thousands for what I would consider inferior craftsmanship and materials. As Dave says, "buy nice or buy twice." (I think he said that in one of his videos). Dave and Suzette: keep doing what you do. Thank you for making such awesome products and I wish you (and the whole saddleback leather 'family') love, happiness, and peace.
Just get it already!
Ok I'll admit I have not had this bag long. I was very skeptical once I took it out of the box. It was super heavy and much larger than expected. In addition, the leather was so stiff that I could barely put my daily essentials in the bag. Don't be discouraged! Just roll up your sleeves and give it a good beating--it will soften up. I sat on mine for a while and then bent every corner I could. Once it's softer, the bag will readily go from very thin when empty to massive when full. I like that because it means this bag can be used for many situations. Overnight trip? You bet. Day on the town? Easily. Board meeting? Prepare for compliments.
The firt time I took this bag out it was for a career fair. I think I got 5 compliments in about 3 hours. In addition, this thing is a great conversation piece. Although the bag was heavy, I was able to lug it all over Manhattan comfortably for a day. And finally, although I didn't think it would be classy enough to use with a suit, it is far beyond what most men carry for business.
I'll also say that getting a breifcase will be a huge adjustment for someone (like me) who still uses their backpack from college. You will not get the same versatility here, nor will you get quite the same amount of room. In order to be happy with this bag, you have to give up a lot of the conveniences of your old backpack (super light weight, zippers, additional comfort, extra pockets). In the end, it is probably going to be worth it because this bag is way more classy and will last forever.
And I'll just say that I also tried the slim breifcase and found it to be too small. It was a lot lighter, but could not hold as much stuff. It also did not have exterior pockets for things like water bottles, meaning you would have to basically sacrifice a whole compartment for food and drink. So I would recommend the classic because it is far more versatile than the slim, and equally as attractive. But it depends on your needs.
Bottom line: get one of these right now and don't look back.
Great briefcase! I look at it everyday because I'm so amazed by the craftsmanship, texture, and the details of the bag. I love the smell of it too. I'm going to hike Mt. Fuji with my med tb briefcase this summer.
Notice, as you read these reviews, that anything below a 5 out of 5 star rating is rare sight.
Why? Because these bags are absolutely amazing! The bag is a work of art. You will turn heads when you walk into a room with it. Everywhere I go, people ask about the bag and want to see it. I've had it for 4 days and I already have 5 co-workers thinking about buying one.
This is the type of purchase you will be proud you decided to make. You will look for excuses to carry around stuff with it. If you are on the fence like I was about buying one because of the price, think of it as an investment that you'll use for the rest of your life. I look forward to reading your review of the leather once you buy it :-).
Warning: Be aware of which size you need. I ordered a large and my 15 1/2 inch laptop just barely fits. It has enough room for books, a binder, pens, laptop charger and a few other things with the laptop in it. If you need more space, I would definitely suggest getting the extra large - or getting one of his backpacks.
It's A Tank
Medium classic briefcase. Carbon black.
A friend of mine turned me onto SBL last year. I blame him for my obsession with my bag (and everything that followed: large belt pouch, card sleeve, and big leather wallet. All carbon black).
This bag is a tank for sure. It could be bullet proof, but I'm not going to test it.
I jam it full of my daily essentials: notebooks, files, electronics, waterbladder, first aid kit, etc...
As I train for my ultra-distance runs, I drop 40lb weights in it and hit the stairclimber. The bag laughs. I throw up.
I take it everywhere:
Flight attendant-sir may we check that bag for you?
Me- this bag doesn't leave my side (or my back, mostly). Besides, first class has more room, thanks...
Flight attendant: oh, enjoy your flight sir!
I beat the hell out of this bag, and it still looks brand new...I've got work to do...
I just opened the box of my new Classic Breifcase in size large and I am speachless! This bag is what I have been looking for for years and now its mine! I love, Love, LOVE it! What else can I buy now!
If you ever had any reservations about the quality of this product, there is no reason for it. Just buy it and you will see why everyone LOVES this stuff!
Still going strong
I bought mine back in 09. When I first bought it, I was overly cautious with the handling of this bag. Not so much anymore. I use it at least 5 days a week. More if I'm out of town, which is a lot. I've taken this bag all over the United States.
I've crammed it full with items and have truly tested out the stitching. I've jammed it under countless airline seats (I have a medium size). I've had airline stewardess offer to take it off my hands.
It has been thrown into the back of countless rental cars. It has been jammed behind the seat of our work truck. It has ridden in many elevators.
To every location I've gone and every hotel I've stayed at, this bag has been by my side.
Upgrade that bag, young man!
As a frequent business traveler, I've always used a backpack. They're pretty comfortable, and easy to throw around. After seeing far too many people with the "swiss" bags, I decided it was time to class it up. A friend referred me to Saddleback, and I'm glad he did!
I debated on the size, but ended up with the Large Dark Coffee Brown. I carry 2 laptops most weeks (a Lenovo 12.5" and a MacBook Air 13"). They both fit in the bag perfectly along with all of my other supplies. I constantly get compliments - from jealous dudes and, more importantly, women who notice my fashion forward style.
One thing I'll say is that the bag can get a little heavy when fully loaded. That's to be expected due to the nature of the materials and construction. Since I'm used to wearing a backpack, I bought a caribiner that attaches to the center ring. I quickly attach and detach the strap for easy conversion to a backpack and standard shoulder strap. It's also great to quickly clip the bag to your carry-on for easy maneuvering through the airport.
Overall, I would highly recommend this briefcase, and I look forward to seeing how it wears in over the years!
Totally awesome badassness
Truly and sincerely and truthfully: Fantastic stuff, better than pix and vids can depict
I picked chestnut and boy it looks wonderful
The texture feels very sturdy and thick, virile, but not aggressive.
The construction looks like it is indeed waranty-able for 100 years.
I dont like the swivel clips (to open, one needs to unscrew them and it can be a hassle as the screw needs to be properly aligned) and will see how to change them, but thats a matter of personal taste/mania. I would use ones used in sail boats, so I know they are rust-proof and sturdy.
The briefcase is so big, one could use it as a travel bag. It doesnt fit in my motorcycle trunk so I've had to use the shoulder strap and turn this beast into a back pack to drive back home, which is real cool, actually. I didnt feel the heavy weight when it was turned into a backpack.
Big can be good, though: I like the fact I can slide my nylon computer pouch inside one of the two compartments. I dont have toworry about my mac being shaken around inside the briefcase. One thing I'd have loved is a few slots for pencils and pens in one of the two inside pockets. And maybe a slot to put business cards in. Again minor stuff, that I almost feel ashamed to mention in light of the overall fabulousness of this bag.
Conclusion: Im getting ready for more stuff from these fine people.
Part of Who I Am
I have wanted a bag like this before I even heard of Saddleback Leather. When I found Saddleback on Art of Manliness, I was amazed at the look and quality, but I couldn't imagine paying that much for a bag. However, I have been seeking to apply the principle of buying quality and using it for life. Knowing that I had wanted the bag for years, I knew I wouldn't get tired of it. So, I saved for several months and finally purchased my back in January of this year.
Since then, it has been across the continent with me. I have taken it to business meetings, ministry appointments, and even converted it into a backpack as I hiked to work without my car one day.
The bag is everything I hoped it would be. It fits my personality, communicating manliness, professionalism, and adventure. I get several compliments on it every day, and I can't imagine not owning it now. It already has a lot of stories. Can't wait to make more and hand this bag down to my son one day as a badge of honor.
THE bag for traveling
I work on an Oil drilling rig off the coast of Africa. I have the extra large briefcase and it is the only bag I take with me when I "go to work." See, I work 28 days on, 12 hours a day 7 days a week for that period. Our shirts have blue collars, I bathe AFTER work and I rely on tools to make my living. My boots are an integral part of my "kit." This bag takes the abuse of being handled by baggage handlers at airports that are best described as "rugged" and never seems to care.
The bumps and scrapes only seem to make it more beautiful. I happen to hold an advanced degree and I lecture at a local university periodically. This bag fits right in. Some of the students in my friend's classes ask about my "Indiana Jones Bag" and I just tell them "Dr. Jones would have loved this bag, It has a secret compartment."
I can easily carry 4 days worth of clothing along with a laptop, ereader, and all the assorted cables and accoutrements associated with a modern professional. I recommend the Cable Bag as a must have accessory. It fits nicely under one of the interior front pockets for more efficient use of space.
This bag is more useful than any other bag I have ever owned simply because it is simple. There are not 40 thousand pockets involved so you know exactly where everything is all the time.
You will never regret buying this bag.
I've had this briefcase for a couple years now and it is just getting better. Took it to a doctor's appointment and the doctor was so impressed he got one for himself.
As others have stated, this bag is very strong and carries a lot more than you think it can. I've used it both over-the-shoulder and as a backpack, and in either mode it is comfortable and easy to access. The appearance just gets better with use, and it is pretty much indestructible.
This was the first bag I purchased from Saddleback. Since then I've bought a couple more plus several accessories for me and have given a bag as a gift. Every other bag I've looked at either on-line or in person has been a poor second choice to this one.
Continues to impress...
I agonized for over a year - trying to justify, not only to my wife, but to myself - the cost of getting one of these bags. The day it arrived, as many others have commented, the house filled with the intoxicating aromas that only a high quality leather can provide. Upon first glance, it was BIG, it was OVER ENGINEERED, it was AS PROMISED!
Over the past 7 or 8 months that I've had it, I've (and just as importantly, the wife ;) ) got over the initial cost - like my Audi A6; our Wusthof knives; my Omega Seamaster and so many other material objects we're able to afford, quality is a key factor to enjoying Saddleback Leather products. I now know that this is the last bag I'll buy (sorry Dave and crew...)
I took my bag on vacation to NYC recently and once we pulled up to the valet at the Intercontinental and proceeded to unload the car, the valet saw the bag and started asking all about it. He was so impressed with it that he asked if he could show his coworker who was about 15 ft away. The coworker came over and they both continued to praise the bag, asking where I got it, how much... all the usual questions. When the wife and I checked in, we couldn't help but be amazed by the fact that, here were two guys that handle luggage all day long, at a respectable hotel, in one of the largest cities in the world and they're impressed by the bag that I now own.
Next, a strategic development retreat for the management of our company. Seated next to our president for the 2 day event, during a break, our president began a conversation about the bag. Much like the valets in NYC, questions about where, how much, etc ensue. When I get to price, he just nods his head, knowingly and points to his leather bag from another manufacturer that he bought 18 years ago and says to me - it's a wise investment that you'll carry well into the future. I agree with him completely - I've always compromised on notebook bags and they only lasted me a year or so (thanks to the macbook pro 17" that I lug around daily).
So, in short, if you're on the fence about buying this bag and find that it's in your budget but questioning whether you need a bag of this quality - just do it, you won't be sorry.
My Little Peice Of Treasure
I absolutely, hands down, LOVE my SBL Limited Edition Small Briefcase!! I got so lucky to get my hands on one of them! Frist off, the customer service, WOW I spoke with one of the ladies on the saddleback leather team and she answered all my questions about the color, the size, & the suede lining, the works! We even talked about bag charms! I couldn't thank SBL enough for their help; she literally went above and beyond! They really are a GREAT example of what customer service really means. Next I *HOPE* Dave will come back with the small briefcase! Iâm about 5â3 and weigh about 110lbs, so Iâm on the small side, with that being said, the small briefcase is perfect for petite women. Although this is known to be a âman bagâ women can pull it off just as well, that was one concern of mine. I get tons of compliments non-stop and often get sad to tell them it was limited edition (the size). I love the durability and the sturdiness of the bag. The bag is so beautiful and the quality craftsmanship is to be treasured! I feel like Indiana Jones, literally every time I walk out the door! All the men in my family are planning to invest in SBL products! Thank you so much SBL! Youâve made one happy lass!
Classic Briefcase and awesomeness
i wast alot of money on stuff that i use all the time and it dont llast. The Classic Briefcase is the best bag i ever got in my life i take it every where i go i love this bag.This bag is big and it looks awesome i like how it turns in to a backpack that comes to use for me alot. I go out my way to tell every one i meet about this web site i tell them that it is run by a hard working very loveing people around you cant find many people like this this day and age and i let them know how awesome all the stuff is and how well made there items are.
I travel the Midwest for work. I wanted something durable but nice - but I never expected so many comments. But not because it is ostentatious - because it is so cool. People immediately comment on the quality and ask if it is new. I reply nope and it gets better and better over time. My main goal was not to be everybody else with the same cheesy bags. So I will admit I was totally impressed in the extreme high quality of this bag. Begrudgingly I recommend it but not too much because I like being unique! In fact once on a plane the guy in the middle row looked down and saw my bag on the left and the thinner version on the guy to the right. He was sold by the end of the flight.
Oh my, the memories
I purchased the large Classic Briefcase about four weeks ago. My brother calls it a "man bag", but every time he sees it he wants to smell the bag. He may not know why, but I do. It is the memories of youth brought back. The first thing I do whenever I pick the bag up is smell the leather. Nellie Fox and Roy Sievers fill my mind and I am transported back to those days of playing summer work-up games with my Nellie fielders glove and Roy first base glove. Used those same gloves for the rest of my playing days, Babe Ruth, high school and college.
What the hell does this all mean? I don' t know for sure, but I do still have those gloves after 48 years and hope to have this bag at least as long. Being 62 that will not happen, but I do know this bag has brought more feelings and memories and future memories than anything I have purchased since those gloves. Thank you Saddleback folks, there just may be magic in your bags..
The construction of this bag is remarkable. Expectations will be exceeded and not by a small margin. Get used to hearing: "What a beautiful briefcase." Because you will hear it often. Overload it, toss it around, beat it up, it does not matter. The bag just keeps coming back for more and looks better and better as the days go by. If you appreciate fine craftsmanship, timeless style, and exceptional utility, this is the bag for you. Cry once and buy this bag, you will be happy that you did.
A product built to last
Several months ago I purchased the medium classic briefcase in tobacco brown and each day I grow more and more fond of it. The briefcase is built to last. I received several compliments on it and will continue to refer others to the Saddleback website.
The medium size works well for me. I am 5'10" and weigh about 165lbs. I am not an academic but rather work in a hospital. Subsequently, I don't need room to carry large textbooks everyday but rather carry my iPad, a notebook for notes, and assorted other knick-knacks like a point and shoot camera. The medium size is sufficiently large enough to accommodate everything I need to carry on a daily basis without being too heavy. As the website recommends I too would suggest a medium for someone equal to my size who doesn't need to carry around their office.
I went with the tobacco brown color because I believe it will show the marks of use over time and in doing so it will acquire more character.
I highly recommend this product and company for anyone looking for a quality briefcase that is capable of lasting a long, long, long time.
I love this thing!
I've had my bag for over a year now and it's the BEST briefcase I've ever owned! It's getting worn in and more supple every day. I switch from briefcase to knapsack mode often and it is so fast and easy to do that it's hard to believe. Fits perfectly underneath airline seats and in overheads. It is AWESOME!!!!!
Great Bag, Only a Couple of Issues
This is a great bag and I wholeheartedly give it five stars. I can put my Lenovo Thinkpad, small notebook, travel first aid kit, mouse, wireless hotspot, miscellaneous cables, Leatherman, odds and ends and still have plenty of room for whatever shows up during the day needing a place to hide out (Remington 1911A1 Enhanced for instance). And I'm told it's the best looking manpurse by everyone who sees it.
There are a couple on things that aren't perfect - (1) One rivet popped out after a couple of months. Not a big deal, I put in a chicago screw instead of sending it back for repair - I didn't want to go without the bag for a week or two! Its on one of the straps and is hidden so I'm not worried about it. (2) The strap isn't quite long enough to use as a backpack on my 6' tall 290 lb body. If your chest is less than 72" around you'll be fine. Again, not a big deal - I bought some of Dave's d-ring straps to use on the rare occasions I actually make it into a back pack. (3) the biggest problem is the shoulder strap screw links can come loose at random times. I'll go to pick up the bag and the strap has come loose. I guess I can get out the vise grips and snug it down, but them I won't be able to remove it without a tool. It may just be my strap and not a common problem.
Other than that, this thing is bullet proof.
It goes everywhere with me
I've had a tobacco brown medium bag now for about 6 months. My beautifuly Johnston and Murphy bag now sits in the corner. I love this bag! I carry my 15" laptop in it all the time. I use the straps and wear it as a backpack all the time for work. Get complements all the time. Fits under an airplane seat. Best thing? I strap it to my motorcycle to and from work when I ride. I did struggle with the caribiner type clasp for the straps: they would not stay screwed on tight. So Bettsy at your shop had me sent it back and you're putting the clasp on it. Terrific! I just had you send me some Chamberlain's leather milk to condition and maybe darken it a bit (coffee brown). Now I'm starting to lust after the backpack...dark coffee brown...gotta be. Thanks for a great product! Jerry.
I Live With This Thing
This bag is utter perfection. I have the XL in Coffee, and carry my laptops (note...Multiple Laptops), power cords, routers, and I STILL have enough room for a change of clothes, toiletries, and a first-aid and survival kit.
I am always getting compliments on this thing -- I've literally had people stop me in the street to ask where I got my bag from.
To my future wife: You'll have to be okay with polygamy, because this bag is my first love.
Great brief case
I have owed this bag (XL, coffee) for 4 years. I can fit my 17 inch MAC in it with plenty of room for more.
This bag is bombproof.
This is a heavy, huge and wonderful bag.
I would call it a real hauler. You can use it as a briefcase, backpack or luggage.
I use it much less since I got the standard backpack, but i planned to leave it to my kids or grandkids.
STILL WOULD LIKE A FREQUENT FLYER DISCOUNT.
One hellofa bag!
I have both a large & xtra-large. The large will hold a 15" laptop, and the xtra-large will hold a 17" laptop. The large (pictured, hopefully) is just about a year old now, and has been on about 110 plane rides. It's the one I use every day. With everything in it that I carry, it weighs about 24 pounds (according to the scales at airports). I use a caribiner to carry water hanging off the D-ring. The front flap isn't even broken in yet; at least it doesn't feel like it is. This bag took the place of a high-end rolling laptop case, and I wouldn't switch back to it. I believe it states on one of the videos not to overpack this bag. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. It gets mighty heavy walking from terminal C to terminal A west in PHL. I have absolutely no complaints about this bag.
One of my good friends got me on to the Saddleback brand and I have been a fan since. I now have the medium wallet, moleskine cover and now the medium classic briefcase all in the coffee color, and I don't know where to start!! I was worried that I did not buy the right size since Dave says guys over 6 feet should look at the larger briefcase but, I am quiet happy with the medium. When I first got it I had to put all my everyday essentials in it and I accomplished that with plenty of room. I will be happy with this bag for a long time!
I was given this bag for my birthday a few years ago. At first I was a little humbled by the price, but after carrying it for a year the biggest complaint I can find is that it is just as stiff as the day it arrived. This is even after leaving it on the trunk of a coworkers car and watching in horror as they drove off and the bag skidded to the pavement at about 30 MPH. It was scuffed, but after rubbing it down with some leather conditioner you would be hard pressed to see any damage. It looks good with casual clothes and suits alike. It will be the last bag I need. Short of theft or loss I could not imagine replacing it. It looks great, and the craftsmanship is second to none.
My last one?
When I received my first large classic Brifcase 6 Month ago I thought I never need to buy one again. Some month later I have bought six of them in different coulers and sizes and the next one is ordered already. I just can not say no to a friend or family member telling me he/she always wanted a piece like that. Together with more of 100 Saddleback products I gave away for X-mas I now have my own pretty large Saddleback family around me. Thank you Dave and Susette, Agni
I don't know what to say...
I don't know what to say but...I'll say it. Wow! I researched "other" leather briefcases only to come back to Saddleback. If you ask me why I cannot give an answer. When ordering the bag the ordering process was quick, easy, professional. It arrived within a few days after I ordered it. When it arrived after I opened the packaging the wonderful smell of leather literally filled the room. My two cats eyes honed in on the bag. Uh oh. My wife when she came home from work, having a nose like a Bloodhound said, "what is that smell? It smells really good!" The bag is absolutely beautiful from start to finish. The first day I brought it to my office my colleagues immediately said "wow, where did you get that bag?!" Being in sales, when visiting a client, no joke, after putting the bag down in the client's office the client soon said, "your bag smells incredible and its gorgeous. Where did you get it?" Kind of embarrassing but a compliment. I've only had my bag for a few weeks. Already some wonderful scuffs and wear marks are appearing but like with any quality leather purchase, it makes a statement. I can only hope (and truly believe) this bag will serve me for many years to come. I truly envision passing this bag on to a family member after I am gone for their enjoyment. Then again, maybe I'll take it with me. The craftsmanship is second to none. When I put my bag in my car in the morning there has been nothing more satisfying than smelling a fresh ground cup of coffee along with the wonderful smell of leather this bag produces. I really can't describe this. I'm not some "leather expert" by any stretch. My cat(s) I think are jealous when I leave and my wife has been eyeballing many of the woman's products now as well. Fantastic product and I have been very pleased with this investment. I've owned many other leather products but this truly takes the cake!
I have an extra-large classic briefcase. There are many nice things about this bag but the best is that the more you beat on it the better it looks. Mine is stuffed to capacity: current contents include i-pad, i-pod, MacBook, 9 CDs, 14 file folders, one book, three magazines, three bottles of water, a set of screwdrivers, lottsa change, two packs of peanut butter crackers, a newspaper, a beeper, an extra t-shirt, and two cell phones. It is big, if you aren't at least 6'5" then don't get the extra large unless you have a sherpa. It fell down the stairs and nothing inside broke. A very cool product.
I just received my Classic Briefcase in Dark Coffee Brown and it is GORGEOUS! It is going to be exactly the work bag I have been looking for. I saw someone at the airport recently after I ordered mine who has obviously had theirs for some time. It looked great with a little worn-in characteristics that I look forward to mine having.
Everyone from start to finish in the order process couldn't have been more friendly and more responsive. I would and will recommend their products to everyone I know.
I've spent the past year trying to decide on a color. Picked up a TB iPad case and the decision was clear. It's a darker tobacco, like the color on the briefcase shown on Amazon. It is incredible. It replaced a nylon backpack, so it's a radical change. Large is a great size for laptop, notepad, iPad and various smaller items. I have no regrets at all - color, size, expense. It is perfect.
Extremely nice, but...
When I took the bag out of the box, it was everything SBL & the YouTube reviews said it was. Strong sturdy construction made from wonderfully aromatic leather! What more could you ask for? Here's the but...I thought I was purchasing something that would take a bit of time to break in. I got it as a gift Father's Day (2012), and it has softened considerably more than I thought. Is it a deal breaker? No, absolutely not! It's just the joy of a long story laden break in period has come to a screeching halt. Long story short...Buy the bag already! A nice chunk of change, well spent!
Just received my briefcase. After being in courthouses for 15 years, I always admired the briefcases carried by older attorneys. In speaking with them, many times, they would tell me stories of how their father or grandfather was an attorney or judge and how the briefcase had been passed down a generation. I would look at the briefcase and just picture the many jury trials and legal fights that were supported by the books and briefs transported by the briefcase. To me, I was just in awe of the briefcase - almost as if the briefcase itself had a magical aura. Imagine my happiness in receiving my own briefcase and have the initial thought that it looked exactly like the briefcases I had always admired. At only 42, I could now look like a seasoned attorney with a history of my own. Even though neither my dad or granddad were attorneys, I could now appear like I came from a family of legal scholars. Instant confidence booster to me - if I looked like an experienced lawyer, I must be a great lawyer. Thank you for building such a wonderful product. The thought that keeps coming to mind is "Built like Granddad's with the power to continue the family legacy for generations." Simply beautiful. A. Castillo
One year later...
I have had my briefcase now for one year. I'm writing this review to let everyone know how happy I am. What an awesome product. I wanted it for 5 years and I finally got it December 2011. I use it everyday for my work. I carry my change fund ( I'm a bus driver ) my books, lunch , light jacket and a water bottle on the side. I carried it across my shoulder for a while but just switched to backpack mode. Wow, I still get compliments all the time. Don't wait any longer...just order the bag you really want. What item do you carry that makes you smile every time you see it ? Life is too short. Thomas Stewart
Perfect bag - constant compliments
I didn't buy the bag for the compliments. I just love great bags and leather. I get stopped and asked about the bag a lot.
The site refers to the XL Briefcase as being for those with overactive pituitaries. I am not one, as I am 5-10/200, but I carry the bag everywhere I go without pain or discomfort. I've had it for almost a year, and it keeps looking better and breaking in more. I use it for my daily work briefcase, and as my travel carry-on. (Yes, the XL, stuffed to the brim with a pouch attached can fit on even regional jet overhead compartments.) For instance, I put 2 laptops, my dSLR, 3 lenses, iPad, Moleskine (w/ Saddleback cover) and a book all fit into my bag, and fit into the overhead compartments.
The bag is so incrediby well-made. I tend not to baby my bags, and I have torn the handles off of several by overloading them. I am confident this bag will not have this issue.
I bought the dark coffee brown bag, as I love the color. After getting a chesnut Saddleback wallet, I began second-guessing my color choice. I think future purchases will be chesnut. Both colors are great, but the chesnut is nicer, IMHO.
The bag is very utilitarian, as it has pockets everywhere I could want them. I thought the pockets on the inside were going to be in the way, but they work perfectly, as I can stack wider objects under the interior pockets, fill the pockets and then put other items in front of the pockets.
The strap is very comfortable. I left both "pads" on my strap despite never converting my briefcase to a backpack. They help whenever I through the bag over my head and wear the strap across my chest.
I promised my wife this would be the last bag I bought, and while we both understood this to be a little bit of hyperbole (I have a bag problem...) this is the last bag I will *need.* (I might still buy the large duffel from Saddleback, though. :))
My Last Briefcase!
I've been a 100,000+ miles per year flyer for the past 12 years, and got tired of buying the black nylon rolling briefcases with supposedly a "lifetime" guarantee, but I could never seem to get more than 2-3 years out of them before they were shot. Not only that, but they were just like a million other bags out there -- nothing distinctive, and they sure don't build up character over time -- they just look old.
Anyway, this time around I decided to go with more of an old-school leather bag, but there's a lot of junk out there in that category as well. I ran across Saddleback in a web search a couple of years ago, and ended up getting a passport wallet, luggage tag, iPad case, and portfolio, all of which are great. I pulled the trigger on a Daves Deal Large Classic briefcase in Dark Coffee Brown about 6 months ago. I'm 6'4" and 220 lbs and supposed I could have pulled off an extra large, but when I fill up this one it is definitely heavy. I think the large suits me just fine, and forces me to think a little about what I really need to be carrying.
Since I received it, I've logged over 60,000 air miles with it, and it's gone to China and Germany with me. People are always commenting on it and saying how great it looks. I did have a small issue with a rivet coming loose on the handle, but Saddleback Customer Service was great. They sent me a prepaid return label, and I had it back in my hands within about 3 weeks (this was during the holidays, so it took a little longer).
My bag and I are off to China again at the end of the month!
If you're like me and you've been debating whether to get one of these, I can recommend that you go ahead and make the purchase. You won't regret it.
Large Classic Tobacco Brown
I rate this at 5 stars because for my uses it is a 5 star bag. But it won't be that for everybody, just continue reading for a true review.
I have had my briefcase for a little over 2 months now. I absolutely love this bag. I carry it everywhere. It has all of my necessities and plenty of room for a laptop and textbooks and such. Weight is not an issue for me, I am just over 6 feet tall and weigh in near 270 pounds, and I spend many hours a week in the gym. This bag is perfect for me.
However, that will not be the case for everybody. It is big, and heavy. If you are of a smaller frame, I recommend the Satchel or Med. Briefcase. I personally had a Satchel for a while, but it just wasn't quite big enough for my stuff. It also lacks some of the "conveniences" that those used to nylon bags would like (zippered pockets, lightweight...etc.). So that is a consideration to make also.
The quality is outstanding. The leather is beautiful, the stitching is solid, and the pigskin lining that I got is amazingly durable. I have no doubt that it will last well past my lifetime. If you have been looking at these bags, you already know that and there is nothing more for me to add.
It is beautiful to look at. I used to carry a canvas bag I picked up at a military surplus store. I picked it up in highschool, and it served me well for 3 years, but it looked terrible. I didn't carry it when wearing a suit or anything like that. Nor would I carry a nylon bag with a suit. But this bag, no issues there. It looks formal just as well as it does casual.
Overall, for me the bag is worth 5 stars. My life is in that bag. But, for some it may not work as well. It just depends on what you are after.
Classic TB Large
Just a pic of a week old bag...
...further to my detailed review, weight is not an issue. I man you don't buy such a bag if you want nylon weight. You buy it because it is so solid.
I love it.
What can I say that hasn't yet been said on all the comments and youtube posts? I absolutely love this product.
After toiling over which SBL product on which to lose my virginity, I finally chose the Classic Large Briefcase in TB. As a 5'10-1/2" tall Asian man working in banking, I debated between the medium and large for weeks. I was always going to chose TB as the colour because of how it ages over time. I am happy I chose the large, but the medium also could have worked. In full packed and un-cinched mode, the Large can seem a bit big in proportion to my frame, but I elect to use all three straps to cinch things down and it makes it less than the full 9 inches wide....and it fits me better. Also, it makes the bag easier to carry as things are tight and not jostling around inside.
Like a baseball glove, I spent the first three days beating this up, bending it, sitting on it, stepping on it and it all helps to begin the break in process. My wife is jealous. Having owned many belting leather bags before, this leather is thicker and more matte-like in feel coming out of the box....but after a week, I can see how the patina will develop.
To my banker friends, do not hesitate....this is by no means too casual looking, even in TB....and to road warriors, it is highly functional and indestructible....through airports, subways, etc. To my married friends, my wife laughed at the weeks of time I spent on this site....but then she saw the leather and we immediately went back to order the passport and moleskin covers for her.
I have owned Tumi leather stuff....no complaints...and if you need pockets and accessibility, I can see the design advantage.....but for similar money, SBL is simply a better made product. I have owned Hartmann....there is no comparison...SBL is better. I have owned Swayne Adenay and Brigg.....equivalent workmanship to SBL, but at four times the cost!!!! And the SBL designs are more to my liking.
Gents, stop wasting time and buy one of these. This product and this company live up to the hype. I received this bag in four days to Hong Kong! I am sure to buy more!!!!
American Born Chinese, 52
Banking Executive in Asia
I have had my Dark Coffee Brown large briefcase for a little over 3 years now. It is obviously a very durable bag. Also, it gets constant compliments. For example, on a recent airplane trip I got quite a few compliments and lots of stares (with jaws dropped). Most notably were two examples:
1. Boarding the plane one of the flight attendants exclaimed: "Wow - that is an amazing bag. I like it!" That says a lot from a woman who probably sees tens of thousands of bags per year.
2. In the Dallas Ft. Worth airport I was headed down an escalator to try to catch a connecting flight. I could see in the window a man in a suit was pretty well running down the escalator to ask me about this bag.
I love this bag. Also, if you pack right it holds a week's worth of clothes, or 6 bottles of rum (or a combination thereof).
This bag IS rugged-refinement perfected
Most things that are refined and elegant are very fragile and fall apart with even a harsh word or stern glance. Far too many things that are durable and reliable are built with all the craftsmanship and care you would find at the local chapter of cavemen united for progress.
These bags don't force you to choose! The bag is tough and very well built but doesn't look or feel like a battle tank. The bag draws compliments from women who shop at Macy's and the men who shop at Gander Mountain. If you are looking for a bag that that you can count on to last and make a statement, this is the bag for you. Sure they are expensive, but quality always cost more up front but is cheaper in the long run. I got my in Chestmut and I just love it!
Keep up the great work Dave and Crew!
Technology Exec & avid outdoorsman.
Admiring the Large Dark Coffee Brown
I've been going to this site for years and I always end up picking the large dark coffee brown classic briefcase. The styling is classic. The proportions are just right. And the dark leather has a depth of character that'll grow old with you!
This bag is asking to be taken arround the world, to have some stories and adventures. I think it's made to resist the elements of earth and time
Did you kill the cow?
I have been carrying my Large Classic Tobacco briefcase around for almost 11 months...
It has travelled with me for 40000 miles in my car. I cant begin to count air miles, multiple countries and multiple weather conditions. Its been in and out of countless meetings all year. Kicked, stepped on, tossed, dragged and even cleaned once in a while.
So many people comment on its classic styling and good looks.
I am glad to report, so far so good!
Its been a reliable and resilient travel companion.
Now, the nuts and bolts:
It fits under the seat in front of you(on an aeroplane).
The shoulder strap is comfortable hanging off your shoulder or worn bandolier style. If its loaded up, bandolier style is a little more comfortable.
It fits a A4 dayplanner, ipad, macbook and a medium Saddleback leather notepad holder in the 1st partition without a problem. Catalogues and noise cancelling headset in the second.
I also carry power cable and adaptors for iPad, macbook and iphone in the side pockets. Business cards, lip balm, hdmi cable, mini-usb cable, breath mints and checkbook in the internal pockets.
A perfect fit for my business needs...
After 11 months it still looks as good as new.
Great looking bag
This is a very stylish bag with the rugged durability. Just what a manly man needs
If I could choose any briefcase in the world to have it would be this one. One of a kind and amazing.
Worth Every Dollar
I first became familiar with Saddleback through my brother who has owned a medium briefcase for several years and I recently purchased a medium coffee brown briefcase for myself (taking advantage of Dave's Deals 10% off). All I can say is that this is simply the best bag I have ever owned. The durability, the look, the smell and the versatility of this bag are clearly evident from the moment you begin using it. I have owned several nice (and expensive) bags/briefcases over the past few years and I can count on one hand the number of comments I have received. I have gotten more comments in the first month of owning this bag than in the past 5 years with those other bags.
The bag is heavier than others I have owned, but the way the strap is situated and with the way it sits across my shoulder it is much more comfortable so it actually feels lighter. The inner design of the two large compartments and multiple pockets hold everything I need and use regularly (wallet, sunglasses, pens, USB drive). The key clasp is perfectly placed and my car keys slide right into the outer pocket.
In the last month of using this bag every day it is beginning to acquire well-placed scuffs from daily use. Part of the reason I chose this color is because those scuffs look incredible. It gives the bag character and shows that its well used. It reminds me of my brown leather sofa...the more it is used, the more comfortable it becomes. My brother owns the light tobacco brown which has aged to a slightly darker brown...gaining a "patina", if you will.
All of the hardware, rivets, straps and seams on this bag feel indestructible. My reason for needing new bags over the years was always because of tears at the seams. I doubt this will ever happen with this bag. The "100 year" warranty is probably a conservative estimate.
I don't just buy things on a whim. In fact, I tend to research products for so long that I often talk myself out of buying them. With this bag I was trying to decide between the medium and large briefcases and eventually went with the medium. I am very ahppy with this choice and it works for me. I do not carry a laptop with me but I could easily fit my iPad or a 13" MacBook Pro in this bag. I can also fit two full sized textbooks along with my other daily items. It is ideal for a carry-on for airlines. It is probably a bit too small for a long weekend trip but would definitely work as an overnight bag. For a point of reference, I am 5'8" with a regular build and this bag fits me well. The large bag wouldn't be as comfortable and may look too bulky. I agree with Dave's assessment that a taller person should consider the larger sizes.
I would not hesitate to buy any other products from Saddleback.
Damn! You could lose you life for it!
Maybe I would not sold my soul for this breafcase but as an owner, I would fight for it till the last drop of my blood. I am not joking.
Lifetime quality briefcase, strapped on my shoulder daily tending the turf at the local country club. I can't wait to see what it will look like broken-in as the years go by as the large dark coffee brown leather ages and the pigskin liner protects my valuables.
LUGGAGE FOR LIFE
....... and all that it throws at you - awesome
I like the large chestnut briefcase!
The bag looks like a fantastic piece of luggage. I would be honored to carry around papers from my bank job as well as my new laptop in this fine leather briefcase.