This is my first item from Saddleback Leather and I am amazed! This is fine quality work. Already planning my next purchase. Keep up the awesome work.
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- Shoulder bag designed specifically for the things you carry every day, plus a book
- Simple and strong design for everyday use
- Interior pigskin cell phone pocket and wide back exterior pocket
- Doubles as a mini tablet bag for carrying an iPad mini or Kindle
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Compact and lightweight design won’t weigh you down
- 100% Full-grain leather with marine grade stitching and suede pigskin lining
- No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- External: 9 ½ W x 7 ¾” H x 2 ½” D
- Internal: 8 ¾” W x 6 ¾” H x 1 ¾” D
- 1.65 pounds
I've been a customer of Saddleback Leather since 2008 and have tried dozens of their offerings over the years. My daily carry for the last 3 years is a medium simple backpack and this little bag is a pretty ideal compliment to that for when I want to leave the backpack home and only carry a few essentials. The book bag is sleek, minimalist and lightweight. In fact, it's actually slightly larger and yet weighs less than the comparable Mountainback canvas/leather small gear bag.
There is just one modification that I HAD to make. I replaced the bolt snap clasps (often called "dog leash" clasps) with trigger snaps (often called "lobster claw" clasps). All of my old Saddleback stuff has the trigger snaps and the bolt snaps just look and feel wrong to me, personally. I still give the bag 5 stars because for all I know I'm just an old timer with too much opinion and the rest of Saddleback's customers love bolt snaps. Either way, if you're looking for a small, all leather bag this is a winner.
The Saddleback Leather Book Bag has enough room to comfortably hold my iPad Mini 4 in the SBL Gadget Sleeve, iPhone, charging adapters and cables, SBL Front Pocket I.D. wallet, passport, and other essentials.
The SBL Book Bag in tobacco looks, feels, and smells great. Another quality piece from Saddleback Leather!
I've been using men's Coach bags for years and was looking for something new. I stumbled across this site and I decided to order the Book Bag. It is so well made made, stylish and the perfect size. The leather is thick and you can tell as it gets older and weather it's going to look even better. I love this bag!!!! If you are having any doubts just order you'll be glad you did!!
After obsessively stalking Saddleback products for well over a year now, I bought the Book Bag in Tobacco a few weeks ago and it has excelled beyond my already high expectations. It is just the right size for daily use, fitting in my long wallet, iPhone, earphones, pen, notebook, etc. The open pocket on the back is also fantastic, making it easy to slip my phone or tickets or anything in quickly without opening the bag up.
The craftsmanship of this bag is of such a high quality that I can never imagine it breaking or falling apart - it is a strong, sturdy, beautiful and well thought out product. Oh, and it smells fantastic! I will be using this bag every day for a long time, I love it!
The only downside (and I am being very picky) is the shoulder strap. I stand at 5.5 tall, and after adjusting the strap to my height, the excess strap after being made shorter hangs down past the bag a tiny bit. No problem at all really, it just gets in the way a little.
My boyfriend didn't like the bag at all when it arrived in the mail, he said it was too expensive and looked bad (ie. too stiff and clean). After a few weeks of wear and tear and breaking in, I catch him on the Saddleback website because apparently it is a "bloody good bag". That says it all really, doesn't it? Looks like we have some more Saddleback products on the way.
This may seem contradictory, but I'm giving this bag 5 stars even though I returned it.
This is a great bag. It's built to last, which just means standard Saddleback Leather quality. I own several SBL items: messenger bag, medium wallet, mouse pad, medium notebook holder. This fit right in.
Except, the book bag was just a bit smaller and a bit more soft/clean/feminine than I was expecting. My messenger bag has lots of nice D-rings, side pockets, and a top handle. The book bag just has one set of D-rings at the back and no top handle.
The Book Bag was able to swallow an iPad mini, and a book and an HCSB thin bible. The back pouch would be excellent for keys and/or a cell phone.
I was hoping to use it for carrying everyday stuff around. But after seeing it, touching it, and wearing it, my wife and I both thought it would look better on her--but she wants the Love 41 Kizu bag, so we sent the book bag back.
This is a 5 star bag. I don't want to detract from the quality of the bag itself. I did, however, want to share my review here so that someone who is looking at the photos online can get a sense for what it is to handle the bag in person.
I have been one of the people wanting a bigger version of the pouch - and when I first got the bag I was disappointed that it was not oriented like the pouch so that it looked less like a purse. After reflection, however, I realized that it would have made it more difficult to get things in and out of. After about a week - this is my favorite bag. I have my iPad mini, foldable keyboard, iPhone, wallet, & keys - they all fit in a bag that is lighter and smaller than the small satchel - but big enough to equip me with a mobile office when I'm on the go. I would have liked a key strap - and yes - it still looks a bit like a purse, but I'm the one who chose to carry a small bag - what else is it going to look like? The book bag is great. It goes with me everywhere.
As a first time customer of SBL, I was a bit hesitant of buying a leather product online, but I did, and I have no regrets. The quality and workmanship are top rate! The heft and quality of the leather is proof enough that thought and consideration went into this bag, before it was even built. The edges and stitching are excellent and I'm sure the bag will last a long time! Highly recommended and satisfied with SBL!
If you are a first time customer of Saddleback and have not purchased leather goods from them before, I think your anxieties and concerns will go away once you see their work. I've since purchased another item from them, based on my experiences with this bag.
I travel a lot to third world nations. and I wanted something small, but big enough to hold my Journaling Bible, my passport. some mints. and a small journal. The Book Bag is perfect! My Saddleback satchel serves me well in the airport and on the airplane, but when I am moving around doing ministry, I like to keep it simple. This new Saddleback Book Bag was made for me! For those of you who are skeptical about "man bags", check out this item. I chose the brown one, and believe me, it looks manly. I can't wait to lay it down on the red dirt in West Africa! Dave, you and your team have done it again! Thanks from a very satisfied customer!
My wife & children surprised me with the Book Bag in Chestnut. The opening of the present was superb, once I opened the plastic bag it was wrapped in the leather smell was fantastic, in fact I could not stop sniffing it (slightly irritated my wife). It holds my wife's iPad mini well and holds a book or two depending on their thickness. The back pocket holds my iPhone 6+ well with a third of it sticking out (I am sure this will become less and less). My preaching Bible is a tight fit at the moment, but I know that will work itself out over time.
I received this as a gift and it is my first Saddleback bag. I normally carry large bags so I wanted something that was more compact for a change while still being spacious enough to hold all my essentials. The other Saddleback satchel-style bags I was eyeing were sadly beyond budget, so when this one caught my eye, I knew I had to have it for Christmas!
This bag is the perfect size especially for the price. It fits my Love 41 bi-fold wallet, mobile phone, keys, and glasses neatly inside, while the back pocket is good for storing my cardholder since I take it out a lot. There is also an inside pocket but I don't see myself using it much because it's actually a bit deformed and I wouldn't know how to fit things around it. It's a very classy-looking bag and it can be dressed up or dressed down.
The color is absolutely gorgeous. It's not as reddish/chestnutty as I expected; in fact, it could actually pass for dark brown, except when it's placed against my Love 41 Dark Coffee Brown tote bag (which borders on black), it definitely looks reddish.
Craftsmanship is perfect, save for a few scratches here and there that it arrived with. There was also some kind of reddish rust-like stain (I guess from the chestnut dye?) on the steel buckle when it arrived, but I was able to scratch it off with a damp cloth. This bag is definitely built to last. I'd pick Saddleback over mass produced designer brands any day. I can see myself using this bag for years to come and I can't wait to see how it ages and outlives me!
I love this bag. It is well constructed and sized just right to carry my iPad, iPhone, Kindle Paper White e-reader, and keys. The back slash pocket allows easy access to notes and Airline tickets. The adjustable strap is sufficiently long enough to wear over bulky winter garments and provides the flexibility to wear with any seasons garments.
I first heard about Saddleback on a international flight. I admired a fellow passenger's brief case and asked where he purchased it. It was a Saddleback bag.
This is my second Saddleback purchase & my first review.
I'm glad I purchased the bag and would highly recommend it. This bag or the slightly larger tablet bag will definitely be a future Christmas gift for my hard to buy for framily and friends.
Finally I collect leather bags of various styles & sizes from all over the world. The quality of Saddleback products is the best I have encountered.
I just got my book bag today and I ordered a shoulder pad with it, so the strap alone does not hurt my shoulder. When I got the bag (in Tobacco color), I immediately noticed the heft and quality of leather. Very sturdy, to say the least! Now, I wanted to carry my iPad mini 3, and it does fit, but standing up in the bag, not sideways. Same for my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - standing up, it fits. A full-sized iPad will not fit inside the bag. The lining and finish are as good as the outside. I must add that Saddleback's customer support was as good as the bag is. They were prompt, polite and very helpful when I needed to get the shoulder pad (extra cost). This gave me confidence in the company, which I now have. I will order more things again from Saddleback! Highly recommended. As a Coach leather owner and customer, I now have a new leather company to go to, and the items are made here in the USA, not China.
Dave - You all do a great job with all of your products, but this was a Grand Slam. I got this as a Christmas gift for my daughter (9 years old), as her first Saddleback item. I anticipate she will use it as a purse, and I know it will last many decades. I always prefer Christmas gifts that are meaningful, memorable and durable, as opposed to plastic junk that will be forgotten by New Year's Day. I love that this bag has an actual strap closure (not a zipper or cheap, breakable snap). It is a perfect size and weight - great for daily use. And it looks perfect in tobacco. For whatever it's worth, you guys will make her eyes light up on Christmas morning, and your bag will be with her for many decades to come.
Today is my fourth day carrying this great little bag. I got it in tobacco. I have to admit I am using it for an everyday carry purse, and not a book bag. I really do like it a lot. It holds just enough of my things for a light carry day. I have 2 SBL credit card wallets, a small moleskine, my hand sanitizer, wireless USB charger, glasses, medicine and coin pouch. It all fits inside perfectly. I was just a little disappointed when trying to fit my ipad mini in the SBL case and it would fit, but there wasn't any room left for other things. Maybe after it gets stretched out, it will fit better. I gave it 5 stars because the leather is wonderful, and I love the long cross body strap. The one thing I am not crazy about is the suede side of the pigskin on the inside. I have always liked the smooth side of the pigskin because it is easy to wipe off.
I just received the book bag in tobacco. I needed an everyday bag to carry only my essentials, I have the large satchel for days I need to carry my laptop.
SOOO I concidered the pouch but it was to small. I ordered the clutch purse but the closure was too feminine and now this book bag just came out! I thought it would be a little smaller and I feel like any color except for tobacco looks like a lady purse.
I like my new bag but I don't completely love it. It's tough as nails and very practical but I still feel it's not 100% manly...if it was a little more rectangular shape like the pouch I think it would be the perfect man bag but wtv still a great bag.
This bag is a total winner! The long trifold fits in it with plenty of room to spare. The inside pigskin is the suede side and looks great, feels good, and is strong. The inside pocket is perfect for keys (mine are big) and phone and the back pocket is large enough to put my whole hand inside! This bag is lightweight but holds all my every day carry items. I got it in Tobacco and it is stunning! Could not be happier!!
In an effort to spend a little more of my time not staring at screens, I bought a complete set of 1909 Harvard Classics and I’ve been reading through them over the past few years. I really liked the Autobiography of Ben Franklin and the stoics, but that guy John Woolman sure was boring. Usually I carry one of my Pouches everywhere with me it isn’t big enough for a book. So I designed this book bag. It’s big enough for the things you carry every day, plus one volume of the Harvard Classics. If you really want to be a hero for somebody’s birthday or Christmas, get this book bag and also order a set of the Harvard Classics. Makes a great combo present.