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$568.00 to $664.00

  • Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin
  • The bag that started it all
  • As at home in a courtroom as it is on a mountain trail
  • Converts to backpack
  • 1 or 3 strap closure system, you choose
  • 2 side straps can be used to as belts, tie downs or tourniquets
  • All sizes fit beneath airline seats as carry on
  • False bottom
  • 8 D-rings for lashing
  • 4 interior pockets, 2 for pens and 2 for cables and chargers
  • 2 exterior side pockets for sunglasses and water bottles and 1 rear magazine pocket
  • Interior key clip
  • No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
  • Two interior 4 ¼” deep sections
  • Because of natural oils shade may vary
  • Dimensions (approximate size):
  • Adjustable strap length: 34 ¼” - 59 ¼”
  • Medium
    • Exterior: 14” W x 11” H x 9” D
    • Interior: 13 ½” W x 10 ½” H x 8 ½" D
    • 6.6 lbs
  • Large
    • Exterior: 16" W x 12” H x 9" D
    • Interior: 15 ½” W x 11 ½” H x 8 ½” D
    • 7.6 lbs
  • Extra Large
    • Exterior: 18" W x 13” H x 9" D
    • Interior: 17 ½” W x 12 ½” H x 8 ½” D
    • 8 lbs

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    So, in the morning, as we three, clean-cut smiley white guys emerged from the cheap hotel, everybody looked at us with suspicion. The government suspected us of bringing money to or training the rebels and the rebels thought we were government spies. Why else would any sober gringo carrying a leather briefcase visit Ocosingo? <readmore>Unless, of course, it’s just where the last truck we hitched a ride with dropped us off?

    But it was a morbidly interesting place with the relatively fresh bullet holes and anti-government messages of the rebels on the walls. Only a few years back, Ocosingo was the site of a major bloodbath where about 150 Zapatistas and Mexican soldiers were killed in a firefight, some found shot in the back of the head after surrendering. Tensions were still high. One could make an argument for it being the least touristy town on Earth. So, shortly after our silent breakfast, we headed out.

    But the cool thing was, Ocosingo wasn’t far from where we wanted to be. The massive Mayan ruins of Palenque were breathtaking, and if you looked into the jungle you could see the majority of the ruins still unexcavated.

    And then when we got to the jungle waterfalls of Las Cascadas de Agua Azul, we grabbed a vine, hacked it and used it as a rope swing into the river, tarzan style. The place was amazing as the clear blue river stepped down for miles creating a series of huge waterfalls. It was my original briefcase’s first big trip of many, but it easily could have been its last.


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    Another well-deserved 5 star review

    by - verified purchaser |
    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 "€œclose"€ 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 couldn’t have made a better choice.

    Thanks Dave!

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    by - verified purchaser |
    I've waited to write a review for a few years (Jan 2011, now July 2015), because I don't feel that a "100 year lifespan" item should be reviewed in the first week.

    First, let me say that "lifetime" items require maintaining. This should somewhat go without saying, but some of the people at the Buy-It-For-Life Reddit community seem to think otherwise. If you buy a "lifetime" knife, it will require sharpening. If you buy a "lifetime" leather good, it will require polishing and oiling. If you buy a "lifetime" bicycle, it will require new tires, tubes, etc.

    Next, let me say that I receive many compliments, and use it frequently. It was my backpack in grad school, and my work travel case in business. I've just returned from 2 weeks of travel, where I carried it daily. I am generally pleased.

    This said, there are two major downsides:
    - Firstly, it is heavy. ~10 pounds of weight is a lot without transporting anything. Adding a laptop, textbook, and a charger/two can get you up to ~20#. I started biking to work last year, and this bag is too heavy to use in this context (adds 5 minutes to the trip).
    - Secondly, it is large. You can compress it down to smaller size by using the overstraps, but if you find yourself doing this regularly, you should really get a smaller bag.

    There are a few unexpected upsides:
    1 - the rings on the side can be zip-tied or carribeaner-ed together, resulting in smaller size. This can matter.
    2 - the side rings are really good for clipping a water bottle
    3 - the extra belts have come in handy many times for lashing various things together.

    I would buy it again, as it is the "buy once, cry once" item which suits all of my needs. That said, it isn't always the right tool for the job.

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    My Favorite Thing

    by - verified purchaser |
    Now when i first saw Saddleback Leather, I was enthralled, consumed and absorbed by everything I saw, the beauty of the design was phenomenal and I knew, after some deliberation, that the dark coffee brown large classic briefcase was for me, sure enough when it came in (in surprising time too) I knew instantly that this would be the bag that I would spend my life with, and potentially the same for my children, the smell is incredible and it suits all my needs, if you see people commenting on how heavy it is, imagine them being comfortable with lightweight, short lifespan, and to be honest lacking in character canvas at best, to me this bag is perfect and weight is of no consequence.

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    Color and size

    by - verified purchaser |
    I got this bag in tobacco color. At first I did not like the color as it is too light. After 2 weeks, it turns darker and looks beautiful.

    I am 5'9. The large bag is a little too big. But never mind. The bag has the correct proportion. It is not too heavy either. Unless you put too much stuff in it (just like any other brand)

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    by - verified purchaser |
    I have had my large classic chestnut briefcase for over 2 years...I carry it every day...and it still looks absoultely greaty When I have to travel with colleages...they take bets on the over/under of postive comments I get in the airport about the bag. Usually it is about 4 per one way trip.

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    Awesome Bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    Awesome bag. I purchased the Chestnut large. I bought it with a 10% Dave's deal. Can't even see the "imperfection." I used the money saved to get 2nd day delivery.

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    A Really Fine Bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    I'd been obsessing over the website for about a week or so trying to figure out which bag I'd buy at some point in the future and I'd narrowed it down to a Large Classic Briefcase in Dark Coffee Brown. The bag is very different from any other briefcase I've ever owned and ultimately that's why I chose it. I had no intention of buying it in the short term but I happened to look at the Dave's Deals page and there it was so I grabbed it and I am so glad I did.

    The leather quality is stunning and the workmanship precise. The fact that Saddleback considers a bag this fine to be flawed in some way amazes me because I can find no flaws and I've been staring at it for a week. It's almost three pounds heavier than the bag that I'm replacing but it carries light due to the wide, thick pads on the strap. I feared it would be too big based on some of the reviews that I read but it's perfect and I'm glad to have some room to spare. One thing that I really appreciate about the bag is that it's so stiff; it holds its shape and when I set it down it stands up instead of falling over or crumpling like lesser bags.

    The "complexion" of the leather, for lack of a better word, is flawless and the smell divine. I love opening the door to my truck or my office if it's been in there for awhile. Coworkers have complimented me on it and my wife approves. It's a tool after all, and a fine one. I carry a bag every day and at fifty years old this is the last one I'll ever need.

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    Just great...

    by - verified purchaser |
    Got one of those over a year ago as a replacement for at least a decade old briefcase. Office, hiking, airplanes, back of a truck, shooting range, you name it. The only thing that gets replaced frequently is the content.... :) When Dave says your kids will fight over it, it just might be true. With two sons, I might have to get another one of those in the future just to prevent future family troubles.

    Like said in the title, just great...

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    by - verified purchaser |
    I have the large Classic case and it's fantastic. I ordered the medium and it was to small for what I needed. Very well made and for those who are concerned it's not too heavy. Love my bag!

    Saddleback fan for life!

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    Quality and Versatility

    by - verified purchaser |
    I just got my large briefcase delivered. After reading all the reviews about it being too big, and too heavy, I was a bit surprised that it is not too big. or too heavy. Its just the right size and weight for a practical everyday work briefcase that doubles for other uses. It is great to see that quality workmanship still exit in the era of mass production and limited product lifecycles. This will be replacing my 15 year old broken leather briefcase, two recently purchased camera bags, and a laptop bag. I wanted a briefcase to use for work and travel and it fits the bill perfectly. I looked everywhere and no other briefcase had the same quality and versatility. Thanks to Dave for making such a product.

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    "New-2-Me" Large Tobacco Briefcase

    by - verified purchaser |
    I managed to "rescue" a large tobacco colored classic briefcase. Though it is beautiful almost beyone description, I'll try anyway.

    The Saddleback Leather Classic Briefcase! A magnificent portmanteau luggage! It is the apex of baggage. I imagine the angelic host might use Saddleback Leather bags to convey divine messages from the eternal realm to our mortal veil if needed, though theirs would no doubt have little wings and never get dirty. Polyester filament marine-grade thread! The inevitable and inescapable progress of man! That sentence contains a tautology. Leather bags and packs have existed since the dawn of humanity. No doubt the form and function were devised by some enlightened ancestor who, in eons past, was the first leather artisan who’s subtle genius furthered civilization as the anonymous mystic progenitor of Saddleback Leather. Behold the soft sussuration of the classic briefcase as it cleaves the weft of worlds! Without my briefcase I am half of two abysses: a well staring at the night sky. Good luck, noble folk, and Godspeed in your quest to symbiotically embrace a Saddleback Leather Classic Briefcase!

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    A fine bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    I bought a large Dark Coffee just a few days ago from a gentleman who had imported in into the UK.

    As an owner of several expensive leather bags, I'd had my eye on the Saddleback site for sometime, and once I had my mitts on the bag itself I wasn't disappointed in anyway other than that I had prevaricated on buying one for almost two years.

    The bag is of astoundingly good construction, in flawless leather, it holds everything I need it to, and space for more. It is heavy, and heavy duty, the previous owner was very sad to let go of it, and I was delighted to take ownership.

    I've hardly let it out of my sight the past couple of days and have carried it around on a couple of entirely unnecessary journeys simply to have it along, and yes as you can imagine it attracts a lot of envious glances.

    I'd just say to anyone who is remaining on the fence over a purchase, take the risk and get one of Dave's bags, you won't have any regrets.

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    My goto EDC bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    I own a medium dark brown briefcase, and it has been one of the best purchases I have ever made. I have carried it every day for the better part of two years and it is beginning to mold to my hip and shoulder and wears like it was tailor made for me. I have fit everything from my laptop and a few notebooks, a couple bottles of wine, my full EDC kit, AND my Nikon camera with its accessories, in it at one time. Beyond function, my coworkers refer to it as my "Indiana Jones" bag, and more people have asked me about it than about anything else I own, and I use a lot of different, and unique items! If I had one complaint, it would be the weight, but I associate that with its quality and I've hauled it so many miles I don't feel it anymore. Final advice: buy one! You will not regret it!

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    Tobacco color = winning.

    by - verified purchaser |
    Amazing product. I am imagining these smell GREAT from the factory w/ the quality of leather here.

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    Big enough for three jobs

    by - verified purchaser |
    The XL looks like it could handle the necessary paperwork from all three of my jobs. And it looks great, too.

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    Can't wait to get one of these briefcases

    by - verified purchaser |
    My family, especially my wife is tired of my wearing dress shirts, slacks and sports coat to work only to grab my papers and carry them to work in a Wal-Mart plastice bag.

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    I'm saving up

    by - verified purchaser |
    I just got out of the Army and will be starting college in the spring. I really want this bag in chestnut. The design is very eye-catching, and everyone says the bags will last forever. I'll be getting one of these soon.

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    by - verified purchaser |
    I came on the site today to do some Christmas shopping and decided to write a review for my briefcase. I bought the CLASSIC XL from Dave's Deals. First off, I got the 10% discount - but I have yet to figure out what was "wrong" with the bag to warrant it being placed on special. I can recommend Dave's Deals based on my experience.

    I'm a records officer for a large cabinet-level agency in Washington. I carry A LOT of stuff around with me and spend a lot of time in DC on trains, taxis, and even on bicycles running the gauntlet between various offices. My briefcase is like my car. Since coming to DC I've gone through six bags in four years - this is the first one I've ever owned that holds up.

    First off, I put my bag through its paces - rain, snow, plane travel, etc, and it's TOUGH. The rivets are incredibly sturdy, the straps are strong, and the d and o rings will NEVER break. I pack the XL to bursting and still manage to hoist it on my back. The leather softens, but doesn't stretch - so the bag holds its shape. You can fill this bag up again and again and not have to worry about it breaking. The use of buckles instead of zippers and snaps is a HUGE plus for me as my load will never become unsecured as I cycle along.

    The drawbacks aren't drawbacks for me - but folks need to know about them. The bag is heavy - the XL weighs about 15 pounds empty. I wear mine as a backpack and that takes care of that issue. The bag has buckles. You have to buckle and unbuckle it. I use ALL THREE of mine to secure my large load - I prefer this security over the convenience of fast access. The bag is not "boardroom chic" - it's more "oil field chic." It's leather -it's saddle leather. It looks like something Indiana Jones would carry. That fits my personal image (my hobbies are travel and amateur archaeology.)

    The result is - if you want an amazing looking bag that reliably carries a ton of stuff - and your coffee Thermos and cigar cutter - get one of these. You will not be disappointed. It's the only bag I've had that gets better with age.

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    Best Investment Ever Made

    by - verified purchaser |
    I own the large Classic Briefcase in dark coffee brown. I have owned it now for over a year and this is by far the best investment I have ever made in my life. I'm a young professional (maybe not so young anymore, 31yo) and in the past I have purchased many briefcases for business and the longest time one ever lasted was about a year before breaking down or me getting bored of it. It's only been over a year now but I am confident that it will last a lifetime. I don't ever plan on replacing this bag so in the long run I will be saving tons of money. I use it not only for business but for travel as well. I get compliments all the time and so will you when you stop reading this and just go for it and buy one. The quality is amazing... when you receive it you will know what I mean! One last thing, for reference.... I'm 5'9 and about 180lbs. At first the bag seemed a little too big for my built but if ultimately you need a bag to fit a bunch of stuff, the large is your size. I'm glad I didn't go with the medium. Oh, and backpack mode is very cool and convenient when carrying your bag for longer periods of time. ***Be sure to get a luggage tag with this purchase!!!

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    by - verified purchaser |
    I love this bag. The style and handmade quality is exactly what I want from life. Still, this bag is like finding something in your grandparents attic - really cool, but not always practical.

    I bought this because it helps me organize my files, seperate my files from my computer nad stay organized. I origianally order the Extra Large ,and it was huge, way to big!!! I returned it and replaced it with the large which is a much better fit.

    The Good: It looks great. I have had this guy a year and received an enormous number of compliments. It is sturdy. I haul it every day and had previously worn through a briefcase ayear. This thing is bomb proof. The leather has softened and shaped, but not broken down and it looks better with age.

    The Bad; It is really heavy. I have a Tumi Balistic Bylon bag that weighs a fraction of this thing. My wife, who was a marine and rides her bike in lieu of a car through snow and sun, and who carries a 30 lb bag every day, commented on how heavy this bag is - when empty. There are too many rings hanging from it. One person asked me if I had turned a saddlebag from a motrocyle into a briefcase. Lastly, organization. This works perfectly for carrying files and a computer. But it doesn't have the pocket many brifcases have. I lose pens to the bottom of it and cords and everything else. It is not a bag for those looking for convenience.

    But like I said, I love this bag. I have created a system where everything I need fits in it perfectly, and I wouldn't give it up. But for all that the leather has shaped to me, I have had to shape to it. If you are looking for function look elsewhere. This bag is not for the faint of heart. If you are seeking a unique bag flush with eccentricities, you have found the bag for you.

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    by - verified purchaser |
    I just received my briefcase and I love it. I was recommended to Saddleback when I saw a co-workers backpack that I had been admiring. When he turned me on to the website I knew I would be getting one. But how to choose? I decided to get the Classic Briefcase in Tabaco. What quality and workmanship. I just retired my last leather briefcase. It couldn't hold a candle to this bag. I now have the daunting task to figure what one to buy next. You will not be disappointed, and coming from me that is saying a lot. I am very particular and have and eye for details.

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    Fantastic, but...

    by - verified purchaser |
    So I have had the classic briefcase in chestnut for just over a year now. It is a fantastic bag, and I use it just about every day. I have had numerous conversations with people about what a beautiful piece it is. People do stop me about it. So, expectation-wise, that's all accurate, and it was a fantastic and very treasured gift from my wife.

    When it first showed it did have faulty clips on the shoulder strap that would unloosen on their own (of the screw variety). This was a very rare occurrence, but as an expectant father I was concerned. One email to Saddleback service, though, and they sent a new shoulder strap at their own expense right away.

    The bag is roomy, and fits a work laptop, cords, a notebook, moleskin and a few other things without issue. It's also good for storing things like water bottles and coffee mugs in the side pockets.

    If I had any criticisms, and they are few, it's that the interior pockets could use flaps with closures of some kind. Or perhaps they need to make a version of the bag with interior closures. I find that because the interior pockets are open, if you turn the bag on its side or upside down (overhead compartment on the airplane, bad car packing jobs, etc) the contents of the interior pockets get dumped. Not really a big deal for me, but it might be a consideration for habitual long-distance travelers.

    The bag is heavy, especially when loaded with laptop et al, as well, but you get used to it and it shouldn't be an issue if you are in decent shape and aren't made of paper.

    I would buy another if I needed it. I am thinking of buying a satchel because I find while the briefcase is great for work (I work in marketing), and for travel out and about, sometimes I wish I had a smaller bag with less bulk when I'm just out and about on weekends.

    I also own a number of other SBL pieces -- two tow belts, a wallet, a moleskin holder. Happy with it all.

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    Costs and logistics - a UK perspective

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    I'll talk about the briefcase itself at the end, but I thought it might be useful to say something first about the costs of getting it to me in the UK, in case it helps other potential buyers on this side of the pond.

    My briefcase was dispatched late afternoon (Texas time) on Monday and arrived here on Friday morning just after 09.00. I chose the discounted UPS 'flat rate to Europe' which turned out to mean the UPS International Expedited service which I think is available all the time, but I only paid $25 for it.

    The main question is how much did it cost, when the import duty, VAT and handling charges were added. Well, including the discounted shipping the XL Classic was $689, which at the Visa exchange rate of $1.61 to the £ is equivalent to £428. The additional costs were as follows:

    Visa foreign currency charge £11.76

    VAT £89.08

    Duty £12.78

    UPS brokerage £11.00

    Total taxes and fees were therefore £124.60 (or $200), of which I had to pay £112.84 to the UPS driver by cash or cheque (or I could have phoned up to pay by debit or credit card). If you aren't going to be in then you'll need to work out how the driver can be paid. They will try to deliver 3 times (Monday to Friday only) before returning the package to sender. They can't leave it without being paid.

    So, all of that brings the total cost of the purchase to £552.60 (or $884).

    Overall, I'm just a tiny bit disappointed. I had worked out what the tax and other charges were going to be, and I'd set my expectations in line with that amount of money, although the reviews I've read here and elsewhere played a big part too. It is a marvellous piece of luggage, it will last as long as they say and ultimately I can afford it, but looking at the briefcase right now in its raw, unused, not-broken-in state, I'm not sure I can quite see £552 worth of value. If I had paid what a US buyer would pay then I'd feel 100% satisfied.

    As for the briefcase itself, the leather is as stiff and strong as everyone says, and it is going to take quite some time to soften up and develop a bit of character. I bought the XL, which is big enough to carry all my work stuff with room for a medium size dog or a small child besides. For some trips that means not having to take a separate bag.

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    Must have bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    This briefcase is my go-bag. It’s heavy, but durable. I love the classic styling. I have Chrome bags, EDC military bags, mountain hardwear and for some reason, I consistently use this bag for almost all trips. I’ve tethered sleeping rolls and tents to it, outfitted it with makeshift pouches, and filled this bad boy to the seams, rolling it with bungee cable. For some reason, making this bag work, pushing it to its outer limits, has endeared it to me. It gets the job done, no BS. Every stitch and rivet has held like new. Love it.

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    Advice from an Senior Professor

    by - verified purchaser |
    Boys and girls, do your homework! I am two years into a large classic that has been all over the US, Hawaii, and England. It will be in Paris next summer. The bag weighs 8.5lb. Questions?

    I was buying a department store bag at $70 bucks every couple of years.

    My math: 1 @ $70/2 years = $35/year x 100 years(warranty) = $3,500

    My 10 pound Dell 17" laptop/charger was killing department store bags at the rate of one every couple of years. I grew tired of buying these bags at increasing prices, and after my third I thought there must be a better choice. I did the research I suggested you do and arrived at the bag I purchased. For me, the choice was clear. Two years ago I paid $550.

    You will pay $610. Our math: $610 vs. $3500. Questions?

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