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  • 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.


    Most RecentMost Helpful


    by - verified purchaser |
    Hi....Did I say in my recent review that I'd rate this item at 5 stars?

    If I didn't, I meant to.

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    Large Dark Coffee Brown

    by - verified purchaser |
    After months of looking at the bags on the website, I came across the Classic Briefcase in the Dave's Deals section. 25% off normal price was a deal I could not pass up, so I bought it.

    The bag arrived today and it is exactly what I was hoping for. Great design, great craftsmanship, and a ton of room for my everyday items. I've also been looking for the reason why it was discounted so heavily and admittedly, I still have yet to find anything. I liked the quality so much that I went ahead and bought the iPad sleeves as well..

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    XL Charcoal Black

    by - verified purchaser |
    Finally, after eye-balling this briefcase for the past few years, I pulled the purchase trigger and got one. Love the bag! It exudes coolness... Currently carrying a host of items that used to almost burst the seams of my older bag and there's still room for more. Even more surprising is the rather comfortable strap pads! I'm glad I bought this!

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    No Buyers Remorse, No Regrets

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is absolutely my favorite briefcase and well worth the investment, and I have received so many compliments about it.

    I bought my large, dark coffee brown, classic briefcase from saddleback leather a couple of months ago, and have been 100% happy with it. I work in the technology field and frequently have the need to carry around both a PC laptop and an Apple Mac Book Pro for my work, I can easily fit them both in this briefcase along with all the other items I need to carry with me, with no problem at all. The case is a rugged, well-constructed bag that exemplifies, simplicity and functional design. I also like the fact that it looks great and equally at home, whether I'€™m using it at work or traveling. I'm looking forward to using it for many years to come. Thanks Dave for the great product!!!!

    Ronn S.

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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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    My Best Friend

    by - verified purchaser |
    Last year I decided to enroll in an MBA program to enter the...real world. My friend insisted that anyone going into business school should have a real briefcase (no one carrying a canvas backpack can be taken seriously). He recommended Saddleback and I became addicted. Large round satchel, two wallet sleeves, and finally the large tobacco brown classic briefcase. I've loved this bag since I got it but I never REALLY needed it until I started school in January. Now that I'm 6 weeks in, I am so glad I made this investment. It looks great, it's incredibly functional and of course I get comments all the time. Sometimes it gets loaded to a point that I feel like I'm going to tip over, but I just look at that as my daily exercise. Overall, if you've been considering it, stop considering it and buy it. (maybe check out the new front pocket one just in case).

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    by - verified purchaser |
    I have been an SB customer for several years. I absolutely have loved everything I have bought. Recently, I decided to buy the briefcase. Unfortunately the old Tobbaco Color has changed. I kept calling to see if SB had one that was returned or forgotten in stock, I even asked if they could custom make one for me. No such luck, I had to broaden my search. I eventually spent a few months watching eBay and finally I saw my bag! As with quality, you would expect it to hold its value. As a SB eBay expert, I can tell you a used Briefcase will go around $500, thats more than 3/4 of the cost of a new one! Well, mine arrived today, and I can assure you it is still worth every penny. Dave & Company....great job as always!

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    GREAT product (as usual)

    by - verified purchaser |
    I FINALLY got the large classic briefcase in the "new" tobacco brown. It is my fourth SBL purchase. The tobacco brown is awesome (everything else I have purchased in DCB). Let me tell you, this bag is ALL that I expected and more. I have used it daily for about six weeks now and it is fantastic. If you are debating between the medium and large (like I was), go ahead and get the large. I use it for daily business commutes with a portfolio, folders/paperwork, pens, business cards, digital camera, phone, small flashlight, snacks/water, and it is a good size. There is room for plenty more if needed for travel; but it is good for the daily essentials too. It is NOT too heavy or too big (I'm 6", 190ish). Thanks again SBL team for a great product!

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    The best.

    by - verified purchaser |
    I got this for my college graduation 5 years ago. Now, about to complete my Doctorate, it has been my trusty companion on every day of class and every day on the job. When I first got it I was concerned about the weight/stiffness of the bag. Let me tell you, after a few years it is PERFECT. The leather has all broken in and completely bendable and soft. Also, don't be afraid of the price. I have a few friends in grad school that had middle of the road bags when the came into school, then bought another one when their first one broke, and finally I talked both of them into getting this bag. It will pay for itself over time. ENJOY!

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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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    by - verified purchaser |
    Had it a while now. Got asked if I was the Manager by a customer the other day. Also got the phone/wallet/note shoulder cowboy type bag. Use it everyday... girls notice and say it is 'cool'. Hell I am 61 years old. It gets buried with me for the return trip.

    Will be buying a couple of suit cases, mac things etc . Top quality and they make me happy, being strong & practicable is an extra.

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    It makes being a CPA cool...

    by - verified purchaser |
    Yesterday, we had the worst snowstorm of the season, most people didn't go to work. I went and my 30 minute regular commute took 2 hours. My large classic DCB was delivered to my office in the middle of a Cleveland snowstorm! Now that's a tough bag! I cleaned out my Pleather firm-issued laptop bag and my 'super-nerd audit case' and put everything in this new bag. It's amazing. At the end of the day, I slipped my laptop in and walked out my office door and past a coworker's door and he yelled, "dude, that's a really nice bag!" Five steps Dave...and I received my first compliment! I'm 5' 7" but I'll tell you something, last night I walked a little taller!

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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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    It's heavy and heavy is good

    by - verified purchaser |
    After weeks of obsessing over whether or not to buy one, my wife put me out of my misery and gave a gift cert. for a large briefcase (Tobacco). Having used it every day for the past 15 months, I have not regretted choosing this as a daily carry brief case. As such, I routinely beat the crap out it. The stuff I regularly carry in it includes; two (2) ThinkPad laptops, a leather zippered portfolio, a mini mag flashlight, a Leatherman “Juice”, a large ring of spare keys and a loaded DB-9 semi-auto pistol. I also use the bag as a valise/backpack when traveling and jam it with as much stuff as it could hold + have lashed two (2) travel fishing rods to the bottom of it. Without a doubt the bag is heavy, but if it was made out of cheap, light weight pieces of leather it would have fallen apart by now. As it stands, I’m still breaking mine in. I’ll finish by adding that my wife thinks my briefcase is too bulky and looks just…OK. Good! At least, it will never be mistaken for a “Murse”.

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    No regrets.

    by - verified purchaser |
    I first discovered Saddleback Leather by accident when I looking up black labs. For some reason I stumbled across Blue, Dave's black lab. I also have a black lab, who resembles Blue. Blue, of course, brought to my attention the briefcases at Dave's website and I have been studying the various briefcases for nearly a year now. I wasn't sure which case would best fit my needs and being somewhat tight fisted I was leaning towards the smaller, less expensive cases. What I really wanted was the classic briefcase. I even ordered the messenger bag, only to discover it was too small, so I returned it.

    My wife said I didn't need another briefcase and I should just get over it and appreciate what I already have. She also didn't like the looks of the rings on the case. She was unyielding.

    Well, my father and mother would gift all the kids in the family money each Christmas. My dad recently passed away, but my mom decided to continue this tradition. This gift allowed me to purchase a briefcase and I will carry it in my father's memory.

    I spoke with customer support, who are awesome folks, and they felt the large classic size briefcase would best meet my needs, based on what I carry.I have carried the case for a little over a week now and they are spot on. I have no regrets. I was concerned about the weight and the possibility it would be too large, but to my pleasant surprise it is not.

    For those people who require more room for their things I highly recommend the large classic briefcase. The quality is consistent throughout all the various cases, but the organization of the large classic briefcase is just perfect. Oh, my wife has also admitted it looks nice and she sees why I prefer this case to what I was carrying. Thanks to all you great people at Saddleback!

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    Classic Briefcase-med. tobacco

    by - verified purchaser |
    It really is a great product. It is heavy, but that's expected with the quality and quantity of leather used. One comment i received is "how many cows did they kill to make that bag?". i love it, i can't wait to put some miles on it, i love the worn, aged look of leather. i would like to see additional side pockets, currently the side pockets are located near the "back" part of the bag, it will be nice to add 1 more side pocket (per side) to the "front" part of the bag.

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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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    Absolutely Awesome and Beautiful

    by - verified purchaser |
    I brought the classic {XL} briefcase {TOBACCO} for Christmas! I Absolutely Love my new Briefcase! The quality and workmanship is truly unmatched!! I am 6ft.- 4in. 225lbs I do not find the briefcase to large nor to heavy for daily usage! This briefcase in {TOBACCO} is absolutely Beautiful!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SADDLEBACK LEATHER PRODUCTS!! May HASHEM continue Bless Saddleback Leather Company {Pr,8:12}& {3John 1:2}

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    My latest addiction

    by - verified purchaser |
    To all new customers: if you think you're not doing great quickly because it's like a drug, if you bought one then it'll be too later for're stuck for SBL case you're children and grandchildren will be stuck for life because of you...

    To Dave: i think you should start an SBL rehab plan or something...for example if a customer bought items for more than 700 USD a month, his account will be blocked so he won't be able to buy anything until next month...

    jokes aside, i got lucky and snatched a large "discontinued leather" tobacco classic briefcase with suede lining, it was on 10% Dave's deal...i wanted it to be a gift for my old man...since i got it, i don't think i'll be able to give it to him...i'll give him a satchel or something else...

    as for the Dave's deal..the 10%...there's nothing wrong in the bag...

    P.S: for the new tobacco i got a moleskine cover, so i think i have an idea how it looks like...

    today i received the classic briefcase in "old" tobacco, and i think you guys should bring it's ok believe me, i'm speaking for myself and the majority of your customers, i think if it costs you guys a bit more to make it, we are ready to pay extra to own you'll end up having 5 colours instead of four...the discontinued tobacco (or the fifth colour) will cost a bit more for those who are willing...

    SBL items are not just leather bags they are a state of mind...

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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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    Five Years and No Regrets

    by - verified purchaser |
    I purchased the SBL large chestnut classic briefcase about five years. Leading up to my purchase I had gone through about five briefcases in ten years at about a $100 a bag. I carry around a computer and at least four books, as well as sundry items, on almost a daily basis. This amount of weight puts a lot of strain on bags, as evidenced by so many bags in ten years. Then I sat down at the computer to search for an all leather bag, thinking it would be more durable. And that is when I came across SBL. I was hooked at first sight. The price at first seemed high, but I had spent that amount of money over ten years and doomed to do so again if a remained on the same track. If this were the last bag for me to buy, then I would actually save money over the long run. After five years I have no regrets. In fact, I am only more pleased that I purchased it year after year. In the back section of the large I am able to fit a 17" MacBook Pro, a small bag with the cables, and an iPad. In front section I able to fit up to six books two wide (depending on size), a small bag with sundry items, pens in the side pockets, and small notebooks in the big inside pockets. I have solved the problem of my children fighting over it when I die. I purchased a large satchel (chestnut, of course).

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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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    Copper rivets

    by - verified purchaser |
    I just received my large classic briefcase in chestnut. I own 7 other SB products and am happy with each. The briefcase is lighter than I thought, considering some of the reviews. My large satchel weighs about the same.

    With the briefcase, I found the mix of copper rivets with the mat rivets rather odd. It makes the case look like it was repaired at some shoe shop as the copper rivets don't appear as robust and don't blend in with the leather as the others on the briefcase.

    I'm keeping the case and I guess I'll adapt.

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