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 :)
$568.00 to $664.00SKU: #01-10-0001
- 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”
- Exterior: 14” W x 11” H x 9” D
- Interior: 13 ½” W x 10 ½” H x 8 ½" D
- 6.6 lbs
- 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
We use natural Markings Equal Inclusion of Exceptional Imperfection Ornamentation
"... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates aganist any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."
Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see someting as it really is.
This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the masks life has given them.
So, in the morning, as we three, clean-cut smiley white guys emerged from the cheap hotel, everybody looked at us with suspicion.
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.
Bought a 10% off DCB bag a few weeks back and just got back from a road trip. I wanted to field test it before reviewing it.
Firstly, I would highly recommend that you buy off Dave's deals - the blemishes are very minor and probably something you will put on the bag within 1-2 weeks of use anyway.
I was debating between DCB and Chestnut a lot. The first bag that appeared on Dave's deal was a DCB and I jumped at it. Funnily enough a Chestnut showed up the next day. :-)
I like the DCB, it looks very sober and regal. Classy without attracting too much attention to itself.
The leather is of very good quality and looked tough as nails. The construction looked very solid too.
The bag is heavy but after a few days of using it, the weight becomes less of an issue. For reference I am slim built - 5'11" and 160lb.
Also when I travel, I use a wheeled carry-on bag and attach the briefcase to it. Thus for long hauls (airport walk through), my shoulder gets some respite.
The bag is still tight as the leather is new, but will free up some more space in time. There is a pretty impressive amount of room in it.
I got a lot of compliments on my trip and at the office. People love it.
As do I. Fantastic bag - well worth it!
After a few years of waiting and wishing, I finally got my dream briefcase. This was not an easy one to get either. Always sold out. But my consistent checking back on the site finally paid off! This bag is beautiful. It is the perfect briefcase. I love the new tobacco style. It adds so much more character to your bag. I'm looking forward to carrying this for as long as I can. And the large was the perfect size. I'm 6'4" about 200lbs. We'll worth the $$ for this one.
I actually have 2 small briefcases, 2 medium briefcases and one large briefcase. In the photo are my suede lined briefcases. I was lucky enough not just getting one small briefcase but two and both are the rare suede lined with one being the collector's edition.
These bags are already put to good use. The small is for weekend travel to shop or cinema. The medium or large for my office carry mainly to carry my laptop. It seem I might need to carry an 18 inch workstation laptop and that will be a good reason to get the XL briefcase.
I carry the bigger ones as backpack and being longer horizontally instead of vertically avoid the back from resting on the back of my bottom.
I forgot to mention. The patina on the tobacco brown and chestnut look awesome.
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..
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!
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!!!!
I've had my medium chestnut briefcase for a few months now, and though I've carried it to work almost every day, I hadn't really lived with it until early February when I took it on a long weekend to California wine country. I used it as my carry-on bag (and packed it with extra clothes and shoes in case my checked luggage was lost) and couldn't believe just how much I could fit in there. In short, this'll be my weekend bag from now on. When my wife and I arrived in California (after a severely long drought) the skies opened up and it rained more than a foot and a half in just under three days. During this time, I decided to put Dave's promise that his leather "laughs at water" to the test. I carried it everywhere--on my shoulder, as a backpack. The bag got wet. Repeatedly. To the point I started to get nervous about what I'd put my expensive bag through. Turns out I didn't need to worry. I could almost hear the bag chuckle the first time I wiped it down with a dry cloth. No marks, no stains, no visible damage. That said, it somehow looks better than it ever did. I can't put my finger on it, but it might be that I just appreciate its fine craftsmanship even more after the trip. At any rate, I'm not going anywhere without it from now on.
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.
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)
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.
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).
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!
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!
I have had my Large Classic Briefcase in dark coffee brown for a little over a year. I am 5'9" with an athletic ex military build and the large fits just fine. I waited for 2 years before purchasing and I am glad I finally did. It is a decision that I do not regret. I looked at every alternative on the market and as a hobby leather worker I had to go with Saddleback. Yes It is expensive and yes it is heavy but you cannot argue with the quality. I have made leather bags and backpacks, for friends and family, by hand for years and even though I make mine as sturdy as possible, I will never match the fit and finish of this bag. Quite frankly, I don't want to. It would be too much work and cost way more than just buying from Dave. I use mine everyday for work, I am a adjunct college instructor, as well as weekend trips and longer ones, it is simply perfect. My three kids all laid claim to it as soon as it arrived so I made each my own version of the satchel with the promise that when they finish college they will each get a classic briefcase. I cannot recommend enough. It is worth every penny and then some.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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...
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 âJuiceâ, 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, Iâm still breaking mine in. Iâll finish by adding that my wife thinks my briefcase is too bulky and looks justâ¦OK. Good! At least, it will never be mistaken for a âMurseâ.
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!
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.
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!
As the VP of Construction for a midsize real estate developer, I needed a bag that could go from the Jobsite to the boardroom and look good doing it. After 8 months of heavy use, this bag has exceeded all of my expectations and hopes. I take it to job sites and don't worry about putting it down and getting it dirty or scratched. I can also walk into a meeting with an equity partner or bank knowing that I have a the best looking bag in the room, I get regular compliments. The leather has started to softened and has conformed to my side when slung over my shoulder. I am 6'-0" tall and find the bag very comfortable when slung over my shoulder. I don't find it's weight or size cumbersome at all, as some other reviews have noted. It easily fits my laptop and all the paperwork I need. plus my misc items (sunglass case, calculator, pens, highlighters and drafting materials). I regularly use the external lash points to attach 8" to 12" rolls of plans to the outside of the bag. I have even used the bag to make overnight business trips stuffing it to the gills with clothes and work. All in all, I am proud to cary the best made bag in the world. My wife wants me to plan on giving it to one of my children when I retire, but I am sure that I will find a use for it in that stage of my life, so when they are old enough I will make the investment and get each of them one too.
Thanks Dave for the best of the best.