Hi....Did I say in my recent review that I'd rate this item at 5 stars?
If I didn't, I meant to.
$568.00 to $664.00SKU: #01-10-0001
- Carbon M
- Carbon L
- Carbon XL
- 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 against 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 something 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.
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)
Amazing product. I am imagining these smell GREAT from the factory w/ the quality of leather here.
The XL looks like it could handle the necessary paperwork from all three of my jobs. And it looks great, too.
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.
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.
Best bag ever this bag makes me want to travel the world.told my wife now because of the bag I need to take pics in foreign country's
I have had my medium dark coffee brown briefcase for almost 5 years now. My "new briefcase" hunt used to be an annual ritual to replace a bag that had aged - no more! This bag has only gotten better with age and the compliments keep coming. One of the few items I own that is not disposable and that makes me enjoy it all the more. Now have a wallet as well and enjoy that as much (that had been about every 6 months for a new one and going on two years it looks like it will wear as well as the case). Thanks to Dave and crew and congrats on your well deserved and growing success.
Today started with me driving to my local Post Office to pick up my Large Chestnut Briefcase..I got it home and the leather smell invaded my office... This is my second Saddleback product and I am very..NO Ecstatic with it. I get ALL my stuff in to this briefcase, with no issues at all. I also heard that I had been successful in getting a new job.. This will involve quite a bit of travel. I intend to photograph the bag ALL over the place.
Thanks guys for making a great product.. You really do what you state on the website.
You don't buy a Saddleback..You Invest in a Saddleback.. As a famous trainer company states "just do it".
I bought my bag second hand on eBay. Large, Tobacco Brown. I love this bag. I consistently get comments about how great it looks, but my favorite comment came from my female students here in China: "We think you have a magical bag. You have so many things in there!" Followed by, "But isn't it heavy?"
Yes, it's magical.
Yes, it has some heft. But all that magic doesn't come without some sacrifice.
So sweat a little more and beef up those abs and legs: this bag is worth it. (Truly, though, I had a slightly bigger nylon bag that was 4.5 lbs. This is 7.6. That isn't a big difference, fellahs!)
Lastly, beat it up, bend it well, roll it like a burrito. That's when the beauty and usefulness really starts to shine through!
Had been looking for a satchel for some time, but couldn't find anything that rang my bell. My wife, the shopper that she is, stocked the x-mas tree with with a large Saddleback bag. Came out of the package a little stiff, but my dad was a horseshoer, and the rest of my family was into horses (I got bit and bucked off so I ride a mtn. bike instead), but I understand leather, cleaned a lot over the years - then I read the notes included with the bag - paraphrased herein "this is the bag your kids will fight about after your gone" and "today your bag looks as bad as it ever will". Those are true statements. This thing is sweet, I go out of my way to thrash it, but within reason Dave.
My wife kept asking me not to look up the price. That's cool, but I heard it about three times over the next few weeks - so I checked out the site. Gulped initially, but I love this thing. It looks better and better every week, lots of comments complementing my new ride. I figure it'll peak around 47 years, just like me, I may not be around by then but it will still be enjoyed by the kids. It's got a mere 10-months on it, just a baby.
I got a new Saddleback wallet for my birthday complements of my wife (again), and have been eyeing the belts. My wife turns 40 this year. I snagged a large Saddleback tote for her after a few not so subtle hints, but she thinks I missed the old tobacco leather. She's gonna look even hotter carrying that thing around, too bad she's gonna have to wait until her b-day Jan. 1, although I'm sure she'll be snooping around the site lusting after the tote, and this may not be a surprise, but you'll still have to wait for it! Sorry Heidi - I'm such a tease.
I have always loved the look of the Classic Brief Case, and like most ended up studying all the reviews, watched all the U-Tube presentations and understand accept all the good, bad and ugly that has been written up on the Internet....I waited and waited because it is a very expensive bag....and have no reason to make the purchase.
So after 2 and a half years I finally have a reason to purchase this bag. My husband who is 6 feet tall came home one day. I noticed that he was carrying his brief case with a make shift handle, a combination of 2 large leather fob for keys he'd connected together. It was ugly and awkward and he still had to hold the bag from the bottom because he'd over stuffed he bag. I felt so sorry for him since I had given him that bag!
Anyway I went straight to Dave's Deal to see what was on offer... Like always, things are never simple... The carbon black classic brief case wasn't on offer in any size. So I paid full price on the Large, CB, brief case. It arrived 10 days later! I have not looked back since!
It is a big piece of luggage and it certainly is NOT for me to carry ( though I would consider a small size if SBL decide to make another round) On my husband however, who likes to carry everything from the kitchen pantry to the kitchen sink it is a perfect size. I'm so glad I purchased this when I did, because very shortly after my purchase, SBL announced a change in leather finish for the black! Not to our taste, but thumbs up on the concept!
I've had my X-Large dark coffee brown classic briefcase for about 6 months now and it's really starting to look good.
Yes, they are all that people say and even then, there are no amount of flowery adjectives that can completely encompass the true awesomeness of these bags.
I had been looking at this site for quite a while before buying. I got mine at a 15% discount, and all I can say is that the criteria must be on the zealous stringent side, because I studied the bag from top to bottom, and for the love of me, I couldn't see what merited the discount.
I laugh when I see people mentioning that they are too heavy. Really? Well then, sell it to someone who has a pair and go buy a pink vinyl micro-purse instead.
They are not the cheapest, but when you start comparing Saddleback leather to any other out there, they're actually less expensive, since no other companies offer anything remotely close to the quality designs and craftsmanship that you get here.
The 100 year warranty is probably very conservative. Well cared for, these bags will be around for way longer than that.
What else can I say. I you're like I was and you're pining for one, devouring this site daily, coveting a sweet sweet leather piece, just take out the old credit card and do it. You'll never regret owning such a fine piece of hand-crafted awesomeness.
My next will probably be a beast duffel, and also, a suitcase to match. When I retire, I plan of having pics of myself, my Saddleback leather, and the great natural and man made wonders of the world in the background.
Oh, by the way, the new colours are pretty amazing too!
Well done Saddleback!
Too Heavy, Not Practical, Sold it on EBAY. Well made tho.
I am the owner of two of these fine briefcases; originally I got the XL as I had an extra large amount of things to carry. The sizing by Dave on the height of the wearer in relation to the bag is pretty correct, as a 5"8 man it looked a little ridiculous, but hey, I had a lot of things to carry!
This bag accompanied me daily for over a year, during which time it received plenty of scuffs and marks from daily use, as well as began to soften and become nice and floppy. The more "damaged" it became, the more compliments I received!
At the present time however, I no longer need to carry nearly as many things with me on a day to day basis, so I decided I would get a medium classic briefcase so that I wasn't carrying around a bag that looked so gigantic on me. The medium briefcase is a perfect size for my body, though I will admit I am a little sad that it doesn't look quite as good yet without all the scuffs and marks from use. I suppose that must be earned though!
and you won't be sorry that you spent the money. I've had mine for 18 months and I like the bag more and more as I use it.
The one concern that every has is the weight of the bag, but I haven't found it to be that heavy. I went against the Saddleback sizing recommendations for my height and got the XL and I'm glad that I did. I wanted the extra space for when I use the briefcase as luggage for a weekend trip, a job for which this bag is also well suited. When commuting to and from the office, it isn't really all that heavy with a computer, notebook, phone chargers and other cables, and the few other things that I normally carry. It really only gets heavy when I load the briefcase down with a bunch of books and reference material that I sometimes use. I don't blame the briefcase for being heavy when I load a bunch of heavy things in it.
Anyway, this is a great bag that's built like a tank with a classic design that's hard to beat.
Large Tobacco Classic Briefcase purchased in November 2008. I've taken this bag through weekly air travel, road travel, taxis, trains, trips to the office, rain snow summer heat... It has served multiple roles: computer bag, weekend bag, lunch bag, and a beer bag/cooler (was away on business and had some time to kill).
After the first year of daily use, the leather began to break in and take on a more classic look and feel. 5-years later it looks even better and still holding up strong.
I use conditioner about once every 10-12 months; the first few years using Lexol and later switched to Chamberlains Leather Milk. Both work great. If your bag gets a lot of scratches and scuffs as mine does, the conditioner will buff it out like new. But no worries, scratches give it character - women like character ;)
After 5-years of almost daily use, I truly believe this will be the last brief case I'll ever need. It gets better with age - Better Than New!
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.
....... and all that it throws at you - awesome
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.
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.
If I could choose any briefcase in the world to have it would be this one. One of a kind and amazing.
This is a very stylish bag with the rugged durability. Just what a manly man needs
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
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.