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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.


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    This Bag Is A Compliment Magnet!

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    I own an X-Large version of this wonderful briefcase. I love it. I have clients, partners and family and friends express near awe over it with each sighting. It really is a pretty cool bag and the customer service I experienced returning another product for full credit against this bag was even better than Apple!

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    The Last Bag!

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    I'm a bag freak. I have so many bags. I looked at this website for a month before I made a decision. My wife says that for every bag I buy, I have to donate a bag to charity. I can honestly say that my Large Classic Briefcase in Chestnut will be the last bag I ever buy. I can give away all of my others. There's no reason to keep them, this is the only bag I will carry for the rest of my life........ well, except for a backpack I have that was equally expensive.
    I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with any Saddleback Leather product. This won't be my last purchase from them. And...... the compliments are unbelievable! The first day I wore it, I was bombarded with OMG's!

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    Will never buy anywhere else.

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    This is one of the coolest things I have ever owned. The quality is amazing. Everyone asks about it. I cannot explain how impressed I am.

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    Worth every penny

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    This bag is hands down, the nicest bag I have ever come across. I use it for work, storing my laptop, iPad, accessories, as well as important documents. On the weekends, it makes a great carry-on or overnight bag for trips. I have received a million compliments and questions about it. I have owned mine for over 4 years and it barely broken in, but just keeps looking better and better with age.

    I recommend Saddleback to everyone who asks me about my piece.

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    I bout the tobacco color, because the dark coffee was out of stock and I needed a new bag ASAP! Mine is the largest of these bags and I can fit to 17" laptops no issues along with the other items I need for work. I am a robotics integrator so I carry a lot of small electronic devices, and I have no issues carrying everything I need. Also now that it is finally starting to age a little it looks better than when it was new. This bag really needed to be broke in!. it still has a ways to go, and it will still stand on its own! I am very fond of this bag and everyone everywhere gives me comments on it, at work airports and everywhere else I have traveled. I also empty my work stuff and use it for passports and cameras when I go on vacation! it has proven to be very versatile and useful. I have been stopped several times while traveling just so people can ask about this bag, and my co workers wander why I got such a large bag, it is simple because I can fit everything into one bag. It does however get extremely heavy with 2 laptops chargers, cameras, external hard drives and much more! I still think the dark coffee brown is a better color, but I am very happy with my choice of the tobacco, and mine is the old tobacco not the newer one. However I would not give it up for anything it has been proven to be the best bag for my laptop in my 8 years in this job, and I have went through everything else!

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    Never Regret Buying Quality

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    This is my first Saddleback purchase .. but definitely not my last. This is the best constructed and best looking bag that I have ever seen and I am more than happy with my purchase. Bad thing is, this may have become sort of an addiction with me as I am constantly looking on the website for what I want next. Dave, when are you going to start making boots and my GF wants a conceal carry purse

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    The Elephant

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    I got my extra large briefcase over a year ago and I can tell you one thing (or maybe 2 or 3 things...) the extra large is large indeed. If you have any qualms about size, this thing is BIG. It's heavy when loaded and it will make the smaller framed person have to stop and rest on a long walk through an airport, or wobble under the weight. So, if that's an issue, get a thin briefcase or get a smaller size.

    It also will have issues fitting under an airline seat. You've got to break it in in order to fit it under a seat. Before it's soft, it's pretty stiff and requires some good use to break it in. So, those warnings are in order.

    I am 6'3", 230 pounds and can handle one, and I love it. I call it the elephant and it's the best quality piece of gear I've owned and I have had a few really great leather articles (an 80s Reunion Blues electric bass gig bag etc...) So, whatever you've heard, it's true - these things are monsters and are built to just keep on going. After a year of use of mine, it's still got a ways to go to even look used...

    So, I personally feel it's worth every dime. Their customer service is great too. I had a broken rivet and they were all over themselves fixing things and I really feel they stand behind their products and their guarantee.


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    Much better than I expected

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    I use several SBL wallets daily but my messenger bag and I just didn't click. It's a big square without much depth so it doesn't always fit under the seat in front and doesn't carry much gear. Great looking bag, no doubt about it, but not that great. So I went back to using a nylon bag I got for free at a trade show but that ain't me either. After looking at all the non-SBL options I could think of, I kept coming back to the site, and eventually decided I'd give the classic briefcase (DCB/Large) a go.

    I didn't have high hopes, to be honest, but I'm so glad I ordered it. The large classic briefcase is TOTALLY me. Despite being heavier than the messenger bag I have already taken it on several business trips stuffed full of clothes and equipment and I had no trouble lugging it around. Because it's more rectangular and amenable to being compressed a little heightwise, it fit even under the aisle seat where legroom is restricted by the seat support. I walked through a couple of thunderstorms with it and everything inside stayed perfectly dry even though I was wet through. The size is just great for me, it holds a lot of gear, the interior pockets are perfect for holding the SBL passport wallet and the exterior pockets easily fitting a soda with no squeezing of the interior contents.

    Another thing - the whole 12 months I have had the messenger bag I've only ever received one compliment. I've had the briefcase for one week and I've had a dozen comments already.

    Please note that I am in no way affiliated with Saddleback. I don't know these people and don't care to know them either, but what I do know is that this product is extraordinarily good value. During my search for a new bag I was handling Italian leather with a $4000 price tag, but they felt flimsy and dull compared to this SBL briefcase. I know they're not for everyone but I can honestly and objectively say that all the positive reviews you read are right on the money. It really is that good.

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    Classic Briefcase XL chestnut

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    I went to NY for a trip and order this jewel and got it delivered to my hotel, ever since I' ve been getting compliments for it all the time... the bag is everything you see in the website and much more, do not even think its pricy because there is no match for saddleback.
    If you think xl is too large, it is not for me I'm 1,97m tall and the bag has the right size, it allows me to go to court and to class and there's room for everything in there: legal papers, books, laptop, clothes, etc.

    Customer service is out of this world just like the leather products they made.

    If you live the kind of life where you depend on a bag, get one of these

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    What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

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    On at least two previous occasions, I have bought briefcases or bags that I thought would meet my needs. Though they met my initial needs, they needed up being not big enough because I either underestimated what I needed to carry, or got additional responsibilities which required me to carry more stuff. As a result, I had to get another, larger bag.

    With such a big investment, I figured I should go big rather than be disappointed that it would be too small once I started using it and ended up getting the XL bag in Chestnut. While the medium might have served my needs, I saw some YouTube videos where the reviewers were saying that they probably should have gone up to the large. I was lucky because I found it on Dave's Deals (that particular weekend, the same bag in medium and large were also available).

    I just got it today and opened it up. To say I was shocked at the size would be an understatement. This thing "looks" about 20% bigger than I thought it would be. The amount of storage room is incredible. The product is extremely sturdy and well-crafted.

    The reason I bought this bag was because I will be attending a short-term, full-time professional program this Fall at a area university and felt that I needed to present a more "professional" look for the course. (That, and the time in the course will allow me to break it in before returning to work so the bag won't look like a "graduation present".) I can not only haul around my books and materials, but just figured out that I should have more than enough room to carry my lunch and snacks on a regular basis along with an umbrella, jacket, and gloves for those occasions that require it.

    The only real downside I can see of owning this bag is that it might aggravate my back issues because of how much it can hold (not to mention the 7+ pounds when it is empty.) I also don't think it would function well as a backpack, even for a short time, but I never seriously considered it a factor when making my decision anyway. It is a bag that will last me the rest of my life. I am looking forward to enjoying the journey.

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    My new best friend

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    No, seriously, this will be your best if not last bag. Bought the medium Chestnut as a present for myself because I got the graduate program I was hoping to get into. Fast forward a summer and I've lost count of the compliments I've gotten. The bag is now broken in beautifully and covered in scratches from the adventures we've been on together. From interviews to boats to carting around items for three kids, the briefcase does it all. It's big enough for me to fit an entire class day's worth of books and notebooks but small enough to cram under my legs when sitting in the front seat of a car. It holds up beautifully in downpours and salt water alike, though I recommend rinsing the bag with fresh water if the latter gets on it. The straps have indeed served me as a belt on more than one occasion.

    There is just one big "con" to this work of art. As zillions of other reviewers say, it is indeed HEAVY. I get an achy shoulder if I walk a few miles with it fully loaded, and I'm 6'1" and pretty fit. I read on someone else's review somewhere that this bag will make you remember why you want to carry anything, and that's absolutely true. Backpack mode is great but you have to sort of shimmy around to get the bag seated evenly. After that, it's fairly comfortable to carry around.

    Buy it, you won't regret it. And you'll look like the classy bad ass that you are.

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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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    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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    med brief

    by - verified purchaser |
    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

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    Loved Mine So Much, Bought My Wife a Tote!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

    G. LaBudde

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    Drool No More!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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!


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    Too Heavy

    by - verified purchaser |
    Too Heavy, Not Practical, Sold it on EBAY. Well made tho.

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    You will definitely receive compliments

    by - verified purchaser |
    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!

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    Better Than New

    by - verified purchaser |
    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!

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    I like the large chestnut briefcase!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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    by - verified purchaser |
    ....... and all that it throws at you - awesome

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    Turfhead Golfnut

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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