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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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    Bravo

    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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    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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    The OVER /UNDER BET

    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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    Wow...

    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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    Moonflower

    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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    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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    Elegant

    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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    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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    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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    Great Bag, Great Value

    by - verified purchaser |
    It's hard to even put into words how great this bag is. It's absolutely beautiful. If you appreciate good leather, you'll love one of these. The smell alone is amazing. The briefcase is very functional and holds quite a bit. I'm an attorney and can carry most of my files to a trial or deposition in it. On the weekends, it will fit a laptop, iPad and several other items.







    It would be nice, as others have mentioned, to have a way to close the interior pouches. It would also be nice to have more pouches available for various accessories. The bag is also quite heavy. The large and extra large versions run around 8 lbs. empty, so with a few books, a laptop, etc. the total weight can pretty easily exceed 20-30 lbs. I don't even notice this, but my wife for example wouldn't be interested in one of her own due to the weight. But these are such minor criticisms of such a great product...kind of like driving a Ferrari and focusing on how the drink holders could be designed better. I love this briefcase and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates quality products.

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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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    Amazing!

    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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    Excellent

    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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    INCREDIBLE QUALITY!!!!

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    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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    You won't understand until other people see it

    by - verified purchaser |
    I received a Large Chestnut briefcase from my wife upon finally graduating with my undergraduate in finance after a long journey via the military and other places. My initial gut reaction was that it was enormous and would be a bear to carry in the city to my new job everyday. Upon walking into my new office on the first day of work, my opinion was forever changed when every single individual I walked past seemingly had something marvelous to say about my bag. Now, I wear it proudly and can't wait for people to ask me about it. I recently was in an Allen Edmonds looking at some high quality shoes, and the saleswoman asked me about my bag before even asking me if I needed any assistance. I didn't buy the shoes, but I left her Dave's card (I carry them because I have many from repeat purchase, keep sending them with purchases Dave!!!!).







    All this long windedness just leads me to say, if your gut tells you that you think you will enjoy owning it, you're more likely right than wrong. Buy whatever you're looking at without blinking and you'll be happy for a very long time. And if you're lucky enough to have a wife like mine who'll buy it for you, even better!!!!

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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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