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!
$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
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"... 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.
The bag is even more magnificent than I had anticipated. After seven months of obsessively checking the Saddleback Leather website, reading every review of both this and the front pocket briefcase (and every other item Saddleback item in existence), and fanatically refreshing the Company’s Facebook page, I finally pulled the trigger. I could not be happier with my decision.
The medium size fits me perfectly (5’8” – 170 lbs). Like others have said, the bag has some weight to it, but it doesn’t bother me. My previous leather bag, which I purchased at some tourist trap in Florence, weighed next to nothing. This, as it turns out, is because it was really made of some cheap vinyl garbage. Thank you, Dave, for YouTubing some sense into me. You are the Morpheus to my Neo.
All of this goes without saying, but I will reiterate a few things. Firstly, the fit and finish on the bag is impeccable. The leather is rich, thick, and seemingly bulletproof. Secondly, it radiates masculinity in a way that diminishes even my own. Thirdly, I have been totally unable to locate the alleged “blemish” that prompted the 10% discount.
If you are considering buying one of these, do it. If you are concerned about the cost, don’t be. You will have no regrets once it arrives. The worst part of the experience is having to check the UPS tracking website 58 times an hour; breathlessly wondering if some brute is mishandling what will shortly become your most prized possession.
There are two common questions we all had or have about SBL bags: which color and which size? It seems most of us are able to decide on a style (classic briefcase, thin briefcase, satchel, etc.) rather easily (some just buy one of each!) but the color and size, at least on the first purchase, seem to be major points of contention. I certainly won’t pretend to be the definitive answer to such a subjective and personal (and expensive) decision, but I will wade in and share my own thoughts and experiences.
I, like most people, lurked around the SBL site for months before finally pulling the trigger and buying something. In 2012 I finally purchased my first bag: a large chestnut classic briefcase. The moment it arrived I was blown away by the quality, even though I expected nothing less from all of the countless photos and YouTube videos I had poured over in my research and quest for the “perfect SBL bag.” I was, however, pretty unsure about the size (large) sitting in front of me. I’m 6’0” 195lbs and this thing was BIG. I threw my reservations aside and promptly loaded it up with my MacBook and other tech essentials and took it on a weekend trip. When I returned home I still felt the same way: it was just too big. My wife very much agreed.
The bag was gorgeous, but as an everyday office commuter it looked like I was carrying a suitcase over my shoulder. I’ve read plenty of reviews by several like-sized people who say a large is fine, but I quite frankly felt silly wearing it. For a weekend bag it would hands down be a perfect choice, but for an office bag (a briefcase as it is designed) a large was just too much.
Since I had now used the bag I wasn’t able to return it, so it sat for a couple of months. Eventually I found someone looking to trade their large thin chestnut briefcase for a large classic. I made the trade and I was much happier with the thin as an office bag, but I never had the same smitten type of love for the style the way I did for the classic. I had also decided chestnut was just not my color as the red content of it gave a bit of a cowboy look. After a few treatments with Chamberlain’s Leather Milk the color darkened a bit and it didn’t seem quite so red. I was happy enough, but the classic briefcase still called to me…
SBL changed their tobacco (and carbon) colors in the past year or so and I found my least favorite color was now the epitome of perfection! This, coupled with the lust for a classic briefcase, led me back down the rabbit hole that is Saddleback Leather. I knew for certain a size large would not do, so I began considering the medium. Looking at my daily use I realized a medium would do just fine. I carry a Dell Latitude E6440 “14 inch” notebook for business (company issued) and it fits perfectly with plenty of room to spare. I was also recently robbed of my 15” MBP by my wife and forced back to my 13” MacBook, so the medium also made sense for personal use when not carrying the Dell. I received my bag on Friday and I could absolutely not be happier. The size is perfect and the color is phenomenal. I have finally found the perfect bag to accompany me through life!
Thank you Dave and crew for continuing to make such a tremendous product!
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.
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.
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 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