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  • Extra Large Chestnut now shipping with lighter colored, suede side of pigskin lining

  • The bag that started it all
  • Works in the courtroom as well as the mountain trail
  • Converts to backpack for impromptu hikes
  • 1 or 3 strap closure system, you choose
  • 2 side straps on briefcase can be used as belts, tie downs or tourniquets
  • Can be used as a carry-on during airplane travel and fits under most airline seats
  • Extra flap of leather acts as a false bottom to hide your passport, cash, spare keys and more
  • 8 exterior D-rings can be used to tether tripods, slumber bags, blankets, or firewood
  • 4 interior pockets: 2 side pockets for pens, flashdrives, gum, and other small items and 2 pockets on center divider for cables, small notebooks
  • 2 exterior side pockets for sunglasses and water bottles 
  • 1 rear pocket for magazines, newspapers, and airline tickets
  • Internal key strap for runaway keys
  • No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
  • Made of tough full-grain leather, which takes hits well and looks even better with age
  • Built with only a few pieces of leather, minimizing seams and weak points
  • Lined with strong supportive pigskin
  • Stitched with marine-grade thread, and reinforced with copper rivets
  • 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
    • Holds up to a 13" Macbook, and most 13" laptops
    • 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
    • Holds up to a 15" Macbook, and most 15" laptops
    • 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
    • Holds up to a 17" Macbook, and most 17" laptops
    • 8 lbs
     














    4 years later, and this XL still going strong

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    Five years later and this bag is still looking good and holding up. Money well spent. I've used it everyday when needed to carry books, laptop and/or cameras. It has soften up some but still retains its shape. I can fit my camera and all the accessories I need and my 17 inch Mac laptop in it. The bag is heavy, make no mistake about that, but that thick heavy leather means the bag will stand the test of time without falling apart at the few seams that it has. If it becomes to heavy and tiresome for me to carry across one of my shoulders, I just easily convert it into the backpack.
    If you want quality, craftsmanship, workmanship and if made in the US means anything to you, then buy this bag, if none of that is important to you, then go to North Anerica largest junkyard of overpriced, cheaply made Chinese crap, macys, waste your money, and get one of those bags with the MK logo on it or any other crap they sell and see if it will hold up against a Saddleback bag. They wish they did sell something of this quality! The strap on this bag is made from more quality leather than any leather product they have in any of their junkyards of a store!
    Be forewarned, you'll be getting compliments and envious looks, women and men, on this bag for its looks, quality and degree of sheer excellence.
    This is what quality, good looks and functionality is all about, to serve a purpose well. A job well done Saddleback Leather, you truly get what you pay for!

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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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    After Years Of Waiting/Coveting... UPDATE

    by - verified purchaser |
    I originally posted around the holidays after using the bag for a couple of weeks. Six months in, update:
    First, I made the gaffe of identifying my bag as a Medium Classic...I purchased a Large Classic.
    The tobacco leather picks up the best little nicks & scuffs & wear everyday. Nicks all over the front from opening & closing & buckling & opening again. And darkening wear on the back from my hip.
    The pads on the shoulder strap take about a month of regular use to break in the foam inside the leather so it curves to mold your shoulder. But once it does, the bag immediately feels lighter. So far I've only broken in 1 of the 2 pads.
    I tried for the heck of it converting the strap to carry as a backpack, and found it uncomfortable for my everyday load (laptop, folders, notebooks, cables).
    I noted in my original review that I folded a bandana into the bottom to provide a little bit of cushion for the laptop, and that works like a charm to date. Plus, now I always have a bandana with me. Creek Stewart would be proud.
    With all three straps buckled to close the bag, it does take some time to open/close the bag. So I usually just have the main center strap buckled with the two side straps tucked up like in all the promo photos.
    This thing feels like it's gonna last forever. It's Indiana Jones' fedora...it will survive anything.
    I would love to have another one, but then I would have to try to pick which one to use, and I'm not going to torture myself like that.
    Get one.

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    I'm all leathered up!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    Just getcha some!! Pull the trigger. Quit thinking, "man it's so expensive though." I started with the iPad case and then a little card holder, gadget sleeve and now I've got the classic BC in medium chestnut. OMG! Got it off Dave's Deals but I honestly don't see why it was discounted. Not complaining though. Anyway, my next purchase will be the pouch and then the large pad holder and.... Like I said, just getcha some!!

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    It was time to grow up...

    by - verified purchaser |
    I've been drooling over this briefcase every since seeing someone carry one into a meeting. Yesterday an employee gave it to me as a gift.

    I knew that I wanted one, but didn't know how much until I got my hands on it. Often, we fantasize about something and it's rarely as good in reality as it was in our minds - this was not one of those cases.

    It's an incredible bag that gives me that timeless feel which merges into my MacBook Pro and iPad.

    So, I shed my backpack of many years and migrate into manhood with the last briefcase I'll ever need.

    I got the large size briefcase and it holds my 15inch MackBook Pro and all the other tech gadgets and items that I carry. I highly recommend it.

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    Not just a bag, a new member of the family!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I will try to be brief but I am too excited. I have been looking at purchasing the classic briefcase for over a year now. I read all the reviews and watched numerous video reviews to narrow down my decision of size and color.

    To also assit I bought a tobacco ID wallet and med. notepad holder, a chestnut laptop case and a dark coffee pouch. Seeing the colors confirmed what I had known. For me I went with the tobacco brown large briefcase and the coffee colored pouch looks great hanging off of the front.

    Size was another concern. I felt I probably needed the large but did more research on the size of the things I need to carry. The extra 2 inches made the difference from a medium to the large. The extra large seemed too big to carry everyday.

    I just received my bag about a week ago and now have it filled. Here is what I have in it so far: DSLR camera with 2 lenses, A light for video shoots, 8 rechargeable batteries and 2 chargers for the light, extra battery and charger for the camera, macbook pro and sleeve, Apple charging equipment, med. note holder, legal pad (no cover), 2 small towels, the strap to the pouch(pouch hangs off the front of bag-with business cards, USB drive and documents like passports and travel documents), pens and of course a few snacks and breath mints.

    The bag is heavy to start but not as bad loaded as I would think. The shoulder strap really balances the load and the pads are comfortable. I had also read from some people that the leather was very stiff. This was true of my pouch but not the briefcase. The other thing about leather is it will get softer over time so be patient and the bag will become more pliable.

    This is a beautiful bag and my brother-n-law, who is in the Army, and I believe it would stop a 50 cal. bullet from 100 yards, that is how durable it feels. Quality does not come cheap but if you want the best and want something to last then this bag might be the least expensive of the options on the market.

    I hope this helps those of you who are taking time to read this. Take your time and do your own homework. Just be prepared, when you finally pull the trigger you will never look back and you will wonder why you hadn't made this decision sooner.

    Thanks Dave! Keep up the quality work as I have my eye on a duffle bag and my Brother-n-law has the front pocket backpack on his wish list.

    Rex

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    Not just a bag, a new member of the family!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I will try to be brief but I am too excited. I have been looking at purchasing the classic briefcase for over a year now. I read all the reviews and watched numerous video reviews to narrow down my decision of size and color.

    To also assit I bought a tobacco ID wallet and med. notepad holder, a chestnut laptop case and a dark coffee pouch. Seeing the colors confirmed what I had known. For me I went with the tobacco brown large briefcase and the coffee colored pouch looks great hanging off of the front.

    Size was another concern. I felt I probably needed the large but did more research on the size of the things I need to carry. The extra 2 inches made the difference from a medium to the large. The extra large seemed too big to carry everyday.

    I just received my bag about a week ago and now have it filled. Here is what I have in it so far: DSLR camera with 2 lenses, A light for video shoots, 8 rechargeable batteries and 2 chargers for the light, extra battery and charger for the camera, macbook pro and sleeve, Apple charging equipment, med. note holder, legal pad (no cover), 2 small towels, the strap to the pouch(pouch hangs off the front of bag-with business cards, USB drive and documents like passports and travel documents), pens and of course a few snacks and breath mints.

    The bag is heavy to start but not as bad loaded as I would think. The shoulder strap really balances the load and the pads are comfortable. I had also read from some people that the leather was very stiff. This was true of my pouch but not the briefcase. The other thing about leather is it will get softer over time so be patient and the bag will become more pliable.

    This is a beautiful bag and my brother-n-law, who is in the Army, and I believe it would stop a 50 cal. bullet from 100 yards, that is how durable it feels. Quality does not come cheap but if you want the best and want something to last then this bag might be the least expensive of the options on the market.

    I hope this helps those of you who are taking time to read this. Take your time and do your own homework. Just be prepared, when you finally pull the trigger you will never look back and you will wonder why you hadn't made this decision sooner.

    Thanks Dave! Keep up the quality work as I have my eye on a duffle bag and my Brother-n-law has the front pocket backpack on his wish list.

    Rex

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    Not too big, not too small

    by - verified purchaser |
    This was my first Saddleback item, and I've had it for almost a year. It's been to a few cool places, but most of it's purpose is my every day bag for work, errands and such.

    I got the tobacco brown in Medium (smallest available) and am glad I did. My declaimer is that I don't carry a laptop, though my daughter's 13" MacBook air fits fine. I have a standard sized iPad which is much smaller than the bag can handle. In addition to that, I typically carry a couple magazines, bills, papers, phone cables, glasses, book, journal, headphone case, pens, wallet, watch, food, water bottle, wallet, watch and some misc junk. With that amount of stuff it feels mostly full, but no where near max capacity. However, on a couple occasions, I've done 2-3 day trips with careful packing.

    I take this to the gym twice a week and ended up making a small cylindrical bag that straps to the D-Rings on the bottom. Check the photo I posted to see it. This canvas bag is the same width and depth as the bag and holds my sweaty shoes and gym clothes, which I don't want in the bag after working out in them.

    The most extreme situation I've used this in was during a two-day summer "camping trip" in Florida. I was playing the role of a contact in Morocco as part of a multi-day training/simulation event for overseas missionaries. During these two days I converted it to a backpack and was able to fit a two-person tent and inflatable sleeping mat in the back half, with two changes of clothes, toiletries, snacks, headlamp, camelback bladder, pocket knife, phone, wallet, small length of rope, and a few other smaller items in the front. I used the afore mentioned canvas bag to hold a sleeping bag and clipped a rain coat to the side and put a couple water bottles in the outside pockets. It worked great for that, and looked the part. But, I've done my share of back-country hiking (Yosemite, Grand Canyon) and would never consider this for long distance hiking like that where weight and capacity are critical. The photo attached to this review is from the training event. I drug it around in the dirt and brush for a couple days, threw it about, used it as a pillow and a dry place to sit... it just looked at me with an attitude of "is that all you've got"?

    The issues I have with the bag are the weight and the shoulder pad. I have bony shoulders and if it's not sitting right it hurts when half full or more. Also, I took this literally everywhere with me for the first couple months to break it in. After an hour or so on my shoulder, using it cross-body, my shoulder muscles would get really sore, and that was with it half full. I'm in decent shape, but have never used a shoulder bag before... so I don't know if this weight/shoulder issue is real or just something I'm not physically used to. After several months of brief daily use, these two issues are still there when I carry it too long. Oddly, in backpack mode it didn't bother me during the training event I mentioned where we did several miles of walking over two days.

    Bottom line is this is a great bag, very functional and definitely bullet-proof. The medium is small enough for daily use, and just big enough for occasional overnight trips if packed tightly. And, yes... I still get complements every week or two from young and old alike.

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    Not just another bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    3 years ago I received my SBL large briefcase for Christmas from my wife. Ah, I can vividly remember the smell of that rich leather wafting up as I opened the box. I can even now recall how that coffee brown leather had a certain luster to it. Since that day I have carried my briefcase all over the world with me. Mostly as a briefcase but also as a day pack and and even as a tool bag. It's been on airplanes and helicopters with me. It's been on boats with me and even on ATVs. It's a home for my computer and work stuff. It keeps safe my SBL Moleskine journal. Just about everywhere I've taken my bag it gets complimented. People love the thing and I love to talk about it to them. Currently, I have the briefcase, Moleskine journal cover, bible cover, tow belt, passport cover, satchel, iPad cover, and wallet from SBL and all of these items travel with me whenever I go off to work. They are companion pieces.
    My brother once had his car stolen from him. In full panic mode he called the cops to go look for the car. Was he panicked because of a stolen car? No. He was in panic because his SBL wallet was in the car. The cops finally found the car tore up and abandoned. The wallet was laying in the drivers seat with all the money and cards gone. You wouldn't believe how happy he was.
    So, these bags and other SBL items aren't just stuff or things. They become part of us. Like a friend or family member they take on special value and meaning to us that cannot be replaced.
    Should you buy gear from SBL? Only if you want a lifelong love affaire with a piece of leather! ;-)

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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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    LUGGAGE FOR LIFE

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

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    Classic Briefcase

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    I have owned the classic briefcase for 3 years now and it gets better and better as the years past. The best part of owning a saddleback leather product is not the comments you get but the customer service you receive. I have made several phone calls and emails over the years and every time, it's been a wonderful caring person on the other end.

    Thank you Saddleback

    Psalms 55:22

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    No s***t there I was

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    I've carried this bag every day for three years now and taken it on hundreds of flights all over the world and abused it the entire time. This bag gets better with age.

    I have the older version with the dark pig skin. I've had sodas explode in the bag and was able to just wipe it out with a damp cloth.

    I have the extra large bag. I fly lots for work I live in a small city and have to fly regional jets in and out to the major cities. This bag is big enough to fit everything I need for a carry on. But will still fit in the over head on the regional jets. It fills the space completely but fits every time.

    I've taken the bag camping and to the board room. And it always impresses.

    Plenty of people complain about the weight. If it's to heavy get the smaller bag. This bag will carry what ever you put in it no problem so less space less junk lighter. The weight of the bag becomes negligible compared to what you have in it.

    I looked for a long time when I purchased this bag. I can afford any bag I want essently. But wanted something that represented me more then the traditional briefcase my dad carried every day. I wanted something that expressed my military back ground I.e. Rugged as well as my current position a professional who has worked hard to accomplish a coveted status. A pinch of camping and my Eagle Scout roots. Simple rugged and built for the long haul but imaculent in my presentation. This bag by no means was the most expensive one I looked at. But by far was the best made bag I've ever seen. I've had professionals in manufacturing look the bag over and gush with envy at how every stich is perfect every cut precise every demention exact. How the leather and thread are far above grade and imaculent. I've since purchased from the ugly page for unique branded leather gifts but I have probably a dozen bags from saddle back and each product the leather is imaculent and the craftmanship is unsurpassed.

    I hate reviews from people that have just opened the bag or have only had it a day or two. They tells me nothing of how it will wear and hold up. I waited 3 years to see if this bag would live up to the hype. There is no hype. This bag is all it promises to be not one stich not one fray not one defect has shown up and I have abused this bag by any standard. At first it was to find a defect then it was to see how good the bag is. I figured if I did break it I'd be willing to get another to replace it just because of how good the bag has been. Now I'm interested to see just how long this bag will last but at this point I don't anticipate having to ever replace it. I believe thy will fight over it when I'm dead my kids are already laying claim to their fav saddle back bags.

    I don't write reviews I "vote" with my dollars and I've found most times they are less then useful I spend more time on negative reviews then positive ones but there is nothing I can complain of about this bag. I feel that as a solid Texas company with an eye to quality and a spirt of adventure and a soul of perfection I have always been impressed with every product I have and have no qualms about recommending this company to anyone.

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    2 years later...

    by - verified purchaser |
    Wow. Time does fly. I originally meant to write this a year ago. I've had the tobacco large classic for just over two years now. I knew I wanted one the first time I laid eyes on it several years ago.

    First of all it's big. I'm 6' and about 195, give or take. I was considering the XL but let me tell ya I'm glad I didn't. It's just right and has more than enough room to carry my 15" laptop and various other items. It's not lite by any stretch but it's not heavy either. I had one of those canvas bags that a Government agent might carry in a 24 hour period, him being a Jack of all things (wink, wink) but after offloading all my stuff my bag weighed only 2 pounds more (no longer need a laptop sleeve due to the protection the classic gives). It goes well with business casual as well as jeans. It's John Wayne pretty and tougher than a 2:00 am steak at Denny's.

    I don't travel the world or go to exotic places. I travel public rail to work everyday and see some fairly interesting things and feel I could defend myself with it if need be. I also carry some stuff from my peace office days in case bad happens.

    After two years it's got scuffs and scratches and has a nicely worn, smooth area on the back. It tends to sit soft on the front unless I push the soft side in (think of sucking in your gut) and then it sits like it was brand new. It did transfer some of the color to my lighter khakis early on and now only when it gets rained on (it washes off). The pigskin lining looks almost yellow in some pics I've seen but mine is more of an olive tan.

    Don't get this bag if you get something new every so often. Don't get this bag if you get bored with what you have after a while. Don't get this bag if you care about what PETA folks might say about you carrying leather. Don't get this bag if a 25 pound bag of dog food is heavy for you. Don't get this bag if you want strangers to leave you be. Don't get this bag if you think it's easier to buy cheap every so often.

    Otherwise treat yourself and get this bag. Also, once you start buying Saddleback Leather, you can't stop. You have been warned.

    Thank you for your time.

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    Wow! This is incredible.

    by - verified purchaser |
    I bought the Classic Briefcase in large/tobacco and waited until taking a few trips overseas before reviewing. I won't waste time talking about the quality of the bag as there are plenty of testaments to the quality already here. But this bag is incredible. I put camera and lens inserts to make it into a briefcase and camera bag. I carry a large pro DSLR Nikon and 3 or 4 fairly large lenses along with a 13" Macbook Air, camera batteries, Mac power cord and a leather journal. I travel all the time overseas and this dog hunts like no other bag I have ever owned. It may be on the heavy side but it can go from a safari or week in the woods straight to the boardroom and hold its' own the whole way. I just bought my niece one for her college graduation and plan to buy a few more for partners and associates. I am 6' 3" and weigh 195 lbs. and the large is perfect for me.

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    The Only Briefcase I'll Ever Need

    by - verified purchaser |
    I've only had my Medium Classic Saddleback Briefcase for a couple of years, so it's still practically new. I take it to the office every day, where I've received more compliments on it than I can count, including from senior management. I took it to another city for a training conference recently, where it received more compliments from several people. I took it into a job interview and we spent the first 5 minutes talking about the bag - talk about an easy ice breaker for a panel interview, and I did get the job; I can't blame that on the bag entirely, but it sure didn't hurt. I'll have to celebrate, but not with a new bag - this one is perfect. Yes, it's heavy, so if you're too weak to carry a few extra pounds then you'll have to find yourself a lesser bag. Every single day, every time I open my briefcase, it brings a smile to my face. If only I loved everything I own just as much!

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    Honest Review - Med Classic Briefcase in Tobacco.

    by - verified purchaser |
    I will not go on and on about the quality and craftsmanship.... This cannot be debated.

    I would like to tell you that I have researched this - and other leather bags for well over a year. Both in the USA and my native Canada.

    My amazing wife of 20 years "allowed" ;-))) me to finally take the plunge. Love you KD.
    So I did.....and I have no regrets.

    I was VERY torn between the Med and Large........I mean TORN.....I was concerned that the med was going to look like a "Murse"..... and that the large was going to be too heavy....and too big.

    Im not a big guy perse but I am 6 foot 200lbs.......athletic build, (could stand to lose 20 but...thats another story).

    I use my bag for work everyday - I am a health professional who carries a 13inch laptop, portable printer, printer paper, day timer, regulations, pens, chargers, wallet et al.

    I am out in the "field" dealing with the public all day carrying this bad boy and Im in heaven.

    Of course I cannot speak to the large bag - but my med is perfect....

    Dont wait, just plunge.....do it...

    kindest regards from the North,

    TJ

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    Very Satisfied

    by - verified purchaser |
    After several years of owning all sorts of bags, I finally decided to buy the Classic Briefcase in (L)Carbon. The quality of the bag is amazing, and it is definitely what I expected. I will say that no one can prepare you for the smell of the leather once you've unboxed it. The smell says quality, more than the look itself. I highly recommend this bag. My only disappointment is that I waited so long to pull the trigger.

    The weight of the bag is over emphasized. I'm 6'3", and I find the bag to be lighter than I expected. If you are wondering if this purchase makes sense, just wait until it arrives. You won't regret your buying decision. Thanks Dave, you guys to do an awesome job!!

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    Character

    by - verified purchaser |
    I received the extra large classic briefcase as a gift from my bride of 23 years (after some very direct hints), and am very pleased with all aspects of the product. Solid construction, gorgeous materials and its own character that conveys a message of sturdiness and stability. Saddleback is correct: my children will be fighting over this bag when I am gone.

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    The champion of briefcases

    by - verified purchaser |
    I purchased my bag about three years ago. I wanted to wait for a while to review it. After three years of extensive use in all kinds of weather in Salt Lake City, I am impressed. The best part of purchasing this artisan created bag is opening the box. I was overwhelmed with the rich smell of leather. All of my stuff fits nicely, with many well thought out little pockets here and there. It has a nice weight to it, so I know it is made of quality stuff. Everytime I rock it, I receive a ton of compliments. People really admire this satchel. It has an Indiana Jones quality to it. The hardware is stout and the stitching hasn't shown any wear. Even though I tend to stuff it overly full, there is no stretching or tiredness to it. When I walk into a presentation with this bag, I gain instant credibility. People know that I value quality and I am willing to pay for it. It still smells amazing. Please note that a 17 inch laptop warrants the extra large size. A 15 inch fits nicely in my large. This bag will definitely outlive me. I give a warm thank you to the craftsmen and craftswomen who created this wonderful briefcase. Your creation brightens my day. Thank you for your impeccable work.

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    A Hit in Las Vegas!

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    I bought a large classic briefcase in chestnut leather quite a while ago and used it regularly for a mobile office. My 17" laptop and all the things I needed to continue my engineering work on the road fit and were protected. When my travels slowed down, the bag was a nice fixture in my workshop until I was packing for Las Vegas a week ago. I used it as my carry-on and received comment after comment. I even had a TSA security inspector and a pilot ask where I got it so they could look for one! Everywhere I went with the briefcase, I was told it was beautiful and asked where I got it. I was very happy to guide people to the saddleback website!!

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    The Large Classic Briefcase is Amazing!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have been on the fence about buying this for several years. A promotion at work, and the corresponding additional work that came with it, made the decision much easier.

    The briefcase is everything I could hope for, and much more.

    The leather is thick and durable. Having watched many of Dave's videos, it is clear that he truly cares about the products he sells. The stitching is obviously tight and the same thread is used throughout. The hardware is heavy duty and should last between 100 - 200 years, as long as it doesn't go scuba diving or get attacked by a crocodile!

    The pockets are well placed, and allow for 'everyday items' to be readily accessible, and the 'occasionally used' to settle below the pockets, and not over bulge the bag.

    Some people have stated that the bag seemed 'heavier' than they expected.. To me, it was perfect, and every bit what I expected a heavy leather bag to be. Don't think thin, soft buttery leather. Instead, think Grandpas WWII bag that went through 28 months in the European Theater of Combat. It's that strong.

    Thank you for making this bag something I will be proud to hand down to my kids.

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    It's with me every day.

    by - verified purchaser |
    This was my first purchase from Saddleback, along with a drybag. And it's awesome! I have searched high and low to find a bag that was of high quality and correct looks for me to purchase. And I wanted to purchase something for life! I find bags that I love, but they disintegrate after a few years. Backpacks mainly. So I found and desired this for years until my 40th birthday, and then knew I had to get it.

    Worth every penny. Yes, it's heavy, but if you can't handle a little weight on your shoulder, c'mon, get to the gym. It's big, more room to carry your belongings my dear. It's looks great no matter what. The style is simple and classic. I don't feel like it will get dated, and even if it does, I really don't care. It appeals to me and almost everyone I come into contact with. And this thing is bulletproof. It will never disintegrate, or hardly get damage.

    And the compliments! They are plentiful and common. What's also a surprise is to hear "Saddleback, right?" It's so distinctive, people know it by sight. My boys will be inheriting all my bags (need just one more to have enough for all four.) And I have no fear that their kids will inherit it too. I wish I would have discovered it 20 years earlier, so I could have had more stories and experiences with it by this point, but I'll just have to make a bunch from here forward.

    Dave, you knocked it out of the park. All the work and time spent in Mexico have absolutely paid off. And the staff of your wonderful company is AMAZING! They make me feel incredible with every contact, and have even given me information about where to visit when I mention where we are traveling. I wish I could remember her name, but she sent me a package of materials about Mount Rushmore and the surrounding areas, knowing we were going to be traveling there in the near future. We had to postpone our trip, but I feel more confident we will have that in hand when we do get there. And when I was trying to make the order for this and the drybag, I wanted to take advantage of the free shipping special you were running at that time. But one of them was out of stock until after the special finished. Your wonderful staff made sure my order went through, I got the shipping (not a lot, but still a good perk) and got me the bags, with hardly any delay. Making me feel like the most important customer in the world. I tell people about your company constantly, no only for the amazing products, but for the wonderful people too.

    Keep up the amazing work, Saddleback and Dave Munson! (I'm coveting the Beast Duffel and one of the suitcases now.)

    P.S. The warranty is real. Believe it and use it if you need to.

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    Great Bag

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    Got my large classic briefcase last year for father's day...I absolutely love it. I have tended to overstuff my previous bags (non-SBL) over the years and all have broken/ wore out in a similar fashion. I researched many other bags that could withstand a beating and were of good quality and kept coming back to this one. Bottom line is that it is a great bag that you can put a lot of stuff in and is very durable. I have received numerous compliments about it; I think what makes it stand out from the rest is its conservative design...it is just a simple looking bag and is nice because of that. While I know many criticize the products because they are on the pricey side, I really invite you to navigate the website to the "rivals" section...many of the competitor bags are at the the same price point and I would question whether they are of the same quality (just watch a few of Dave's videos and you will start to learn a little about leather products). As for the features of the bag, I will be honest and say that I don't use the strap features often and use it mostly as a traditional "briefcase". While it is nice to know that it doubles as a backpack, I am not sure I will use it that way...If I had to walk with it over a distance, I would probably just use it as a shoulder strap. About the only thing that I would agree with on the negative side is the fact that there aren't a lot of extra compartments/zipper/pockets etc. I carry a ton of junk in my bag and had some trouble deciding how to arrange things given the equipped pockets. I ended up purchasing some cheap pencil cases at an "office" big box store, and they work just fine supplementing the bag. To that end, I understand why there aren't more zipper pockets, etc., because they are the parts of the bag that fail the quickest.

    I will say one final word, and if that doesn't convince you to buy your next bag from them, nothing will. They have outstanding customer service. I recently got a water bag from them, and had to exchange it for the larger size. The representative "William" was extremely helpful and accommodating in a very complex set of circumstances involving the exchange (won't bore you with the details but SBL ended up getting me the specific bag I wanted after a promotion had ended and did not have to do it)...I have no doubts that they value every customer they have.

    Hope that helps you with your purchase.

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    Absolutely stunning peice of workmanship! I would not hesitate to reccommend this product!

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    This was my first Saddleback purchase, and it has not left me wanting! The quality of materials in the bag is obvious from the moment you see it, and its beauty is stunning. The wonderful thing is that it is as useful as it is gorgeous. The functionality of this bag is unparalleled in my experience and research (and I have used quite a few different bags). It holds all your stuff in an organized way and keeps it protected and available. It is built as sturdy as a tank, with rivets at every possible stress point. Also, the hardware is of the highest quality and strength, and is beautifully shiny. All around an awesome product and well worth the price!

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    Our original model and top-seller: Classic briefcase with two interior pockets, large enough for up to a 17" laptop, and a magazine flap on the back.

    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.