Dropped hints to the wife, bought her a similar one, she even got the color right, but the size wrong.
Well after all the waiting, finally arrived to me. I am over in AFG and hoped that wouldn't cause too much problems, it didn't.
Its fantastic! XL in Dark Coffee Brown. Is it expensive, yes, but its what I wanted and and I can tell you that it will serve me just fine. I travel quite a bit and have grown tired of the backpack look.
My collection of Saddleback Leather continues.
$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
- Fits beneath most airline seats as a carry on
- False bottom
- 8 D-rings for lashing
- 4 interior pockets, 2 for pens and 2 for cables and chargers
- 2 exterior side pockets for sunglasses and water bottles and 1 rear magazine pocket
- Interior key clip
- No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
- Two interior 4 ¼” deep sections
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Adjustable strap length: 34 ¼” - 59 ¼”
- Exterior: 14” W x 11” H x 9” D
- Interior: 13 ½” W x 10 ½” H x 8 ½" D
- 6.6 lbs
- Exterior: 16" W x 12” H x 9" D
- Interior: 15 ½” W x 11 ½” H x 8 ½” D
- 7.6 lbs
- Extra Large
- Exterior: 18" W x 13” H x 9" D
- Interior: 17 ½” W x 12 ½” H x 8 ½” D
- 8 lbs
We use natural Markings Equal Inclusion of Exceptional Imperfection Ornamentation
"... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates against any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."
Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see something as it really is.
This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the marks 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.
Just turned the big 5-0 and my parents gave me this briefcase as my present. They bought me the Large one in Chestnut. This is my first (and not last) Saddleback Leather item. My first thought was that I love the Chestnut color! This is my personal favorite color of leather. The design and layout of the pockets are perfect. It stands up well even with my laptop in it. I do have a 15" Dell lap top that fits in the inside back pocket snuggly. Since the fit is snug, the outside, side pockets become a bit compressed which makes it difficult to put a water bottle in. I am passing my laptop down to a colleague and will get a 13" laptop next. This size works for me and I believe the XL bag would have been too large. I am sure this will live well past my working life. I just have to figure out which one of my 4 kids will get it after that.
Hi....Did I say in my recent review that I'd rate this item at 5 stars?
If I didn't, I meant to.
My Classic Briefcase arrived and is in aggressive field use. I have another leather briefcase from another manufacturer dating from the "dawn of time" that sports high-quality leather ⅔ the thickness. It's been re-stitched and restored. The latter's design does not meet my newer requirements. Saddleback's does and is built (cleaned up for Internet!) "Like a brick Out-House." Your videos should be a "Must Watch" for anyone considering placing an order. "Knock Off a Saddleback Briefcase" and "Midnight Three & Six." The latter brought my day / world to a dead cold stop and presented an opportunity to Reflect on What Matters - an opportunity that easily would've otherwise been lost. If your knock-off briefcase competitors don't put you out of business before the new year, I look forward to another order. BTW, the “Personal Bible Verses of Salvation Assurance Comfort” found under the false bottom was well-received!
I recently bought the the Classic briefcase the leather pouch a coin purse and cable bag all dark coffee brown . I thought the large briefcase might be to big no way it's perfect not as heavy to me as many say. It's craftsmanship at its finest everything laid out perfectly for me, worth every penny, the pouch awesome I have two phones a galaxy note 3 and an I phone plus it carries both with my waterproof notebook and steel pen. Does not look man pursey at all oh an my knife fits too. Carries easy and well the quality of the bag is the best it fits my classic briefcase in many ways clips right on did I mention the quality of the leather and workmanship? Hehe it is the best I've seen. cable bag fits briefcase easily and cleans up clutter and is tough as nails. I put this awesome array of man goodies next to my Tucker saddle yup you deserve the name Saddleback I'm impressed and now a loyal customer oh and I need another cable bag , off to order before we head to Alaska next week where my new accessories will feel at home in the frontier what stories they will contain . Thank you Saddleback you are true to your word.
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.
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)
I'd been obsessing over the website for about a week or so trying to figure out which bag I'd buy at some point in the future and I'd narrowed it down to a Large Classic Briefcase in Dark Coffee Brown. The bag is very different from any other briefcase I've ever owned and ultimately that's why I chose it. I had no intention of buying it in the short term but I happened to look at the Dave's Deals page and there it was so I grabbed it and I am so glad I did.
The leather quality is stunning and the workmanship precise. The fact that Saddleback considers a bag this fine to be flawed in some way amazes me because I can find no flaws and I've been staring at it for a week. It's almost three pounds heavier than the bag that I'm replacing but it carries light due to the wide, thick pads on the strap. I feared it would be too big based on some of the reviews that I read but it's perfect and I'm glad to have some room to spare. One thing that I really appreciate about the bag is that it's so stiff; it holds its shape and when I set it down it stands up instead of falling over or crumpling like lesser bags.
The "complexion" of the leather, for lack of a better word, is flawless and the smell divine. I love opening the door to my truck or my office if it's been in there for awhile. Coworkers have complimented me on it and my wife approves. It's a tool after all, and a fine one. I carry a bag every day and at fifty years old this is the last one I'll ever need.
Got one of those over a year ago as a replacement for at least a decade old briefcase. Office, hiking, airplanes, back of a truck, shooting range, you name it. The only thing that gets replaced frequently is the content.... :) When Dave says your kids will fight over it, it just might be true. With two sons, I might have to get another one of those in the future just to prevent future family troubles.
Like said in the title, just great...
I managed to "rescue" a large tobacco colored classic briefcase. Though it is beautiful almost beyone description, I'll try anyway.
The Saddleback Leather Classic Briefcase! A magnificent portmanteau luggage! It is the apex of baggage. I imagine the angelic host might use Saddleback Leather bags to convey divine messages from the eternal realm to our mortal veil if needed, though theirs would no doubt have little wings and never get dirty. Polyester filament marine-grade thread! The inevitable and inescapable progress of man! That sentence contains a tautology. Leather bags and packs have existed since the dawn of humanity. No doubt the form and function were devised by some enlightened ancestor who, in eons past, was the first leather artisan whoâs subtle genius furthered civilization as the anonymous mystic progenitor of Saddleback Leather. Behold the soft sussuration of the classic briefcase as it cleaves the weft of worlds! Without my briefcase I am half of two abysses: a well staring at the night sky. Good luck, noble folk, and Godspeed in your quest to symbiotically embrace a Saddleback Leather Classic Briefcase!
I bought a large Dark Coffee just a few days ago from a gentleman who had imported in into the UK.
As an owner of several expensive leather bags, I'd had my eye on the Saddleback site for sometime, and once I had my mitts on the bag itself I wasn't disappointed in anyway other than that I had prevaricated on buying one for almost two years.
The bag is of astoundingly good construction, in flawless leather, it holds everything I need it to, and space for more. It is heavy, and heavy duty, the previous owner was very sad to let go of it, and I was delighted to take ownership.
I've hardly let it out of my sight the past couple of days and have carried it around on a couple of entirely unnecessary journeys simply to have it along, and yes as you can imagine it attracts a lot of envious glances.
I'd just say to anyone who is remaining on the fence over a purchase, take the risk and get one of Dave's bags, you won't have any regrets.
I own a medium dark brown briefcase, and it has been one of the best purchases I have ever made. I have carried it every day for the better part of two years and it is beginning to mold to my hip and shoulder and wears like it was tailor made for me. I have fit everything from my laptop and a few notebooks, a couple bottles of wine, my full EDC kit, AND my Nikon camera with its accessories, in it at one time. Beyond function, my coworkers refer to it as my "Indiana Jones" bag, and more people have asked me about it than about anything else I own, and I use a lot of different, and unique items! If I had one complaint, it would be the weight, but I associate that with its quality and I've hauled it so many miles I don't feel it anymore. Final advice: buy one! You will not regret it!
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.
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.
This briefcase is my go-bag. Itâs heavy, but durable. I love the classic styling. I have Chrome bags, EDC military bags, mountain hardwear and for some reason, I consistently use this bag for almost all trips. Iâve tethered sleeping rolls and tents to it, outfitted it with makeshift pouches, and filled this bad boy to the seams, rolling it with bungee cable. For some reason, making this bag work, pushing it to its outer limits, has endeared it to me. It gets the job done, no BS. Every stitch and rivet has held like new. Love it.
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
This bag has gone with me to the operating room (and everywhere else) for three years. I don't think about it too much. it's just my bag, the way my left had is just my left hand. I mean, do you say "boy, what a great left hand I have?" No. it just is your left hand, the way my saddleback is just my bag. No muss, no fuss. Would I miss my left hand? Of course. Likewise my saddleback. Just buy it. You'll see.
....Alright, are you going to buy one now or not? This bag changed my man card to a steel plate!
What are you waiting for?
I have had my medium dark coffee brown briefcase for almost 5 years now. My "new briefcase" hunt used to be an annual ritual to replace a bag that had aged - no more! This bag has only gotten better with age and the compliments keep coming. One of the few items I own that is not disposable and that makes me enjoy it all the more. Now have a wallet as well and enjoy that as much (that had been about every 6 months for a new one and going on two years it looks like it will wear as well as the case). Thanks to Dave and crew and congrats on your well deserved and growing success.
Today started with me driving to my local Post Office to pick up my Large Chestnut Briefcase..I got it home and the leather smell invaded my office... This is my second Saddleback product and I am very..NO Ecstatic with it. I get ALL my stuff in to this briefcase, with no issues at all. I also heard that I had been successful in getting a new job.. This will involve quite a bit of travel. I intend to photograph the bag ALL over the place.
Thanks guys for making a great product.. You really do what you state on the website.
You don't buy a Saddleback..You Invest in a Saddleback.. As a famous trainer company states "just do it".
I bought my bag second hand on eBay. Large, Tobacco Brown. I love this bag. I consistently get comments about how great it looks, but my favorite comment came from my female students here in China: "We think you have a magical bag. You have so many things in there!" Followed by, "But isn't it heavy?"
Yes, it's magical.
Yes, it has some heft. But all that magic doesn't come without some sacrifice.
So sweat a little more and beef up those abs and legs: this bag is worth it. (Truly, though, I had a slightly bigger nylon bag that was 4.5 lbs. This is 7.6. That isn't a big difference, fellahs!)
Lastly, beat it up, bend it well, roll it like a burrito. That's when the beauty and usefulness really starts to shine through!
I'm 5'5. I initially bought the medium but it looked to small and the proportions were weird. A few people were like "nice murse, dude" so I ended up exchanging it for a large. The large is correctly proportioned but it's a big bag.
I've had the large for about a year now. I don't use it every day, but instead as a weekend bag or a trial bag. It's not really a briefcase, but more like a travel the world bag. If you need to throw everything you own into a beautiful leather bag and travel the world, this is your bag. I use the backpack feature a lot, and it's good for grocery shopping, etc.
I ended up buying a thin briefcase, which I use more. The medium thin briefcase is a better briefcase for every day use. On average, I travel with a laptop, iPad, a few books, and some pens. This is more practical. With the classic, I was bumping into people on the train, and it made tight spaces awkward.
Don't get me wrong, it's a great bag. Just think about how much stuff you carry on an average day. If it's just a laptop and some books, a thin or a satchel will meet your needs. If you have the need to carry around a lot of stuff, and you want a bag people will compliment you on, this is it.