The title tells it how it is, this bag is phenomenal. This was my fourth purchase from SBL after first buying the medium bifold wallet in Chestnut and the Old Bull Belt. I had been on the fence about buying it but after realizing my backpack for college was starting to get old and fall apart I figured I would upgrade. Not a single regret. Be forewarned it is heavy and it has to be because of its construction and quality but nonetheless it's is the perfect bag for college. It's traveled with me to several places and makes the perfect carry-on. If you're iffy on whether or not to purchase this bag I say pull the trigger, you won't be disappointed.
$568.00 to $664.00SKU: #01-10-0001
- Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin
- The bag that started it all
- Covered by our 100 year warranty
- 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”
- 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.
If you are contemplating buying this bag, let me reassure you - you will not regret buying it. I found SBL online after a co-worker was telling me about the company. I started off with the tobacco wallet - and I'll never change wallets again, it is awesome. After finding out that the SBL quality was nothing to joke about, I decided to make the plunge on the Large Briefcase (and mainly because my fiance, now wife, told me to buy it before we were married.)
This bag is great! I feel like a man when I wear it, so I basically take it everywhere I go. It's been to NYC, Cancun, daily work, and soon to be well traveled all over the globe! It's big enough to take a couple changes of clothes and some hygiene items, as well as perfect for work/university needs.
There is a cool brotherhood type thing going on with everyone I've ever met who has saddleback leather products... I compliment their bag, they reciprocate - a new SBL brotherhood bond has now been formed. Anyways, now I'm ranting. But I highly suggest buying the bag - if you can't afford it, save for it. If you can - go ahead and add this beast to the cart. Also, the bag can get a little heavy when loaded, but as long as you're not a 98 pound hipster who can't even eat an entire 12oz steak or do a set of pullups, then you should be good to go.
Hi....Did I say in my recent review that I'd rate this item at 5 stars?
If I didn't, I meant to.
This is an amazing product. The color, fit and finish is absolutely top notch. I was previously a tobacco guy, but after getting the classic briefcase in DCB, I'm convinced it is the perfect blend of ruggedness with sophistication.
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 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.
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 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.
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?
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!
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'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.
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.
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