Hi....Did I say in my recent review that I'd rate this item at 5 stars?
If I didn't, I meant to.
$568.00 to $664.00SKU: #01-10-0001
- Carbon M
- Carbon L
- Carbon XL
- 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
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 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.
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 have had my large classic chestnut briefcase for over 2 years...I carry it every day...and it still looks absoultely greaty When I have to travel with colleages...they take bets on the over/under of postive comments I get in the airport about the bag. Usually it is about 4 per one way trip.
Had it a while now. Got asked if I was the Manager by a customer the other day. Also got the phone/wallet/note shoulder cowboy type bag. Use it everyday... girls notice and say it is 'cool'. Hell I am 61 years old. It gets buried with me for the return trip.
Will be buying a couple of suit cases, mac things etc . Top quality and they make me happy, being strong & practicable is an extra.
It really is a great product. It is heavy, but that's expected with the quality and quantity of leather used. One comment i received is "how many cows did they kill to make that bag?". i love it, i can't wait to put some miles on it, i love the worn, aged look of leather. i would like to see additional side pockets, currently the side pockets are located near the "back" part of the bag, it will be nice to add 1 more side pocket (per side) to the "front" part of the bag.
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 received a Large Chestnut briefcase from my wife upon finally graduating with my undergraduate in finance after a long journey via the military and other places. My initial gut reaction was that it was enormous and would be a bear to carry in the city to my new job everyday. Upon walking into my new office on the first day of work, my opinion was forever changed when every single individual I walked past seemingly had something marvelous to say about my bag. Now, I wear it proudly and can't wait for people to ask me about it. I recently was in an Allen Edmonds looking at some high quality shoes, and the saleswoman asked me about my bag before even asking me if I needed any assistance. I didn't buy the shoes, but I left her Dave's card (I carry them because I have many from repeat purchase, keep sending them with purchases Dave!!!!).
All this long windedness just leads me to say, if your gut tells you that you think you will enjoy owning it, you're more likely right than wrong. Buy whatever you're looking at without blinking and you'll be happy for a very long time. And if you're lucky enough to have a wife like mine who'll buy it for you, even better!!!!
Boys and girls, do your homework! I am two years into a large classic that has been all over the US, Hawaii, and England. It will be in Paris next summer. The bag weighs 8.5lb. Questions?
I was buying a department store bag at $70 bucks every couple of years.
My math: 1 @ $70/2 years = $35/year x 100 years(warranty) = $3,500
My 10 pound Dell 17" laptop/charger was killing department store bags at the rate of one every couple of years. I grew tired of buying these bags at increasing prices, and after my third I thought there must be a better choice. I did the research I suggested you do and arrived at the bag I purchased. For me, the choice was clear. Two years ago I paid $550.
You will pay $610. Our math: $610 vs. $3500. Questions?
It's all true, both the good and the bad. The quality is excellent and exactly as shown. The metal hardware is shiny and very heavy duty, the leather is gorgeous and of the best quality. The rivets, the stitching, the lining, it's all just like Dave says it is.
It's also heavy. And a little big. No one out there is lying to you about these bags.
So why buy it? Why spend the money, when you could have probably 8 or 9 Target-grade backpacks for the same investment?
I think the answer is: you have to be the sort of person who cares about certain things. You have to want a thing that will work and be beautiful and durable forever. You have to want honesty in materials. You should be the sort of person who knows what quality is, who cares about it, and who is happy to pay for it.
It's not just a briefcase. It means something. It exists because Dave wanted it to exist. It expresses, irrefutably, a set of values. It is certain. And it may sound self-important or pompous, but I wanted to invest in these qualities. I paid for them, I got them, and here they are. They smell good, they feel good. It's all true.
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?
Where do I start?
This is the bag that led to my purchasing 12 more saddleback bags/items. My doctor friends think it's the ultimate bag for MD's. I sling it over my should when I row in from an anchorage to see customs, In court a bailiff just about interrupted a court proceeding to ask me where I got it. and so on.
I get stopped all the time, at home in Honolulu, on elevators, in airports, on the sidewalk.
This bag evokes many things to many people. When you touch it and open it it almost emotional. It is a living reminder of quality that used be mfr'ed in america but is no more.... When I first browsed the bag on this website I though sheesh!, how expensive, then I looked at the competitors' links that Dave links to, and I realized.... this is actually reasonably-priced old-fashioned quality kit that is guaranteed for 100 years. After much research - I found that one else makes leather bags and items of this quality. Saddleback is your only choice. I'm glad I found them. A complete set of luggage/beast duffel and large water bag are in my future. As long as Dave Munson makes it - I will come.
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.
I've had my large Dark Coffee briefcase for about 8 months now. I need to get some leather milk and buff some of the scratches, but I'm loving how it's breaking in, much less stiff then it was new (not that that was a bad thing), and starting to show some character. Surprised it took me this long to figure this out, but I just switched the orientation on the two end straps, so the buckles hand down over the top of the flap, rather than pointing up. I hardly ever buckle them, and this gives it a cleaner line without so much clanking. Loving it more each day!
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.
I've had my large dark coffee brown briefcase for about seven months now, and I'm happy with it. I'm not going to repeat all the product specs and other good qualities here: it's all true. But I will share a little of my personal experience with the bag.
I carry the bag to work with me everyday. I usually pack a 13" MacBook Pro, a book or two, a few file folders, a notebook or two, and pens & pencils. There's room for a lot more. Honestly, I have more space than I need. But's that's okay, because the extra space is there when I need it.
I got it a 15% off Dave's Deals, and the only thing I can find that might be imperfect is that the big ring near the top handle appears to have been sown on slightly crooked. It took me a while to notice it
I've read a lot of reviews of this bag, and I've notices three common negative criticisms. I will say something about each one.
(1) It's too heavy. That could be true for you. The bag has some heft, and if you don't want a heavy bag, then you might not like this one. I admit that I didn't like the weight at first. But I got used to it quickly, and now I don't notice the weight.
(2) It doesn't have good organization. This is also a legitimate concern. If you're looking for a bag with lots of compartments, zippered pockets, etc., keep looking. But this bag has enough organization to function just fine, at least for me.
(3) It's expensive. Yes, it is. It is not, however, outrageously expensive. It's reasonable compared to some other designer briefcases. I'm not the judge of what anyone thinks is too expensive for their budget, but I think the price is fair.
Overall I really like this briefcase. I can see why it might be not right for some people, but if it fits your budget, needs, and personality, then you've found something special.
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!