I have owed this bag (XL, coffee) for 4 years. I can fit my 17 inch MAC in it with plenty of room for more.
This bag is bombproof.
This is a heavy, huge and wonderful bag.
I would call it a real hauler. You can use it as a briefcase, backpack or luggage.
I use it much less since I got the standard backpack, but i planned to leave it to my kids or grandkids.
STILL WOULD LIKE A FREQUENT FLYER DISCOUNT.
$568.00 to $664.00SKU: #01-10-0001
Free shipping over $75! (UPS GROUND DOMESTIC)
- Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin
- The bag that started it all
- As at home in a courtroom as it is on a mountain trail
- Converts to backpack
- 1 or 3 strap closure system, you choose
- 2 side straps can be used to as belts, tie downs or tourniquets
- All sizes fit beneath airline seats as carry on
- False bottom
- 8 D-rings for lashing
- 4 interior pockets, 2 for pens and 2 for cables and chargers
- 2 exterior side pockets for sunglasses and water bottles and 1 rear magazine pocket
- Interior key clip
- No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
- Two interior 4 ¼” deep sections
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Adjustable strap length: 34 ¼” - 59 ¼”
- Exterior: 14” W x 11” H x 9” D
- Interior: 13 ½” W x 10 ½” H x 8 ½" D
- 6.6 lbs
- Exterior: 16" W x 12” H x 9" D
- Interior: 15 ½” W x 11 ½” H x 8 ½” D
- 7.6 lbs
- Extra Large
- Exterior: 18" W x 13” H x 9" D
- Interior: 17 ½” W x 12 ½” H x 8 ½” D
- 8 lbs
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"... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates against any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."
Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see something as it really is.
This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the 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.
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
This bag is asking to be taken arround the world, to have some stories and adventures. I think it's made to resist the elements of earth and time
When I took the bag out of the box, it was everything SBL & the YouTube reviews said it was. Strong sturdy construction made from wonderfully aromatic leather! What more could you ask for? Here's the but...I thought I was purchasing something that would take a bit of time to break in. I got it as a gift Father's Day (2012), and it has softened considerably more than I thought. Is it a deal breaker? No, absolutely not! It's just the joy of a long story laden break in period has come to a screeching halt. Long story short...Buy the bag already! A nice chunk of change, well spent!
Excellent craftmanship. I received it today. It's exactely what I wanted. The bag has character. I suggest to everyone out of US who want to buy it to be informed about the Costums Taxes. Here in Albania I payed 137.25 $ in the account of Albanian Costums.
I have had my bag now almost 10 years, thought it might be time to write a review on it...
On top of being absolutely gorgeous, it has remained rock solid all these years, and just seems to get more beautiful the longer I have it.
It's been across the the country and around the world with me, and it doesn't matter where I am, not a week goes by where someone will compliment me on my beautiful bag and ask me where I got it (I should be getting a commission :) ).
I have the XL Briefcase, it holds my 17" MacBook Pro perfectly, but it is indeed a heavy beast, just make sure you hit the gym before attempting to lug this thing through the airport. :)
I bout the tobacco color, because the dark coffee was out of stock and I needed a new bag ASAP! Mine is the largest of these bags and I can fit to 17" laptops no issues along with the other items I need for work. I am a robotics integrator so I carry a lot of small electronic devices, and I have no issues carrying everything I need. Also now that it is finally starting to age a little it looks better than when it was new. This bag really needed to be broke in!. it still has a ways to go, and it will still stand on its own! I am very fond of this bag and everyone everywhere gives me comments on it, at work airports and everywhere else I have traveled. I also empty my work stuff and use it for passports and cameras when I go on vacation! it has proven to be very versatile and useful. I have been stopped several times while traveling just so people can ask about this bag, and my co workers wander why I got such a large bag, it is simple because I can fit everything into one bag. It does however get extremely heavy with 2 laptops chargers, cameras, external hard drives and much more! I still think the dark coffee brown is a better color, but I am very happy with my choice of the tobacco, and mine is the old tobacco not the newer one. However I would not give it up for anything it has been proven to be the best bag for my laptop in my 8 years in this job, and I have went through everything else!
Good Morning Everyone,
I have not bought one of your fine pieces of merchandise yet but I have seen your exceptional workmanship and have told a lot of others about your website. One of my friends went on the other day and purchased your medium size brief case and he cannot say enough good things about it. My goal is to continue to spread the word about your fine product and one of these day even order one for myself. Thanks and keep up the great work.
I wanted this bag for over a year before I was finally able to make myself spend this much money on a bag. My only regret is not doing it sooner! If you are thinking about buying this bag, just buy it and you will understand! Thank you Saddleback and Dave for putting such incredible products on the market! I am a Saddleback fan for life!
What a bag! Oh what a bag! I am now the proud owner of a medium tobacco classic, and boy does it feel good. And the smell... oh what an aroma! I might just stick my head inside the confines of this work of art for another whiff or three.
Size wise, it suits me very well; I am a 5 foot 8 male with an athletic build.
A note to any one from New Zealand considering purchasing one; be prepared to wait close to a month for it to arrive, and you will have to pay customs fees, which amounted to nearly $150 NZ :(
I am looking forward to taking this bag not just to varsity, but around the world along with my old SB passport wallet.
i have received tobacco briefcase it looks wonderful, well built as usual.
i have to wait for the test of time :)
I actually have 2 small briefcases, 2 medium briefcases and one large briefcase. In the photo are my suede lined briefcases. I was lucky enough not just getting one small briefcase but two and both are the rare suede lined with one being the collector's edition.
These bags are already put to good use. The small is for weekend travel to shop or cinema. The medium or large for my office carry mainly to carry my laptop. It seem I might need to carry an 18 inch workstation laptop and that will be a good reason to get the XL briefcase.
I carry the bigger ones as backpack and being longer horizontally instead of vertically avoid the back from resting on the back of my bottom.
I forgot to mention. The patina on the tobacco brown and chestnut look awesome.
After months of looking at the bags on the website, I came across the Classic Briefcase in the Dave's Deals section. 25% off normal price was a deal I could not pass up, so I bought it.
The bag arrived today and it is exactly what I was hoping for. Great design, great craftsmanship, and a ton of room for my everyday items. I've also been looking for the reason why it was discounted so heavily and admittedly, I still have yet to find anything. I liked the quality so much that I went ahead and bought the iPad sleeves as well..
Yes, I can fit all my stuff into it. I also understand the need for strength training as I age. Cardio is only one part. Carrying the bag is my upper body training. I do not mind, I know it will outlive me. So what? I don't take it on airplane trips, I may be charged for excess weight. People always comment on the bag. (there's the ego). It's made well, but so was Rome. I am looking forward to the day I am stranded, so I can chew on the leather for sustenance.
Finally, after eye-balling this briefcase for the past few years, I pulled the purchase trigger and got one. Love the bag! It exudes coolness... Currently carrying a host of items that used to almost burst the seams of my older bag and there's still room for more. Even more surprising is the rather comfortable strap pads! I'm glad I bought this!
The wait is finally over to get my first Saddleback leather briefcase. I was given an XL Dark Coffee Brown briefcase recently for my 4oth birthday by my father, and couldn't be happier with it. I think I've smelled it over 50 times and looked through it a few dozen. I look forward to using my briefcase daily.
This is absolutely my favorite briefcase and well worth the investment, and I have received so many compliments about it.
I bought my large, dark coffee brown, classic briefcase from saddleback leather a couple of months ago, and have been 100% happy with it. I work in the technology field and frequently have the need to carry around both a PC laptop and an Apple Mac Book Pro for my work, I can easily fit them both in this briefcase along with all the other items I need to carry with me, with no problem at all. The case is a rugged, well-constructed bag that exemplifies, simplicity and functional design. I also like the fact that it looks great and equally at home, whether I'm using it at work or traveling. I'm looking forward to using it for many years to come. Thanks Dave for the great product!!!!
I've had my medium chestnut briefcase for a few months now, and though I've carried it to work almost every day, I hadn't really lived with it until early February when I took it on a long weekend to California wine country. I used it as my carry-on bag (and packed it with extra clothes and shoes in case my checked luggage was lost) and couldn't believe just how much I could fit in there. In short, this'll be my weekend bag from now on. When my wife and I arrived in California (after a severely long drought) the skies opened up and it rained more than a foot and a half in just under three days. During this time, I decided to put Dave's promise that his leather "laughs at water" to the test. I carried it everywhere--on my shoulder, as a backpack. The bag got wet. Repeatedly. To the point I started to get nervous about what I'd put my expensive bag through. Turns out I didn't need to worry. I could almost hear the bag chuckle the first time I wiped it down with a dry cloth. No marks, no stains, no visible damage. That said, it somehow looks better than it ever did. I can't put my finger on it, but it might be that I just appreciate its fine craftsmanship even more after the trip. At any rate, I'm not going anywhere without it from now on.
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)