I purchased the medium classic briefcase three months ago and have been very pleased. Here are what I have found to be the pros and cons of the bag so far.
1) The bag is beautiful and the chestnut color looks even better in person.
2) The build quality appears to be as good as advertised. Very thick, sturdy leather with heavy stitching.
3) The medium bag does fit my 13inch MacBook Pro in a neoprene sleeve. It's tight, but it fits.
4) The size is more than adequate for day to day use. I had considered getting the large bag, but the medium has amble storage space and and pockets. I use the back section of the bag for my laptop and charger and the front section of the bag for papers, files, and lots of other daily carry items like a leatherman and pencil case.
5) Although the bag has some weight to it, I don't find it at all to be too heavy.
1) The water bottle pockets on the outside are a little too small. I have a fairly small16oz Nalgene bottle and it is not close to fitting in the pockets. It seems like the pockets were built for a 12oz can of soda. I have since bought a carabiner to attach a water bottle on one of the exterior rings.
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- Extra Large Chestnut now shipping with lighter colored, suede side of pigskin lining
- Free shipping, 30-day satisfaction guarantee - longer for gifts.
- 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
- Holds up to a 13" Macbook, and most 13" laptops
- 6.6 lbs
- 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
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.
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 got my large bag tobacco this week. I'm a bit of a briefcase addict but I think I finally found my last bag. The pictures do not do this bag justice. It is a substantial bag that dominates the room. Wherever you put this bag, eyes are drawn to it.
There are reviews that made me concerned that the bag would be too stiff. While it is stiff, it is perfectly fine. The bag stands up which is appreciated over other leather bags that I have that just sorta flop in the corner.
While the tobacco color is a shade darker than other Saddleback items I have, I really like it and I think it will show less dirt over time than a lighter bag.
Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and looking forward to many years of adventure.
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
I've had my bag for over a year now and it's the BEST briefcase I've ever owned! It's getting worn in and more supple every day. I switch from briefcase to knapsack mode often and it is so fast and easy to do that it's hard to believe. Fits perfectly underneath airline seats and in overheads. It is AWESOME!!!!!
Truly and sincerely and truthfully: Fantastic stuff, better than pix and vids can depict I picked chestnut and boy it looks wonderful The texture feels very sturdy and thick, virile, but not aggressive. The construction looks like it is indeed waranty-able for 100 years. I dont like the swivel clips (to open, one needs to unscrew them and it can be a hassle as the screw needs to be properly aligned) and will see how to change them, but thats a matter of personal taste/mania. I would use ones used in sail boats, so I know they are rust-proof and sturdy. The briefcase is so big, one could use it as a travel bag. It doesnt fit in my motorcycle trunk so I've had to use the shoulder strap and turn this beast into a back pack to drive back home, which is real cool, actually. I didnt feel the heavy weight when it was turned into a backpack. Big can be good, though: I like the fact I can slide my nylon computer pouch inside one of the two compartments. I dont have toworry about my mac being shaken around inside the briefcase. One thing I'd have loved is a few slots for pencils and pens in one of the two inside pockets. And maybe a slot to put business cards in. Again minor stuff, that I almost feel ashamed to mention in light of the overall fabulousness of this bag. Conclusion: Im getting ready for more stuff from these fine people.
I just opened the box of my new Classic Breifcase in size large and I am speachless! This bag is what I have been looking for for years and now its mine! I love, Love, LOVE it! What else can I buy now! If you ever had any reservations about the quality of this product, there is no reason for it. Just buy it and you will see why everyone LOVES this stuff!
Medium classic briefcase. Carbon black. A friend of mine turned me onto SBL last year. I blame him for my obsession with my bag (and everything that followed: large belt pouch, card sleeve, and big leather wallet. All carbon black). This bag is a tank for sure. It could be bullet proof, but I'm not going to test it. I jam it full of my daily essentials: notebooks, files, electronics, waterbladder, first aid kit, etc... As I train for my ultra-distance runs, I drop 40lb weights in it and hit the stairclimber. The bag laughs. I throw up. I take it everywhere: Flight attendant-sir may we check that bag for you? Me- this bag doesn't leave my side (or my back, mostly). Besides, first class has more room, thanks... Flight attendant: oh, enjoy your flight sir! I beat the hell out of this bag, and it still looks brand new...I've got work to do... Thanks Dave.
Great briefcase! I look at it everyday because I'm so amazed by the craftsmanship, texture, and the details of the bag. I love the smell of it too. I'm going to hike Mt. Fuji with my med tb briefcase this summer.
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!!
Just got my back, was one of Dave's deals. Dave must be aweful picky since I cannot find any flaw at 10 feet let alone 2 feet but thanks for the discount. Have traveled last 14 years and went through God knows how many suitcases and laptop backs/backpacks. Not any more love this case and will be my last one. Built to last, worth every penny and don't be scared about Dave's deals.
Having tried many bags as backpack for my bicycle commute I attest that the SB Classic Briefcase is the best bag I have ever used. I own the large classic as I am a big man. I carry laptop, books and the necessities of life such that the combined weight is considerable. Herein is the magic. Thanks to the design features of the bag the weight is distributed evenly across my back so the bag is comfortable. The straps have large pads so they do not dig into my shoulders. The conversion from satchel strap to backpack strap is simple. The effect of tightening the two side straps around the bag is to round out the base so that the leather base of the bag is not sticking into my back. It is waterproof. The weight moves with my body as opposed to what happens with any pannier system.
Thanks to this bag I no longer have to pack a cycle bag as a separate entity to my work bag. The two are one and the same.
I bought a classic medium briefcase off of Dave's Deals at 15% off. I cannot find anything wrong except a three inch bubble on the inside cover pigskin just above the handle. It is so small an issue, and you would have to have the case open to see it. I have it loaded up with a 13 inch MacBook Pro, an iPad in the back pocket, a pocket size Daytimer, all kind of cables in a cable bag, also Dave's Deals. Pens, papers, the works, and there is still room to add things. It is not heavy at all for me. I know leather. The workmanship is excellent. You cannot buy a better case for the money. For this to be a Dave's Deal, they must have very high standards. This case is so worth it. Thank you Saddleback, I will be a returning customer.
Being 6'0, 180 lbs I was unsure of what size to get; ultimately based on the limited videos on youtube (at the time) I went ahead and ordered a large in chestnut. great choice! I love the snug fit for the medium notepad holder and the medium MacBook sleeve in the back compartment, lots of room for a kindle, passport, pens, and thumb drives in the remaining internal pockets and a generous front compartment for cables, cameras, etc.
It's a heavy bag, it's not a flaw - it's a characteristic. My advice, just because there's room, don't feel compelled to fill it with unnecessary items just for the sake of filling it. The space is there when you need it and things aren't just flopping around when it isn't packed to the brim.
Love my bag, and it's only getting better! Thanks SBL!
I just got back from a trip and my Large Classic Briefcase in Chestnut had arrived.
From the first moment I picked it up I was seriously impressed and convinced that the expensive purchase will be well worth it.
Here's another thing; this was one of Dave's Deals with a 15% discount, but I haven't found the flaw yet, the bag looks to be in tip-top condition.
My better-half tells me it sounds like I'm saddling-up to ride out whenever I'm using it!
Great product, really.
Hi....Did I say in my recent review that I'd rate this item at 5 stars?
If I didn't, I meant to.
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.
As promised, this is an update to my first review. I have received the extra large briefcase and it is quite nice. It accepts legal sized pocket folders and expandable folders nicely. Quality is extraordinary. The bag is heavy and large, so if you are looking for a lightweight bag, this is not the bag for you. But if you want a quality case that can handle literally anything you can put in it, this is your bag. Just remember, as I stated in the first review, be sure you are getting a size that can accept what you want to put in it. I recommend this extra large bag (but when it is full, it is very heavy).
I was looking for an iPad sleeve and was thinking of the classic look. That soon brought me here. While I was browsing through, I saw the nice looking briefcase which can be converted into a backpack. Reminds me a lot of the Hobbit traveller. I could not decide to choose between Tobacco Brown or Chestnut. Later decided to get three items with three different colours as shown in the photo.
These would be a good companion as I embark on my PhD study adventure later this year. The smell of the leather is so nice. I'm very used to it from having chestnut leather shoes, wallet and carbon black leather belt.
I will soon order a small suitcase and small satchel. Many thanks to Tim and Jodie for helping me with the orders.
I am super happy to join the Sadddleback Leather Family. I got the XL Classic Briefcase in Black. I can't describe how amazingly impressed I am with this bag. All the positive you see on this review site is absolutely true. The Leather is super thick and substantial. The workmanship and built quality is steel strong and overall looks and feels like a quality product. The leather bags you see in retail stores and even most online and even those with designer names on them are only shiny looking on the surface but lack the QUALITY ingredients that Saddleback gives. This lacking in other leather products is so manufacturers can save cost and maximize profits. If you want a true quality leather briefcase that will get even more beautiful with age, this is the briefcase. The initial price is hard to swallow but when you hold the bag in your hands, every penny feels well worth the cost. The Briefcase especially in XL is heavy but only because that's what real, thick, cowhide leather is ..if you want a light weight product, there is plenty of "leather" spray on and imitations out there. In the end, it's true that you get what you pay for.
Thanks for the fantastic, delicious, well-built Leather, Dave .. I love the personal and family touch you have injected into your products, customer service and your company. Keep up the superb standards !!
Best wishes from your neighbour up North :)
Just Quality and Pure Quality !! Unbelievable Leather !!
I'm a history teacher with fantasies of being Indiana Jones. I waited about five years until I had enough money to get the large dark coffee briefcase, and it was worth the wait. The bag is great for going on hikes and for travelling, but it looks perfect and professorial in the classroom too.
I've already got about five students who want to buy one, and I get compliments on the bag just about every time I go out.
The weight of the bag isn't a problem for me; it adds to the classic charm. I converted it into a backpack last week and hiked with it up Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan. It was comfortable and not a bit too heavy.
I can't wait for it to get scuffed and worn in.
This is message to all of the people humming and hawing, desperately trying to justify spending this amount of money on a bag. I say DO IT! You will not regret it. The customer service was amazing, Great people to deal with. I ordered the Medium bag and when I recieved it, it was just to small, so a simple email back to them and they emailed me the appropriate paperwork and within minutes it was all takin care of and the new one was on its way to me. When I did finally recieve the Large bag, it was exactly what I was looking for. I have never been happier with a bag (which is a good thing because they last forever). And I would recomend Saddleback Leather Co. to anyone. 2 thumbs way way up!
I got the large classic briefcase in coffee brown and it just arrived. Cost me 25 per cent to clear customs so this is something to keep in mind. I will say it is very nice. But some people love it and others hate it in my office, but everyone has something to say about this. I like to keep my life simple, so I like that I can use it with a suit and look good and also use it around town on the weekend. I live in the city so it is nice there is plenty of room in it to lick up groceries on the bike on the way home from work.
I will say that it seems to be wildly over engineered. I think 100 years is an understatement. The leather might even be too thick for this type of use-it is very stiff. Hopefully it will become more supple with time.
Also all of the hardware seems a bit unnecessary and clutters up the esthetic of it, and I don't think I will use it.
There are also two small loops on the back that keep the two closing straps in place that don't seem necessary and rub on the back while wearing it which makes it a bit uncomfortable. I think the size is good though for what I use it for.
I think it will only become better looking and easier to use after it breaks in. It is a bit clumsy right now with everything so stiff, it is a bit like hose tackle-ish.
In all, I am very satisfied and I am convinced it will be in my will to be inhereted by my decendants and most likely the last briefcase/day bag/ carry on bag that I buy.
We live in the most skilled and sophisicated marketing society ever developed. Our every waking moments are filled with testimonials and promotions promising perfection and happiness if we would only purchase from them. Unfortunately and often, the quality we are seducted with isn't present in the real time product.
Dave and Saddleback is the real deal. Dave is honest, straighforward and he clearly is a man of integrity. The joy and pride he feels when he tells you about the extraordinary quality of his product is visceral.
I have searched worldwide off and on for two years for the perfect briefcase/messenger bag and could not find all the essential components, regardless of the cost. But I did with the large, chestnut briefcase from Saddleback. It is more impressive and quality laden then the pictures express.
It took two days for me to digest the price and make the purchase. When the bag arrived and I examined it, one of my first thoughts was " this briefcase is worth more than the asking price." It is a true deal at the current price.
I appreciate that Dave expresses his faith and the extra gift he places in the bag.
Just got my Classic in chestnut about a week ago.
I previously had bought three briefcases in the last 18 months and was not happy with either of them. My wife said I was as bad about my briefcase as she was a pocketbook. Now I'm happy and she is to.
Thanks Dave for making such a beautiful briefcase.