So it finally happened. I have the XL briefcase and have been carrying it for a few months now. Today is the first day that we had a good soaking downpour in the NE Penna. After I got in the car, it started raining like somebody had a hose at full throttle at the window. My heart sank because it was the kind of rain that even with an umbrella, my bag would get soaked (I wasn't worried about me, just my bag).
I thought about a garbage bag to cover, I thought about taking off my shirt, I thought about all kinds of stuff but figured that this would happen sooner or later. So I braved the elements took the L-O-N-G walk from the car to the office and wanted to curse every raindrop that pelted my briefcase.
Getting in the office I unpacked and just looked at all the water spots on my 'still new and precious in my head' XL briefcase. Thinking at worst, I'll just get the leather cleaner and risk having the original color deepen. Work took over and I just forgot to look at my briefcase. Coming back to my briefcase after an hour or so I did a double take.
Not only did the water dry, but there were NO water spots at all. The briefcase looked just like new. Truly a wonderful experience and exactly the opposite from what I've experienced with other pieces of good leather products I've owned.
Anyone out there trying to decide how this product will hold up in the rain...GO FOR IT!!! Superior product here!!!
$790.00 to $905.00SKU: #01-10-0001
- 100-Year Warranty, details here.
- Free Shipping, details here.
- Extra Large Chestnut now shipping with lighter colored, suede side of pigskin lining
- The famous bag that started it all
- 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 pigskin for added strength
- Stitched with marine-grade thread, and reinforced with copper rivets for super durability
- 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
....... and all that it throws at you - awesome
My XL tobacco classic briefcase came in this evening. One word. Perfect! I was concerned that the XL would be too big, but I was able to get all my daily items in it with room to spare. Not much weight difference between the last bag I had with all my times in it and this one.
Craftsmanship. Purely top notch. My boys are already debating who gets this bag and who gets my front pocket backpack. Lol.
Saddleback does it right. Excellent quality, superb craftsmanship, and overall a fine piece to really be proud of.
Thanks Dave and the team!
I don't want to bore you with a long drawn out epic story how this bag, while in Ecuaudor, it led me to some beautiful, mocha skinned, girl.
I'm happily married with 3 kids. What I can tell you is that it's the best friggin bag I have ever had. I usually have it in backpack mode while going to work. I sometimes mix it up by using the strap.... As a strap (messenger style) when my shoulders are hurting from working out.
Yes, I work out.
That said, this beast of cowhide holds my MacBook Pro 15", plus my piece of s*** dell work laptop plus a grid-it full of cables and USB drives. I also have a novel in there most of the time and a honking lunch bento. Yes. I said honking lunch bento.
Do yourself a favor and get this bag. You won't regret it
To mirror what every other owner said on here. I get tons of "oh man! Nice leather bag" and "are you getting paid more than me?" Which with I reply a confident "yes, yes I do".
This bag is awesome. I've had it for almost two years and it's breaking in nicely. I get a lot of positive comments and have seen quite of few of them in airports and on the road. I got the medium size and it's plenty large enough for my laptop, files, and other accessories. It's a little pricey but, in my opinion, worth it.
I will try to be brief but I am too excited. I have been looking at purchasing the classic briefcase for over a year now. I read all the reviews and watched numerous video reviews to narrow down my decision of size and color.
To also assit I bought a tobacco ID wallet and med. notepad holder, a chestnut laptop case and a dark coffee pouch. Seeing the colors confirmed what I had known. For me I went with the tobacco brown large briefcase and the coffee colored pouch looks great hanging off of the front.
Size was another concern. I felt I probably needed the large but did more research on the size of the things I need to carry. The extra 2 inches made the difference from a medium to the large. The extra large seemed too big to carry everyday.
I just received my bag about a week ago and now have it filled. Here is what I have in it so far: DSLR camera with 2 lenses, A light for video shoots, 8 rechargeable batteries and 2 chargers for the light, extra battery and charger for the camera, macbook pro and sleeve, Apple charging equipment, med. note holder, legal pad (no cover), 2 small towels, the strap to the pouch(pouch hangs off the front of bag-with business cards, USB drive and documents like passports and travel documents), pens and of course a few snacks and breath mints.
The bag is heavy to start but not as bad loaded as I would think. The shoulder strap really balances the load and the pads are comfortable. I had also read from some people that the leather was very stiff. This was true of my pouch but not the briefcase. The other thing about leather is it will get softer over time so be patient and the bag will become more pliable.
This is a beautiful bag and my brother-n-law, who is in the Army, and I believe it would stop a 50 cal. bullet from 100 yards, that is how durable it feels. Quality does not come cheap but if you want the best and want something to last then this bag might be the least expensive of the options on the market.
I hope this helps those of you who are taking time to read this. Take your time and do your own homework. Just be prepared, when you finally pull the trigger you will never look back and you will wonder why you hadn't made this decision sooner.
Thanks Dave! Keep up the quality work as I have my eye on a duffle bag and my Brother-n-law has the front pocket backpack on his wish list.
3 years ago I received my SBL large briefcase for Christmas from my wife. Ah, I can vividly remember the smell of that rich leather wafting up as I opened the box. I can even now recall how that coffee brown leather had a certain luster to it. Since that day I have carried my briefcase all over the world with me. Mostly as a briefcase but also as a day pack and and even as a tool bag. It's been on airplanes and helicopters with me. It's been on boats with me and even on ATVs. It's a home for my computer and work stuff. It keeps safe my SBL Moleskine journal. Just about everywhere I've taken my bag it gets complimented. People love the thing and I love to talk about it to them. Currently, I have the briefcase, Moleskine journal cover, bible cover, tow belt, passport cover, satchel, iPad cover, and wallet from SBL and all of these items travel with me whenever I go off to work. They are companion pieces.
My brother once had his car stolen from him. In full panic mode he called the cops to go look for the car. Was he panicked because of a stolen car? No. He was in panic because his SBL wallet was in the car. The cops finally found the car tore up and abandoned. The wallet was laying in the drivers seat with all the money and cards gone. You wouldn't believe how happy he was.
So, these bags and other SBL items aren't just stuff or things. They become part of us. Like a friend or family member they take on special value and meaning to us that cannot be replaced.
Should you buy gear from SBL? Only if you want a lifelong love affaire with a piece of leather! ;-)
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.
I own an X-Large version of this wonderful briefcase. I love it. I have clients, partners and family and friends express near awe over it with each sighting. It really is a pretty cool bag and the customer service I experienced returning another product for full credit against this bag was even better than Apple!
Hello, Howdy & Waz up,
My bag arrived on day 5 of an 8 day heatwave and to add to that, our home heating and air conditioning system had to be replaced. So for 2 days, I left my poor briefcase in the box it was delivered in. Once the home unit was replaced and the house was cool, I was in the right frame of mind to really enjoy the entire experience.
Yes, the bag weighs a bit more than other briefcases on the market. Yes, I ordered the XL briefcase and it's like a mini suitcase. Yes, it was expensive. Yes, I put everything in it including the glasses that would go in the kitchen sink. Yes, I'm a big guy, 6'4, 280 lbs. YES, YES, and Y-E-S, I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Unboxing I realized, just like the advertising, this will be the last briefcase that I'll own. It's a work of art. I received numerous comments the first day that I started carrying the bag. But even if I didn't get one remark, I love the bag.
Having said all of that, if I wasn't a pack rat, I'd probably go with the large or the medium bag. It would have probably been big enough. But once I start throwing things in it, I just tend to keep going. When I say this bag holds a lot, it holds a lot. My other bags were bursting at the seams. This one is up for the task at hand.
The craftsmanship of the bag is just like is listed on the site. It's like the bag is made out of one giant piece of leather. I had no issues with the stitching, the buckles, the strap, the fixtures, the rings, the straps. It was in perfect condition. The ONLY thing that I might say is that although I want to be the one that puts the marks/wear & tear on the bag, I was a bit disappointed that I couldn't find any marks, scars, bug bites in the leather. My bag was in perfect condition.
As for some of the comments about the bag leaning to one side and falling over. Yes, it's a friggin' leather bag that has not had any use and comes really stiff. Really stiff. But one night on the chair filled with the stuff I was going to take to work the next morning and the crookedness from being packed in the box was all gone.
The bag is not for those that are used to carrying the chic, exotic, butter soft leather bags. I have a few of those. They're nice and get the job done. But this bag is work of art and (going to be a ) workhorse. That said, it's got some weight to it. So if you are used to those 'other' bags and want that same kind of look and feel. This bag is not for you.
But in the off chance, you want something that is stylish, something that you won't see on every shoulder, will be a workhorse and yet distinctive and you are not afraid of carrying a bag that has a little bit of weight to it, THIS IS THE BAG FOR YOU.
I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. Everything that is except be in the middle of heatwave and have the home air conditioning system need replacing. I really dig my new bag and can't wait till it starts to petina. That's going to be the best part of all.
Lastly, I'm in a space in my life where the nylon backpacks don't do it for me any longer. I want something that I can take to a client site that shows I 'get it'. You don't bring a nylon backpack to an interview or pull documents out and put those on a conference table for clients to review. Subtle, but you want to be heard in a positive way before you even open your mouth or hand over that first document.
I originally posted around the holidays after using the bag for a couple of weeks. Six months in, update:
First, I made the gaffe of identifying my bag as a Medium Classic...I purchased a Large Classic.
The tobacco leather picks up the best little nicks & scuffs & wear everyday. Nicks all over the front from opening & closing & buckling & opening again. And darkening wear on the back from my hip.
The pads on the shoulder strap take about a month of regular use to break in the foam inside the leather so it curves to mold your shoulder. But once it does, the bag immediately feels lighter. So far I've only broken in 1 of the 2 pads.
I tried for the heck of it converting the strap to carry as a backpack, and found it uncomfortable for my everyday load (laptop, folders, notebooks, cables).
I noted in my original review that I folded a bandana into the bottom to provide a little bit of cushion for the laptop, and that works like a charm to date. Plus, now I always have a bandana with me. Creek Stewart would be proud.
With all three straps buckled to close the bag, it does take some time to open/close the bag. So I usually just have the main center strap buckled with the two side straps tucked up like in all the promo photos.
This thing feels like it's gonna last forever. It's Indiana Jones' fedora...it will survive anything.
I would love to have another one, but then I would have to try to pick which one to use, and I'm not going to torture myself like that.
I bought the Classic Briefcase in large/tobacco and waited until taking a few trips overseas before reviewing. I won't waste time talking about the quality of the bag as there are plenty of testaments to the quality already here. But this bag is incredible. I put camera and lens inserts to make it into a briefcase and camera bag. I carry a large pro DSLR Nikon and 3 or 4 fairly large lenses along with a 13" Macbook Air, camera batteries, Mac power cord and a leather journal. I travel all the time overseas and this dog hunts like no other bag I have ever owned. It may be on the heavy side but it can go from a safari or week in the woods straight to the boardroom and hold its' own the whole way. I just bought my niece one for her college graduation and plan to buy a few more for partners and associates. I am 6' 3" and weigh 195 lbs. and the large is perfect for me.
I've only had my Medium Classic Saddleback Briefcase for a couple of years, so it's still practically new. I take it to the office every day, where I've received more compliments on it than I can count, including from senior management. I took it to another city for a training conference recently, where it received more compliments from several people. I took it into a job interview and we spent the first 5 minutes talking about the bag - talk about an easy ice breaker for a panel interview, and I did get the job; I can't blame that on the bag entirely, but it sure didn't hurt. I'll have to celebrate, but not with a new bag - this one is perfect. Yes, it's heavy, so if you're too weak to carry a few extra pounds then you'll have to find yourself a lesser bag. Every single day, every time I open my briefcase, it brings a smile to my face. If only I loved everything I own just as much!
I will not go on and on about the quality and craftsmanship.... This cannot be debated.
I would like to tell you that I have researched this - and other leather bags for well over a year. Both in the USA and my native Canada.
My amazing wife of 20 years "allowed" ;-))) me to finally take the plunge. Love you KD.
So I did.....and I have no regrets.
I was VERY torn between the Med and Large........I mean TORN.....I was concerned that the med was going to look like a "Murse"..... and that the large was going to be too heavy....and too big.
Im not a big guy perse but I am 6 foot 200lbs.......athletic build, (could stand to lose 20 but...thats another story).
I use my bag for work everyday - I am a health professional who carries a 13inch laptop, portable printer, printer paper, day timer, regulations, pens, chargers, wallet et al.
I am out in the "field" dealing with the public all day carrying this bad boy and Im in heaven.
Of course I cannot speak to the large bag - but my med is perfect....
Dont wait, just plunge.....do it...
kindest regards from the North,
After several years of owning all sorts of bags, I finally decided to buy the Classic Briefcase in (L)Carbon. The quality of the bag is amazing, and it is definitely what I expected. I will say that no one can prepare you for the smell of the leather once you've unboxed it. The smell says quality, more than the look itself. I highly recommend this bag. My only disappointment is that I waited so long to pull the trigger.
The weight of the bag is over emphasized. I'm 6'3", and I find the bag to be lighter than I expected. If you are wondering if this purchase makes sense, just wait until it arrives. You won't regret your buying decision. Thanks Dave, you guys to do an awesome job!!
I received the extra large classic briefcase as a gift from my bride of 23 years (after some very direct hints), and am very pleased with all aspects of the product. Solid construction, gorgeous materials and its own character that conveys a message of sturdiness and stability. Saddleback is correct: my children will be fighting over this bag when I am gone.
I bought a large classic briefcase in chestnut leather quite a while ago and used it regularly for a mobile office. My 17" laptop and all the things I needed to continue my engineering work on the road fit and were protected. When my travels slowed down, the bag was a nice fixture in my workshop until I was packing for Las Vegas a week ago. I used it as my carry-on and received comment after comment. I even had a TSA security inspector and a pilot ask where I got it so they could look for one! Everywhere I went with the briefcase, I was told it was beautiful and asked where I got it. I was very happy to guide people to the saddleback website!!
I have been on the fence about buying this for several years. A promotion at work, and the corresponding additional work that came with it, made the decision much easier.
The briefcase is everything I could hope for, and much more.
The leather is thick and durable. Having watched many of Dave's videos, it is clear that he truly cares about the products he sells. The stitching is obviously tight and the same thread is used throughout. The hardware is heavy duty and should last between 100 - 200 years, as long as it doesn't go scuba diving or get attacked by a crocodile!
The pockets are well placed, and allow for 'everyday items' to be readily accessible, and the 'occasionally used' to settle below the pockets, and not over bulge the bag.
Some people have stated that the bag seemed 'heavier' than they expected.. To me, it was perfect, and every bit what I expected a heavy leather bag to be. Don't think thin, soft buttery leather. Instead, think Grandpas WWII bag that went through 28 months in the European Theater of Combat. It's that strong.
Thank you for making this bag something I will be proud to hand down to my kids.
This was my first purchase from Saddleback, along with a drybag. And it's awesome! I have searched high and low to find a bag that was of high quality and correct looks for me to purchase. And I wanted to purchase something for life! I find bags that I love, but they disintegrate after a few years. Backpacks mainly. So I found and desired this for years until my 40th birthday, and then knew I had to get it.
Worth every penny. Yes, it's heavy, but if you can't handle a little weight on your shoulder, c'mon, get to the gym. It's big, more room to carry your belongings my dear. It's looks great no matter what. The style is simple and classic. I don't feel like it will get dated, and even if it does, I really don't care. It appeals to me and almost everyone I come into contact with. And this thing is bulletproof. It will never disintegrate, or hardly get damage.
And the compliments! They are plentiful and common. What's also a surprise is to hear "Saddleback, right?" It's so distinctive, people know it by sight. My boys will be inheriting all my bags (need just one more to have enough for all four.) And I have no fear that their kids will inherit it too. I wish I would have discovered it 20 years earlier, so I could have had more stories and experiences with it by this point, but I'll just have to make a bunch from here forward.
Dave, you knocked it out of the park. All the work and time spent in Mexico have absolutely paid off. And the staff of your wonderful company is AMAZING! They make me feel incredible with every contact, and have even given me information about where to visit when I mention where we are traveling. I wish I could remember her name, but she sent me a package of materials about Mount Rushmore and the surrounding areas, knowing we were going to be traveling there in the near future. We had to postpone our trip, but I feel more confident we will have that in hand when we do get there. And when I was trying to make the order for this and the drybag, I wanted to take advantage of the free shipping special you were running at that time. But one of them was out of stock until after the special finished. Your wonderful staff made sure my order went through, I got the shipping (not a lot, but still a good perk) and got me the bags, with hardly any delay. Making me feel like the most important customer in the world. I tell people about your company constantly, no only for the amazing products, but for the wonderful people too.
Keep up the amazing work, Saddleback and Dave Munson! (I'm coveting the Beast Duffel and one of the suitcases now.)
P.S. The warranty is real. Believe it and use it if you need to.
Got my large classic briefcase last year for father's day...I absolutely love it. I have tended to overstuff my previous bags (non-SBL) over the years and all have broken/ wore out in a similar fashion. I researched many other bags that could withstand a beating and were of good quality and kept coming back to this one. Bottom line is that it is a great bag that you can put a lot of stuff in and is very durable. I have received numerous compliments about it; I think what makes it stand out from the rest is its conservative design...it is just a simple looking bag and is nice because of that. While I know many criticize the products because they are on the pricey side, I really invite you to navigate the website to the "rivals" section...many of the competitor bags are at the the same price point and I would question whether they are of the same quality (just watch a few of Dave's videos and you will start to learn a little about leather products). As for the features of the bag, I will be honest and say that I don't use the strap features often and use it mostly as a traditional "briefcase". While it is nice to know that it doubles as a backpack, I am not sure I will use it that way...If I had to walk with it over a distance, I would probably just use it as a shoulder strap. About the only thing that I would agree with on the negative side is the fact that there aren't a lot of extra compartments/zipper/pockets etc. I carry a ton of junk in my bag and had some trouble deciding how to arrange things given the equipped pockets. I ended up purchasing some cheap pencil cases at an "office" big box store, and they work just fine supplementing the bag. To that end, I understand why there aren't more zipper pockets, etc., because they are the parts of the bag that fail the quickest.
I will say one final word, and if that doesn't convince you to buy your next bag from them, nothing will. They have outstanding customer service. I recently got a water bag from them, and had to exchange it for the larger size. The representative "William" was extremely helpful and accommodating in a very complex set of circumstances involving the exchange (won't bore you with the details but SBL ended up getting me the specific bag I wanted after a promotion had ended and did not have to do it)...I have no doubts that they value every customer they have.
Hope that helps you with your purchase.
This was my first Saddleback purchase, and it has not left me wanting! The quality of materials in the bag is obvious from the moment you see it, and its beauty is stunning. The wonderful thing is that it is as useful as it is gorgeous. The functionality of this bag is unparalleled in my experience and research (and I have used quite a few different bags). It holds all your stuff in an organized way and keeps it protected and available. It is built as sturdy as a tank, with rivets at every possible stress point. Also, the hardware is of the highest quality and strength, and is beautifully shiny. All around an awesome product and well worth the price!
I had researched this bag and desired it for three years before pulling the trigger. I'd like to say that I used that time to shop around and viewed a lot of Daves compeditors websites but I would be lying! Sure I did a little research but a little is all you need to do after seeing thier offerings compared to Saddlebacks. No my hold up was saving the money. Don't get me wrong, im not complaining about the cost. .....it's worth every penny....and more. It's just every year my wife and I decided it would be my Christmas gift...and every year we ended up spending that money on our kids instead of me (which I didn't mind at all). During all this time I researched the bag, the company, the saddleback story, watched all the videos, learned all about the leather and quality...and of course shopped to look at the competitors (which Dave put the links to thier websites on his....crazy right?). Every time it brought me right back to this website, and my desire for the bag increased each month.
Earlier this year I bought the iPad Air case.....loved it too. But we made the decision to get my bag, tobacco color in large for Christmas. I couldn't wait to open it. It is the most beautiful, well made and functional bag on the market.....hands down. I debated between the large and extra large because I wanted room for a jacket or extra shirt for when I travel....I went with the large in the end and I'm glad. It's so functional in that I can strap a jacket to the bag if I need to instead of putting inside. And there is plenty of room inside as well.
I read many people talk about the weight.....well I'm a big guy so the weight isn't an issue with me but come on people....Dave tells you up front the exact weight and that it's a little heavy compared to other less well made bags. Those bags are light for a reason...they are not made as well or with the best leather. Daves are a little heavier.....they are made of the best, most durable leather. Ignorance is no excuse for complaining when all the disclosures, data and metrics are listed on the website. Personally every time I lift the bag it's a reminder of the quality that I purchased.
So my wife and I laugh now because she can finally not have to hear me talk about wanting this bag any longer. For my daughter it was the Apple Watch.....for me it was the Saddleback classic briefcase. Lol. I'll treasure this bag for a lifetime and continue to support the company in other products as well.
It is my intent that this review will be a little different than most. Most of the reviews are posted shortly after folks receive their briefcases and they are excited, which is certainly understandable. My wife purchased my Classic Brief case for me 5 or 6 years ago (I lose count). The bag is exceptional, the craftsmanship and styling/design is exceptional, and the quality of the product is exceptional. This brief case has traveled through many airports and to several different countries. I still get stopped by someone almost every time I go in to an airport and complemented on my brief case. I promised my 10 year old that when he begins his professional career that I will either give him my brief case or I will buy him a new Saddleback brief case, his choice. Folks this kind of quality is difficult to find in today's market. I am a trial attorney by trade and this bag is the envy of many who are still figuring out that an investment in this type of tool is just that, an investment and worth it. This bag is built to stand the test of time and has exceeded all reasonable expectations. Good work Dave!
A quick review. I bought the XL because I wanted something that I could use for any occasion- traveling, business, etc. It has exceeded my expectations and more. The trouble is I don't use it enough to break it in. The leather and craftsmanship is top quality, but like most shoes- you have to use them before they'll mold.
Everywhere I go people compliment me on it. It's truly one of the sharpest, masculine bags out there. I can throw it around and it keeps taking a beating. I hope to build more character over time, but I do not regret the purchase one bit.
It's the details, the quality and the dedication to putting forth a product they can proudly stand behind that makes Saddleback Leather my go to website- I've bought a wallet, briefcase, iPad Holder and Notebook/Planner and I have yet to ever be disappointed.
I bought these when I was 28-29, I'm 30 now and they will surely outlast my career.
No doubt about it - this case is both beautiful craftsmanship and solid construction. You know you're carrying the best and the looks/comments the bag collects testify to that as well. Some things I really like:
The carrying strap has plenty of adjustment room and the double pads ensure a comfy ride
Haven't had a chance to use the multiple stainless rings but they offer lots of choices
Outer end pockets come in handy
Nice, full handle - you know you're carrying a real bag
Sturdy enough to probably double as a tornado shelter if necessary.
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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.