Several months ago I purchased the medium classic briefcase in tobacco brown and each day I grow more and more fond of it. The briefcase is built to last. I received several compliments on it and will continue to refer others to the Saddleback website.
The medium size works well for me. I am 5'10" and weigh about 165lbs. I am not an academic but rather work in a hospital. Subsequently, I don't need room to carry large textbooks everyday but rather carry my iPad, a notebook for notes, and assorted other knick-knacks like a point and shoot camera. The medium size is sufficiently large enough to accommodate everything I need to carry on a daily basis without being too heavy. As the website recommends I too would suggest a medium for someone equal to my size who doesn't need to carry around their office.
I went with the tobacco brown color because I believe it will show the marks of use over time and in doing so it will acquire more character.
I highly recommend this product and company for anyone looking for a quality briefcase that is capable of lasting a long, long, long time.
The construction of this bag is remarkable. Expectations will be exceeded and not by a small margin. Get used to hearing: "What a beautiful briefcase." Because you will hear it often. Overload it, toss it around, beat it up, it does not matter. The bag just keeps coming back for more and looks better and better as the days go by. If you appreciate fine craftsmanship, timeless style, and exceptional utility, this is the bag for you. Cry once and buy this bag, you will be happy that you did.
I purchased the large Classic Briefcase about four weeks ago. My brother calls it a "man bag", but every time he sees it he wants to smell the bag. He may not know why, but I do. It is the memories of youth brought back. The first thing I do whenever I pick the bag up is smell the leather. Nellie Fox and Roy Sievers fill my mind and I am transported back to those days of playing summer work-up games with my Nellie fielders glove and Roy first base glove. Used those same gloves for the rest of my playing days, Babe Ruth, high school and college.
What the hell does this all mean? I don' t know for sure, but I do still have those gloves after 48 years and hope to have this bag at least as long. Being 62 that will not happen, but I do know this bag has brought more feelings and memories and future memories than anything I have purchased since those gloves. Thank you Saddleback folks, there just may be magic in your bags..
I travel the Midwest for work. I wanted something durable but nice - but I never expected so many comments. But not because it is ostentatious - because it is so cool. People immediately comment on the quality and ask if it is new. I reply nope and it gets better and better over time. My main goal was not to be everybody else with the same cheesy bags. So I will admit I was totally impressed in the extreme high quality of this bag. Begrudgingly I recommend it but not too much because I like being unique! In fact once on a plane the guy in the middle row looked down and saw my bag on the left and the thinner version on the guy to the right. He was sold by the end of the flight.
I work on an Oil drilling rig off the coast of Africa. I have the extra large briefcase and it is the only bag I take with me when I "go to work." See, I work 28 days on, 12 hours a day 7 days a week for that period. Our shirts have blue collars, I bathe AFTER work and I rely on tools to make my living. My boots are an integral part of my "kit." This bag takes the abuse of being handled by baggage handlers at airports that are best described as "rugged" and never seems to care.
The bumps and scrapes only seem to make it more beautiful. I happen to hold an advanced degree and I lecture at a local university periodically. This bag fits right in. Some of the students in my friend's classes ask about my "Indiana Jones Bag" and I just tell them "Dr. Jones would have loved this bag, It has a secret compartment."
I can easily carry 4 days worth of clothing along with a laptop, ereader, and all the assorted cables and accoutrements associated with a modern professional. I recommend the Cable Bag as a must have accessory. It fits nicely under one of the interior front pockets for more efficient use of space.
This bag is more useful than any other bag I have ever owned simply because it is simple. There are not 40 thousand pockets involved so you know exactly where everything is all the time.
You will never regret buying this bag.
I've had this briefcase for a couple years now and it is just getting better. Took it to a doctor's appointment and the doctor was so impressed he got one for himself.
As others have stated, this bag is very strong and carries a lot more than you think it can. I've used it both over-the-shoulder and as a backpack, and in either mode it is comfortable and easy to access. The appearance just gets better with use, and it is pretty much indestructible.
This was the first bag I purchased from Saddleback. Since then I've bought a couple more plus several accessories for me and have given a bag as a gift. Every other bag I've looked at either on-line or in person has been a poor second choice to this one.
I bought my bag in Chesnut back in 2008. It has travelled with me to Moscow, Russia and back to Texas, has gone with me to Washington DC several times, Florida and all over the big State of Texas.
It barely has a scratch and is the most durable piece of luggage that I have ever owned. I use it typically as a carry-on bag for flying, and as a front seat travel bag when I am driving.
I have loaded it completely with everything from laptops, camera equipment, work documents/folders, chargers, keys, passports, baby items (yes....it even has been used to carry toys, formula, diapers etc of our two little girls over the years).
I can load it and always feel confident that it will hold. The heavy duty strap is always useful for carrying heavier loads, or for when my hands are full carrying other things.
Although the size I bought was a bit too big for day to day briefcase use back and forth to the office, it has been a reliable part of my life, and like the advertisements say, will be there for my family long after I'm gone from this world.
If you are wanting a great multi-purpose bag that will handle everything, lasts forever, and causes people to stop you and compliment you on it, then this is what you need.
I wholly recommend it. Thanks!
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.
Notice, as you read these reviews, that anything below a 5 out of 5 star rating is rare sight. Why? Because these bags are absolutely amazing! The bag is a work of art. You will turn heads when you walk into a room with it. Everywhere I go, people ask about the bag and want to see it. I've had it for 4 days and I already have 5 co-workers thinking about buying one. This is the type of purchase you will be proud you decided to make. You will look for excuses to carry around stuff with it. If you are on the fence like I was about buying one because of the price, think of it as an investment that you'll use for the rest of your life. I look forward to reading your review of the leather once you buy it :-). Warning: Be aware of which size you need. I ordered a large and my 15 1/2 inch laptop just barely fits. It has enough room for books, a binder, pens, laptop charger and a few other things with the laptop in it. If you need more space, I would definitely suggest getting the extra large - or getting one of his backpacks.
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.
For how much I have been talking about this bag at work and with my friends, you would think that I owned shares in whatever Dave was selling.
I say this because I have been talking about SBL for MONTHS, 9 to be exact, before I even laid my hands on one. And like every anal retentive doctor can be, I have trolled the youtube videos, Dave's personable videos, styleforum, googled images of the different colours and styles. If you look hard enough, there is an amazing amount to find.
I debated long and arduously about what I wanted and needed it for, whether the classic was too big and manly for my willowy thin [130 pound], 5'9.5" on a good day [in flats] frame... and whether my puny muscles could lug around a 3 kg bag-- empty. But I will get to that...
I ended up with the medium tobacco rather than the chestnut (which is probably more professional and which I regret a little, but the grass is always greener). It doesn't look monstrous on me, but it is -- solid...
The bag is amazing in backpack form... it hangs just below the shoulder blades/scapula, hugging the body close to distribute the weight well. And honestly, 3 kilos feels pretty darn light when the bag looks and smells so yummy.
Ironically no one has time to give me compliments because before they get a word out edgewise, I start jabbering on about the bag, the warranty, the design and general perks about the bag-- which is everything maybe minus the price. Most of my friends aren't quite sold, but just give me a little time... they will come around.
For the beautiful ladies out there who are doubting, this bag is not for the faint of heart... If you can't cope the load, the medium satchel looks like an awesome alternative. The capacity of this mother of a bag is amazing... a few overly heavy 1200 page books... and you think your arm will fall off-- backpack mode here we come. A 4.5 inchi width is more than enough for practical day to day use for most people I suspect-- even me.
Anyhow, I have been rambling long enough... even with the $75 shipping to Australia, this bag is worth every last penny of money hard earned. I feel like a school girl that just landed her crush that she has been languishing over-- inordinately happy and over the moon!
I bought this, because there are days when I needed a large briefcase. This bag is awesome, and has turned into my main bag for work and travel. It can hold a weekends worth of summer clothes, or a 14" laptop and a bunch of work files. My only slight regret is that I bought the medium and not the large, only because my laptop won't fit in it. It's OK though my old leather briefcase holds that one. The medium will work quite well though. Awesome bag Dave.
How often does a product exceed your expectations? This SB briefcase is awesome and will do just that even if you are tough to please! I have had this briefcase about a month (my 2nd SB product) and it rocks.
I ordered the medium because I was concerned about the weight once I got it loaded down. I can carry my 15 inch laptop, an iPad, several files, and only have one of the two internal sides full. Yet, it is not the weight that sticks out in your mind when carrying it but the solidness of the product. It is built to last and a by-product is that it will get noticed by your peers and fellow travelers.
It is a significant upgrade from the standard black nylon computer bag that the IT guys seem to love to issue everyone. I carry it for work and travel and it delivers!!!
I had one person I was working with insist that I place it in his car trunk when on a call because he did not want to deal with the hassle of a police report when someone broke into the car to steal my SB briefcase!!
The toughest part of the choice to buy this bag for me was I wanted the suede lining but I did not want to wait the extra time to get my bag. Buy this briefcase today!!! Youwill not be disappointed.
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've had my XL Classic Briefcase in Tobacco Brown for about a month now. This is a big piece of luggage as advertised! I'm 6'3" and 250# and this is about all I would want to carry on a regular basis. The weight of the bag itself is not an issue. The Cordura rolling bag that this Briefcase replaces actually weighs more than this XL Briefcase. The only issue is that you can pack a LOT of items in the Briefcase and might be tempted to overload it. With a full load of 17" laptop, power supply, cords, security cable, extra phone/charger, Franklin Classic day planner, 50 pages of files, and a small sundry bag, the weight is 24.5# which begins to wear on you in the long haul. Without the thick and heavy day planner, it could be snugged down to about 2/3 the thickness if needed with much reduced weight. I still have room for a change of clothes and toiletries and use this as an overnight bag. For everyday in-office use the Large Classic Briefcase might have been a better pick, but the XL gives me the flexibility of an overnight carry on bag.
Fits in overhead bins of large airplanes just fine, as noted in other reviews. If you are worried about being asked to gate check this bag, point out that other passengers are bringing far bulkier bags onboard and jamming them into the overhead bins, and that it can go under the seat in front of you if necessary.
This is a great bag that does everything Dave says that it should. Be prepared for admiring comments!
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.
Hi....Did I say in my recent review that I'd rate this item at 5 stars?
If I didn't, I meant to.
Just Quality and Pure Quality !! Unbelievable Leather !!
Purchased the XL briefcase in chestnut through Dave's Deals, however like another review, I can't find a single thing wrong with it - it's just an outstanding piece of craftsmanship. Heavy, thick leather, tight stitching. Every part feels substantial and well-made. If I need to armor up for a knife fight, I'll just cut some arm holes.
In regards to size: Having read quite a few reviews, I was slightly concerned ordering the XL size, as I thought it might just be monstrously huge. It's not, it's perfect. Is it big? Yes, that's the point - however, for me, not too big. Having shifted over a laptop, file folders, sunglasses (in a big case) and charging cords, pens and notebooks, a thick book, a huge water container and some assorted junk from a backpack, I still have room for my gym clothes with space to spare on a daily basis. This is a good thing.
Since having it for a few days, I've already received numerous compliments from co-workers (not to mention jealous looks and lots of how much was it? That things just going to get better over time!), and it makes my office (and car) smell like delicious leather. The smell alone is worth the price.
The chestnut finish is beautiful. Exactly what I'd hoped it would be. if you like the photos of the chestnut finish, you'll love the actual bag.
As I say to my girlfriend, it's worth spending the extra to get what you really want. You're already invested, make sure you don't have to purchase twice. If you try and save money by getting something "close" to what you want, you won't be satisfied. You'll end up purchasing something else eventually, and thereby negate any savings you might have had initially. Plus, you likely still won't have what you wanted in the first place.
I enjoy purchasing quality, and I couldnât have made a better choice.
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 :)
The classic briefcase (L, DCB) was my first SBL purchase. A little more than a year later, it was the first of 10 SBL purchases. Don't be fooled by its stunning good looks...this thing is built like a tank and has proved itself on countless business trips across town and across the country. I fit everything I need and everything I MIGHT need in this bag and get comments on it everywhere I go. Whether carrying it "traditionally" or in backpack mode (my preference is backpack mode with a girth hitch) you simply cannot go wrong with this bag...or this company. Great products, great people, GREAT experience with SBL!