Just Quality and Pure Quality !! Unbelievable Leather !!
- 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 aganist 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 someting 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 have received tobacco briefcase it looks wonderful, well built as usual.
i have to wait for the test of time :)
I bought this bag in Dark Coffee Brown color and large size somewhere between 3 and 4 years ago. It's a fantastic bag, and it holds up really well.
My bag is still somewhat stiff in its body, but I haven't really stretched it. I can travel for about 3 days with just this bag (taking a laptop, clothes and even a pair of dress shoes) if needed, haven't done it a lot. Some people mention the leather cracking on the back of the flap, I have this too, but very superficial. The best way to combat this is to put a ton of that leather milk product on. I might try my "Le renovateur" shoe leather treatment which does wonders on beaten up shoes. But it's not bad, but on my next SBL bag I'll slap a bunch of treatment on the flap before I start using it.
This bag got me tons of compliments. A lot of TSA people like it too. I always mention the 100 year warranty and people are amazed. When I just got it, it was all pristine. First nick in the leather got me a bit annoyed, so I can fully recommend just taking your keys and making a scratch on the flap yourself. Like a new car, just scratch it, the first little thing is always the worst, so just get it out of the way! Then rub it, skin grease is supposedly a good thing for leather too.
In every day use, going to the office, it's a bit big actually. I'm considering the classic messenger for this. It can hold a ton and it's bulky too. Nevertheless, I like it.
I finally was able to get the XL briefcase and in my favourite colour as well. The XL has been my everyday carry to office. Despite it being the biggest size, it looks fine in backpack mode for my 5"5' frame. It is also not that much heavier than the large or the medium. Definitely my favourite bag next to the small briefcase.
Would I recommend this product? Definitely a must for SBL fan.
What can I say? It is a big, heavy bag. It is sturdy and it can carry a lot. It is very handsome to my eyes.
After years of using a variety of ballistic nylon bags, I found that a common problem was that the material eventually wore out. Oftentimes, handles would snap off, the sewn thread would unravel, and the protection of my laptop and other equipment would be less than adequate.
With this bag, assuming that we do not get to the point where snipers are shooting at briefcases on the streets, I do not see how I could damage my stuff. This bag, in addition to being very sturdy, also offers what you could call crumple zones. Its shape offers a lot of give and absorption.
Another feature is that the central carrying handle is offset from the central vertical plane of the bag. At first glance, it appears to be done to allow room for the massive loop at the top. What it also appears to do is to allow the bag to establish a new balance point so that the hand never gets caught between the top ring and the substantial handle. It works. It is easy to hold the handle with no pinching. Somebody really did their homework in designing this briefcase.
Overall, this bag is extremely overbuilt and I have no doubt that it will outlive me. I am very satisfied with it and I highly recommend it to anyone. As a last point, the weight seems to disappear after a short while. It is quite comfortable to carry and it easily conforms to the body.
Dear Saddleback team, after many years of wait (savings) my M chestnut briefcase has arrived. This indeed will become my travel buddy whom I wish to brake down with many travels, miles and experiences. Indeed, this is something I wish my grandkids to fight over once Im gone. The quality and smell is impeccable!
Your 100 year warranty will certainly be put to the test.
Bought a 10% off DCB bag a few weeks back and just got back from a road trip. I wanted to field test it before reviewing it.
Firstly, I would highly recommend that you buy off Dave's deals - the blemishes are very minor and probably something you will put on the bag within 1-2 weeks of use anyway.
I was debating between DCB and Chestnut a lot. The first bag that appeared on Dave's deal was a DCB and I jumped at it. Funnily enough a Chestnut showed up the next day. :-)
I like the DCB, it looks very sober and regal. Classy without attracting too much attention to itself.
The leather is of very good quality and looked tough as nails. The construction looked very solid too.
The bag is heavy but after a few days of using it, the weight becomes less of an issue. For reference I am slim built - 5'11" and 160lb.
Also when I travel, I use a wheeled carry-on bag and attach the briefcase to it. Thus for long hauls (airport walk through), my shoulder gets some respite.
The bag is still tight as the leather is new, but will free up some more space in time. There is a pretty impressive amount of room in it.
I got a lot of compliments on my trip and at the office. People love it.
As do I. Fantastic bag - well worth it!
After a few years of waiting and wishing, I finally got my dream briefcase. This was not an easy one to get either. Always sold out. But my consistent checking back on the site finally paid off! This bag is beautiful. It is the perfect briefcase. I love the new tobacco style. It adds so much more character to your bag. I'm looking forward to carrying this for as long as I can. And the large was the perfect size. I'm 6'4" about 200lbs. We'll worth the $$ for this one.
Awesome! If I had one word, that would be it. Since there is room for a bit more... Let me fill in a few gaps that aren't in these other reviews. The natura pigskin, to me, is amazing. I personally wouldn't be interested in the stiffer non natura. Don't steer away if you think that is a lesser quality...it isn't, just softer. For me, that is great. I wrote off the "backpack" ability as a novelty I would have little use for... Wrong. Super easy, super comfortable, and just plain useful. This is a substantial briefcase. However, I like to be prepared...always have. If you are a minimalist, no need for the classic. It is great for travel. I throw the following in mine as standard: 15" laptop, iPad, normal 8.5 x 11 note pad, 3 folders with paper, iPhone, all chargers, wallet, passport, Franklin covey reg size binder, micro umbrella, med kit(Chapstick, Advil, allergy meds, vitamins),. Beautifully made with longevity in mind. After seeing my bag, and checking out the sit, my wife is now after one of the women's purses on here. Thanks Presidente Dave and Co.
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.
Where to buy?
Used eBay, or Dave's Deal? Pretty much I was finding that I would pay a minimum of $450, shipped out of eBay ... and at that, I'd have to take DCB or Chestnut. I got tired waiting for auctions to end. Why not spend the extra $80 and not worry about what I was getting from eBay? I purchased a 10% discounted bag in my fav color from Dave, and basically the savings paid for a Bible cover (also DD, 25% off). As others say, I couldn't find a problem.
Time to get here:
From Texas to basically Buffalo, NY ... ordered on a Friday (late), it was shipped on Monday, arrived in Buffalo on Friday afternoon. Not bad at all.
Amazon or Saddleback? I have AMZN Prime, and for Chamberlain's I'd definitely recommend AMZN. It will get to you faster and for free. For leather products, you can't get DD on AMZN, and if you like Tobacco I wouldn't trust AMZN to be a source. Once again, you have to weigh the cost of shipping (included w/AMZN prime) against Dave. I'm not patient, so I bought from SBL.
What can you fit inside? Do I need to go to a Large?
For me, I wondered how much in the way of clothing I could put inside. Pretty much, one day's clothing. If you are wearing wrinkle resistant shirts/chinos ... you can roll up and put in one shirt, one pair of pants, underwear, socks,a tie, shaving supplies (not a "kit"), smaller sweater (sleeveless vest, perhaps). Switched to more casual wear, possibly two pair of jeans and at least three polos. That would leave the second section for your laptop.
Alternatively, I would guess you could easily fit 4-5 bottles of red wine in there. Each his own, but to me a Large might have been overkill on a daily use but better for overnighters. Of course, I'll eventually get a backpack or a Wetbag for airline travel to combine with this beauty.
Here's the thing about what fits ... those marvelous straps let you expand. How many times have you been on a trip and bought something, and needed just a *little bit more room* on the way home? I just know that's what I am going to come to love about Dave's stuff.
No surprise about the quality and yes, source a DD because whatever flaws they are talking about I couldn't find. Weight ... again, the Large *might* have been an issue. I'm guessing about 20% of the weight of the Medium is in the strap, which is removable.
I'm color blind, and its really sort of hard to make out the contrast for me between all the colors. The Tobacco came in really quite a bit darker ... I loved it. The Bible cover was DCB, and honestly that would have been fine.
How stiff will the leather be?
Really, not bad at all.
I'll get a followup review once I've had a chance to work with it for a year or so. But chatting online with Liz and dealing with this site has been great.
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)
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.
Last year I decided to enroll in an MBA program to enter the...real world. My friend insisted that anyone going into business school should have a real briefcase (no one carrying a canvas backpack can be taken seriously). He recommended Saddleback and I became addicted. Large round satchel, two wallet sleeves, and finally the large tobacco brown classic briefcase. I've loved this bag since I got it but I never REALLY needed it until I started school in January. Now that I'm 6 weeks in, I am so glad I made this investment. It looks great, it's incredibly functional and of course I get comments all the time. Sometimes it gets loaded to a point that I feel like I'm going to tip over, but I just look at that as my daily exercise. Overall, if you've been considering it, stop considering it and buy it. (maybe check out the new front pocket one just in case).
I have been an SB customer for several years. I absolutely have loved everything I have bought. Recently, I decided to buy the briefcase. Unfortunately the old Tobbaco Color has changed. I kept calling to see if SB had one that was returned or forgotten in stock, I even asked if they could custom make one for me. No such luck, I had to broaden my search. I eventually spent a few months watching eBay and finally I saw my bag! As with quality, you would expect it to hold its value. As a SB eBay expert, I can tell you a used Briefcase will go around $500, thats more than 3/4 of the cost of a new one! Well, mine arrived today, and I can assure you it is still worth every penny. Dave & Company....great job as always!
I FINALLY got the large classic briefcase in the "new" tobacco brown. It is my fourth SBL purchase. The tobacco brown is awesome (everything else I have purchased in DCB). Let me tell you, this bag is ALL that I expected and more. I have used it daily for about six weeks now and it is fantastic. If you are debating between the medium and large (like I was), go ahead and get the large. I use it for daily business commutes with a portfolio, folders/paperwork, pens, business cards, digital camera, phone, small flashlight, snacks/water, and it is a good size. There is room for plenty more if needed for travel; but it is good for the daily essentials too. It is NOT too heavy or too big (I'm 6", 190ish). Thanks again SBL team for a great product!
I have owned a medium Classic Briefcase in Tobacco for around two weeks and generally I really enjoy it with two exceptions:
1) I know that Saddleback uses leather with some scars in it, but I was not expecting 7 very obvious scars right on the top of the bag. (at first glance they look like someone wrote on the bag with a black pen)
2) Contrary to the website, this color WILL rub off on clothing (as evidenced by two pairs of my khakis that now have quarter-sized brown marks where the bag exerts the most pressure against my body while carrying it.)
All in all this bag is a beast and I really enjoy carrying it.. still though, it seem like for the money nothing short of perfection would be the standard.
I have had my Large Classic Briefcase in dark coffee brown for a little over a year. I am 5'9" with an athletic ex military build and the large fits just fine. I waited for 2 years before purchasing and I am glad I finally did. It is a decision that I do not regret. I looked at every alternative on the market and as a hobby leather worker I had to go with Saddleback. Yes It is expensive and yes it is heavy but you cannot argue with the quality. I have made leather bags and backpacks, for friends and family, by hand for years and even though I make mine as sturdy as possible, I will never match the fit and finish of this bag. Quite frankly, I don't want to. It would be too much work and cost way more than just buying from Dave. I use mine everyday for work, I am a adjunct college instructor, as well as weekend trips and longer ones, it is simply perfect. My three kids all laid claim to it as soon as it arrived so I made each my own version of the satchel with the promise that when they finish college they will each get a classic briefcase. I cannot recommend enough. It is worth every penny and then some.