It started innocently enough. I read a woodworking blog where the author talked about some of the products he really likes.
I started with a belt. I've had it for over a year now and can honestly say it is the best belt I have owned.
Recently my laptop bag started falling apart and I decided to splurge on a new one. I decided on the thin briefcase because I didn't want to carry around too large of a bag. It's large enough for a MacBook Pro, iPad, and a bunch of other stuff.
Seemed logical to throw in the laptop sleeve for my MacBook Pro. While I was at it might as well throw in a new large leather wallet.
It arrived and is all that it claims to be. Amazing construction and quality. Beware, that the products are addictive.
I'm thinking seriously about the iPad case, cable bag, large notebook and maybe the moleskine cover. The gadget bag would make an amazing camera case... hmm. :-)
Buy it! It's worth the money.
$461.00 to $474.00SKU: #01-10-0002
- Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin lining
- Unpretentious, simple design
- Converts to a backpack
- Removable shoulder strap for carrying as a portfolio
- 3 internal pockets: 2 for pens, 1 for laptop charge
- Perfect for laptops, tablets, notepads and binders
- Handle saddle-riveted to metal bar for strength
- 8 Exterior D-Rings for lashing
- Interior key clip
- No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
- All colors now shipping with spring clasps as shown on Carbon & Tobacco
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Adjustable strap length: 34 ½” - 59 ¼”
- Exterior: 14 ¾” W x 11” H x 4 ½” D
- Interior: 13 ¾” W x 10” H x 4” D
- Carbon and Tobacco: 6.7 pounds
- Chestnut and Dark Coffee Brown: 5.7 pounds
- Exterior: 16 ¾” W x 12 ½” H x 4 ½” D
- Interior: 15 ¾” W x 11 ¾” H x 4” D
- Carbon and Tobacco: 7.6 pounds
- Chestnut and Dark Coffee Brown: 6.4 pounds
We use natural Markings Equal Inclusion of Exceptional Imperfection Ornamentation
"... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates against any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."
Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see something as it really is.
This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the marks life has given them.
A while back, I was on a small island off the coast of Panama and was making my way to a fabled surf spot called Wizard Beach, only accessible by foot.
I ordered this briefcase along with a tote bag for my spouse - and we both couldn't be happier with the product. When I got the packages in the mail two days ago - I opened the boxes and placed each piece in my truck. By the time I got home from work - I had the best leather smell in my truck for the rest of the night. This is the real deal and have no doubts that this will last a lifetime. My briefcase already has gotten a couple of character marks and hoping to get more once it is broken in.
Overall - I cant see someone not being happy with this purchase. I have my bucket list of Saddleback products that I'm going to purchase over the next year or so - all new luggage is on the horizon.
I purchased the large thin briefcase in March 2012 and have used it for work and travel since. The quality of the bag is exceptional. One would be hard-pressed to damage this bag. It's also very functional; the ability to transform the briefcase into a backpack comes in very handy when you need to carry other pieces of luggage. I'm very happy with my purchase. Because of the quality of construction and the classic styling, I doubt that I'll need to purchase another briefcase in my lifetime.
The tagline is "They'll fight over it when your dead". I have a solution for that. I love my Saddleback Thin Briefcase so much, I am having it buried with me when I pass on. And yes, my Saddleback wallet will be in my back pocket.
I thought I would take the time to possibly help you in your decision making. The large thin brifecase (dark coffe brown) was my fist purchase from saddleback. Iabsolutly love it! the quality of the product is by far the best I have scene. this thing is, LIKE A TANK!!!! the feel of the leather and the feel of the pigskin. I AM ADDICTED TO THESE PRODUCTS.
Hi everyone, after owning the large thin briefcase for about a month now I felt it was time to leave a review. The chestnut color looks better in person than in the photo's and I can't imagine the build quality being any better. Life with the bag has been great and should only get better as the leather ages, like the other customers It's safe to say I have developed an addiction to Saddleback leather products :)
I've had my thin briefcase for nearly a year now, and it keeps getting better and better. I work as a general contractor, and I put the bag through all sorts of daily jobsite abuse. It has yet to even flinch at the daily horrors I throw at it.
On top of work activities, I travel a lot both for work and pleasure; and the bag holds up tremendously well in all modes of transportation. I get all sorts of great compliments on the bag in airports, train stations, subway stations, heliports, etc,etc; but more importantly it can handle all the rigors of travel without even the slightest hesitation.
I've been through many messenger bags and briefcases, and I can't imagine ever getting another one.
If you're looking for a briefcase that isn't super big but gets the job done, this one is for you. I received the large thin briefcase as a Christmas present a year and a half ago. I use it everyday and it looks better the longer I own it and put it through the ringer if everyday use! You can't beat Saddleback Leather's quality. I recommend Saddleback to everyone I talk to who is looking for a new leather product! Keep doing what y'all are doing and ill keep buying it!
I've had this one about 3 years and absolutely love it!! Purchased the big one. Ended up buying backpack too a year later.
I started with the large classic briefcase. The phrase ????over engineered appears in many other reviews, and it is no understatement. The bag was beautifully made and will, I suspect, still be usable long after I am gone. I did not think it was uncomfortably heavy either. But I decided it was just too much for my needs. It was a little bulky, which would have been fine except I really wanted to trim down not go the other way, and the extra straps were just a little too much for my taste. There was more space than I really needed so I ended up sending it back and ordering the thin leather briefcase instead. It is perhaps a little too thin, but I think it will be fine after I remove the extraneous stuff in the transfer from my old bag (Briggs & Riley; failed zipper). I believe it will start to stretch a little once the leather loosens up, so it should be perfect when I have broken it in.
After seeing the quality of the classic briefcase, I also purchased a Mac Air sleeve, notepad holder, classic wallet and passport wallet, all of which match the superb materials and quality of the larger products. In my opinion, the cost is very reasonable given how well they are made, plus I love dealing with a company that is just down the road here in TX. I can??????t imagine I will have to buy another briefcase to replace this one, so in this respect I would say the price is more than reasonable.
Only two other things to say: customer service is fantastic and handled the return quickly and efficiently. Finally, and I know I am getting repetitive here, but the quality of materials and manufacture are simply superb, exceeding even my high expectation of them. I will update when I have had a chance to use everything for a few months, but I do not expect any issues.
I have had my medium dark coffee brown thin briefcase for over a month now. It carries my 13 inch laptop and Ipad and a few other items (mouse, cables, sandwich box etc). I don't carry a lot of books as I pdf most things as an academic, so the medium size suits me fine, but I can still fit a book or two in if I need it. I usually buy a lot of my leather goods locally here in Australia, but after having seen this online I am glad that I bought it. Nothing beats it. Smells great, thick leather and well stitched. I love carrying it around. I don't use the leather strap, although its handy to have if travelling, but the steel-loop rings are great. I am a regular guy size wise, so I don't find it weighty at all. Its tough as nails, as well as being all quality and aesthetically appealing, so that's what counts. Will buy again. Many thanks.
I knew this was going to be a good bag because a friend at work told me really liked his and I trust his judgement. I got my Thin Briefcase (Large) today. All I can say is Holy Cow! This bag is like nothing I have ever seen before. It will withstand the apocalypse. For all of the complaints I read here about the bags being heavy? Yeah, but they're heavy in a good way. This bag is not for the faint of heart. This is a solid, rugged bag that yes, my children will likely fight over after I'm gone. You lift this bag and you KNOW you have quality in your hands.
I originally thought the briefcase was a tad pricey, and now I'm thinking I got a deal. It exceeds every expectation I had. I know where I'm going luggage shopping in the future.
I just wanted to review the large thin Saddleback briefcase I received today, in tobacco. As soon as I caught a glimpse of it through the packaging I could tell it was GORGEOUS. It's a really, REALLY beautiful bag. I don't know how I can describe it any better than that. I was very pleasantly surprised. I had previously bought a tow belt from Saddleback, and returned it as I was not impressed with the design at all (although the leather was lovely). So I was somewhat reluctant to take a chance on them again.
Most important thing I must note to those thinking about getting this - I kept reading that the bag was too big and too heavy in the large size. You're kidding right? I don't know what the fuss is all about. It's the correct briefcase size and just the right weight. I'm 5'6" tall, and although I work out, I'm no Arnold. Size and weight wise, I found it perfect.
And the colour... It's just gorgeous. Makes it look like an Indiana Jones bag. The marks on the leather give it a lot of character. I don't doubt the leather will last as long as they're claiming.
One more thing I really liked - the double shoulder pads. When you have the bag slung over your shoulder and back, you can use one pad for your shoulder and the second over your chest, so the strap doesn't mark your clothes.
I didn't like three things about the bag. One is that the D rings aren't optional. They're not that intrusive, except for the 'cow ring' under the handle that digs into your back when you have it slung over your shoulder. I've tucked it under the handle to stop that happening, but I may just take my Dremel to it with cutting discs to get rid of it and the rest of the rings if I decide I can live without them. Second thing is the spring clip that attaches the strap to the bag seems to be a weak point to me. I have this suspicion the metal here will erode with time from the friction, but we'll see how it goes. It's guaranteed after all. And thirdly, once you get the shoulder strap adjusted to the right length, there is a lot of excess length that really doesn't have anywhere to go. It would have been nice to have a better provision to tuck it away nicely.
All in all though, I don't regret getting this at all. I shouldn't have waited so long.
I just received my Thin Briefcase in carbon and I love it! I was nervous about the color but the price was right so I figured I would take the risk. The Carbon (now discontinued) is actually coffee or a really dark chocolate brown color. It is extremely handsome and well made. I probably should have ordered the Large but the medium should be fine for my EDC. Looking forward to wearing it in.
Not unlike most who have purchased from Saddleback I was looking for something unique and more importantly something that will stand the test of time. What I wan't expecting was how brilliant the Tobacco Thin Briefcase truly was when I opened and unwrapped it from the package. Literally my first words were "WOW!….This briefcase is awesome". I am completely impressed with the design, unique character and strong makeup of this briefcase. The life that the leather takes on after use is fantastic. Every new mark just adds to the brilliance. I can now fully appreciate the statement "They'll fight over it when you're dead". Great product…Great Service.
Just received a Large Thin Chestnut Briefcase for my daughter's law school graduation. Am very pleased with the Quality, Expedient Delivery, and Exceptional Customer Service. This is my third purchase in the last eleven months. Bought a Large Classic Chestnut Briefcase for myself, a Medium Chestnut Notepad Holder for my daughter, and now the Large Thin Chestnut Briefcase. It's a real pleasure dealing with Saddleback Leather. They make a great product, second to none. I only wish I had purchased your products earlier in my career. Thanks again.
I agree with lawyer Mitch, I also have a 17" laptop comp. that fits just fine in the large thin briefcase. I've had it several years and no signs of weakness in the construction. Its excellent for carrying manila file folders and a legal pad in the side pocket which allows some give. I carry three different electrical accessory plugs for the computer, notary stamp and seal as well as occasional snacks in the front compartment ahead of the laptop and sometimes an additional file folder. I put my thumb drive on the interior leather key clip and business cards and pens in the interior pockets. I also have a Classic Tablet Bag (for my Samsung tab) which is just as nice and spacious for all my plug accessories and cell phone clipped to one of the exterior pockets. Often I carry them both with me with no problem with the excellent leather shoulder pads. Compliments flow when people see them. I highly recommend Dave's products.
Wore this briefcase to work for the first time today and got three compliments. Two of them mentioned how nice it was more than once and one co-worker asked if he could have a closer look inside. Just have to artfully dodge those "How much did this run ya?" questions somehow...
The bag is very sturdy. Chestnut is the way to go for all SBL products, as far as I'm concerned. It looks like something out of the Old West. Beautiful and I have no doubts it will hold up for a very long time.
I have an Old Bull Belt, ID wallet, and now this heirloom piece. SBL is not cheap but their quality is simply not comparable to anything you'll find in stores so I feel it's justified.
I've been thinking about purchasing a Saddleback bag for years, but my frugality usually got the best of me. With a recent move and job change I decided it was time to pull the trigger. I purchased the Medium Thin Briefcase in Chestnut Brown and I love it. I was worried it might be too small, and too tight for a laptop but it fits my 14" work laptop with room for additional items. It's not huge, but I suspect more room will become available as the leather relaxes. I don't usually spent large quantities of money on items which I don't need, but I plan to use this bag for the rest of my adult life and will easily get my money's worth.
I love this bag. I have zero regrets with this purchase, and that says somehthing coming form a stingy guy like myself. I now look forward to walking around with it to see how many compliments I get. Sounds ddd I know, but it's true.
I got a new job that would have me traveling to customer sites, talking to people that operate VIP jets. I wanted to "look the part", but in my own way. I wanted something well made and authentic. Like it was built just for me.
After watching Dave's videos and learning about the business, I ordered the medium bag. I travel light, with a Macbook (13" w), a few files and accessories. It's perfect. If you have a bigger laptop, get the large.
It's been perfect, and I enjoy the bag more and more. I get compliments from all walks of life, from the girl at TSA security, to CEOs, to men that make custom aircraft interiors. People can recognize that care and attention went into the bag.
Periodic conditioning with the leather milk has it looking better than new.
I know of 3 people that went to buy a Saddleback bag after seeing mine. I expect a Christmas card from Dave and crew :-)
I picked the thin medium briefcase on Dave's deals. It just came in yesterday. Couldn't be happier. This is hands down the best briefcase I've ever seen.
Did a lot of research on various brands and ultimately settled on the medium in chestnut. Fits my macbook pro 13' and a bunch of other things I need each day at work. It's everything I hoped it would be and I'll get a lot of use out of it over the coming years. It's great knowing I don't have to baby the bag and that if anything goes wrong it's all under warranty. Now I just have to save up for the duffel bag...
I bought the large Thin Briefcase. Originally, I had opted for the medium, but after receiving shipment notification, I was told that Saddleback was actually sold out. Apparently someone bought my case out from under me at virtually the very second I completed my purchase, thus confusing the inventory system and allowing them to think the order had been processed. To the lucky winner: enjoy it in good health. I'm certain you will.
In dealing with customer service, any frustrations I might have had (few and minor) were quickly allayed. Rachel was the rep I had the pleasure of speaking to, and she was incredible. Customer service (in its most general sense) simply does not get any better. After deciding I just couldn't wait the two weeks for my bag to ship out, I coughed up the extra few bucks for the large. Rachel stayed on the phone to confirm the last bag in stock went to me, cheering me along all the way through checkout. (If I bought it out from under anyone else, I do apologize for your loss.)
As for the bag, I couldn't be happier. I won't echo what everyone else has already. Though I could.
Saddleback is a great company, for their product but eve. More so for customer service.
Being the proud owner of several SBL products, it is time to write a review! I recently picked up a "Dave's Deal" DCB Thin Briefcase and absolutely love it. I am still looking for the imperfection that caused the 15% discount. This was the first "DD" I went with and I'm sorry I waited so long. The briefcase is just what I wanted. It is big enough for the things I need to bring home each day, but not big enough it's a hassle to keep with me. The strap was a little long for where I like it to sit, but it's designed to be taken in and look classy. I carry a Window's Surface Pro 2, a 5x8 SBL Moleskine Notebook and a few documents and it's more than capable of this each day. More books, documents and it would start to get crowed, but that's not what this is designed for. Slim and basic. Just the way I like most things. I look forward to loading and unloading it each day. I feel like my 3 year old and his toy box! I seriously have a SBL addiction!
Typically I'm an impulse shopper. If I see something I like, I buy it. However, this was not as simple of a process for me. I've been lusting after some SBL gear for at least 3 months now -- glancing at the website probably 2 times per day (obsessive I know). I finally decided to pull the trigger on the thin briefcase in chestnut. Man is this one handsome bag! I've been using it for a couple of days now and I love it. Looks great, feels great, smells great. Worth every penny.
I got the medium and it absolutely fits everything I need to carry. I have an HP elitebook 8470p for work. I believe it's a 15 inch laptop (13 inches horizontally). Fits perfectly, with room to spare. This was the difficult deciding factor. I was really worried the lap top wouldn't fit, but it definitely does.
The chestnut color is beautiful. Originally I was drawn to the tobacco color. But for work, I'm glad I got the chestnut -- a but more formal. I work in a formal office setting (suit and tie), so it fits in nicely. Already got some great markings on the bag and have received a TON of compliments.
The only thing missing is a place to carry a water bottle. I always have some sort of beverage with me, so that would be nice. But given its thinness I can't envision the bag with that. That being said, I'm totally hooked and figure that buying the classic briefcase is an easy way to solve my water bottle issue. Why have 1, when you can have 2 awesome bags!!
If you're on the fence... hop off and buy this thing. You won't regret it.