I purchased this bag as a gift to celebrate my boyfriend's graduation (BS in Mechanical Engineering.) Got it just yesterday and will gift it to him Saturday BUT I am beyond thrilled with the purchase. It is a beautifully put together bag and the fragrant leather is pleasantly overwhelming! I have showed it to a few people and the reaction has been the same, they are stunned at the beauty of this bag. I am certain he will love it and am sure he will be writing a review of his own. If you are thinking about buying this bag you will not regret it!
$461.00 to $474.00SKU: #01-10-0002
- Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin
- 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 masks 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 am a lawyer who used the same Atlas Briefcase for 20+ years and decided it was time to get a new one. After spending an insane amount of time reviewing briefcases on the web (not to mention coming back to Dave's site for days on end), I went with the Large Thin Briefcase in Chestnut. I have used it for over a week and am extremely pleased. To paraphrase a favorite movie scene, I love the smell of chestnut in the morning.
The case looks great. It is stiff when you first get it (took a while just to open the strap), but it loosens up quickly (I can now open it with one hand). It's amazing how much fits into it. It naturally expands the more it is used. Unlike other briefcases which curve inward at the top (and prevent a full case from sometimes closing), the thin case is tall and the same width at the top as the bottom. I have carried a laptop, two hardback books, an Ipad, and some files and it all fits. Also love the pocket that carries my checkbook and chargers.
Don't pay attention to the reviews that complain about the heaviness of the case. It's full grain leather, so it's not going to feel as light as much inferior (in my opinion) italian-style leather. And those of us who carry lots of stuff home in our cases would not notice any difference. In fact, after carrying a load home last night and emptying the case at work today, the thing felt positively light (and I usually carry it as a portfolio and not using the shoulder strap). I do agree that, if I could make it perfect for my use, I would eliminate most of the D hooks, especially those on the bottom. I suspect that very few people who own this case will use it as a backpack (the large classic briefcase would be better for that). On the plus side, it makes the case unique.
Finally, if you are undecided between the Medium and the Large, go with the Large. I am just under six feet tall, and the Large looks great, plus, it gives you much more room. Dave, this is a winner. Just bought a matching Chestnut medium note pad as a Dave's Deal. Whoever designed this website should be arrested for encouraging addictive behavior.
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.
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...
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!
The large dark coffee brown thin briefcase far exceeded my expectations. The quality is outstanding, the design is simple and elegant, and the functionality is very well thought out. It is a true beauty! It certainly is the last one you will ever need to buy...unless you become addicted to their products, which will probably happen. I started out with the ID wallet, and don't plan on stopping with this briefcase.
I've been carrying a bag every day of my life since I entered grade school. At first it was a big canvas military backpack, then a Timbuk2 messenger bag, and now the medium thin briefcase from SBL.
If you're looking for the bag to carry every day, this is probably the best one money can buy. At 4lbs, it's got some heft to it but isn't the 6lb monster the Classic briefcase is. My daily carry includes an ipad (or occasoinal laptop), DS, all my chargers/cables, earbuds in case, pen and paper pad, wallet and occasional other materials with room to spare. It's a bigger bag than you might expect given it's the smallest briefcase SBL offers.
After a few weeks use it's already developing a really nice look to the leather, softening up in the joints and getting a couple battle scars from the weekly grind.
My only complaints would be in the strap hardware that attaches to the bag. If you're the type who would remove the strap occasionally, or convert it to a backpack, it can be quite difficult and slow to unscrew the hinged latches. They aren't quick release by any means.
Beyond that tho. This is the day-to-day office warriors dream, and it's tough enough to stand up to any boardroom jungle. Couldn't be happier.
I bought the Large Thin Briefcase(Chestnut) 3 Months ago and have enjoyed it very much. While it does have some weight to it, it is not too bad. This is a very manly bag that screams American Classic. This bag seems to get better every day. The scratches and dings certainly add character to the bag. After some initial breaking in it starts to get softer and develops a rich patina. I travel quite a bit for work and regularly receive compliments from fellow travelers. I own several SD products( bible cover x2, Old Bull Belt Chestnut, Black, Slim Wallet. Medium Wallet, Medium Portfolio) and have been very pleased with all my purchases. I would warn folks who want a piece that is not going to show scratches and wear to look at another company. These items are made to show wear and for me that adds character to the leather. Over all Saddleback products do not disappoint. Like Dave says" buy the best and cry once". God Bless.
I've had my bag for about a year now. At first I felt I made a mistake in getting chestnut over dark coffee brown, but with each passing day, I love the colour more and more. This bag has been one of, if not, the best purchases I have ever made. It works as a fantastic book bag, briefcase, and overnight bag. Its hard to put into words how I feel about this bag. I feel like it grows with me. It just keeps getting better with age and I'm looking forward to many future years of use.
I'd like to thank saddleback leather for such a great product.
I bought a large thin Tobacco Brown briefcase as a Dave's Deal with a 10% discount and received it yesterday. It is terrific and fits the bill with all the usual hallmarks of Saddleback quality. (I already own medium and large classic briefcases, a knapsack and sundry other items, so you know I'm a true believer. And I'm ordering two more items tonight.)
It's the Dave's Deal part I wanted to comment on. On the Dave's Deal page, the 10% discount is described as reserved for pieces with defects only visible when you look for them when the item is actually in your hand, and that was exactly the case. My item had slight discoloration along one gusset seam and slight warping along one outer corner. My guess is that it would have looked like that within one week of normal use by yours truly. I think I've gotten a great deal and couldn't be more pleased.
Thanks Dave and team!
Picked up my bag from the local post office this morning. I loved the color and the sturdiness of the bag. Didn't like the stiffness but I understand I have to wear it in. It truly is the experience that makes items of quality like this worth it. The bag shall gain character through how you treat it. Back to the manly bag, sturdy, leather is thick and feels like it can withstand a stab, and spacious (I got the large). It is heavy and that will be a decent workout for me during my long commutes. On a funny note, I did slip on ice today (canadian winter) and wished I had fallen on the actual bag for some decent battle scars. Alas, I fell on my bottom. Cheers and hope all who consider this bag enjoy it in good health.
After looking at almost every leather briefcase south of I-10 in Houston and being very disappointed at the selection and quality I found, I took to the internet. I kept coming back to Saddleback. While it was slightly more than I was looking to pay, I was sold on the story and Dave's passion for creating quality without compromise. I pulled the trigger on the thin briefcase and the MacBook Air sleeve in Chestnut and, as promised, it shipped the same day and delivered a couple of days later.
Both products were everything described on the website and more. Just fantastic quality and beautiful, beautiful leather pieces. I fell in love....so much so that I immediately applied for a job with this amazing company (we'll see how that turns out).
Anyway, I've carried this bag with me everywhere I've gone for about a week now and have received more compliments than I can keep up with. It really is an amazing product...you'll love it too!!!!
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.
Got the Medium Thin Briefcase in Chestnut in back in January, and it hurt watching the money leave my account. Four months later and I'm wondering why I waited so long. This bag is the most functional thing I've ever owned. I keep a 15" MacBook and charger, iPad mini, Large Notepad holder, headphones, keys, pens, and my 5x8" moleskin. There's a bit of extra room for a book or whatever in the front pocket. Everything fits snug without being impossible to get out. The d-rings provide a useful way to attach water bottles/sleeping bags/lunch boxes/yoga mats/whatever. The big "backpack converter" ring at the top, I will confess hasn't been used for its intended purpose. I use it to attach stuff and hang the bag up on the wall. Functional to the extreme.
Only cons - this is quality leather so everything comes a bit stiff. Two or three weeks of use will help with that. The bag is heavy. The strap is a bit long but I found that it doubles back on one of the loops securely so this isn't to much of an issue. Once again, this is leather - scuffs and scratches will (and should!) happen. If you're fastidious about tiny scratches be warned - this bag, and leather in general, are probably not for you.
If, however, you want a bag that gets better looking with time, this is the one. Each ding and scratch fades into the leather and gives it character and uniqueness. This bag is my bag now - if you put it in a line with 100 Saddleback Co. Medium Thin Briefcases in Chestnut, I could pick this one out in a second. And I plan to use it till the end of my life.
Which brings us to the famous durability. I can't imagine how this could be more durable. The seams and rivet points give the bag a sturdiness that's hard to describe - there isn't anything I could do to rip those apart. The leather itself is as strong as you could hope for.
I couldn't be happier with this purchase. Use it everyday.
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 purchased my thin briefcase about a year ago and it gets better with age. It has a distinct look about it and I have received compliements about it from several coworkers. I think one of the benefits of ordering from SBL is the ability to choose a size of bag. Also some may think these bags are expensive, but they are really very competitively priced and an excellent value. If you are looking for something that is not your run of the mill leather product, by all means purchase this bag.
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.
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.