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Product Details
  • Large Briefcase in 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”
  • Medium
    • 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
  • Large
    • 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
“Quality is not an act, it is a habit”
- Aristotle

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. The boat dropped me off and I started up the trail (my little brother was already there waiting for me with the board), but little did I know that the 25-minute hike was all mud, slicker than snot. In order to concentrate on not slipping, I turned my briefcase into a backpack and only fell once. It’s a real convenient feature you’re going to like if you walk or hike long distances. As it turned out, the waves were way too big that day, so we didn't surf.


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78.9474% of reviewers recommended this

AMAZING

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.

Disappointed

Let me start by stating that I own quite a bit of Dave's product. A large waterbag, this briefcase, a large dry bag, notebook holder, satchel, cable bag , 2 pouches, and a belt pouch. None though gets used like this briefcase. It is used on a daily basis for work and I'm not very happy with how it has held up in just over a year and a half that I have owned it. I admit I don't treat it gently, but I do not abuse it and have treated a couple times with the leather milk. The flap is beginning to show signs of cracking where it bends while opening. I am concerned that if this is happening in such short period of time the bag not hold up for a few more years, let alone a lifetime. While only cosmetic, scratches are very noticeable, areas that receive a lot of contact are turning a different color, this along with the cracking makes me somewhat concerned about the tanning process. I must say though that the construction of this bag is is excellent though, stitching hardware, etc. I just feel for how much I have invested in these products I expect a little more.

Ideal for every day

I recently purchased the medium sized thin briefcase in carbon. I bought it to replace my Saddleback Classic Briefcase as my every day bag. I absolutely love my classic brief but I found myself carrying fewer things on a daily basis so the classic brief has been semi-retired to my weekend and flight carry-on bag. As with all of my SBL products, the quality is exceptional. I picked mine up on Dave's Deals (as I do with all my SBL bags) and for the life of me I cannot find a reason why this was 15% off. It looks perfect to me. I carry a 13" MacBook Pro inside a SBL sleeve, a few medical journals, a handful of papers, MacBook charger, iPhone charger, USB drive, pens and a small notebook. All of this fits perfectly. After reading some negative reviews I felt I wanted to address a few things that people complain about. 1. Weight. Yes, this is a heavy bag. It is made of sturdy leather and there is a lot of it. Realize this before purchasing. 2. "Stiffness". Yes, this is high quality leather and it is stiff at first. It may take a long time to break in this bag. Have you ever seen a 5+ year old SBL bag? Soft and supple...but it takes some work to get there. 3. D Rings. Thats part of the design and allure IMHO. I use a couple of them for attaching luggage tags and for clipping it to a spring clip when I put it in my trunk. Would recommend this bag to anyone.

Dave's Deals

This is my first MAJOR Saddleback Leather purchase. I've got a couple wallets, a phone sleeve (it fits the Moto X perfectly), a laptop sleeve, and I've given out the smaller items as gifts.

I had to take time to save up enough for this purchase but it was well worth it. I hit a Dave's Deals at 25% off of a Medium Chestnut. The only issue I could find was small scratches that I myself would have put into this bag in an open section of leather. I love it.

This bag, the medium, fits two laptops in the back compartment. I can fit a 17' Samsung Series 7 in it and a Lenovo Yoga 11s that's in a Saddleback sleeve. Up front I can keep an external hard drive, a notebook, pens, charger, etc.

With two laptops it's heave but that is my own doing, perfectly okay with it though. I'm 6'0, 165, and I'm on the fence of if it might be too small for my size. Honestly though, the bag really is perfect. I don't need bells and whistles and pockets. I wanted a bag that travels as hard and as much as i do. It feels like I have one now.

I was given a $400-$450 Tumi leather briefcase before this. The plastic coated leather ends started cracking and the bag was wearing quick after 2 years of use. One of my kids will use this Saddleback briefcase when they're in college or for their first job, that's an awesome feeling.

Thanks everyone!

Tough Bag

Great bag. Nice looking and extremely well made. The chrome is a bit much, but useful if ever needed. I've seen a lot of comments about the size of the large. Don't be scared to get the large, you're a man and should have a man size bag. If you want a satchel to fit on your messenger bike - look somewhere else.

Lots of chrome

I'm happy with my medium chestnut briefcase and can confirm that it does (just) fit a 15" MacBook Pro.

However, if you're not into dangling chrome rings, you might want to consider something else. This fairly small bag has 11 (!) chrome rings, of which 2 are useful (for the shoulder strap), 3 are marginally useful (if you want to carry the bag as a backpack, a bit gimmicky, but OK), and 6 are completely useless. They are supposedly for "lashing", but I cannot think of anything I would want to lash onto a briefcase.

Rugged Professionalism

I bought one of these for myself after getting my younger brother one in chestnut for his birthday. He works at a major bank headquarters and gets many compliments from his top brass. If he only knew how close I was to keeping it and getting him a card! I liked it so much I had to get one for myself. I must admit most of my Saddleback products (I've developed an unhealthy addiction) are either dark coffee brown or tobacco because I love those colors, but I decided to go with the carbon black since I felt this was a better choice for work.

I'm a engineer and inspector in the petrochemical industry and I have to say the large thin briefcase in carbon black was a perfect choice for me! I receive compliments wherever I go... from craftsmen in rural fabrication shops to engineering and sales managers in Houston engineering offices, the people I do business with notice the beauty and quality immediately. And I love the new black. It reminds me of weathered motorcycle leather. It's truly beautiful. I can't wait to see how it looks after a decade or two of additional use.

It's the perfect size for my normal day to day. It easily swallows my Dell M6400 mobile workstation (which is a huge, thick laptop), a Saddleback 8.5"x11" notepad holder, a folder of project files/drawings, a cable bag full of all my accessory cables, my safety gear, and smaller inspection equipment.

I couldn't be happier with this purchase! As others have said, short of a litigator, the thin briefcase is probably the right size briefcase for most people. Thanks for another great Saddleback Leather product!

Just what I was looking for!

I had been looking at Saddleback products for several months trying to decide which would best fit my needs. Ultimately, I selected the thin briefcase in DCB and found one on Dave's Deals. Ordering was easy and it arrived within 4 days. The briefcase was beautiful and I could not find any flaws that resulted in the 10% discount.

Unfortunately, the briefcase was too large and gave the appearance I was carrying a suitcase, rather than a briefcase. For reference, I am 6'0" and 190 lbs. I contacted SLC customer service and they could not have been more helpful. They emailed a return authorization and UPS shipping label.

The same day I returned the large briefcase to Saddelback, I located a medium thin in DCB on Dave's Deals. I could not be happier. It is perfectly proportioned and holds everything I need. This typically includes a leather portfolio (soon to be an SLC large notepad holder) and 1/2" three ring binder or various documents behind the divder. In front of the divider it holds my medium Moleskine, Kindle, and leather checkbook holder. The pocket stitched to the front of the divider is quite large and holds various power chords, gum, small first aid kit, and multi-tool. The back slash pocket is perfect for magazines, newspaper, or file folders.

Stylish and Simple

I have owned this briefcase for 6 months and am extremely pleased with it's perfomance and durability. Unexpectedly, the simple and well designed interior and exterior pockets have kept this bag better organized than my previous backpacks and satchels. As stated by others, the bag initially feels heavy but the shoulder strap is padded well and once you learn to use the strap, the bag carries well even through busy airports at a brisk walk.

Love it - But

I love it - but first i got the medium, thought it was too small and exchanged it for the larger one. Mistake. If you are under 6'2" or so the big one is simply too big. I never use it...though i love the bag. An external pocket would be helpful...but like i said, i love the bag...simply should have stayed with medium...

Fantabulous

I own all kinds of briefcases. But this is the tip of the top of the cream! Only beef, please make the rings optional, Dave! Then they'll be perfect!!! Keep it, dude. And the friendly staff and Dave's stories all add up to out of this world. Love my satchel and large gadget back. Went to a store I won't name, known for great designer leather from Italy. And they wanted to know where I got my gadget bag!

Handsome But Heavy

Just will start by saying, like others, that the bag seems incredibly well made and looks gorgeous. I get tons of compliments on it all the time, and it's already starting to age and soften nicely after just a couple of months (mine is a large tobacco). So all told, I really do like it.

However, and I can't stress this enough, these bags are beasts. I am a big tall guy and no stranger to lifting heavy things, but I feel it. So if you're not 6'3" and built like a bear you may want to think about sacrificing the build quality and tank-ness of this product for something a bit less weighty. Maybe part of the issue is that I live in Europe where there isn't quite as much space, we walk lots more and get around on on public transport so I'm carrying it a lot, up to two hours a day--but then that's the point of a bag, right?

To echo the other points that folks have made:
-all the metal rings are a bit excessive for a bag that markets itself as "unpretentious, simple design". I get that they're there on the off chance that you want to make it into a schoolkid-style satchel and wear it as a backpack, they're there... but I'm going to take a hacksaw to them as soon as I get a free saturday afternoon.
-there aren't a lot of extra pockets on it--just the one on the outside that I use for my ipad and the little pouch inside for pens and such. I like that, actually that helps me to keep my clutter down and stay more organised.
-the medium just fits my macbook air 13" in a herschel sleeve.
-the buckle clasp means that you really have to actively close it in order to pick it up by the handle. I've not yet gone to pick it up by the handle and had the bag fling open... but I've caught myself almost doing it!
-did I say it was heavy.

A Perfect fit

I already own the large classic briefcase but found it a little too big for my needs and a bit cumbersome to carry around, so I was searching for a good replacement. The thin briefcase in medium more than fit the bill. It is the perfect size and has plenty of room. The look of this briefcase is classic and timeless. I was already familiar with the quality of Saddleback Leather products, but I am still amazed how great their products look and perform.

I struggled with purchasing the thin front pocket briefcase or the thin briefcase, so I hopped on the computer and live chatted with customer service. The folks in their customer service are fantastic. I asked many questions and they helped me narrow it down to the thin briefcase. The briefcase has a divider and a pocket on the inside to make it 2 compartments and a pocket, compared to just 1 open compartment for the thin 2 pocket briefcase.

Oh, the colour of it all...

I bought this product about 18 months ago. It's great. I can't say enough good things about the one I have.

One of the clips failed and SB fixed it and shipped it free of charge (they even refunded my postage cost).

Just a brilliant bag and company.

But...

If you don't already own one, you may be too late. I have the carbon black one, but before they changed the dye. I have to say, the one I have is way better looking. If you like coffee or chestnut, no worries. If you like carbon black or tobacco, you are fresh out of luck.

That's just my personal preference of course. You might love the new dye.

But you can't go too wrong with anything on here.

Awesome Bag!

I bought the briefcase after being intorduced to Saddleback leather via a Ipad cover my wife bought for me. This is the most incredible bag ever. I was reently inn a very bad automobille accident that left me in the hospital and totaled the car. My briefcase was completely unharmed other than blood from a head injury. The service folks at Saddleback quickly helped me with the correct conditioner and a cleaning process although, I've just left the stains therre as a reminder. I have several pieces now and I'm getting the duffle next.

After one year of ownership...

After owning this bag for one full year...
...It has been on over 100 flights
...It has been rained on and fully dampened several times
...It still looks amazing/new and I sort of want it to age faster to establish some cred :P
...It is still my favorite worldly possession
...There is no other work bag I would rather have, and I am not jealous of anyone else's work bag
...Many people are jealous of my bag and many people compliment it when they see it for the first time
...I am still glad I chose chestnut
...I am still glad I chose the medium (I have seen the large in the wild a few times, it's VERY LARGE. If you don't have a 17" laptop, just get the medium. Medium is normal work bag size, and I think it should be called "regular" because medium makes it sound small.)

Points for improvement:
1) I don't particularly like how it leans forward when sitting on the ground because the back panel is more rigid than the front.
2) The stiching has pulled out slightly on one side of the handle. It happened like 6 months ago and hasn't gotten worse, and its not worth sending in for repair until it does. It's just cosmetic, there is a rivet right there.

Still though, I would buy the exact same bag if something were to happen to mine. I would recommend this over the classic briefcase if you are looking for a laptop bag for your corporate job.

It Just Doesn't Get Better

After drooling over these cases for a long time, my wife finally bought me the Large Thin Briefcase for my birthday - Saddleback Leather is my new love language. I couldn't be happier. I was torn between the classic large or the thin large but I finally decided on thin. In the end the classic was to deep for my needs but I love the look of it. When the case arrived in the mail it was so much better than any picture or video on the internet from anywhere. It is the perfect size, I don't find the weight to be an issue at all, the shoulder strap is much more comfortable than any other case I have owned, the leather is fantastic. The DCB color is great. Whether a Dave's Deal or not this is worth every penny. Buy one and cross it off your bucket list.

Classy

I bought the Large in Chestnut color as a college graduation gift for myself and couldn't be more happy. It is everything I wanted going into graduate school where I wasn't wanting to wear a standard backpack all day. I couldn't even count how many compliments I have received on the briefcase and absolutely love the character it has gained over the past few months. I'm already looking to buy another Saddleback product; I just need more time to decide which!

The First of Many

Love this bag! The first one I ordered was as an 'attaboy' from my boss for some good work done. He asked what I wanted, gave me a price range and I came back within five minutes with the bag I'd been coveting for a while. I ordered a 'large' and was a little surprised at just how large and hefty it was. Loved the craftsmanship, but as a little guy (5'9" and 155) the bag felt a little big on me. My problem was solved when somebody wanted the bag more than me; my truck was broken into and my bag, laptop and Saddleback wallet were all stolen. I was honestly most upset about the bag. I re-ordered myself the wallet and bag but got the smaller size this time. Hooray for Dave's Deals! The small briefcase fits me perfectly. I especially like the change from the screw-style carabiners that held the old strap to the new clip one. The screws would work themselves loose after speeding down bouncy oilfield roads. I've gotten more compliments from strangers on this bag than anything I've owned. Keep up the great work!

A True Beauty!

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.

The best briefcase ever for professionals

I needed a lawyer briefcase. One that is durable enough to stand up to everyday wear of the city, but also looks classy and professional. The thin briefcase in chestnut is it.

I use the large classic briefcase as a trial bag, but the thin briefcase is what I carry on a daily basis. It holds everything I need, it's gorgeous, and it's not too heavy. I can't recommend this briefcase enough. Plus it looks better every single day I use it.

Great All Round Bag

I bought the thin briefcase in chestnut around 9 months ago and it hasn't left my side since. From my day to day uses at university to hiking jungles in Costa Rica, this bag gets the job done. Can't wait until I can get my next piece!

Head turner

Been using the thin briefcase for about a week....still has that wonderful leather smell...love the heft of the thin large briefcase....chestnut is a wonderful color and heads turn when I commute by train to work. Leather is softening and developing nicely. Highly functional with no frills ...love the masculine appeal! Will cost ya...but worth every single cent! My first saddleback leather...and I am addicted ....!

A Day to Day Bag

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.

Oh it's NICE!

Just received my Briefcase Thin Medium in Tobacco (light tan...like the color of the side-tabs on this website)...and man is it nice.

I needed a briefcase for everyday between home and the office and presentations. I still will use my Tumi roller to carry all my computers (6-8) when I go on site to manage social media for events....that is until Dave put's wheels on something! :)

I love Dave's quote and it's true...today is the ugliest it will look as every little scratch adds more and more character. It's true!

Other note is that the inside little pocket nicely stashes an iPad mini for those Apple fans playing along at home.

Another added bonus is my new leather cologne that is detected whenever i'm carrying this thing! "Rich Corinthian Leather" as Mr Montalban would say....or something like that!

Classic Bag

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.

Love Affair

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.

Great Dave's Deal

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!

I don't know what I love more, the bag or the customer service

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.

Exceptional Quality as Advertised...but

I spent a few casual hours a week researching bags from all over the world and settled on the Thin Briefcase from Saddleback Leather. I was like a school boy waiting for it to arrive. The bag was exactly as Dave described and demonstrated. 1st rate material and workmanship..however I did return the bag for a refund. Here's why:

-Very heavy. For everyday use, it would wear on me.
- Too stiff.
- The shoulder strap that comes with it is super long so you can thread it through one of the D-rings and wear it as a backpack. Not sure who would do that with this bag? seems like wearing it like a backpack would happen maybe once a year? but if you're not wearing it like a backpack the shoulder strap is way too long. It just kind of hangs off the bag, and it's boot leather (thick), so not like you can tuck it away. They should offer shorter shoulder straps with this.
- Zero..and I mean zero internal organization. There's a small pocket off to one side, but other than that it is just an open box. I started looking at buying a small portfolio or organizer to put in there, but that would just add more weight. I don't need cell phone, keys, business cards, pens..etc., just rattling around the bottom of my briefcase.
- A lot of D-rings. not sure what they are all for. One of the first questions anyone asked when looking at the bag "what are all these D-rings for?". Dave may know.

For me, with the world getting more compact, more organized and efficient..an empty briefcase that weighed almost 6 lbs with enough room for 4 laptops didn't seem prudent investment..because I did plan on this being my last briefcase.

Other than that, excellent customer service and response and really a wonderfully constructed bag. I just didn't dig the design.

Just Love It

I agonised over buying this product having had a sandstorm thin briefcase for the last 15 years but which sadly gave up the ghost recently. We forget how much simple things like our briefcase become part of our identity and it took a lot for me not to go straight out and buy the same thing again, but I didn't.

The briefcase from SB is fantastic, I winced when I paid, winced again about the carriage from the States and winced again when HMRC taxed me a fortune to get it into the UK. Having said all that I was so pleased when I pulled it out of the box that, a bit like childbirth, I'????ve now forgotten all that because I'????m so happy with the result.

The bag is heavy, but that's kind of reassuring and you should adjust the strap so that it operates as a shoulder strap day to day otherwise you look like a teenager with an over large satchel or a wally using the backpack function with a suit. We are a bit conservative in England about that sort of thing.

My father was in the leather business in England selling leather for British high quality hand made shoes. He taught me never to buy cheap shoes because they never last, are bad for your feet and cannot be repaired. Some of those reasons hold true here.

Lastly, we sell a specific type of insurance that is difficult to obtain and seemingly expensive, just like these cases if you live in the UK. A wise man called John Ruskin, about 150 years ago, once said the following; which is how we feel about our insurance and your bags:

It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money - that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought for. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It cannot be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better. JOHN RUSKIN (1819-1900)

The Most amazing Piece of Leather I've Ever Ownee

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!!!!

Amazing Product!!

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.

Great laptop briefcase

I love Saddleback products and when I got a new 17' laptop I knew exactly what my next purchase would be to carry it around. The large thin briefcase in DCB looks great and snugly carries laptop in separate compartment, with plenty of room in other compartment for files, books, whatever. Inside pocket holds pens, phone, and keys.

I'm a lawyer and whenever I carry it to courthouse I get compliments on my Indiana Jones bag. Even had a couple people stop me and say "Hey, is that a Saddleback bag?" "Cool bag"

I carry it 3-4 days a week and it's not even beginning to break in yet, no wonder these bags have a 100 year warranty.

If you are hesitating buying a SBL bag because of the price, pull the trigger and do it. You will not regret it.

Large Thin Briefcase

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.

Medium Thin Briedcase

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.

Bury With Me!

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.

Brifecase or armored tank?

Hey everyone,

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.

Very Impressed

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 :)

Excellent Bag and Great Value

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.

The Ultimate in Durability

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.

AMAZING BAG

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!

Great product

I've had this one about 3 years and absolutely love it!! Purchased the big one. Ended up buying backpack too a year later.

Superb quality

Exceeds the hype!

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.

Overall good, but definite design flaw

I have the medium thin briefcase in Chestnut. It is a beautiful bag, excellent leather as everyone has mentioned in previous posts. The one problem is that when the strap is in the over the shoulder mode (not backpack), the metal clasps pull up on the sides of the leather flap on the top of the bag in a way that really strain the sides and it is now starting to breakdown. The pig skin even has a small tear there. It's fairly minor damage right now, but I've only had the bag about six months, so I'm thinking over time this will really be a problem. I also wish that I had purchased a bag with more easily accessible pockets for phone/pens/etc such as the satchel.

Wonderful Bag!

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.

WOW... Just buy it!

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!

Amazing Briefcase I LOVE It!

I purchased the Large Chestnut thin briefcase over a year ago and I love it more now than I did when I bought it. The bag is incredibly durable and truly does get better with age. When I bought it I was worried about the weight - has NOT been an issue. The storage is perfect for a 13" laptop. I did buy two small bags to further organize the interior one was the Cable bag and another very small bag for thumb drives and dongles.

To say I have "complaints" would be an overstatement but after a year of using the bag daily I have the following "comments / observations":
1) The double shoulder pads are awesome. I keep both on the bag and they make it ride very comfortably on my shoulder. I did not like having both at first but now I can't stand to only have 1.
2) The bag is fairly "quick access" with only the one buckle but I wish it had a "roller" on the buckle (like the suitcase has) to make it open and close more smoothly. I "fiddle" with getting it unbuckled more than I would like.
3) I wish the belt that closed the bag was 1 - 2" shorter. There is not really any need for all that extra length. I've thought often about cutting it but I can't bear to risk damaging my bag.
4) The top handle is only just now breaking in. For the first year it was slightly uncomfortable if I carried the bag by the handle for more than 15 or 20 minutes. I think a bit of neoprene under the handle would go a long way to making this bag perfect...but it is sooo close now.
5) The Laptop Sleeve and Cable bag are must have accessories for this bag. Love how they look and work together. People that want more pockets really just want a couple of small bags that allow you to move the "storage" to wherever you need it.

Dave thanks for making a great product can't wait to get my suitcase.

Regards,

Tom

Brifecase or armored tank?

Hey everyone,

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.

Overall good, but definite design flaw

I have the medium thin briefcase in Chestnut. It is a beautiful bag, excellent leather as everyone has mentioned in previous posts. The one problem is that when the strap is in the over the shoulder mode (not backpack), the metal clasps pull up on the sides of the leather flap on the top of the bag in a way that really strain the sides and it is now starting to breakdown. The pig skin even has a small tear there. It's fairly minor damage right now, but I've only had the bag about six months, so I'm thinking over time this will really be a problem. I also wish that I had purchased a bag with more easily accessible pockets for phone/pens/etc such as the satchel.

Bury With Me!

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.

A Day to Day Bag

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.

Love Affair

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.

Just Love It

I agonised over buying this product having had a sandstorm thin briefcase for the last 15 years but which sadly gave up the ghost recently. We forget how much simple things like our briefcase become part of our identity and it took a lot for me not to go straight out and buy the same thing again, but I didn't.

The briefcase from SB is fantastic, I winced when I paid, winced again about the carriage from the States and winced again when HMRC taxed me a fortune to get it into the UK. Having said all that I was so pleased when I pulled it out of the box that, a bit like childbirth, I'€™ve now forgotten all that because I'€™m so happy with the result.

The bag is heavy, but that's kind of reassuring and you should adjust the strap so that it operates as a shoulder strap day to day otherwise you look like a teenager with an over large satchel or a wally using the backpack function with a suit. We are a bit conservative in England about that sort of thing.

My father was in the leather business in England selling leather for British high quality hand made shoes. He taught me never to buy cheap shoes because they never last, are bad for your feet and cannot be repaired. Some of those reasons hold true here.

Lastly, we sell a specific type of insurance that is difficult to obtain and seemingly expensive, just like these cases if you live in the UK. A wise man called John Ruskin, about 150 years ago, once said the following; which is how we feel about our insurance and your bags:

It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money - that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought for. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It cannot be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better. JOHN RUSKIN (1819-1900)

Great laptop briefcase

I love Saddleback products and when I got a new 17' laptop I knew exactly what my next purchase would be to carry it around. The large thin briefcase in DCB looks great and snugly carries laptop in separate compartment, with plenty of room in other compartment for files, books, whatever. Inside pocket holds pens, phone, and keys.

I'm a lawyer and whenever I carry it to courthouse I get compliments on my Indiana Jones bag. Even had a couple people stop me and say "Hey, is that a Saddleback bag?" "Cool bag"

I carry it 3-4 days a week and it's not even beginning to break in yet, no wonder these bags have a 100 year warranty.

If you are hesitating buying a SBL bag because of the price, pull the trigger and do it. You will not regret it.

Large Thin Briefcase

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.

Medium Thin Briedcase

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.