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.
$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 aganist any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."
Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see someting as it really is.
This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the masks life has given them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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,Â 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
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 ....!
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!
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.