After weeks of debate and constantly vacillating between the decision to purchase this or a less expensive item, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a large desk pad in Chestnut. After receiving the first, I ordered a small desk pad in Chestnut. This review will address both of these products in separate paragraphs and then my thoughts on the color in the last.
I first ordered (and received) the large desk pad. After much debate between sizes (did I want a medium and a small, or just a large?) and color (would Chestnut be versatile enough to be used on whatever desk I own? Would dark coffee be too bland?), I decided to go with the large Chestnut. The product arrived packaged in a very thin cardboard box, which surprisingly protected the product quite well. Upon opening the package, I was hit with the distinctly rich smell of leather, even through the inner plastic packaging. After completely opening the package, I inspected every inch of the leather, hoping that there would be no flaws or imperfections that Saddleback has decided to include. Luckily, this piece was pristine. The leather appeared to have arrived well nourished, however I applied a thin layer of Saphir Renovateur to help protect my new desk pad. The leather did not discolor after application of the Saphir Renovateur. The craftsmanship on this product is unmistakeable- the stitching is well done and in a tonal color and the rivets are well positioned and recessed on the reverse to help prevent scratching the desk surface. One of the best thought out pieces of design of this product is the gap between the rivets and second layer of stitching where one's hands normally rest while typing / writing. Very well thought out in that regard. The branding is a bit more obvious than I would have liked (although it's by no means ostentatious) and I would have very much appreciated the choice of having my initials embossed on the left side where the image of Blue is. The pad is quite thick and seems to have a layer of cushioning in the middle. This cushioning is enough to provide comfort, but not enough so that paper is punctured. The size of the large pad is also fair, although I do believe that it would be much better if there were another couple of inches added to each dimension. Unfortunately, I do believe that this item is a bit overpriced, especially with the shipping factored in. Had this product either been about 10% cheaper or offered free shipping (or both!) I would have ordered this much, much sooner.
After being thoroughly impressed with the large desk pad, I went ahead and ordered the small, leather mousepad in Chestnut. The design of this is very similar to that of the large desk pad so I won't comment further on that. The one issue I do have with this mouse pad is the leather- this piece has much more imperfections, including some stretch marks, wrinkles, and a 1-2 inch scratch running down the middle. For the price of this mousepad, I am disappointed with the end appearance.
Finally, the Chestnut color is perfect for my needs. The color is a very rich burgundy almost reminiscent of a cross between a merlot and Horween #8 color. It truly is a beautiful color and combined with the rich leather smell it really adds a few degrees of class to my desk.
In summation- the products are beautiful, smell great, and are highly functional. My two pieces did have a great degree of variance in their appearance (I have one other piece that doesn't have the imperfections noted). Additionally, these products would benefit greatly from having wax burnished edges (it would add an even higher degree of class) and an option to add an embossed monogram in the position where Blue (sorry Blue, I really do love dogs but I think the option of a monogram instead would be more fitting of a product designed to add a degree of luxury to an office) is. Finally, the pricing does seem a bit high for what you ultimately receive. Yes, the leather is absolutely beautiful, but at 10% less of the current price (or free shipping) I really think it would be an incredible value.
$45.00 to $213.00SKU: #CLC-PA
- Three sizes: for mouse, monitor and desk
- Thick enough to smooth out any desk surface
- High density neoprene inner padding for pen to “bounce” back
- Suede bottom to grip and protect desk
- Makes any office smell really nice
- Riveted on corners for extra durability
- Set of 3 breaks up the visual space of your desk or office
- Gets good looking and beat up with heavy use
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Mouse Pad
- 11 ¼” W x 9” H
- Weight: 0.5 pounds
- Monitor Pad
- 16” W x 12” H
- Weight: 0.55 pounds
- Desk Pad
- 25 ¾” W x 17 ¾” H
- Weight: 2.45 pounds
We use natural Markings Equal Inclusion of Exceptional Imperfection Ornamentation
"... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates against any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."
Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see something as it really is.
This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the marks life has given them.
Since we had already driven down to the Southern Sierra Madres of Mexico, I figured why not stop into the little town of Santa Clara del Cobre, “The Copper Town”, to find out what everybody was talking about.
Now back home in Texas, I had my new office to create from scratch and I wasn’t about to let it look average. As I asked around for someone to make me some custom desk pieces. People pointed us over to a backstreet coppersmith workshop where they were pounding out the glowing lumps of copper straight out of the fire. It wasn’t long before I was the proud owner of a hammered copper in and out paper tray, an envelope holder, a business card holder, a letter opener and a pen holder. They couldn’t have been more perfect.
They fit PERFECTLY on my old worn wooden desk, but still something was missing. It needed leather. Well, that’s how these came about. I’ve always appreciated sets of 3’s, the divine number of perfection, and know that things just feel right to me if they’re arranged in triangles. And so when I laid down my newly designed leather desk pad, monitor pad and mouse pad and saw the wood, leather and old copper together, I knew the office was then complete.
I just received my small desk pad, and man am I happy! I got the new tobacco color which is fantastic by the way. It is soft and smells great of course. Right now I am using my my Apple TrackPad, works great, doesnt slide around or anything. Over all love the pad.
If your thinking about it.... Just do it.
I have a hundred year old desk with a deep red finish and this desk pad is beyond beautiful. The longer I own it the greater it looks. The size is perfect--plenty of room for my large note pad holder, post it notes, fountain pens.....
I live at my desk and could not think of a better office addition.
Unlike "Nah," I don't need pillow-like support for every part of my body that touches a surface.
I do enjoy quality, leather goods that wear in and get better with age as I do.
The mouse pad has been a favorite piece of desk gear for years, and serves me well...
along with my briefcase, suitcase, duffel, macbook air sleeve, large and small notebooks, iPhone sleeve, and coasters. If Saddleback made clothing I'd probably wear that as well.
P.S. Calloused hands come from weightlifting not mouse pads, weenie.
I bought the carbon mousepad to experiment with the colour. It is soft and supple to touch yet very durable. I have left some patina form daily the daily use.
Now I want a chestnut medium pad for my MBA and probably large for my coffee and donut.
This deask pad is great. I was trying to avoid scratching my desk, and this solved the issue. It has a bit of padding to it, which helps a lot too. Also there is a break in the stitching right where your wrist sits, which is great.
I am very fond of all the products I have purchased from this company. The large desk blotter is no exception. This is a company that embodies the "quality is remembered long after price is forgotten" mantra. I like that.
This is a great pad. HEAVY DUTY.
It is comfortable for writing, the neoprene sandwiched in the center, provides a smooth writing surface that doesn't give too much.
Great buy. Great gift for the writer or for anyone who spends an inordinate amount of time at a desk.
Plus, the leather aromatic doesn't go away!
I bought the small size in DCB to use as a mouse pad and after an evening of use it's great. The smooth surface allows my gaming mouse (Logitech G700) to glide effortlessly- Like it's on ice. The slightest push with my finger sends it sliding on its own. I usually use a normal neoprene mouse pad and this is lightyears ahead of that. I don't know how long this slickness will last but for now it's very good.
The rough leather surface on the bottom keeps the pad stuck securely to my slightly rough plastic/melamine desk surface. I briefly tested it on glass and also glossy polyurethane coated wood surfaces and it held nearly as well. It would slide a bit if I made a concerted effort to make it move.
This thing is a great addition to any desk and way better than any boring, old, generic mouse pad. Well worth the money if you're looking to class up your desk and to make your mouse feel like it's floating on a cushion of air.
If I remember I'll come back after extended use and update how the surface changes with time.
Ordered one to match my notepad, but the kids wouldn't let it leave home so I bought another. In the 3 week gap the dings and scratches you'd expect from an 11 and 10 year old have just given it character, it feels great and it was easily tarted up with a swipe of Chamberlains.
The second one has just turned up and looking forward to banishing from my office the plastic corporate-swag mouse mats that curl up and look terrible. Don't buy it if you are going to get conniptions over wear, do buy it if you like something distinctive.
We use these onboard our traditional Sailing Yacht Dove which has a hand-carved varnished teak interior.
Our countertops are made of purple heart and the dark coffee brown compliments the color scheme very well. The large coffee brown pad is on our Navigation station desk and we lay out nautical charts to plot positions/course lines and track lines.
We use two medium size dark coffee brown pads as placemats on our teak and gold leaf dinette table - where they look Great!
We also use two large mats in Chestnut in our home on wood desks a 'la Munson in his videos.
**We can't recommend these highly enough - they class up any traditional yacht or home interior**
ps. a tip: after testing for discoloration (no issue) we used mink oil on our dark coffee brown and chestnut leathers - it is the best means of making them stain resistant and water resistant. This won't work on Tobacco Brown - it gets discolored.
Hurts your wrist after a while. Got me a Belkin Wave Rest Gel-Filled Cushion Wrist Pad insted. Sorry SBL.