I never worried the quality of this backpack, because I know for sure that all saddlebackleather items have the utmost superior qualities. At first I was still little skeptical if it is gonna abled to fill all my craps from my old backpack. Well, it turned out perfectly packed all my stuff nicely, and I also purchased the cable bag along with this canvas bag, and as expected they work flawlessly together.
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- From the Mountainback Collection
- Built with uncommonly thick 24 oz waxed canvas from Scotland that is extremely rugged and water resistant
- Dark Coffee Brown Old Bull leather pad covers the back and bottom of bag for comfort and protection from inside contents; Leather is stamped with month and year of construction.
- Exterior leather pad doubles as an exterior pocket and allows for items, such as a tripod, to be carried under the bag.
- Closes with thick leather drawstring or by folding over and clipping top shut for added weather protection
- Adjustable 34 1/8" Old Bull leather shoulder straps are contoured for a comfortable fit
- Sewn leather tabs on the sides of the bag work for lashing or hanging extra gear such as a water bottle or hammock
- Easily fits a 15” Macbook, iPad, or Notepad Holder - all with room to spare for your ax and thermos
- Is over-engineered with high quality materials for when your life depends on it; Can (with much effort or very sharp knife) be shredded and wrapped to make a torch.
- Will outlast you and maybe your kids, or even your kids' kids
- To be noted: Waxed canvas is the original water resistant fabric, and comes with the attendant charms and quirks of being a centuries-old technology. In the young days of your bag, you may experience slight wax transfer from the canvas to any particularly absorbent contents in the bag (such as paper, etc). It is recommended that these contents are kept in a case while in the bag. Something to keep in mind as the bag breaks in.
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Exterior: 22 ½” H 12” D x 6 ¾” D
- Interior: 21” H x 11” W x 6 ¾” D
- 4.8 pounds
I had ordered this thing a few months ago while overseas and am now in the US; I finally got my hands on this bag today. I can tell you that the video doesn't do this thing justice. It's not the fault of the video, it's simply that this bag looks better, feels better and functions better than you could possibly understand from a video.
I have been using the SBL Messenger Bag for about 4 years now, and my work overseas now requires me to carry more stuff around, but also keep things separated, preferably in different compartments. The layout of the bag is so simple and yet so helpful. The pockets are deep but easily accessible due to the flexibility of the canvas, which is one reason I decided to change over to SBL's canvas line. For those wondering about the feel of the leather backing and straps, I can tell you that it all fits like a glove. It was a genius move to put sturdy leather on the back and let the canvas deal with the items inside. I packed this thing as full as possible, put it on, and still felt nothing but the wonderful absence of stuff jamming into my back. The way the straps are designed fits so well to the human physique, going around the sides of the body instead of uncomfortably squeezing them. Just feeling the canvas in your hands is enough to give you a deep sense of the beautiful balance struck between functionality and durability. Insanely thick, but insanely light. Having now switched over, I can now fit into the canvas pack twice the amount I crammed into the Messenger Bag, and the canvas pack weighs less than the messenger bag. What more could you ask for? If you're looking for a large pack that doesn't weigh much but doesn't give up quality for quantity, this is your bag.
This pack is awesome in all aspects, from construction to utility to organization. Just like all of the “bags” I purchased from "SaddleBack" the quality is “amazing”. Being from Minnesota, the birth place of high quality canvas packs, i know good quality. Furthermore, the leather backing will help hold the bags shape. Most importantly, if to many “bells and whistles” are on a canvas bag they will collapse over time, not this bag. Please keep the design simple.
Just got bag today and it is a waxed canvas beauty! Plenty of room to easily pack a weekend worth of clothes. The front inside pocket accommodates my IPad Mini 4 with room to spare. The side inside pocket is perfect for my DCB Large Passpert wallet! It is nice and secure in the pocket with no worries of falling out when manauevering the bag. The little "coin" pocket is actually a generous size that I put my little "supplies" in for airline travel; small bandaid kit, , small travel case with ear plugs, eye mask, toothbrush.
The strap leather is very thick and sturdy. The video doesn't do the thickness justice! I can't wait for the bag to mold itself to me like my DCB Briefcase has over the past 7 years!
I thought I wanted the simple backpack. I was moved to choose this bag as the other was sold out. However, after watching another YouTube video I realized that I really needed this bag. It can be compact or spacious, the choice is yours!
Great job Dave and SBL Team!
Roald Amundsen (A.D. 1872 - 1928)
The year Roald Amundsen reached the ripe old age of 15, coincidentally, was about the same year his mother became the most active prayer warrior in all of Norway. Roald’s curiosity drove him to risk his life over and over again for the joy of experiencing the unknown and the uncharted. Those desires eventually took him, but not before he lived one of the coolest lives recorded in history.
In 1903, he was the first to make his way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific by going over the top of the North American Continent, now named the Northwest Passage. In 1911, Amundsen was the first to reach the South Pole and in 1926, the first to reach the North Pole. I can only imagine the beautiful scenery and animals and all around fun experiences he took in and had. Makes this man want to go out and explore something right now.
And you can bet that when Amundsen was purchasing gear for an expedition, he never said anything like “But this one is only half the price of the really good one, and it’s probably good enough.” or “But it looks so nice and the lining has a really pretty world map on it”. When your life depends on it, quality trumps it all, period. If a tool failed, and he or one of his crew lost life or limb, the “100% Money Back Guarantee” was cold comfort. The selection of tools and materials were mission essential and vital to his team's existence and success.
Did Roald Amundsen become an inspiration to thousands, live the amazing experiences he did and are we talking about him so long after his death because of the gear he carried? Absolutely not. He was successful because he was the kind of man who valued a quality life, who surrounded himself with quality people and carried only the highest of quality gear. Now you go and do likewise.