I circled around this bag in dark coffee brown like a hungry buzzard circling a fresh corpse. It took me 3-4 months to make a decision, and while I wish I could have had an opportunity to see a tobacco and dark coffee brown bag side by side in person, I'm eternally pleased with the latter.
Word of warning to those living in Europe: beware of steep duty and shipping charges. I got slapped with an extra 200 euro duty charge. Surprise! Anyhow, all good though. Love this bag and when you compare what you'd pay here for fine European leather goods, you're still paying a fraction for this beauty. It's also unique and draws much attention away from the fancy Mont Blanc bags. I get loads of compliments and will continue to do so as I break her in.
All in all, diese tasche ist sehr fantastische!
Front Pocket Briefcase
$810.00 to $860.00SKU: #01-10-0013
- 100-Year Warranty, details here.
- Free Shipping, details here.
- Now features suede side of pigskin lining
- Two spacious, secure front pockets with space behind to tuck maps in
- Hidden front pocket behind the main strap holds a cigar or pens
- Wide rear external newspaper pocket
- Compartment divider and two internal pen pockets
- Two side pockets are perfect for water bottles
- Internal key strap to keep your keys from wandering off
- Converts easily to a backpack
- Made of tough full-grain leather, which takes hits well and looks even better with age
- Stitched with marine-grade thread and reinforced with copper rivets for super-durability
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Adjustable strap length: 34 ½” - 59 ¼”
- Exterior: 15” W x 11 ½” H x 7 ¼” D
- Interior: 14 ½” W x 11” H x 6 ½” D
- Holds up to a 15" Macbook, and most 15" laptops
- 6.5 pounds
- Exterior: 17” W x 12” H x 7” D
- Interior: 16 ¼”W x 11 ¾” H x 6 ¾” D
- Holds up to a 17" Macbook, and most 17" laptops
- 7.4 pounds
As I write this, the front pocket briefcase is out of stock. Well, that makes perfect sense: no one else makes a bag this well. I'm a Soldier and thoroughly enjoy this bag because it's so much Indiana Jones and nowhere near Wall Street. And Dave is right: it will outlive you.
I spent five years on the fence over this bag. After finally making the purchase, my only regret is the 1800+ days I lived without her. In the last few months, I've traveled several thousand miles and the only fault is with me - I have to fight the temptation to overpack it. Seriously, this bag will fit everything you need to survive indefinitely if you're skilled in that sort of thing. In hindsight, sometimes I wonder if I might have been better off with the medium size, but I figure it's better to have the extra space and not need it than to need it and not have it.
What I love:
- The quality (seriously, a better bag may not be possible)
- The leather aroma
- The packing options (the inside is just two compartments, which means there's a lot of flexibility in packing)
- The outside pockets (the regular briefcase has the pocket inside - with the front pocket briefcase, I have more space to overpack it)
What I've had to adapt to:
- Leather is heavier than other material (you can't have your cake and eat it too - if you want leather, it's heavy, man up and get over it. You'll thank yourself later.)
- I wish I could have seen the bag in person; it would erase all doubt about whether I ordered the right style and size. But I hear the flagship store is in the works!!
Bottom line: stop waiting; buy it; you won't be disappointed.
I got the large front pocket bag, or I should say my wife got me the large front pocket bag for my birthday. In short, this bag is awesome! It's got all the bells and whistles you could wish for, it's super sturdy. I get several complements a day on the bag. 90% or more of the comments are about either how great the bag looks, or how sturdy and high quality it is. It's taken a couple of weeks of use for the leather straps to become less stiff, they've reached a point where they feel solid, but are flexible enough to make opening and closing the pockets easy. I'm looking forward to many years of use out of this bag, I'm just going to have to work on lasting as long as this bag will.
I will admit, I was worried when I decided to purchase this briefcase. It's not an inexpensive item, and I was wondering if it would live up to my expectations, considering the price. All I can say is, wow. The quality is amazing! If you're on the fence about this briefcase, buy it. You won't be disappointed.
I just received my Front Pocket Briefcase and I love it! I've stuffed all my crap in it and it fits fine. It also looks great even though it didn't have any interesting imperfections. I can't wait to take it on it's first trip and show it off.
Absolutely love this piece of marvelous leather. Great build,quality,and function! Will definitely purchase one for my kid when he goes to college!!!
This is the perfect daily bag. You hit a home run on this bag.
I now have two of these bags. One in tobacco for daily use and one in black for my job as an airline pilot. These bags have proven to be the perfect briefcases for me. They hold as much as I care to comfortably carry on the personal side and as much as I am required to carry at the airline. Build quality is first rate and the customer service has always been outstanding. I have just decided at this point in my life that it is better to buy the best and only buy it once!
I had been using a quality attorney briefcase for over 16 years. While still functional, it started showing it's age and had developed some "poor habits." I then purchased the coffee brown large front pocket briefcase. While I was skeptical the quality would meet the cost, I was pleasantly surprised. The bag is build to tank-level performance. I can clearly see this will be the last briefcase I will ever need. Strong, rugged, handsome, and practical-it has it all. Several guys came over in the office and took down the Saddleback Leather name after checking my bag...these bags sell themselves. Great job!
This is my second briefcase from SB. The first was a Medium thin briefcase in chestnut -- amazing bag! I love it and still use it. It's sturdy handsome and just plain awesome. However it's pretty small ("thin" briefcase). I started to travel more and need to carry additional items outside of my laptop and a few notebooks. So I purchased the the front pocket in tobacco. This is a beautiful bag but doesn't seem as heavy duty as my thin briefcase. The leather seems thinner -- but its also NOT lined with pig skin like my older bag so that could be why. I was under the impression that it would be. I wish it was. I've received a ton of compliments on it and do find it extremely practical when you have to carry a bit more than a laptop and some files. Im sure with some additional wear and break in it will look just as good as my thin briefcase. Would be 5 stars with the pig skin lining
After staring at the front pocket briefcase in dark coffee brown on the website off and on for about a year and a half, I decided to treat myself for my birthday. So I put the bag in my internet basket and proceeded to check out, and a few days later it was at my door. And I swear I heard the leather angels sing when I opened the plastic bag, and all doubts about making the purchase quickly faded away.
Initial impression of the bag...... its an absolutely beautiful bag, oh and the smell was dare I say it.....heavenly. The stitching is spot on, and the fit and finish of the entire bag is excellent. The leather is stiff in the corners, but with the layers stitched in the corners its to be expected and a very minor concern and will work itself out with use. And I may or may not have taken a rubber mallet to the corners to help loosen things up.....LOL
I have had the large front pocket briefcase for about 8 weeks now, and it has more than enough room for all my office items including my laptop, chargers and other items that I may need to carry in or out of the office or on a trip, and there is plenty of room left to put a change of clothes in for a quick overnight trip if the need arises.
If you are on the fence about getting a Saddleback bag, I can't recommend their stuff enough. It is very well constructed and worth the investment, as this bag will last you forever. And if you jump into the Saddleback pool, be prepared to answer questions and receive numerous complements about your awesome new bag. This was not my first Saddleback purchase, and most certainly will not be my last.
I have purchased other Saddleback Leather products over the last few years. That said, I am not a new to this company, reputation and love for serving other communities around the world. I received my new Front Pocket Briefcase yesterday. This has been a year long journey for purchasing this bag and the anticipation and week-long shipping wait is over! Once I opened up the box the smell of beautifully crafted leather was like no other. Needless to say, I received a perfect long-awaited briefcase which meets and exceeds every expectation for my personal/professional needs. I will be a Saddleback Leather product connoisseur for life. Grace and peace to your organization.
I am a recent college grad and this bag was given to me as a graduation gift. I have been wanting one for a few years and was elated to finally receive one. When I first got the bag, it was VERY stiff. However, that is to be expected when dealing with such high quality leather.
After having the dark coffee brown for about a month, I have noticed a few things. The leather has slowly become more flexible, especially around the shoulder strap and the main straps for the pockets, and it has also acquired a few nicks and scratches from daily use (which only makes it look cooler). It has been lightly exposed to water (walked through a light rain, as well as a glass of water accidentally poured on it), but the leather shows no sign of the water. It will take some time for the bag to be completely broken-in, but I have the next 100 years, so I'm not in any rush.
I am an avid fan of Saddleback and this bag seals the deal. I highly recommend it to anyone. I am thankful for a bag that I will be able to one day give to my kids/grandkids that will come full of the stories and places that it has traveled with me.
I just ordered this briefcase. I can't wait to see it. It looks great.
After months of debating; I finally decided to pull the trigger and by this briefcase. I have had this briefcase for almost a year now. I went with the Medium in Tobacco hoping it would hold my laptop and I was pleasantly surprised. It fits like a glove. For those like me who were wondering my laptop is 14 3/4 width by 9 7/8 height. This is a 17 inch laptop. As stated by many others the bag is a little heavy but that is to be expected by the high quality craftsmanship and materials. One thing I would like to mention is when you open the box it just smells of high quality.
I started looking at briefcases about 6 months ago. I did a TON of research, and looked at a lot of products from many different reputable companies (Orvis, Filson, Ghurka, etc...). After reading about Saddleback products, and the company itself...I was sold.
I waited 6 months, and asked for this bag as a Christmas gift. I obsessed over it day after day....it reached the point where I said to myself, "Self, you're building this up way too much...and your're going to be disappointed when it arrives".
Well, I got it Christmas morning....and it was EVERYTHING I wanted it to be. Beautiful, rich, THICK leather....and the smell is incredible. I can't wait to see how this bag looks after a few years of daily use.
Saddleback customer for life!
I did extensive research when looking for an ALL leather bag. Everyone else’s was just pure garbage! I don’t remember exactly how I came across Saddleback Leather but so happy I did. I looked at everything on the website! I found exactly what I had been looking for: The Front Pocket Briefcase in ALL BLACK!
What finally sold me is when I watched Dave’s Video: How to Knock off My Bag
I went back & forth on the small & large size. I chose the small size (at first). Waited 3-5 days w/free shipping! It came to my house & I opened the big box it came in! Only 2 words came to mind: BEAUTIFUL & BEST I’VE EVER SEEN!!! The fresh smell of full grain leather filled the air around me! I was VERY IMPRESSED. After looking at it ALL weekend (not using it) I kept thinking of ALL of the different things I was going to put in it & use it for. Then I told myself I needed to send it back & get the LARGE size!
Customer service = ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!
They helped me with the return. I also had my eye on a couple other things so I ended up buying ALL in total: Front Pocket Briefcase (Large/Black), Front Pocket Backpack (Large/Black), The Big Leather Wallet (Black), & 1 bottle of Leatherman’s Milk. I could not be HAPPIER!!! Kudos to the Saddleback Leather Company :)
I'm putting this same review in the reviews of the other items I bought because they all deserve the same praise!!!
This bag is made to last several lifetimes. Very sturdy build quality. But this lends it to be a bit heavier than I would like and not as aesthetically pleasing as it could be.
It is definitely very versatile. Two big pockets in the middle are great for the main stuff you need to carry. But what is overlooked is the two side pockets that protrude from the side of the bag and are always accessible - great place to store wires, headphones, etc. and other things you need access to all the time. I use the two front pockets to store things I will rarely need to replenish, like business cards. The gaps behind the front pocket are very useful as well for things like gum, etc.
I just wish the bag were a little lighter.
Otherwise, it is a beautiful piece of leather that will last me a lifetime.
I usually never write reviews but in this case I felt compelled to write one. I have been a SBL briefcase customer for 7 years. I started with the Classic Briefcase in Large to fit my 15" MacBook Pro. However, for my 5'8" frame I felt a bit conspicuous carrying it around (I travel for a living). So to downsize I went with the SBL thin briefcase in Medium. This was a fantastic size for me (frame wise) but unfortunately I was very limited in what I could put in the bag. After much debate I decided to purchase the Front Pocket Briefcase in Medium. This is the perfect size, it fits EVERYTHING that I want to carry and I don't feel like I'm carrying an elephant to work. Thank you so much for creating this bag just for me. While I plan on purchasing and being a SBL customer for life, I don't intend to purchase anymore briefcases!
Gorgeous craftsmanship. Nice heft, smell, and look. This will definitely turn heads. Only ding I give it is you'll want some protection for your laptop in this briefcase as cords, etc will bang into it when everything is thrown in there together. I ended up purchasing a laptop sleeve (which is also quite nice). I have at least one person ask about it (or ask to see it) when I'm out and about.
I wanted to wait a year to review this product to get a good feeling of how it would integrate into my daily life. And it has become completely integrated. Whether I use it as my personal item on a plane while traveling, to using it for work every day. The best part about this thing is that I'm still getting at least one to two compliments a week.
My favorite part is that it seems like no matter how much stuff I try to fit in it, there is still room to fit more. When traveling, I fit two laptops, an iPad, over-the-ear headphones, medication, my 3-1-1 liquids bag, journal, all my charging cables and a book.
This bag has already served me very well and I couldn't imagine life without it now.
I went for the large "Front Pocket Briefcase" in tobacco after weeks of researching Saddleback Leather's website, and watching every YouTube video review I could find. Like many of you, I was torn between several models. My research included: "Thin Front Pocket Briefcase," "Thin Briefcase," and the "Classic Briefcase" models. I already have a thin ballistic nylon briefcase that I have used for years, and I wanted something a smidge larger, but not so large that I would be tempted to pack clothing into it. More on that in a minute.
In the end, I chose this one because it had:
- Two good-size interior chambers to hold any laptop I may use, along with chargers, notebooks etc.
- Pockets on both sides for a water bottle or other accessory that's easy to access quickly.
- Two front pockets for packing things without eating up the interior space.
- Rear thin pocket that is open and easy to access quickly.
I already have a "Waterbag" duffel in tobacco that is a medium carry-on size for packing clothing. With a folding compact luggage cart, I travel with both of these with ease. It's a great pair of products to get me through a business week in the city, traveling through airports and other cities, and then out to the ranch for enjoying the weekends. I absolutely love both of these beautiful and tough leather products that serve me well no matter my location.
A couple of years ago a friend of mine received a Saddleback bag as a gift for Christmas. From the first moment I saw it I knew I had to have one myself, but for a long time the cost was something I could never justify spending on myself. Since then I've bought a number of bags for others in my family, and even a couple smaller Saddleback items for friends. But in all that time I never had a bag of my own.
Cut to Christmas 2015. My parents, after having heard me speak of a Saddleback briefcase longingly for years, must have finally decided I'd waited long enough. Wrapped underneath the tree was a Medium Tobacco Front Pocket Briefcase, and from the first smell of that beautiful leather to slinging it around my shoulders this morning, it's been like heaven.
This is hands down the best bag I've ever owned. I've received compliment after compliment from folks at work and on the street. I can pack everything I need for work or play in this briefcase with ease, and I can already tell it is going to wear beautifully (somehow becoming an even more attractive bag than it is today!).
Rarely do I attach any sort of emotional significance to any objects I own, but this is one thing I look forward to hauling around each and every day building memories and learning to respect quality and construction that is built to last a lifetime. Thanks Saddleback for making dreams come true!
I had buyer's remorse when I first bought this. Almost $600 for a briefcase!!! A year later, numerous trips for both personal and business - I can't live without it. I got this bad-boy in medium. Perfect size in my opinion - can easily pack it for an overnight trip. Day-to-day use it will hold practically everything you need. I've carried my laptop, DSLR camera and a couple lenses, used it in "back-pack" mode (pretty comfortable actually). You will get compliments on it - men & women.
This thing is pretty indestructible - the hardware is solid and the leather is so thick, the interior of this bag is of better quality than the exterior of other leather bags.
Oh, the buyer's remorse goes away once you open the box and smell the leather and see the quality of what you purchased.
I live in Minnesota and get this back in October of 2015. It weathered extremely well, it's so incredibly durable. It took time to break in, which I kind of liked because it gave it character and I contributed to it. I got a large in chestnut and it's beautiful, I'd get it again but tobacco was a close second choice, especially after seeing it in person in the office. I waited until now to review so I could give a more thorough review. It's still breaking in and I love that about it, it has a nice patina where the metal clamp rubs, and where the bag rubs my side. I'm confident I could have this bag for life if I choose, my only hesitation is that it's so large and heavy that I may opt for something lighter in the future. Also, it's an attractive item for someone to steal and resell as they're very popular online. They're even more at risk of theft now since the price increase, just a thought for those who travel or ever leave their bag in public.
I gave it 4 stars only because I saw the price increase rather drastically (from $639 to $860 for the large), which was a bit disappointing as it was already very expensive. I think overall it was worth what I paid, but I wouldn't buy it at the new price. Last thought is that while it's very hearty and has all the bells n whistles you'd need, mine tends to tip forward (with or without stuff in pockets, in any order), frequently falling over. I find that frustrating as I thought the base would be sturdy enough to support the tipping from the weight of the bag.
Dave, I love your stuff and your philosophy - you're a genius - I know you have a lot of die-hard customers and you'd only have more if you keep the prices manageable!
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A vintage spin on our classic briefcase, with two external pockets in place of an interior compartment. Holds up to a 17" laptop. For a slimmer profile with the same look, see the thin front pocket briefcase.
When the Costa Rican cop tried to pull us over, we decided we didn’t have the time nor the money for that and so we didn't stop. The adrenaline was flowing through our veins like used beer through the Munich sewers in Oktoberfest.
This is how it happened. We were driving down a little two lane highway, minding our own business, when all of a sudden, we see a big mean corrupt cop on the side of the road with a radar gun in one hand and waving us down with the other. And that’s when Jonathan downshifted and put on the gas. When I looked back, I saw the cop running to his car.
Well, there was so much traffic on that road that it must have taken a little bit for him to merge onto the road. And by then, we had put a good number more cars between us. Over the next 10 minutes, we flew over some hills and smashed over dozens and dozens of potholes and passed a whole bunch more cars on the crowded highway. Did you know that if you hit a fairly big pothole at 80+ mph, you hardly feel it?
Good thing for us, Costa Rica is known for their impressive and innumerous potholes, and that's what helped us out. You see, the cop had to slow down to go over and around them so he wouldn’t destroy his car and we were driving a rental car. After about 10 minutes at breakneck speeds, we turned down a little side road just in case the policeman radioed ahead. And a glorious side road it was. It was an absolutely gorgeous place to explore while we let everything calm down. That cop never did catch us, so technically, I guess the chase is still on.
Now I can’t guarantee you’ll enjoy that much adrenaline running through your veins if you take the risk and get this briefcase, but I’m not saying that you won’t either. Believe me, you’ll love it and you won’t regret it for a second.
But hear me loud and clear, I’m not suggesting that it’s okay to try to outrun the police and I don’t condone it at all. In fact, it was wrong and we shouldn’t have done it. But, it was A TOTAL BLAST and it was my brother, Jonathan, who was driving and it was all his fault.