Front Pocket Briefcase

86 Reviews
SKU: 01-10-0013
$810.00 to $860.00
$810.00 to $860.00

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Lining Natura Pigskin

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86 reviews

4.8

Great bag. This might be the last briefcase I ever buy

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This bag is great. Perfect size. Great materials and craftsmanship. Just perfect. I can load it with a lot of stuff and not be afraid the strap will give up. A 15 inch regular laptop fits snug on the sides.

Perfect size!

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First, a few notes about the bag that I could not glean from the description and pics.



- The front pockets are not lined with pigskin



- The external side pocket is cut so there is no hole in bottom the pocket. It is intricately/expertly cut to fit around the center divider.



- The internal pen pockets are more like the Thin Briefcase than the Classic Briefcase. If you are unfamiliar with these, it means you can only fit pens in them. Your iPhone will not fit in them, likely even when the bag is broken in. They are small.



- There is no hidden compartment at the bottom of the bag.



- The pics you may have seen of a concealed firearm sticking out of the top of the front pocket is pretty realistic for how far the firearm will fit behind the front pocket. My Springfield XD40 Compact still has the whole grip sticking out. But, it fits perfectly in the actual front pocket. Unless you have a tiny firearm (smaller than normal Glock or Springfield compact firearms), it will likely not fit completely behind one of the front pockets.







Comparison with other bags:



So, this is my 4th SBL bag (XL Classic BC, Front Pocket BC, L Round Satchel*, L Thin BC* ). The Front Pocket BC is a good middle-sized bag between these. I listed the bags in order of what I can fit in them. The Satchel is awesome for a day bag for travel and outtings, but I like the divider and front pocket options for daily carry to work. The XL BC is too large for daily carry, but is awesome when you need more space and perfect for trips. The Thin BC is my least favorite, and I sold it after a couple of weeks because it was just too small. If it didn't have the divider in it, it would have been useful, but no different from the Satchel, really.







Other notes:



This is typical SBL quality. This is my first Black SBL bag, which I needed because of dress code requirements (only black bags). The leather is much like recent DCB leather. It feels a bit stiff out of the box, but will surely break in like the other bags. My 3 year old DCB XL BC is like butter, now. It's actually less stiff than the last DCB bag I bought new.



This is my first experience with the lighter pigskin lining. It feels more like leather than the tough and smooth dark pigskin in my DCB bags. I like it. I was concerned that you'd be able to see the layer of light leather on the seams, but they do not show up. Moreover, the light pigskin makes it easier to see things in the bag. This lighter pigskin feels a bit like the new Tobacco leather.



The main closure on the front appears a little awkward being on an unlined flimsy cigar pocket. If there is an issue with that, I will come back and update my review.



I was very glad that my HP Pavilion DV6 laptop (15.6" 16:9 HD screen laptop) just fits in the back divider of this bag. It will not fit in the front without cramming it into the front because of the pen pockets.







Overall, I am very pleased with the bag design and the leather quality. Another great Saddleback Leather product!







* I have since sold these bags. I kept the Satchel for 2 years and hated selling it, but I needed $$ for this work bag. The Thin BC was quickly sold, as it was much too small for me.







No keyring in this one (no big deal for me, since I have a two from previous purchases.) Also, there was not a copy of John's Gospel in this bag. I encourage SBL to keep sharing John with new customers, as it is a great testimony for why they do what they do.

Great bag- misleading tobacco color

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The bag itself was very nice- well made and sturdy. Customer service was helpful as well.



Unfortunately, the reason I had to contact customer service is that the pictures online of the tobacco color are quite misleading. The bag looks nothing like the pics. The color is actually something like dark coffee brown or chestnut (WAY darker than the pics). I initially thought I was sent the wrong color but was told 'tobacco is running really dark now.' I understand that this is natural leather, and colors and markings can change slightly cow-to-cow. This, however, seems to be a real quality control issue. I have had no similar problems with high-end leather bags I have purchased from other companies. The colors are not even close- certainly not just a bad picture. It may seem petty, but if I'm going to pay $600 for a bag, I want it to at least somewhat resemble to pictures online that I agreed to buy the bag based on. It was so different I just ended up returning it. A shame, because I liked the bag (just really not the color).

GREAT BRIEFCASE!!!

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I love this briefcase! Easily the best purchase I've made all year. Great craftsmanship and quality material. In the last 4 years I had a nylon computer briefcase for my work computer and files for work, and 1 very good back pack for my school books. On the nights I had class, I had to lug both bags with me (big pain in the neck). Well, when my computer briefcase finally gave out, I had the perfect excuse to buy my SLB Front Pocket Briefcase. I couldn't be happier. I can fit my work laptop and my personal mac along with a work note pad, binder, 2 textbooks, a school notebook, and 2 laptop chargers with room to spare. It does get heavy but the shoulder strap is very comfortable. I'm looking forward to see how the bag breaks in.

A brilliant everyday office bag!

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Yesterday, I received the Front Pocket Briefcase in Chestnut and am in the process of breaking it in. The bag was on Dave’s Deal at 10% off but like many I could not spot any major manufacturing fault immediately. May be, I will need to try harder! Below are the first impressions.















First of all, the color choices offered by Saddleback is excellent. I wanted a color that could go well with both black and brown shoes, along with the accompanying attire. This meant that I had to choose b/w Chestnut and Tobacco colors. Chestnut color is relatively more formal so went with it. I must say that the bag looks stunning in it and would go nicely with a suit as well.















Many reviewers have touched upon the bag’s built quality so will not go in to details but will acknowledge that that the built quality is excellent. With the built quality positively crossed out, let’s look at the functional aspects of the bag.















Starting with the outside, the front pockets are very useful. I haven’t used the bag outside but from the comfort of my living room, in my initial trial, I could easily put a slim laptop charger in the front pocket. I can see myself using the “cigar” pocket as well to stuff things such as pens. In the side pockets, I could fit a small relatively slim water bottle. The back pocket would be useful to keep magazines and documents that you would need to access quickly.















The interior is divided in to two compartments, let’s call them front and rear. I could fit my 12.5” X230 Thinkpad laptop in its sleeve in the rear compartment snugly. With the laptop in, there could be enough space to fit an iPad or a notepad. In the front compartment, I would fit in a fat letter-sized portfolio. The two side pockets in the front compartments had to be tucked in before I could slip the portfolio in. With the portfolio in, one could slip in a few slim articles like a notebook, notepad, diary, etc. The front compartment also houses a key holder which comes with a Saddleback keychain. The strap and the handle appear to be well built and comfortable. Please note that the bag is still not broken in.















As for the areas of improvement – may be more attention to details. A couple of rivets on the handle are of different color. Other suggestions would be to offer options to a) not have the internal divider (However, I do admit that I do not know how removing the internal divider would affect the structural rigidity of the bag), and b) internal side pockets.















And yes, the bag is heavy. But I feel that I am getting a little used to the weight. For those seeking a slimmer and lighter alternative, there is the thin front pocket version.















Overall, I think this could be a brilliant every day office bag that allows you to carry the laptop and other necessary documents, notepads, etc. in style!







A Worthy Successor

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I recently had to retire my beloved briefcase after nearly thirty years of service. I had heard about Saddleback's reputation for quality but had not seen any of their products "in the flesh." But I ordered the front pocket briefcase, in tobacco brown, based on the website photos and descriptions.







Wow!







This is a stunning example of the leather worker's art, beautifully designed and crafted; equally at home on a construction site as well as the boardroom, it will enhance a pair of knockabout jeans and work shirt as much as your best suit.







At under $600 this briefcase is a bargain. I don't think its equal exists - at any price!







Buy one. You'll thank me.

AMAZING

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My wife surprised me for our 4th year anniversary with this briefcase, we both laughed when we exchanged gifts because I got her the long trifold wallet. The quality of the briefcase is outstanding, the chestnut color is rich. My only two complaints, I’m short and in order to use the strap I would have to cut the end off the strap because the leftover hangs out way too much. I’ve decided not to use the strap because I don’t dare cut such beautiful leather. Second complaint is that it’s been 4 months and it still leans forward. When I took it out of the box it seems it had gotten “squished” at the bottom and since it leans and tips forward. I fill it and distribute the weight to prevent this but it still happens. I love this briefcase and I’m looking for years of service from it.

As always, great product!

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I own several of their products: large classic briefcase, large notepad, large wallet, iPad Air Case, iPhone 4S case, Moleskin Cover, and I most agree with a recent comment posted on this site, the leather quality is not the same, even the color and feeling of it is different. Something to look into it!

Awesome daily bag!

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Just received my bag very happy with it and I'm already receiving compliments and folks are asking where I got it. Very happy with my purchase, I certainly recommend it. I great for my daily use and fits my Mac Book Pro 15' and a 4th Gen iPad, my note book and computer cables and more. Bag is beautiful and feels very strong and well built. I'm looking forward to traveling with it soon. Thanks Dave!!

Becomes Part of You

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This back rocks - plain and simple. When I first got it it was stiff and uncomfortable like a new pair of shoes...but little by little it becomes part of you. I just went to my front pocket briefcase and caught the amazing smell...so then I had to write a review. I've had the case for about 3 months - I travel with it and love how it easily sits on my roller back and that I can be rough and tumble with it. If you're going to pay the $$ for a nice bag, I want it to stand up to abuse - especially when jamming it into overheads!







It is heavy, but amazing comfortable with the strap. I tried the thin, thin front pocket and finally this FBBC. The best - very versatile (the pockets, key leash, etc.) – and…looks AMAZING. I've been asked about it and even got a colleague to buy one who had been shopping on the SBL website. In any case - this bag is really a paradigm shift in bags. Bottom line...BEST BAG EVER. It has become part of me.....!

Best Product on the Market, but...

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With a job that requires weekly flight travel, a reliable bag is one thing that I thought I would never be able to attain. However, having gone through nearly 10 bags in 5 years because of the abuse that comes with the frequent flyer lifestyle, my girlfriend took notice and gave me this for my birthday! I was ecstatic to be the proud owner of a Saddleback product and I couldn't wait to try it out. And rightly so! This bag has taken more than 7 months of abuse and it looks like the same bag that I received on Day 1. Truly remarkable!















BUT! With this being a derivative of the Classic Briefcase, I just wish there were more size choices for this bag (i.e. Large and Extra Large). With the extra space, I could fit extra items like a change of clothes, more travel accessories, and a slip a protective case over my computer and still have it fit.















I hope you see this, Dave! If coupled with a selection of sizes, this bag would be perfection. Cheers!

Day One Review

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Bag came today, as promised. First thing I noticed upon removing the bag from the UPS packaging was the smell: a deep, heady leather smell, almost seemed surreal. I instantly wanted to stick my head into the bag and breath, which I did: when my wife walked into the room as I quietly sat with a scotch in one hand and a leather bag over my head, she completely understood (she's a great gal!)







Second thing I noticed was the feel: the leather in my hand felt thick and durable to the touch. The thick leather handle of the bag itself feels like a sturdy weapon. The shoulder strap also is a thick, weighty strip of leather: if I'm ever dangling for dear life off a cliff by a bag, I would want it to be this bag.







Leather is stiff, thick and smooth, cool to the touch. Break-in period has begun! Bag doesn't seem too big at all, contrary to what some hipster-youtubers are saying: this is a briefcase, bottom line.







I'm 100%-biker (that means I don't own a car, fairly easy to to maintain in the southwest); in the summer I take annual cross-country road trips. I've gone through many laptop bags. Nowadays I can look at a brand new bag and tell where the weak spots are, I can predict where the inevitable wear and tear will appear first. Not so with this bag though, its construction seems to have been designed by an outdoorsman who knows what he's doing. Durability and practicality seem to be job one here: fine, thick stitching and carefully treated sheets of leather create an unparalleled level of protection around this briefcase. And as a biker, I appreciate the metal rings stitched onto the outside of each corner of the bag, and especially the large thick ring at the top next to the leather handle. This bag was made for utility.







One small complaint though: I wish the bottom of bag was reinforced. As it is now, the bottom of the bag curiously feels like the thinnest piece of leather on the whole. I occasionally carry large capacity hard drives with sharp corners and this is a concern; while I do believe this fine leather will stand the test of time, I'll be reinforcing that bottom with a nice thin slice of cedar. (Another reviewer said he removed the second shoulder pad off the strap and used it as reinforcement for the bottom of the bag-- good idea, too!) Reinforce that bottom with a piece of wood, a old cloth, anything-- and you've got the perfect briefcase for the refined material possessions of a grown-ass man.







Overall, this is an excellent bag with uncommon craftsmanship: it can effortlessly perform on the road or in the office. I look forward to putting this bag to the test with my daily accessories, to and from the office: laptop (no ipad for me, thank you), hard drives, cables, SLR camera, travel humidor, butane lighter, knife, flashlight, flask, Bible (yes, me too) and whatever book-of-the-day I'm reading. So far it looks promising: I'm giving it 4 and a 1/2 stars out of 5 (reinforce that bottom and I give all 5!)







I'll check back in a year after a few trips and let yall know how it's holding up post break-in!

Different

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I will not go on and on about how great Saddleback Leather is. This is my 12th purchase, so I feel like I know my way around their products fairly well; and if you're on this site, then you're already a fan. I bought this as a replacement for my Large Satchel, which is just too small to hold a three ring binder and can only hold the smallest of laptops. In contrast, this briefcase will hold my 15-inch MacBook and IBM laptops along with most business documents, binders, and notebooks, including the Large Notepad Holder from Saddleback.



My main complaint with the Thin Briefcase was the interior pocket placement. While a pocket is essential for holding keys, wallets, etc., it made it difficult to put binders or computers in front of the middle divider. The front pocket briefcase solves this problem beautifully by putting the pockets on the exterior, thus opening up both partitions inside the briefcase for full storage. This seems to be the perfect compromise between the Thin Briefcase and the Large Satchel.



A number of comments have been made about the difference in the leather. I have the Dark Coffee Brown (DCB), and the finish of the leather has a far more natural feel then the DCB products have over the past two years. Whereas the finish used to feel very smooth and synthetic, this is a much more natural, soft, and grainy feel to it. Additionally, the "natura" pigskin is significantly different from other Saddleback products. It feels like it hasn't been finished at all, like you're petting a live pig. It's almost a little hairy. The traditional pigskin lining makes bags very stiff and requires A LOT of break-in time. This bag is very pliable and is already softer than any of my other five Saddleback briefcases. This greatly increases the visual and tactile appeal of the bag. However, I imagine that the briefcase will tend to lose its shape and not stand up by itself after a few months. Again, where the other bags felt a little overproduced and synthetic in places, this is pure roughneck awesome leather. I can't recommend it enough. I do have a few complaints. First, the buckles on the pockets are very small and close to the loop. This makes them very difficult to open and close, so I tend to simply feed the strap through the loop and forgo the buckle completely, which is not a big deal since the main flap holds the pocket flaps down. Additionally, four of the rivets on the bag are different. The rivets closest to the handle and on the main buckle are pretty ugly and out of place. I'm guessing that they are stronger since there placed in the load-bearing points of the briefcase, but I can't imagine why they wouldn't do more to match them with the bag and the other rivets. The side pockets overlap both interior compartments, so the seam on the outside takes up a lot of room within the pockets. I can see this being a problem for some, in that you can't fit a water bottle in them. However, I usually only use exterior pockets for drop-in items such as pens, cell phones, keys, etc. Finally, I've never been a fan of the dog-leash-style connector for the shoulder strap, but at least it is better than the short-lived D-ring with a screw sleeve. Am I the only one who misses the old trigger-release connectors?



Overall, I think this is a great design with great changes to the letter. As soon as I got it, I called all my other Saddleback Leather aficionados to stop by my office, and they haven't stopped touching it since. Now I've just got to find a way to sneak into my house without my wife seeing it.

Everything I have come to expect from Saddleback

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I have lusted after your briefcases for years, (which is a sad commentary on a guy in his 50's). I spent years looking for the right briefcase to replace my 1981 model Samsonite. When I found Saddleback my search was over. However, the classic briefcase just wasn't quite right so I waited a couple more years. Then you introduced the Front Pocket Briefcase...Exactly what I have been looking for!! But I still waited... Until a guy in a hotel lobby commented on my Samsonite, "Its just like what my dad carries"....I almost beat him with it. Went on your website that night and it was out of stock....Checked back daily for three weeks and ordered the Chestnutt as soon as it was in stock. It is perfect!...the quality is impeccable...Holds my Macbook Air, iPad in Saddleback case, scanner, old school leather notebook and files along with assorted chargers perfectly. Worth every minute of the wait. My kids won't fight over it when it when I'm dead because I'm taking it to the grave!

Exactly what I was looking for

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It was time for me to upgrade to a more professional bag for office-based work and I spent hours pouring over the different options. Finally, I chose the front pocket briefcase in chestnut.







I decided against the classic bag, because, although beautiful, I personally preferred the small exterior pockets. I initially wanted the thin version, but quickly realized that it was too small for my personal needs (I was right - the regular sized is perfect). I decided on chestnut because I wanted something a little more formal and I like the appearance of chestnut when it becomes worn-down.







After using it for one month, this bag has drawn a large amount of positive attention from friends and colleagues. The leather has a bit of stretch to it, and has softened the more I stuff the front pockets and take on a more natural appearance. It has been slowly accumulating scuff marks which make it more attractive.







The only criticism I have is that the back open pouch (on the side of the bag that touches your body) was quite loose upon opening the bag. I figure this was purposely done based on past feedback that it was too tight until it was used a lot. Ive used that pocket a lot and it's become quite loose now, not to a detrimental level, but to the point where I wouldn't trust putting valuable objects in there for fear of falling out if the bag falls or is tilted too much.







Overall extremely satisfied!

Exceeds my wildest expectations

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I use my front pocket briefcase every day for my commute, every weekend to head to the coffee shop with my girlfriend to get some work done. I can fit three macbook pro 15" laptops in one of the two large pockets, an iPad mini and a kindle in one of the front pockets, and still have a massive amount of room available for my large headphones, power adapters, flashlight, business cards, knife, checkbook, batteries, etc... The amount that this bag can hold comfortably is truly amazing.







I also just got back from a long vacation in Asia, where I took this bag through heavy rain over multiple days, used it in "backpack configuration" and stuffed it fuller than ever before. I truly believe that there's nothing I can throw at this thing that it won't stand up to.

Fantastic Bag

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I own the Thin Briefcase Medium, Messenger, Front Pocket Backpack and now this bag.















I am 5'6" and carry a 15" Macbook Pro with over the ear headphones and several notebooks. I really wanted the classic large but it is too big for my frame. When the post came out with the new designs and one of them included this briefcase I was hopeful the width would go up slighter over the medium thin as this would allow my laptop to fit perfectly. Thankfully it did. This bag will now be my daily companion.















As always, the bag, customer support and shipping time (1 day) are fantastic and I will surely be buying more.

First Experience

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Hello, my name is Kikan







I got the "Front Pocket Briefcase" in the new Tobacco brown.







I'd like to share my personal opinion and give hopefully a useful review of the bag to help anyone else who is also considering getting this bag.







First Impressions:







Well to kick things off lets start the with the big elephant in the room. This bag weighs like a ton of bricks, but a bag that is made from full grain leather all around... lined with pigskin and equipped with 316 marine grade steel hardware is hardly going to be anything but heavy. With that being said, if you came down here you would probably already know this. Saying that the bag is over engineered would be an understatement.







But before you close this tab, or right off this bag allow me to share my thoughts about it for a little longer.







My Review / Experience:







I have used this bag everyday since the day I got it in all manner of ways that I didn't think would be possible or rather effective.







It is capacious enough to hold all of items including but not limited to...







Notebooks, i-Pad, books, fountain pens, ink bottles, Knives, flash lights, Sanitizing wipes, External battery brick, Cables, First aid kit, extra packs of cigarettes, lighter fluid, pencils, coins, portable ashtray, Paper folder, Lip balm and plenty more paper enough to start a bonfire big enough to BBQ a cow.







with all of the previously mentioned items and plenty more that would take a great long while to write about. All carried on my back in " Back Pack Mode" or "Messenger Bag Mode" and sometimes held by the handle as a briefcase hence the name.







Riding a scooter to work with this bag on my back was surprisingly comfortable. You can with some experience get to the point of opening the bag one handed if need be. As well as stashing items behind the front pockets so you can conveniently slide your hand behind the main front flap and retrieve whatever you wish to use.







I did one day end up in a crash while wearing safety gear of course. Upon landing on the pavement I did slide around a fair bit and experienced plenty of road rash. However the bag did take plenty of it and ended up laying on my back at which point I quickly positioned my self on the side of the road with droplets of blood trailing behind me. The bag survived the ordeal with minor scuffs not much damage is noticeable to be honest. and despite a full blown crash it still remained firmly attached to my back.







What you're asking whether I'm Okay or not ? if I wasn't I wouldn't be writing this review obviously ^_^. I'm not saying this bag is a good back protector, but it did eat the impact and the road rash for me. Of which I'm thankful for. With all the items I mentioned earlier being inside the bag in question. None of them had a single scratch or crack or tare whatsoever. It is at this point that I was more shocked than relieved to be quite honest.







To me this bag is as durable as a "Tank".



Big enough to hold all I would ever need with me.



Looks downright classic.



It only gets softer and more supple as times goes by.







If I'm carrying a little less on a particular day. I would clasp the 4x D Rings at the bottom with 2x Carabiners.







And Clasp the 4x D Rings on the top with 2x Carabiners.







This is a modification to slim the bag if the extra space is not needed and once the Carabiners are removed you can go back to original capacity.







Final Verdict:







--Pros--







Durable







Capacious







Versatile







Timeless classic look







--Cons--







Heavier than the earth







on the expensive side







Plenty of bags out there can do what this bag can do and maybe even better, but I'm pretty sure very few if any at all can survive to tell the tale to your youngsters ^_^.







Oh and the Tobacco Brown Color is Super Stressed / marked / scratched / Dark / Light basically it looks like the bag has been used by someone for 5 years then handed to you. Which I <---- Focus on what I'm saying here -->I<-- like that. If you however wish the bag is spanking shiny new stick with Chestnut brown / Coffee Brown / BLACK all of which will look more uniform and clean cool crisp. Tobacco brown is a color that looks like you have been in Africa for 20 years and the color was forged by the journey of you adventuring there that's why I like it ^_^. Tobacco brown is darker than the pictures of which I don't think it does the bag justice of how good it looks.







Thank you for reading thus far and I hope I have helped you.

FPB in Tobacco Brown

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I've had this briefcase for a little over two weeks now, and I couldn't be happier. I was stuck between this briefcase and the large classic thin briefcase. Eventually I decided that I would rather have the depth of this bag over the length of the CTB (16 1/2"). After I started using this for work, I realized just how much I carry, which made me appreciate this bag even more. Even though I dont fill it to capacity, it's better to have the space and not need it than to need it and not have it. The only real concern I had was whether it would look too small on me. The only video reviews I could find had guys that are around 5' 6" and I'm 6' 1". Once I recieved the bag, however, that thought was quickly put to rest. It looks amazing. The only tiny problem is that this bag tends to scuff and mark a lot easier than all my other saddleback products (all tobacco brown). Not a con, just an observation.

Front pocket briefcase

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I just ordered this briefcase. I can't wait to see it. It looks great.

Front pocket briefcase

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This is the perfect daily bag. You hit a home run on this bag.

Front pocket briefcase

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Photos do NOT do this justice -- this is a gorgeous, very sturdy briefcase. I ordered it in dark coffee brown to match the rest of my Saddleback purchases. I was originally hesitant about the prior reviews of the pigskin lining maybe being "too thin". If the pigskin lining were thicker, it would make for a much stiffer bag. Inside and out, this bag is perfection and I cannot say enough about it. DEFINITELY worth the price. The pockets are generously sized, the carry-strap is thick (although I have not tried converting the bag to backpack-style yet). I love the fact that the inside of the bag is "divided" -- it keeps all of my stuff neatly separated.

Front Pocket Briefcase

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I heavily debated for some time which of the SBL briefcases would serve my purpose as an everyday bag. I felt the Classic Briefcases would be too deep for my needs, the Thin models too thin, and both of those models lacked the organization I wanted. The Front Pocket Briefcase appeared to provide the best compromise on size, plus it has the external pockets.















My 15" laptop (a Dell) doesn't fit in it without really (really) cramming it in there, but that's my problem for having a too-bulky (and heavy) laptop.















I can tell it will stretch out some after a long time of use. For now it does the perfect job of carrying all I need to carry on a regular basis, and the external pockets are a great help with organization. There are "slip pockets" behind the front pouches that allow for extra stashing of a business card holder, small notebook, iPhone charger and earbuds, checkbook, and more. The front pockets are great for things like emergency kits (first aid, spare knife, lighter), and other things that gearheads and preparedness nuts like to carry but wouldn't want loose or taking up space inside the bag.















I felt the side pockets (on the ends) might not be of great use because they seem small and tight, and the seam that holds the divider between the compartment takes up a good bit of real estate within the pockets. My opinion is changing on the side pockets as they have stretched a little with light use. I think they might hold a narrow water bottle with some more use, but will likely never hold your travel coffee tumbler (unless very narrow). A flask would be a great fit, though, if you are so inclined.















As another reviewer indicated, it might be nice to see this come in a couple sizes, but all in all and for my purposes, this is just about perfect.















The chestnut color is beautiful. I thought it would be too pretty for me (I'm a waxed canvas and harness leather and rugged wool kind of guy), but the very slight imperfections in the leather, like very mild stretch marks and other subtle character, make it perfect and interesting.















When you do scratch or nick it, Chamberlain's Leather Milk does a good job of blending those owner-inflicted character marks into the color of the leather.















As for weight of the bag, it doesn't seem like an issue to me at all. If you really do load it down, converting to backpack mode seems to reduce the perceived weight. Because this is a couple inches shallower than the Classic models, it would be difficult to load it to the point where weight was really a concern, unless you are of very small frame or slight strength.















As seems to be the norm, I've received numerous unsolicited compliments.















Warning: you will make a lot of people really jealous, and will likely spend far too much time packing and unpacking it just to spend time with it.















I am a "quality nerd" with a "buy it once" mentality. If you share a similar mentality, I highly doubt that SBL will let you down.

Great bag that meets all of my expectations - Thanks Saddleback Leather

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I purchased the Front Pocket Briefcase in Dark Coffee Brown as a 25% off Dave's Deal.I received the bag yesterday, and am very impressed with the quality of workmanship and the condition of this specific bag. Being a highly discounted product, I was concerned about the level of cosmetic "uniqueness" the bag would present, but it turns out all the worry was for nothing - the bag looks great!







After working through a pile of lesser bags, and a few other Saddleback briefcases, I have found the FPB to be the best briefcase for my specific needs. It holds everything I need it to carry, and is absolutely beautiful.







The front pockets are very handy for holding smaller items that would otherwise get lost in the bag. I hold my chargers, cables, and other nick-nacks for quick and easy access. The front pockets are also large enough to hold my Kobo Aura HD (which is quite large for an e-reader), just to give you a sense of the size of these awesome little pockets. My only issue with the front pockets is that they are concealed by the front flap, which means you have to unbuckle the main flap to access them; This adds a little bit more time and effort to the process of getting to your stuff.







The interior of the bag offers two large spaces to hold your gear.The interior space is just a hair shy of being able to hold legal sized folders, so if that is important to you, it is something to keep in mind.







The lack of interior pockets means that there is nothing to get in the way of whatever you need to carry in your bag. I often have to carry large texts and stacks of paper, so I appreciate that the pockets have been left off of this style of bag.







Anyway, after owning a Medium Thin Briefcase and a Front Pocket briefcase in Tobacco, I have finally found my new last bag. I think the only thing that could drag me away at this point would be a 17 inch FPB - wink, wink...







I recently put up a youtube review of the bag I received, so you can search that out if you are interested.

Great briefcase

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I remember seeing this briefcase when i first began to travel for work . I was like I need one!!!!!So I finally got the opportunity to get one .And man am i glad I got it . It serves my needs great . Over the shoulder for the office and backpack style when im at the airport . It was a tight fit for my laptop but as long as i leave it in there the leather is stretching nicely and conforming to the size of it as i use it for work . Everybody is like thats a lot of money and im like buy good once and never buy again . I am a firm believer in buying good quality products and not buying for a long time. Thanks dave for this wonderful product that creates envy and makes people sin because they are coveting my goods. And may your charities continue to do good around the world.

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Story

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.

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Ratings & Reviews

86 reviews

4.8

Great bag. This might be the last briefcase I ever buy

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This bag is great. Perfect size. Great materials and craftsmanship. Just perfect. I can load it with a lot of stuff and not be afraid the strap will give up. A 15 inch regular laptop fits snug on the sides.

Perfect size!

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First, a few notes about the bag that I could not glean from the description and pics.



- The front pockets are not lined with pigskin



- The external side pocket is cut so there is no hole in bottom the pocket. It is intricately/expertly cut to fit around the center divider.



- The internal pen pockets are more like the Thin Briefcase than the Classic Briefcase. If you are unfamiliar with these, it means you can only fit pens in them. Your iPhone will not fit in them, likely even when the bag is broken in. They are small.



- There is no hidden compartment at the bottom of the bag.



- The pics you may have seen of a concealed firearm sticking out of the top of the front pocket is pretty realistic for how far the firearm will fit behind the front pocket. My Springfield XD40 Compact still has the whole grip sticking out. But, it fits perfectly in the actual front pocket. Unless you have a tiny firearm (smaller than normal Glock or Springfield compact firearms), it will likely not fit completely behind one of the front pockets.







Comparison with other bags:



So, this is my 4th SBL bag (XL Classic BC, Front Pocket BC, L Round Satchel*, L Thin BC* ). The Front Pocket BC is a good middle-sized bag between these. I listed the bags in order of what I can fit in them. The Satchel is awesome for a day bag for travel and outtings, but I like the divider and front pocket options for daily carry to work. The XL BC is too large for daily carry, but is awesome when you need more space and perfect for trips. The Thin BC is my least favorite, and I sold it after a couple of weeks because it was just too small. If it didn't have the divider in it, it would have been useful, but no different from the Satchel, really.







Other notes:



This is typical SBL quality. This is my first Black SBL bag, which I needed because of dress code requirements (only black bags). The leather is much like recent DCB leather. It feels a bit stiff out of the box, but will surely break in like the other bags. My 3 year old DCB XL BC is like butter, now. It's actually less stiff than the last DCB bag I bought new.



This is my first experience with the lighter pigskin lining. It feels more like leather than the tough and smooth dark pigskin in my DCB bags. I like it. I was concerned that you'd be able to see the layer of light leather on the seams, but they do not show up. Moreover, the light pigskin makes it easier to see things in the bag. This lighter pigskin feels a bit like the new Tobacco leather.



The main closure on the front appears a little awkward being on an unlined flimsy cigar pocket. If there is an issue with that, I will come back and update my review.



I was very glad that my HP Pavilion DV6 laptop (15.6" 16:9 HD screen laptop) just fits in the back divider of this bag. It will not fit in the front without cramming it into the front because of the pen pockets.







Overall, I am very pleased with the bag design and the leather quality. Another great Saddleback Leather product!







* I have since sold these bags. I kept the Satchel for 2 years and hated selling it, but I needed $$ for this work bag. The Thin BC was quickly sold, as it was much too small for me.







No keyring in this one (no big deal for me, since I have a two from previous purchases.) Also, there was not a copy of John's Gospel in this bag. I encourage SBL to keep sharing John with new customers, as it is a great testimony for why they do what they do.

Great bag- misleading tobacco color

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The bag itself was very nice- well made and sturdy. Customer service was helpful as well.



Unfortunately, the reason I had to contact customer service is that the pictures online of the tobacco color are quite misleading. The bag looks nothing like the pics. The color is actually something like dark coffee brown or chestnut (WAY darker than the pics). I initially thought I was sent the wrong color but was told 'tobacco is running really dark now.' I understand that this is natural leather, and colors and markings can change slightly cow-to-cow. This, however, seems to be a real quality control issue. I have had no similar problems with high-end leather bags I have purchased from other companies. The colors are not even close- certainly not just a bad picture. It may seem petty, but if I'm going to pay $600 for a bag, I want it to at least somewhat resemble to pictures online that I agreed to buy the bag based on. It was so different I just ended up returning it. A shame, because I liked the bag (just really not the color).

GREAT BRIEFCASE!!!

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I love this briefcase! Easily the best purchase I've made all year. Great craftsmanship and quality material. In the last 4 years I had a nylon computer briefcase for my work computer and files for work, and 1 very good back pack for my school books. On the nights I had class, I had to lug both bags with me (big pain in the neck). Well, when my computer briefcase finally gave out, I had the perfect excuse to buy my SLB Front Pocket Briefcase. I couldn't be happier. I can fit my work laptop and my personal mac along with a work note pad, binder, 2 textbooks, a school notebook, and 2 laptop chargers with room to spare. It does get heavy but the shoulder strap is very comfortable. I'm looking forward to see how the bag breaks in.

A brilliant everyday office bag!

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Yesterday, I received the Front Pocket Briefcase in Chestnut and am in the process of breaking it in. The bag was on Dave’s Deal at 10% off but like many I could not spot any major manufacturing fault immediately. May be, I will need to try harder! Below are the first impressions.















First of all, the color choices offered by Saddleback is excellent. I wanted a color that could go well with both black and brown shoes, along with the accompanying attire. This meant that I had to choose b/w Chestnut and Tobacco colors. Chestnut color is relatively more formal so went with it. I must say that the bag looks stunning in it and would go nicely with a suit as well.















Many reviewers have touched upon the bag’s built quality so will not go in to details but will acknowledge that that the built quality is excellent. With the built quality positively crossed out, let’s look at the functional aspects of the bag.















Starting with the outside, the front pockets are very useful. I haven’t used the bag outside but from the comfort of my living room, in my initial trial, I could easily put a slim laptop charger in the front pocket. I can see myself using the “cigar” pocket as well to stuff things such as pens. In the side pockets, I could fit a small relatively slim water bottle. The back pocket would be useful to keep magazines and documents that you would need to access quickly.















The interior is divided in to two compartments, let’s call them front and rear. I could fit my 12.5” X230 Thinkpad laptop in its sleeve in the rear compartment snugly. With the laptop in, there could be enough space to fit an iPad or a notepad. In the front compartment, I would fit in a fat letter-sized portfolio. The two side pockets in the front compartments had to be tucked in before I could slip the portfolio in. With the portfolio in, one could slip in a few slim articles like a notebook, notepad, diary, etc. The front compartment also houses a key holder which comes with a Saddleback keychain. The strap and the handle appear to be well built and comfortable. Please note that the bag is still not broken in.















As for the areas of improvement – may be more attention to details. A couple of rivets on the handle are of different color. Other suggestions would be to offer options to a) not have the internal divider (However, I do admit that I do not know how removing the internal divider would affect the structural rigidity of the bag), and b) internal side pockets.















And yes, the bag is heavy. But I feel that I am getting a little used to the weight. For those seeking a slimmer and lighter alternative, there is the thin front pocket version.















Overall, I think this could be a brilliant every day office bag that allows you to carry the laptop and other necessary documents, notepads, etc. in style!







A Worthy Successor

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I recently had to retire my beloved briefcase after nearly thirty years of service. I had heard about Saddleback's reputation for quality but had not seen any of their products "in the flesh." But I ordered the front pocket briefcase, in tobacco brown, based on the website photos and descriptions.







Wow!







This is a stunning example of the leather worker's art, beautifully designed and crafted; equally at home on a construction site as well as the boardroom, it will enhance a pair of knockabout jeans and work shirt as much as your best suit.







At under $600 this briefcase is a bargain. I don't think its equal exists - at any price!







Buy one. You'll thank me.

AMAZING

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My wife surprised me for our 4th year anniversary with this briefcase, we both laughed when we exchanged gifts because I got her the long trifold wallet. The quality of the briefcase is outstanding, the chestnut color is rich. My only two complaints, I’m short and in order to use the strap I would have to cut the end off the strap because the leftover hangs out way too much. I’ve decided not to use the strap because I don’t dare cut such beautiful leather. Second complaint is that it’s been 4 months and it still leans forward. When I took it out of the box it seems it had gotten “squished” at the bottom and since it leans and tips forward. I fill it and distribute the weight to prevent this but it still happens. I love this briefcase and I’m looking for years of service from it.

As always, great product!

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I own several of their products: large classic briefcase, large notepad, large wallet, iPad Air Case, iPhone 4S case, Moleskin Cover, and I most agree with a recent comment posted on this site, the leather quality is not the same, even the color and feeling of it is different. Something to look into it!

Awesome daily bag!

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Just received my bag very happy with it and I'm already receiving compliments and folks are asking where I got it. Very happy with my purchase, I certainly recommend it. I great for my daily use and fits my Mac Book Pro 15' and a 4th Gen iPad, my note book and computer cables and more. Bag is beautiful and feels very strong and well built. I'm looking forward to traveling with it soon. Thanks Dave!!

Becomes Part of You

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This back rocks - plain and simple. When I first got it it was stiff and uncomfortable like a new pair of shoes...but little by little it becomes part of you. I just went to my front pocket briefcase and caught the amazing smell...so then I had to write a review. I've had the case for about 3 months - I travel with it and love how it easily sits on my roller back and that I can be rough and tumble with it. If you're going to pay the $$ for a nice bag, I want it to stand up to abuse - especially when jamming it into overheads!







It is heavy, but amazing comfortable with the strap. I tried the thin, thin front pocket and finally this FBBC. The best - very versatile (the pockets, key leash, etc.) – and…looks AMAZING. I've been asked about it and even got a colleague to buy one who had been shopping on the SBL website. In any case - this bag is really a paradigm shift in bags. Bottom line...BEST BAG EVER. It has become part of me.....!

Best Product on the Market, but...

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With a job that requires weekly flight travel, a reliable bag is one thing that I thought I would never be able to attain. However, having gone through nearly 10 bags in 5 years because of the abuse that comes with the frequent flyer lifestyle, my girlfriend took notice and gave me this for my birthday! I was ecstatic to be the proud owner of a Saddleback product and I couldn't wait to try it out. And rightly so! This bag has taken more than 7 months of abuse and it looks like the same bag that I received on Day 1. Truly remarkable!















BUT! With this being a derivative of the Classic Briefcase, I just wish there were more size choices for this bag (i.e. Large and Extra Large). With the extra space, I could fit extra items like a change of clothes, more travel accessories, and a slip a protective case over my computer and still have it fit.















I hope you see this, Dave! If coupled with a selection of sizes, this bag would be perfection. Cheers!

Day One Review

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Bag came today, as promised. First thing I noticed upon removing the bag from the UPS packaging was the smell: a deep, heady leather smell, almost seemed surreal. I instantly wanted to stick my head into the bag and breath, which I did: when my wife walked into the room as I quietly sat with a scotch in one hand and a leather bag over my head, she completely understood (she's a great gal!)







Second thing I noticed was the feel: the leather in my hand felt thick and durable to the touch. The thick leather handle of the bag itself feels like a sturdy weapon. The shoulder strap also is a thick, weighty strip of leather: if I'm ever dangling for dear life off a cliff by a bag, I would want it to be this bag.







Leather is stiff, thick and smooth, cool to the touch. Break-in period has begun! Bag doesn't seem too big at all, contrary to what some hipster-youtubers are saying: this is a briefcase, bottom line.







I'm 100%-biker (that means I don't own a car, fairly easy to to maintain in the southwest); in the summer I take annual cross-country road trips. I've gone through many laptop bags. Nowadays I can look at a brand new bag and tell where the weak spots are, I can predict where the inevitable wear and tear will appear first. Not so with this bag though, its construction seems to have been designed by an outdoorsman who knows what he's doing. Durability and practicality seem to be job one here: fine, thick stitching and carefully treated sheets of leather create an unparalleled level of protection around this briefcase. And as a biker, I appreciate the metal rings stitched onto the outside of each corner of the bag, and especially the large thick ring at the top next to the leather handle. This bag was made for utility.







One small complaint though: I wish the bottom of bag was reinforced. As it is now, the bottom of the bag curiously feels like the thinnest piece of leather on the whole. I occasionally carry large capacity hard drives with sharp corners and this is a concern; while I do believe this fine leather will stand the test of time, I'll be reinforcing that bottom with a nice thin slice of cedar. (Another reviewer said he removed the second shoulder pad off the strap and used it as reinforcement for the bottom of the bag-- good idea, too!) Reinforce that bottom with a piece of wood, a old cloth, anything-- and you've got the perfect briefcase for the refined material possessions of a grown-ass man.







Overall, this is an excellent bag with uncommon craftsmanship: it can effortlessly perform on the road or in the office. I look forward to putting this bag to the test with my daily accessories, to and from the office: laptop (no ipad for me, thank you), hard drives, cables, SLR camera, travel humidor, butane lighter, knife, flashlight, flask, Bible (yes, me too) and whatever book-of-the-day I'm reading. So far it looks promising: I'm giving it 4 and a 1/2 stars out of 5 (reinforce that bottom and I give all 5!)







I'll check back in a year after a few trips and let yall know how it's holding up post break-in!

Different

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I will not go on and on about how great Saddleback Leather is. This is my 12th purchase, so I feel like I know my way around their products fairly well; and if you're on this site, then you're already a fan. I bought this as a replacement for my Large Satchel, which is just too small to hold a three ring binder and can only hold the smallest of laptops. In contrast, this briefcase will hold my 15-inch MacBook and IBM laptops along with most business documents, binders, and notebooks, including the Large Notepad Holder from Saddleback.



My main complaint with the Thin Briefcase was the interior pocket placement. While a pocket is essential for holding keys, wallets, etc., it made it difficult to put binders or computers in front of the middle divider. The front pocket briefcase solves this problem beautifully by putting the pockets on the exterior, thus opening up both partitions inside the briefcase for full storage. This seems to be the perfect compromise between the Thin Briefcase and the Large Satchel.



A number of comments have been made about the difference in the leather. I have the Dark Coffee Brown (DCB), and the finish of the leather has a far more natural feel then the DCB products have over the past two years. Whereas the finish used to feel very smooth and synthetic, this is a much more natural, soft, and grainy feel to it. Additionally, the "natura" pigskin is significantly different from other Saddleback products. It feels like it hasn't been finished at all, like you're petting a live pig. It's almost a little hairy. The traditional pigskin lining makes bags very stiff and requires A LOT of break-in time. This bag is very pliable and is already softer than any of my other five Saddleback briefcases. This greatly increases the visual and tactile appeal of the bag. However, I imagine that the briefcase will tend to lose its shape and not stand up by itself after a few months. Again, where the other bags felt a little overproduced and synthetic in places, this is pure roughneck awesome leather. I can't recommend it enough. I do have a few complaints. First, the buckles on the pockets are very small and close to the loop. This makes them very difficult to open and close, so I tend to simply feed the strap through the loop and forgo the buckle completely, which is not a big deal since the main flap holds the pocket flaps down. Additionally, four of the rivets on the bag are different. The rivets closest to the handle and on the main buckle are pretty ugly and out of place. I'm guessing that they are stronger since there placed in the load-bearing points of the briefcase, but I can't imagine why they wouldn't do more to match them with the bag and the other rivets. The side pockets overlap both interior compartments, so the seam on the outside takes up a lot of room within the pockets. I can see this being a problem for some, in that you can't fit a water bottle in them. However, I usually only use exterior pockets for drop-in items such as pens, cell phones, keys, etc. Finally, I've never been a fan of the dog-leash-style connector for the shoulder strap, but at least it is better than the short-lived D-ring with a screw sleeve. Am I the only one who misses the old trigger-release connectors?



Overall, I think this is a great design with great changes to the letter. As soon as I got it, I called all my other Saddleback Leather aficionados to stop by my office, and they haven't stopped touching it since. Now I've just got to find a way to sneak into my house without my wife seeing it.

Everything I have come to expect from Saddleback

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I have lusted after your briefcases for years, (which is a sad commentary on a guy in his 50's). I spent years looking for the right briefcase to replace my 1981 model Samsonite. When I found Saddleback my search was over. However, the classic briefcase just wasn't quite right so I waited a couple more years. Then you introduced the Front Pocket Briefcase...Exactly what I have been looking for!! But I still waited... Until a guy in a hotel lobby commented on my Samsonite, "Its just like what my dad carries"....I almost beat him with it. Went on your website that night and it was out of stock....Checked back daily for three weeks and ordered the Chestnutt as soon as it was in stock. It is perfect!...the quality is impeccable...Holds my Macbook Air, iPad in Saddleback case, scanner, old school leather notebook and files along with assorted chargers perfectly. Worth every minute of the wait. My kids won't fight over it when it when I'm dead because I'm taking it to the grave!

Exactly what I was looking for

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It was time for me to upgrade to a more professional bag for office-based work and I spent hours pouring over the different options. Finally, I chose the front pocket briefcase in chestnut.







I decided against the classic bag, because, although beautiful, I personally preferred the small exterior pockets. I initially wanted the thin version, but quickly realized that it was too small for my personal needs (I was right - the regular sized is perfect). I decided on chestnut because I wanted something a little more formal and I like the appearance of chestnut when it becomes worn-down.







After using it for one month, this bag has drawn a large amount of positive attention from friends and colleagues. The leather has a bit of stretch to it, and has softened the more I stuff the front pockets and take on a more natural appearance. It has been slowly accumulating scuff marks which make it more attractive.







The only criticism I have is that the back open pouch (on the side of the bag that touches your body) was quite loose upon opening the bag. I figure this was purposely done based on past feedback that it was too tight until it was used a lot. Ive used that pocket a lot and it's become quite loose now, not to a detrimental level, but to the point where I wouldn't trust putting valuable objects in there for fear of falling out if the bag falls or is tilted too much.







Overall extremely satisfied!

Exceeds my wildest expectations

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I use my front pocket briefcase every day for my commute, every weekend to head to the coffee shop with my girlfriend to get some work done. I can fit three macbook pro 15" laptops in one of the two large pockets, an iPad mini and a kindle in one of the front pockets, and still have a massive amount of room available for my large headphones, power adapters, flashlight, business cards, knife, checkbook, batteries, etc... The amount that this bag can hold comfortably is truly amazing.







I also just got back from a long vacation in Asia, where I took this bag through heavy rain over multiple days, used it in "backpack configuration" and stuffed it fuller than ever before. I truly believe that there's nothing I can throw at this thing that it won't stand up to.

Fantastic Bag

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I own the Thin Briefcase Medium, Messenger, Front Pocket Backpack and now this bag.















I am 5'6" and carry a 15" Macbook Pro with over the ear headphones and several notebooks. I really wanted the classic large but it is too big for my frame. When the post came out with the new designs and one of them included this briefcase I was hopeful the width would go up slighter over the medium thin as this would allow my laptop to fit perfectly. Thankfully it did. This bag will now be my daily companion.















As always, the bag, customer support and shipping time (1 day) are fantastic and I will surely be buying more.

First Experience

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Hello, my name is Kikan







I got the "Front Pocket Briefcase" in the new Tobacco brown.







I'd like to share my personal opinion and give hopefully a useful review of the bag to help anyone else who is also considering getting this bag.







First Impressions:







Well to kick things off lets start the with the big elephant in the room. This bag weighs like a ton of bricks, but a bag that is made from full grain leather all around... lined with pigskin and equipped with 316 marine grade steel hardware is hardly going to be anything but heavy. With that being said, if you came down here you would probably already know this. Saying that the bag is over engineered would be an understatement.







But before you close this tab, or right off this bag allow me to share my thoughts about it for a little longer.







My Review / Experience:







I have used this bag everyday since the day I got it in all manner of ways that I didn't think would be possible or rather effective.







It is capacious enough to hold all of items including but not limited to...







Notebooks, i-Pad, books, fountain pens, ink bottles, Knives, flash lights, Sanitizing wipes, External battery brick, Cables, First aid kit, extra packs of cigarettes, lighter fluid, pencils, coins, portable ashtray, Paper folder, Lip balm and plenty more paper enough to start a bonfire big enough to BBQ a cow.







with all of the previously mentioned items and plenty more that would take a great long while to write about. All carried on my back in " Back Pack Mode" or "Messenger Bag Mode" and sometimes held by the handle as a briefcase hence the name.







Riding a scooter to work with this bag on my back was surprisingly comfortable. You can with some experience get to the point of opening the bag one handed if need be. As well as stashing items behind the front pockets so you can conveniently slide your hand behind the main front flap and retrieve whatever you wish to use.







I did one day end up in a crash while wearing safety gear of course. Upon landing on the pavement I did slide around a fair bit and experienced plenty of road rash. However the bag did take plenty of it and ended up laying on my back at which point I quickly positioned my self on the side of the road with droplets of blood trailing behind me. The bag survived the ordeal with minor scuffs not much damage is noticeable to be honest. and despite a full blown crash it still remained firmly attached to my back.







What you're asking whether I'm Okay or not ? if I wasn't I wouldn't be writing this review obviously ^_^. I'm not saying this bag is a good back protector, but it did eat the impact and the road rash for me. Of which I'm thankful for. With all the items I mentioned earlier being inside the bag in question. None of them had a single scratch or crack or tare whatsoever. It is at this point that I was more shocked than relieved to be quite honest.







To me this bag is as durable as a "Tank".



Big enough to hold all I would ever need with me.



Looks downright classic.



It only gets softer and more supple as times goes by.







If I'm carrying a little less on a particular day. I would clasp the 4x D Rings at the bottom with 2x Carabiners.







And Clasp the 4x D Rings on the top with 2x Carabiners.







This is a modification to slim the bag if the extra space is not needed and once the Carabiners are removed you can go back to original capacity.







Final Verdict:







--Pros--







Durable







Capacious







Versatile







Timeless classic look







--Cons--







Heavier than the earth







on the expensive side







Plenty of bags out there can do what this bag can do and maybe even better, but I'm pretty sure very few if any at all can survive to tell the tale to your youngsters ^_^.







Oh and the Tobacco Brown Color is Super Stressed / marked / scratched / Dark / Light basically it looks like the bag has been used by someone for 5 years then handed to you. Which I <---- Focus on what I'm saying here -->I<-- like that. If you however wish the bag is spanking shiny new stick with Chestnut brown / Coffee Brown / BLACK all of which will look more uniform and clean cool crisp. Tobacco brown is a color that looks like you have been in Africa for 20 years and the color was forged by the journey of you adventuring there that's why I like it ^_^. Tobacco brown is darker than the pictures of which I don't think it does the bag justice of how good it looks.







Thank you for reading thus far and I hope I have helped you.

FPB in Tobacco Brown

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I've had this briefcase for a little over two weeks now, and I couldn't be happier. I was stuck between this briefcase and the large classic thin briefcase. Eventually I decided that I would rather have the depth of this bag over the length of the CTB (16 1/2"). After I started using this for work, I realized just how much I carry, which made me appreciate this bag even more. Even though I dont fill it to capacity, it's better to have the space and not need it than to need it and not have it. The only real concern I had was whether it would look too small on me. The only video reviews I could find had guys that are around 5' 6" and I'm 6' 1". Once I recieved the bag, however, that thought was quickly put to rest. It looks amazing. The only tiny problem is that this bag tends to scuff and mark a lot easier than all my other saddleback products (all tobacco brown). Not a con, just an observation.

Front pocket briefcase

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I just ordered this briefcase. I can't wait to see it. It looks great.

Front pocket briefcase

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This is the perfect daily bag. You hit a home run on this bag.

Front pocket briefcase

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Photos do NOT do this justice -- this is a gorgeous, very sturdy briefcase. I ordered it in dark coffee brown to match the rest of my Saddleback purchases. I was originally hesitant about the prior reviews of the pigskin lining maybe being "too thin". If the pigskin lining were thicker, it would make for a much stiffer bag. Inside and out, this bag is perfection and I cannot say enough about it. DEFINITELY worth the price. The pockets are generously sized, the carry-strap is thick (although I have not tried converting the bag to backpack-style yet). I love the fact that the inside of the bag is "divided" -- it keeps all of my stuff neatly separated.

Front Pocket Briefcase

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I heavily debated for some time which of the SBL briefcases would serve my purpose as an everyday bag. I felt the Classic Briefcases would be too deep for my needs, the Thin models too thin, and both of those models lacked the organization I wanted. The Front Pocket Briefcase appeared to provide the best compromise on size, plus it has the external pockets.















My 15" laptop (a Dell) doesn't fit in it without really (really) cramming it in there, but that's my problem for having a too-bulky (and heavy) laptop.















I can tell it will stretch out some after a long time of use. For now it does the perfect job of carrying all I need to carry on a regular basis, and the external pockets are a great help with organization. There are "slip pockets" behind the front pouches that allow for extra stashing of a business card holder, small notebook, iPhone charger and earbuds, checkbook, and more. The front pockets are great for things like emergency kits (first aid, spare knife, lighter), and other things that gearheads and preparedness nuts like to carry but wouldn't want loose or taking up space inside the bag.















I felt the side pockets (on the ends) might not be of great use because they seem small and tight, and the seam that holds the divider between the compartment takes up a good bit of real estate within the pockets. My opinion is changing on the side pockets as they have stretched a little with light use. I think they might hold a narrow water bottle with some more use, but will likely never hold your travel coffee tumbler (unless very narrow). A flask would be a great fit, though, if you are so inclined.















As another reviewer indicated, it might be nice to see this come in a couple sizes, but all in all and for my purposes, this is just about perfect.















The chestnut color is beautiful. I thought it would be too pretty for me (I'm a waxed canvas and harness leather and rugged wool kind of guy), but the very slight imperfections in the leather, like very mild stretch marks and other subtle character, make it perfect and interesting.















When you do scratch or nick it, Chamberlain's Leather Milk does a good job of blending those owner-inflicted character marks into the color of the leather.















As for weight of the bag, it doesn't seem like an issue to me at all. If you really do load it down, converting to backpack mode seems to reduce the perceived weight. Because this is a couple inches shallower than the Classic models, it would be difficult to load it to the point where weight was really a concern, unless you are of very small frame or slight strength.















As seems to be the norm, I've received numerous unsolicited compliments.















Warning: you will make a lot of people really jealous, and will likely spend far too much time packing and unpacking it just to spend time with it.















I am a "quality nerd" with a "buy it once" mentality. If you share a similar mentality, I highly doubt that SBL will let you down.

Great bag that meets all of my expectations - Thanks Saddleback Leather

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I purchased the Front Pocket Briefcase in Dark Coffee Brown as a 25% off Dave's Deal.I received the bag yesterday, and am very impressed with the quality of workmanship and the condition of this specific bag. Being a highly discounted product, I was concerned about the level of cosmetic "uniqueness" the bag would present, but it turns out all the worry was for nothing - the bag looks great!







After working through a pile of lesser bags, and a few other Saddleback briefcases, I have found the FPB to be the best briefcase for my specific needs. It holds everything I need it to carry, and is absolutely beautiful.







The front pockets are very handy for holding smaller items that would otherwise get lost in the bag. I hold my chargers, cables, and other nick-nacks for quick and easy access. The front pockets are also large enough to hold my Kobo Aura HD (which is quite large for an e-reader), just to give you a sense of the size of these awesome little pockets. My only issue with the front pockets is that they are concealed by the front flap, which means you have to unbuckle the main flap to access them; This adds a little bit more time and effort to the process of getting to your stuff.







The interior of the bag offers two large spaces to hold your gear.The interior space is just a hair shy of being able to hold legal sized folders, so if that is important to you, it is something to keep in mind.







The lack of interior pockets means that there is nothing to get in the way of whatever you need to carry in your bag. I often have to carry large texts and stacks of paper, so I appreciate that the pockets have been left off of this style of bag.







Anyway, after owning a Medium Thin Briefcase and a Front Pocket briefcase in Tobacco, I have finally found my new last bag. I think the only thing that could drag me away at this point would be a 17 inch FPB - wink, wink...







I recently put up a youtube review of the bag I received, so you can search that out if you are interested.

Great briefcase

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I remember seeing this briefcase when i first began to travel for work . I was like I need one!!!!!So I finally got the opportunity to get one .And man am i glad I got it . It serves my needs great . Over the shoulder for the office and backpack style when im at the airport . It was a tight fit for my laptop but as long as i leave it in there the leather is stretching nicely and conforming to the size of it as i use it for work . Everybody is like thats a lot of money and im like buy good once and never buy again . I am a firm believer in buying good quality products and not buying for a long time. Thanks dave for this wonderful product that creates envy and makes people sin because they are coveting my goods. And may your charities continue to do good around the world.