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  • Large Backpack in Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin lining
  • Designed for comfort through the long haul
  • Perfect for organizing cameras, lenses and gear
  • Neoprene lower back padding
  • 4 exterior D-rings for lashing tripods and other gear
  • Three big, roomy exterior pockets for quick access to stuff
  • Space behind exterior pockets for quick stowing
  • Wide shoulder straps with removable pads to distribute weight
  • Removable shoulder straps won’t dig into your ribcage or love handles
  • Utility strap closure to close opening nice and tight
  • Body of bag made with only two pieces of leather
  • No breakable parts e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
  • Because of natural oils shade may vary
  • Dimensions (approximate size):
  • 14” backpack
    • Interior: 11” W x 13 ½ (adjustable)” H x 8 ¼” D
    • Exterior: 12” W x 14” H x 9 ¼” D
    • 5.9 pounds
  • 17” backpack
    • Interior: 11 ¾” W x 16 (adjustable)” H x 8” D
    • Exterior: 12” W x 17” H x 9 ¼” D
    • 6.4 pounds

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    Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see something as it really is.

    This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the masks life has given them.

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    On my first hitchhiking trip in Mexico, Jake, Jimmy and I put on our big huge sombreros, laid our colorful serape blankets over our shoulders and stuck our thumbs out. It wasn’t hard to notice three tall gringos dressed like that and I guess that’s why we rarely ever waited longer than 5 minutes for a ride. We thumbed it from Morelia to Las Grutas de Tolantongo, just outside of Ixmiquilpan in Hidalgo, and back in about one and a half weeks. I think we only stayed in a motel two nights. The rest of the time, we stayed in the homes of the people who last picked us up hitchhiking that day. As they were getting ready to drop us off, they’d ask, “So where are you staying tonight” and we’d say, “We’re not sure”. And that’s when they would offer for us to stay in their homes to spend time with their families. That was a great trip.

    I used an old top loading army duffel to carry my stuff because it was the only bag I owned and it was about 2 months before I had my original briefcase made. The duffel was just one big compartment without a single pocket to separate my clothes from the knickknacks that I needed most. It was on that trip that I came to appreciate pockets to separate out smaller things. If only I had had this backpack on that trip. It would be one of my most cherished possessions today.

    Reviews:


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    Anticipation!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have just received the dream bag - the large front pocket backpack in chestnut. I can't wait for it to look like I've had it and used it everyday for ten years. It's the bag I've always wanted yet I didn't know because it didn't yet exist. So happy with my purchase.

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    Second bag from Saddleback

    by - verified purchaser |
    Yet another amazing product from Saddleback.

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    RSSESQ

    by - verified purchaser |
    My wife bought me this bag for my 50th birthday. I absolutely love it! Goes great with my Saddleback briefcase which I've had for many years. This is now the 3rd bag in the family and we just love every one of them! So does our Golden Retriever!

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    awesome bag!

    by - verified purchaser |
    This bag is ENORMOUS! The tobacco is gorgeous, the functionality is well thought out, and the bag is clearly well made. This is item number two for me...plenty more to come.

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    Oh wow!

    by - verified purchaser |
    After much deliberation, I took the proverbial plunge and got the medium carbon front pocket backpack. I LOVE IT!!! It's larger than I imagined, so the large must be huge. Several people have commented on the empty weight of this bag. It's a little weighty, but nothing significant in my opinion. The outside pockets are GREAT. The knickknacks have a place to go, freeing up the main compartment for the big stuff. A LOT of stuff can fit into this beautiful bag! Clothes, computer, and certainly anything you would need to travel. Within 24 hours I got my first complement on this bag. I'm pretty sure it won't be the last!

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    International Friendly

    by - verified purchaser |
    If you are Australian you are probably wondering (like I did) that if you order will it 1) be as good as it looks/reviewed 2) as good as RM Williams Leather 3) get here quickly and 4) get through Customs and the answer is a resounding Yes x 4.



    Sure the FBP will need a good smack around until it is more flexible, but that's the price you pay for durability - and yep it is heavier than a petrochemical bag, but if you wear it as instructed you won't even notice. Yes, velcro might be more efficient than straps, but if you think like that why are you even on this Site?



    You also won't get better customer service anywhere in the world, and one of these is way cheaper than She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed's Prada, Ferragamo etc handbags.

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    Admired in Israel

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have the tobacco, I like the pockets for my electronic accesories and Bible and journal. The inside space works for weekend adventures or trips abroad. Straps are great and D rings aloe attaching anything! Love mine!

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    Leather Perfection

    by - verified purchaser |
    Excellent product that has exceeded my wildest dreams ( and they get pretty wild).
    This back pack holds everything my large briefcase (Saddleback) held and it has room to spare!
    I travel 40-48 weeks a year and I think I found my new traveling companion.
    My next stops are Montana, Russia and China and I can't wait to put this backpack to the test!

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    Work of art

    by - verified purchaser |
    I had seen this bag in one of daves videos where he mentions it was in a testing stage and i immediately wished saddleback sold this because it was the bag i always needed but never seemed to exist. My saddleback classic brief case was stolen out of my car within months of having it and as bummed as i was my spirits raised finding out dave was releasing the bag i wished he sold in the first place this holiday season! I received the backpack this xmas and was thrilled, the design and detail is flawless and the bag can hold even small items securely which is impressive since it is one giant storage with a tie. saddlebacks best design hands down. this bag will be used heavily and i will probably make a video on it. Thanks for releasing the perfect bag saddleback!

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    A Wonderful Companion!

    by - verified purchaser |
    My lovely wife purchased the front pocket backpack in Tobacco Brown, as a Christmas gift, and it is everything I hoped it would be!
    I travel for work 2-3 times per month, and this pack will fit my clothes and belongings for a typical 2-3 day stint. Also, when not traveling, I will be taking this backpack into the woods on hunting and hiking expeditions several times a year, with no worries at all regarding its durability and usability.

    A total side note, but, I recommend picking up a pair of the leather straps, as the D rings on the bottom of the pack work really well for attaching anything from a rolled up jacket, or even a rolled sleeping bag for those overnight hiking trips.

    Thanks Dave and Co. for making another fantastic product!

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    Awesome Backpack in Afghanistan

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have had the bag for a little while now, and have already kicked the crap out if a little traveling here in Afghanistan. This thing is built to last and has no problem being tossed around in the rugged terrain that I move around in. It's been kicked, dragged, thrown, crushed, and soaked. It just doesn't give up. I love Saddleback.

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    Perfectoooooo

    by - verified purchaser |
    I'm an outdoor guide. I travel all the time and needed something that was like a rock off the trails. I wanted something I could take on the plane, pull off for short hikes/backpacks, use to store clients gear, etc. I found it in spades. The FPB is by far my new favorite piece of gear. It is something I know I dont have to keep an eye on for breaking or tearing. It is reliable. The most reliable pack I have ever owned. I look forward to the continued support of Saddleback Products. If you ever make a light weight pack with a hint more padding, I would use it in the field much more!
    <3 you saddleback
    P.s. Tessa, Betsy, and Kelley Jo are three amazing gals!! ;)
    -rob

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    Another backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    I received this BP earlier today. Now, granted I own the original Backpack, and I was waiting for the 17 inch version of this front pocket BP, but I had to pull the trigger.
    I am going to a festival soon and I wanted this to carry.
    It is great and already soft.
    I bought the Tobacco Brown (like most of my other pieces).
    Feels more broken in already.
    I will probably buy the 17 inch when available and tell my wife I bought the medium for her. We will see how that goes.
    Once again a great pieces.
    Plan to use it forever.
    Will use the old backpack as a computer transport and the new one for travel and outdoors.
    Get one

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    Extremely Satisfied

    by - verified purchaser |
    Hey SBL,

    This backpack has served me well so far in its early infancy. Just in the last two months it has been in Maine, Hawaii, and a splattering of places inbetween. It doubles as a 3 day bag on travel trips, as a book bag for school work, and as an extended cooler for adult beverages.


    There isn't much more I can say about the quality of the product that others haven't repeated below. SBL is simply the real deal, enough said.


    The only critism I have of the bookbag is that none of the pockets were 'quick' enough for me to access. This isn't a ding against SBL's design, but more something I came to realize specific to my uses. I needed atleast one of the side pockets to be easier to access. Some would argue what is easier to get into than a buckle? Well you come to appreciate the need for faster access when you are driving, walking through an airport, or have your hands full. I know Dave doesn't do custom work, yet I still asked and SBL kindly declined which I was completely fine with. So I decided to search for a local leather smith who was brave enough to work on such a high quality bag for me. I tasked them with modifying the side pockets with "collar cinches". Hopefully the picture below is accessible (SBL please feel free to use it as you wish):

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705/dsc0339by.jpg/

    The leathersmith removed the buckles on each side pocket and replaced it with this cinch. It locks down securely, and will not open unless you specifically lift up to unlock. The more you pack into the pocket, the more securely snug it becomes.

    Came out exactly as I had wanted. I'll be going overseas in the next few months again and I will try to grab some more shots for you SBL.

    Thanks SBL.
    -D

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    Anticipation!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have just received the dream bag - the large front pocket backpack in chestnut. I can't wait for it to look like I've had it and used it everyday for ten years. It's the bag I've always wanted yet I didn't know because it didn't yet exist. So happy with my purchase.

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    "Awemazing"!!!!!

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    Yep! I just coined another word to describe this beast of a backpack. I had a friend come visit me in Toronto from Houston and saw the Squared backpack in the trunk of his rental car and that marks the beginning of my obsession!! I could not stop thinking of this pack throughout our trip from Toronto to Ottawa as I was longing to get access to a computer and do a little bit more research. Eventually I was able to research and my findings pointed to the front pocket backpack (large) in chestnut since I am about 6" 3' 210lb. I ordered it and surprisingly got an email about some few hours later that my order had shipped - faster than a Sputnik eh. I had braced myself for a long wait since it had to cross the border but my wait only lasted a week and some days. Anyway, not to bore you with unnecessary rhetoric, I got the pack and the ride had been smooth ever since.
    The pack spent a couple of days with me on the same bed (was was not around) as I could not get enough of the sweet leather smell. I was struck by the enormous attention to details in producing this pack and I instantly realized how expensive the pack would have been if it had one of those popular designers' logo on it. A backpack doesn't come better than this. I wasn't sure if I should be carrying such a beauty to work on a daily basis since the pack has the tendencies of drawing attention away from me (already jealous) - wink. But I figured I have to break the leather somehow. I have not changed the pack since the very first day I started carrying it (mind you, I have 3 other backpacks that I now consider totally inferior). I am going to resist the urge of telling you all the different accolades I have received for they are too many and some of them are very hilarious - like an attendant in a leather products store going completely berserk on seeing my pack (a story for another day).
    Anyway, I have succeeded in gaining my wife's buy-in and I will be ordering the Beast Duffel Bag pretty soon together with some 'girl's' stuff for the wifey also. Top 3 of my best investments for 2014.
    One last thing, I did not see any of the tracts in my pack and I was wondering if you have succumbed to the pressure of those who are against putting such tracts in their order. May be you can solve the dilemma by including a check-box at check-out to include the tracts so it will be at the request of the customer. Just a thought........... Thanks Dave!!!

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    The best travel companion I have ever had!

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    I had my medium front pocket for a little over two years before I decided to sell it for some new leather but I loved every day I had it. My FPB took me all over New England and the tri-state area. On every trip I was able to pack more than enough clothes if needed and used the pockets for chargers and toiletry storage. The long strap on the main compartment meant that I could overload the heck out of the pack.

    A great buy.

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    Beyond Customer Service

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    This was my fourth Saddleback Leather item that I purchased. However, this purchase was for my Mother's 60th birthday. I ordered the Chestnut medium. Now, I thought that there would be a "gift" option in the end of the sales transaction where you would be able to include a message--there wasn't. So I emailed support and asked them if they would include a birthday card with my message. Saddleback replied and said that they would try to get the message with my gift. And they did!

    This is amazing! This is why I love this company, there is no other company that would provide such personal interaction and commitment; sorry, I don't believe that this is customer service, I believe that this is personal interaction.

    Thank you!

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    I might be addicted

    by - verified purchaser |
    I bought the large front pocket backpack in chestnut to match the end pocket duffel bag I purchased almost a year ago. I can't say enough good things about either bag. I ride vintage motorcycles, and needed something cool and manly to carry things when I ride--this fits the bill perfectly! In fact, I'll be riding a 1931 Harley cross country in September on the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. You can bet that this bag will get quite a workout on that trip!

    The backpack is slightly larger than I had pictured in my mind, even though I measured out the dimensions before ordering. The only thing I wish was different about it would be a small pouch pocket on the inside of the bag, but that's just me being extremely picky! I have another trip in a couple of weeks, and really look forward to carrying this bag. I have never travelled with my duffel that I haven't received multiple comments on how nice it is. It gets more beautiful every time I travel with it. I look forward to weathering this one too!

    Scott Byrd

    Cannonball Rider #25

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    AMAZING!!!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    This bag is just incredible! I received this backpack as a Christmas present this past year and then took it to Japan with me on a orchestra tour! It stores everything I needed and still had room for more. I have the large size and even when its fully loaded it never hurt mu back our shoulders because of the weight. If you are not used to carrying a backpack you will have to get used to it but if you are used to carry a backpack on a daily basis it shouldn't be a problem! Once again this bag is amazing and Dave and the entire Saddleback team rocks and are always raising the bar!!!!!

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    Last backpack you will buy!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I had a previous "tank" style backpack which didn't get a lot of use so I decided I would get a 14" front pocket style backpack. Pulled the trigger ordered this from Dave's Deals and upon arrival and initial inspection I could not find any imperfections with it!! Took this along on our annual vacation to Antigua so I loaded it up with my 13" MacBook pro in a Saddleback sleeve and my iPad in a Saddleback cover along with the assorted chargers and a change of clothes and other misc. stuff. This backpack can hold an amazing amount of stuff, it fits real nice and very comfortable on your back. I'm not a backpack person until now, it was used everyday to go to the beach, going out on daytrips and horseback riding. After a week of regular use it is already starting to get broken in just nicely.

    It's a great size for everyday use and can hold quite a bit, the pull strap around the opening is nice for the added bit of security. The front and side pockets are the perfect size for holding chargers, glasses and smaller items. I use the opening behind the side pocket is perfect for holding a bottle of water or my Kleen Kanteen.

    Now that the nicer weather has finally come to Ontario I will be using it for carrying my DSLR camera and gear, out on mountain bike rides and going back and forth to our cottage.

    Like the previous reviewers I rate this a 5 out of 5, it will be the last backpack you will own.



    Derek

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    One thing to add!

    by - verified purchaser |
    There's nothing to add to the positive comments on the appearance and value of the medium front-pocket backpack but I can add that the design of the straps is extraordinarily functional too. It's my everyday carry bag and I usuallyuse only one strap unless it's a long walk with a heavy load. Dave's placement of the attachment point under the load shifts the weight toward the centre of your back so the bag rides secure and easy without the constant slippage that annoyed me in the endless waste of canvas and nylon that I carried until I came to my senses. Thanks Dave, and too bad to the grandchildren - I'm taking this one with me!

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    My Precious

    by - verified purchaser |
    Hello out there,

    This is my fifth SB piece and I am just as blown away with this bag as I was with my first one. Just a little heads up to all the fun sized brothers and sisters out there... the LG size is huge...I needed a big bag so I was very pleased ....I am 5ft 3in so just thought I would share that "little" chestnut;) And I am very proud of the fact that every time I open my new SB bag I am reminded of the greatest truth ever .....Our Lord and Savings Jesus Christ. I love the little books of Hope thanks Dave.



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    Breaking it in Caribbean style

    by - verified purchaser |
    The large front pocket backpack in dark coffee brown is my latest addition to the SBL collection of both my wife and I. I received it just before a recent family trip to Puerto Rico. On the flights to and from, there wasn't a flight crew that didn't comment and ask upon seeing it. Inquisitive looks in each airport were obvious. I packed it full. Took it to the beaches and it performed beautifully with the sandy elements and even the surprise tropical downpour.



    My wife says its beautiful and solid. Yet she thinks it to be too big and too heavy. It is both big and heavy, but I am 6' 4" 210 lbs and not her 4' 11" petite frame. It did take a little getting used to when compared to my former tactical backpack's accessibility and intelligent compartments, but nothing more than a small sacrifice for something much more valuable in the long run.



    After seeing it in my photo posts to the SBL Facebook page, my sister-in-law commented she wanted one. So now I am looking for one Dave's Deal for her in chestnut to match her special addition small classics briefcase. So the SBL family continues to grow...!



    (As I am writing this, my wife walked in and asked what I was doing. After hearing, she said I "was in love with" my SBL items. I replied she can love her collection of heels and boots and I will do just fine with my humble collection of SBL. Little does she know I have a Hobo bag in tobacco brown being delivered this week for her.)

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    Never disappointed

    by - verified purchaser |
    Just received my 6th work of art, the front pocket backpack, from Saddleback Leather. I have received numerous compliments on the different pieces. On the rare event that I needed customer service, they have been superb. The only think missing was my little bible tract.....need that so I can pass on the good news!

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