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$498.00 to $598.00

  • 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.

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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.


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    Easy Rider/Perfect Bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    This bag is absolutely beautiful and made for the adventurer in all of us. I bought the large FPB and have used it as my daily carry bag for a while now but the main reason I bought it was to be my luggage bag for my Harley motorcycle. I have to say that it exceeded all expectations when it came to doing what I bought it for. The rings located on the bottom of the bag provide the perfect place for some bungie cords to go through so that the bag sits on the back seat perfectly. I have just gotten back from a 400 mile ride and it didn't move one bit and it turned the heads of more than one person on the road. Thanks Saddleback for making a perfect backpack for my bike and me.

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    Carbon front pocket backpack

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    After a delay because of weather I received the backpack. My husband brought it to me when he was picking me up from work. He knew I couldn't wait to open it. The smell of the leather filled the room. It had some character marks already on it ,so I'll just have to create a fantastic story to go along with the marks. My husband even remarked how well the stitching is and how thick the leather is. I plan on taking it when we go to the dirt track , camping and any other trips we go on. The side pockets will hold my thermos and snacks in one and girl stuff in the other side pocket.
    I put one of my favorite lap quilts inside the main compartment for cool weather.even with the lap quilt in it I still have room. I hope they bring the carbon color back in the future. I think carbon and chestnut are my favorite colors. Thank you Saddleback Leather. Your products are a blessing to me. Be blessed.

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    Second bag from Saddleback

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    Yet another amazing product from Saddleback.

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    chestnut front pocket bp

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    I got this backpack and absolutely love it. It smells and feels so good. I was wanting a leather backpack and wanted this outdoorsy (my own word) look. Looked at both saddleback and king ranch, but I chose the right one.


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    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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    Leather Perfection

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    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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    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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    by - verified purchaser |
    Another great quality Saddleback piece. I just received the medium front pocket backpack in Tobacco to go with my collection of Saddleback products. I would have ordered this in a small size if it were available. However I am happy with the medium size. I am 5'10" and believe that anything larger than the medium would be to large. Great quality piece that gets a lot of compliments!

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    Do it

    by - verified purchaser |
    I waited 1 year to get myself to buy one, I spent a lot of time doing research looking around for a beatiful bakcpack. And finally decided to get a large dark coffe brown front pocket backback, and it is amazing.
    The leather is top quality, the color is deep and elegant, the space is great, the desing is superb. This is a product that will last for a lifetime for sure, there are not many products out there that will last long. There is lot of concern about the weight, but I dont really find it heavy.

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    carbon front pocket backpack

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    Just ordered it. So I'm anxious to get it. I know it will be great. Because everything I get from Dave's deals always is the best. Thanks Saddle back leather. Be blessed.

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    Started my first semester of college this year and I knew I needed a good durable and reliable bag... Definitely did my research and kept coming back to this bag (I purchased the Large Carbon bag) so I thought I'd give it a try. Lets just say I am 100%, hands down completely satisfied with this bag! Not only do I use it for school, but my family travels a lot, so I use the bag also as a carry on bag / overnight bag. I get so many nice comments on how classy and nice the backpack looks. It can carry so much and is very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this backpack or anything made by Saddleback Leather to anybody!

    The one and only thing that I thought was weird, which was not that big of a problem, but the bag looked a little lighter in person. I was expecting a really, almost black color. To me, in person, the Carbon color seemed a little more brown... But I still love it!

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    The Best purchase I have ever made!

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    I have been online looking for a hand crafted leather backpack for several years. I had a few made with local leather shops but the quality I was looking for they could not meet. they lasted a few months then would get destroyed. I do a lot of traveling around the world for work. Most places I go are not friendly areas. so my bags straps would break or they would rip apart at stress points. Then I found Saddleback leather. when I read how well they were made and watching like everyone else a 100 reviews on YouTube. I ordered my first backpack. I went with the Medium Front pock tobacco leather. I could not be happier then I am now when it arrived. It has meet all my expectation and then some. If you are looking for the best quality and well crafted, and great looking, look no further. if you are concerned on the price. I am here to tell you .... IT IS WORTH EVERY CENT.... Since then I have also purchased mac pro cover, moleskin cover, Bible cover, Small pad cover, pass port holder, and the small wallet. so take my word on this it will be the best and last thing you every buy....

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    by - verified purchaser |
    I am a huge tobacco fan. That being said, I have been disappointed with the darker tobacco as of late. I tried asking if SBL could "hand pick" my bag to assure that I would receive the lightest one in stock. No such luck! They just aren't capable of doing that at the warehouse. I gambled and received my new FPB in tobacco yesterday. It definitely IS darker than my other lighter tobacco products BUT I have to say that I really do like it. It's right in-between the darker and the light that I am used to. That being said, it's a KEEPER! Thanks SBL for another wonderful product. I've attached a pic of a lighter color dry bag next to my new FPB.

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    This thing is gorgeous.

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    I bought myself this backpack for myself as a three year gift for becoming a non-smoker. It is awesome. A functional piece of art. I just want to sit here and take a look at it.

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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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    by - verified purchaser |
    Hiked Chisos mountains in Big Bend national park a few weeks ago. Wore the large tobacco backpack for 30 miles of day hiking. Pack weighed about 30#. Balanced well and the straps never chafed or hurt. Only downside was backpack does get wet from sweating, need to figure out a way to get air circulation between back and pack. Of course got numerous compliments on the "old school pack". Even got compliments from the milligram minimalist backpackers.

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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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    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 bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    I purchased the Large Front Pocket in Chestnut a few months ago, and have been using it every day since then. It was little larger that I anticipated, but it is just fine for my daily stuff. My range of EDC stuff is pretty wide and encompasses a lot of stuff, so this bag became my EDC bag. I love the innovative use of shoulder straps and pads, and as is typical for SBL, the construction and quality are unmatched.

    The backpack actually made me do something which would have been unthinkable several years ago - I sold my SBL briefcase. However, it ended up sitting in a corner all alone, and that just wasn't right. After all, it was the proper thing to do after I got a friend hooked on it.

    Anyways, depending on your height and weight, if you are about 5"9' or taller and carry around a lot of crap like I do, consider the large, you may thank yourself for it later. I also use three medium utility straps for this backpack, one for the stenum (the two d-rings on the shoulder straps) and two for the waist. That helps plenty when biking or other physical activities.

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    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!!

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    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.


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    David G. Pope

    by - verified purchaser |
    I ordered the medium front pocket tobacco backpack to take on camping and short trips. Our first trip was to lake LBJ in Marble Falls, TX. My wife and I used the backpack to put 3 days worth of clothes in it and fell in love with it. It wasn't shortly after the trip on the way home that my she claimed the backpack for herself. Since then, I have purchased a Squared tobacco backpack and duffle beast for myself. I can't wait to use them on our next trip this summer! The Saddleback Leather products are simply the best!

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    my one true bag

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    well, i have been looking for my one true bag for many years.
    i could have learned a second language or picked up a black belt in jujitsu in the hours i have spent looking at bags online and in person.
    a seemingly indestructible timbuk2 backpack has accompanied me around and around and around the world for six or seven years now, and irritatingly looks just exactly like the day i bought it off ebay.
    a great little travel pack, but just too ugly and banal to be seen with in public at homei wanted a bag that would pretty much DO IT ALL. and make me look WAY more bad ass than i am.
    i found saddleback leathers a couple/three years ago and whilst i drooled over the general vibe, none of the backpacks on offer at the time seemed like a good fit for me.
    i bookmarked the site and promised myself that i would return one day.
    i just got home from a solo trip around malaysia.
    as i once again unpacked my petrochemical-derived, over-organised backpack, still looking like new, still utterly devoid of any character, still saying zero about the adventures we had had together, saddleback leathers suddenly sprang to mind.
    worth a look! i thought to myself. time has passed! i thought to myself. designs evolve and change! i pondered quietly.
    and boy, was it ever the perfect time to look.
    the medium front pocket backpack was the one for me (after some grilling of the lovely CS people, and some working out of litre volume....which is the only number i can actually comprehend in a bag).
    i smacked the buy button and it looks like i got the last one (for a little while).
    the pack arrived today. 11 days from texas to remote,, rural australia. no duty if it is under $1000, fellow aussies! so, already loving the thing, even before opening the box.
    yes, this backpack is ALL THAT.
    the leather scent is wonderful and it rolls out in a wave that is almost tactile.
    the bag is heavy and solid, but you can see how and where it will yield in time. and it does seem to ride comfortably and high on one's back. the neoprene strip is very soft and comfy
    i am almost as wide as i am tall and the love-handle-avoiding design of the straps is like a magic trick.
    i got carbon because i wear black. all. the. time.
    this carbon is a divine colour. it isn't at all a flat shiny is a matte and dark dark nuanced gray. the leather has a soft, almost nubuck-ish finish....omg i can hardly wait for it to wear in. my pack has loads of tick bites on the part i wear against my back.
    having had my share of tick bites, i can sympathise with the poor cow who was wearing this before me.
    let's talk about the size of this thing.
    i figured it had 25 litres of volume, including all three pockets. yes, you can stuff a few more bits and pieces down behind the pockets, but i didn't include those in my calculation.
    i gave it a test-pack.
    i travel very light and very minimal and i believe in frequent laundry stops!
    i packed a set of clothes, socks, underwear, a sarong, a swimsuit, a sweater, a pair of sandals, some earrings, a scarf; ipad, iphone, cables and adaptors; very minimal LAG bag for toiletries and makeup; purse and passport.
    i used about 4/5 of the main bag and one of the side pockets and the back of the large pocket. without any hint of manic crushing and stomping.
    the filled bag feels solid and heavy on my back and i am sure i'll get used to it pretty quickly. again, it sits high on my back, and it is comfortable. the extra weight is worth it for the extra glamour alone.
    this bag will also do me for day to day running around, because it doesn't look huge at all.
    it is a bit casual for business, but i am also a bit of a casual businessperson, so that is fine.
    in fact, i only have one major problem left on my hands: which colour backpack should i buy for my husband?
    personally, i am now sorted for bags until the end of time.
    and now i can get on with learning italian or something.
    5 stars with absolutely no hesitation. and my thanks to betsy, carlie and tim for their delightful and helpful service.

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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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