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$498.00 to $598.00

  • 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
    • Internal: 11” W x 13 ½ (adjustable)” H x 8 ¼” D
    • External: 12” W x 14” H x 9 ¼” D
    • 5.9 pounds
  • 17” backpack
    • Internal: 11 ¾” W x 16 (adjustable)” H x 8” D
    • External: 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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    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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    Second bag from Saddleback

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    Yet another amazing product from Saddleback.

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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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    Never disappointed

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    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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    One year in.....

    by - verified purchaser |
    One year ago I opened a Christmas gift and was totally shocked to find the front pocket backpack in DCB. My wife did not understand my....well, obsession. Now she does. I have used this backpack for trips to Florida, Las Vegas and for 25 weekend trips, plus once a week I needed it for work. It is just now getting some scuff marks and starting to soften up. Don't let that fool you though; it's fit, comfort, capacity, construction and feel mean that every other backpack I owned went out the door. I now have 4 SBL pieces (Waterbag is still the best thing I have ever owned) and as I type this I'm shopping for more.

    Need a backpack? BUY this one!!!

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    I'm Not Worthy!

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is a whole lotta leather. Whole lotta leather backpack, to be specific. It's over-engineered for sure, and I fell in love with it the day I received it. I love that it has SIX total pockets in the front, substantial enough that you can really organize before you even get in the backpack, and I love the big space inside. I am 5 foot nothing, and I didn't think the weight of the backpack was an issue at all. The backpack straps are super comfortable and mitigate the weight nicely. The carbon color of the leather was...I think 'cool' is the only word that can describe it. The only reason I sent it back was because it's way too much backpack for me. I feel silly carrying it around because it's so gorgeous and made so well, and my tastes run simpler, and less.....oomph. I honestly felt like the backpack was carrying me, and not the other way around! But it is definitely an attention getter, and most importantly, built to last. For my daily commute, I will seek out a less fabulous pack, and maybe keep this on my wishlist for future adventures. This backpack was made to go on adventures.

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    From a filson fan

    by - verified purchaser |
    As the headline says I'm a huge filson fan...I own 5 bags plus other hunting gear and sweaters...

    Other reviewers said that the Front pocket is heavy...well I think it's need to be reasonable, it's made from genuine leather, so it's normal to have some weight on it...but then again, I honestly feel it's light...and I bought the large dark coffee brown one...

    I just received it I watched all of Dave's movies on youtube and I felt like I already know the bag...well if you feel like that you're should touch it! you should rub your hand over the leather, open it put your head inside of it, take a deep breath and say ahhhhhh...

    it's is honestly a work of art...i'm not sure if I should put it on display or wear it...

    Now, it's stiff...when trying to open the buckles or play with the straps you'll see how hard it is...however, it's is understandable since it'll need a couple of years to soften up.

    I opened my closet and started putting some clothes in it...I put two jeans, three sweaters, four underwears, four socks then i stopped cause no need to empty my closet just to put everything back you got my point.

    I would like to thank "the bearded wonder" for his help, and everyone who helped sculpting this peace of art...a special thank you to the "Presidente" :)

    My other filson bags were happy to meet the FP they treated it as their equal :)

    P.S: I loved the little booklet you put in the right pocket...

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    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

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    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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    Taken to Israel

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    Took this hunk to Israel, pockets perfect for electronics, front pocket for Bible and journal, comfortable leather straps and hooking all manner of travel-phanalia to the D rings. Versatile! Classiy! Mine is Tobacco.

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    Don't Think About It - Do it!

    by - verified purchaser |
    Had wanted to get the large backpack for a while, and happy I did. Another great Saddleback product (Thanks Dave). Be prepared to answer questions about it. I get comments and questions about it daily. I have been chased down in an airport when someone saw it on my back, and have heard women whispering to each other how sexy it was as I walked by. My biggest surprise was how comfortable it was fully loaded - I carry lots of stuff when traveling for business - super comfortable on your back.

    Two suggestions: one for Saddleback: the handle is a bit small and/or the d-rings close together - my big hands are a tight fit. Second comment for a buyer: I carry a lot of really small items (small camera stuff, computer stuff, batteries, keys, etc. and was concerned about them falling out of the pockets (since the closure is a flap over the top of the pocket) I solved this with a couple of Eagle Creek Pack-It cubes (quarter cubes for the side pockets, Half Tube Cube for the front pocket) - they fit the pockets perfectly and ensure your stuff won't "leak out" if your bag takes a tumble.

    Bottom line - you will NOT regret buying this backpack. Outstanding quality, unique look (not another cookie cutter bag), tough as nails, comfortable to wear.

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    One of the best purchases you will ever make

    by - verified purchaser |
    A good friend introduced me to Saddleback Leather a couple of years ago and I have since purchased the front pocket backpack, thin briefcase, round satchel (as a gift), and belt. As I speak I have the leather mat ready for purchase in my shopping cart!

    EVERY purchase from Saddleback has been an absolutely great buy! The quality of the materials is unmatched, and I have no doubts that the leather will last MULTIPLE lifetimes. I get compliments on my gear wherever I go, and I'm pretty sure that my family really WILL fight over this stuff when I'm gone. Heck, they're fighting over it now!

    I highly recommend purchasing any of Saddleback Leather's awesome products. You will NOT be sorry!

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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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    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!! ;)


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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):

    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.


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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 |
    I bought here, but put a review on Amazon...figured I should put the review here too. I bought the, new model, large. The only difference is it is 17" tall, as apposed to 14" on the medium. The bag is OUTSTANDING in quality, craftsmanship, and utility. I'm 65yrs, 6', 200lbs, and have walked to town, 14 mile round trip, with the pack fully loaded, three times (the first two times the bag weighed 30lbs.) The bag is fitting like a glove the more it breaks in. On the third trip to town, overloaded fully as though camping, I threw in an extra 15lbs of lead shot bags from my diving weight belt. The bag, at 53lbs (ridiculous I know, but I wanted to really test myself and the bag,) felt comfortable, riding well on my back. I have to say the bag did better than I the last three miles or so. OK, OK, been a long winter at 8,300ft and I'm just getting into shape. One thing to note, it did get hot between my back and the bag. I doubt, in normal usage, I would ever be carrying 30lbs, let alone 53lbs......I wish I had this bag decades ago. It's an investment, sure, but it will pay dividends in the years to come. The bag is a bit heavy compared to modern material bags, but was easy for me to get used to. I've been using Jandd, Ultimate Directions, and a Gregory, of similar capacity, for thirty years. I doubt if I will ever use them again. Not only will you have a lifetime of use with this bag, you'll be the classiest person out there. It gets folks talking to you, as they recognize the quality from a distance. The fear of the price will quickly be overcome by the smell, quality, looks, and the creaking of the leather, of this functional, tough, piece of art.

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    Treat Yourself. (Do it.)

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    One if by land, two if by sea, three if you'????re counting the pockets on the Saddleback 17"?? Front Pocket Backpack. Here'????s mine (Dark Coffee Brown), paying respect at the tomb of Paul Revere (Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Mass.). This bag is a true patriot. Spend the money. You deserve it.

    So right out of the box, it'??s a little stiff. Yet, it loosens-up and begins to conform to your things and lifestyle in only a few days; in less than a week, it already felt like it was well on its way to becoming ??broken in.

    Regarding weight: this is a heavy bag. But, it doesn't feel heavy when you actually carry it on your back. I was stunned by how well it distributes weight. I jam-pack this thing full of books and papers (I'm an English professor at 3 colleges in Boston), my 11" MacBook Air, office supplies, two of the Saddleback Cable Bags (one for cables, one for my pipe), Tums, a Nalgene bottle (14 oz.), food, and other daily junk, but never feel like it's cumbersome or uncomfortable. The neoprene band at the lower-back area is quite the nice touch.

    Regarding pockets: Yes, a small water bottle fits in either of the side pockets (I was concerned about this initially). Yes, there is a spot behind the front pocket as well as the side pockets.

    Regarding size: Get the 17"????. (Everyone.) The size difference refers to the height of the bag only. I like to line-up the main contents of the bag, and then stack???? other things on top. (You can fit a light jacket in the bag on top of your stuff.)

    Other thoughts? It smells like heaven. I must look like a maniac with my nose buried in it. And, as cliche as this remark has become on this website, I am almost overwhelmed by the number of people who come up to me to compliment the bag.

    Another great product from the people at Saddleback. I'????m sure that they'll have more of my money soon.

    P.S. To Dave (et al.): Thank you so much for the keychain. It was a very nice surprise.

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