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.
Front Pocket Backpack
$498.00 to $598.00SKU: #01-20-0003
Free shipping over $75! (UPS GROUND DOMESTIC)
- 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
We use natural Markings Equal Inclusion of Exceptional Imperfection Ornamentation
"... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates against any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."
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 marks life has given them.
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.
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.
I'm a 162cm female, and bought this even though it wasn't in the women's category. I've been using it for the 4th month now, and I love the look. The simple backpack's lack of a front pocket just didn't do it for me because of the large number of small items I have (cables, keys, portable charger, lip balm and other girly items). The quality of the leather is astounding, and now, leather products that aren't from Saddleback are very very unappealing.
The angle of the straps are perfect, and the usual issue I have with backpack straps forcing my arms into perpetual outward tree branches isn't a problem here.
The only thing I regret about this is its weight. I understand, though. With the quality comes the weight, but I sometimes spend half the day on my feet. My 15inch MacBook Pro, notebook, pencil case, makeup bag, thermal flask, cables/chargers, and occasional packed lunch are in this bag, and walking around in Singapore (32°C and unbelievably humid) with an extra 5.9 pounds isn't the best of ideas. It would be great if Saddleback had a smaller (less wide) version of the front pocket for women.
Overall, a lovely travel bag, but for women, prolonged carrying of this bag (>1 hours
of walking) wouldn't be a pleasant experience.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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....
I waited a while before writing a review of the front pocket back pack. I have used it for over 6 months and I love it. I got mine in Large Chestnut and seems to have darkened a little which is fine with me. This pack is made very well, I actually bring it back and forth on helicopters to work offshore. No matter where I go, airports, hotels, elevators, I get asked about this bag, people love it.
I debated between the medium and large. I went with the large and glad I did. I have not had any issues with the bag yet, it is heavy, so keep that in mind. This is my 5th product from SBL and most expensive!
Yet another amazing product from Saddleback.
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!!!!!
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!
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.
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.)
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!
In April of 2013, my daughter asked for an "Adventure Backpack" for her birthday. After hours of searching the internet, I happened upon the Saddleback website. I knew (almost instantly) that I was about to spend way too much money on a birthday gift for a 14 year old. It's been 10 months and I have NO REGRETS. The bag is PERFECT - it has already become a part of her and carries with it treasured memories. It gets better with time. The compliments flow. In fact, the bag is SO great that my son asked for the Squared Backpack for Christmas (he's 18 and a senior in HS). We got it for him (we are weak - not well-off) and, again, NO REGRETS. Thank you, Dave, for creating a product worth having for a lifetime.
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!!!
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. So...cool. 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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!