I have both bag sizes both in Tobacco, and they are simply perfect! they are my go to bags for anything tools, cameras, gear, even superbly useful as a carry on in a plane where you want to keep iPad, cameras, papers with you. the Big bag can carry the iPad pro 12 inches no problem! love these bags!
$300.00 to $350.00SKU: #01-10-0004
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- Insulates cameras and electronics from extreme heat and cold
- Structured boxy design with flex
- Sewn cap closure keeps out dust
- Great for use as a cooler, tool case, art supplies or fishing tackle
- Flat exterior side pockets to slip in a lens cap
- Open interior lets you maximize space
- Can fit big camera bodies like the Nikon D3 with room for extra lenses
- No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Adjustable strap length: 34 ½” - 59 ¼”
- Exterior: 10” W x 7 ½” H x 7 ¼” D
- Interior: 9 ¾” W x 7 ¼” H x 7” D
- 2.2 pounds
- Exterior: 14” W x 10” H x 7” D
- Interior: 13 ¾” W x 9 ¾” H x 6 ¾” D
- 3 pounds
I purchased this bag because I liked the way it looked. I had no idea how I would use it, but wanted it anyway.
One week after it arrived, I knew what I would use it for. We were planning an overnight trip and this bag was perfect!! I was able to pack my cosmetics, toiletries, night clothes and a change of clothes all in the small bag.
I am sure there are many great uses for this bag, but for me, it is my overnight bag.
I purchased a large chestnut gadget bag, it is gorgeous. I think I may have to buy more stuff to fill it though, thanks saddleback. Definitely check this bag out, it could be far more than just a gadget bag if you get creative.
Bought it for my husband to put tools in his 1963 Fairlane. It's the perfect bag to carry tools or to use as a picnic bag. There are so many ways to use it. He loves it and as soon as he finishes restoring the Fairlane I'll post pictures. Thanks for such a great product. Be blessed.
Fits perfect in between the grips....holds more than thought....mounted it with the straps that are now discontinued but no biggie easy anyway to mount.....gives her freedom of not having to hold stuff....and makes an outing enjoyable....got a black one to match the chair because she said it would look more 'stricking'.......now I have 2 which is a good thing...very happy
My wife bought this for my birthday to use as a lunch box. She said my Walmart one didn't look very professional. The bag and size is great for a lunch box and keeps everything nice and cool. Got the medium DCB and it definitely gives that professional look to go with business attire. Yup, have to agree, the quality, leather, stitching, color and size are an example of excellent and pride in workmanship. The shoulder strap is awesome, comfortable and very convenient when needed. What more can be said, very, very happy with this purchase which came in a few days. Now for the next item to purchase...large leather wallet?
I purchased this bag as a gift for my husband. I chose the large size in dark coffee brown. Quality, size and color were exactly what I expected! We got a product that our daughter will inherit while contributing to helping others in the world. What a perfect combination.
The staff at Saddleback we're extremely helpful and responsive with my my questions. I highly recommend doing business with this exceptional company.
I bought the large bag for my wife, but we're trying to find an insert that will fit snugly inside of it. Anyone have any suggestions?
I have used the Medium Gadget Bag for slightly over two years. It holds my Leica rangefinder camera and all accessories and two or three spare lenses perfectly. The bag is over twice as tall as my camera, so I put flash and batteries and charger and spare SD cards and filters and other loose stuff in the bottom, then set a iPad mini gadget sleeve on top of all of that then set my camera and lenses on top of that. So I get a "two story" bag with the accessories in the bottom and camera and lenses in the top. The gadget sleeve fits perfectly in there as a nice floor for my camera. The sleeve also is a handy clean pad where I can set my camera "in the wild" when I change lenses. The Gadget Bag has travelled with me China, Greece, Panama, and Hawaii and kept my gear safe and clean and handy. I can open and close it while wearing it (on shoulder strap). While walking I can get my camera out of it and back into it safely. Care must be taken to make sure the top is secure before picking it up by its handle. And the shoulder strap connectors will catch on the top side flaps when I pick it up by the shoulder strap, so I have learned to simply straightening those things out when I put it on. I highly recommend this bag for small cameras like rangefinders or micro four thirds or any of new-ish "mirrorless" camera systems. I am not implying that it would less useful for SLR systems, but I have not use it that way, so I cannot say. This is a useful and dependable camera bag!
I'm the Husband the reviewer below purchased this for. I wanted to add to her comments regarding the capability of the large size. I removed the padded "Domke" brand camera insert from my old camera bag and it dropped right in perfectly. There was just enough room for my 13" Mac Book Pro to slip in behind it. The "SBL Size Chart" doesn't show a 13" laptop fitting, but mine does, even with my full size DSLR and accessories.
I work at the headquarters of a large bank and try to eat healthy by brining my lunch and some fruit and vegetables to work. This concept works in theory but I often found myself luging around a Trader Joe's bag or a plastic bag as I absolutley refuse to buy one of those plastic lunch boxes that look rediculous in a business environment.
I was purchasing a large duffel bag and decided to see what else was available to add to my free shipping and came across this bag. I ordered it in tobacco sise small to match my duffel if I use it when traveling. I was not totally sure that it would work but I received it yesterday and I'm happy to report that it works perfectly, looks classy, and gives the impression that I'm carrying something important not a sandwich and some apples. Due to the insulating property of the leather my food stays cool.
As an added bonus, I often ride my motorcycle to work in nice weather and it just fits inside my tank bag. It is currently sitting on my desk at work and has been complemented multiple times today.
Pricy for a lunch box but I'm sure I will find other uses for it in 35 years when I retire.
Theleather lacks adequate rigidity and tends to pucker when held buy the handle while it contains a moderate weight of items.
The flap opens on the sides which allow spillage of its contents.
I have returned this item.
Before ordering I called in to ask a question about the construction of this bag. I noticed in the pics that this did not have the reinforcement built in to the lid. I called in to verify and was told it did not have the bar built in and was assured it would not be an issue carrying a heavy load in the med bag. I don't understand why they did not add the support when they do add it to the smaller travel bag
Well I bought the bag as an ammo bag to take to and from the range. I can tell you if you are looking to carry any weight in a bag, pass up the gadget bag. The lid pulls up from the sides and gaps open.... I love the bag so I will probably keep it and send it off for modification and have a handle support added and possibly buckle straps on the sides
What a nice and simple little bag! I purchased the Small size via the Dave's Deals page and I'm so glad I found it there since this particular size has been discontinued. As of writing this review, there's still one more bag available in this size in the Dave's Deals section in case you want to pull the trigger.
I got the Dark Coffee Brown version because I just love that deep brown color! It goes well with just about any type of clothes, from business attire all the way down to flip flops and Hawaii shirts. Really, you can't go wrong with any of the colors available from SBL, but I find that this particular color is easier to "dress up" and match with virtually any colors. The Chestnut is pretty awesome too, the Tobacco Brown is more casual/adventurous, and black is of course always a safe and stylish bet.
To make the choice of color even more interesting, it's worth pointing out that the leather actually feels distinctively different to the touch depending on your choice of color. The Tobacco Brown color has a softer feel to it, while the DCB almost feels plasticky in comparison. However, don't let the first impression fool you: that plasticky feeling is only there when the leather is brand new. As you start to use your leather item and bend/twist it (either naturally through years of use, or deliberately to speed up the aging process!), it starts to develop a lovely patina and get the kind of wrinkles most people expect to see on leather products because they so often come already broken in and softened for you. Not so with SBL.
This is part of the beauty of it: you get full grain leather, the thickest you can imagine, but it ships completely without any sort of pre-aging process -- it's your job to work with the leather to break it in, or keep it just the way it is if that's what you prefer! On my particular Dave's deal, the bag was actually a little worn in already so it had some nice wrinkles, especially on one of the sides. That's totally fine with me as I expect the entire bag to look like that after it gets some more use -- in fact, I'll probably work with it to achieve that look sooner rather than later. This highlights one of the things I really love about SBL: their products just get more beautiful the more you use them!
I own a M43 camera system so the Medium sized Gadget Bag would have been overkill and would probably result in me leaving it at home more often than not. If you own a traditional SLR system, the Medium size makes a lot more sense as the Small size basically only fits the camera with one lens attached. For the M43 system, however, this Small size is a perfectly reasonable option. It certainly won't fit my entire system, but it's perfect for those days when I only need the camera and a couple of extra lenses. With that kind of load, the total weight with three lenses wasn't something I even noticed after a full day of walking around. The shoulder pad is nice and very comfortable, making carrying this bag a breeze. However, one thing I discovered was that the weight listed on SBL's website (430 grams) is without the shoulder strap -- with the strap included, the bag weighs a hair under 800 grams according to my kitchen scale. But despite the incorrect weight specification on the website, the bag is very far from heavy, and its small size means you're unlikely to ever fill it with more than a kilo of net equipment weight anyway.
There are no dividers or padding included in this camera bag, so you'll have to come up with your own solution depending on what you need and how much protection you want. The full grain leather coupled with the inside pigskin makes a pretty thick and sturdy case, so unless you're really careless with the bag, you probably don't have to worry too much about the protection from outside forces. What's left for you to solve is making sure the items stored in it don't bump into each other and get all scratched up.
I place two lenses in neoprene pouches at the bottom of the bag (the Cosmos Black Extra small DSLR Pouch from Amazon fits the Olympus 45mm and even the 60mm macro perfectly, despite its name). Then I place my Olympus OMD camera with e.g. the 20mm pancake lens directly on top of those two lenses. I have a small divider from an old and worn out camera bag -- sometimes I use it to separate the lenses from the camera for added peace of mind, other times I don't. If you want that kind of protection, one tip is to buy a simple neoprene-based item like a mouse pad or hiking seat pad and simply cut it to fit your needs. You could easily build your custom padding this way for less than ten dollars if you shop around a bit.
A camera with three prime lenses suits my needs about 90% of the time I'm out and about and want to bring a camera with me just in case. With this load in the bag, here's still some room left for small stuff like a wallet and a phone, or maybe a small clip-on flash or a spare battery. You could definitely fit one or maybe even two more M43 lenses in there if you tried, as long as they're small prime or pancake lens. It just depends on what your priorities are -- for me, this bag is more useful when it's lightly packed so I can easily switch lenses without having to take out a lot of stuff temporarily while switching. It's all about being able to take that photo before the opportunity is lost. But if you don't switch lenses very often and only want to carry them with you just in case, you could definitely pack the bag differently and fit even more. As an example, fitting a Kindle Paperwhite in the bag was possible without really sacrificing any of the space, and a thin divider between the Kindle and the lenses (or just a snug case for it) would ensure no nasty scratches.
For the casual "I'm out and about but not sure if I'll take any photos" kind of days, this is a perfect bag. It's lightweight, stylish, and masculine looking with its boxy shape and thick shoulder strap (and women will look awesome with it, too). However, for more dedicated days of photography, this bag won't cut it for me because of its small size. On those days I typically want to have things a bit more organized and, more importantly, carry much more stuff with me.
I'm considering the Small Round Satchel for the dedicated photography days (yes, consider me a true SBL fan!). It looks like it would be the perfect fit for my needs: I could fit a Kindle and a thin wallet in the inside pigskin flap, small things like a spare battery, the clip-on flash and the car or bike keys in the two inside side pockets, the camera and all my lenses in the main compartment area, my phone in the outer back pocket for easy access, and finally a water bottle in one of the outer side pockets and maybe the sunglasses case in the other one. Based on the measurements on the website, the satchel would probably still have plenty of room to spare in the main compartment for other things, and I could easily clip on a Pouch if I needed even more space. The only downside is that it wouldn't protect the gear against rain as efficiently as the Gadget Bag since the closing flap doesn't securely cover the sides. So it wouldn't be the ideal protection against an unexpected water splash like when sitting on a boat, but protecting against the occasional rain would still be easy: just tuck a plastic grocery bag in one of the pockets and wrap it around the entire satchel when the rain starts. Anyway, I guess I'm trying to justify another SBL purchase here. ;)
Back to the Small Gadget Bag. A few minor suggestions/areas of improvement in case it ever makes a reentrance at SBL -- and most of this applies to the Medium and Large versions too:
* The bag has a top cover/flap that folds over to protect the sides of the bag from leaking when it's raining. This is a great protective feature, but unfortunately these side flaps often get in the way of the clasps for the shoulder strap, so you have to be careful so the strap doesn't get locked in under them. Just very slightly shorter/angled side flaps on the side where it hinges would have avoided this problem.
* Because of the placement of the strap lugs/D-rings right in the middle of the total height of the bag, the bag is not sufficiently weight balanced and this can potentially be catastrophic if you haven't closed the bag properly and you lean forward. When evaluating the bag, I hadn't closed the bag and when I quickly grabbed it by lifting the strap up, the strap got stuck under the cover flap (see above) and because of the center of gravity being right in the middle of the bag where the strap attaches to the bag, the bag quickly tipped over and one of my lenses fell out. Luckily this happened when I was just testing the bag indoors on a soft hotel room carpet, but the lesson here is that you need to make sure the bag is always closed when you're walking around with it. If the strap lugs had been sitting a little higher up on the side of the bags, I would feel more comfortable walking around with the bag open (with my previous camera bag, I often walked around with it open so I could quickly swap lenses without having to open and close the bag all the time).
* There are no easy access pockets on this bag -- everything is stored in one single compartment secured by the front buckle. It would have been nice to still have the back pocket that you see on other Saddleback Leather products like the satchels and briefcases. I'm guessing the decision to not include it was to cut down the total weight, but personally I'd definitely prefer to have that pocket on this bag too for things like storing the lens cap when you're shooting. As it stands, I have to use one of my jeans pockets for that and try to remember which one I put the cap in. ;) With its one-compartment design, the gadget bags are in a way more optimized for gadget storage than for gadget usage, but it's not a hard problem to work your way around if you have a pocket or two on your clothes.
* It would have been nice with a couple of D-rings if for no other reason than to be able to clip on a SBL Pouch address the lack of quick access pockets, or, more importantly for photography, to attach a tripod. The beautify of the gadget bag is in its simplicity, but it's also once of its limitations. Again, the Round Satchel seems like a better option for the more dedicated photography adventures because of its versatility, but you'd lose the extra water protection, and you'd add to the total weight.
Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this bag and the quality of the leather is unbelievable. And the smell -- I just can't seem to get used to it, despite having bought more than a handful of SBL products by now! I highly recommend this bag and I can't wait to put it to good use!
My hot wife and I travel a lot, but when we go on long trips her job is to pack everything: her clothes, the kids’ clothes, even my clothes. My job is to lug it all around.