Let me preface by saying, I'm a Saddleback addict. My husband purchased the Classic Briefcase for me as a Christmas gift and I've been hooked on their products ever since. I'm 5'2" and the bag was too large for me but I just couldn't part with the bag. A cable bag, a men's wallet and a dog collar later, I finally bought myself another Saddleback present.
I received the Hobo purse today in dark coffee brown and I love absolutely love it! Ahh, the smell of new quality leather. I have to say I was a bit worried about the clasp since some of the previous reviews mentioned it was difficult to operate but mine opens and closes easily. I also love the size of the bag. I'll be able to fit all of my necessities with quite a bit of room to spare. The interior pocket is the perfect size for my iPhone and the exterior pocket will come in handy too. Thank you Saddleback for yet another piece of quality craftsmanship I get to add to my Saddleback collection!
- 100-Year Warranty, details here.
- Free Shipping, details here.
- Simple, elegant design enhances any outfit
- One large interior cell phone pocket
- Wide exterior back pocket
- Open interior for maximum storage
- Quick-access closure is secure without leaving you fumbling
- Can be worn cross-body or over the shoulder
- Our first full-size purse
- Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin lining
- Dimensions (approximate size)
- Adjustable strap length: 43 ½” - 59 ¼”
- Exterior: 10 ¾” W x 10” H x 4 ½” D
- Interior: 9 ¾” W x 9 ¾” H x 3 ¾” D
- 2 pounds
If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft
And from thy slender store
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole,
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.
~ Saadi (1184-?1283), Persian poet
This is my hyacinth!
Love the color, texture, smell, style, size. No complaints. Easily got the latch. Loving the scuffs and patina that is already forming. Love it's weight. Makes me smile every time I use it. Got the tobacco and already getting character! Gorgeous - more so with every use.
There's something truly comforting about it to me. I even like the heft of it. No problems with the strap digging in for me yet. I have my Lana wallet in it. phone, keys, small bag with morning medicine and lip balm and powder. A calendar, pen and small notebook. And there's room for more! The pigskin lining is nice. Soft, suede-y. Reminds me of the pigskin suede Members Only jacket from back in the day! LOL
Really good quality craftsmanship. My current go to for sure!
Got this great bag in chesnut last year and am loving it.
It is bigger than I thought, but actually perfect! It even still smells really good. :) The pocket on the back is wonderful, too. A bit hard to close, but boy can it hold a lot! I packed all my basics in for a week!
Thank you Saddleback Leather, you did it again!
OVERALL: I've owned this bag for four years now and it just keeps getting better. It's well-made and stylish enough to carry it out to nicer outings, but rugged enough to take it to a music festival. Every now and then, I'll put this bag away and start using something else, but I ALWAYS come back to it. It will forever be me go-to day bag.
AGE: This bag has worn in beautifully over the years and has such character. The leather is buttery and, with an annual cleaning and coat of leather protectant looks like brand new (but I almost prefer when it's all scratched and dirty). It's one of those bags that just gets better and better with more years and miles behind it. (And not a single stitch has come undone, by the way.)
I consider this a great Saddleback starter bag. (It was my first Saddleback piece and, needless to say, I've been addicted to Dave's products ever since). It's one that you'll instantly fall in love with and keep forever. It's simple but versatile, can hold pretty much your entire life and, with time, becomes like a safety blanket--you'll never want to leave home without it.
I bought the Hobo Crossbody Purse in Chestnut. I love the color and smell of the leather. It has more room than I realized, love the back pocket!
I usually don't like to spend this much for a purse and wallet, but with this quality and lifetime Guarantee. It's well worth it. I also ordered the Long trifold wallet in Chestnut. Love that as well.
Like others mentioned the clasp is hard to work but its getting better the more you use it. Plus it keeps it very secure. The purse is kind of on the heavy side even with little in it, but that's expected with leather. I still love it! I would highly recommend this purse.
I bought this purse as a Christmas gift for my mother. Upon opening it she cried and then soon after took all her belongings/items from her old purse and put them into the new Saddleback Leather purse I bought her. She then threw away her previous purse :) I bought the chestnut color and like I said this purse is made forever! You can also tell that it will only look better and better as it gets broke in threw the years :) I want to say thanks to Dave & all the Saddleback employees for making my moms Christmas one to remember! Merry Christmas to all of you @ Saddleback Leather!
This is a very well made bag and I chose the Hobo in black because of its classy look, but mostly because I know Saddleback Leather makes very sturdy bags! The Hobo weighs approximately 2 lbs empty and it doesn't take me long to have it full of stuff and weighing 4 lbs on my shoulder! Since the Hobo is one of Saddleback's lighter bigger crossbody bags, I will likely end up getting another Hobo in a different color one day because my shoulders cannot comfortably carry anything heavier than a loaded up Hobo!
The leather on this bag is beautiful and strong. A suggestion I would make is to change the current 3/4 inch shoulder strap to a minimum 1" thick shoulder strap to balance the heftiness of this lovely bag and also change the hardware to make the current removable shoulder strap a permanent shoulder strap instead. The hinge spring on the hardware is too easy to open and I would hate to lose this beauty to a subway thief! Thanks to the other reviewers who offer a solution (the $7.00 shoulder pad) to offset the painful buckle hurt when the Hobo is loaded up! I'd love to know if Saddleback leather offers an optional shoulder strap for those who need/want it - such as a 1" thick shoulder strap with a ring to attach to the bag itself and that would not be easily removable like the current spring clip. This bag is a beauty and I will keep checking back to see if Saddleback offers a solution to the shoulder strap issue. I am definitely coming back to Saddleback Leather for more cool bags!
Oh yes and Suzanne I see a market for a medium sized Hobo bag as I am sure you do too!! Thanks you guys!
My husband and I are celebrating 30 years of marriage together next month. We decided to treat ourselves to several pieces of Saddleback leather products in honor of our big day. I have recieved so far the wrap wallet, and the mens slim wallet and tablet bag are on their way. This beautifal bag in the coffee brown color arrived today, and oh my goodness!! All I can say is, Wow!!! The bag is an absolute beauty to behold! I think my husband is in big trouble because I am now going to want to celebrate like this for every anniversary! Dave, please don't read this.......but this bag feels waaaaaaaay more expensive than what I paid for it!! I'm off to see what else I can purchase for my celebration......30 years is a real accomplishment in today's world. :D
I am a BIG review kind of gal.... so the few drawl backs on this bag did worry me a bit, but I went with my gut and got the Hobo in Tobacco. I am so happy I did!
The latch was a concern at first, but I can (as a left handed person, by the way) tell you, yes... it did take me a minute to figure out how to do it so effortlessly as in the video. But once I had it, it was smooth sailing with opening and closing the bag. It really does just takes practice.
Here is the main reason for my review... not only just to brag about the high quality of the bag and how beautiful the leather is.... that goes without saying, but a tip for other woman out there who love a handle on their Hobo.
I have the Love 41 Leather Cosmetic bag and it comes with a long strap and a shorter, wrist strap. The wrist strap makes THE PERFECT handle for the Hobo bag! It's so incredibly perfect that I got pretty dang giddy when my husband suggested the use for the small strap. That's just a tip, for all of you ladies out there that love choices just as much as I do.
Thank you Saddleback... this will now be my perfect travel bag and I can't wait to break it in while making memories at the same time.
I have this bag in Chestnut and I couldn't be happier with it. When I first got it I wasn't sure how much stuff I would actually be able to fit inside it because it's a very structured bag, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it fits everything I need. If fits my wrap wallet, keys, phone, multi tool, sunglasses case, gum, and all the other things I carry with room to spare.
I know some people have had problems using the clasp, but I haven't had any problems with mine at all. It operates very easily and I'm glad it's there so I can secure my bag when I'm in a crowded place.
I absolutely adore this bag and it has been my go to bag since I got it. I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of purchasing it. It's well worth the price.
I love this purse. I bought it in August, and I don't know what happened, but it's like in the last two weeks, everyone suddenly noticed it. So many compliments! And it's always about the quality - "Wow, that is a nice looking bag. Bet that will actually last." "That's really good leather. I didn't think they made good purses like that anymore." "They used really good hardware on that purse!" Yup. I'm not someone who has a lot of extra spending money. It took me a while to save up and get this, but I'm glad I did.
A couple of comments have mentioned the clasp being a little trickier than they're used to. I experienced that as well at first, got used to it, and then decided that it's a feature: just means it's harder to steal from while I travel around. :)
I purchased this bag just after Christmas and it arrived today. It is beautiful and spacious and is exactly what I was looking for. You can see the care and quality workmanship that goes into each piece. The leather is lovely and smells amazing, and I can't wait to show it off. I would buy from here again with complete confidence and would absolutely recommend this bag to someone looking for a large quality purse. Simple and elegant. It is pricey but can last a life time and will not go out of style. Well worth the money.
So my review below needs to be amended. Without asking or prompting I was contacted by customer service and they asked to send pics in of the area in question. They agreed it was not properly tanned in that one area and sent me return instructions and shipped my a new bag. It came today and it is perfect. That is great customer service. Can't thank you enough. Now she just plain old loves it!
After going back and forth for a few weeks, I'm so glad I took the plunge and purchased this bag.
This is my first full size Saddleback bag. (Previously I had the Love41 cosmetic bag and two wallets.)
Here are my immediate impressions:
- The quality is beyond top notch. Above and beyond anything I've ever seen in a boutique or store.
- The color is gorgeous!! I have the tobacco and it took a lot of looking at pics, videos, and reading reviews to decide on this color. My biggest concern was that the color would read as very yellow. That couldn't be further from the truth. The color is very much a brown. The undertones are lighter than all the other colors (think perfectly browned and crispy buttered toast). The overall color reminds me of a well worn saddle. Not to casual and not to fancy. If you're looking for a "dressy" bag, I'd think about the chestnut instead.
- The size and fit are wonderful. I'm 5'9" with a broad shoulder. This bag looks great on my frame. Plenty of holes that adjust for crossbody wear. I have it adjusted to sitting pretty low on my hip crossbody and still have 7 holes left to make it longer if I wanted to.
- It fits everything I carry plus room to spare. I was so tired of my bottomless pit purses that seem to swallow everything up. The leather on this bag is so thick and structured that you will never feel like your contents are getting swallowed up. I can easily fit my large wallet, business card holder, notebook, bottle of water, and a small cosmetics bag. The interior pocket is roomy enough to hold my iphone5 in its Otterbox. The back pockets has plenty of room for keys, receipts, papers, Kleenex, etc
Beautiful bag that I'll never have to baby or worry about!
Two years ago I purchased a SL wallet in coffee for my husband, not knowing much about SL products. I fell in love with the texture and feel of the leather, and would find myself petting it whenever he left it sitting out. I jumped on the website right away to see if there was a purse for me. At the time, the only purses of substantial size were the totes, and while I fiddled with the idea of purchasing the small tote, it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, which was a saddle bag-style cross body purse. Over the course of the next year or so, I ordered several other leather purses online, always returning them because for the money, they weren't "exactly" what I wanted.
Just a couple weeks ago, my husband was browsing the SL website and called me over. He pointed out the hobo crossbody and asked if that was they type of bag I was looking for. I couldn't believe it! Thank you so much for adding this style. He ordered it as a surprise gift, which arrived 2 days after we brought our first baby home from the hospital. So far I am very happy with it. I am quite tall, and have no issue with the strap length though I can see where it would be a problem for others. I definitely have trouble opening the clasp, but 90% of the time I am accessing either my keys or phone, which I stash in the outside pocket. The bag is slightly larger than I expected, which is a plus for me. The quality of the leather can't be beat. The smell, the weight, and feel tell me this will be my "forever purse." I'm not the type pf gal to swap out purses to match outfits, and tend to carry one purse until it wears out. I wanted something gorgeous, simple, and practical for every day use, and this fits the bill. Oh, and I find that the coffee color is much richer and warmer in person then the picture online. I can't wait to see how it ages.
I bought this bag because I was looking for a bag that was small enough to be an EDC and because I wanted a bag that was lighter than other SBL products. I have found this bag functions very well as an EDC for me. I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious the interior of this bag is. Because I like to carry around a lot of things it serves my purposes well. I can fit a 16ounce steel thermos, my wallet, keys, small daily planner, coin purse, and still have room to spare for a small book, notebook, or even a snack. I love the shape of this bag, which is less boxy than the SBL satchels. For this reason it feels more versatile to me and I feel confident wearing it for almost any occasion. The leather on this bag is thinner than on other SBL products which is a feature I have been waiting for from SBL as this reduces the weight quite a bit. I have an injury to my dominant shoulder but this bag does not cause me the slightest bit of pain. There are two things that I don't particularly like about this bag. 1. I don't like the front clasp. It is hard to close and requires two hands typically. Also, it doesn't allow you to cinch the front flap down like a strap does which means that if your bag is a little too full it will not close. The clasp issue almost had me returning this bag, but because of the other features I like I decided to keep it. 2. The clasps that hook the strap to the bag don't seem to be the same rugged quality of the clasps I have seen on other SBL bags. In my opinion I would like to see this bag have a better set of clasps here.
Overall, this is not a bad bag. The more I use it the more I have come to appreciate it and I think it has found a permanent place as my regular EDC. It is very stylish and wearable with many outfits and the overall design is very pleasing to the eye. Like all SBL products the quality of the materials and the construction are of the highest kind and order. I would love to see SBL merge some of the features of this bag with some of the features of the satchel in the future. Note: I stand 5' 10" and I wear this bag on its shortest setting which fits me fine. However, I think a shorter woman may find this strap too long.
This bag is gorgeous! I just received it in the mail as a Valentines gift from the husband. He has been collecting Saddleback for a few years, but this is my first. I will likely love it until I die. The leather is such great quality. It looks, feels and smells incredible. It is larger than I was expecting. If there had been a smaller size I probably would have preferred that, but it's not too big, and given that there is only one choice, I would buy it again for sure. It has the feel of the last purse I will ever need!
I agree with the reviewers who mention the lack of a bigger internal pocket. The phone pouch is nice, but I usually keep my phone in the outside pouch anyway and the internal pocket is hard to reach into for things like lipgloss. I'd love a wider pocket.
Big Con: The only thing I'm not sure if I can live with is the strap. It is SO LONG! I am 5'9" and on the shortest setting I still have to wear it cross-body just to get a low-slung hip length. My choices are low hip and longer (the full extension hangs at my knees). It's so odd that it allows for such a long adjustment--I can't imagine who would need it that long! I feel lucky that I doesn't drop below my bottom, so it will still work for me, but like I said, I'm 5'9". I would imagine that a shorter woman would have an issue. Also, I don't love having all of that extra strap length hanging off in the back. Additionally, the buckle now hits me directly on the shoulder and may be uncomfortable if my large bag gets heavy. In the interest of feedback, I have been wearing a leather bag cross-body (its a Coach purse, but is not nearly as beautiful as this one!) and the strap is set at 37". It would be amazing to have a strap that adjusts from 35"-50"ish). My husband's satchel has holes for a much shorter length. If the widths were the same I would swap them out!
Overall I love the bag. I am hoping to come up with a solution for the buckle issue, but I have no doubt I will wear this bag to literal death. Buy Saddleback--you'll never regret it!
I purchased this bag because of the weight issue I have sometimes with SB bags, I went with a neutral dark brown. I have to say that I love carrying it more and more each day, the leather is softening up by the day and it's still super sturdy! I love the look that it isn't all flashy but it's still classy! Thanks guys this ones a winner and so glad your back in stock, now if only the belts wereâ¦â¦â¦..hmmmmmm!
Ha ha a new slogan "Not flashy, just classy!"
I love the simplicity of this bag. It's got an ample exterior pocket where I put my phone and ID wallet. Inside has enough room for a cosmetics case, wallet, sunglasses, and notepad. I wish there was a key leash, but I bought a leather lanyard and connected the carabiner to the outer d ring, and hooked the keys to the one inside. Now I have no problem finding my keys. The only negative about this bag is that I had to adjust the strap to its shortest setting (I'm 5'3"), which then leaves the buckle to dig directly into my shoulder when I carry it. I had a leather shoulder pad that I tried to fit over it, but it would not fit over the buckle. I'm hoping that SBL can fix this minor issue to an otherwise gorgeous leather bag.
1) This bag is larger than I had imagined (reading comprehension is apparently not my strong suite). I was expecting a smaller bag, what I would consider to be more 'purse' sized. This is, for all intents and purposes, the same size as my medium satchel. Since I tend to not carry too much in my purse to begin with, I can easily pack my lunch in here. This purse will probably seem VERY large to those who are petite, although I am comfortable with the size relative to my own frame.
2) Despite exceeding the max height on the chart by 3+ inches, I can still wear this bag cross body (even over my winter coat).
3) The buckle does hit at a weird spot, if I change which side I put the side clasps on I can at least shift the buckle from the middle of my shoulder (where it is highly uncomfortable) to a point that is between my shoulder and sternum and not as bad. I do wish the strap felt a bit more substantial. Maybe in future tweaks.
4) I find the front closure easy to open, yet difficult to close (and somewhat noisy) but I really like the way it looks.
5) Finally, I wish there was a key clip strap and at least one interior pocket that could be closed.
And if any of this seems too nit picky, I do like the bag! I'm just trying to get more review info out about this bag since it is new...
I bought this purse in DCB. Beware - it is a big bag. Closed it covers most of my torso. Opened, the flap it up to my collarbone. The strap seems thin for a purse this size. The leather is thinner and therefore not as heavy as most of SB products. This is a good thing by the time you put all your stuff in it, the bag would be very heavy. It is a very beautiful purse. I like the buckle on the strap instead of the nipple which tends to stretch out.
May I please make a request: Please design a medium sized purse (like this one). SB makes either really small/mini bags for women; or really big bags. No normal/medium sized purses.
I wrote a recent review, but forgot to mention about the buckle strap. It tends to dig into the backside or shoulder if you're carrying heavy items. However, don't let this small issue dissuade you from purchasing an excellent product; to alleviate this strap problem that I noticed a couple reviewers had, you can purchase the clutch strap (it has a nipple rivet and no buckle) for $22 or a leather pad for $7. You just need to call customer service for these items as they are not listed on the website. This still is one of my favorite purses/bags and I intend to use it daily.
I bought the tobacco and chestnut hobo. Love them, I used the tobacco for casual outing and chestnut for work. I like the thin strap which looks more classy but have the similar issue of buckle digging to my shoulder if the bag is heavy. But I overcome it by using the zipper tote strap (from love41) on the tobacco hobo, it is super comfortable. I carry light with my chestnut hobo for work, so its not a big issue for me. Overall, the hobo is a great quality bag which I would recommend buying and collecting! Currently, I don't feel like carrying other bags other than the super study bags from Saddleback and Love41 designed by Suzette. These bags just give me better peace of mind that the bags won't breakdown on me while using them :)
I'm a huge Saddleback leather fan and customer and just got this purse for my wife for Christmas (she opened it early to use on our holiday vacation). She loves the bag for all the reasons we all love Saddleback leather. The one issue that she has (and I suspect others have) is that there is a big fat buckle on the strap that digs into ones shoulder if you wear this across your body. She has tried to adjust it every which way and can't make it comfortable. Unfortunately this means this purse is heading for a return unless we can figure out a way to make this work.
Okay, I'll admit it...it was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but I had to examine it to see if my husband made a good purchase, and HE DID! (I re-boxed it and I promise I'll act surprised next week, lol). Anyways, nothing beats the craftsmanship of any SBL product. I have a few of their other items, one of which I use daily is the clutch. The HOBO purse is designed as sort of a bigger replica of the clutch - front clasp, strap, inside and outside pockets. The biggest difference of course, is the SIZE and the fact that their is also an inside pocket for your cell phone. I think I'd like this product a little more if it also had the coin pouch. Other than that, this is an excellent product. I have been looking for a larger purse for a long time by SBL. While I enjoy using my large tote (another great product designed by Suzette), I needed something on a slightly smaller scale that closes completely. This is excellent. Thank you SBL! I am again a very satisfied (that's an understatement) and loyal customer!
When Suzette and I first got married, we moved to one of the most romantic and scenic towns in Mexico. We found a real cute little home up on the hill with a wooden bathtub and
Every weekday, my new bride and I would climb through a broken part of broken gate and walk on down the hill, through the 5 minute long tunnel and into downtown Guanajuato. We usually ate breakfast at some little restaurant on one of the squares and then I would walk her the rest of the way to her language school. I would then walk 20 minutes back up the hill to the truck and drive 45 minutes to Leon to work on my bags.
I forget the bag Suzette used to carry her things around town, and that’s the point. Her bag was completely forgettable. It was average. It just blended in. It was like every other bag out there… I think. The reason I say, “I think” is because I can’t remember it. If it would’ve been this Hobo Purse, I would have told you all about it because it’s memorable and gets more unforgettable the more you use it.
Hopefully, you’ll own a memorable bag like this one during some of the more unforgettable times in your life. May those times not be far ahead.