Hobo Crossbody Purse

56 Reviews
SKU: 01-11-0006
$219.00
$219.00

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Lining Natura Pigskin

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OMG! I Love It!!

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The last purse I bought was expensive and the lining ripped out, so I decided to just buy a good purse with no lining and spent some time online looking. I ended up here. I read everything about the products and bought the Hobo Crossbody purse. Take a good look and read up, everything they say about this purse is true. It looks better in real life than on the site. It feels quite comfortable across my body (which is the chosen way I wear my bags) and the strap is quite long and well fastened.. The color I chose (dark brown) is perfect and will go with my black stuff too. The inside cellphone pocket holds my Galaxy Notebook 2, so it will hold any cellphone. It is a little pricy. This bag does NOT have a multitude of teeny weeny little pockets, which always drove me nuts. It has the big one outside, the big one inside and the cellphone one, and that's it. The only bad I could see, there is nothing on the big outside pocket to hold it closed, so if it gets knocked over stuff comes rolling out. The front clasp is a real clasp and takes some getting used to. The quality and workmanship is excellent. : ) ~~~Sharon L.

Nice bag

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I like this bag, it's a great addition to my collection, but it don't love it. I love the leather and the size of this bag! But I really don't like the lack of internal pockets, it just feels very unorganized. I would have liked at least an additional small pocket for pens or lip gloss. And I really don't like the hardware (the front or side clasps). The front clasp is hard to open at first, and the side clasps come open & undone for some strange reason when I pick up my bag.

Carbon Hobo Purse

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I have a lot of Saddleback Products and mostly use my large tote bag, but wanted something smaller and lighter, and with a closure. I really like the look of the purse, great quality leather, the lining is really nice, and soft. The only downfall of this purse is the closure, which is an equestrian snap and I find it is hard to work with and fiddly to close.

Side Strap Clasp falling off

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When you hook the strap to the purse hook the clasp from the top into the inside, so the little lever thingy is on the outside when you wear your purse. My husband figured it out! A man! Go figure.







Saddleback did it again!

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Have not used it, but it is just what I wanted~simple, simple, simple. No this company doesn't make a million little pockets and clasps are a little hard to work but give them some time. If something breaks or is coming apart, the company will rectify it I am 10000% sure. What I love about anything from this company is that it doesn't scream NAME BRAND at you and all their pieces are different from anything you'll see anywhere. I've purchased briefcases, atleast two messengers one round, belts & wallets and the quality is all the same EXCELLENT!

Perfect Purse!

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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!

Quality bag

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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 :)















Great bad, but...

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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.

Strap on purse small issue

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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.

So far, so good...

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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...

Nice Big Bag

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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.

THE ONE

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I've been searching a nice, leather, cross-body bag that fits my plus size frame for at least five years and I FINALLY found it.















PROS:







- The quality and workmanship, obviously. My bag is the chestnut color and it is just beautiful. I like that the bag is sturdy but still obviously a "ladies bag". I feel equally comfortable loading it up during the week with work supplies as I do taking it to a nice restaurant or church on Sunday.















- I am a plus size gal. I don't particularly like using double strapped handbags because 1) the straps fall off my shoulders too easily and 2) I'm a nanny who needs my hands free to wrangle small children. I prefer cross-body bags. However, I need a longer strap because of my, umm, large bosoms. ;) It is VERY difficult to find a bag that will accommodate a larger frame. I was so happy that this bag fit me perfectly, straight out of the box. It is currently on the 5th hole (with ten more holes to go to make it longer) and the top of the bag sits perfectly at my hip. (I'm 5'7")















- I thought I would want more pockets, but I'm finding that the cell phone pocket on the inside (my iPhone 4s with Otterbox case fit with room to spare) and the large pocket on the back have fit everything I need.















- Inside there is plenty of room for my Saddleback Big Leather Wallet, planner, Kindle, snacks, and a regular size bottle of water. The bag isn't excessively heavy.















CON:







- Like other reviewers, I have had problems with the straps randomly unhooking on the side. The side clasps are not the quality of the front hook, or even hooks found on other Saddleback products. They don't look as nice, and they certainly do't work as well.















Even with the con, I don't hesitate to recommend this bag to anyone who needs a good size, good looking, good quality cross body bag. It's worth every penny!

Love the Elegant, Rugged Simplicity

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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.

Did'nt expect to use it so much ;-)

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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 were………..hmmmmmm!







Ha ha a new slogan "Not flashy, just classy!"

Beautiful!!

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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!

Not a Bad Bag

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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.

Holding My Essentials With Style!

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I have had my dark coffee brown SL Cross body Hobo for nearly a 2 weeks now. I must say, it was love at first smell! There are several things I love about it and a few I am not fond of. I will carry this purse everyday, everywhere, because it meets the criteria I used to choose this piece. It is larger than I expected it to be, but it carries everything I need. Perfect size. With some slight adjustments, Suzette is going to be able to make this purse the bomb!















Criteria used for decision-making:















1. Must be worn cross body. I live in China where planes, trains, and automobiles are a large part of everyday living. Theft is a popular crime around public transportation. Pick-pocketing, purse snatching, bag slicing, and grab and go’s. All of these types of thefts are countered with this tough, lady-like, cross body. No one can slice through the leather while I am walking down the street. No one can reach in and grab and go with my wallet in their hand. Lastly, no one can snatch it off my body on the subway train.







2. Must not clash with wardrobe. This dark coffee color goes great with black, white, and neutrals. I carry this purse with my business suites, jeans, and dresses. It works for any ensemble.







3. Must be able to endure the elements. Kids, heat, rain, wind, pollution, mold, and rats. I live in China. Need I explain?







4. Must last a lifetime. This leather will last a lifetime. It is the real deal. There is no skimping with SL. I am a cowgirl from Texas. I know the real deal and this leather will last a lifetime.







5. Must be feminine yet functional!















Suzette, here is a little constructive criticism. The buckle on the strap is a beast. It is not comfortable at all. Not even close. I endure the pain of this metal buckle on every outing. This buckle system has to change. Also, I am 5’ 3” tall. 125 lbs. There are not enough holes in the strap to comfortably adjust the length of the hang of the purse. On the last hole, the purse hangs down past my bum. I took my strap to a leather man on my street corner and he added additional holes for me. 6 to be exact, and now I can adjust the purse to fit my height. Where is the key fob? Gotta have a key fob! I added a key fob by clipping a hand made one to the D-ring on the outside of the purse and hang my keys on the inside. The clasp on the front, super cute! It was a bit cumbersome to learn how to use but after a few goes, I can unhook it without any problems. Having to use two hands to unclip it was a hassle at first but nothing that can’t be overcome.















My husband asked me, “How can you love a purse that requires so many alterations in order to reach perfection?” It’s unexplainable!















The rest of the purse is brilliant. I love it. My daughter is going to love carrying this purse when I hand it down to her as a family air loom in 30 years. This will not be my last SL purchase. Thanks Dave and Suzette!















P.S. Dave, your wife is hot!







Love it

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First of all, as all the other reviews have noted, this bag is beautiful. I got it in chestnut and it is a gorgeous almost mahogany color. It looks dark brown indoors, but sunlight brings out all kinds of reddish hues. Pictures really don't do it justice--the color seems almost three dimensional. I lucked out and got some really sweet stretchmarks beneath the front flap, which really add to the texture. The design is really what you see on the website, simple and classic. It seems sturdy enough, although I don't know a whole lot about that. If Saddleback is willing to guarantee it for 100 years, that's good enough for me.



I find it very practical to use. A lot of the time I just need my wallet, phone, and keys, but it also works fine if I toss in my iPad mini in its case, a water bottle, a camera, and even a light sweater. I hesitated to get it because of the complaints about discomfort from the buckle, but I really haven't experienced this. Maybe I just have it at a different length? I also haven't had any issues with the strap being too long. I'm 5'6" and have it a couple down from the shortest one. Overall it feels great to carry, and holds what I need as long as I'm not bringing my laptop. I disagree with all the comments about the clasp. Unless my bag is really packed, I'm able to open it one-handed. It took me a few days to totally master it, but I'm glad--that means it would be hard for someone to just slip it open without me noticing.



That said, there are a few things I would change. I think I would prefer it to be a little smaller--as it stands it almost looks like a mini-messenger bag. One of my friends complemented me on my "purse? or satchel?" and I wish it were more definitively in the purse category. This was definitely the right bag for me, since the clutch wouldn't hold my iPad mini, but I do wish there was something in between. Or a small version of this purse? Also, as beautiful as the leather is, it scratches really easily. From all the reviews I've read, chestnut is the finish that is most resistant to scratching, but just running my fingernails over it results in light scratches. It even came with a pretty big one on the back. They fade a bit when you rub them, but I think you'd have to really condition it to get them totally out. I know they will create a patina I will love, but it's still kind of distressing to watch them build up. Additionally, I've found that the sides (which are not pigskin lined) stretch out fairly easily. This has created a tendency for one of the front corners to stick out from under the strap. I can fold the side and make it go back, but again, to get it to stay I think I'd have to really spend some time working on it. I've noticed the back pocket also stretches out easily.



Finally, there is the lack of interior organization. To some extent, this is a good thing--the wide open interior makes it easy to stuff whatever you need in there. However, it's annoying when I have my keys, cell phone, lip balm, and work ID all competing for that little pocket. Having a key lanyard attached would help a lot.



In spite of these complaints, I absolutely love my bag. I've been making excuses to go out just so I can carry it around. And it gets compliments from everyone, even from guys who don't normally pay attention to stuff like purses. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase :)

Gorgeous!

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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.

Finally a purse that can keep up with me!

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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!

Classy!

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Another gift from my Fiance! It's wonderful, the Chestnut color looks very classy and beautiful! The only reason I give it 4.5 stars is because I'm 5' with a very small frame and it fits me more like a women's briefcase than a purse! but that's just me personally. This indeed is QUALITY! I've been using it for a few weeks now and I love it, it's super roomy, i've been surprised at how much I can fit in it! On Sunday I was able to fit my..















* full size Bible







* IPad Air







*Saddleback Trifold wallet







*A Small planner







* A slim Apple wireless keyboard







* Pen, pencil, eraser and highlighter







*Phone







...and maybe a small book, I don't remember about that one ..















But no lie! I fit all of it in there! I was pretty shocked! very happy with it! I guess another reason why I give it 4.5 stars is I can see what people mean when they say the buckle on the strap hurts, I have only had this happen when I stuff it with a bunch of things, like I did this past Sunday but it really isn't bad. It depends on the angle and spot it is on my shoulder.

not impressed

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only the front and rear interior of the bag are lined with pig skin leaving the interior side walls ,bottom and rear pouch thinner. due to the lack of lining the interior bag, pocket and rear pouch sheds all over your stuff.. the clasps for the shoulder trap must be put on with the open side out or it will clamp the bag flap and open and or stop you from opening the bag easily and the one large pouch design makes for unorganized travel.. im sure these are just cut backs making the bag more affordable cause a small satchel cost a little over 100 more but my wife didn't like the manly look of it

Not comfortable with the straps

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I bought this bag 2 weeks ago. The picture of the hobo on this website is very different compared in person. It is a large purse! I can fit my 500ml bottle of water, a book, my cellphone, my makeup bag, a pencil, my keys, and even a thin scarf!...















Quality: I give 5 stars! very good leather and I still smell it, I can't wait for the leather to become softer.















Comfort: Not really.. the buckle on the strap hurts me, I can't stand the hurt for more than 30 minutes. I added a shoulder pad, and now is much better. I think is because for shorter women, the buckle can reach pass the shoulder, still touching my bones. Not comfortable at all! :(















Design: I think that the strap is exaggerated long! I am 5 pi and 100 lbs. The average on women's height won't even use the first hole.. My husband helped me add 6 extra holes.















Other than the lenght of the straps and the unconfortable buckle, I love my hobo!

She loved it but...

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I got this for my wife for Mothers Day. She loved the bag, hates the clasp. It takes two hands to close, and when trying to manage a baby and the clasp, the baby wins and the bag just stays open. It is not a huge deal, but I was disappointed it wasn't very functional. It is easy to open but it is hard to close.















Another issue I noticed was on the top of the bag there is a small area that looks like it wasn't tanned properly. I had it boxed up in our room for over a month so I missed the 30 day return window, but I feel like it may be a Dave's Deal that slipped through the cracks into standard stock. I wouldn't mind if it was a scratch but this really sticks out and it bothers me. I tried treating it with leather milk to see if that would help and it did a little but it is still noticeable.















The strap is comfortable for my wife and the back pocket is handy for the cell phone. I recommend this bag if you are ok with closing it with two hands.

She loved it but UPDATE

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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!

Reviews

Story

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 a literal door-BELL with a rope tied to it for people to ring at the door. It was a cool, cool place.

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.

Reviews

OMG! I Love It!!

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The last purse I bought was expensive and the lining ripped out, so I decided to just buy a good purse with no lining and spent some time online looking. I ended up here. I read everything about the products and bought the Hobo Crossbody purse. Take a good look and read up, everything they say about this purse is true. It looks better in real life than on the site. It feels quite comfortable across my body (which is the chosen way I wear my bags) and the strap is quite long and well fastened.. The color I chose (dark brown) is perfect and will go with my black stuff too. The inside cellphone pocket holds my Galaxy Notebook 2, so it will hold any cellphone. It is a little pricy. This bag does NOT have a multitude of teeny weeny little pockets, which always drove me nuts. It has the big one outside, the big one inside and the cellphone one, and that's it. The only bad I could see, there is nothing on the big outside pocket to hold it closed, so if it gets knocked over stuff comes rolling out. The front clasp is a real clasp and takes some getting used to. The quality and workmanship is excellent. : ) ~~~Sharon L.

Nice bag

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I like this bag, it's a great addition to my collection, but it don't love it. I love the leather and the size of this bag! But I really don't like the lack of internal pockets, it just feels very unorganized. I would have liked at least an additional small pocket for pens or lip gloss. And I really don't like the hardware (the front or side clasps). The front clasp is hard to open at first, and the side clasps come open & undone for some strange reason when I pick up my bag.

Carbon Hobo Purse

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I have a lot of Saddleback Products and mostly use my large tote bag, but wanted something smaller and lighter, and with a closure. I really like the look of the purse, great quality leather, the lining is really nice, and soft. The only downfall of this purse is the closure, which is an equestrian snap and I find it is hard to work with and fiddly to close.

Side Strap Clasp falling off

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When you hook the strap to the purse hook the clasp from the top into the inside, so the little lever thingy is on the outside when you wear your purse. My husband figured it out! A man! Go figure.







Saddleback did it again!

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Have not used it, but it is just what I wanted~simple, simple, simple. No this company doesn't make a million little pockets and clasps are a little hard to work but give them some time. If something breaks or is coming apart, the company will rectify it I am 10000% sure. What I love about anything from this company is that it doesn't scream NAME BRAND at you and all their pieces are different from anything you'll see anywhere. I've purchased briefcases, atleast two messengers one round, belts & wallets and the quality is all the same EXCELLENT!

Perfect Purse!

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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!

Quality bag

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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 :)















Great bad, but...

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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.

Strap on purse small issue

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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.

So far, so good...

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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...

Nice Big Bag

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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.

THE ONE

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I've been searching a nice, leather, cross-body bag that fits my plus size frame for at least five years and I FINALLY found it.















PROS:







- The quality and workmanship, obviously. My bag is the chestnut color and it is just beautiful. I like that the bag is sturdy but still obviously a "ladies bag". I feel equally comfortable loading it up during the week with work supplies as I do taking it to a nice restaurant or church on Sunday.















- I am a plus size gal. I don't particularly like using double strapped handbags because 1) the straps fall off my shoulders too easily and 2) I'm a nanny who needs my hands free to wrangle small children. I prefer cross-body bags. However, I need a longer strap because of my, umm, large bosoms. ;) It is VERY difficult to find a bag that will accommodate a larger frame. I was so happy that this bag fit me perfectly, straight out of the box. It is currently on the 5th hole (with ten more holes to go to make it longer) and the top of the bag sits perfectly at my hip. (I'm 5'7")















- I thought I would want more pockets, but I'm finding that the cell phone pocket on the inside (my iPhone 4s with Otterbox case fit with room to spare) and the large pocket on the back have fit everything I need.















- Inside there is plenty of room for my Saddleback Big Leather Wallet, planner, Kindle, snacks, and a regular size bottle of water. The bag isn't excessively heavy.















CON:







- Like other reviewers, I have had problems with the straps randomly unhooking on the side. The side clasps are not the quality of the front hook, or even hooks found on other Saddleback products. They don't look as nice, and they certainly do't work as well.















Even with the con, I don't hesitate to recommend this bag to anyone who needs a good size, good looking, good quality cross body bag. It's worth every penny!

Love the Elegant, Rugged Simplicity

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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.

Did'nt expect to use it so much ;-)

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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 were………..hmmmmmm!







Ha ha a new slogan "Not flashy, just classy!"

Beautiful!!

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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!

Not a Bad Bag

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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.

Holding My Essentials With Style!

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I have had my dark coffee brown SL Cross body Hobo for nearly a 2 weeks now. I must say, it was love at first smell! There are several things I love about it and a few I am not fond of. I will carry this purse everyday, everywhere, because it meets the criteria I used to choose this piece. It is larger than I expected it to be, but it carries everything I need. Perfect size. With some slight adjustments, Suzette is going to be able to make this purse the bomb!















Criteria used for decision-making:















1. Must be worn cross body. I live in China where planes, trains, and automobiles are a large part of everyday living. Theft is a popular crime around public transportation. Pick-pocketing, purse snatching, bag slicing, and grab and go’s. All of these types of thefts are countered with this tough, lady-like, cross body. No one can slice through the leather while I am walking down the street. No one can reach in and grab and go with my wallet in their hand. Lastly, no one can snatch it off my body on the subway train.







2. Must not clash with wardrobe. This dark coffee color goes great with black, white, and neutrals. I carry this purse with my business suites, jeans, and dresses. It works for any ensemble.







3. Must be able to endure the elements. Kids, heat, rain, wind, pollution, mold, and rats. I live in China. Need I explain?







4. Must last a lifetime. This leather will last a lifetime. It is the real deal. There is no skimping with SL. I am a cowgirl from Texas. I know the real deal and this leather will last a lifetime.







5. Must be feminine yet functional!















Suzette, here is a little constructive criticism. The buckle on the strap is a beast. It is not comfortable at all. Not even close. I endure the pain of this metal buckle on every outing. This buckle system has to change. Also, I am 5’ 3” tall. 125 lbs. There are not enough holes in the strap to comfortably adjust the length of the hang of the purse. On the last hole, the purse hangs down past my bum. I took my strap to a leather man on my street corner and he added additional holes for me. 6 to be exact, and now I can adjust the purse to fit my height. Where is the key fob? Gotta have a key fob! I added a key fob by clipping a hand made one to the D-ring on the outside of the purse and hang my keys on the inside. The clasp on the front, super cute! It was a bit cumbersome to learn how to use but after a few goes, I can unhook it without any problems. Having to use two hands to unclip it was a hassle at first but nothing that can’t be overcome.















My husband asked me, “How can you love a purse that requires so many alterations in order to reach perfection?” It’s unexplainable!















The rest of the purse is brilliant. I love it. My daughter is going to love carrying this purse when I hand it down to her as a family air loom in 30 years. This will not be my last SL purchase. Thanks Dave and Suzette!















P.S. Dave, your wife is hot!







Love it

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First of all, as all the other reviews have noted, this bag is beautiful. I got it in chestnut and it is a gorgeous almost mahogany color. It looks dark brown indoors, but sunlight brings out all kinds of reddish hues. Pictures really don't do it justice--the color seems almost three dimensional. I lucked out and got some really sweet stretchmarks beneath the front flap, which really add to the texture. The design is really what you see on the website, simple and classic. It seems sturdy enough, although I don't know a whole lot about that. If Saddleback is willing to guarantee it for 100 years, that's good enough for me.



I find it very practical to use. A lot of the time I just need my wallet, phone, and keys, but it also works fine if I toss in my iPad mini in its case, a water bottle, a camera, and even a light sweater. I hesitated to get it because of the complaints about discomfort from the buckle, but I really haven't experienced this. Maybe I just have it at a different length? I also haven't had any issues with the strap being too long. I'm 5'6" and have it a couple down from the shortest one. Overall it feels great to carry, and holds what I need as long as I'm not bringing my laptop. I disagree with all the comments about the clasp. Unless my bag is really packed, I'm able to open it one-handed. It took me a few days to totally master it, but I'm glad--that means it would be hard for someone to just slip it open without me noticing.



That said, there are a few things I would change. I think I would prefer it to be a little smaller--as it stands it almost looks like a mini-messenger bag. One of my friends complemented me on my "purse? or satchel?" and I wish it were more definitively in the purse category. This was definitely the right bag for me, since the clutch wouldn't hold my iPad mini, but I do wish there was something in between. Or a small version of this purse? Also, as beautiful as the leather is, it scratches really easily. From all the reviews I've read, chestnut is the finish that is most resistant to scratching, but just running my fingernails over it results in light scratches. It even came with a pretty big one on the back. They fade a bit when you rub them, but I think you'd have to really condition it to get them totally out. I know they will create a patina I will love, but it's still kind of distressing to watch them build up. Additionally, I've found that the sides (which are not pigskin lined) stretch out fairly easily. This has created a tendency for one of the front corners to stick out from under the strap. I can fold the side and make it go back, but again, to get it to stay I think I'd have to really spend some time working on it. I've noticed the back pocket also stretches out easily.



Finally, there is the lack of interior organization. To some extent, this is a good thing--the wide open interior makes it easy to stuff whatever you need in there. However, it's annoying when I have my keys, cell phone, lip balm, and work ID all competing for that little pocket. Having a key lanyard attached would help a lot.



In spite of these complaints, I absolutely love my bag. I've been making excuses to go out just so I can carry it around. And it gets compliments from everyone, even from guys who don't normally pay attention to stuff like purses. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase :)

Gorgeous!

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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.

Finally a purse that can keep up with me!

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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!

Classy!

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Another gift from my Fiance! It's wonderful, the Chestnut color looks very classy and beautiful! The only reason I give it 4.5 stars is because I'm 5' with a very small frame and it fits me more like a women's briefcase than a purse! but that's just me personally. This indeed is QUALITY! I've been using it for a few weeks now and I love it, it's super roomy, i've been surprised at how much I can fit in it! On Sunday I was able to fit my..















* full size Bible







* IPad Air







*Saddleback Trifold wallet







*A Small planner







* A slim Apple wireless keyboard







* Pen, pencil, eraser and highlighter







*Phone







...and maybe a small book, I don't remember about that one ..















But no lie! I fit all of it in there! I was pretty shocked! very happy with it! I guess another reason why I give it 4.5 stars is I can see what people mean when they say the buckle on the strap hurts, I have only had this happen when I stuff it with a bunch of things, like I did this past Sunday but it really isn't bad. It depends on the angle and spot it is on my shoulder.

not impressed

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only the front and rear interior of the bag are lined with pig skin leaving the interior side walls ,bottom and rear pouch thinner. due to the lack of lining the interior bag, pocket and rear pouch sheds all over your stuff.. the clasps for the shoulder trap must be put on with the open side out or it will clamp the bag flap and open and or stop you from opening the bag easily and the one large pouch design makes for unorganized travel.. im sure these are just cut backs making the bag more affordable cause a small satchel cost a little over 100 more but my wife didn't like the manly look of it

Not comfortable with the straps

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I bought this bag 2 weeks ago. The picture of the hobo on this website is very different compared in person. It is a large purse! I can fit my 500ml bottle of water, a book, my cellphone, my makeup bag, a pencil, my keys, and even a thin scarf!...















Quality: I give 5 stars! very good leather and I still smell it, I can't wait for the leather to become softer.















Comfort: Not really.. the buckle on the strap hurts me, I can't stand the hurt for more than 30 minutes. I added a shoulder pad, and now is much better. I think is because for shorter women, the buckle can reach pass the shoulder, still touching my bones. Not comfortable at all! :(















Design: I think that the strap is exaggerated long! I am 5 pi and 100 lbs. The average on women's height won't even use the first hole.. My husband helped me add 6 extra holes.















Other than the lenght of the straps and the unconfortable buckle, I love my hobo!

She loved it but...

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I got this for my wife for Mothers Day. She loved the bag, hates the clasp. It takes two hands to close, and when trying to manage a baby and the clasp, the baby wins and the bag just stays open. It is not a huge deal, but I was disappointed it wasn't very functional. It is easy to open but it is hard to close.















Another issue I noticed was on the top of the bag there is a small area that looks like it wasn't tanned properly. I had it boxed up in our room for over a month so I missed the 30 day return window, but I feel like it may be a Dave's Deal that slipped through the cracks into standard stock. I wouldn't mind if it was a scratch but this really sticks out and it bothers me. I tried treating it with leather milk to see if that would help and it did a little but it is still noticeable.















The strap is comfortable for my wife and the back pocket is handy for the cell phone. I recommend this bag if you are ok with closing it with two hands.

She loved it but UPDATE

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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!