First, I have a Large front-pocket backpack.
I travel nearly 100K miles per year by air and, let me tell you, this backpack is tough!
All the pockets, and the pockets behind the pockets, are nearly perfectly sized. The interior is cavernous and I have the optional computer separator which works a treat! No problems with a laptop, iPad and multiple day's worth of clothing including boots!
The pig lining is excellent and the more it's used the better it looks.
I have not flown a single day that someone has not commented on it's good looks and rugged construction.
It only costs 100% more to go first class.
Buy it if you're considering it!
Front Pocket Backpack
$509.00 to $609.00SKU: #01-20-0003
- Currently shipping with strap design that is in seen the photos above; video shows discontinued strap style
- Designed for comfort through the long haul
- Perfect for organizing cameras, lenses and gear
- Neoprene lower back padding
- 4 exterior D-rings for lashing tripods and other gear
- Three big, roomy exterior pockets for quick access to stuff
- Space behind exterior pockets for quick stowing
- Adjustable shoulder straps won’t dig into your ribcage or love handles
- Utility strap closure to close opening nice and tight
- Body of bag made with only two pieces of leather
- No breakable parts e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- 14” backpack
- Interior: 11” W x 13 ½ (adjustable)” H x 8 ¼” D
- Exterior: 12” W x 14” H x 9 ¼” D
- 5.9 pounds
- 17” backpack
- Interior: 11 ¾” W x 16 (adjustable)” H x 8” D
- Exterior: 12” W x 17” H x 9 ¼” D
- 6.4 pounds
We use natural Markings Equal Inclusion of Exceptional Imperfection Ornamentation
"... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates against any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."
Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see something as it really is.
This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the marks life has given them.
On my first hitchhiking trip in Mexico, Jake, Jimmy and I put on our big huge sombreros, laid our colorful serape blankets over our shoulders and stuck our thumbs out.
I used an old top loading army duffel to carry my stuff because it was the only bag I owned and it was about 2 months before I had my original briefcase made. The duffel was just one big compartment without a single pocket to separate my clothes from the knickknacks that I needed most. It was on that trip that I came to appreciate pockets to separate out smaller things. If only I had had this backpack on that trip. It would be one of my most cherished possessions today.
Started my first semester of college this year and I knew I needed a good durable and reliable bag... Definitely did my research and kept coming back to this bag (I purchased the Large Carbon bag) so I thought I'd give it a try. Lets just say I am 100%, hands down completely satisfied with this bag! Not only do I use it for school, but my family travels a lot, so I use the bag also as a carry on bag / overnight bag. I get so many nice comments on how classy and nice the backpack looks. It can carry so much and is very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this backpack or anything made by Saddleback Leather to anybody!
The one and only thing that I thought was weird, which was not that big of a problem, but the bag looked a little lighter in person. I was expecting a really, almost black color. To me, in person, the Carbon color seemed a little more brown... But I still love it!
After about 3 years of having saddleback open in my web browser and scrolling through the same few photos of this backpack, I finally got one. Let me start by saying that this is unrivaled by any bag I have ever owned or even seen. I can't force myself to stop looking at the thing. I purchased the large fpb in tobacco and its just as beautiful as everyone claims. Obviously as seen in all of the other reviews, the functionality of the backpack is excellent, so I won't dwell on it. I'd just like to say thank you to Dave and SBL for making a quality product at a great price; unlike competitors such as ghurka leather, whom sell products of the same quality for 3 times the price. Well done.
I have been looking for unique Backpack for years and came cross this website, saved it and kept coming back looking at the design. I showed my wife the site and I got "ummmm... No." from her. After our trip to Disneyland and had no clothes or a backup bag for a day there which we got baggage back from the airport next day. I was looking at a Classic Briefcase or the Thin Classic Briefcase but I needed a travel bag. I needed one that wont go under the airplane. So I saw the Dark Coffee brown Front Pocket Backpack online. When I got all the items I would load in the backpack for a trip I realized I needed pockets. When I got the chance to buy it, my wife said she got it for me. When I got it I was excited. After watching and reviewing Dave and his wife model this backpack video for years and Youtube video reviews I'm happy with what I got.
Front Pocket Backpack, was used to hold my asthma machine and its cords (using tie wraps from Home Depot, sorry Dave), 1 set of clothes for my wife and I, blanket, Laptop, and some room for more stuff. It worked out. We take it to Sedona trips and took it to my wife family cabin in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan in August. Yes, at first the backpack is heavy 6.5lbs which was ok for me. Quality is amazing. I had to adjust the straps fit better to my comfort. Some reviews said there would be errors or mistakes in the making/packing which I didn't have any issues with. Getting it in overhead compartment in airplane fit and when its full. Having this backpack full we did have a good standing up bag to put our feet up while waiting for any flight. We spilled items inside by accident, cleaned up nicely even thou I freaked out when it happened but now I'm good. LOL! My wife was impress with the Backpack, we now able to use it on our trips.
I still look at site here and there for ideas for my backpack. Great item to have even thou it took me years to decide on it.
This is my second bag from Saddleback and it's just us good as my Classic Briefcase. Looks great, super high quality and the medium is the perfect size to take with me every day for personal gear. I use my classic briefcase for work and the front pocket backpack for my every day items. Can't recommend it highly enough.
I have been online looking for a hand crafted leather backpack for several years. I had a few made with local leather shops but the quality I was looking for they could not meet. they lasted a few months then would get destroyed. I do a lot of traveling around the world for work. Most places I go are not friendly areas. so my bags straps would break or they would rip apart at stress points. Then I found Saddleback leather. when I read how well they were made and watching like everyone else a 100 reviews on YouTube. I ordered my first backpack. I went with the Medium Front pock tobacco leather. I could not be happier then I am now when it arrived. It has meet all my expectation and then some. If you are looking for the best quality and well crafted, and great looking, look no further. if you are concerned on the price. I am here to tell you .... IT IS WORTH EVERY CENT.... Since then I have also purchased mac pro cover, moleskin cover, Bible cover, Small pad cover, pass port holder, and the small wallet. so take my word on this it will be the best and last thing you every buy....
I bought myself this backpack for myself as a three year gift for becoming a non-smoker. It is awesome. A functional piece of art. I just want to sit here and take a look at it.
Hiked Chisos mountains in Big Bend national park a few weeks ago. Wore the large tobacco backpack for 30 miles of day hiking. Pack weighed about 30#. Balanced well and the straps never chafed or hurt. Only downside was backpack does get wet from sweating, need to figure out a way to get air circulation between back and pack. Of course got numerous compliments on the "old school pack". Even got compliments from the milligram minimalist backpackers.
I purchased this backpack in May of 2014. I wanted to experience this piece before writing a review.
I bought the large dark brown size and it's a very sound investment. I get 10 compliments a day about the style and
look of it.
If your considering another backpack (perish the thought) if you have another backpack throw it away and get this piece.
Your mind may be wrestling with $600 bucks for a backpack, I promise you will not regret it.
No cheap zippers and crazy moving parts to easily break. It is simply a work of art‼️
GO BUY IT ALREADY :)
The Front-Pocket Backpack (large) is awesome. I recommend it actually if you want to do any sort of hiking in order to have enough supplies on you. It makes an excellent day-pack, and the d-rings allow you to carry any tripods or accessories along with you. However, I feel like the straps need a bit more R&D, but overall it is a very good pack and an excellent choice if you are a traveler and/or enjoy doing day-hikes / overnight hikes. This bag fits my 15" macbook-pro with Retina display, WITH a thule case, in case you need that info. For you camera enthusiasts out there, the front pocket fits a film SLR, and a digital/film rangefinder with ease (although I don't recommend it if you are going to be bumping around stuff since the pocket is not padded).
Check out my video review. This is part one; there are three parts. I will update my review after climbing Mt. Fuji in August.
Yet another amazing product from Saddleback.
I purchased the Large Front Pocket in Chestnut a few months ago, and have been using it every day since then. It was little larger that I anticipated, but it is just fine for my daily stuff. My range of EDC stuff is pretty wide and encompasses a lot of stuff, so this bag became my EDC bag. I love the innovative use of shoulder straps and pads, and as is typical for SBL, the construction and quality are unmatched.
The backpack actually made me do something which would have been unthinkable several years ago - I sold my SBL briefcase. However, it ended up sitting in a corner all alone, and that just wasn't right. After all, it was the proper thing to do after I got a friend hooked on it.
Anyways, depending on your height and weight, if you are about 5"9' or taller and carry around a lot of crap like I do, consider the large, you may thank yourself for it later. I also use three medium utility straps for this backpack, one for the stenum (the two d-rings on the shoulder straps) and two for the waist. That helps plenty when biking or other physical activities.
This bag is just incredible! I received this backpack as a Christmas present this past year and then took it to Japan with me on a orchestra tour! It stores everything I needed and still had room for more. I have the large size and even when its fully loaded it never hurt mu back our shoulders because of the weight. If you are not used to carrying a backpack you will have to get used to it but if you are used to carry a backpack on a daily basis it shouldn't be a problem! Once again this bag is amazing and Dave and the entire Saddleback team rocks and are always raising the bar!!!!!
I had a previous "tank" style backpack which didn't get a lot of use so I decided I would get a 14" front pocket style backpack. Pulled the trigger ordered this from Dave's Deals and upon arrival and initial inspection I could not find any imperfections with it!! Took this along on our annual vacation to Antigua so I loaded it up with my 13" MacBook pro in a Saddleback sleeve and my iPad in a Saddleback cover along with the assorted chargers and a change of clothes and other misc. stuff. This backpack can hold an amazing amount of stuff, it fits real nice and very comfortable on your back. I'm not a backpack person until now, it was used everyday to go to the beach, going out on daytrips and horseback riding. After a week of regular use it is already starting to get broken in just nicely.
It's a great size for everyday use and can hold quite a bit, the pull strap around the opening is nice for the added bit of security. The front and side pockets are the perfect size for holding chargers, glasses and smaller items. I use the opening behind the side pocket is perfect for holding a bottle of water or my Kleen Kanteen.
Now that the nicer weather has finally come to Ontario I will be using it for carrying my DSLR camera and gear, out on mountain bike rides and going back and forth to our cottage.
Like the previous reviewers I rate this a 5 out of 5, it will be the last backpack you will own.
I ordered the medium front pocket tobacco backpack to take on camping and short trips. Our first trip was to lake LBJ in Marble Falls, TX. My wife and I used the backpack to put 3 days worth of clothes in it and fell in love with it. It wasn't shortly after the trip on the way home that my she claimed the backpack for herself. Since then, I have purchased a Squared tobacco backpack and duffle beast for myself. I can't wait to use them on our next trip this summer! The Saddleback Leather products are simply the best!
There's nothing to add to the positive comments on the appearance and value of the medium front-pocket backpack but I can add that the design of the straps is extraordinarily functional too. It's my everyday carry bag and I usuallyuse only one strap unless it's a long walk with a heavy load. Dave's placement of the attachment point under the load shifts the weight toward the centre of your back so the bag rides secure and easy without the constant slippage that annoyed me in the endless waste of canvas and nylon that I carried until I came to my senses. Thanks Dave, and too bad to the grandchildren - I'm taking this one with me!
Hello out there,
This is my fifth SB piece and I am just as blown away with this bag as I was with my first one. Just a little heads up to all the fun sized brothers and sisters out there... the LG size is huge...I needed a big bag so I was very pleased ....I am 5ft 3in so just thought I would share that "little" chestnut;) And I am very proud of the fact that every time I open my new SB bag I am reminded of the greatest truth ever .....Our Lord and Savings Jesus Christ. I love the little books of Hope thanks Dave.
I got the large front pocket pack in dark coffee brown and WOW... what a beautiful bag! It's a gorgeous piece of functional art. First of all, I'm a big guy (6'4" & 300lbs)... so I was shocked that I was able fit three days worth of winter work clothes (including a hoodie and a second jacket!) into this monster. It's just a beautiful, comfortable bag. I do wish the straps were a couple inches longer, but they do fine as-is... just a bit on the snug side for a big guy like me.
I think the best compliment I've received with this bag had to be at the ticket counter in the Syracuse airport a couple weeks ago. I needed to check the bag since some of the smaller regional jets' overhead compartments are a bit too small for this bag to be a carry-on when stuffed full. I set the bag on the scale and asked the lady at the counter to check it. It seemed odd when she picked it up without looking at the scale (or me for that matter). She held it up in front of her and whispered "that's a really nice bag" to herself. I just smiled and softly said "thank you." I was more surprised at what happened next. I was fully expecting a dialogue and an opportunity to give Saddleback a little free advertising, but instead she turned away from me, hugged my backpack and buried her nose into the main flap and breathed in deeply. She gave me a funny look when I chuckled at this (as if I was disturbing her private moment!) and I had to explain that I do the same thing with some of my Saddleback goodies. I felt compelled to stand by the counter and make sure she actually sent it down the conveyor after her little bonding session with my bag!
One year ago I opened a Christmas gift and was totally shocked to find the front pocket backpack in DCB. My wife did not understand my....well, obsession. Now she does. I have used this backpack for trips to Florida, Las Vegas and for 25 weekend trips, plus once a week I needed it for work. It is just now getting some scuff marks and starting to soften up. Don't let that fool you though; it's fit, comfort, capacity, construction and feel mean that every other backpack I owned went out the door. I now have 4 SBL pieces (Waterbag is still the best thing I have ever owned) and as I type this I'm shopping for more.
Need a backpack? BUY this one!!!
My wife bought me this bag for my 50th birthday. I absolutely love it! Goes great with my Saddleback briefcase which I've had for many years. This is now the 3rd bag in the family and we just love every one of them! So does our Golden Retriever!
This bag is ENORMOUS! The tobacco is gorgeous, the functionality is well thought out, and the bag is clearly well made. This is item number two for me...plenty more to come.
After much deliberation, I took the proverbial plunge and got the medium carbon front pocket backpack. I LOVE IT!!! It's larger than I imagined, so the large must be huge. Several people have commented on the empty weight of this bag. It's a little weighty, but nothing significant in my opinion. The outside pockets are GREAT. The knickknacks have a place to go, freeing up the main compartment for the big stuff. A LOT of stuff can fit into this beautiful bag! Clothes, computer, and certainly anything you would need to travel. Within 24 hours I got my first complement on this bag. I'm pretty sure it won't be the last!
If you are Australian you are probably wondering (like I did) that if you order will it 1) be as good as it looks/reviewed 2) as good as RM Williams Leather 3) get here quickly and 4) get through Customs and the answer is a resounding Yes x 4.
Sure the FBP will need a good smack around until it is more flexible, but that's the price you pay for durability - and yep it is heavier than a petrochemical bag, but if you wear it as instructed you won't even notice. Yes, velcro might be more efficient than straps, but if you think like that why are you even on this Site?
You also won't get better customer service anywhere in the world, and one of these is way cheaper than She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed's Prada, Ferragamo etc handbags.
Gotta be honest, for the price, this should have lasted more than 2 weeks without having to go through warranty. The rivets were loose and quickly fell off within a couple of days and when i tried to fit my laptop in it, the bottom and straps broke. Not impressed.
I have the tobacco, I like the pockets for my electronic accesories and Bible and journal. The inside space works for weekend adventures or trips abroad. Straps are great and D rings aloe attaching anything! Love mine!