Color

Size : (select one)

$498.00 to $598.00



  • Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin lining
  • Designed for comfort through the long haul
  • Perfect for organizing cameras, lenses and gear
  • Neoprene lower back padding
  • 4 exterior D-rings for lashing tripods and other gear
  • Three big, roomy exterior pockets for quick access to stuff
  • Space behind exterior pockets for quick stowing
  • 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.

    Learn More

    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. It wasn’t hard to notice three tall gringos dressed like that and I guess that’s why we rarely ever waited longer than 5 minutes for a ride. We thumbed it from Morelia to Las Grutas de Tolantongo, just outside of Ixmiquilpan in Hidalgo, and back in about one and a half weeks. I think we only stayed in a motel two nights. The rest of the time, we stayed in the homes of the people who last picked us up hitchhiking that day. As they were getting ready to drop us off, they’d ask, “So where are you staying tonight” and we’d say, “We’re not sure”. And that’s when they would offer for us to stay in their homes to spend time with their families. That was a great trip.

    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.

    Reviews:


    Most RecentMost Helpful

    Fantastic Bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

    Was this review helpful?


    carbon front pocket backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    Just ordered it. So I'm anxious to get it. I know it will be great. Because everything I get from Dave's deals always is the best. Thanks Saddle back leather. Be blessed.

    Was this review helpful?


    Second bag from Saddleback

    by - verified purchaser |
    Yet another amazing product from Saddleback.

    Was this review helpful?


    Anticipation!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have just received the dream bag - the large front pocket backpack in chestnut. I can't wait for it to look like I've had it and used it everyday for ten years. It's the bag I've always wanted yet I didn't know because it didn't yet exist. So happy with my purchase.

    Was this review helpful?


    Leather Perfection

    by - verified purchaser |
    Excellent product that has exceeded my wildest dreams ( and they get pretty wild).
    This back pack holds everything my large briefcase (Saddleback) held and it has room to spare!
    I travel 40-48 weeks a year and I think I found my new traveling companion.
    My next stops are Montana, Russia and China and I can't wait to put this backpack to the test!

    Was this review helpful?


    Work of art

    by - verified purchaser |
    I had seen this bag in one of daves videos where he mentions it was in a testing stage and i immediately wished saddleback sold this because it was the bag i always needed but never seemed to exist. My saddleback classic brief case was stolen out of my car within months of having it and as bummed as i was my spirits raised finding out dave was releasing the bag i wished he sold in the first place this holiday season! I received the backpack this xmas and was thrilled, the design and detail is flawless and the bag can hold even small items securely which is impressive since it is one giant storage with a tie. saddlebacks best design hands down. this bag will be used heavily and i will probably make a video on it. Thanks for releasing the perfect bag saddleback!

    Was this review helpful?


    Anticipation!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have just received the dream bag - the large front pocket backpack in chestnut. I can't wait for it to look like I've had it and used it everyday for ten years. It's the bag I've always wanted yet I didn't know because it didn't yet exist. So happy with my purchase.

    Was this review helpful?


    Carbon front pocket backpack

    by |
    After a delay because of weather I received the backpack. My husband brought it to me when he was picking me up from work. He knew I couldn't wait to open it. The smell of the leather filled the room. It had some character marks already on it ,so I'll just have to create a fantastic story to go along with the marks. My husband even remarked how well the stitching is and how thick the leather is. I plan on taking it when we go to the dirt track , camping and any other trips we go on. The side pockets will hold my thermos and snacks in one and girl stuff in the other side pocket.
    I put one of my favorite lap quilts inside the main compartment for cool weather.even with the lap quilt in it I still have room. I hope they bring the carbon color back in the future. I think carbon and chestnut are my favorite colors. Thank you Saddleback Leather. Your products are a blessing to me. Be blessed.

    Was this review helpful?


    Easy Rider/Perfect Bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    This bag is absolutely beautiful and made for the adventurer in all of us. I bought the large FPB and have used it as my daily carry bag for a while now but the main reason I bought it was to be my luggage bag for my Harley motorcycle. I have to say that it exceeded all expectations when it came to doing what I bought it for. The rings located on the bottom of the bag provide the perfect place for some bungie cords to go through so that the bag sits on the back seat perfectly. I have just gotten back from a 400 mile ride and it didn't move one bit and it turned the heads of more than one person on the road. Thanks Saddleback for making a perfect backpack for my bike and me.

    Was this review helpful?


    The Best purchase I have ever made!

    by |
    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....

    Was this review helpful?


    Keeper!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I am a huge tobacco fan. That being said, I have been disappointed with the darker tobacco as of late. I tried asking if SBL could "hand pick" my bag to assure that I would receive the lightest one in stock. No such luck! They just aren't capable of doing that at the warehouse. I gambled and received my new FPB in tobacco yesterday. It definitely IS darker than my other lighter tobacco products BUT I have to say that I really do like it. It's right in-between the darker and the light that I am used to. That being said, it's a KEEPER! Thanks SBL for another wonderful product. I've attached a pic of a lighter color dry bag next to my new FPB.

    Was this review helpful?


    This thing is gorgeous.

    by |
    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.

    Was this review helpful?


    The best travel companion I have ever had!

    by |
    I had my medium front pocket for a little over two years before I decided to sell it for some new leather but I loved every day I had it. My FPB took me all over New England and the tri-state area. On every trip I was able to pack more than enough clothes if needed and used the pockets for chargers and toiletry storage. The long strap on the main compartment meant that I could overload the heck out of the pack.

    A great buy.

    Was this review helpful?


    I might be addicted

    by - verified purchaser |
    I bought the large front pocket backpack in chestnut to match the end pocket duffel bag I purchased almost a year ago. I can't say enough good things about either bag. I ride vintage motorcycles, and needed something cool and manly to carry things when I ride--this fits the bill perfectly! In fact, I'll be riding a 1931 Harley cross country in September on the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. You can bet that this bag will get quite a workout on that trip!

    The backpack is slightly larger than I had pictured in my mind, even though I measured out the dimensions before ordering. The only thing I wish was different about it would be a small pouch pocket on the inside of the bag, but that's just me being extremely picky! I have another trip in a couple of weeks, and really look forward to carrying this bag. I have never travelled with my duffel that I haven't received multiple comments on how nice it is. It gets more beautiful every time I travel with it. I look forward to weathering this one too!

    Scott Byrd

    Cannonball Rider #25

    Was this review helpful?


    Amazing bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

    Was this review helpful?


    AMAZING!!!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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!!!!!

    Was this review helpful?


    Last backpack you will buy!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.



    Derek

    Was this review helpful?


    David G. Pope

    by - verified purchaser |
    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!

    Was this review helpful?


    One thing to add!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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!

    Was this review helpful?


    My Precious

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.



    Was this review helpful?


    Breaking it in Caribbean style

    by - verified purchaser |
    The large front pocket backpack in dark coffee brown is my latest addition to the SBL collection of both my wife and I. I received it just before a recent family trip to Puerto Rico. On the flights to and from, there wasn't a flight crew that didn't comment and ask upon seeing it. Inquisitive looks in each airport were obvious. I packed it full. Took it to the beaches and it performed beautifully with the sandy elements and even the surprise tropical downpour.



    My wife says its beautiful and solid. Yet she thinks it to be too big and too heavy. It is both big and heavy, but I am 6' 4" 210 lbs and not her 4' 11" petite frame. It did take a little getting used to when compared to my former tactical backpack's accessibility and intelligent compartments, but nothing more than a small sacrifice for something much more valuable in the long run.



    After seeing it in my photo posts to the SBL Facebook page, my sister-in-law commented she wanted one. So now I am looking for one Dave's Deal for her in chestnut to match her special addition small classics briefcase. So the SBL family continues to grow...!



    (As I am writing this, my wife walked in and asked what I was doing. After hearing, she said I "was in love with" my SBL items. I replied she can love her collection of heels and boots and I will do just fine with my humble collection of SBL. Little does she know I have a Hobo bag in tobacco brown being delivered this week for her.)

    Was this review helpful?


    I like my bags big, bold & beautiful!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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!

    Was this review helpful?


    Never disappointed

    by - verified purchaser |
    Just received my 6th work of art, the front pocket backpack, from Saddleback Leather. I have received numerous compliments on the different pieces. On the rare event that I needed customer service, they have been superb. The only think missing was my little bible tract.....need that so I can pass on the good news!

    Was this review helpful?


    Best Birthday Gift Ever

    by - verified purchaser |
    In April of 2013, my daughter asked for an "Adventure Backpack" for her birthday. After hours of searching the internet, I happened upon the Saddleback website. I knew (almost instantly) that I was about to spend way too much money on a birthday gift for a 14 year old. It's been 10 months and I have NO REGRETS. The bag is PERFECT - it has already become a part of her and carries with it treasured memories. It gets better with time. The compliments flow. In fact, the bag is SO great that my son asked for the Squared Backpack for Christmas (he's 18 and a senior in HS). We got it for him (we are weak - not well-off) and, again, NO REGRETS. Thank you, Dave, for creating a product worth having for a lifetime.

    Was this review helpful?


    Love the bag, could have done without the Jesus.

    by - verified purchaser |
    Got my DCB Large Front Pocket backpack on Wednesday and finally got to put it through its paces today.



    First off, the bag is absolutely gorgeous. I was wigwagging between the Dark Chocolate Brown and the Chestnut for this and I'm absolutely ecstatic I got the DCB. Damn thing is just breathtaking.



    I did about 7 miles hiking around Seattle with the bag today and was surprised how comfortable the bag was right out of the box. It's also cavernously large. I was able to stuff my laptop, kindle, snacks for the day and (when I got a bit warm) my big-ass winter coat into the bag and still have room to spare for other stuff. The "expandable" height of the bag is awesome and the attention to detail and craftsmanship rock. This thing isn't cheap, but I really can't imagine needing another backpack any decade soon.



    My only "complaint" would be about the religious proselytizing I stumbled upon when I reached into one of the side pockets.



    Now, if you watch any of Dave's videos or read the Saddleback site it's very obvious that he and his family (and quite a few of his employees) are devout Christians.



    For some folks that's probably a selling point of doing business with them, for others it's probably a negative, and for me it's decidedly neutral since Dave and co seem to be of the "Sweetness and light" type of christians as opposed to the less savory types who get all the press. Couldn't have cared less one way or the other about their beliefs . . .



    Except . . .



    When I reached into one of the pockets I found a little booklet that says "Personal Bible Verses of Salvation, Assurance And Comfort" with the Saddleback branding on it.



    And the little booklet goes on to talk about the infallibility of the bible, how the bible has no contradictions (which is a little funny since it's pretty easy to find inconsistencies and contradictions in the bible, but that's neither here nor there) and a bunch of verses.



    Now, on the one hand I've got absolutely no problem whatsoever with a privately held company using the platform they develop from their business as a way to spread their beliefs. Dave and company have every legal right in the world to proselytize and to stand up and say they're a Christian company and they're obviously very passionate about doing good in the world and believe that spreading the message of the bible is a way to do that.



    But, as a non-christian customer who's spent a fair chunk of change on this backpack and a few other items finding that little tract definitely put a sour taste in my mouth.



    For those of you who are religious who might be reading this, imagine if instead of having my experience of finding bible verses in my bag, you instead were enjoying your new purchase, wondering at the craftsmanship and found a little booklet that said "Wonder without religion. Secular sayings to find comfort and joy without god." on the cover.



    No matter how positive the message of such a booklet it would still probably strike you as inappropriate or worse, especially if the booklet had a very obvious mission of trying to "convert" you to its way of thinking.



    So . . .



    * The bag is awesome. I'll have it for a lifetime and will bring it on all my heathen adventures.



    * Customer service with Dave and Co. is great and they seem like 100% solid people who are doing business the right way.



    * I totally respect Dave's personal and business values and his right to have them and guide his life and business by them . . .



    * The booklet seemed a step too far for me. When I bought the bag I was purchasing a bag and didn't think I was lining up to be preached to.



    But you know what, it takes no faith at all to realize this is a really, really nice bag. =-)





    Was this review helpful?