At first I was hesitant to fork out the dough for the large notebook cover. I love my saddleback messenger bag, but I had a hard time justifying the cost of something that seemed like such a basic item.
But, I had some extra money, so I figured I'd give it a try.
Let me tell you- from the outset, I was thrilled with the purchase. This thing is heavy duty, and very well padded. It is a HUGE upgrade over the office supply store pleather portfolio I was using prior to this. The pigskin lining on mine is exceptionally soft, and I sometimes find myself running my fingers over it just because I love how it feels. Just like my messenger bag, it fills the room with that leather smell.
I am very involved in a voluntary bible education work that requires me to walk for miles in a day in all sorts of weather. While my old lesser quality portfolio did do the job of keeping my literature dry and allowing me to take my essential notes, it had never brought me the joy of ownership this item has.
$65.00 to $148.00SKU: #01-30-0022
- Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin lining
- Impress them with the leather
- Right side features opening at top that notepads slip in and out of easily
- One solid piece of full-grain leather on the outside, pigskin on the inside
- Riveted for strength and style
- Small pad has 2.5" pocket on the left, 2 large pockets that open towards the spine and a pen holder
- Medium pad has 4 pockets, a calculator pocket, a business/credit card pocket, 2 large document folders and a pen holder
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Holds a 5” x 8” pad
- 6 ¼” W x 8 ¾” H
- 0.75 pounds
- Holds European A4-sized paper and Legal Pads or 8 ½” x 11”
- 9 ¾” W x 12 ¾” H
- 1.7 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.
When I was selling real estate in Mexico City and would go to visit a potential client, I never wanted to overwhelm or intimidate them with a big bag full of contracts.
I own multiple pieces of Saddleback Leather and truly love them all.. I was in need of a new Notepad Holder, but was a bit hesitant to drop $148... I saw a DCB Medium Notepad Holder on Dave’s Deals at 25% off, so grabbed it understanding it might have a defect, but wouldn’t affect it’s use and performance.. Wow !! Received the Notepad Holder today and it is beautiful.. The “defect” is subtly obvious.. There are beautiful stretch marks that reach across the entire front and back of the Notepad Holder.. What great character.. I couldn’t have hand picked a piece with more character and beauty of the hide… Perfect
Just recieved my notepad holder, moleskin cover and Bible cover and they are amazing. Going to have to pony up for one of those bags now. Really excellent workmanship, thank you!
Today it was sleeting and freezing rain but the UPS delivered the medium notepad holder that I got my husband for valentines. Thanks Dave for another great product. Be blessed.
I am a commercial insurance sales executive and have used several different brands of notepad covers over the years. Insurance companies give these away to us but they just don't last very long nor are they what you would call "quality". I decided that although these are free from the companies we represent, I wanted something with more class, durability, and functionality. That's when I discovered Saddleback Leather on the web and began purusing the website; I found exectly what I was looking for. I read the reviews and was more than pleased with what I read so I ordered a Medium Carbon Black Notepad Holder. I can't say enough about the quality of the workmanship and material. This is by far better than anything on the market, and will certainly outlast anything on the market. Definitely worth every penny. My colleagues are jealous!!
I had already purchased two of the wallets and was looking for something else to try out from SBL. I use the small notepads at work and then I saw this small notepad holder. I used this last time at work for 21 days straight and it held up fine of course. It only stayed in my office and took it to morning meetings, working on a drilling rig offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, I didn't want to take it outside the living quarters, nothing last due to the saltwater in the air. All in all, it works, looks great and I am about to buy something else now :-)
This is my first Saddleback purchase and I am THRILLED.
I called on a Thursday afternoon and wanted to Large Notepad Holder in Chesnut for a meeting that following Monday.
Saddleback's customer service was what I yearn for in retail and they made every effort to not only ship the product the same day- but helped me determine the right shipping so it would arrive at my hotel in time.
Once I received the product I think it goes without saying that the product was the HIGHEST Quality!!!! Although I've only had this for a week, I know it is probably the most durable and attractive business accessory I now own.
The quality is great, the finish is refined enough to fit in a boardroom but I am not worried about it surviving in the backseat with my toddler (aka, "real world" situations).
This is something I will cherish for years to come and if this is an example of Saddleback, I will certainly be purchasing other products as I can acquire them.
I bought a medium notebook holder to hold my truck driver log book , it's way to big but also way to cool , I may have to get me a side pocket duffle bag next in the same color .
I wanted to get a new notepad holder for when seeing clients. My old one was getting a bit old and ragged. When I received the SBL large notepad holder I was a little surprised as to how big and heavy it was. I didn't use it - only occasionally when I had to. 6 months later the holder is now a bit weathered and is a lot softer. It is great - it is now my principal notepad holder and I love using it. It just needed to be worked in.
I have had this binder for almost a year now and absolutely love it. The leather is starting to get a great patina and always looks sharp. The pockets are tight as expected but can be stretched in no time if you need them larger. I haven't had a single issue with the folder and get compliments all the time from clients and colleagues in the Real Estate industry. If you are on the fence about buying this or skimping and buying a 80 dollar folder, BUY THIS FOLDER!
I absolutely love it. There are more than a few "scars" or marks in the leather. They are not deep, but just enough to add character. The leather is very thick, in fact I had to lay some heavy books on it to keep it folded over. The bottom line is this notepad holder is way over engineered and will absolutely outlive me. For the small investment that I have made in this notepad holder, I will make it back in compliments and not having to buy many cheap alternatives.
This will be the fourth item added to my Saddleback collection. After reading some of the reviews I was a little nervous about the new leather changes, specifically the pigskin, but after getting the small notepad holder I have to say I think they made a good move. This is the armored tank of notepad holders and I hope to enjoy it for many years to come.
So I am up to my third saddleback leather product.... thanks a lot, your stuff really should come with a warning....
Received my medium notepad holder in carbon last week, and rocked into two meetings on Friday like a total boss. It's so fantastic, being able to get something 'executive', that still suits my laid back character.
When it sits open on the board table, it commands attention. Well done to Dave and the team. I have a saddleback wishlist, that will just keep giving!
Hugely impressed with this product. Bought the Medium size and was so happy with it I then bought the smaller one. Everyone is impressed and jealous, couldn't recommend these products more. Thanks Saddleback - once again you have delivered a super one
Why anyone would give this product less that five stars is beyond me. I've been using it for a little while now, and I'm still thrilled about it. It works perfectly for my needs, and looks amazing! I just wish the Dark Coffee Brown was in stock when I ordered it. I went whiskey instead, and that still looks great!
Also, I've bought a handful of the small wallets for friends and relatives as presents in the past, and eveyone loves them. My girlfriend even loves hers. Keep up the outstanding work!
Over the last 2-3 years I bought: a wallet (black), briefcase (coffee), belt (coffee), large desk pad (chestnut), and notepad holder (chestnut). None of these purchases were made lightly -- I'm a very careful consumer. I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of these products. They are truly made to last a lifetime. My wallet is nearly 3 years old, I use it daily, and it still looks brand new. My briefcase is showing some wear but, as expected, it adds to the attractiveness of the product. The only very slight regret I have is that I probably should have chosen a chestnut briefcase and black notepad holder (not the current black, but the black they use to offer -- like my wallet).
Former boss had this notepad holder and from the moment I saw him using it I wanted one. I now own the medium chestnut version and I am extremely happy with it. When I bring it into meetings, it is without a doubt the nicest notepad holder in the room. As a young professional, I wanted something that I would be able to carry with me for a long time. After using this for a few months I can say that its definately worth the investment.
I can see from the reviews the new light pigskin liner has received mixed reviews. I actually like it very much and that was why I bought a dark brown notepad holder and wallet. I think the contrast is awesome and actually makes an already good product even classier. You should use it on the back of your belts as well. I got the small size notebook holder, which is perfect for carrying around in my tobacco large round satchel. Great stuff!
My wife bought this for me as a wedding gift last June. Since then, it has accompanied me to EVERY meeting here at the office. She got me the DCB color, since I have multiple other pieces in that color, to include (but not limited to) the iPhone sleeve and medium gadget sleeve. After having it for just shy of a year, the leather has softened up, particularly on the spine and the pen holder, which were both VERY stiff in the beginning. I have worked it in by foldling it back on itself, "massaging" the spine, and even sitting on it to get it to be "just right."
This piece turns heads at the office. Recently, some "higher-ups" were in town and of course, we had some lengthy meetings to attend. The whole time, I was catching them stealing glances down at the notepad holder and compliments followed after the meetings.
I believe I have made a convert of one of them, so SBL - you're welcome! :) Many more product from you all will be purchased. I have my eyes on the passport wallet next...
Love Saddleback. Not sure I like the new pigskin. In fact I don't like it and prefer the dyed pigskin.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I had a " " Leather " " portfolio, you get what you pay for! This on the other hand gets noticed and for good reason! It is clean and sturdy and just a wonderful investment!
I bought the medium notepad holder. I was more on the fence about buying this than about any of my other Saddleback purchases, mainly because I wondered if I NEEDED it, or if I just WANTED it because it's pretty. In the end, I decided to buy it, because it could replace my binder, and allow me to use the engineering pads that I prefer in style.
It's absolutely gorgeous. It definitely has a rugged aesthetic, and it's extremely functional. It provides a fantastic desk space for me wherever I'm at.
In addition, on a whim I decided to see if it could function as an iPad holder as well. I have an iPad Air, and I figured that it was probably small enough that it'd fit where you're meant to be storing loose papers on the left hand side. It fits perfectly there, and seems fairly secure when the notepad holder is closed. I'd recommend doing this if you don't want to carry around the iPad sleeve as well as the notepad holder.
All in all, I'm very pleased with it, and I'm sure I'l be using it until I go grey.
Ordered small notepad holder on Tuesday evening - it arrived on following Thursday. Can't say much more than already's been said. Purchased the classic briefcase several years ago and wouldn't trade it for anything I've seen on the market. In addition to the extreme quality of workmanship and materials, as a pastor I appreciate what the company stands for. All good when dealing with Saddleback.
Most of my customers have asked about my notepad holder when they see it. "Wow, that is really nice". I tell them I have had countless binders, Folios and folders all have fallen apart. THIS is well worth the price. It's truth what Dave says, "Buy nice or buy twice!"
I bought the medium from Dave's Deals in chestnut as a Christmas gift. It was very difficult not to keep for myself. Nice thick leather and typical SB quality.