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  • Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin lining
  • Tobacco now shipping with the suede side of pigskin lining
  • Low profile for crowded places
  • Converts to backpack
  • Removable interior divider
  • 2 exterior pockets for sunglasses and water bottles. 1 for magazines
  • 1 interior pocket for pens and 1 for cell phones
  • 8 exterior D-Rings for lashing
  • Attached interior key clip
  • May cause spontaneous conversations
  • No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
  • Because of natural oils shade may vary
  • Dimensions (approximate size):
    • Adjustable strap length: 34 ½” - 59 ¼”
    • Exterior: 12 ¾” W x 14 ½” H x 4 ¼” D
    • Interior: 12 ½” W x 14” H x 4” D
    • 5.5 lbs

    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.

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    I’ve always held that if one truly believes something, then their actions ought to back it up. When it came to Y2K and how the world was going to come to a screeching halt because of some stupid computer glitch, I didn’t believe it for a second. And not only did I not believe it, but I told everybody that it was ridiculous to worry about it.

    So to back it up, my friend Jake and I took the 4 hour bus ride to welcome in the new millennium at El Zocalo (the main square) in Mexico City with millions of others. And boy howdy did that action backing up my belief ever pay off.

    There were at least 200 mariachis playing, famous singers singing, the President cheering and enough fireworks to erupt a medium sized volcano. While my friends were chewing their fingernails at home in fear, we were laughing and crying and high fiving with 25,000,000 Mexicans. We were packed in so tight I felt like we were riding the last free rush hour ferry across an urban river in India. And there with pickpockets aplenty. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a more crowded place. It was A-W-W-W-W-W-E-S-O-M-E. By the way, that was the virgin journey of my original bag.

    Well, it was that experience that inspired this bag; perfect for squeezing through crowds with the bare essentials, especially when you wear it as a backpack. If you want to forget about what you’re carrying and focus on what you’re experiencing, this is the bag for you.

    Extra funny free Y2K story: My friend, Patrick, was in his paranoid friend’s home, who had stocked up all of his canned goods and water filters so he could drink out of toilets after the disaster, for Y2K. The exact second it turned midnight, Patrick was out at the electrical panel and switched off all the power to his house. Everybody completely freaked out thinking that all the hype was true…until someone said, “Hey, why are all of the neighbors lights still on?”

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    Messenger Bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    While I am only a little over a week into my new Messenger Bag in Chestnut, all I can say is what an amazing product. Slightly larger than a medium satchel, but not so large is to seem like/feel like a briefcase. The perfect amount of space for a mid-size laptop, work files and the usual accessories. This will be my EDC except on those days when I need a slightly larger bag to accommodate multiple laptops, etc. I'm looking forward to the Tobacco color coming back in stock so that I alternate.

    I'd give it 5 stars, but I've not had it long enough to see how it will break-in/wear over time.

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    Amazing Bag!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I bought this as a gift for myself after getting a promotion. People at work, saw it, started buying their own. Whenever and wherever I travel, I get compliments and I think it getting better looking with wear.

    In a world where everything is disposable, I like that I have a piece that will last and not go out of style. Looking at what my next Saddleback purchase will be.

    Likes: Bullet-proof. Beautiful. Well-made.

    Dislikes: Heavy. But, I knew that going in. Haven't gotten smart how to hang on other luggage yet.

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    great bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    all it is said to be, very pleased with the product----I didn't need any of the corner hardware, bit too 'blingy' for me--- so simply clipped them off with a bolt cutter-----perfect bag for me now !
    Cannot go anywhere without compliments------honestly-----get them all the time.

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    Dreamy

    by - verified purchaser |
    I purchased the messenger bag on Dave's Deals for a steal, and after 6 months of daily use I still can't figure out what's "wrong" with it. I use this bag as my diaper bag, and while it's heavier than others, the quality is superb. I can easily fit both cloth and disposable diapers, wipes, sunscreen, extra clothes for the baby and his brother, snacks, and water bottles for my toddler and I. The only tricky issue with the bag is trying to get the buckle undone in a hurry while carrying a baby. I've taken to just hooking the first hole without feeding the strap through the buckle so I can get in and out quickly.

    Functional AND beautiful! I get stopped EVERY TIME I wear the bag (and my baby! ) and people always want to touch the beautiful leather. I love knowing that this bag will last long after I send my boys to college with it, and that we're supporting a great family business and a great charity by purchasing with Saddleback.

    My father-in-law was raised in Leon, Mexico and is from a leather-trade family. Every time he comes to visit, he wants to get his hands on my Saddleback bags and spends over an hour talking about the quality of their design, materials, and construction. I've made a Saddleback convert out of him as well!

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    Great mid-size option for every day carry

    by - verified purchaser |
    I got the messenger bag in black from Dave's Deals. No idea what the flaw was with it except maybe a couple of scratches which it would have gotten anyway. Got this as a mid-size option between my large classic briefcase and my medium round satchel. I'm really happy you guys brought back the proper black colour instead of that horrid scuffy carbon colour, now all my Saddleback products match and my black pouch can move happily between bags, clipped to the front with my headphones and coin pouch in it.
    I was a bit dubious of the lighter coloured pig skin lining. It looks striking in the photos but I could imagine it getting very grubby over time. I was pleased to find when I received the bag that the lining is not as pale as it appears on the website. Its more of a natural leather colour than a bright beige colour. I have noticed though that after carrying some coloured paper file folders home from work, some of the blue colour has rubbed off on the lining. I wiped most of it off with a damp cloth but some remains. Eventually this won't be much of an issue, it's just the usual when you first receive a beautiful new expensive item - the first few marks and scuffs are heartbreaking, then you get over it :)
    The messenger bag works great as a backpack, far more comfortable than my other Saddleback bags when worn this way.
    One thing I have always wondered with your bags though, the website states the exterior side pockets can be used for water bottles, you guys must have tiny water bottles over there, because I've never been able to fit one in!

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    Unique Design

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    This was my first purchase from SBL, I've been waiting a while to take the leap, and I'm not disappointed. I originally purchased the Rounded Satchel but upon receiving the bag I noticed there was no way it could hold a 15" laptop. I took a gamble on the messenger bag and won, it fits beautifully. I like Dave included a spacer, which is important because I'd hate to scratch my laptop. A little small interior, but again that's to be expected, this isn't the Classic Briefcase. This is my everyday work bag and it fits the bill, I can't wait to go into downtown NYC and convert this into a backpack!

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    The best messenger bag I have ever owned!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I received my messenger bag a few weeks ago. I ordered the tobacco color. I am truly pleased that I made this purchase. The bag is incredible. The quality is superb. The feel of the leather is amazing. The color is spot on. The first day I walked into work with this bag it took me 30 minutes to get to my desk. Several folks stopped me and commented on how awesome the bag looks. I've owned other leather bags from places like Orvis and Colonel Littleton but let me tell you that the quality and design of those other bags do not compare to what I received from Saddleback. If I could I would shake Dave's hand and thank him personally for creating such a wonderful bag. If you are out there mulling over wether or not to make the purchase because of the price, don't hesitate anymore and just do it. It is well worth the price and you'll see that the bag is made to last a long time.

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    Messenger Bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    Quality is outstanding and great looking bag....good space and roomy enough for my Surface Pro3, wallet, keys and other items...I found it more comfortable on my shoulders than most bags I own even though it's a heavier leather and stays on my hip and I don't have to keep adjusting it...vintage look but a very classy bag...glad I purchased this bag and won't be buying a new bag for a long time...great price point for a bag of this quality...once the leather breaks in it will be even better...great for everyday use is which I use it for as well as when I travel...

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    Love it!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have owned the Messenger Bag for four years and it has been carried almost daily for three of those. The bag is built extremely well. I was tired of buying new bags every two years because they wore out or began to look ragged. This bag just looks better with age. I love using it as my personal item when travelling by air as it fits well underneath the seats.

    The divider is also very useful. I have carried a MacBook Pro in the bag with no sleeve, just using the divider to keep other items away from it. I've done this for years and it's worked really well.

    There are a few things I would change. If I could give 4.5 stars I would. The side pockets are almost useless because they are so small. A little extra leather there would allow more items to fit into them. I would love to be able to fit a water bottle in there. The other thing I would change is that one inside pocket sits lower than the other. This makes it hard to get items out of the lower pocket. That is a nitpicky thing I know, but after years of use it's something I would change.

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    Perfect!

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    I got a chestnut Messenger Bag, I love it! I have to keep an eye on it at work, covetous eyes. The leather is beautiful and smells great!

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    Hard to choose

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have a serious problem with Saddleback bags. They're all so good, it's hard to know which of the three I own (Dark Coffee Messenger, Tobacco Large Satchel, Carbon Small Satchel) to use on any given day. I love the idea that this bag in understated. Something this well made draws attention to itself. Don't hesitate. I came to SBL from years of carrying messenger type bags. They may last, but I'm not a bike messenger and nylon is nylon. Do yourself a favor and buy ONE saddleback bag, so you don't have my problem. (If you're asking for my favorite, it's this one, with the large satchel and close second).

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    a fine piece

    by - verified purchaser |
    Its a quality product made by a quality American. It is not a quality product made by a Japanese or German. This means that if you like the idea of a Chevy with the LT package and all the fixins- you might like this bag. If you like the idea of BMW or Lexus- other very good choices- you might prefer an Osprey or ONA. I have all three (bags not cars), and use them on a mission specific basis. The leather bag is uber heavy and as such provides some shock absobtion simply by way of padded mass. It is a 2500 diesel pickup. 99% of the time it is 99% more than you need- in every way. The other 1 percent of the time will make you proud to be an American. (btw osprey and ona are both american companies. just go w/ the metaphor).



    I am interested to see the reaction I get when I take such a large piece of leather to a yoga class. HA

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    Wow! This is great.

    by - verified purchaser |
    This messenger bag (tobacco) is just phenomenal. Taking her out of the box impressed me with her substance. This is no flimsy bag. Expect it to weigh close to 5 pounds on her own.

    I got the water proofing number three and she darkened up but still kept a beautiful color. I've had several compliments from strangers in the week I've carried her around. I will use this to carry and protect my macbook and all future generations of laptops that she will out live.

    Thanks for an awesome product.

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    Worth the $$$

    by - verified purchaser |
    My bag arrived on a day I was flying out to work in Canada's north. At the airport a guy in line said, "that bag looks military grade, it looks like it'd last 100 years!". I told him that was the warranty.

    It IS heavy, but it carries well. The wide strap makes it comfortable. It IS minimalist - mot much in the way of pockets etc but I purchased some canvas bags of different colours to organize iPhone cables, iPad cables etc. It's easy to find things that way and I don't collect junk.

    I thought the top handle was excessive until I had to pull the ag out from under a small airplane seat and bend over to almost cawl out of an 8 passenger bag. The handle made that much easier.

    The leather is phenomenol, the rivets nd stitching are excellent.

    There is one weak link. On the side the sin strap is attached with one rivet and a small piece of stitched leather. The stitching WILL fail there and then the rivet will eventually pull through. There could have been interior reinforcing, wider leather, and/or extra rivets for that main attachment. It will probably take to 10 years before that happens but it probably will. For that reason it gets 4 stars. I'm going to enjoy those years and enjoy watching my bag break in beautifully.

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    Simply Sensational

    by - verified purchaser |
    I use this bag every day for travel, adventure, and hiking. It holds up like a champ. I feel like Indiana Jones when exploring with it. It is simply bulletproof, and I cannot recommend it enough!

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    Exactly What I Wanted

    by - verified purchaser |
    I wanted a nice bag to replace my tired fabric computer bag. I did a lot of research and really found this to be the best option for me. As noted the bag is not full of compartments, but I use some small canvas tool bags and an old canvas buckshot bag to store cables and chargers etc. I carry my laptop and a notebook along with everything else I need for working and it still closes easliy. It is a little heavy but I need the exercise. The outside pockets hold the Poland Spring bottle and if you wad it tightly the USA Today. I don't want any more space as I keep accumulating stuff. My old bag weighed 20 pounds when I retired it !

    I travel on short trips often and have received numerous compliments on my bag, including a fellow at the TSA screening, He sees a lot of bags!

    My one recommendation is adding a strap on the back to allow the Messenger Bag to slip over the handle of a rolling suitcase. That makes moving around much easier if you are using both. I purchased a set of the accessory straps for grins and it turns out if you use the large one through the two upper D rings on the back, it works just fine. Dave, for +$400 I think you ought to throw in the strap for the travelers until version 2.0 comes out,.

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    Lacks Theft Protection for the phone pockets

    by - verified purchaser |
    Lacks Theft Protection for the phone pockets, otherwise I would like it much better.

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    Bag of all Bags

    by - verified purchaser |
    This bag is amazing. I've had mine for a little over a year and it's still just as fantastic. It's been all over the world and travels extremely well as a carry-on/personal item. As everyone else says, I receive complements on it regularly. I am also a college professor and it meets all my daily needs. I would recommend it to anyone.

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    Solid...Top Quality

    by - verified purchaser |
    My bag arrived at my house an hour before I had to go to the airport. I literally pulled it out of the box and through it over my shoulder. And, thanks to Dave's easy to follow video, I converted the over-the-shoulder to a BACKPACK for most of my trekking and climbing. We hiked miles everyday (Zion National Park ????badlands of southern Utah). The first day was hot and dry, the next day it rained on us, and finally, it snowed! I wish I could've posted more pics! Through it all, my SBL Messenger bag was comfortable, easy to access, and solid as a rock. Top quality. This is the best quality leather bad I have ever seen or owned. I look forward to many more adventures with this bag.

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    LOVE IT!!!!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I received my messenger bag earlier this week, and I totally LOVE IT! I received a ton of compliments on it just walking thru the airport one morning to catch a flight. The leather is so beautiful and smells so good. I know that I will NOT have to buy another bag as long as I live... literally!!!

    Thank you, Dave, for creating a spectacular bag!!!!

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    Delicious

    by - verified purchaser |
    I got one of the older ones with suede lining, it smells so good I feel like chewing on it ! Got the coffee brown colour because it's dark enough for business and light enough for casual, tobacco brown would look wrong with a navy suit and carbon black would be too formal with a pair of old jeans, this colour goes with most settings as would chestnut. Comfortably takes my lap top and IPAD but doesn't leave much extra space. If you need more room you may want to look at the briefcase or larger back pack instead. I regard it as a replacement for my computer bag

    It's the only back pack that I've seen that looks okay in a smart office and I would feel quite comfortable using it in any formal setting. When using it as a back pack it was difficult to put on as the strap pulls all the way through on the side you put on first. I solved this by putting a fastener through two of the holes so the strap can't move back and forward through the central ring.

    A little on the heavy side but understandable when you see how strong it is. This bag will definitely be with me for years to come and Saddleback now have another long term customer. I've just order some more smaller items from them and have another order waiting in my cart, I'm also trying to justify adding the new utility duffel bag to my order, it's very tempting !

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    Matt Dillon

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    I bought this bag in chestnut when I saw it on Dave's Deals and I couldn't find a thing wrong with it and it was 25% off! When I first laid eyes on it I thought of that old show Gunsmoke and that Matt Dillon would of carried it and so named my bag Matt Dillon. This beauty is huge, heavy, rugged and manly, but women like it too! Truth be told this bag is my most loved piece. The color is so rich and beautiful, I've mentioned before, like chocolate and cinnamon.
    Ok for the men reading this LOOK AWAY NOW!! I'm using this bag as a knitting bag and its perfect! Let me tell you why.. The back pocket is perfect for my iPad and long knitting needles. The inside I put books and patterns on one side of the divider and yarn and notions on the other. Once I get to class I can throw Matt anywhere without worry. And let me tell you, it's the most unique knitting bag I have ever seen!! I have also used it as a backpack when hiking and I love it for that purpose too. Highly recommend. It's a piece of art. Love, LOVE, LOVE!

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    Great for a backpack, too!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I wrote the review before but the picture wasn't loaded.

    The messenger is not only a great shoulder bag but it is also a awesome backpack.
    I'm 5'11" and 190 lb. As attached picture, the chestnut messenger bag looks just great as a backpack for both casual and semi-formal suit.
    I highly recommend this bag for mutiple purposes.

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    The best bag money can buy

    by - verified purchaser |
    This bag literally changed my life. I have never had it let me down — not once — the entire time I've owned it. We're talking fitting 25 lbs of groceries (including a very unwieldy baguette) without crushing anything or letting anything slip. And that's with 20 more lbs of groceries attached to the incredibly versatile metal ring at the top.

    I never quite took to the backpack functionality — the straps can be a bit annoying to handle and the video demonstration is not quite as focused as it could be, so I'm not even quite sure I'm doing it right. But for (slim-framed, short-torsoed) me, notching the strap at the shortest setting is more than adequate to keep the even barely filled (and thus more slip-prone) bag on my back where it belongs while biking.

    After hefty amounts of saddle-soaping (and the occasional application of Meltonian shoe polish, which the bag just sucks up), it now has a gorgeous patina and is yielding without being slack. I'm likely to need to have the metal hardware replaced (heavy use has ground out more than half of the metal grommet that latches the strap to the rings), but the leather is still in pristine condition.

    And, lest you disbelieve the hype around Saddleback — in the one year and three months I've owned this bag, no fewer than three dozen total strangers have approached me to compliment me on the bag and asked where they could get one. Saddleback of course received my warm recommendation.

    Don't spend $400+ on a bag at Barney's or one of those other shitshow retail leather goods places. Buying this bag, in addition to ensuring you'll never _need_ another bag (though they are habit-forming), rewards craft, transparency, and individual entrepreneurship. Buy this bag. Do it. Seriously. Right now.

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    Bag of all Bags

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    This bag is amazing. I've had mine for a little over a year and it's still just as fantastic. It's been all over the world and travels extremely well as a carry-on/personal item. As everyone else says, I receive complements on it regularly. I am also a college professor and it meets all my daily needs. I would recommend it to anyone.

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