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$382.00



  • Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter pigskin
  • 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

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    "... 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 masks 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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    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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    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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    Heavy, Rugged

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is a hardy bag-----very heavy and rugged. It really needs to be tossed into a rock tumbler for a couple of days to break it in. Put a Macbook Air and an iPad in it, fits well, but your shoulder is going to crack. Unless your 6'4" and 250 lbs, under 40 and workout, you might consider something else. Otherwise, it's a tough, well made dude and will endure that 10oo years and the next meteorite shower.

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    Perfect for Work and Travel

    by - verified purchaser |
    I was originally looking at the satchels for use when traveling, but wanted something that I could also use for work. Enter the Messenger Bag. I fits my work laptop and other tools of the IT trade, and when it comes to traveling internationally, the slim design makes it perfect for traversing among throngs of people, just like Dave designed it to do. From the Coliseum in Rome to the Oktoberfest in Munich, this bag performs perfectly, allowing me to carry what I need (and saving my wife from being a pack mule) without being too bulky. Keep in mind, this bag *is* pretty heavy, so if you're not used to carrying around a bag, particularly cross-body, load it up with a bunch of stuff and carry it around for a few weeks to condition yourself before your big trip. Oh, and it fits perfectly under the seat of an airplane, even the small aisle seats on the Boeing 737 {glares at Boeing designers}. I'm 100% satisfied with the Messenger Bag and highly recommend it to anyone who needs a great bag for minimalist traveling.

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    Outstanding

    by - verified purchaser |
    I own a small wallet, MacBook sleeve, and a notepad holder. All of them are great, but I didn't have a bag.







    Then my brother, who has been keeping track of all my tax and financial advice, decided to pay me in my favorite currency, SBL. He got me the messenger bag in tobacco, which looks absolutely amazing. I think he was more excited than me when I opened it up, and I had to FaceTime the experience. Also, I may or may not have slept with it that first night.







    I showed my neighbor across the street, and wasn't even worried when his drool dropped on the bag. He's already got Father's Day, birthday, and Christmas wish lists filled out.







    I'm hesitant to take it to church, because I don't want it to distract people from the messages they're hearing. Or is it better to fill the room with that heavenly, inspiring, new-leather smell?







    Thanks Dave and team for a great product, and thanks to my brother Ryan for the best gift ever!!

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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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    Lovely

    by - verified purchaser |
    I wept the first time I saw her, she was one of the most beautiful things I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Her gorgeous lines, smooth brown skin, and delightful aroma completely over-loaded my senses. She and I have been together only one months’ time, and she has already changed my life. She is my constant companion, partner in both business and pleasure. Men gawk at her and ask me how I happened upon such a fine specimen. Women stare in envy knowing full well that what I have, is far superior to what they possess. I know we will spend the rest of our lives together, my messenger bag.

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    Exactly what I was looking for

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have been looking for a good quality bag that would last me a lifetime and look better the more it was used and abused. I wanted it to be completely leather (including the straps), no zippers, or other breakable parts??? Sound familiar????







    A few months ago saddleback started showing up in my searches,not sure why it took me so long to find Dave's site, but I did and now I am an addict. Dave is doing exactly what I have been looking for.... Awesome!!!!!







    Currently only have the messenger bag in dark coffee brown right now. This thing fits way more than expected. I can fit my laptop, my external USB powered monitor, notepad, power supply, mouse and various cables. It is a little snug but it all fits.







    Now just waiting on other items I have been eyeing to come back in stock... is there a support group for saddleback addicts, my wife thinks I have a problem :-).







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    Good travel and daily bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    I bought the tobacco messenger bag for my "one personal item" carry on to keep the stuff I needed to access while flying. This thing fits under almost all airline seats and I still have room to move my feet around. I intended to have it in addition to my regular carry on bag, but I find that I can put enough stuff in the messenger bag to last a week. The last few trips I have taken only the messenger bag and it has worked out just fine. I roll my spare clothes, take quick dry skivvies and shirts, buy a few things at my destination if I need to, and travel really light. I also use it for my day to day murse, so I don't misplace all of the things I am starting to depend on like my iPad, glasses, hearing aids, and meds (getting old).







    Although quite a bit heavier than the Timbuk2 bag that it replaced this messenger bag provides a lot more protection for the contents. I don't really use the divider for the bag, but it would be good if I carried papers I suppose. I do agree with other people that say that the outside cellphone pocket could use a flap or something to secure the phone. Anything in those outside pockets is pretty available to sticky fingers or other loss. Like others I have some small canvas bags that I put small items in to keep things organized.







    The only problem that I had was one of the loops on the shoulder strap fell off right after I got the bag. A quick call to Saddleback Leather got me a return label for the strap and a new loop riveted on to the bag.







    Overall this bag is a really good fit for me.











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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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    Awsome Bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    I'm a long-time addict of Saddleback Leather: medium briefcase, wallet, Kindle case, business card holder, and now the messenger bag. My family calls it my "murse" or "man-purse" or "man-bag" but they can call it whatever they want because they're clearly just jealous. The new carbon black is deliciously distressed, and triple-testosterone manly. Great product. As usual.

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    Very happy with the bag I got!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I was scouting on Dave's Deals a few months ago for a thin briefcase but it took me a while to decide on whether I should buy the one that was in there. I was disappointed when after a few hours, the bag that I was eyeing was gone. I went to check again after a few hours and I found a Chestnut Messenger Bag. This time, I did not hesitate and bought it right away. I got the bag in 4 days and I was surprised at how good looking it is. It looked bigger than in the video, but I guess it was because Dave, who was 6 feet tall, who modeled it. The leather is so supple and I can see the excelent craftsmanship despite the fact that I got it from Dave's Deals. It is a good conversation piece. In my most recent trip, people would actually stop me at the airport just to complement it. The fact that it converts to a backpack is great because it does not have to dangle on my side as I run to catch my flight.

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    Crazy Durable

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    I know Saddleback fairly well and had a couple smaller items from them before buying this bag. But I was still pleasantly surprised at just how overbuilt and durable it is. It is noticeably heavier when you first pick it up, but once you have all your stuff in it and are carrying it around, you won't notice much difference to any other bag. The leather can be prone to scratches, but that just add character in my opinion. Overall the best (and probably from now on the only) bag I own.

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    Awesome Bag

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    I read about Saddleback in one of those Airline magazines while traveling god knows where and was intrigued. I had been looking for a thin, vertical messenger bag since the untimely demise of what was my favorite bag ever (vertical messenger bag from Kenneth Cole which was perfect for me until it self destructed, literally, after only about 6 months use). After taking a look at the Messenger Bag from Saddleback I asked Santa for it for Christmas. The bag is awesome, the construction is great (sure it is a little heavy but it is a man's bag) and it is exactly what I have been looking for. I'm in my early fifties with a good 10-15 years or so before any thought of retirement but I already know I'll never need another bag or briefcase. Oddly enough my daughter is majoring in Accessories Design including hand bags etc. and is interning at Kenneth Cole right now and is extremely impressed with the bag, its design, the quality of the components and how its put together. I'm a huge fan and would highly recommend this product to anyone although I do like standing out from the crowd which this bag helps me do.

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    Handsome & durable

    by - verified purchaser |
    Five stars for good looks & solid construction.



    For me, the messenger bag is the Saddleback piece with "enough" capacity without being too heavy or too bulky. Construction and materials are very good, and after a month, my tobacco bag is beginning to deepen nicely in color.



    Three or four stars for function.



    This messenger is well thought 0ut. But still, a thick leather bag like this isn't for everybody. If you are looking for massive organizational capability and lots of zippered, closeable compartments, or you expect to spend a whole bunch of time in the rain, or you really want to save a pound or two, you will be happier with a high-tech fabric bag. Even if you have to replace it every 5 or 10 years.



    My Saddleback messenger has so far seen service in all three modes (briefcase, over-the-shoulder and backpack), and in both business and travel situations. I enjoy owning it and I enjoy using it.

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    Simply Sensational

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    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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    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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    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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    The best bag money can buy

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    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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    Heavy, Rugged

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is a hardy bag-----very heavy and rugged. It really needs to be tossed into a rock tumbler for a couple of days to break it in. Put a Macbook Air and an iPad in it, fits well, but your shoulder is going to crack. Unless your 6'4" and 250 lbs, under 40 and workout, you might consider something else. Otherwise, it's a tough, well made dude and will endure that 10oo years and the next meteorite shower.

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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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    Extremely good, not quite perfect

    by - verified purchaser |
    The bag is magnificent, no doubt about it. However, after 5 years of hard use, it's imperfections have become clear. They're small, I doubt they'll impact the lifetime of the bag, but since it's so close to perfect (for the form factor), I figured I'd post and help them fix the problems.



    1. The rivets are copper plated, not copper. So after a while the plate rubs off and you're left with a combination of copper and steel that doesn't look as good.



    2. The half circles that attach the strap to the bag won't stay in place. This is partially because there is only a little strip of nylon inside their fastening leather (it should be a wide strip held by the rivets below), and partially because the single loop of leather isn't enough. It became stretched and misshapen quickly. Doesn't look great (including the off-angle clips), but seems to be holding up. If it fails and I make a warranty claim, this will be the reason why.



    3. If you shorten the strap very much, there's no place for the extra leather to go. So it sort of hangs there in the way, over the bag. A way to double it back around would be an improvement.



    Haven't experienced the liner separating like some other reviewers. No problems at all in that regard. The leather quality and construction are all as great as promised.

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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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