Like the other products that I orders (briefcases, cable bags, sleeves) this moleskine cover is constructed with the quality that I have come to expect from Saddleback. However, the feature that I really like is the design that enables the use the elastic strap from the moleskine. The back flap is cut in such a way that allows access to the strap, while the front flap completely covers the moleskine. With this design, it provides a perfect place for your pen reside. When I pick up my cover to take with me I don't have to worry about making sure I have something to write with...it's there, secured by the moleskine elastic strap and my SBL cover! Well thought out design for use of all the features that it was designed to protect!
Quick and dirty review, after a few weeks I gotta say I love this little cover.
I am an artist and my moleskine is my full time partner in crime when I'm out and about. Makes the moleskine a little more durable and gives it a little more support if you're sketching a full set of pages. The leather is going to get a little nicked and scuffed, which in my opinion makes it look a little more awesome.
The elastic of the moleskine holes it together, you can wrap it the same way as before, or by mimicing the example. Both work
Thanks for an amazing product guys!
I love journals and writing in general. Now if I only knew how to write;-) this is a very nice cover. I do wish it was just a bit longer so it would fit rhodia large notebooks. I'm just not a very big fan of moleskines choice of paper. Anyone that's tried to write with a fountain pen on moleskines paper knows what I mean. Although this has nothing at all to do with this awesome cover! I like the large size so much I just now ordered the small version. I know lots of companies that make 3.5x5.5 size notebooks. Nice job Dave but just know moleskine paper isn't what it used to be.
I've kept a prayer journal for quite a few years, but had never really been satisfied with the look or feel of it.
When I came across the moleskine cover, I knew that it was just what I'd been looking for. I purchased a small moleskine along with the cover and replaced my old prayer journal.
It's not that having this new cover has made my prayers more effective :-), but as a pastor, having good quality tools does make a difference and this is a great tool!
So this is actually my 3rd Moleskine Cover in 4 years. My first was purchased in 2012, a Dark Coffee Brown Medium. It was stolen in late 2013. I loved it. Seriously, loved it.
Then I purchased another medium in Tobacco. It was gorgeous! Beautiful scars and developed amazing patina over time. The leather became so supple and awesome. I thought I would never get rid of it, but I recently sold that one to give the new Chestnut with light pigskin a go.
HOLY COW! The Chestnut is beautiful. Mine even has some scarring, which normally doesn't come with Chestnut. The shade of red is very subtle compared to pictures. It's more of a dark reddish brown, which seems much more red in direct sunlight. I havebhonestly been afraid to purchase anything in Chestnut, but boy am I glad I took the leap of faith! Of course, right out of the envelope it smells amazing. I can't wait to get some use out of it and let its own unique story develop.
As a Moleskine Cover, it is simple, but you couldn't ask for more. The natural beauty comes from its simplicity and ease of use. So many compliments have been given over the years for the beauty of the leather and the cool factor the cover brings to journaling.
As always, GREAT JOB Saddleback.
Perfect for the back pocket (I've the smaller of the two)
I carry it everywhere, just to jot down notes, reminders, lists, and the like... I do wish it was lined with pig skin, but love it anyhow!
I've now got my lady friend addicted as well; between the two of us, we own the classic briefcase, large tote, 2 MacBook
Sleeves, large bifold, and large wallets, bible covers (used for moleskine) belts, and a few other items...
I have been using my Moleskine cover for a year now.... it is a constant companion. Perfect match for my front pocket briefcase. Fit Form and Function are perfect. I condition it about every three months and it looks new. Like all of my SB products, it integrates into my daily life and becomes one less thing to worry about failing. Thanks Dave and Team from a very satisfied customer!
Quality is outstanding. Smell is intoxicating. Functionality is simple. What more could you ask for. It just works.
I have had the bi-fold wallet for a long time; perhaps ten years. I have at least three or more plastic cards in each slot plus medicare information in the pocket and bank envelopes with money inside. The point is, none of the stitching comes loose and the leather does not tear. The wallet does not deform too much from being in my pocket. I do use Obenauf's heavy duty LP as a conditioner and protector; the leather does not significantly darken. Without doubt, the best wallet I have ever owned.
I just received the passport wallet. It is same thickness leather. The first passport wallet was damaged in transit. It was extremely easy to communicate the problem back to Saddleback, receive a prepaid return postage label, and a few days later the replacement wallet came.
This is an excellent leather company. You are paying for excellent craftsmanship, materials, and service.
While I'm a huge nerd and software engineer; I keep it traditional with my trusty Moleskine for notes, idea sketching, working out algorithms and other little things I'm just happier to scribble down.
As a lover of all things Saddleback, I picked this up last year and have been through three notebooks with it. It's just simply a gorgeous wrapper. I've gotten so many random compliments and questions about it. "Is that custom made?" "Where did you get that?" "That stitching looks amazing." "Man, all your leather is so top notch."
I always just smile and say "It's Saddleback, dude."
While there's surely some practicality to owning this, I simply love the way it looks and feels in my hand and I'm so stoked Dave decided to make it. It's one of my very favorite pieces.
Let me start by saying I love Saddleback and I have a number of items from them that I absolutely love and I will continue to add to my collection every chance I get. I have a briefcase, two wallets, belt, notebook holder, dog collar, ipad case, and mouse pad. However, the quality of this large Moleskine cover has disappointed me so far. I have only been using it for a couple of weeks so far so this may change.
When I first opened the package the feel of the leather was very different for all of my other products. It felt incredibly dry and brittle. The leather is also noticeably thinner than my other products, even with the pigskin lining. I am not sure if this product has thinner leather for some functionality reason or if I just received an inferior hide that slipped by the normally high quality control standards. After several coatings of leather conditioner it is starting to feel more like normal. Hopefully, this will improve with normal use and conditioning over the coming years. Other than that the other items like fit and stitching are perfect like normal. It really is a nice cover for the large Moleskine and I use it at work everyday.
This is my 4th SBL product, but my first in tobacco. Wow is this beautiful. I recently bought a Moleskine notebook to take Bible study notes and with its new cover, I just want to hold it forever. I am definitely hooked on the tobacco - the feel is almost nubuck. Another great product from SBL.
Got this in black and it is gorgeous! Sturdy and thick construction. A little surprised when I opened the box and instead of that wonderful SB leather smell, there was a strong shoe polish odor. Hopefully this will fade away completely in a few days.
Just received the SBL Moleskin cover. It fits really well and gives a sense of presence and individuality to the typical moleskin journal. The only thing I miss is being able to easily access the envelope pouch on inside back cover. Guess I will just have to live with that!
I ordered one of these for my pocket moleskine. It looks sharp and adds a nice layer of protection.
Mine is the reviewer-maligned tobacco but unlike that unhappy buyer, I really like the color. I carry this with me everywhere for notes and to-do lists and the more I handle it the darker it has become.
Mine, too, arrived in a plain plastic bag just like the other dozen or so Saddleback items I have purchased. Unlike the other unhappy buyer, I admire Saddleback for not wasting my money on expensive packaging. It came, I opened and it works like it should.
I just really really love this cover. It is so cool to plop it down on a conference table and have eyebrows raise in envy.
This is an incredible cover for an incredible journal! It is everything it is supposed to be and you are guaranteed to have the most stylish Moleskine in the office! Thanks for making such great products!
I have 3 of these now and love them. The current tobacco and carbon colors are great... especially for the smaller saddleback items. I like the carbon moleskine cover so much, I bought 2 of the smalls for my daughters' journals to give them on Valentine's Day. I'm thinking their purple moleskines will look really cute in them. In the past, I always preferred dark coffee, but most of my purchases have been tobacco since the EIEIO change happened. This was actually my first carbon item... I almost didn't go with carbon this time since it's hard for me to spend saddleback prices on my 2nd or 3rd favorite color. But I'm really glad I gave carbon a try before it was discontinued!
This one was my forth item from SBL. I have used Moleskine books for about 10 years and when I saw this was designed for the little black books, I had to get one. I use mine daily for 21 days at a time while working offshore. I got the Tobacco colors and after seeing how it gets better with daily wear, I was impressed.
I was so excited for my husband to get this leather journal cover for the holidays. When we got the package, I couldn't believe how dingy and flimsy the packaging for this product was! It came in a plastic bag.. No packing slip.. Nothing. I don't understand. Why would anyone treat real leather products that way? It made me want to send it back.. But I didn't have a packing slip. So there goes that. It's a shame to waste such nice product on poor handling.
I have both the small and the medium in chestnut. I've received several comments about the cool journal I carry around. I have to tell them I just use the same cover for many journals. Of course there is the legendary Saddleback quality as well.
For any military people who use the "green" notebook NSN 7530-00-222-3521, the medium cover fits this notebook very well. I wish I had one of these covers when I was on active duty. It would have done a great job protecting the many notebooks I used.
I bought the medium Moleskine cover in tobacco brown, and I do not thing I'll ever regret it. After only about a week of usage, it's started breaking in enough that it's getting easier to open and close (it relies on the cover of the Moleskine sliding in and out of the back sleeve a bit, so you can imagine the need to break it in a bit).
It makes my daily carry journal look like something an explorer from the 1800s would've carried around, which is an effect that I really like. Because the elastic goes around the leather, it leaves a nice little gap to slide a pen into, which is something that I really like as well.
If you use Moleskines (or some other similarly sized journal) on a daily basis, I'd recommend this to you.
St. Augustine heard the words "Tolle Lege" which means "take up and read". He took up the Bible, read, and came to the Christian faith. For this journal cover, we will say "Tolle Scribo" or "take up and write!" because that is exactly what this case will encourage you to do. It is protective, comfortable, great looking, and great smelling. It helps hold my pen to my notebook and I have already had tons of compliments on it. I look forward to years down the road when it is worn and the edges are bent but it still functions as great as ever and looks even better.
Someone wanted to give me a birthday present and I told them I wanted this particular case from Saddleback. I got it in Carbon Black. I put my large daily planner from moleskine (the hard cover one) in it.
I noticed that whenever I would spread out the planner to write, the covers move around from the securing flaps, such that one side would be sticking out more than the other. This could *maybe* also be attributed to the leather being stiff, and the part covering the spine doesn't have much give, but right now it's a bit more uncomfortable than not having a cover at all. Opening and spreading out the planner to write is no trouble usally, but when you start to close it, you'll notice the planner actually shifted around inside the flaps, and you'd have this compulsive need to readjust everytime i.e. sticking the front cover further into the front flap, or else the notebook/planner will be deformed (the front cover of the planner juts out more than the back cover, creating a slant along the edge of the pages instead of all of them nicely lined up together evenly).
I'm not sure if it would also be the case for the thinner, weekly format planner, since that would have a thinner spine. Maybe even the soft moleskine planners would be better because it'll be more bendy than the spine, but I have no intention of switching planner formats. Perhaps when I have time I'll post a youtube video of my cover, but for now, I have absolutely no qualms about the quality, the leather is nice and thick, it should be more supple over time, not a stitch out of place. Maybe I'll try removing the front cover of my moleskine from the front flap, or else I'll have to return this for possibly the bible cover and hope for the best.
I knew it was a match made in heaven I found out that Dave was into Apple and Moleskine, which are just about my 2 favorite things. Naturally I bought some covers, and they couldn't be any more perfect. This in DCB was the first SBL purchase of mine, and I love it just as much now as I did when I bough it. Thanks Dave.