I got my satchel about 18 months ago, and at the time, sort of wished that I'd gotten the suede lining, as the pigskin was pretty stiff. After 18 months of use however (almost every day) it's starting to break in very nicely. It's still pretty firm, and I doubt it will ever be a 'floppy' bag, but the fact that it's taken 18 months to get to this stage should say everything it has to about how tough these bags are built.
This bag takes my daily stuff, 11" macbook air, power cord for it, canon G11 digital camera, with space left over for other stuff. I occasionally throw a book in there, or a drink, with no hassle.
I do sometimes wish that the smaller pocket part of the bag was a little wider, but that is literally my only criticism.
My only real regret is that I don't really need any of the other bags, so I can't buy them. Well, I say can't...shouldn't...
$308.00 to $408.00SKU: #01-20-0004
- Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin
- Makes a great range or field bag or for exploring a city
- Converts to a backpack
- Made of just two main pieces of leather
- Rounded edges and seams allow for maximum interior space
- Exterior pockets - 2 on side for water bottles or sunglasses, 1 on back for papers
- Interior pockets - 1 on back for iPads, 1 on side for pens, 1 on other side for phones
- Great for iPads and small laptops
- Handle riveted to metal bar for durability
- Interior key clip strap
- 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”
- Small - Fits iPads
- Exterior: 10” W x 9” H x 4” D
- Interior: 9 ¾” W x 8 ¾” H x 3 ¾” D
- 3.2 pounds
- Medium - Fits iPads
- Exterior: 12” W x 10” H x 4” D
- Interior: 11 ½” W x 9 ¾” H x 3 ¾” D
- 4.1 pounds
- Large - Fits 13” Macbook Pro and Air
- Exterior: 14” W x 11” H x 5” D
- Interior: 13 ¾” W x 10 ¾” H x 4 ¾” D
- 5 pounds
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"... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates aganist 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 someting 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.
So, I was overlooking Loch Ness real early one crisp March morning with nary a cloud nearby,
Okay, I know you’re probably shaking your head a little, rolling your eyes and probably just breathed out some air in the form of a slight laugh and said, “This guy’s a total idiot”. And the reason I know that’s what you probably did is because that’s what Suzette did. Just the facts, ma’am. Really. I’m not kidding. It’s what I saw. Why would I lie? Steve “The Nessy Hunter” Feltham, who had been living there for 20 years watching for Nessy, was very disappointed that I didn’t get any pictures, but at least he believed me.Whether or not you believe that, believe this; the satchel is the bag I pack in my suitcase when we travel to cool places like Scotland and I know I’ll be wandering on foot quite a bit. So, we went around Scotland and I used my satchel as my main daily bag. The large satchel just so happens to fit my big camera and a couple of extra lenses. The satchel is the ideal bag for carrying the bare minimum around for a day while staying prepared.
Fun fact: the earliest report of a monster at Loch Ness was as early as the 6th Century by Saint Columba. Check out Wikipedia and you’ll see that I’m not the only one. I’m not making this up.
I wanted this bag for three years after I discovered this website during my freshman year of college. This past summer I saved up to buy it and boy was it worth it. I waited to write this review because I wanted to carry it for a while so I could explain it better. I bought a medium in Dark Coffee Brown and let me tell you its PERFECT. I am 5 ''2 so I was a little worried if it would be too big for me. Nope. It's just right. I can't fit a textbook in it, but I can fit: three standard paperback books, a two inch thick leather journal, countless pens, lipsticks, and hair accesories, one medium sized wallet, my iPhone in the otterbox fits in the outside pockets, keys, gum, and lots of other little things. It's great for day trips and for when I have to go home over the weekend all I need is this bag and one other for clothes. It gets heavy if you carry it around all day, but I bought the crossbody hobo bag for lighter days. I have taken this bag through the rain, snow, all over campus and it still looks brand new. I also convert it to a backpack if I have to do a lot of walking. This bag is beautiful, functional, and when I have kids they will fight over it when I'm dead. It's a bag to create memories with. If you're saving up for it, you won't regret it. I will never have to replace this bag and it will be a great back when I enter the professional world.
I bought this bag in a tobacco medium about 9 months ago as a graduation present for myself. I absolutely love it. It's extremely sturdy and has a good amount of space in it. The medium is perfect for me because I can fit a ton in there and still not have it look too bulky. People compliment me on it all the time about how good it looks. Definitely the best bag I have ever owned.
I just received the medium satchel and very happy with the new lining. It will serve as my EDC. For those who are wondering wether MBA 13 will fit or not, I can confirm it will fit (without the sleeve). Check out my review in youtube for MBA 13 in medium satchel.
Very happy with the product and very happy with the service.
My first SBL purchase ever was the small, older style satchel. A few years later, I bought the medium, also the older style. I decided that I needed a bag that could function as a handbag, but be large enough to also accommodate my laptop. So, a couple of weeks ago, I purchased an older style TB large that popped up on the DD page. However, this older style did not fit my laptop, so I returned that, and bought the newest style. I do believe I've finally found the perfect backpack. It's slightly wider than the older style large, and seems roomier. While a tight fit, my laptop fits in there just fine, and it still has room for my Big Wallet, cosmetic case, phone, and keys (on the leash). I am now able to carry just one bag on my commute, instead of a backpack AND handbag. It's just right. The large is the Goldilocks of the satchels (at least for me)! Purchased in chestnut. So, so gorgeous. I absolutely, 100% recommend this satchel. The kind of bag which makes you want to get more than one color.
Good shopping is a form of problem solving. First, you determine what you want â what the product must do to satisfy your requirements. You determine your own situation, your own constraints â how much you are willing to spend. And then, once this is said and done, you search for a product that best meets those criteria.
I had three requirements for my bag. The first was cost; while I was willing to go into the $400 range, I didnât want to commit any more than that for a product I was unsure about. The second was durability, that it not fall apart and â just as important â not contribute to the falling apart of anything inside. The third, though, was the tricky one: that it fit my entire work kit, which is considerable.
The large Leather Satchel fits all three. Itâs a beautiful bag; the carbon just fits my style. It fits all of the equipment I need for my work. And I know that this bag, unlike previous bags, isnât likely to start falling apart or eat my pens within its lining.
Problem solved. Thanks!
...and I still love it. It really is as tough as everyone says. I had one problem develop with the clasp on the strap 4 years in, but they sent a new strap out to me immediately. The customer service is wonderful.
My only tiny regret is that my small bag doesn't fit my iPad, but iPads hadn't been invented yet when I bought it, so how was I to know :) You can put an iPad in length wise and fold the top flap over it, and still get the from strap though the buckle. It's not brilliant, makes the bag look a funny shape, but it is possible to stow your iPad in it if you really need to (for example if you need to check your bag somewhere or just need your hands free for something). I wouldn't carry it around town that way though.
I adore my bag. I have the large carbon. It's ability to be a backpack is extremely useful for me now, since I am in school. It can handle all my papers, plus large enough to hold, and keep safe, renderings for my design classes. I look forward to taking this into my professional life as it just keeps getting better and better the more I use it. Also, Thank you for making this color!
I have owned an SBL large chestnut classic briefcase for over five years. Best briefcase ever! When I have to carry all my stuff (17" MacPro and up to six books), it does the job; and looks good doing it. But when I do not need to carry everything with me, the large briefcase is a bit too big just to take a couple of books and an iPad to the coffee shop. That is why I purchased a large chestnut satchel. It can carry an iPad in a Targus case, up to six books (two wide by three deep, depending on size), pens, glass case, and phone. If you are debating between a medium and large satchel, my recommendation is the large. Dimension wise it is not that much bigger, but it can carry so much more. I learned this because I first ordered the medium. Both are great bags, however. The satchel has proven to be the best everyday carry bag. Now that I have two SBL's, the kids won't have to fight over it when I die. But once I start having grandkids, I may need to purchase more!
These are of course, just my opinion. This is the medium from Dave's Deals. The only possible 10% off flaw I can see is one of the seams on the bag is not evenly sewed and the pigskin is bulging out ever so slightly.
- inside pocket is not evenly shaped and a hair oversized - if not in use, it can't lay flat because it's just a piece of flabby pigskin that doesn't quite fit the area it is sewn onto
- side pockets are slightly similar but are closer to the size I think the frame of the bag requires. They are pretty tight, but I expect that they will stretch out over time as good leather should
- front strap is longer than necessary and hangs off - not a huge deal but looks out off place (I just tuck the end under for neatness sake)
- Not too heavy (I am 5'3 and petite and it is not heavier than my previous workcase and much better balanced thanks to the wide shoulder strap)
- Surprisingly roomy. I can fit my ipad in it's twelvesouth case, shoes, clutch, glasses in hard case, knife in case, leatherman, small bag with random necessities, emergency flare, and small flashlight as just my daily "purse" junk with plenty of space for other items as needed. If I really wanted to, I could also fit my laptop but I don't want to carry that brick around.
- Blessedly wide shoulder pads on the strap. I have narrow shoulders and most bags even worn cross body tend to fall off and/or dig in
I love this bag and beyond wincing at the $$$ it is pretty close to perfect for me. If I really wanted to nitpick, the shape would be better if it was slightly more rectangular than square but that's the product I chose to buy.
The complements that every one talks about on here DO happen. It's eye-catching without being flashing and Alaskan-approved tough.
I received the small satchel in chestnut as a gift from my amazing husband recently and I'm IN LOVE!! It's the most adorable bag! It looks like a mini briefcase and is so completely functional I want to carry it everywhere! I'm 5'3 and the small is just perfect for me. I love all the pockets and the strap on this little bag is so comfortable I can use it all day! I can't imagine how any other SBL product could top this little satchel, it's by far the highest quality bag in my collection.
This is by far one of the best, most useful possessions I own. I fit my Bible, four notebooks, lots of pens, a cell phone, a lighter, a deck of cards, two knives, my keys, and whatever else I may need in this piece of near-perfection.
Not only is it useful, but it is an outstanding accent to any outfit and gives the impression that the wearer just *might* be Indiana Jones. Which is always a plus.
I have had innumerable questions and openly envious comments about it. It's easy to see why so little marketing is needed for this extraordinary company: we the buyers literally cannot go out in public and not advertise! Even I found out about Saddleback from a friend's father.
I am the type who prefers to own fewer things, but have those things be very good quality and each have meaning and a story. This fits right in with my great-grandfather's pocketknife and my scarf from civil-war-era Kosovo.
I love this and will continue to patronize this company as long as the existence of the internet allows.
I've been using the medium satchel for a couple of days now, it's gorgeous, also fits (just) my macbook air, and the quality of the finish is fantastic. This is destined to be my everyday bag for years to come.
I recently bought the large round satchel in coffee brown from Dave's Deals (10 percent discount). As far as I can tell, the bag was discounted due to a mediocre welding job on the big ring (very minor, well worth saving the money!).
I was hesitant to buy the large as I am not a big guy. Yes, I'm over six feet tall, but I only weight about 160 pounds and have fairly small shoulders. The good news is that while the bag still feels hefty, it is not at all too much for an everyday carry. No problems at all.
The bag was essentially what I expected, which is good. I must say that I was somewhat surprised by the pigskin lining--this stuff means business! It is difficult to scratch and feels almost like a flexible metal it is so tough. Thumbs up!
The only complaint I have is that one of the clasps on the strap is a little wobbly. I have contacted Saddleback and they have been quick about addressing my concerns and are talking about sending me a replacement. Good service!
My first day of having the bag I was caught in a rainstorm on my bike, something that I usually avoid as I haven't gotten around to buying fenders. By the time I got home, I (and the bag) was covered in water and mud from the streets. Luckily, the bag handled it fine and after a quick wipe down was good to go a few hours later.
I would definitely recommend this bag. The ONLY reason I can see why one wouldn't want this bag is that it looks relatively rugged compared to a cheaper bag... although I have received many compliments, I have had a friend say that it looks a bit severe with all the buckles and such. To each their own, I guess.
I've tried the messenger bag and the thin briefcase. The large round satchel might be the best yet. It's the lightest weight, but it holds more than the briefcase. The inside bottom is lined, unlike the messenger bag. It's perfect!
I received my Small Satchel today. Read the review below this one and I can tell you I was CORRECT.....It is Everything I said it was BEFORE I got it!!
Eddie in INDY
I ordered a DCB small Satchel this morning from Dave's Deals. As of this writing, it is not here. But I already know what to expect. AWESOME.
1. I got lucky today because shipping is free
2. No taxes paid on this shipment
3. I own 14 (now 15) SBL products and they are all the same in superior quality and prompt delivery
4. the customer service is second to none
5. I will love my bag as soon as I get it.
6. It will smell awesome
And yes, you read that correctly, I have not received it yet and already know I will love it
Had the small satchel in black for a few days and realized that my wife was right ,I needed the medium so I called the help line and was able to get them change .now that I have the medium in black for a month I'm very happy. The satchel is the right size for all my everyday stuff and my lunch too .yep my wife was right .thank for the help and thanks you products are the best.
I own this in the Medium Carbon Black. I LOVE this bag.
It fits my SBL wallet perfectly, and also fits an iPad in the back pocket, a cosmetics case, and my sunglasses with some room to spare. I love the wide, padded shoulder pads and shoulder strap, as this mitigates the weight of the bag on the shoulder. On the outside, I fit my car keys into one pocket, my SBL Wallet Sleeve in the other (which has my train and work pass), and in the back pocket, my iPhone fits snugly in its gadget sleeve. Everything about it is perfect, and I think it may be the last handbag I own. I don't think I will be able to see leather in the same way ever again.
SBL was wrong though. While it may be the last bag you ever own, you will find yourself buying other SBL items to GO in your new 'last' bag, as I just did, and then you will find yourself wanting said same 'last' bag in other sizes.
Yeah. So, I now want one in the Small size, but alas, the Carbon Black color is no longer available, and I just do not like that dusty color of the new Carbon color. To the SBL family, please please pretty please consider bringing the Carbon black color back (even in a limited run) - I would be forever grateful, then I can own my last bag ever, in 2 awesome sizes!!
I have a chestnut medium round satchel I bought for work. The bag passed my 4 criteria - 1) Didn't want it to look too masculine, 2) Bag had to look size proportionate to my 5' petite frame, 3) Needed to fit my 13" laptop, 4) Needed to be high quality and last forever (I hate shopping).
The medium satchel is PERFECT....and folks, a 13" laptop does fit in the medium. It needs to be stretched and it will bulge the sides a bit but it's hardly noticeable. I'm glad I didn't get the large. Laptops, tablets - all these devices are all getting smaller. In the future, I think a medium will continue to be the best for carrying to and from work. I also bought a black, small round satchel to use as a purse. It doesn't work as well for me as it feels too bulky compared to what I carried around before. Might just take more time to get accustomed to. Again, I hate to shop so really need this to last forever......
I agree with the other reviewers in that I wish the inside back pocket were wider. A front pocket or 2 small front pockets would also be a welcome.....just for a bit more organization.
I hope to write a follow up review in 50 years :) Purchased the small satchel in black and it looks slick. Definitely over-engineered and goes great with my style. I could easily strap this on my motorcycle and it would fit right in. The finish on this leather is hardy and will likely take a heck of a lot longer to get a worn in and aged look about it. My only regret is going with the small. I carry my keys, two phones, a small sketchbook, pens/pencil, two inhalers, wallet, and glasses in a hard case. It all fits, but anything more would just be a jumble in there. I'd like to get a case for my mini and have it in there, too, but I'm sure with all of that it would be a tight fit.
When I first received my medium satchel I have to admit, I was a little dissappointed because I didn't pay enough attention to the size. At the time I was carrying a laptop that just wouldn't fit. It sat hanging on the back of a door for a year until my wife said, "That was a waste huh?" I pulled it off the door gave it a second look. I have since adopted an ipad & it fits! I purchased a boat to be closer to the office & I spend a couple of nights a week aboard. I have since discovered I can get two changes of clothes, my shaving kit, ipad, and the rest of my cords & chargers into my satchel quite comfortably & arrive to the office or boardroom in style.
I will be adding a backpack very soon for international travel so, I will be seeing you soon...
I already owned the Large Round Satchel in black and loved it. Then I read about the new leather in Carbon Black and had to have it... trouble is, I couldn't wait the 100 years for my bag to wear out. I was lucky enough to be able to hand the bag down to one of my sons and rationalize getting the new one.
Size is perfect... big enough for everything without being too big. The color and markings make this bag a collectors item for my family to enjoy for generations...
Because SBL products never wear out and they have TRUE World Class Customer Service... I probably should just admit to myself that I have started to build a collection! Bob Cleveland
I have used a great number of Saddleback Leather's products over these past few years. Every piece has its purpose, and I cherish them like good friends.
As a wheelchair user, my daily go-to SBL companion is the small chestnut, first-generation satchel. It has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles with me, and it has never failed me.
Despite the miles, it looks even better than when it was new. It actually still gets compliments. Intelligent people recognize and favor quality over pretentious labels.
Received my bag yesterday and I have to say this is definitely the daily bag I've been looking for and finally found. I'm glad I choose the large instead of the medium, It fits all of my daily junk and doubles as my camera bag being able to fits my Ape Case QB39 DSLR storage cube and tripod. Already have started to received many compliments on the bag and can't wait until it's fully broken in and builds a beautiful patina.
The only reason I don't give this bag 5 stars is due to the color. I was use to how light tobacco brown was and the new tobacco color is much darker, its pretty close to DKB. Still love the color but going to miss TB.