I have the small satchel and it is perfect for my everyday activities. It fits all that i need and makes an impression. People always ask me where i got it from so I tell them about saddleback and all that saddleback does with some of their profits. This is one of five products that I've bought. When people forget my name they sometimes refer to me as "the guy with the leather." True story. Keep it up!
$308.00 to $408.00SKU: #01-20-0004
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- 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
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 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 have been wanting a Saddleback bag for years, and I just bought two of them. I just received my medium satchel as well as my side pocket duffle. The Satchel is amazingly stout. I am genuinely impressed with the heavy duty construction.
I had a nylon shoulder bag that I have carried for a few years, but it was beginning to get pretty rough looking. I needed a bag to carry my lunch, books, water bottle, etc. Just daily stuff, and this bag is the perfect size. Even empty it is heavy, but that just speaks to the heavy duty construction. The medium size is a bit awkward for carrying in backpack mode, but does free your hands. I do wish the side pockets were a bit bigger for holding a larger water bottle. But all those "problems" are totally worth it. To have a bag that will last me forever, and get better looking as it ages, is well worth it. Not to mention it is a work of art, the best looking bag you'll ever see. I cannot wait to add to my leather collection.
Purchased about a year ago. Perfect as a small briefcase. My office and home are 1 mile apart and I pack light. The medium Satchel is great for a duck dog training book, newspaper, 4 moleskine notebooks (2 med/2 small) with Saddleback covers, an iPad, a few pens and highlighters, and several folders, with a little room to spare. The side pockets are great for glasses cases, and the back open pocket is nice for quickly shoving something in. Love it!
This is my second purchase of Saddlebacks fine wares and wont be my last. This satchel has it all, functionality, excellent quality and without a doubt the finest looking leather satchel out there. This gear is meant to last a life time i couldn't be happier with my purchase many thanks saddleback..
Happy customer from Sydney.
I have two large briefcases, passport wallet, credit card wallet, and a large satchel. The large satchel, like Dave says, is my everyday bag. Daily it carries on my bike a coffee thermos (had to stretch the side pockets), iPad, text books, wallet, keys, etc. on a recent trip to Paris this was again, my every day bag. It carried 20oz water bottle, passport wallet, raincoat, maps, brochures, iPad, metro card, all within easy access. On my first trip to Paris I took the large briefcase and while it had the capacity to carry all the wife's booty the large satchel was more user friendly on the second trip.
I've used it in backpack mode, xbody, and over the shoulder depending on weight and needs. It works great in all three.
If you only get to pick one then this would be my choice in the large size.
I wrote a review of my DCB Messenger bag and said it was my favorite SBL product. I lied. Well, actually I didn't lie. I didn't know at the time. Now I know. The large satchel is the perfect bag. Really. The Platonic ideal. Great for everyday. Not huge, not teeny. Stands up to whatever abuse.
I want a medium. Waiting for a Dave's Deal. As for the Messenger, it's still pretty awesome. It's just not what is being shown on the wall of that cave under "bag."
I got the large satchel in coffee brown a year ago and have used it for just about everything since. While this bag has many selling points, the biggest one is its indestructibility, the drawback of which is its greater than usual weight. So the real question I had was simply this: do I really need indestructible bag? This site tries to encourage you by making you feel like an adventurer, but in reality Saddleback's durability is more useful in boring everyday life than you'd think. You can scrape it, poke it, throw it, drop it, hang it, hang things from it, expose to rain, snow, mud, sun, swamp, desert and it will never wear down or lose a lick of functionality. In fact, the scrapes and subtle changes it does accumulate only add to its beauty, tracing out a cryptic history of wherever you've been with it. If you never leave the city then maybe this matters less, but for anyone who has any taste for the outdoors or even modest adventure these features come in handy quite often.
Although the bag's weight (which you quickly get used to) means you're doing more work, it has some subtle positive effects. One is that you are forced to adopt good posture when you're holding the bag to avoid strain on your back, which has the effect of making you stand taller whenever you use it, which on its own can make a noticeable difference in how people react to you, especially if you're like me and have a habit of falling into a slouch. Other than that, the weight confers a kind of authority to the bag, strange as that may sound. By that I just mean that, to the extent that using this bag increases your swagger level, it's justified by the extra work you're doing. So yes, it's a $500 bag, but you don't walk around looking like someone who bought a $500 bag to look cool, but because you look like someone who knows when cheap really means more expensive over time.
-The inside section of the bag is all but impervious to pick-pockets when the front is closed since it takes a solid tug to unbuckle the front. Your main concern is theft of the bag itself, and that is made more difficult by the fact that the strap and handle are simply too well-secured to ever break, so it must be literally pried out of your hands to be taken.
-The bag maintains a pleasant but not overpowering leather smell (the initial intensity of which drops off quickly after you unbox it)
-Sooner or later, other people with Saddleback products will notice and start up conversations with you about what they have, why they like it etc..., like having membership in a secret club.
-You'll get tons of complements on it
-The pigskin lining and thick leather makes for remarkably good insulation for keeping water or whatever else cool. It's also quite waterproof, and though not watertight you can leave it in the rain without the inside section getting wet.
-It is impossible to look like a dandy while carrying this bag
-Can't think of any
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 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
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.
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 have finally got my Satchel, i got it in a tobacco brown,that was my first choice and later I got hugely confused as the color in the pictures don't do justice . I read each review on the satchel and watched umpteen number of you tube videos ! this was done to define the size that would work for me. I am 5 feet 1.
This is a great bag, the quality is impeccable, it gives you a good feeling there is so much Love in this product it comes right through . The smell of the leather is awesome. the feel of the bag is beautiful , I cannot make any suggestions accept Dave and Suzette please make shoes !!! too.
I have also bought a couple of other things from saddleback to go with the satchel !
Ladies this is not a heavy bag ! for an everyday use it is brilliant ! but you can't use it as a pouch / cross body sling just to run basic errands it is a little big for that.
Keep up the great work ! A big God bless to Dave, Suzette, your team and your families !
I never leave the house without my campanion. Like all good friends and companions , it gets better with time. If you take of it ...it will take care of you. Even a trip to the mall without it can leave you feeling lonely. The more you care for it, the better it looks.............it's gowing older with me. I like that!
I had over the years bought countless leather bags and cases to carry my stuff to work. None lasted too long with the weight of all my 'stuff.' Zips broke, straps broke, you know the thing...
Needed a new one but wondered which size to go for. After several patient replies to my emails I bought a medium satchel for my ipad and other work stuff.. The ipad 2 in its case fits great along with my camera a small dslr, kindle touch, stuff bag for the leads etc and even occasionally a steel water bottle. It is always comfortable, always secure and always cool looking. The outer pouches hold my trail mix and a small tin of emergency dark chocolate....
Love my bag.
I have a medium satchel and it's probably the greatest thing that's ever happened to me as far as bags are concerned. I can't leave the house without my iPad and not only does the device fit perfectly, but it is protected well by the heavy leather.
I am a photographer and it's hauled various heavy pieces of camera equipment in a pinch. I also have carried jars of tomato sauce, books (including textbooks), various food items, a small dog, groceries, clothing and numerous other items.
This thing has major wow-factor too. I can't even begin to list how many compliments I've gotten on it. It is a fabulous travel bag and, in addition to my camera bag, it's all I need when we go on a trip.
Between this and my Vintage Shoe Company wingtips, I am sporting fantastic assortment of American made goods that I'll most likely never have to replace.
I do everything I can to support American businesses and I'm glad you guys are around. Thanks for turning out such an excellent product.
A huge fan,
I would, and do highly recommend it. I have had several people stop me to ask about it, and where I got the satchel. I show it to them, and explain how it works great to hold all my stuff, looks professional, and it is wearing like iron. I tell them about your company, products, and how to find your web site. I wish you guys continued good business success, as you have a great products and ways of doing business.
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...
Got this bag about a year ago..or less. I got the small at the time. At times I wish I would've gotten the medium though. But let me tell you, the older it got, the more comments and questions I got. At first, it does honestly feel very stiff. And nobody really takes notice of your new bag.
But like I said, after wearing it everyday and at times dragging it through dirt, grass and on the cement, I have to say it really does look better day after day after day. It develops that nice patina you get from the sweat on your hands, the rain, the wind. Now it feels soft on other parts and I look forward to how it will look in another 10 years.
It's a tough bag: it's held my SBL wallet, my phone/s, my ipod, my pens, yes all 50 something of them, my pencil case, hand sanitizer, car spray, a subway sandwich with chips, a water bottle, my travelling case and several keys. Yes people, it fits a 6" subway sandwich. And no matter how you pull it, it won't break. Trust me, I've tried.
I do wish the side pockets were a little bigger and the inside pocket also but it holds what I need well. One other thing, make sure you close it, if you don't EVERYTHING will spill out so make sure the buckle is on. The D rings come in handy especially if you have some carabiners to hold other things i.e ropes, a tripod, water bottle, another carabiner.
I bought a medium chocolate satchel last week.
As most people here, I was terribly impressed.
I do have a few things I think are worth noting:
It is heavy duty without a doubt... But it is not nearly as heavy as I expected from others suggestions. I was pleasantly surprised.
It is stiff, but again, not nearly to the extent I expected based upon comments. Another unexpected positive.
The medium satchel is a bit smaller than expected. I contacted saddleback in advance to make sure my 11" MacBook Air would fit. It does, but it is a SQUEEZE. I have no intent to return, but may have opted for the large had I known. I'm a big dude.
I've already ordered 3 more items!
Round satchel (large, dark coffee brown). My satchel arrived yesterday and it's as close to perfect as I can imagine - my wife has already started hinting about needing a new bag ... I need a bag that comfortably holds an A4 folder, which is why I'd held off on ordering the older design. But the new design is about an inch wider and the bag fits everything perfectly. My test pack was: iPad in the indside back pocket, A4 binder, 400ml water bottle, pencil case, Rhodia webnotebook, Clairefontaine 1/2 Zap Book, lunchbox (180x180x60mm). In the inside pockets: pocket knife, chap stick, pencil sharpener, pen, Doane utility notebook, keys; collapsible headphones (Sennheiser PX 100). In the outside pockets: collapsing umbrella; A7 Rhodia notebook, pen, phone (Lumia 800). (Yes I carry a lot of notebooks!) The bag is also quite light - I haven't weighed it but it doesn't feel like it weighs much more than the nylon laptop bag it's replacing; certainly not a concern. Overall I couldn't be happier - can't wait to head off to work with it slung over my shoulder. Thanks Dave! PS Oh yes, needless to say it's absolutely gorgeous - strong sturdy leather, even stitching, no loose threads, all rivets aligned etc ... I'm quite sure it'll outlast me. PPS I'm going with five stars because I can only evaluate it on quality, appearance and capacity right now and for me it scores top marks in all those categories. But from reading lots of other reviews on Saddleback bags I'm confident it'll weather beautifully and last forever (or at least for 100 years).
Let me start by saying WOW!
I ordered my bag on Tuesday and I had it in my hand by Friday! It was well packed and fast delivery!
Upon opening the bag I was greeted with the wonderful smell of the leather. I ordered a Daves Deal and I cannot find a single flaw on my bag. The quality of this bag is far superior too any bag I have ever been associated with. I was carrying a small cloth backpack so this weighs a little more, but the style and looks are far superior. I loaded it down with the things I carry daily and already am in love with how all my stuff fits in the bag. Now I will just have to listen to all the jokes about my man purse because I dont think I will be leaving home without it! I will be back for more of Daves Deals!
After discovering the Saddleback website the other evening and thoroughly reviewing products and videos for several hours (where does the time go?!), I followed up my pouch purchase (using it to hold cigars and related paraphernalia) by ordering the large round satchel in chestnut. It arrived earlier this week and it is awesome. I anticipate using it for my carry-on when traveling. Will be perfect for carrying iPad, magazines and books, among other things. Unmatched workmanship! I love Saddleback!
I wanted to leave a review that dealt with the 'weight issues' this bag has. There are none.
I was worried about the weight so I put extra weights in my old satchel and carried it around to see how I would cope. The old satchel strap dug into my shoulders and if I had not fallen in love with the saddleback satchel I might have been put off buying it based on my poorly conceived experiment.
I am so glad I bought the satchel.
When it arrived I was pleased to find it was actually more comfortable than my old lighter leather bag. The shoulder pads the satchel comes with (it comes with two) more than make up for the extra bag weight.
If you're a woman, and you're worried about the satchel weight, relax, it's very comfortable. You won't regret it.
(Also as an aside the iPhone 5 fits neatly in the outside pockets so you can listen to your music as you walk or ride to work)