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"Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”
Aristotle
Leather Satchel - The Ultimate Day Pack
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85.7143% of reviewers would recommend this to friends
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  $308.00 – $408.00

Product Details
  • Medium and Large in 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
“Quality is not an act, it is a habit”
- Aristotle

So, I was overlooking Loch Ness real early one crisp March morning with nary a cloud nearby, just having a little quiet time by myself, when I looked down from the bench and couldn’t believe me two eyes. Right before me were 5 long dark shadows, slowly cruising in the same direction, just below the surface. They looked like they were about 20 - 30 ft. long and kind of fat with long thin necks and tails. I watched them for a bit and then ran upstairs to grab the camera and tell Suzette. Of course, when she finally got out of bed and downstairs, they were gone.



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.


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Customer Reviews 77 reviews
85.7143% of reviewers recommended this

Medium Round Chestnut I can fit everything!!

The Medium Round Chestnut Satchel is everything you need! I can fit my MacBook Air 13in laptop a external DVD/CD drive, Pens/Pencils, laptop charger, iPhone/iPod charger, leather journal, a book, extra field notes, checkbox, USB cables, sunglasses, water bottle, iPad, and etc. it fits so much and I love it! I wear it in backpack mode all the time. Chestnut is the best it's just got that gentlemen look too it! It really is a amazing bag. It will be left to my first born child when I die. I loved that bag also came with quite a bit of scaring on it, it really gives it it's own character. I'm one satisfied customer! :) I will always now by my bags, wallets, and etc. from here.

They really are that good.

I own two of these: a large satchel in the old carbon black, and a medium satchel in the new tobacco. The "old carbon black" is stiffer and dressier looking (please bring that color back, Dave!) and I carry my large black satchel to work every day to hold a 13" Macbook and a Laptop Lunches Bento Box, and I also carry it to church on Sundays to hold my Bible (Cambridge Publishers, goatskin-bound), SBL small notepad, sheet music for the piano/guitar, etc. It is looking great after a year of 6-days-a-week use, and a Chamberlain's leather milk treatment has softened the bag a bit. The "new tobacco" medium satchel is a something straight out of Indiana Jones or The Mummy - already looking well worn and rugged right out of the box. It is my day bag for whatever the mission (read: family outing) calls for. It holds a Nikon D3200 (in a LensCoat neoprene sleeve) and whatever else you need to fit. Last month in Florida on vacation we got caught in a rain storm so I put this satchel in backpack mode and my two-year-old son on my shoulders, and the bag kept everything inside dry while we hiked back to the van about a mile away. My newborn daughter also spit up on this satchel but you'd never know it because it wiped clean - try that with any other bag. One great feature of the satchel is the belt-buckle closure which you can open/close with one hand - this single feature makes it more practical than most other bags or backpacks because you can get to your stuff while pushing a stroller or carrying a toddler or holding the door for your beautiful wife. Like most other reviewers, I plan to carry these bags as long as I walk this earth. And to those reading this and wondering if buying one of these is really worth the price, the answer is yes.

You NEED This

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.

A wonderful bag

Hey,

I bought the large satchel in tobacco and I'm extremely impressed with the quality, durability and finish. It is, quite simply, a wonderful bag.

I have to carry a bunch of things - laptop, iPad, notebooks - around for work every day. And I was going through a new bag every couple of years. Straps were breaking, lining was ripping, handles were falling off. Basically I was spending €150 every two/three years on a new bag from a high street retailer. The finish always faded on these bags and they didn't age well. And that was before bits started falling off.

So I was in the market for a heavy duty and serious bag that looked good but was low maintenance and I wouldn't have to worry too much about. I was happy to pay that little bit extra for something I knew would last.

That's when I discovered Saddleback.

After a bit of research on the site, and a good bit of communication with the guys online, I decided on the large satchel. And it hasn't disappointed. In fact, it has exceeded my expectations. It is a beautiful bag.

Sure, it'll take a while to break in the leather but that's half the fun.

The bag is spacious and can handle an average sized laptop quite easily as well as all of the associated wires and chargers. There is also plenty of room at the back for an iPad or tablet. Every day, I throw in a couple of very chunky notebooks, a Moleskin diary and a fat novel and I still got plenty of room for my lunch and a waterbottle.

The design and layout of the bag is simple but wonderfully effective.

Refined quality.

A word about the staff - they are superb. I asked a lot of questions - some of them rather foolish, I'd wager - but Saddleback's folks were quick to respond, incredibly helpful and extremely knowledgeable about their products.

There was no hard sell, and no nonsense. I got the feeling that they genuinely care about the product they are selling. This is a huge bonus and very refreshing. But it just backs up the quality of the goods.

Drawbacks? None of any note. Yeah, of course, you'll have to work on the leather's stiffness for a couple of days (opening and closing can be a tiny bit difficult in the first few days but it's not even a quibble.) As I say, this is something that comes with the territory.

Also, I had to pay €80 duty on the sucker (which was a bit of a pain) but that is hardly Saddleback's fault.

I don't expect to ever need another day bag again.

But I'll be back to get more bits and pieces over the years.

Thanks

Fabulous

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.

GORGEOUS bag! Functional, excellent craftsmanship

Absolutely love this bag! I got the dark coffee brown in medium. It being my first purchase from Saddleback, I was initially anxious/curious about the quality and aesthetics, given the price. However, I was stunned and impressed by how beautiful - and exceptionally well-made - this bag is!

QUALITY:
This bag is built to last - you will not need to use their warranty. Leather & lining are thick & strong (if a bit stiff). Rivets & stitching are excellent; very strong. I took it out during a downpour and everything inside stayed dry; the leather remained beautiful and appears to be unaffected by water (at least, fresh water).

FUNCTIONALITY:
Perfect for work! I am 5'1 with a petite frame - the medium is not too big, not too small. Organizational design is perfect: not overly-compartmentalized, but enough to stay organized & keep contents in easy reach. Removable strap, key clasp, extra D-rings on the bottom are great added features. I particularly love the front buckle being adjustable to accommodate different degrees of fullness of the bag. I also really like that you can adjust the thinness of the silhouette of the bag by attaching the hook of the strap to one or more of the D-rings on the top.

AESTHETIC:
It honestly speaks for itself. The elegance of this bag is really breathtaking! I continue to receive numerous compliments on it. Design is clean, classic & simple; really makes it wonderful to look at. Simply a timeless bag.

There are only (very) minor drawbacks that I can speak. The bag is relatively heavy due to the thickness of the leather & lining. As mentioned above, the thickness of the leather & lining allows the bag to keep its shape, but it will take years of use before it softens up. Honestly, these are such minor cons that you'll forget about them right away. You'll be using it for years anyway and will get used to the weight, so these drawbacks will eventually - if not immediately - disappear!

Best investment into something I use everyday. Best bag I have ever owned!

Wow I'm impressed!,

I had searched and searched for awhile, for a worthy leather bag of the cost and quality that companies claim to produce. The process ended with Saddleback Leather. Look no farther, this is the KING.
My large Carbon Satchel, was delivered yesterday, bought on Dave's Deal, I cannot find the so-called flaw. I'm so looking forward to the break-in time frame and the companionship of this fine bag, it will be a treasured timepiece.

Now I have a complete set

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.

Owned the S, the M, But L is the BEST!

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.

Problem Solved

Good shopping is a form of problem solving. First, you determine what you want – what the product must do to satisfy your requirements. You determine your own situation, your own constraints – 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 didn’t want to commit any more than that for a product I was unsure about. The second was durability, that it not fall apart and – just as important – 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. It’s 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, isn’t likely to start falling apart or eat my pens within its lining.

Problem solved. Thanks!

Perfect satchel

This is my 7th Saddleback product, and I am more impressed with every purchase. There is nothing like Saddleback on the market - the quality of the leather, craftsmanship and design are absolutely top notch. I bought a large satchel (tobacco) as a "Dave's Deal" (15% off), but I cannot find any flaws at all - it looks perfect. I will use this satchel daily, and I have no doubt my children will inherit it someday (hopefully many years from now). The shipping was extremely fast, and as always the customer service was first-rate. I am a loyal Saddleback customer. Dave has created am amazing company - authentic, artisan-quality products for a perfectly reasonable price.

Amazing bag, amazing company! Buy a SBL today!

This bag is beyond quality! I waited a while for the review so that I could break it in. The only thing better than the bag is the customer service. Full disclosure, my first bag was a dud. Had a couple issues go wrong (unimportant details) and customer service was PROMPT at fixing this! I was amazed by the customer service! Truly.

So I've had my replacement/new bag since September. She's gorgeous.

Pros:
- Just my size. I'm 5'4" and it's a great size for me. I am looking to get the purse for a more feminine alternative for about the town travels.
- Easy to use every day. Fits my journal, ipad mini, water bottle, wallet, reading glasses, and miscellaneous treasures without protesting. I never feel like it's heavy. The strap and strap pad are very comfortable on my body.
- Compliments. As it ages, it gets more notice. This one is starting to take on the look I want for it ... worn and loved.
- Unique bag. Aside from being unique in quality (SaddleBack, you are amazing). This bag has little scars on it. As it gets more loved and used the scars are more noticeable. I love it. Not distracting by any means, but definitely there and fun to look at and wonder what adventures it had before becoming a bag and hamburger (ha!).
- Interior pockets. The back pocket is great for my journal or a sketchbook and iPad. Keeps it safe and the pages flat. the side pockets are slightly different sizes which I really like. I can put pens and pencils I use regularly in one and the other with those I don't use as often... or whatever.
- Key clip. Love it, I clip my keys on and put it in the side pocket, easy to grab and go and I don't worry about losing my keys.

Cons:
- Strap length. It is ridiculously long. My husband is 5'11" and it was a foot too long on him. I took it to the local shoe repair place and he did an OK job with it. I wasn't overly impressed. Shop around or contact SBL. I have a message out to their leather gurus about correcting strap length.
- Not overly feminine. Don't get me wrong, I use this EVERY day! But not the most feminine for a date night or whatever. I will be fixing this issue with a Saddle Back hobo purse... ASAP. :)
- You'll get addicted to their leather. Seriously. This could be a problem. However, this is not really a "con" in my book.

I highly recommend this product to everyone. I've had people look it up and tell me "Man, it's expensive!!!". No, it isn't "expensive" ... but it most DEFINITELY isn't CHEAP! The product is perfectly priced for the quality. In all actuality it is under priced.

The product is superb. The customer service is amazing.

Find the Saddle Back Leather product that suits your needs ... and buy it ASAP. You won't regret it for a minute.

You'll love it every time you grab your bag.

I've had this bag for 5 years...

...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.

Deeply Smitten

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!

You Can't Go Wrong w/ a Satchel

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!

Deeply Impressed

I travel fairly frequently - 5 or 6 times a year - and like a bag I can carry all my bits and bobs in, sturdy and well made but not huge and the large satchel fits the bill perfectly.

If I had one criticism it would be that the the mac book air sleeve is a tight fit, an extra 1/4" in the width would make this a 5 star bag.

Pros & Cons

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.
Cons:
- 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)
Pros (Yes!!!)
- 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.


BEST BAG YET!

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.

Approaching Perfection

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.

~Markus Shiverwood

work of art

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.

Great purchase, great service

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.

Wow!

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!

PART 2

Dear Friends......

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

MY REVIEW Before it arrives

Dear friends,

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

Eddie Guanajuato
Indianapolis

Black satchle

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.

Please Bring Carbon Black Back!

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!!

Like it a lot

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.

Small Satchel

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.

Growing on me...

Dave,

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...

Alfred Martinson

The best is now better...

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

Every day, all day

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.

Awesome Bag

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.

It is my Smile Bag !!!

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 !

Awesome Daily Companion

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!

Love my bag!

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.

Best bag in the world. And I travel a lot so I know what I'm talking about.

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,
Melody McFarland
Lancaster PA

Medium Satchel (old model)

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.

Best bag ever

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...

THE BAG

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.

Amazing

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!

The Sound of Leather

I am a brand new owner of the medium Round Satchel. I got this to house my Surface Pro. The Pro is longer and thicker than an iPad (it's basically the equivalent of a MacBook Air in tablet form) so it's a bit of a squeeze to fit it into the inside back pocket of the medium satchel. A couple days spent stretching it out however and it now fits quite nicely. It's kind of nice that you need to work with the bag to suit your needs and your life- I like that the product is designed to do that.

I've long been a fan of Tom Bihn bags for my gear and while I still believe those are great bags, this bag from Saddleback is in another class and imparts a different feeling altogether. I think I will find it hard to go back to nylon.

People talk a lot about the look, feel and smell of leather. But I have to say one of the joys of this bag is the SOUND of the leather. The thickness and quality of the leather produce a sound I haven't heard since working with (duh) horse saddles on my grandfather's farm.

Anyway- highly recommended if you are ok with getting hands on with your bag.

Large satchel is close to perfect

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).

Great bag for daily use!

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!

Leather Perfection

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!

Don't be off by the weight ladies!

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)




Why? How?

Why do I keep coming back to Dave's Deals every day scanning for my next purchase?!?!

I just received my 10% discount level Large Satchel(classic model) in DCB and have yet to see why it was marked down. Couldn't be more thrilled with my latest acquisition.

Keep up the great work guys!

Great Satchel

Among a number of items I recently purchased from SBL, the large satchel is exceptionally useful. It's extremely well made, and an appropriate size for a man like me - 6'2", over 200 lbs. I dress conservatively, but I like quality leather accessories that age well. Unquestionably a great purchase for travel, work, and shopping. As expected, the new leather is stiff and slightly heavy, but a little oil and conditioner begins the break in. I may also load the bag up with heavy books and carry it around with me for a few weeks. During the work day, I'll empty it, cover it with a towel and sit on it in my office chair. The warmth and pressure improve the breaking in. These bags are special. You can't lose if you can get your hands on one, or two, or three, or...

Great product, great company

I have purchased many Saddleback products over the last year, I have a desk pad, notepad holder, small wallet, large wallet, old bull belt, two medium pouches, straps and a small satchel. I had to return an item due to my error, and the Saddleback staff was extremely friendly and prompt. I love the quality of the leather and my only regret was ordering a small satchel, as I do find it just a bit small for my every day items, but I still use it everyday and highly recommend the products and the companies professional and friendly service. I will defintely be purchasing a larger bag in the near future. Thanks Saddleback!!

Just get it already.

Let this be the last review you read.

You won't regret this bag.

Go Utes.

Better with age

What can I say? I am addicted to Saddleback. I bought the medium briefcase first and carried this daily for over a year. I wanted a smaller option for daily carry and so I bought the large satchel. I may have bought the last old style satchel made since the round satchel was released shortly there after. I still am satisfied. The original large satchel carries my files on end, my ipad, 2 moleskine notebooks with SBL covers, a maxpedition pen case, and a textbook. Furthermore, I can also lay a water bottle across the top of everything under the flap. Weight has never been an issue for me. Finally, I have found that the satchel is breaking in more quickly that my briefcase.

Excellent bag; not that heavy

I absolutely adore this bag. The craftsmanship is amazing and it's definitely built to last, which is exactly what drew me to Saddleback Leather in the first place. I am having the best time breaking this bag in. It's already got tons of scratches and some of the straps are starting to get soft. I'm rough on my bags and it's just a joy to beat this bag up without feeling guilty about it.

I bought the large satchel in chestnut. The color is beautiful and it's a really good size for people who carry a lot of stuff or a laptop. I carry a lot of stuff but I've avoided overloading it so far. I am also planning to take this bag with me when I travel, which is why I opted for the large despite the fact that I'm not very tall or big or strong.

For any women who are interested in getting this bag in large, don't let the size and weight put you off. I'm 5'3 and 138 pounds; short and curvy. When I carry this bag on my shoulder for too long, it will start to feel too heavy and I'll have to put the bag down periodically. But when I convert it into a backpack, I barely feel the weight at all.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this bag and I really can't wait to buy another Saddleback bag.

The Prefect Purse Size

My husband just gave me the Small Round Satchel for my birthday. It is perfect. I was not sure if I should get the medium or the small as I want to use it for a purse but also do like to be able to take my iPad 2 with me at times.

We went with the small and it is perfect, my wallet and all purse contents fit great, the side pockets fit an umbrella,or a phone and even my camera fits in the outside pocket. The bonus is that my iPad 2 with my Saddleback cover will also fit in the satchel although it is a bit snug. I'm sure the leather will stretch over time.

If you are thinking of buying a Round Satchel to use as a purse, I feel the small one is a great size.

Great, but...

I decided to upgrade from my old style medium satchel in DCB, to the new, large round satchel, also in DCB. While the main reason I upgraded has been totally satisfactory (the size), in other areas the bag has disappointed. It simply doesn't feel as nice as the older bag, almost plasticky in comparison to the very natural feel of the old version.

Where the old bag quickly picked up lots of markings, the new one has been stubbornly resistant to this, and still looks pristine. Some people might like this, of course, but why buy a rugged looking bag like this if you don't want it to look nice and broken in?

The leather creaks a lot as I walk around with it on, which I'm is annoying, and again, never happened with the old bag.

All in all, I find it difficult to recommend, and am in fact looking around to see if I can find an large satchel of the old style to replace it with.

Can't think of how it could be improved.

I ordered the round satchel in Dark Coffee Brown two months ago. I wanted to wait to write a review just so I could see how the bag aged. I can honestly say that the workmanship is first rate. The bag just looks better and better as it starts to wear, not that there is much wear at this point. Bottom line: I love it!

My favorite bag

I've got this bag in tobacco and it's the medium.It goes with me everywhere and is the perfect size for my everyday carries.It's softer than the other colors and looks great when it gets scuffed and scratched.I get compliments from my coworkers almost everyday (along with a few jokes about going on an adventure).But that's the beauty of the bag and it wreaks of greatness!This bag is here to stay!

Great Bags

Great quality and looks! I've got the large and the medium and I just ordered the small to carry around the daily crap that I need to function. (chargers, checkbook, business cards, pens, etc.) Rarely leave home without one.

Best Bag Ever!

This bag is the best for everyday use. I bought the large Classic Briefcase and I love it as well, but it was a little too much bag for an everyday bag. This round Satchel is perfect! It looks great the more you use it and people tell me all the time how awesome the bag looks. I can't stress enough how awesome this bag is. Will never need another bag ever again. Thanks Saddleback Team for an amazing work of art!

Gorgeous bag

What can I say about this beautiful bag? I use it everyday and I love it to pieces. I have the large old style satchel (not round) in Tobacco.

I bought it to use as an everyday bag and debated long and hard about the size I should get. I'm 5'7" and chose the large as I wanted the option of space if I needed it. In all honesty, I don't fill the bag up, I have the large wallet and a kindle in a gadget case, keys, agenda, lip balm etc and I've lately included a bridge camera so there is room for all and more. The medium would more than suit me if I didn't add the camera.

The leather is beautiful, I have the bag almost a year now and I've broken it in with a little rough handling, so it is soft, smooshy, pliable and gorgeous. It looks so good and the tobacco is so fantastic when it's used and abused, I'm delighted with it.

As for the weight, the bag is 3lb empty minus the strap and if you are careful of the contents it is quite easy to carry. If it does get too heavy, converting to backpack mode is simple, easy and very comfortable. It makes a very neat backpack. I'm glad to see that in the newer round version, that the pigskin pocket on the inside is only 1 layer thick, so will lessen the weight and be more pliable quicker.

Love using this bag :)

Favorite Bag!!

I adore this bag! Its funny too because I didn't think I would want this one because I believed it might look like a briefcase and not a womans bag, however, with the reviews written below by woman I decided to give it a go when I saw one on Dave's Deals. I got the small, dark coffee brown. One of the things I love about the small one is it's nearly a perfect square (dimensions at 10"X 9 1/2") and just looks so cool!
I was concerned it would not hold my big wallet along with my 2 cosmetic cases but it does with ease. You can lay the wallet in long ways or stand it up to one side. I easily carried all my purse stuff in the satchel, and I didn't even use the inside or outside pockets yet.
I have been wearing this like a shoulder bag and its very comfortable. I took the shoulder pad off. I did add a little hummel key chain for some bling, and let me tell you this bag is gorgeous!
I can easily fit my hand around the handle, but I have small hands and don't think it would be comfortable to carry that way, but I always use the straps for my bags anyway.
I can easily fit my galaxy mobile in the side pockets and it goes in there pretty deep so I feel it's secure, though it is open, obviously so some might prefer to carry their phones inside, and there are two more pockets on either end inside as well.
I love this bag and I'm so happy I bought it and I highly recommend it to use as a purse for any of you gals that are on the fence like I was.

Here Here!

I just purchased my leather, but I'll make my review whatever, based to my previous purchases. Sorry.
The small Satchel is just what I'm looking for, It fits all I need for my riding with bicycle, not to be too "bulgy" like the Classic Briefcase that I have. It fits my bluetooth headphones, iPhone and some stuff that I usually carry in my pockets. And my iPad will fit too with the leather iPad case if needed!.
Can't wait! It will be like chrismas again to open the paggage and smell the leather!

Love my Large Round Satchel!

I bought a DCB large Round Satchel to use as my camera bag. I thought about the Messenger Bag and the Duffel. The large Round Satchel is in-between in size, and seemed like the best choice. (Messenger is too narrow and the Duffel is too large.) At first, I was a little disappointed, as I was used to massive amounts of room in my other SBL bag (XL Briefcase). I learned how to pack it efficiently, though, and now love it.

Here's what I pack in my bag when it's a camera bag:
Canon 580 flash, 24-105 lens on Canon camera body, 70-200 lens, sleeve of AA batteries, flashlight, set of filters, extra SBL straps, memory card holder, flashlight batteries, Leatherman. I have my iPad in the back pocket. I have room for another large lens or a couple of smaller lenses on the inside if I want or a bottle of water. I have a SBL medium belt pouch on the shoulder strap to hold camera batteries. I also use SBL leather straps on the bottom to hold my tripod (tripod is behind the tree in the pic.)

The bag will fit a Medium SBL Notepad, a couple of small books and a 17" Laptop, if you don't mind the laptop stressing the sides of the bag and not being completely covered on the sides.

I'm very happy with the bag. The leather feels different than the XL Briefcase in DCB that I bought in March 2012, but the Satchel is beginning to break in after my 3 months of use. I have found that the leather is more supple as I treat it more with Leather Milk.

I have found the pockets on the outside fo the bag less useful than the ones on my Briefcase. They are smaller, plus they compete with the inside pockets for space. The outside pockets on my XL Briefcase can hold a 12oz Coke. The pockets on my Satchel are shorter and the pocket won't come close to fitting a 12oz Coke. When I have the bag full, my iPhone 5 in it's Otterbox will fit in the outer pocket snugly.

The large Round Satchel is easy to carry all day long without a problem (I'm 5-10, 195). It looks great! I have gotten compliments, but not as many as with my Briefcase. But, that's not why I carry the bag. :) It looks awesome and secures my gear well.

This has been really great as a camera bag and as a small briefcase when I don't need the size of my XL DCB Classic Briefcase. I highly recommend giving this bag a try. It is standard SBL quality (built like a tank while being stylish and useful) that I expect to use for years to come.

The best bag I've ever owned!

After using the Large Round Satchel as my primary bag for the last two and a half months, I must say it's easily the best bag I've ever owned. I deliberately held off on reviewing it when I got my hands on it because I was hoping that the extra time of actually using it would provide a more balanced perspective. I'm afraid that's not the case. It's honestly really hard to find anything that I'd want to change about it, and I find myself using it more and more! Of course, it wouldn't hurt if it was a little more lightweight, but given that this is 100% full grain leather, it really is impressively light already.

Originally choosing between Large and Medium, I'm glad I went with the large size. Even though it weighs a bit more than the medium size, the additional space makes it more versatile. The pigskin compartment fits my 13" MacBook Pro Retina absolutely perfectly, meaning there's no need for an extra laptop sleeve to protect it from scratches. When the laptop is in this compartment, there is still room to squeeze in a moleskine or two in front of the laptop as well since the laptop is a very slim model. However, my slim 13" Sony Vaio laptop from 2011 won't fit because it's 33 cm wide, making it about a centimeter too wide due to the stitching of the pigskin flap. A 13" MacBook Air probably fits snugly (that model is actually a bit wider than the 13" MacBook Pro Retina, believe it or not), but that's probably the absolute width limit. Of course, all of these laptops and probably most 14" laptops will fit just fine in the main compartment of the bag, but then you'd probably want to put it in a laptop sleeve to protect it against scratches. Think of the pigskin compartment as a built-in laptop sleeve that you get for free with the round satchel, provided your laptop isn't wider than 32 cm. As an added bonus, the pigskin flap can be pressed flat against the side if you want to maximize the space in the main compartment.

Having briefly owned the Medium Thin Briefcase, which is similar in size and weight as the Large Round Satchel, I find the satchel to be a much more versatile design that fits more stuff in it while even being a tad more lightweight. The Thin Briefcase has two separated sections of equal depth, and this limits the thickness of the items it can carry. While that design is gorgeous and makes it perfect for books, binders, computers and other flat items, it just can't fit a relatively thick object like a tennis ball without starting to visibly bulge out. The satchel happily accepts much thicker objects, which makes it usable in more situations. While I found that the Thin Briefcase wasn't particularly useful for me as anything else than for carrying my items to/from the office, the Satchel invites me to use it in almost any situation. So far, I've used it as my computer/briefcase bag, my weekend bag (the pigskin compartment is thick enough to comfortably fit a Bose Soundlink speaker, btw), my going-to-the-beach bag, my gym bag, and so on. I've even used it for occasional grocery shopping -- mostly because I just love carrying it with me whenever I can. :)

On the slightly negative side, about the only thing I can think of that I'm not particularly crazy about is the fact that the round hardware ring for the backpack-enabling configuration isn't seamlessly welded together, leaving a tiny little visible gap/crack that is usually hidden behind the leather loop that holds this ring in place. This would never be visible if it wasn't for the fact that the ring tends to rotate a little after a full day of use, meaning you will have to spin the ring back again to hide this ugly part again. Note that this is purely a cosmetic issue -- the ring is made out of solid brass and will no doubt support more than the weight of the bag fully loaded with heavy stuff. I just don't like the fact that they decided to skip on this perceived quality detail on their satchels. In contrast, they do weld it together perfectly on their classic and thin briefcases. Aside from this tiny little glitch, all other hardware is immaculate, and the leather is of course of absolute top quality.

The leather quality is worth a mention of its own, but I've written so much about it in my other product reviews that I won't do it again this time. Suffice it to say that you won't be disappointed with it! My satchel had a clearly visible scar that ran across half the width of the outside flap. This was obvious the minute I examined the bag for the first time, but as the leather is starting to soften up, I'm starting to see more and more tiny scars in the texture of the leather. I love it! I can't wait to see how this beauty will look like a year from now.

One thing I should mention is that Saddleback Leather seem to still experiment a little with their leather, as this Dark Coffee Brown leather is markedly different to the touch compared to my Gadget Bag in the same color. The actual color is the same, but the texture of the satchel feels different and looks more matte than the gadget bag, which is more shiny/glossy in comparison. I don't know if it's because of the way they treated the gadget bag (it was a Dave's Deal, so maybe it had been refurbished with some additional leather milk and oils), but I hope the satchel will begin to develop a similar, more shiny patina as it gets more used. I've treated it with Chamberlain's Milk #1 already, but so far it's not even close to the shiny look of the gadget bag. It still looks absolutely incredible, though.

Overall, I highly recommend this bag. It's beautiful, versatile, and insanely cool. I've received more compliments about it than I could count after just two months of use. The only thing about Saddleback Leather that I completely disagree with is the notion that it will be the last bag you'll ever buy -- the reality is that once you buy one, you'll soon be back for more! I'm still deciding which bag I'll buy next, choosing between the Simple Backpack as my dedicated gym bag, a Small Round Satchel as my camera bag when the gadget bag isn't roomy enough, and a Medium Waterbag as my I-don't-know-what-I'll-use-this-for-but-it's-just-so-awesome bag. I'll probably end up buying all of them at some point. However, if I could only pick one single bag from Saddleback's entire range of products, the large round satchel would still be my choice because of its extreme versatility and simplicity. Buy it and you will not regret it!

My magical satchel.

*There will be a picture SOON!*
Like the man who commented before me, I've held off reviewing my bag, but I must now go public with my love.

I discovered Saddleback by accident; I was clicking around on the internet while at work one night, and found the company in a "buy it for life" blog. When I spotted this bag, it was like somebody had read my mind and brought to life the bag I'd been picturing (in my own imagination) for no less than 10 years. I couldn't believe it. I knew I'd have to have one (after saving up some money for one, of course!)

I've had this bag since mid-June... and I absolutely love it. When it came to deciding on color, deciding on size, I was torn! After hemming and hawing for a while, I realized that the large would probably be a little big for me (i'm 5'4" and have shoulder/neck pain) ... so I knew I wanted medium. I also knew I wanted a bag from Dave's Deals; something that would have its own unique mark, whatever that may wind up being. I was torn between the DCB and the TB. I was leaning towards the DCB because of the gorgeous rich tones in the demonstration video, but I decided to leave it to FATE: Whichever of the two colors appeared on the Deals page FIRST (in a medium, of course) would be the one I bought! And ... DCB WON!

I'll admit that the first couple days took some getting used to. I had to futz with the strap ... I also repeatedly scratched the back of my hand (no visible marks, just some pain) on the pigskin lining, because when the bag was still new, the top flap wouldn't stay open when I was trying to arrange things inside the bag. I made it a priority to break the top flap in first and foremost, and it worked. After softening that fold, my bag and I are enjoying life together without a hitch!!! And, this bag has NOT AFFECTED MY BACK! The shoulder pads are THAT comfortable!

If anybody is wondering about size... WELL.. let me just say that I can fit two moleskine journals (the larger size... the ones that are just a tad smaller than an iPad mini) in the back flap and still have my 13" MacBook Pro AND my iPad in the main compartment.
My inside side pockets are used for some 'emergency' supplies: roll-on essential oil for migraines, contact solution, three or four pens (I write a lot... hence the two journals), roll-on sunblock, a vicks stick, and matches (hey, ya never know). This bag has tons of room. I spent the few two weeks using it as my beach bag; managed to fit two sarongs (one full size, one half size), a towel, two large bottles of sunblock, a reading book, and both my journals... all within the bag's pockets. I then put a second towel rolled over the opening, sticking out on each end, and closed the bag over the towel.
As a nursing school student, I wanted to test out options for this coming semester (in case I don't want to lug a backpack some days) ... it turns out, that bag can fit my laptop, my iPad (mini), AND my 2.5" school binder within the main compartment. (And, if I play tetris just right when arranging the items, the writer in me can still bring a journal.)

Compliments? People love it. I've had police officers stop to tell me what a great bag that is; co-workers; random acquaintances.

Another thing I love about it is how well it keeps everything PLACED. I can toss it in the back of my car without a second thought; I'm never wondering if my loose papers will have flown out of the back flap, or if the book I have inside it (when I have a book inside it) will wind up damaged from the impact.

The one 'problem' I've not yet solved is wearing it in backpack mode. I can get it there, but I'm so short that the shoulder pad winds up getting cut off by a piece on the strap itself because I have to make the strap so short. (I know I'm not describing this properly, but I can't think of how to say it the right way). So I have to actually keep my hand there to prevent the piece from digging into my shoulder. I'm positive there's a solution - whether I have to get creative, or perhaps am just doing something wrong - and I will find it. NOT a big issue since, so far, I've only used this in backpack mode twice.

All in all, if this was not evident, I FREAKING LOVE THIS BAG! I know it's a saddleback owner's duty to take their bag on adventures. Well, I'm a little bit broke and a lotta bit busy right now... so we're on the adventure called life (and soon, it'll be joining me on the adventure called school). But I promise, Saddlebackers, as SOON as I can ... this bag will be seeing NEW sights!

I can't wait to enjoy my satchel for years to come. :) THANK YOU, SADDLEBACK!

My favorite bag

I've got this bag in tobacco and it's the medium.It goes with me everywhere and is the perfect size for my everyday carries.It's softer than the other colors and looks great when it gets scuffed and scratched.I get compliments from my coworkers almost everyday (along with a few jokes about going on an adventure).But that's the beauty of the bag and it wreaks of greatness!This bag is here to stay!

Gorgeous bag

What can I say about this beautiful bag? I use it everyday and I love it to pieces. I have the large old style satchel (not round) in Tobacco.

I bought it to use as an everyday bag and debated long and hard about the size I should get. I'm 5'7" and chose the large as I wanted the option of space if I needed it. In all honesty, I don't fill the bag up, I have the large wallet and a kindle in a gadget case, keys, agenda, lip balm etc and I've lately included a bridge camera so there is room for all and more. The medium would more than suit me if I didn't add the camera.

The leather is beautiful, I have the bag almost a year now and I've broken it in with a little rough handling, so it is soft, smooshy, pliable and gorgeous. It looks so good and the tobacco is so fantastic when it's used and abused, I'm delighted with it.

As for the weight, the bag is 3lb empty minus the strap and if you are careful of the contents it is quite easy to carry. If it does get too heavy, converting to backpack mode is simple, easy and very comfortable. It makes a very neat backpack. I'm glad to see that in the newer round version, that the pigskin pocket on the inside is only 1 layer thick, so will lessen the weight and be more pliable quicker.

Love using this bag :)

Love my Large Round Satchel!

I bought a DCB large Round Satchel to use as my camera bag. I thought about the Messenger Bag and the Duffel. The large Round Satchel is in-between in size, and seemed like the best choice. (Messenger is too narrow and the Duffel is too large.) At first, I was a little disappointed, as I was used to massive amounts of room in my other SBL bag (XL Briefcase). I learned how to pack it efficiently, though, and now love it.

Here's what I pack in my bag when it's a camera bag:
Canon 580 flash, 24-105 lens on Canon camera body, 70-200 lens, sleeve of AA batteries, flashlight, set of filters, extra SBL straps, memory card holder, flashlight batteries, Leatherman. I have my iPad in the back pocket. I have room for another large lens or a couple of smaller lenses on the inside if I want or a bottle of water. I have a SBL medium belt pouch on the shoulder strap to hold camera batteries. I also use SBL leather straps on the bottom to hold my tripod (tripod is behind the tree in the pic.)

The bag will fit a Medium SBL Notepad, a couple of small books and a 17" Laptop, if you don't mind the laptop stressing the sides of the bag and not being completely covered on the sides.

I'm very happy with the bag. The leather feels different than the XL Briefcase in DCB that I bought in March 2012, but the Satchel is beginning to break in after my 3 months of use. I have found that the leather is more supple as I treat it more with Leather Milk.

I have found the pockets on the outside fo the bag less useful than the ones on my Briefcase. They are smaller, plus they compete with the inside pockets for space. The outside pockets on my XL Briefcase can hold a 12oz Coke. The pockets on my Satchel are shorter and the pocket won't come close to fitting a 12oz Coke. When I have the bag full, my iPhone 5 in it's Otterbox will fit in the outer pocket snugly.

The large Round Satchel is easy to carry all day long without a problem (I'm 5-10, 195). It looks great! I have gotten compliments, but not as many as with my Briefcase. But, that's not why I carry the bag. :) It looks awesome and secures my gear well.

This has been really great as a camera bag and as a small briefcase when I don't need the size of my XL DCB Classic Briefcase. I highly recommend giving this bag a try. It is standard SBL quality (built like a tank while being stylish and useful) that I expect to use for years to come.

THE BAG

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.

The best bag I've ever owned!

After using the Large Round Satchel as my primary bag for the last two and a half months, I must say it's easily the best bag I've ever owned. I deliberately held off on reviewing it when I got my hands on it because I was hoping that the extra time of actually using it would provide a more balanced perspective. I'm afraid that's not the case. It's honestly really hard to find anything that I'd want to change about it, and I find myself using it more and more! Of course, it wouldn't hurt if it was a little more lightweight, but given that this is 100% full grain leather, it really is impressively light already.

Originally choosing between Large and Medium, I'm glad I went with the large size. Even though it weighs a bit more than the medium size, the additional space makes it more versatile. The pigskin compartment fits my 13" MacBook Pro Retina absolutely perfectly, meaning there's no need for an extra laptop sleeve to protect it from scratches. When the laptop is in this compartment, there is still room to squeeze in a moleskine or two in front of the laptop as well since the laptop is a very slim model. However, my slim 13" Sony Vaio laptop from 2011 won't fit because it's 33 cm wide, making it about a centimeter too wide due to the stitching of the pigskin flap. A 13" MacBook Air probably fits snugly (that model is actually a bit wider than the 13" MacBook Pro Retina, believe it or not), but that's probably the absolute width limit. Of course, all of these laptops and probably most 14" laptops will fit just fine in the main compartment of the bag, but then you'd probably want to put it in a laptop sleeve to protect it against scratches. Think of the pigskin compartment as a built-in laptop sleeve that you get for free with the round satchel, provided your laptop isn't wider than 32 cm. As an added bonus, the pigskin flap can be pressed flat against the side if you want to maximize the space in the main compartment.

Having briefly owned the Medium Thin Briefcase, which is similar in size and weight as the Large Round Satchel, I find the satchel to be a much more versatile design that fits more stuff in it while even being a tad more lightweight. The Thin Briefcase has two separated sections of equal depth, and this limits the thickness of the items it can carry. While that design is gorgeous and makes it perfect for books, binders, computers and other flat items, it just can't fit a relatively thick object like a tennis ball without starting to visibly bulge out. The satchel happily accepts much thicker objects, which makes it usable in more situations. While I found that the Thin Briefcase wasn't particularly useful for me as anything else than for carrying my items to/from the office, the Satchel invites me to use it in almost any situation. So far, I've used it as my computer/briefcase bag, my weekend bag (the pigskin compartment is thick enough to comfortably fit a Bose Soundlink speaker, btw), my going-to-the-beach bag, my gym bag, and so on. I've even used it for occasional grocery shopping -- mostly because I just love carrying it with me whenever I can. :)

On the slightly negative side, about the only thing I can think of that I'm not particularly crazy about is the fact that the round hardware ring for the backpack-enabling configuration isn't seamlessly welded together, leaving a tiny little visible gap/crack that is usually hidden behind the leather loop that holds this ring in place. This would never be visible if it wasn't for the fact that the ring tends to rotate a little after a full day of use, meaning you will have to spin the ring back again to hide this ugly part again. Note that this is purely a cosmetic issue -- the ring is made out of solid brass and will no doubt support more than the weight of the bag fully loaded with heavy stuff. I just don't like the fact that they decided to skip on this perceived quality detail on their satchels. In contrast, they do weld it together perfectly on their classic and thin briefcases. Aside from this tiny little glitch, all other hardware is immaculate, and the leather is of course of absolute top quality.

The leather quality is worth a mention of its own, but I've written so much about it in my other product reviews that I won't do it again this time. Suffice it to say that you won't be disappointed with it! My satchel had a clearly visible scar that ran across half the width of the outside flap. This was obvious the minute I examined the bag for the first time, but as the leather is starting to soften up, I'm starting to see more and more tiny scars in the texture of the leather. I love it! I can't wait to see how this beauty will look like a year from now.

One thing I should mention is that Saddleback Leather seem to still experiment a little with their leather, as this Dark Coffee Brown leather is markedly different to the touch compared to my Gadget Bag in the same color. The actual color is the same, but the texture of the satchel feels different and looks more matte than the gadget bag, which is more shiny/glossy in comparison. I don't know if it's because of the way they treated the gadget bag (it was a Dave's Deal, so maybe it had been refurbished with some additional leather milk and oils), but I hope the satchel will begin to develop a similar, more shiny patina as it gets more used. I've treated it with Chamberlain's Milk #1 already, but so far it's not even close to the shiny look of the gadget bag. It still looks absolutely incredible, though.

Overall, I highly recommend this bag. It's beautiful, versatile, and insanely cool. I've received more compliments about it than I could count after just two months of use. The only thing about Saddleback Leather that I completely disagree with is the notion that it will be the last bag you'll ever buy -- the reality is that once you buy one, you'll soon be back for more! I'm still deciding which bag I'll buy next, choosing between the Simple Backpack as my dedicated gym bag, a Small Round Satchel as my camera bag when the gadget bag isn't roomy enough, and a Medium Waterbag as my I-don't-know-what-I'll-use-this-for-but-it's-just-so-awesome bag. I'll probably end up buying all of them at some point. However, if I could only pick one single bag from Saddleback's entire range of products, the large round satchel would still be my choice because of its extreme versatility and simplicity. Buy it and you will not regret it!

Awesome Daily Companion

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!

Best bag in the world. And I travel a lot so I know what I'm talking about.

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,
Melody McFarland
Lancaster PA

Love my bag!

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.

Medium Satchel (old model)

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.

Best bag ever

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...

Amazing

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!

Leather Perfection

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!

Don't be off by the weight ladies!

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)




Great product, great company

I have purchased many Saddleback products over the last year, I have a desk pad, notepad holder, small wallet, large wallet, old bull belt, two medium pouches, straps and a small satchel. I had to return an item due to my error, and the Saddleback staff was extremely friendly and prompt. I love the quality of the leather and my only regret was ordering a small satchel, as I do find it just a bit small for my every day items, but I still use it everyday and highly recommend the products and the companies professional and friendly service. I will defintely be purchasing a larger bag in the near future. Thanks Saddleback!!
 

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