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$308.00 to $408.00

  • Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin
  • Makes a great range or field bag or for exploring a city
  • Converts to a backpack
  • Made of just two main pieces of leather
  • Rounded edges and seams allow for maximum interior space
  • Exterior pockets - 2 on side for water bottles or sunglasses, 1 on back for papers
  • Interior pockets - 1 on back for iPads, 1 on side for pens, 1 on other side for phones
  • Great for iPads and small laptops
  • Handle riveted to metal bar for durability
  • Interior key clip strap
  • No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
  • Because of natural oils shade may vary
  • Dimensions (approximate size):
  • Adjustable strap length: 34 ½” - 59 ¼”
  • Small - Fits iPads
    • Exterior: 10” W x 9” H x 4” D
    • Interior: 9 ¾” W x 8 ¾” H x 3 ¾” D
    • 3.2 pounds
  • Medium - Fits iPads
    • Exterior: 12” W x 10” H x 4” D
    • Interior: 11 ½” W x 9 ¾” H x 3 ¾” D
    • 4.1 pounds
  • Large - Fits 13” Macbook Pro and Air
    • Exterior: 14” W x 11” H x 5” D
    • Interior: 13 ¾” W x 10 ¾” H x 4 ¾” D
    • 5 pounds

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    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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    Medium Satchel (old model)

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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    Good but still behind

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    I love these bags, but with limits. The construction and materials and designs are unable to be dethroned as one of the best quality bags you can buy. However, with that said the leather workers here always send me bags with creases in the strap where THEY bend it over. So by the time it gets to the consumer theres stretch creases that puff up and they're permanent. I'm all for the natural markings protocol, but "I" want to be the one to put the dents in, not the people packaging the satchels. Wish I could get one that wasn't bent up, but what i've got will have to do.

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    The Bag...

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    I received my Medium Satchel in Tobacco today within a few days of order. Those ninjas in shipping are top notch.

    I love the bag. It's exactly what I wanted and look forward to a long journey with the bag. As an IT geek, this will be a day-to-day kit. My goal is to get away from carrying books and using ebooks so I went with the Medium instead of the large. I use a Surface Pro 3 and it fits snugly towards the back without items in the inside pocket. With a charger and mouse in the pocket, the surface goes diagonally as the front is just a wee bit too small. I plan to try stretching the front to better fit. The inside pocket is the perfect size for an ipad or similar sized tablet.

    The only knock on the bag is the handle. I had planned on using the back without the strap from time to time. However, the handle is very tight with the D-Ring underneath. I'll probably try stretching it out. I would prefer the more function handle design that is on the Messenger bag, but this is a small-use scenario.
    Plan for the bag is to try an minimalize my tech gear so I'm not concerned with where all the stuff goes as I hope to not have a lot of stuff. I have on order some gadget bags that I'm looking forward to using to consolidate my stuff.

    I have my first trip to Chicago this weekend so I'm looking forward to using the new bag in travel mode.

    Thanks to Dave and his great team for an amazing product that will last past my lifetime.


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    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!

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    Medium Leather Satchel

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    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.

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    Great little satchel!

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    I have the thin medium briefcase that I use every day for work. I really load the briefcase down with a 15" MacBook Pro and SBL case, two cable bags full of adapters and cords, a small notebook holder, a slim wallet and finally an iPad mini in a sleeve. It is really packed and I LOVE it for everyday work. However, when I travel, I wanted something that was lighter and since on small overnight trips, I often do not bring my computer, . the chestnut small satchel is PERFECT!

    I put an iPad mini in a case behind the floppy pocket. In front, I put a small notebook holder and one cable bag of power adapters and cables. The back pocket is great for airline tickets, a pack of gum, etc. In one of the side pockets, I put a small case of Bose noise cancelling in-ear headphones. In the other, I put a bottle bottle. The side pockets are very tight when new and it took some time to stretch it to accommodate the water bottle I like to carry, but with patience and stretching, it now works.

    This small satchel is just what I wanted and needed. All the items I mentioned fit great in it without it the bag feeling like it is stuffed. Since it so small for a guy, I don't use the shoulder strap, but simply carry it with the handle. I agree with a previous reviewer that the handle is a tight fit. However, again as you use it and the leather stretches, it becomes better and easier to grab fully with time.

    The quality of the leather and stitching is of the highest quality. The chestnut color is rich and I have received many, many compliments on it.

    I can not recommend this small satchel more highly. For the purpose I use it for with travel, I could not be happier.

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    Road Worthy

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    I waffled about buying a large dark chocolate brown satchel for a while. I didn't want the traditional briefcase because it was too heavy for my bad back and the thin briefacse didn't have the exterior pockets that I wanted for my cell and eye glass case. So I measured carefully and my work issued HP 15" Latitude would just fit. There is just enough room left for a stuffsack with cords, wallet, work cell, anker battery backup, a maxpedition micro loaded with meds/bandaids/lipbalm, a paperback, and some snacks. I use an old cotton webbed belt between the top 2 d-rings to attach it to my luggage. The satchel fits easily under the airline seat in front of you. It has a small enough footprint that you can easily use it on your lap on the plane without banging your neighbors. It is heavier than my old LL Bean Sportsman briefcase that I used for 20 years but the strap surprsingly takes a lot of the load. I have used the backpack mode but it is hard to get on your back and the ring where you feed the straps can be a pain in the neck literally. I'm a 5'9" woman and I find it too large for EDC but I have the large black crossbody hobo that I use when not toting a laptop and it is a great bag. I never write reviews but thought this might help some of you who were having hard time making up your rmind. Great briefcase for an above average height woman who can pack relatively light and loves the feel of high quality leather.

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    If you have to pick one this is it

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    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.


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    I lied about my favorite

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    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."

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    The most reliable thing I own

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    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.

    Other pros:
    -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

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    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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    Now I have a complete set

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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    work of art

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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    PART 2

    by - verified purchaser |
    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

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    MY REVIEW Before it arrives

    by - verified purchaser |
    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


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    Black satchle

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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    Please Bring Carbon Black Back!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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!!

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    Like it a lot

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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    Growing on me...

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    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

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    It is my Smile Bag !!!

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    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 !

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    Awesome Daily Companion

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    I never leave the house without my campanion. Like all good friends and companions , it gets better with time. If you take of 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's gowing older with me. I like that!

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    Love my bag!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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.

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

    by - verified purchaser |
    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

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    Medium Satchel (old model)

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    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.

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