Leather Satchel

133 Reviews
SKU: 01-20-0004
$475.00 to $525.00
$475.00 to $525.00

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Lining Natura Pigskin

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Great product, great company

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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!!

Leather Perfection

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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!

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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)



















Amazing

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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!

Best bag ever

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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...

Love my bag!

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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.

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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)

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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.

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 ...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!

The best bag I've ever owned!

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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!

THE BAG

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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.



Love my Large Round Satchel!

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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.

My favorite bag

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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

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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 :)

My magical satchel.

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*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!

The best bag I've ever owned!

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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!

Love my Large Round Satchel!

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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.

Favorite Bag!!

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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!

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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!

Gorgeous bag

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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 :)

Best Bag Ever!

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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!

My favorite bag

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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

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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.

Can't think of how it could be improved.

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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!

Great, but...

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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.

Reviews

Story

Classic leather satchel in three sizes, good as a handbag, day pack, or iPad / tablet bag.

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.

Reviews

Great product, great company

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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!!

Leather Perfection

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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!

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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)



















Amazing

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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!

Best bag ever

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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...

Love my bag!

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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.

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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)

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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.

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 ...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!

The best bag I've ever owned!

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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!

THE BAG

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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.



Love my Large Round Satchel!

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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.

My favorite bag

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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

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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 :)

My magical satchel.

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*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!

The best bag I've ever owned!

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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!

Love my Large Round Satchel!

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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.

Favorite Bag!!

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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!

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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!

Gorgeous bag

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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 :)

Best Bag Ever!

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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!

My favorite bag

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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

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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.

Can't think of how it could be improved.

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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!

Great, but...

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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.