I had over the years bought countless leather bags and cases to carry my stuff to work. None lasted too long with the weight of all my 'stuff.' Zips broke, straps broke, you know the thing...
Needed a new one but wondered which size to go for. After several patient replies to my emails I bought a medium satchel for my ipad and other work stuff.. The ipad 2 in its case fits great along with my camera a small dslr, kindle touch, stuff bag for the leads etc and even occasionally a steel water bottle. It is always comfortable, always secure and always cool looking. The outer pouches hold my trail mix and a small tin of emergency dark chocolate....
Love my bag.
I have a medium satchel and it's probably the greatest thing that's ever happened to me as far as bags are concerned. I can't leave the house without my iPad and not only does the device fit perfectly, but it is protected well by the heavy leather.
I am a photographer and it's hauled various heavy pieces of camera equipment in a pinch. I also have carried jars of tomato sauce, books (including textbooks), various food items, a small dog, groceries, clothing and numerous other items.
This thing has major wow-factor too. I can't even begin to list how many compliments I've gotten on it. It is a fabulous travel bag and, in addition to my camera bag, it's all I need when we go on a trip.
Between this and my Vintage Shoe Company wingtips, I am sporting fantastic assortment of American made goods that I'll most likely never have to replace.
I do everything I can to support American businesses and I'm glad you guys are around. Thanks for turning out such an excellent product.
A huge fan,
I would, and do highly recommend it. I have had several people stop me to ask about it, and where I got the satchel. I show it to them, and explain how it works great to hold all my stuff, looks professional, and it is wearing like iron. I tell them about your company, products, and how to find your web site. I wish you guys continued good business success, as you have a great products and ways of doing business.
I 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!
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!!
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)
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!