I've had the bag for a few weeks and it is just as advertised. The appearance, quality, functionality, etc. is just as it appears on their website and the numerous video reviews.
The dimensions are just as they appear on the website as well.
My struggle is that I use this for work everyday and the medium size i purchased is not wide/long enough to slip in a file folder. You can't even slide in a short stack of 8 1/2 x 11 papers without them bending/curving.
So, what is clear now is that, if the medium satchel had been designed with just 3/4 to 1 inch more width (hardly noticeable) it would have opened up the functionality of the bag in a huge way for me. Just that much.
Yes, I could have bought the large satchel but, for me, and my size, that was too big. My point really centers around not only designing around all of the electronics that are listed, but to have considered the standard paper and file folder sizes that are a part of every office.
Otherwise...good to go....though I will confess it will be awhile, SBL, before I use the bag each day and NOT have this reflection... :(
$308.00 to $525.00SKU: #01-20-0004
- 100-Year Warranty, details here.
- Free Shipping, details here.
- Perfect in-between size for all of your needs: versatile day bag for exploring a city or a small briefcase when you don't need to carry it all
- Carry using top handle or shoulder strap that converts easily to a backpack
- Two exterior side pockets and one back exterior pocket
- Three interior pockets
- Interior key clip strap keeps your keys from wandering off
- Made of just two main pieces of leather to minimize seams and weak points
- No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
- 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, Macbook Air 11"
- 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 13"
- Exterior: 14” W x 11” H x 5” D
- Interior: 13 ¾” W x 10 ¾” H x 4 ¾” D
- 5 pounds
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 got the small satchel in black and I was a bit worried it was going to look like a purse...(my wife always calls my bag a purse so I call it a man pouch!) but this thing is like a brick! looks very manly.
I've been carrying a tumi leather sling bag for the past 4 years and I always have it jam packed it gets hard to find my stuff and there's zero room for anything extra I want to carry. I took everything from my current bag and put it in the small satchel and just to test what else I can fit in there I put a gigantic pair of headphones and a full roll of duct tape!
this thing is manly rugged looking I think especially in black and the perfect size for a day bag if you carry a bunch of stuff. The best thing about this bag by far is that I don't have to baby it, this can take a serious beating.
After buying a number of smaller items from Dave, I thought it was time to make a bigger purchase, and I started with this satchel in a small size (in tobacco; it's such a great color and just gets better looking as it breaks in and ages). It's been fantastic from the moment it arrived.
For me this size has been perfect for holding a bit of kit for hikes or a day out (tablet with charging brick, wallet, keys, sunglasses, and foldable hat with room to spare). Great minimalist's carryon as well, fits under a seat with no fuss.
The strap is plenty long enough for a tall fellow (I'm 6'5") to wear crossbody with no issue. The side pockets are too small for a water bottle, but are perfect for your sunglasses case or rolled up magazine. Like all of Dave's stuff, it is built like a tank and is heavier than most gear of a like size.
Think I will be looking at getting a Dry Bag next for weekending.
This is my 7th Saddleback product, and I am more impressed with every purchase. There is nothing like Saddleback on the market - the quality of the leather, craftsmanship and design are absolutely top notch. I bought a large satchel (tobacco) as a "Dave's Deal" (15% off), but I cannot find any flaws at all - it looks perfect. I will use this satchel daily, and I have no doubt my children will inherit it someday (hopefully many years from now). The shipping was extremely fast, and as always the customer service was first-rate. I am a loyal Saddleback customer. Dave has created am amazing company - authentic, artisan-quality products for a perfectly reasonable price.
...and I still love it. It really is as tough as everyone says. I had one problem develop with the clasp on the strap 4 years in, but they sent a new strap out to me immediately. The customer service is wonderful.
My only tiny regret is that my small bag doesn't fit my iPad, but iPads hadn't been invented yet when I bought it, so how was I to know :) You can put an iPad in length wise and fold the top flap over it, and still get the from strap though the buckle. It's not brilliant, makes the bag look a funny shape, but it is possible to stow your iPad in it if you really need to (for example if you need to check your bag somewhere or just need your hands free for something). I wouldn't carry it around town that way though.
I adore my bag. I have the large carbon. It's ability to be a backpack is extremely useful for me now, since I am in school. It can handle all my papers, plus large enough to hold, and keep safe, renderings for my design classes. I look forward to taking this into my professional life as it just keeps getting better and better the more I use it. Also, Thank you for making this color!
I travel fairly frequently - 5 or 6 times a year - and like a bag I can carry all my bits and bobs in, sturdy and well made but not huge and the large satchel fits the bill perfectly.
If I had one criticism it would be that the the mac book air sleeve is a tight fit, an extra 1/4" in the width would make this a 5 star bag.
I've been using the medium satchel for a couple of days now, it's gorgeous, also fits (just) my macbook air, and the quality of the finish is fantastic. This is destined to be my everyday bag for years to come.
I have used a great number of Saddleback Leather's products over these past few years. Every piece has its purpose, and I cherish them like good friends.
As a wheelchair user, my daily go-to SBL companion is the small chestnut, first-generation satchel. It has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles with me, and it has never failed me.
Despite the miles, it looks even better than when it was new. It actually still gets compliments. Intelligent people recognize and favor quality over pretentious labels.
Received my bag yesterday and I have to say this is definitely the daily bag I've been looking for and finally found. I'm glad I choose the large instead of the medium, It fits all of my daily junk and doubles as my camera bag being able to fits my Ape Case QB39 DSLR storage cube and tripod. Already have started to received many compliments on the bag and can't wait until it's fully broken in and builds a beautiful patina.
The only reason I don't give this bag 5 stars is due to the color. I was use to how light tobacco brown was and the new tobacco color is much darker, its pretty close to DKB. Still love the color but going to miss TB.
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!
Let me start by saying WOW!
I ordered my bag on Tuesday and I had it in my hand by Friday! It was well packed and fast delivery!
Upon opening the bag I was greeted with the wonderful smell of the leather. I ordered a Daves Deal and I cannot find a single flaw on my bag. The quality of this bag is far superior too any bag I have ever been associated with. I was carrying a small cloth backpack so this weighs a little more, but the style and looks are far superior. I loaded it down with the things I carry daily and already am in love with how all my stuff fits in the bag. Now I will just have to listen to all the jokes about my man purse because I dont think I will be leaving home without it! I will be back for more of Daves Deals!
After discovering the Saddleback website the other evening and thoroughly reviewing products and videos for several hours (where does the time go?!), I followed up my pouch purchase (using it to hold cigars and related paraphernalia) by ordering the large round satchel in chestnut. It arrived earlier this week and it is awesome. I anticipate using it for my carry-on when traveling. Will be perfect for carrying iPad, magazines and books, among other things. Unmatched workmanship! I love Saddleback!
Why do I keep coming back to Dave's Deals every day scanning for my next purchase?!?!
I just received my 10% discount level Large Satchel(classic model) in DCB and have yet to see why it was marked down. Couldn't be more thrilled with my latest acquisition.
Keep up the great work guys!
Among a number of items I recently purchased from SBL, the large satchel is exceptionally useful. It's extremely well made, and an appropriate size for a man like me - 6'2", over 200 lbs. I dress conservatively, but I like quality leather accessories that age well. Unquestionably a great purchase for travel, work, and shopping. As expected, the new leather is stiff and slightly heavy, but a little oil and conditioner begins the break in. I may also load the bag up with heavy books and carry it around with me for a few weeks. During the work day, I'll empty it, cover it with a towel and sit on it in my office chair. The warmth and pressure improve the breaking in. These bags are special. You can't lose if you can get your hands on one, or two, or three, or...
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!!
Let this be the last review you read.
You won't regret this bag.
What can I say? I am addicted to Saddleback. I bought the medium briefcase first and carried this daily for over a year. I wanted a smaller option for daily carry and so I bought the large satchel. I may have bought the last old style satchel made since the round satchel was released shortly there after. I still am satisfied. The original large satchel carries my files on end, my ipad, 2 moleskine notebooks with SBL covers, a maxpedition pen case, and a textbook. Furthermore, I can also lay a water bottle across the top of everything under the flap. Weight has never been an issue for me. Finally, I have found that the satchel is breaking in more quickly that my briefcase.
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 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.
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!
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 :)
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!
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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,
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.