Side Pocket Duffel

45 Reviews
SKU: 01-60-0004
$850.00
$850.00

Color

Lining Natura Pigskin

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Ratings & Reviews

45 reviews

4.7

Love it!!!

by -

This is my second big SB piece. I absolutely love the briefcase I have owned for quite a while and I took the plunge a couple of weeks ago on this duffel bag. I take it to my local gym. The pigskin is tough as nails! I bought a couple of waterproof bags to store used clothing. Works like a charm. Lots of space, it looks awsome and I love that leather smell!







I highly recommend this bag. You will not regret the purchase!

Stop looking and reading! This is the real deal - Buy one now!

by -

How many products do you own that you stalk the company's website 4-5 times a week hunting for the next purchase? Outstanding Quality and craftsmanship do not come close to describing this bag. Buy this bag and you will not regret it.







I have had this bag for 4 months and it is great. I travel alot; about 100-120 nights a year mostly by car and at least one trip a month by plane. I was worried this bag would not be big enough. The first thing I did after I got over the initial coolness / beauty of this bag was to take my fully loaded airplane overhead luggage and empty the contents into this duffle. I was excited when I quickly found out that not only does it have enough room but there was room to spare. Also, it is ideal as a carry on because you can place your toiletries in the side pocket for easy access without opening the entire bag.







Dave is right! Stop thinking about the one time purchase cost and focus on how long you are going to own this bag. If this bag is your first purchase from SB it will not be your last. It took me about 60 days before I ordered a matching briefcase. In fact, I ordered mine off of Dave's Deals and I can assure you that Dave is much pickier than I am because I am still not sure what the issue was for my bag (10% discount).







It is amazing to see, watch, and hear the response when a friend or a traveler notices your SB bag. The most negative question I have ever gotten was, "Are you afraid someone is going to steal it?" Yes, Yes I am!

By far my favorite Bag!

by -

I am a huge Saddleback Leather fanatic This duffle bag was my second piece, and it is safe to say I have been more than impressed with it. When I bought it, I was torn between the duffel and the waterbag. I went with the duffel because I really like the "structured" look of it over the waterbag. However, like I said, I am a fanatic, and I have since purchased the waterbag as well.







I have owned the duffel bag for about 2 years, and in that time I have taken it on quite a few long trips (planes and automobile - no trains... Sorry ,John Candy), as well as numerous weekend visits (the bag gives a perfect amount of space for a 2-3 day trip). It is holding up superbly, and I know it will look beautiful well past the 98 years left on its warranty. It's acquiring some scuffs and rubs along the way, but they really do just make the bag look more incredible.







I highly recommend this bag (as well as all of SBL products) to about anybody/everybody I run into. I have had many TSA reps at the airports compliment me on my bag and ask me where I got it. That's how you know you have something great - when your bag jumps out to somebody who sees THOUSANDS of AVERAGE bags!







As a fair warning, I advise you NOT to buy this bag if:







1) You do not enjoy people admiring, commenting on, and/or coveting your bag,



2) You hate well-engineered, quality products that will last several lifetimes,



3) You dislike your possessions being overly-protected in a sturdy piece of art during your travels, or



4) You want a bag for just a few years until it breaks, so you get the lucky opportunity to buy another one.







Perfectly engineered, perfectly constructed! Wouldn't change a thing!



Another piece of art

by -

I have added this piece to my repertoire. I ordered in tobaccp brown.



Seems like a good size. Typical Saddleback quality and construction.



I plan to use this as a carry on with my front pocket backpack (I should be able to carry quite a bit.



I may use as a smaller camera bag. Options are endless.



I love this piece. Not sure how this would carry as a backpack as suggested in previous review as the top has potential spaces to allow gear to slip out.



No regrets for this purchase.

My favorite travel bag

by -

I have an older version of this bag - the one where the side pocket buckles were atttached to the main compartment lid. I thought this was inconvenient at first; but after having traveled quite a bit, I actually prefer this design.







The duffel makes an excellent carryon for travel in the U.S.A. (where most carryon restrictions are size based), and also checks very well if traveling internationally (where carryon restrictions are often weight based). My main wish for this bag was that it had a backpack option like the waterbag and the beast duffel bag.

OUTSTANDING Weekend Bag

by -

I am probably one of your biggest fans, purchasers and advertisers. Seriously, nearly everywhere I go, either on camp here in the sandbox, or flying back and forth to the states, it almost never fails that someone will approach me and ask "where did you get that bag"?...whether it's in airports or here on camp, this happens almost every day. Outstanding quality speaks the loudest and in the land of the cordura nylon backpacks, my stuff stands out for many reasons. I've referred one of the bus drivers here on camp to your site and she purchased alot of her family members some of your products. I have the duffle and the backpack that I'll travel with. In camp I use the backpack for my laptop and the duffle for my workout gear...helluva nice gym bag huh...lol. I have the small dopp kit that I'll use if I'm only shaving that day (hot water runs out quickly during the winter...lol) and I just got the large "Gadget Bag" that I use to take everything to the common facilities when I shower, shave, brush my teeth, etc. in the event of having enough hot water. I have the phone sleeve for my BlackBerry and I have the wallet that I use as well. So yes...I recommend SBL.

A big thumbs up from Australia!

by -

I've been searching for quality Australian leather products for the last few years and unfortunately there are none (I'm an Aussie). Everything in my country seems seems to be either Chinese or stupidly expensive. I'm currently holidaying in Napa with my American wife and stumbled across your website. What a breath of fresh air it was to find. The fact that Saddleback includes links to all it's direct competitors says so much about the company. I've watched all of the videos including the ladies tote bag! The honest, unpolished and thorough product descriptions were a joy to watch. It makes choosing the correct bag so much easier. It was a toss up between a backpack and the duffle bag. My wife bought the duffle for me. I've now decided to purchase the backpack as well when funds allow. In regards to the duffle bag itself it's everything that the video explains it to be. I absolutely love it. The bag wreaks of quality. Initially, I was wondering why it was necessary to include the opening of the side pocket straps in the opening/closing of the bag but I'm sure that it was part of the design process and is this way for a reason. It's part of the bags character anyway.







In summary, I'm very very impressed and I will buy from Saddleback again. Maybe a tote for my wife. It's really not necessary to look at these products beforehand as the detail on the website is more than enough. I don't find these products expensive at all considering what you get for your money elsewhere.







I'm 46 years old and have never written a product review in my life. Just felt compelled to do so in this instance.







Thanks Dave







Andrew

Duffel Bag

by -

I have used my duffel 5 times with no problems at all. Takes a little time to buckle up for travel. And it's not light. I knew that going in. I would recommend it to a guy or lady who likes a traditional, understated, simple look. The duffel fit the overhead on a Delta MD80. It fit under the seat on a smaller regional jet.

The Ultimate Duffle Bag!!!

by -

Wow... What a fantastic duffle bag! Thanks to my wonderful sweetheart for this Christmas gift! I have been shopping for a duffle and without a doubt Saddleback is the best! This is the ultimate bag.... all leather, rugged, no zippers and opens fully at the top. Just got it, but would highly recommend this duffle! Yes, my kids will be fighting for this starting tomorrow... and long after I am gone! LOL Thanks Julie!



Charles

Not too heavy for travel

by -

This wasn't my first saddleback purchase, so I knew what to expect. I stressed a lot over the weight and was concerned that I would have wished for the new Utility duffle instead.







After receiving and packing it, I'm so glad I went with the standard duffle bag. Going through the airport I can keep my plastic bag of liquids in the side pocket and be just one buckle away from pulling it out for security.







Because I was so worried about the weight, I bought an inexpensive, folding luggage cart (samsonite outlet, $30) and it worked great. Ran the handle through the bottom straps and put socks and other non-breakables in the side pocket that faced down. However, on my next trip I'll probably just use the shoulder strap, because it really wasn't that heavy when packed with clothes.







I found it realistic to get into the side pockets without unbuckling the top, even when the leather is brand new and super stiff. Also, the false bottom comes completely out if you don't need it. Kept a few papers and a magazine in there and it protected them well.







Inside pockets are really stiff, but still usable even when new. Great bag, hallmark saddleback quality and great, practical design, especially after fighting with a family member's broken carry-on zipper several times during our last trip.







Last point... I used this duffle as my carry-on and it was definitely not too big for the overhead in a mid-sized jet. I also carried a small bag for airplane stuff (ipad, candy, wallet, etc.) so I didn't have to get in and out of the duffle until I got to my destination. Can hold a few days of clothes easy, plus jacket and some extra junk. Will be using it for a week-long trip in the near future, which will probably push the capacity to the limit.







Bottom line: practical, beautiful, durable.



Not too heavy for travel

by -

This wasn't my first saddleback purchase, so I knew what to expect. I stressed a lot over the weight and was concerned that I would have wished for the new Utility duffle instead.







After receiving and packing it, I'm so glad I went with the standard duffle bag. Going through the airport I can keep my plastic bag of liquids in the side pocket and be just one buckle away from pulling it out for security.







Because I was so worried about the weight, I bought an inexpensive, folding luggage cart (samsonite outlet, $30) and it worked great. Ran the handle through the bottom straps and put socks and other non-breakables in the side pocket that faced down. However, on my next trip I'll probably just use the shoulder strap, because it really wasn't that heavy when packed with clothes.







I found it realistic to get into the side pockets without unbuckling the top, even when the leather is brand new and super stiff. Also, the false bottom comes completely out if you don't need it. Kept a few papers and a magazine in there and it protected them well.







Inside pockets are really stiff, but still usable even when new. Great bag, hallmark saddleback quality and great, practical design, especially after fighting with a family member's broken carry-on zipper several times during our last trip.







Last point... I used this duffle as my carry-on and it was definitely not too big for the overhead in a mid-sized jet. I also carried a small bag for airplane stuff (ipad, candy, wallet, etc.) so I didn't have to get in and out of the duffle until I got to my destination. Can hold a few days of clothes easy, plus jacket and some extra junk. Will be using it for a week-long trip in the near future, which will probably push the capacity to the limit.







Bottom line: practical, beautiful, durable.



Love it!!!

by -

This is my second big SB piece. I absolutely love the briefcase I have owned for quite a while and I took the plunge a couple of weeks ago on this duffel bag. I take it to my local gym. The pigskin is tough as nails! I bought a couple of waterproof bags to store used clothing. Works like a charm. Lots of space, it looks awsome and I love that leather smell!







I highly recommend this bag. You will not regret the purchase!

Stop looking and reading! This is the real deal - Buy one now!

by -

How many products do you own that you stalk the company's website 4-5 times a week hunting for the next purchase? Outstanding Quality and craftsmanship do not come close to describing this bag. Buy this bag and you will not regret it.







I have had this bag for 4 months and it is great. I travel alot; about 100-120 nights a year mostly by car and at least one trip a month by plane. I was worried this bag would not be big enough. The first thing I did after I got over the initial coolness / beauty of this bag was to take my fully loaded airplane overhead luggage and empty the contents into this duffle. I was excited when I quickly found out that not only does it have enough room but there was room to spare. Also, it is ideal as a carry on because you can place your toiletries in the side pocket for easy access without opening the entire bag.







Dave is right! Stop thinking about the one time purchase cost and focus on how long you are going to own this bag. If this bag is your first purchase from SB it will not be your last. It took me about 60 days before I ordered a matching briefcase. In fact, I ordered mine off of Dave's Deals and I can assure you that Dave is much pickier than I am because I am still not sure what the issue was for my bag (10% discount).







It is amazing to see, watch, and hear the response when a friend or a traveler notices your SB bag. The most negative question I have ever gotten was, "Are you afraid someone is going to steal it?" Yes, Yes I am!

By far my favorite Bag!

by -

I am a huge Saddleback Leather fanatic This duffle bag was my second piece, and it is safe to say I have been more than impressed with it. When I bought it, I was torn between the duffel and the waterbag. I went with the duffel because I really like the "structured" look of it over the waterbag. However, like I said, I am a fanatic, and I have since purchased the waterbag as well.







I have owned the duffel bag for about 2 years, and in that time I have taken it on quite a few long trips (planes and automobile - no trains... Sorry ,John Candy), as well as numerous weekend visits (the bag gives a perfect amount of space for a 2-3 day trip). It is holding up superbly, and I know it will look beautiful well past the 98 years left on its warranty. It's acquiring some scuffs and rubs along the way, but they really do just make the bag look more incredible.







I highly recommend this bag (as well as all of SBL products) to about anybody/everybody I run into. I have had many TSA reps at the airports compliment me on my bag and ask me where I got it. That's how you know you have something great - when your bag jumps out to somebody who sees THOUSANDS of AVERAGE bags!







As a fair warning, I advise you NOT to buy this bag if:







1) You do not enjoy people admiring, commenting on, and/or coveting your bag,



2) You hate well-engineered, quality products that will last several lifetimes,



3) You dislike your possessions being overly-protected in a sturdy piece of art during your travels, or



4) You want a bag for just a few years until it breaks, so you get the lucky opportunity to buy another one.







Perfectly engineered, perfectly constructed! Wouldn't change a thing!



Another piece of art

by -

I have added this piece to my repertoire. I ordered in tobaccp brown.



Seems like a good size. Typical Saddleback quality and construction.



I plan to use this as a carry on with my front pocket backpack (I should be able to carry quite a bit.



I may use as a smaller camera bag. Options are endless.



I love this piece. Not sure how this would carry as a backpack as suggested in previous review as the top has potential spaces to allow gear to slip out.



No regrets for this purchase.

My favorite travel bag

by -

I have an older version of this bag - the one where the side pocket buckles were atttached to the main compartment lid. I thought this was inconvenient at first; but after having traveled quite a bit, I actually prefer this design.







The duffel makes an excellent carryon for travel in the U.S.A. (where most carryon restrictions are size based), and also checks very well if traveling internationally (where carryon restrictions are often weight based). My main wish for this bag was that it had a backpack option like the waterbag and the beast duffel bag.

Awesome Bag in Afghanistan

by -

I have had the bag for a little while now, and have already kicked the crap out if a little traveling here in Afghanistan. This thing is built to last and has no problem being tossed around in the rugged terrain that I move around in. It's been kicked, dragged, thrown, crushed, and soaked. It just doesn't give up. I love Saddleback.

OUTSTANDING Weekend Bag

by -

I am probably one of your biggest fans, purchasers and advertisers. Seriously, nearly everywhere I go, either on camp here in the sandbox, or flying back and forth to the states, it almost never fails that someone will approach me and ask "where did you get that bag"?...whether it's in airports or here on camp, this happens almost every day. Outstanding quality speaks the loudest and in the land of the cordura nylon backpacks, my stuff stands out for many reasons. I've referred one of the bus drivers here on camp to your site and she purchased alot of her family members some of your products. I have the duffle and the backpack that I'll travel with. In camp I use the backpack for my laptop and the duffle for my workout gear...helluva nice gym bag huh...lol. I have the small dopp kit that I'll use if I'm only shaving that day (hot water runs out quickly during the winter...lol) and I just got the large "Gadget Bag" that I use to take everything to the common facilities when I shower, shave, brush my teeth, etc. in the event of having enough hot water. I have the phone sleeve for my BlackBerry and I have the wallet that I use as well. So yes...I recommend SBL.

Nice, but...

by -

I'm a big fan of saddleback and I own several other products and they are all worth the money.



This bag is the best looking product among them but the least favorite for a single reason, the accessibility to the side pockets. Once you buckle up the bag fully, you cannot open up the side pockets fully unless you open up the whole bag. This is surprising because all other products were extremely well designed. The top cover extends out to protect from rain, but that case probably is a lot less frequent than accessing the side pockets.



Looking great, and everything else is as expected. Thanks.

A big thumbs up from Australia!

by -

I've been searching for quality Australian leather products for the last few years and unfortunately there are none (I'm an Aussie). Everything in my country seems seems to be either Chinese or stupidly expensive. I'm currently holidaying in Napa with my American wife and stumbled across your website. What a breath of fresh air it was to find. The fact that Saddleback includes links to all it's direct competitors says so much about the company. I've watched all of the videos including the ladies tote bag! The honest, unpolished and thorough product descriptions were a joy to watch. It makes choosing the correct bag so much easier. It was a toss up between a backpack and the duffle bag. My wife bought the duffle for me. I've now decided to purchase the backpack as well when funds allow. In regards to the duffle bag itself it's everything that the video explains it to be. I absolutely love it. The bag wreaks of quality. Initially, I was wondering why it was necessary to include the opening of the side pocket straps in the opening/closing of the bag but I'm sure that it was part of the design process and is this way for a reason. It's part of the bags character anyway.







In summary, I'm very very impressed and I will buy from Saddleback again. Maybe a tote for my wife. It's really not necessary to look at these products beforehand as the detail on the website is more than enough. I don't find these products expensive at all considering what you get for your money elsewhere.







I'm 46 years old and have never written a product review in my life. Just felt compelled to do so in this instance.







Thanks Dave







Andrew

The Ultimate Duffle Bag!!!

by -

Wow... What a fantastic duffle bag! Thanks to my wonderful sweetheart for this Christmas gift! I have been shopping for a duffle and without a doubt Saddleback is the best! This is the ultimate bag.... all leather, rugged, no zippers and opens fully at the top. Just got it, but would highly recommend this duffle! Yes, my kids will be fighting for this starting tomorrow... and long after I am gone! LOL Thanks Julie!



Charles

Duffel Bag

by -

I have used my duffel 5 times with no problems at all. Takes a little time to buckle up for travel. And it's not light. I knew that going in. I would recommend it to a guy or lady who likes a traditional, understated, simple look. The duffel fit the overhead on a Delta MD80. It fit under the seat on a smaller regional jet.

Compliments Every Time

by -

I often travel with my duffel and matching classic briefcase. I get compliments on them every single time. It's a beautiful bag that's made very durably. The only issue I have is with the stiffness of the inside pocket. I don't use this pocket and the stiff leather doesn't easily fold flush with the side to be out of the way. Creates a small amount of unusable space for the way I use the bag.

Absolutely Stunning Duffel Bag!!!

by -

My first Saddleback piece was a Medium Waterbag in Tobbaco Leather. I fell in love with the heavy duty construction and soft leather. Great Bag and I am not sure it can be topped.... except by the Duffel Bag. I was looking for a duffel bag with side pockets for my frequent travel on airlines.. I called Customer Service and talked to a very nice lady who told me it may not fit in all overhead compartments. I ordered it anyway as I thought it would come close to fitting in the overheads and it had side pockets which was a huge plus when traveling.. I ordered the large Duffel in the New Tobbaco Leather.







It arrived and it was beautiful. Wonderfull tough construction and a perfect size for me. I filled it up easily on my next flight with room to spare. This bag easily fits in the overhead bins i used ( JETBLUE).







The best part of my "saddleback experience" was when I was leaving the plane and getting my duffel bag from the overhead bin. People just starred at my bag. A man asked if I would get his LV bag from the overhead which i gladly did. ( can you believe it ... a friggin man with a Loius Vuitton bag!! LOL) he looked so out of place. As I got off the the plane and walked to the terminal, the LV man caught up to me and asked me where I got my leather bag from. I proudly told him "Saddleback Leather.... buy once...cry once" . I wouldn't be surprised if i converted him to a real man's bag.... Saddleback leather







Great bag

by -

I am real picky and a quirky perfectionist! I bought this bag at a 25 % discount and the only thing I can see is that possibly the top cover on one side drops less then a quarter inch lower on one side. Which will disappear onece packed. It adds a special personality to the bag. I noticed this after turning the bag around and around up and down. I was SEARCHING for a defect! For $165.00 discount I am exstatic about my purchase.

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Story

To say that our marriage started off kind of fun and exciting is like saying that getting a big cat into a small toilet is kind of hard. After we got back from Bora Bora, right away we moved to Mexico for a couple months to get more bags made and then got back to Texas just in time to fly to Australia to dive the Great Barrier Reef.

So we get to Cairns and headed out on a boat to go dive the reef. Turns out that I had gotten my hot wife pregnant a couple of months earlier so she couldn’t dive. Not that she’d want to because she had morning sickness and the two-hour rough boat ride didn’t help that. Let’s just say, the fish ate well that day. On top of Suzette having not so clean clothes anymore, mine were all salty.

It’s times like these when you’ll want a bag like this; to separate the clean from the dirty. When we travel, Suzette likes this duffel because she says she can’t stand having her toothbrush and hairbrush, and the like, all mixed in with our dirty unmentionables. Sometimes I just don’t get women.

Reviews

Ratings & Reviews

45 reviews

4.7

Love it!!!

by -

This is my second big SB piece. I absolutely love the briefcase I have owned for quite a while and I took the plunge a couple of weeks ago on this duffel bag. I take it to my local gym. The pigskin is tough as nails! I bought a couple of waterproof bags to store used clothing. Works like a charm. Lots of space, it looks awsome and I love that leather smell!







I highly recommend this bag. You will not regret the purchase!

Stop looking and reading! This is the real deal - Buy one now!

by -

How many products do you own that you stalk the company's website 4-5 times a week hunting for the next purchase? Outstanding Quality and craftsmanship do not come close to describing this bag. Buy this bag and you will not regret it.







I have had this bag for 4 months and it is great. I travel alot; about 100-120 nights a year mostly by car and at least one trip a month by plane. I was worried this bag would not be big enough. The first thing I did after I got over the initial coolness / beauty of this bag was to take my fully loaded airplane overhead luggage and empty the contents into this duffle. I was excited when I quickly found out that not only does it have enough room but there was room to spare. Also, it is ideal as a carry on because you can place your toiletries in the side pocket for easy access without opening the entire bag.







Dave is right! Stop thinking about the one time purchase cost and focus on how long you are going to own this bag. If this bag is your first purchase from SB it will not be your last. It took me about 60 days before I ordered a matching briefcase. In fact, I ordered mine off of Dave's Deals and I can assure you that Dave is much pickier than I am because I am still not sure what the issue was for my bag (10% discount).







It is amazing to see, watch, and hear the response when a friend or a traveler notices your SB bag. The most negative question I have ever gotten was, "Are you afraid someone is going to steal it?" Yes, Yes I am!

By far my favorite Bag!

by -

I am a huge Saddleback Leather fanatic This duffle bag was my second piece, and it is safe to say I have been more than impressed with it. When I bought it, I was torn between the duffel and the waterbag. I went with the duffel because I really like the "structured" look of it over the waterbag. However, like I said, I am a fanatic, and I have since purchased the waterbag as well.







I have owned the duffel bag for about 2 years, and in that time I have taken it on quite a few long trips (planes and automobile - no trains... Sorry ,John Candy), as well as numerous weekend visits (the bag gives a perfect amount of space for a 2-3 day trip). It is holding up superbly, and I know it will look beautiful well past the 98 years left on its warranty. It's acquiring some scuffs and rubs along the way, but they really do just make the bag look more incredible.







I highly recommend this bag (as well as all of SBL products) to about anybody/everybody I run into. I have had many TSA reps at the airports compliment me on my bag and ask me where I got it. That's how you know you have something great - when your bag jumps out to somebody who sees THOUSANDS of AVERAGE bags!







As a fair warning, I advise you NOT to buy this bag if:







1) You do not enjoy people admiring, commenting on, and/or coveting your bag,



2) You hate well-engineered, quality products that will last several lifetimes,



3) You dislike your possessions being overly-protected in a sturdy piece of art during your travels, or



4) You want a bag for just a few years until it breaks, so you get the lucky opportunity to buy another one.







Perfectly engineered, perfectly constructed! Wouldn't change a thing!



Another piece of art

by -

I have added this piece to my repertoire. I ordered in tobaccp brown.



Seems like a good size. Typical Saddleback quality and construction.



I plan to use this as a carry on with my front pocket backpack (I should be able to carry quite a bit.



I may use as a smaller camera bag. Options are endless.



I love this piece. Not sure how this would carry as a backpack as suggested in previous review as the top has potential spaces to allow gear to slip out.



No regrets for this purchase.

My favorite travel bag

by -

I have an older version of this bag - the one where the side pocket buckles were atttached to the main compartment lid. I thought this was inconvenient at first; but after having traveled quite a bit, I actually prefer this design.







The duffel makes an excellent carryon for travel in the U.S.A. (where most carryon restrictions are size based), and also checks very well if traveling internationally (where carryon restrictions are often weight based). My main wish for this bag was that it had a backpack option like the waterbag and the beast duffel bag.

OUTSTANDING Weekend Bag

by -

I am probably one of your biggest fans, purchasers and advertisers. Seriously, nearly everywhere I go, either on camp here in the sandbox, or flying back and forth to the states, it almost never fails that someone will approach me and ask "where did you get that bag"?...whether it's in airports or here on camp, this happens almost every day. Outstanding quality speaks the loudest and in the land of the cordura nylon backpacks, my stuff stands out for many reasons. I've referred one of the bus drivers here on camp to your site and she purchased alot of her family members some of your products. I have the duffle and the backpack that I'll travel with. In camp I use the backpack for my laptop and the duffle for my workout gear...helluva nice gym bag huh...lol. I have the small dopp kit that I'll use if I'm only shaving that day (hot water runs out quickly during the winter...lol) and I just got the large "Gadget Bag" that I use to take everything to the common facilities when I shower, shave, brush my teeth, etc. in the event of having enough hot water. I have the phone sleeve for my BlackBerry and I have the wallet that I use as well. So yes...I recommend SBL.

A big thumbs up from Australia!

by -

I've been searching for quality Australian leather products for the last few years and unfortunately there are none (I'm an Aussie). Everything in my country seems seems to be either Chinese or stupidly expensive. I'm currently holidaying in Napa with my American wife and stumbled across your website. What a breath of fresh air it was to find. The fact that Saddleback includes links to all it's direct competitors says so much about the company. I've watched all of the videos including the ladies tote bag! The honest, unpolished and thorough product descriptions were a joy to watch. It makes choosing the correct bag so much easier. It was a toss up between a backpack and the duffle bag. My wife bought the duffle for me. I've now decided to purchase the backpack as well when funds allow. In regards to the duffle bag itself it's everything that the video explains it to be. I absolutely love it. The bag wreaks of quality. Initially, I was wondering why it was necessary to include the opening of the side pocket straps in the opening/closing of the bag but I'm sure that it was part of the design process and is this way for a reason. It's part of the bags character anyway.







In summary, I'm very very impressed and I will buy from Saddleback again. Maybe a tote for my wife. It's really not necessary to look at these products beforehand as the detail on the website is more than enough. I don't find these products expensive at all considering what you get for your money elsewhere.







I'm 46 years old and have never written a product review in my life. Just felt compelled to do so in this instance.







Thanks Dave







Andrew

Duffel Bag

by -

I have used my duffel 5 times with no problems at all. Takes a little time to buckle up for travel. And it's not light. I knew that going in. I would recommend it to a guy or lady who likes a traditional, understated, simple look. The duffel fit the overhead on a Delta MD80. It fit under the seat on a smaller regional jet.

The Ultimate Duffle Bag!!!

by -

Wow... What a fantastic duffle bag! Thanks to my wonderful sweetheart for this Christmas gift! I have been shopping for a duffle and without a doubt Saddleback is the best! This is the ultimate bag.... all leather, rugged, no zippers and opens fully at the top. Just got it, but would highly recommend this duffle! Yes, my kids will be fighting for this starting tomorrow... and long after I am gone! LOL Thanks Julie!



Charles

Not too heavy for travel

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This wasn't my first saddleback purchase, so I knew what to expect. I stressed a lot over the weight and was concerned that I would have wished for the new Utility duffle instead.







After receiving and packing it, I'm so glad I went with the standard duffle bag. Going through the airport I can keep my plastic bag of liquids in the side pocket and be just one buckle away from pulling it out for security.







Because I was so worried about the weight, I bought an inexpensive, folding luggage cart (samsonite outlet, $30) and it worked great. Ran the handle through the bottom straps and put socks and other non-breakables in the side pocket that faced down. However, on my next trip I'll probably just use the shoulder strap, because it really wasn't that heavy when packed with clothes.







I found it realistic to get into the side pockets without unbuckling the top, even when the leather is brand new and super stiff. Also, the false bottom comes completely out if you don't need it. Kept a few papers and a magazine in there and it protected them well.







Inside pockets are really stiff, but still usable even when new. Great bag, hallmark saddleback quality and great, practical design, especially after fighting with a family member's broken carry-on zipper several times during our last trip.







Last point... I used this duffle as my carry-on and it was definitely not too big for the overhead in a mid-sized jet. I also carried a small bag for airplane stuff (ipad, candy, wallet, etc.) so I didn't have to get in and out of the duffle until I got to my destination. Can hold a few days of clothes easy, plus jacket and some extra junk. Will be using it for a week-long trip in the near future, which will probably push the capacity to the limit.







Bottom line: practical, beautiful, durable.



Not too heavy for travel

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This wasn't my first saddleback purchase, so I knew what to expect. I stressed a lot over the weight and was concerned that I would have wished for the new Utility duffle instead.







After receiving and packing it, I'm so glad I went with the standard duffle bag. Going through the airport I can keep my plastic bag of liquids in the side pocket and be just one buckle away from pulling it out for security.







Because I was so worried about the weight, I bought an inexpensive, folding luggage cart (samsonite outlet, $30) and it worked great. Ran the handle through the bottom straps and put socks and other non-breakables in the side pocket that faced down. However, on my next trip I'll probably just use the shoulder strap, because it really wasn't that heavy when packed with clothes.







I found it realistic to get into the side pockets without unbuckling the top, even when the leather is brand new and super stiff. Also, the false bottom comes completely out if you don't need it. Kept a few papers and a magazine in there and it protected them well.







Inside pockets are really stiff, but still usable even when new. Great bag, hallmark saddleback quality and great, practical design, especially after fighting with a family member's broken carry-on zipper several times during our last trip.







Last point... I used this duffle as my carry-on and it was definitely not too big for the overhead in a mid-sized jet. I also carried a small bag for airplane stuff (ipad, candy, wallet, etc.) so I didn't have to get in and out of the duffle until I got to my destination. Can hold a few days of clothes easy, plus jacket and some extra junk. Will be using it for a week-long trip in the near future, which will probably push the capacity to the limit.







Bottom line: practical, beautiful, durable.



Love it!!!

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This is my second big SB piece. I absolutely love the briefcase I have owned for quite a while and I took the plunge a couple of weeks ago on this duffel bag. I take it to my local gym. The pigskin is tough as nails! I bought a couple of waterproof bags to store used clothing. Works like a charm. Lots of space, it looks awsome and I love that leather smell!







I highly recommend this bag. You will not regret the purchase!

Stop looking and reading! This is the real deal - Buy one now!

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How many products do you own that you stalk the company's website 4-5 times a week hunting for the next purchase? Outstanding Quality and craftsmanship do not come close to describing this bag. Buy this bag and you will not regret it.







I have had this bag for 4 months and it is great. I travel alot; about 100-120 nights a year mostly by car and at least one trip a month by plane. I was worried this bag would not be big enough. The first thing I did after I got over the initial coolness / beauty of this bag was to take my fully loaded airplane overhead luggage and empty the contents into this duffle. I was excited when I quickly found out that not only does it have enough room but there was room to spare. Also, it is ideal as a carry on because you can place your toiletries in the side pocket for easy access without opening the entire bag.







Dave is right! Stop thinking about the one time purchase cost and focus on how long you are going to own this bag. If this bag is your first purchase from SB it will not be your last. It took me about 60 days before I ordered a matching briefcase. In fact, I ordered mine off of Dave's Deals and I can assure you that Dave is much pickier than I am because I am still not sure what the issue was for my bag (10% discount).







It is amazing to see, watch, and hear the response when a friend or a traveler notices your SB bag. The most negative question I have ever gotten was, "Are you afraid someone is going to steal it?" Yes, Yes I am!

By far my favorite Bag!

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I am a huge Saddleback Leather fanatic This duffle bag was my second piece, and it is safe to say I have been more than impressed with it. When I bought it, I was torn between the duffel and the waterbag. I went with the duffel because I really like the "structured" look of it over the waterbag. However, like I said, I am a fanatic, and I have since purchased the waterbag as well.







I have owned the duffel bag for about 2 years, and in that time I have taken it on quite a few long trips (planes and automobile - no trains... Sorry ,John Candy), as well as numerous weekend visits (the bag gives a perfect amount of space for a 2-3 day trip). It is holding up superbly, and I know it will look beautiful well past the 98 years left on its warranty. It's acquiring some scuffs and rubs along the way, but they really do just make the bag look more incredible.







I highly recommend this bag (as well as all of SBL products) to about anybody/everybody I run into. I have had many TSA reps at the airports compliment me on my bag and ask me where I got it. That's how you know you have something great - when your bag jumps out to somebody who sees THOUSANDS of AVERAGE bags!







As a fair warning, I advise you NOT to buy this bag if:







1) You do not enjoy people admiring, commenting on, and/or coveting your bag,



2) You hate well-engineered, quality products that will last several lifetimes,



3) You dislike your possessions being overly-protected in a sturdy piece of art during your travels, or



4) You want a bag for just a few years until it breaks, so you get the lucky opportunity to buy another one.







Perfectly engineered, perfectly constructed! Wouldn't change a thing!



Another piece of art

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I have added this piece to my repertoire. I ordered in tobaccp brown.



Seems like a good size. Typical Saddleback quality and construction.



I plan to use this as a carry on with my front pocket backpack (I should be able to carry quite a bit.



I may use as a smaller camera bag. Options are endless.



I love this piece. Not sure how this would carry as a backpack as suggested in previous review as the top has potential spaces to allow gear to slip out.



No regrets for this purchase.

My favorite travel bag

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I have an older version of this bag - the one where the side pocket buckles were atttached to the main compartment lid. I thought this was inconvenient at first; but after having traveled quite a bit, I actually prefer this design.







The duffel makes an excellent carryon for travel in the U.S.A. (where most carryon restrictions are size based), and also checks very well if traveling internationally (where carryon restrictions are often weight based). My main wish for this bag was that it had a backpack option like the waterbag and the beast duffel bag.

Awesome Bag in Afghanistan

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I have had the bag for a little while now, and have already kicked the crap out if a little traveling here in Afghanistan. This thing is built to last and has no problem being tossed around in the rugged terrain that I move around in. It's been kicked, dragged, thrown, crushed, and soaked. It just doesn't give up. I love Saddleback.

OUTSTANDING Weekend Bag

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I am probably one of your biggest fans, purchasers and advertisers. Seriously, nearly everywhere I go, either on camp here in the sandbox, or flying back and forth to the states, it almost never fails that someone will approach me and ask "where did you get that bag"?...whether it's in airports or here on camp, this happens almost every day. Outstanding quality speaks the loudest and in the land of the cordura nylon backpacks, my stuff stands out for many reasons. I've referred one of the bus drivers here on camp to your site and she purchased alot of her family members some of your products. I have the duffle and the backpack that I'll travel with. In camp I use the backpack for my laptop and the duffle for my workout gear...helluva nice gym bag huh...lol. I have the small dopp kit that I'll use if I'm only shaving that day (hot water runs out quickly during the winter...lol) and I just got the large "Gadget Bag" that I use to take everything to the common facilities when I shower, shave, brush my teeth, etc. in the event of having enough hot water. I have the phone sleeve for my BlackBerry and I have the wallet that I use as well. So yes...I recommend SBL.

Nice, but...

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I'm a big fan of saddleback and I own several other products and they are all worth the money.



This bag is the best looking product among them but the least favorite for a single reason, the accessibility to the side pockets. Once you buckle up the bag fully, you cannot open up the side pockets fully unless you open up the whole bag. This is surprising because all other products were extremely well designed. The top cover extends out to protect from rain, but that case probably is a lot less frequent than accessing the side pockets.



Looking great, and everything else is as expected. Thanks.

A big thumbs up from Australia!

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I've been searching for quality Australian leather products for the last few years and unfortunately there are none (I'm an Aussie). Everything in my country seems seems to be either Chinese or stupidly expensive. I'm currently holidaying in Napa with my American wife and stumbled across your website. What a breath of fresh air it was to find. The fact that Saddleback includes links to all it's direct competitors says so much about the company. I've watched all of the videos including the ladies tote bag! The honest, unpolished and thorough product descriptions were a joy to watch. It makes choosing the correct bag so much easier. It was a toss up between a backpack and the duffle bag. My wife bought the duffle for me. I've now decided to purchase the backpack as well when funds allow. In regards to the duffle bag itself it's everything that the video explains it to be. I absolutely love it. The bag wreaks of quality. Initially, I was wondering why it was necessary to include the opening of the side pocket straps in the opening/closing of the bag but I'm sure that it was part of the design process and is this way for a reason. It's part of the bags character anyway.







In summary, I'm very very impressed and I will buy from Saddleback again. Maybe a tote for my wife. It's really not necessary to look at these products beforehand as the detail on the website is more than enough. I don't find these products expensive at all considering what you get for your money elsewhere.







I'm 46 years old and have never written a product review in my life. Just felt compelled to do so in this instance.







Thanks Dave







Andrew

The Ultimate Duffle Bag!!!

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Wow... What a fantastic duffle bag! Thanks to my wonderful sweetheart for this Christmas gift! I have been shopping for a duffle and without a doubt Saddleback is the best! This is the ultimate bag.... all leather, rugged, no zippers and opens fully at the top. Just got it, but would highly recommend this duffle! Yes, my kids will be fighting for this starting tomorrow... and long after I am gone! LOL Thanks Julie!



Charles

Duffel Bag

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I have used my duffel 5 times with no problems at all. Takes a little time to buckle up for travel. And it's not light. I knew that going in. I would recommend it to a guy or lady who likes a traditional, understated, simple look. The duffel fit the overhead on a Delta MD80. It fit under the seat on a smaller regional jet.

Compliments Every Time

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I often travel with my duffel and matching classic briefcase. I get compliments on them every single time. It's a beautiful bag that's made very durably. The only issue I have is with the stiffness of the inside pocket. I don't use this pocket and the stiff leather doesn't easily fold flush with the side to be out of the way. Creates a small amount of unusable space for the way I use the bag.

Absolutely Stunning Duffel Bag!!!

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My first Saddleback piece was a Medium Waterbag in Tobbaco Leather. I fell in love with the heavy duty construction and soft leather. Great Bag and I am not sure it can be topped.... except by the Duffel Bag. I was looking for a duffel bag with side pockets for my frequent travel on airlines.. I called Customer Service and talked to a very nice lady who told me it may not fit in all overhead compartments. I ordered it anyway as I thought it would come close to fitting in the overheads and it had side pockets which was a huge plus when traveling.. I ordered the large Duffel in the New Tobbaco Leather.







It arrived and it was beautiful. Wonderfull tough construction and a perfect size for me. I filled it up easily on my next flight with room to spare. This bag easily fits in the overhead bins i used ( JETBLUE).







The best part of my "saddleback experience" was when I was leaving the plane and getting my duffel bag from the overhead bin. People just starred at my bag. A man asked if I would get his LV bag from the overhead which i gladly did. ( can you believe it ... a friggin man with a Loius Vuitton bag!! LOL) he looked so out of place. As I got off the the plane and walked to the terminal, the LV man caught up to me and asked me where I got my leather bag from. I proudly told him "Saddleback Leather.... buy once...cry once" . I wouldn't be surprised if i converted him to a real man's bag.... Saddleback leather







Great bag

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I am real picky and a quirky perfectionist! I bought this bag at a 25 % discount and the only thing I can see is that possibly the top cover on one side drops less then a quarter inch lower on one side. Which will disappear onece packed. It adds a special personality to the bag. I noticed this after turning the bag around and around up and down. I was SEARCHING for a defect! For $165.00 discount I am exstatic about my purchase.