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  • Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin lining
  • Simple and strong lighter-weight design perfect bucket bag to carry it all
  • Removable utility strap to close bag tightly under the flap
  • Two exterior side pockets to separate the small stuff
  • Open pocket behind exterior pockets for poles, maps, or an umbrella
  • Ergonomic shoulder straps help with weight distribution
  • Adjustable shoulder straps won’t dig into your ribcage or love handles
  • Wide main flap keeps rain and dirt out
  • Neoprene lower back padding
  • Body of bag made with only two pieces of leather
  • No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
  • Because of natural oils shade may vary
  • Dimensions (approximate size):
  • 14" backpack
    • Interior: 11" W x 14 ¾" H (adjustable) x 7" D
    • Exterior: 12” W x 15” H x 7 ½” D
    • 4.8 pounds
  • 17" backpack
    • Interior: 11 ¾" W x 17" H (adjustable) x 7" D
    • External: 12 ¾” W x 17 ¼” H x 7 ½” D
    • 5.3 pounds

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    "... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates against any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."

    Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see something as it really is.

    This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the marks life has given them.

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    The second time I killed my dog was on December, 15th 2002 at 2 a.m. I had just come up out of Mexico with my first 8 bags and was carrying them back to Oregon when I did it. I had decided to go through Wyoming this time since I wanted to see what it looked like in the wintertime frozen over. With it being 8 degrees in an ice storm, it looked like what I imagine Hell would look like if I ever started liking onions. It was cool. In fact, so cool that they closed that stretch of highway shortly after I started on it. And who knew how many days I would have been stuck in Rawlins with weather like that if I hadn’t risked it.

    So, on I went driving the Iron Pig, which I thought meant the ice would respect me like the mud and sand always did. My 1971 FJ55 Four Wheel Drive Toyota Land Cruiser even had 33” mud terrain tires on it. I thought I was invincible until I was rolling off the road the way cars aren’t supposed to.

    When we stopped, I looked over at Blue and he was just laying there lifeless. I grabbed him up in my arms and his head just hung limp with no signs of life. I desperately yelled out a few desperate and pleading words to God and immediately Blue came back. Maybe he wasn’t dead and maybe it just seemed like he wasn’t breathing, but either way, he was alive and he was with me.

    After the tow truck pulled my Cruiser back over, we drove about 75 more miles to a motel where Blue and I licked our wounds and went to sleep. I didn’t have any seat belts in the car and Blue had gotten the toolbox full force. The next day we drove almost all the rest of the way home to Portland. And it was cool because the rig strangely looked better than it did the day before.

    Those Land Cruisers are over engineered to last. You can bend ‘em, but you can’t break ‘em. Nothing fancy. Just designed to get you there and get you back. That’s it. The scratches and the scrapes only added character and made people wonder what the story was. I pretty much used that same thinking to design this Simple Backpack. It’s the kind of bag that can take you around the world and get back looking better than it did before you left. Watch the Around the World video with it and you’ll see what I mean.

    Reviews:


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    The finest backpack I've ever owned

    by - verified purchaser |
    I orginally discovered Saddleback Leather back in 2009 while looking for a replacement for my trusty college pigskin backpack. At the time, only one true backpack was offered by Saddleback Leather, and it wasn't quite what I was looking for. Last fall, the Simple Backpack was released, and I bought it without hesitation. It's exactly the backpack I've been looking for. The size is perfect for fitting underneath the front seat area on an aircraft, I can fit a 15" Macbook Pro in it, the shoulder straps are extremely comfortable once broken in, and the color is really phenomenal. I've used the bag exclusively for the past few months, and everytime I open it, I want to tell Dave "Thank you for making this."

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    My favorite everyday carry

    by - verified purchaser |
    I started with a Medium Briefcase back in 09. I carried that for years but was trying to find something lighter. I tried several different messenger bags. They were lighter but I carry a lot of stuff with me everyday and I needed more room. I bought this a month ago. I can carry a ton of stuff and it still be a light bag. I wish they had a key ring clip inside like many of their bags do. (which they'll probably add later to the next one). The pockets behind the pockets don't seem like they'd hold much.

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    Simple back pack

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    What an awesome pack. Lots of compliments and it gets better with age. I traveled with it and have use it as an every day pack. The quality is top notch.

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    AWESOME!

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    I bought the Simple Backpack prior to a cross country trip, it was delivered a few days before I left. I bought the medium and its cavernous. The amount of stuff you can put in the pack is truly amazing. This was my carry on for the trip. It being new the straps etc are a bit stiff, but that's s a short term issue, the more I use it the more the leather soften. I waited a long time before I ordered this bag as it is somewhat costly, it was worth the wait and the cost.

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    WOW !

    by - verified purchaser |
    Three words to sum it up : LOVE MY BACKPACK !!!

    And it smells good !

    Thanks Dave.

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    I told her I didn't want it, I was wrong.

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is simply the best backpack available. Solid, soft, accommodating and rugged. It's those great locking straps that give me the confidence that NO ONE will mess with my stuff. The quality of the bag keeps my electronic gear protected and safe. (Of course I have those wrapped in Saddleback also) Never disappointed with Saddleback. I am glad she got it for me, get one for yourself.

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    Backpack Of A Lifetime!

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is the prefect adventure backpack. I'm 5'9" with broad shoulders and the Medium fits me perfectly. It is very comfotable. I have taken it on several long hikes and it feels great. I also commute with it by bike. Not much else to say about it. Great, simple, lightweight design that will stand the test of time. Great work Dave!

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    The Backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have been " Sattlebacker " since my son introduced me last year. The backpack is awesome, its size and features make it the best pick for accompanying me as I go through my day. I would highly recommend this bag to anyone and speaking of which, my wife is now interesting in getting one in Tobacco Brown. (mine is Chestnut).
    Dave , keep up the good work in offering such highly prized products!


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    the best backpack i own

    by - verified purchaser |
    i received the simple backpack (large size) and it was so perfectly well made. it was a work of art,the size, balance & the craftmanship are well made that will last many years of usage . dave, keep the good work .
    God bless you. thank you...


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    Great Bag

    by - verified purchaser |
    I picked up the large simple backpack in tobacco and can honestly say it has exceeded my expectation. We just returned from 2 weeks in Spain and used this on an almost daily basis. Very comfortable and well balanced for a bag this heavy when fully loaded. The tobacco color is beautiful and the leather feels almost velvety.

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    Simple!

    by - verified purchaser |
    If simple means excellent design, workmanship and utility this bag exceeds expectations. It can go anywhere, anytime...it looks great and can bill filled with anything from my camera gear, to computers, to business papers.

    I am thrilled to own this and eager to indeed pass it along to the next generation. While it is not inexpensive, it is certainly higher in value.

    Keep up the excellent work an don't be tempted to ever cut corners. This is the first place I will look fr my next leather products!

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    Simple & Perfect.

    by - verified purchaser |
    I started with Bifold leather wallet. I could not stop there, bought Simple backpack. Simply amazing, great quality and smell of leather is awesome. And fits in so much inside.

    Had an opportunity to take best backpack on to Mt. Fuji which is now registered as World Heritage.

    Cannot wait for it soften more.

    Thanks Dave :)

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    Simple & Perfect.

    by - verified purchaser |
    I started with Bifold leather wallet. I could not stop there, bought Simple backpack. Simply amazing, great quality and smell of leather is awesome. And fits in so much inside.

    Had an opportunity to take best backpack on to Mt. Fuji which is now registered as World Heritage.

    Cannot wait for it soften more.

    Thanks Dave :)

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    Awesomeness

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    I just got my simple backpack (medium) and it looks and feels great. Every time I check the website I am always taken back at how expensive the products are. However, everytime I finally decide to make the plunge I realize there is a reason for the price...because Saddleback sells the best quality bags and the best leather. I have previously purchased a medium duffle and it has aged amazingly well. I can't wait to see how well this will age with time. I expected the backpack to weight a lot but I have to say its much lighter than I expected. I think the raw lining has made a huge difference in the overall weight. Love everything about this bag. Oh and the smell is to die for...if your into that kind of stuff.

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    Dream Come Through

    by - verified purchaser |
    I've been looking for a good leather backpack for a long time. Saw the large coffee brown simple backpack in Dave's deals section at 10% OFF. Went ahead and ordered it. Got it yesterday and to my amazement, I could hardly find a fault in the pack. I like the texture and feel. I have no regrets and this is gonna last me a long long time. Worth the investment, and most of my friends were envious of the pack. It's stylish too.

    Thanks, Dave for making such superior quality products. I like the fact that part of the price goes into helping the needy in Rwanda. You are a blessing to these orphans.

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    Cost is what you pay; value, what you get

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    Here's the thing about no zippers ... its expandable. You can intellectualize the concept, understand that there will be metal to break, but until you are in a hotel room and need just that last few inches I don't think you grasp it.

    The 14" lays incredibly lightly across your back, is beautiful and functional, and depending on your shoe requirements carry 2-3 days of wear. I've added this to my gorgeous, large chestnut water bag, and a handsome large classic briefcase and between them any pairing will cover me in almost every travel arrangement.

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    Simply great!

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    This is one of about five or six items that I have purchased from Saddleback...and it won't be the last. My original search started because I needed a briefcase for work (Banker...don't judge!). I'm a country boy with southern roots so carrying a "Man purse" is not for me (not judging). Until June of this year one of my favorite hobbies was bull riding. I was injured in June, had surgery and ended up on crutches...I got stomped. Not being a stranger to crutches I quickly realized that I needed an extra hand to help me with the little things in life that tend to be taken for granted, like among other things, carrying things. Naturally I bought the Simple Backpack in dark coffee brown, matching my chocolate lab Sam. The backpack was and continues to be a life saver. I'm finally off of the crutches, but I continue to suit up for meetings with clients, the Board, to whatever with my Simple Backpack. Five stars, Dave...Five stars.

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    Heck of a Backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    I am a 6'8 ruggedly handsome man that loves leather products. I have been told that I am a better looking version of John Wayne. With this said, I own the 17 inch version of the simple backpack. This bag is big and strong enough to carry all of my supplies including my ego. I own multiple Saddleback products and each one has exceeded my expectations. Quality products from a quality company.

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    I love this bag. And as a man, I have a hard time saying things like this.

    by - verified purchaser |
    I'm hooked. I love Dave's "Why" and the passion that everyone at Saddleback has for what they do. I had been trying to justify spending $600 on a backpack for 18+ months. I finally did it and I'm absolutely loving the bag. It's excellent for everything that I need to stuff in there. Computer, iPad, jambox, files, lunch, firearm, etc. I love the smell of the leather. I love the look of it. I've taken it on 2 trips thus far and it's not easy to "put under the seat in front of you" like a typical briefcase. Thus far, that's my only tradeoff. Otherwise, I'm excited to have this bag for the rest of my life.

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    My most valuable belonging.

    by - verified purchaser |
    I rarely buy things on a whim. I research most of what I buy, because, as Dave says: buy nice, or buy twice. Therefore, the fact that I choose to buy a large, chestnut Simple Backpack is a compliment in itself, but the tale does not end there. I have had it in one year now, and have taken it everywhere. From long walks on the beach in sunny, summer France to skiing, here, in cold Lillehammer, Norway. This backpack can take any challenge you throw at it. It can carry enormous amounts and will be you're best friend during every or any travel you may embark on, ever.

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    Don't waste your time here, just buy it!

    by - verified purchaser |
    If you are reading those reviews, that means you are interested in that backpack. Just don't spend too much time drooling over it and BUY IT. There's a reason why there are only 5 stars around. I consider myself as a Bag Freak, I used to have a lot of backpack (many famous brands) and bags but since I purchased it, sold most of them (or gave them away). I usually get bored very fastly with bags but it's a different story with the simple backpack. I've had it for 2 months already and took it with me for my trip to Japan, so many compliments from people there. Fits my macbook pro retina 15" perfectly and tons of my gadgets.. Here is a picture of the bag in front of the Gundam Statue in Tokyo !

    Keep up the good work SBL Team !!



    Noel

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    The finest backpack I've ever owned

    by - verified purchaser |
    I orginally discovered Saddleback Leather back in 2009 while looking for a replacement for my trusty college pigskin backpack. At the time, only one true backpack was offered by Saddleback Leather, and it wasn't quite what I was looking for. Last fall, the Simple Backpack was released, and I bought it without hesitation. It's exactly the backpack I've been looking for. The size is perfect for fitting underneath the front seat area on an aircraft, I can fit a 15" Macbook Pro in it, the shoulder straps are extremely comfortable once broken in, and the color is really phenomenal. I've used the bag exclusively for the past few months, and everytime I open it, I want to tell Dave "Thank you for making this."

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    My favorite Saddleback Product

    by - verified purchaser |
    One of the things I love about Saddleback products is that they introduce me to my favorite possessions, and this is one of my favorite of all of them. This backpack rocks, and there is nothing you can't do with it, and no place you can't take it. It works if you are backpacking to a new rock climbing spot or carrying your laptop to Starbucks to study. For those of you who are new to SBL, this product is the highest quality that you will probably ever come into contact with. Beautiful and long lasting. I have had this backpack in tobacco brown for about 4 months, and I have literally nothing to complain about. It is the perfect product. I made a video review that features this item along with some others, and you can see it here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuOe2JxFylc

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    Surely the Best Backpack in the World

    by - verified purchaser |
    Ordered this in dark chocolate for my birthday treat. My wife is getting worried about me as I seem to buy a lot of bags, and that should be a feminine activity! Anyway, after a long anticipated wait (I live in Scotland and customs takes ages and charges the world! In fact I think that may be their motto?) it arrived. Straight out of the box I was impressed, the smell, the look, the quality.

    I had been worried that the bag would be too small and was going to wait for the 17" version, but just couldn't help myself. On size, the bag is excellent. I think that the 17" would have been too big. I can get my work laptop (a Dell 15" Latitude) in with my private laptop (Dell 14" XPS), my filofax (A5 size), my BIG Saddleback wallet, a large Oakley sunglasses case (yes, the sun shines in Scotland), chargers and there is still space, it does not look over stuffed. Not that I would normally carry all that, but needed too on one particular day. The bag showed no signs of strain, like a good workhorse it accepted the load gladly.

    This is easily the best bag I have ever owned and will likely be the last backpack I ever buy. All the others, Eastpak, Northface, etc are all going on eBay. Wonder of wonders, my wife likes the bag! That is a first. This little baby is in for some travel this year - up Ben Nevis, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and South Africa for now. I'll take some pictures as I go lol

    One thing that was funny is that I have never seen a Saddleback case in my travels in the UK. The day before I received the backpack I was on a trip to London from Edinburgh airport with my trusty Saddleback Messenger bag when I noticed in the security queue someone with a nice looking black briefcase. As we got closer, I saw that it was a Saddleback logo. Unfortunately I did not get to meet the gent with the bag as I had to rush to board my flight - rushing at ungodly hours seems to have become a past time.

    Anyway, I cannot say how impressed I am with this bag. It is truly a work of art and I look forward to it wearing in and developing more character. In the couple of years that I have had my messenger bag I have had two people comment on how nice it is. The backpack has already surpassed that. It is comfortable, not bad weight wise, very useful in the minimal pockets (no opening silly zips into nasty little pockets that seem to lose things) and has a rugged class to it. For those of you that have read the Dark Tower series, this is what Roland's gunna must have been, crossing the ages and the wastes with him. It is known in the household now as my gunna. I even happily gave my Barbour bag to my daughter as her gunna.

    Right, I'll shut-up. In short - great bag - buy it.

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    Perfect!

    by - verified purchaser |
    The simple backpack is simply beautifull.
    I love everything about this backpack. Its lightweight and the combination of soft bag and rigid flap, the plain front part and those really sweet pockets...
    Also the straps and the option to use them with or without the pads..
    The size is perfect for just anything. I can fit my largest laptop in it and all I need for a weekend. It is really comfortable to carry.
    I live in Europe and paid 20% extra to customs to own this bag, but it is absoluetly worth it.
    I am sure this bag looks great in any color, I got mine in tobacco and think it is the perfect color to get this beautifull worn "in the wild" leather look after some use..
    I can highly recommend this backpack, I am extremly happy with it.

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