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  • Currently shipping with strap design that is in seen the photos above; video shows discontinued strap style
  • 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
     

    We use natural Markings Equal Inclusion of Exceptional Imperfection Ornamentation

    "... 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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    Great back pack

    by - verified purchaser |
    I bought the Large simple back pack, for travel mainly as a piece of luggage not as a every day carry. It works great for flying it fits in the overhead no problems or under the seat even when stuffed completely full to the max. I flew on the big aircraft with the large bins and one with the smaller bins still fit. The pockets behind the side pockets work great for tickets and to put your wallet in so you don't have to dig it out of your pocket or undo the straps on the pack every time you need it. The wallet fits secure and won't fall out. This pack will fit about three days worth of cloths and shaving kit shoes with a few extras in the main pack and all my accessories for my phone battery charger cord with room to spare in the two side pockets. I am a big guy so thats a lot of stuff(240LBS). My wife could probably fit double that(100LBS). The straps are padded and work great just slung over one shoulder or with it on your back. It also has a pad between the pigskin and leather to cushions your lower back. These packs are spendy but you get what you pay for. If you take care of it I don't know why it wouldn't last foooooorEverrrrrrrr. This pack is very large in my opinion for an everyday carry and would recommend getting the Medium if that what you want if for. I do not have a medium but going by the dimension it is not as tall. It is a simple pack as the name implies thats why I love it not complicated easy to pack. I already have some great scars from my travels and the bag is wearing in nicely. Overall great pack and would recommend it to any one.

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    Wow.

    by - verified purchaser |
    I had been wanting a SBL bag for years. I am a professional stand up comedian and I travel a ton and I was looking for the perfect travel bag/companion for my tours. When Dave came up with the Simple Backpack I jumped. You should see the look on peoples faces when they notice my bag - it is a conversation starter to say the least. Here's an interesting story that is very telling of how incredible it is - and should lay all reservations to rest if you are on the fence:

    I was recently doing a weekend gig in Seattle and (being a lover of great companies who sell great outdoor gear) I went to Filson's flagship store (wearing my SBL Simple BP). They were having a big holiday sale and the store was packed with extra workers. As soon as I walked in an employee clocked my bag and sort of followed me around like a sheepish child. Finally he worked up the nerve and came up to me, "Hi welcome to Filson...um...is that a real Saddleback?" It was like I was holding a Honus Wagner T206 - he almost couldn't believe his eyes. I let him examine the backpack. Then another employee came over. And another, and another - until there were about 7 employees around the bag all drooling over it. They hovered around me and the bag for about 10 minutes (not exaggerating) each telling how they had always wanted a Saddleback but didn't know if it was all just hype. Finally they broke off when they realized they were neglecting other customers. Filson is known to be one of the most reliable and durable brands for outdoor gear and usually puts other bags to shame - and there employees are insanely knowledgeable about their products and their competition. These employees were just blown away by the construction and quality of materials. They all walked away saying that they NEEDED a SBL after seeing mine. One employee said he felt guilty that he liked my my bag so much - like he was cheating on Filson. Another looked at their leather briefcase and said, "This thing looks like garbage to me now." I think that says it all (especially if you know filson's products - they are great and I own some). Buy this bag and you will never need another. Thanks Dave - I can't wait to save up for the medium water bag in tobacco. This stuff is addictive for a reason. There's nothing else out there like it.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I love my backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    I purchased this backpack about 8 months ago and love it. I am a student/TA at a local university and carry a lot of books and a 17 inch macbook pro. Not only is this bag tough enough to handle it, but it also looks (and smells) terrific. The leather looks more and more beautiful over time.

    I am confident the bag will hold up and live to be what they advertise. Would I buy it again? Yes. But with the quality and beauty of this bag, I'll never have to buy another one again.

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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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    The Best

    by - verified purchaser |
    This backpack is amazing. A true and rugged work of art. And it will only get softer with time. The more tough love it gets, the more character it will develop. At first I was unsure about what to go with, the satchel or this backpack. But being more of a backpack type of person in general and owning many of them over the years, I went with my gut and chose this. I'm glad I did. I really like that it is indeed simple with just the 2 side pockets and one big "hole" on the inside. It's much bigger than I expected it to be and is very generously sized. It will probably outlast me. And it smells good, too. Even my cats think so. GET ONE.

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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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    Cattle aspire to be recycled into these.

    by - verified purchaser |
    Simple Pack, Lg,Chestnut
    Read SBL site ( and Google others), to learn about how high quality leather is supposed to be processed, tanned, dyed, and worked. Dave is no B.S er. Well, at least not about leather.
    The shoulder straps *alone* are designed with more care than many ENTIRE $1000 bags. Every detail is functional, and made superbly. There are plenty of attachment points to tailor your bag
    for your gear, and for the uses of your choice. Honor a cow; get
    this bag. Use your attention to deal with other issues during your
    travels; you sure won't have to worry about a Saddleback!

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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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    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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    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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    The finest bag I've ever owned.

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    I have the medium simple backpack in carbon. This bag is so versatile. It holds so much stuff!! I can put two cable bags (one carbon and one tabacco), medium bifold (also carbon) gloves, a 6 inch knife, a multi tool, a flashlight, my 3ds, a carthartt duck jacket (rolled up), a thermos, my overflowing keychain, and a dry shirt and socks and still have room for anything extra. I have the medium!! I can only imagine what the large will fit. I've had this bag for roughly 2 months and I carry it every day. The leather is really starting to soften. It feels amazing! I've never weighed the bag fully loaded but I guess 20 lb. The stitching shows no sign of stress. If your worried about the weight then you should look elsewhere. This backpack is designed , excuse me, over engineered to pack a load. It begs to filled and used. It doesn't want to sit in a corner and gather dust. It craves adventure. Oh, and if you do decide to purchase this backpack, do yourself a favor and order the chamberlain's leather milk. I treated mine yesterday with it and that stuff is sorcery. There's no sense spending this kind of money on fine leather ond not taking care of it!

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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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    Worth the wait

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    I had been dying to add this backpack to my collection of Saddleback items for several years. When I purchased the large front pocket backpack for my husband I just had to get myself the simple backpack in medium. The leather is beyond compare! I tried to purchase a leather backpack from a similar custom leather website in hopes that I could get a comparable product for less money...bad idea! The other "top hide" leather felt very waxy and cheap compared to SBL. Listen to the man, Dave, buy nice or buy twice! It's very true. I'm a 5'3 female and the medium was the best choice for me, I can fit so much into it and the weight feels great thanks to the padding in the back and shoulder straps. I love this bag & would highly recommend that you treat yourself to one too!

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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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