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  • 100-Year Warranty, details here.
  • Free Shipping, details here.
  • 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
  • Flat 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 for extra comfort

  • Body of bag made with only two pieces of leather so it's super-durable

  • No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
  • 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
     


    It will weather the storm time and again

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    I've had this bag for a few months now (medium - tobacco) and it's and truly magnificent piece of over engineered simplicity. I use it for as many things as I can think of, from going to the bakery to travelling abroad. it's been a trusty companion and will remain so for the rest of my life I imagine.
    The build quality is sublime and it's a very practical piece. I also use it for carrying lenses for my DSLR and it protects them well enough.

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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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    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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    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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    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!

    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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    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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    Not my first backpack, but probably my last

    by - verified purchaser |
    I first stumbled upon Saddleback Leather in 2008 when I became frustrated with a falling apart Frye leather backpack and began searching for "the best leather backpack". Back then Saddleback was quite a bit smaller and had far fewer offerings. They had a website but a lot of their stuff was sold in 1 day ebay auctions and I picked up a large briefcase that I used in backpack mode for a while. Then I gave that to my husband and bought the only true backpack they sold at the time, a bag that has since been discontinued and replaced with the squared backpack. But that wasn't quite right either so I tried backpack mode with all 3 sizes of satchels, the small briefcase and the messenger before Saddleback finally released the simple backpack. As soon as I saw it I knew I needed to try it, and I've never looked back. I've been carrying it daily for about 3 years now.

    The medium simple fits a lot as other reviews will tell you, and you can really over stuff it since it's less structured than many other Saddleback bags. It can also flop down to a relatively small form factor when it's not bulging full. This is quite nice, especially if you're moving around a crowded city street or subway. Mine is the first generation model so it has the fully removable shoulder straps with the padded sleeves. I hear you can still order the sleeves and slide them on from the bottom on the new fixed top straps. The side pockets are great for a phone, small water bottle, etc, though I do wish they were a little larger like the ones on the front pocket backpack. I didn't love the utility strap closure so I punched some holes and added a leather drawstring like the bucket backpack has and it keeps it closed much tighter, particularly when it's less full. I also riveted on a key strap. But I tend to want to tinker since I dabble in leather work. This backpack will last pretty much forever and I plan to keep it that long. I really love this bag, it was a long road to get to the perfect backpack but I finally made it.

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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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    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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    WOW !

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

    And it smells good !

    Thanks Dave.

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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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    Love this Backpack!

    by - verified purchaser |
    Full disclosure, I'm a Saddleback Leather junkie. I started out last year, my first purchase was a Large Thin Briefcase in DCB, well since thin I've purchased quit a few other items, my latest being a medium Simple Backpack in Tobacco. As usual the quality is excellent, the leather is thick, the stitching and hardware are top notch. I love this backpack because it's pretty light (by Saddleback standards) and the perfect size for daily use carrying around my "stuff" (all the miscelaneous things I feel compelled to have handy, i.e. extra socks, work gloves, hand tools, flashlight, notebook, etc.) . It's not too big but big enough to carry most anything I need to cram in there. The side pockets are convienent for smaller loose items and the simple large main "bag" holds a ton and since it's leather you can really stuff it. I hope this backpack stays around for a long time, not that I'll ever need to purchase another one, but I might just want a different color in a few years! Keep up the good work Saddleback.

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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 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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    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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    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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    Simply Amazing!

    by - verified purchaser |
    First off I wanna say that this is my 5th saddleback leather product so I am a huge fan of their products.

    I was so taken aback by the size of the large simple backpack, it is enormous! Not in a bad way though. For most people the medium size would be ample but im 6'1 and thought that the large would suit me better.

    Workmanship is top notch as always and I think the price is very reasonable for what you get. I wanna glue this pack to me, its simply a work of art and can hold a lot of stuff. And when I mean a lot I mean "a lot!".

    If there was one thing that I could add to the design would be a small pocket on the inside of the bag just enuf for a pen or two but thats no big deal as I used the backs of the side pockets.

    If ur thinking about getting this bag.....stop thinking and buy it now!

    Dave, ur a legend mate :) Cheers.

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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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    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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    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.