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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. Removable pads for comfort
  • Adjustable shoulder straps from both ends, 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 masks 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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    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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    Incredible bag

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    I just got the simple backpack in chestnut (medium). I was actually surprised how big it was even with the dimensions given. It's a gorgeous bag with more than enough room for my 14" laptop and a change of clothes. It's also really comfortable to wear even though not fully broken in yet. At 6'1" with a little heft the medium bag definitely does not look to small. The large probably would have been to big especially if you want a bag for daily commuting purposes in addition to traveling, the medium can fit plenty. Tremendous purchase, and thanks to Saddleback for such a great product

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    International buyer - completely hooked!

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    I'm Australian and have to admit I freaked a bit about spending SO MUCH MONEY on a bag I'd never seen. I already owned a saddleback wallet when I ordered the simple backpack, so I expected quality - and was not disappointed.

    This backpack is the favourite thing I own, I've used it almost daily despite not really needing to use such a big bag most days. I leave it casually lying around just so I can admire it. Basically like most saddleback shoppers, I'm hooked. This was my second purchase; I have my third, fourth, fifth and six items on the way.

    I have the medium sized backpack, which is quite large. I'm 5"7 and wouldn't want a larger bag. I'm also a curvier lady and find that the straps are comfortable - unlike packs I've used in the past.

    This bag cops a beating; I use it hiking, for small trips interstate, at work.. I've used it consistently for six months and it's wearing in nicely.

    I've not encountered leather products anywhere near as well made and strong in Australia. R.M. Williams etc have NOTHING on Saddleback Leather. If you're umming and ahhing just do it. Worth every cent.

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Worth the wait

    by |
    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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    WOW !

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

    And it smells good !

    Thanks Dave.

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    best saddleback product so far

    by - verified purchaser |
    i've purchased many saddleback products, but they all eventually end up in the closet due to their heavy weight. they look great but were simply too heavy for daily use. well they finally hit the perfect combo of form and function with this one. by eliminating the pigskin backing on most of the bag, they made it much lighter . i love this bag! finally a saddleback i can really use. thanks dave for constantly improving and moving forward. now only if saddleback made watch straps...

    get this bag!!! i'm thinking of getting another one in a different color.

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