I love the canvas. My husband loves the canvas. We've now added almost the entire canvas collection, even replacing some leather items, to our & family gift wish lists due to the beautiful canvas that makes this bag. It's smaller than I expected, however it carries quite a few items, including a notebook, keys, phone, and the leather tech bag (that is much bigger than I expected) that holds all my extras like card holder, eye drops, meds, phone charger, Chapstick, etc. As its new and still snug I'm currently using my leather bag unwrapped so I can easily access the contents. I enjoy the pen holder at the top and the divider in the middle. The leather backing can definitely hold mail, or quick access to a thin notepad or grocery lists. Although the bag is smaller than I expected (I never looked at or thought about the measurements listed under product description when I ordered it so was basing it on absolutely nothing but an idea in my head) the medium & larger bags would be too big for EDC for me not including my work bag, and although I will eventually purchase many other items from the Mountainback collection (they will be mine, oh yes they will be mine) this one is perfect for my normal Small EDC & I'm using it as a purse. I've only had it for a few days and I'm very happy with it, it's extremely durable but not heavy, small yet big enough; quite the anomaly. It's beautiful & feels great to the touch. I anticipate many George from Seinfeld "lean over and touches" of the bag, so prepare yourself.
It's the right size for my Rhodia A5 Medium Size Pad and a pencil case. My problem is I have a couple of fountain pens in the pencil case. Fountains pens should be stored in the vertical position to avoid leakage. If this Small Gear Bag is vertical (like the Indiana Gear Bag), it would be PERFECT!
First the good. This bag is exactly what I wanted for use as an everyday carry bag. It's perfect for my phone, glasses, knife, small flashlight, cigar case and all the usual things that are generally tossed around my car or carried awkwardly. The construction is head and shoulders above any competitive bag, and the look is definitely not "purse" like.
Now the not so good. I have a couple other bags, the XL OG Briefcase from 8 years ago, and the vertical Messenger that is about six years old. Both look as great as they did when new, but with a nice patina. This gear bag is the first thing I've owned from Dave that I'm positive that I'll need to use the warranty.
The weak point is the closure. After only a couple weeks of use the leather that goes around the closure is already showing wear, and I'm certain over the coming years the thinness of the edges will allow it to split and eventually fail. My other gripe is the bottom seam. The canvas is sewn in a seam exactly in the middle of the bottom, inside the bag. The end result is a sizeable welt that prevents anything from laying flat across the bottom.
Overall I love it, and compared to anything else out there it's a five star bargain, but compared to my other Saddleback bags, it's probably a low four. The warranty and amazing service make me not worry about a failure down the road
I own several Saddleback products including a pouch. I've tried to use that pouch to carry my every day items like wallet, keys, and phone, plus a few other small items. However, I have never been really satisfied with it. It was too small to easily rummage through when you needed to pull something out, and often times ended up being a pain to carry for that reason. So I bought this bag as a replacement. Let me tell you this bag is great! I can now carry everything I listed above and throw in my sunglasses, ear phones, and Nook. I love this bag's looks, build, and size. I think it is just about perfect for a small every day bag, and looks way too manly to ever be confused for a purse. The build quality is of course excellent. I love the leather closing strap, and accents. All in all a wonderful bag.
Over the years I have purchased and loved many saddleback products. From a large classic briefcase to notebooks and round satchels that I and my wife carry everyday for work. This latest bag is perfect for my needs. First of all the cotton canvas is similar in weight and even in smell to the old army GP tents which this old soldier didn't know he missed until opening the box. secondly it fits a micro 4/3 camera with 14-42 lens, 2 granola bars, a small water bottle, a diaper and pocket sized wipes, my phone and keys and 2 pens. All in a small murse/purse. I have used it many times since purchasing and have no complaints. I know that I will be purchasing more of this line for myself and my wife and look forward to its expansion. I do however want to second a previous reviewer suggestion of a Mountainback pouch. This would be a great addition that could easily be put inside a bag to organize or attached to the strap or exterior for small quick access items. I for one would probably buy a couple especially if it was offered in more than one size.
Arrived today and I could not be more satisfied. Perfect size perfect quality as always. Its the right bag to carry around your staff in the summer. Wallet (saddleback of course).keys,pipes pouch,note pad,mobile and many more because it has the stretching advantage which was not the case for the saddleback pouch which i am replacing after three years. As for the canvas what can i say. I have never seen anything like that in my life. Thanks Dave
Dave you out did yourself with this line. The small gear bag can be used butt pack style thanks to the heavy duty clips and eyelets. Would not mind seeing this line include a pouch the same style and size as the Leather Pouch which was my first of several purchases from Saddleback Leather. All that I have purchased has had concealed carry of a firearm in mind. All have fit that need and more.
I have quite a collection of Saddleback leathers: a briefcase, several gear cases and pouches in various styles and colors, so I was really looking to getting this canvas bag. It arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased. This bag is lightweight but superbly crafted and just the right size for carrying all those things you need but esp. in the summer don't have the pockets for. The design is stylish but masculine, and fits well with my casual spring and summer wardrobe. Another winner from Saddleback!
This bag arrived yesterday. I'm not a green lover especially for a bag, but this is a rich green and the waxed cloth reveals its great texture. This fits my iPhone 6+, keys, lip gloss, a small wallet, and much more. The strap has lots of length for carrying crossbody. My only wish would be to switch out the huge slab of leather on the back of bag for a leather strap.
This is not a super soft, pliable cloth. It is the thickest waxed cloth I've ever seen or felt.
Love the closure on front. It's very easy to access the inside. The color of the leather accents reminds me of a rich, bridle leather color. All in all I am pleased with my purchase, and would like to see it in tan or brown in the future. Oh, this is definitely for male or female....