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  • 100-Year Warranty, details here.
  • Free Shipping, details here.
  • Currently shipping with strap design that is seen in the photos above; video shows discontinued strap style
  • Inspired by our Original Backpack
  • Open interior (no divider) for maximum storage capacity
  • Comfortable, padded, rounded lower back edge
  • Exterior pockets have pockets behind them to tuck in oversized items
  • Comfortable shoulder straps that evenly distribute weight
  • Large flat front pocket fits 13” Macbook Pro
  • Extra D-Rings for lashing tripods and blankets on
  • No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
  • Dimensions:
    • Exterior: 12” W x 17” H x 7” D
    • Interior: 11 ¾” W x 16 ¾” H x 6 ¾” D
    • 8.5 lbs
     














    Love this backpack

    by |
    I've been using the Squared Backpack for 10 months now and absolutely love it. It is my go to travel bag. I fit all my cloths in the main bag, iPad in the front pocket, bathroom bag and charging cables in the side pockets. I get compliments everywhere I go.

    This is a very large and heavy bag. Perfect for carry on for a airplane, but not for walking around town for 8 hours. After 10 months and traveling around the country, it is just starting to break in. It will last a lifetime.

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    Chestnut Square Backpack - I give it a "B -"

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    I ordered this item after much consideration to back up my beloved medium front-pocket backpack which has a basic problem for air travel: when the front pocket is loaded, it is very difficult to fit into the overhead compartment on some of the regional aircraft. On that score, the thinner configuration of the squared back pack works perfectly. It also has all the capacity I need, the front computer pocket is super convenient, the side pockets are larger and the carry handle is more comfortable.

    But it's nowhere near the quality bag the old front pocket is. The leather seems lighter and not as tough. The straps are puny and uncomfortable when the bag is loaded heavily, so I wouldn't consider it useful for camping or anything longer than dashes between ground and air transport. The straps also cut across the side pockets rather than under the bottom of the bag, so you need to be careful that you don't pack anything crushable in the bottom of the side pockets.

    Plus a bit of a pet peeve. I got burned on a clutch awhile ago because the video didn't match the written description, so I'm pretty careful to read the fine print now. But the bag in the video is superior to the written description and the actual product in two material respects: one for the interior divider which is very handy based on my experience with my first piece - a messenger bag - but no longer included, and two for the whimpy one-piece straps which replaced the terrific padded straps in the video and on the front pocket backpack. I took a chance, but think the product has been substantially degraded from the video days and I really don't like that sort of thing!

    I'll keep the bag and it still gets compliments in the airport, but it's not up to original A++ Saddleback standards, so just a B - on this one.

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    Rugged and battle tested!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have used this bag for various uses including tough training courses in the mountains and cross country and this bag has been wonderful! Wouldn't trade it for anything else

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    Squared Backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    Just buy it! You won't regret it. Carries my iPad Pro/MacBook, cables, water bottle, other gadgets, change of clothes, and more. Perfect for a quick weekend trip. Have received a lot of compliments on it.

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    High Quality and Classy Backpack!

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    Loving my backpack. Even on the shelf this things looks amazing. This is quality that all will notice from a good 100 yards away. People see it from a distance and just know your carrying a sick bag. Its the "apple computer" of backpacks and the "toyota" of trucks.

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    A fleeting Glimpse! Part One

    by - verified purchaser |
    My Birthday is not for 2 weeks! The package arrived early though and because I let my wife touch her "Love 41" bag 2 weeks before her birthday I was given permission to take one fleeting glimpse and a very little touch (of the bag not the wife) as well.



    Now I'm lost and confused, for just a moment I felt somehow complete a whole person at last but then it went back into the box until my birthday.



    I now sit at my computer looking at the photo's on the saddleback site. It's like looking at someone else's wedding photo's!



    Ok, I'm not that tragic, but I can't wait till my birthday to start packing my new backpack. By the way, the moment you open the box, the leather smell fills the room.



    I'll write again when I open it for the last time.

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    Unbelievably good.

    by - verified purchaser |
    Obviously the bag looks great, and is sturdy, but I was astonished about just how much stuff I could fit into it, even before cramming.

    I was originally worried about whether the bag would be large enough for my needs, whether it would have enough variety of compartments to sort different items, and whether it would be comfortable.

    Now that I have the bag, I can fit every thing from my old backpack, plus extras, and I could still get a little creative with the space to pack a spare shirt or shorts on occasion. The interior pockets, are more than enough to sort odds and ends, and the straps are way more comfortable than I anticipated - though I haven't worn the pack for long periods of time yet.

    I will be needing a few small pouches to sort a few things, but that's just the Boy Scout in me wanting to be over prepared. I might even buy a cable bag (or two) to help me sort things for the main pouch.



    Honestly, I can't say enough nice things about this bag.

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    Coolest Backpack Ever

    by - verified purchaser |
    My backpack is the discontinued, classic tank backpack, which is not identical to this squared backpack, but it's the closest one, and they look very similar, so that's where I'm leaving my review.

    I've had my backpack for 3 years and I've taken it everywhere.

    I use it as a range bag, where it gets quite heavy with 70# of guns and ammo, but it carries the weight as well and as comfortably as anything possibly could. And I don't worry for a minute about it breaking. If I can lift it, then it hasn't reached its weight capacity.

    I use it as my hiking bag. I know there are lighter bags with more pockets. but I like this one more, so I take it anyway. Not up Mt. Everest or anything, but basic 5-10 mile hikes. Contrary to popular belief and advertising, the Saddleback Backpack is hydration bladder compatible.

    It's also my carry-on every time I fly. Fits under the seat, and they didn't charge me for it as a carry on on Jet Blue. I get compliments on it from baggage handlers, friends, random strangers. I've had some good backpacks in my life, but none that make me feel as great as this one. Highly recommended if you're on the fence.

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    Well Worth the wait

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have coveted a nice leather briefcase since graduating undergraduate school 23 years ago. Circumstances and budget kept my desires subdued until now. God has finally blessed me with the ability to invest in a nice leather bag. On 3/21/16 my Squared leather backpack arrived. I was not disappointed. The craftsmanship and engineering is unparalleled. The bag is heaven but all of the reviews I have read say the same thing. However the bag is very comfortable. I am a train bus commuter with a max 7 min walk daily. No problem! The bag is comfortable. I would not recommend this bag to small people. I am 5 foot 9 200. A small person may not like this bag.

    This bag is an heirloom I will pass down from generation to generation.

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    I'M Back! one Year and many happy days later!! follow up Review

    by - verified purchaser |
    First off I like to say that owning one of Dave's bag is like belonging to a special group of folks that for whatever reason have ignored the naysayers, skeptics, and the purely uniformed. What I mean to say is that I bought this most excellent bag/backpack one year and four days ago and have never looked back, my wife's first words when it arrived were" that things so big and heavy how are you going to carry it around" I smiled and knew from that moment forward I would never have to worry about her "borrowing"my bag. This bag is bullet proof! it can take anything you can dish out (short of abuse) and you will look marvelous while you are doing it.I have had nothing go wrong with my bag no issues whatsoever no defects no Cons, or regrets.
    I have had countless compliments, I mean I get them from young and older folks that love the rugged style and quality of the bag. I was waiting for the BART train( commuter train in bay area CA.) where you will see many people caring many different kinds of bags and I still get asked "where did you find that bag!" I let them know it's a SADDLE BACK bag and those who know what the good stuff is give me the "Thumbs Up" and the ones that don't are a little puzzled why anyone would pay out that much money for a leather bag.I recently got on the train and as I took a seat across from me to my left something catches my eye, I turn and see a gentleman typing on his laptop with a bag at his side that made me take notice (once you own a saddle back bag you start comparing your bag to everything else you see out in the world) and I notice him looking at me. I turned and at the same time we both say " SADDLEBACK!" and start laughing, the gentlemen had a " THIN BRIEFCASE bag" same coffee brown color as my "SQUARED BACKPACK". The gentleman stated he loved the backpack and had seen me before but before he could speak to me he had reached his stop and got off the train. We talked for about 10 minutes about how we loved our bags, their quality and how we are BOTH will be purchasing another saddleback bag. The man asked me how long I had he bag I told him little over a year. He stated the bag looks very good to be a year old. I told him it has a few scuffs and scratches from everyday use. The man replies you are "still breaking it in" I replied yes and the more I use the bag the more comfortable it feels. I found it quite interesting that out of all the people on the train toting leather bags around from many different makers, that I ran into only 1 person with a saddleback bag. The bag does everything well, it has pockets that will hold a ton of stuff and you don't worry about the bag splitting at the seams from over stuffing it on occasion. I do recommend that you use the chamberlains#3 water repellent if you take your bag out in the rain, I have been caught in a few downpours and I am glad I treated my bag with this stuff, it worked like a charm, when I get in out of the rain I let the bag air dry and its good to go. I told my son when I get tired of carrying my bag around he can have it no need to fight over it!!!

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    One Year Later Review

    by - verified purchaser |
    It has been a year since I bought the squared backpack and I am still Very happy I purchased it. for the following reasons.
    1. The quality is without equal, I have owned bags from other brands (some costing more ) and None that
    can match or exceed the quality ,durability and fit and finish of Saddleback products.
    2. Style, while quality is always high on my list of things when considering products I am going to purchase style is also high on the list. The squared backpack does NOT look like or can be confused or compared to a Murse (that's a Man purse) This is a Mans's backpack and there is nothing dainty about it! but that is not to say a women could not find this bag equally useful. this bag is the do everything bag.
    3. Well thought out is what comes to mind after using the bag in real world situations, the bag has never failed me , once while I was running to catch a train I noticed that I had left the side pockets unbuckled running down the street to catch a train getting ready to leave the station. I was delightfully surprised to find that NOTHING had fallen out of the deep side pockets that come with the squared backpack . The TOP flap is very useful when I want to take off my sweater or jacket and fold the flap over the jack or sweater and then buckle down the main flap and now my hands are free and my jacket/sweater is securely stored away. The front main pocket holds my "15 laptop securely and the side pockets have plenty of room for chargers, cords, portable powerbanks etc. Inside the main compartment you will find a big space to fit all your things. I suggest a packing cube about 11"x 7" to get the most efficient packing. and if you are like me I fold up my jeans a shirt some socks ,my grooming kit and I am ready for a Vegas weekend or whatever.
    4. Compliments . I routinely get compliments from people older and younger than myself. They ask me what kind of bag is that? I tell them this is a SADDLEBACK bag, those that know quality give me the Thumbs up and "man thats a beautiful bag", one older man called it "substantial" . While riding the BART (bay area rapid transit) train I noticed a man sitting just to the left of me and I noticed he had a very nicely built leather bag that looked every bit is good as mine. As i take a closer look I noticed it resembled my
    bag is some ways, the man looked in my direction and as I moved in to get a better look the man and I say "SADDLEBACK" and start laughing. He stated he's seen me before on the train and noticed my bag but he did not have time to come over and ask about the bag. I told him I could tell that you had a well made bag and when I got a little closer I could see we have bags made by saddleback. He had the THIN BRIEFCASE I asked him how he liked it and he replied that it's the best bag he has ever had. I advised him that I feel the same about the SQUARED BACKPACK. He stated he knew it was a saddleback the second he had seen it. I guess great minds think alike.
    5. Personal satisfaction, I said to myself when I first bought the bag is it really worth this kind of money?
    my wife stated that you can get other bags for way less than what you will pay for saddleback leather. My wife also stated that the bag looks so heavy and bulky, I advised her that this bag is made to last, and that I only plan on buying it once, and if the company offers a 100 year guarantee what more can you ask for?
    I am so glad I stuck to my guns and got the bag. If anyone out there is still on the fence about purchasing a
    saddleback bag, my advised is jump in with both feet ! you won't be disappointed. You will feel great about knowing you have the best .

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    First Contact : Day one with the Squared Backpack first review right out of the box

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    Man there is no substitute for quality! what you see and were told about on the website about the bag's premium leather materials,construction,reinforcement and fit and finish is EXACTLY what I got!!. I have had many bags from many different leather product makers and NONE of them even began to approach the world class quality of this bag. I got my first compliment from some one at Starbucks who was sitting across the room drinking his coffee while I was drinking mine and looking at the shipping and receipt paperwork. The backpack is still in its plastic shipping bag and the man puts down his coffee and approaches me and said"
    Man that's a beautiful bag you got there ,looks like Christmas came early for you!" I told the man "Thanks I am happy with my new bag, its a gift to myself (I have been good all year!!) the man starts laughing and I tell him I saw it on the internet at Saddlebackleather.com. I was amazed to see someone comment on a bag that was still wrapped in heavy plastic, goes to show that quality is ALWAYS in fashion!! This bag is what I have been looking for for years, it will be my all around bag, my briefpack my funpack and of course backpack and the bag has tons of style, it a WIN/WIN , great durability , quality components, extremely high sewing and reinforcements at all points of possible stress and looks great!!! I am very happy I bought this bag! and if your out there on the fence trying to decide weather you want to invest in a very high quality leather bag that will be around for a very long time, this is the bag and company that has all the right stuff!!!!

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    Wow!

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is one beautiful backpack! The leather is the finest I have seen, and the craftsmanship is outstanding. Just like a new pair of shoes, it is going to take some breaking in, and I am going to have a great time watching that happen. I am 64 years old, so I'm thinking my GREAT-grandkids will be fighting over it. I love the values your company represents.

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    Possibly the best backpack ever!

    by - verified purchaser |
    I'm 21 years old and am happy to say this is the last bag I will need to buy. It is perfect, the pictures and YouTube videos do not do justice. The bag is amazing in person. I purchased this bag in dark coffee brown and it is beautiful! It will take a few weeks to break in the straps, so be patient. Other then that, it's perfect.

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    perfect "Business" backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have XL briefcase. I saw this backpack prior to the new front pocket BP and had to have it.
    It holds 17 inch Mac easily.
    I like a back pack rather than briefcase even for professional situations.
    Everything fits well. I can carry 2 computers if I have to.
    I have used in social situations (like festivals) and got many compliments.
    I highly recommend it. I am a sucker, so I will get the larger front pocket BP when it comes out.
    I have been collecting tobacco brown products and I love that color. Still looks new although the few scratches look cool.
    WISH DAVE WOULD GIVE A FREQUENT FLYER DISCOUNT!

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    A Backpack for Life

    by - verified purchaser |
    I've had the Dark Tobacco backpack for about a year now. I can honestly say that for backpacks, it's the best investment that you could ever make. I was originally worried about what my wife would say, but I was going through a backpack a year anyway and she's now happy that we don't have to spend money on them anymore! There's an old saying...you get what you pay for. In this case it's true. I will have to buy my son one however because in our case he doesn't want to wait until I'm dead to have it! Thanks!

    Jay

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    More spacious than you think

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is the first product review I've ever made. To start, I own the large suitcase, large waterbag, duffle, beast, large briefcase, large wallet, desk pads, and this backpack. All in coffee brown. I only wish these products were available when I was younger and living overseas in China, Pakistan, UK, and Russia. I purchased these products in anticipation for my next adventure. I use each one of them except the suitcase and beast which sit in my living room, "waiting their turn". As for the backpack. I think this backpack is much sturdier than the others SB sells. It was very stiff and "boxy" when I purchased it and I know people question the size. However, I broke it in with kettlebells and weights on long hikes. I also filled the pockets with items that stretched the leather and increased the size considerably. I put a large first aid kit in the front pocket and it stretched to around 4 times its original size. All 3 pockets now bulge (nicely) and make the pack look like a traditional one. I debated placing the pockets in a hot water bath for ease of stretching but for now I am holding off. During my long walks I recieve many compliments, mainly from really young people who want to know where I got it. So the bottom line of this review is not to count this pack out due to storage capabilities. Stretching is easily accomplished. If you have the courage, select items you would like your pack size to be, dip your entire bag in a hot bath, immediately insert your items into the pockets, etc and watch them easily stretch. Word of warning, there is no going back on the stretch if you do this. When the bag is wet and filled/stretched, let it dry. A hot day will help. I know this technique is not for everyone and the thought of leather and water will not sit well with everyone, but it works. Once it dries, you can condition it as you see fit. Who knows, Dave may read this and not even post it because I recommend soaking one of his beautiful bags.

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    Solid Oak, Stainless Steel and Saddleback leather!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    Like all quality items in life the Saddleback products stand alone and cannot be compared to any similar product. I ordered the backpack and was in total shock when I opened the package! I expected a quality bag but I was surprised to see the trophy like product. The bag demands your attention and you absolutely must touch the leather. At 72 years old I have purchased lots of product in my life but have never been more pleased and satisfied. I just wished I would have had this when I was piloting in the world theater as baggage was extremely valuable and necessary. My only problem with the bag is deciding which Grandbaby to leave it to as it will have at least a couple of years left on the 100 year warranty when I am through using it!!

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    Outstanding Backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    Love this backpack for toting computer and other gadgets around to meetings, almost always get a compliment. Especially when it's raining...

    One person told me it looked like I should be wearing it in on a Harley - motorcycle...

    Superb quality

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    More spacious than you think

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is the first product review I've ever made. To start, I own the large suitcase, large waterbag, duffle, beast, large briefcase, large wallet, desk pads, and this backpack. All in coffee brown. I only wish these products were available when I was younger and living overseas in China, Pakistan, UK, and Russia. I purchased these products in anticipation for my next adventure. I use each one of them except the suitcase and beast which sit in my living room, "waiting their turn". As for the backpack. I think this backpack is much sturdier than the others SB sells. It was very stiff and "boxy" when I purchased it and I know people question the size. However, I broke it in with kettlebells and weights on long hikes. I also filled the pockets with items that stretched the leather and increased the size considerably. I put a large first aid kit in the front pocket and it stretched to around 4 times its original size. All 3 pockets now bulge (nicely) and make the pack look like a traditional one. I debated placing the pockets in a hot water bath for ease of stretching but for now I am holding off. During my long walks I recieve many compliments, mainly from really young people who want to know where I got it. So the bottom line of this review is not to count this pack out due to storage capabilities. Stretching is easily accomplished. If you have the courage, select items you would like your pack size to be, dip your entire bag in a hot bath, immediately insert your items into the pockets, etc and watch them easily stretch. Word of warning, there is no going back on the stretch if you do this. When the bag is wet and filled/stretched, let it dry. A hot day will help. I know this technique is not for everyone and the thought of leather and water will not sit well with everyone, but it works. Once it dries, you can condition it as you see fit. Who knows, Dave may read this and not even post it because I recommend soaking one of his beautiful bags.

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    perfect "Business" backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    I have XL briefcase. I saw this backpack prior to the new front pocket BP and had to have it.
    It holds 17 inch Mac easily.
    I like a back pack rather than briefcase even for professional situations.
    Everything fits well. I can carry 2 computers if I have to.
    I have used in social situations (like festivals) and got many compliments.
    I highly recommend it. I am a sucker, so I will get the larger front pocket BP when it comes out.
    I have been collecting tobacco brown products and I love that color. Still looks new although the few scratches look cool.
    WISH DAVE WOULD GIVE A FREQUENT FLYER DISCOUNT!

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    A Backpack for Life

    by - verified purchaser |
    I've had the Dark Tobacco backpack for about a year now. I can honestly say that for backpacks, it's the best investment that you could ever make. I was originally worried about what my wife would say, but I was going through a backpack a year anyway and she's now happy that we don't have to spend money on them anymore! There's an old saying...you get what you pay for. In this case it's true. I will have to buy my son one however because in our case he doesn't want to wait until I'm dead to have it! Thanks!

    Jay

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    Solid Oak, Stainless Steel and Saddleback leather!!

    by - verified purchaser |
    Like all quality items in life the Saddleback products stand alone and cannot be compared to any similar product. I ordered the backpack and was in total shock when I opened the package! I expected a quality bag but I was surprised to see the trophy like product. The bag demands your attention and you absolutely must touch the leather. At 72 years old I have purchased lots of product in my life but have never been more pleased and satisfied. I just wished I would have had this when I was piloting in the world theater as baggage was extremely valuable and necessary. My only problem with the bag is deciding which Grandbaby to leave it to as it will have at least a couple of years left on the 100 year warranty when I am through using it!!

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    Give it Time

    by - verified purchaser |
    I'm thinking, "time, give me time, give me one more moment in time...," but I digress and I know, I know the last thing you want is to hear me sing--even if it is just in my own head.



    When I first recieved this bag, I was like--MAN, this bag is huge! It was days before a trip oversees and I just didn't have the time and inclination to return it for something smaller. I, then, therefore decided to risk it and try my luck hoping the airline agents wouldn't bark at its heft and try to check it. In the end, all my worries came to naught as I seemlessly navigated my way through terminal to terminal and the Squared Backpack and me triumphed through our voyage and its christening as a world traveller.



    It's been weeks now since that rocky introduction like two lonely souls meeting apprehensively for the first time and turning into a love that is genuine and timeless.



    Okay, okay...you don't want me to muse on romance either? I hear ya', this stuff turns my stomach too. My point is, after the intitial breaking in period of a few weeks, what was once cumbersome, uncomfortable and unweildy has morphed into a different animal. This bag now feels like it was custom made for my back. It now comforms to the curves--and man do I have manly curves--of my back. It is a true pleasure to carry. In fact, I am now noticing that I'm adopting narcissisistic tendencies losing myself in time and gazing in deep admiration at myself, er--the bag, before mirrors.



    Thanks Saddleback team for introducing us, we will send you a pic of our first child. Loving her, Peter C.

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    Great Backpack, Great Company

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    I purchased this backpack for trips where my classic briefcase just isn't big enough, and this bag fits my needs perfectly...well, actually, it exceeds them. This has proven perfect for carrying computers, cameras, and clothes and is my go-to travel partner for business trips with a couple of overnights. It fits great as a carry-on and gets compliments everywhere I go. I love the backpack and can't recommend it highly enough...but what I love even more is being part of the SBL family. They're great people who do great things and, after this bag, I'm looking for excuses to buy more from them!

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    So we were heading to go on safari when we came across a small Masai village in the cold highlands of Tanzania. I had heard about how even the lions were afraid of them and so I couldn’t wait to experience the people myself. I first became fascinated by the fierce and fabled Masai warriors when my dad read H. Rider Haggard’s books, Allan Quatermain and King Solomon’s Mines, to me at bedtime as a child. Looking back, those books were more influential than I was aware. This was a treat indeed.

    Daniel, the only English speaking warrior, went on to explain that over the centuries, lions, leopards, hyenas and other animals had become painfully aware that when you hear the jingling of small metal ornaments or smelled the Masai oils or saw someone in red garb, it was time to go the other direction. To not, meant to death by spear.

    Of course, you’d expect that they would also be good at throwing spears, because isn’t that what you do with a spear anyways? But I learned that wasn’t always the truth. Daniel told me that they only threw spears at lions when the warriors were together. Because if you’re by yourself and you miss the target, the lion won’t. Made sense to me.

    So, out of curiosity, I set up a little contest with my backpack to see how good these guys really were. They loved the idea and we all had a really great time laughing and watching and learning and throwing spears. It’s times like this that create memories that stick with you for life. Every time I look at the spear holes through my backpack, I fondly remember the time with the Masai. I was so glad that we stopped, and trust me when I say, they were too.

    That holey backpack that inspired this Squared Backpack carries a lot. It carries the memories of spears and laughter and a bunch of other good times around the world, more than I can recount. And I still carry it, not just because it’s nice and broken in and it draws a lot of compliments, but because it’s kind of become part of my life. If you get one, the more you use it and dare to step out of your comfort zone, the more yours will carry too. If you’d like to see the spear throwing contest, click here.