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  • Currently shipping with strap design that is in seen the photos above; video shows discontinued strap style
  • Inspired by our Original Backpack
  • 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
  • Floating interior divider (shoehorn for a computer)
  • Extra D-Rings for lashing tripods and blankets to outside of pack
  • No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
  • Because of natural oils shade may vary
  • 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
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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.

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Rugged and battle tested!!

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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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Absolutely Love This Backpack!!!

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I bought this bag about a year ago, a few month before my trip to Thailand and Cambodia. Traveling for the first time in a very long time on a two week vacation, I was initially apprehensive about carrying this bag. My apprehension was based on the fact that the bag is a bit on the heavier side. That was my only concern. However, I found the bag to be extremely useful through out my trip. Not only did it actually accommodate more than I thought it could possibly carry, it was also comfortable to carry. And the part that surprised me was the way it fit under the seat in the aircraft!! IT was perfect! In addition, I must also share my thoughts on the backpack itself. The backpack is beautifully constructed. It is a solid backpack and I am sure a lot of people will fight over it when I am dead. I love the smell of the leather and if you look at the studs and stitching, you can tell that this backpack will last a few lifetimes. After couple of trips, my backpack looks really very, very cool!!! It is a little scratched up, a little softer, and definitely draws the attention of others. I have had some great comments from the TSA folks, the security guys in Cambodia etc. !!! I am so glad I bought the Tobacco colored backpack; it is aging so beautifully!!. I have also purchased a wallet (must buy!!) and a laptop bag. I love every product I have purchased so far. The staff are so friendly and helpful and it is a pleasure to interact with them. I have referred Saddleback Leather to so many of my friends who admire my backpack!

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

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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

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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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A fleeting Glimpse! Part One

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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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Attention Grabber

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I have traveled across the globe with this backpack. China, Cambodia, Thailand, UAE, Afghanistan and more. I must say this is a bullet proof bag that is always with me pretty much every day of my life for the past several years. She carries everything I need and I will never need another carry on/computer bag again!

One thing that happens all the time is how many people stop me in the airport to compliment me on the bag and ask where I got it. I almost wish I had a way to track how many of the hundreds actually went and got gear from Saddleback.

I now have several Saddleback items and am contemplating my next buy. Thanks for making such a great line of products

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The Everything Bag

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I am a 20 year old male and got this for my birthday... well, I got help buying this for my birthday. Still totally worth it. I haven't had mine for very long, but I have to say, the hype about SBL is not just hype. You guys have this in the bag, pun intended.
This is my first SBL product. The square backpack in tobacco is absolutely gorgeous! I had ordered a Messenger Bag in dark coffee before it, but realized it wasn't what I needed. This is exactly what I needed! I also like the tobacco so much better that the dark coffee. And you have been correctly informed if you heard that the tobacco is much darker than pictured. But the darker looks even better!
So I have a few pros and cons to consider.
Pros:
1. So. Many. Pockets. And they are useful pockets too, unlike other backpacks I have owned.
2. So. Much. Space. This thing is like a tardis. It stretches and squishes and I'm really glad it isn't ridgid.
3. I know I'm not alone in loving the smell of this thing.
4. It looks sharp. This is going to be going a lot of places and will go well with a lot of different styles of dress. Yes the tobacco is considered more casual, but I think this could work well. The angularness of it gives a very strong look while it still remains pliable.
5. It is a very sturdy weight and feels like it could take a crapload of abuse if it needed to. Too heavy for some, and I can see how it could be. I don't care. My body will adjust.
6. The tobacco leather scratches really easily. Like, you brush your fingernail over it and it gives a nice little mark. I like this. Others may not. For those who want a little more scratch resistance, I would suggest the dark coffee brown. It didn't scratch as easily when I had the messenger.
7. It doesn't bulge from the back as it looks like in most of the videos I have seen. (I do a lot of research and BestLeather.com has a really good, thorough review of this bag. One of the reasons I got this particular bag)

Cons:
1. As I mentioned, weight can be a factor. It's 10 lbs empty. Not a concern for me, but may be for others.
2. The removable strap cushions have been done away with and replaced by wider straps. I don't know what the removable ones felt like, but I have very bony shoulders and would love the extra padding. That being said, the straps haven't broken in yet and my body will adjust anyways, so this really isn't so much a con as a my body being weird.
3. ... that is pretty much it ...

I highly recommend this bag and I look forward to having it around years from now to show to my kids and possibly pass it down to them, if they can pry it from my cold dead hands. Haha! ;) Great work SBL Team. You nailed this one!

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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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Solid Oak, Stainless Steel and Saddleback leather!!

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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

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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

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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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Wow!

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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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perfect "Business" backpack

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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

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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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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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Cutting corners on a pricey bag

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The shoulder straps are thin, they look and feel cheap, which one would never think on such a pricey bag. Also the embossing of the Saddleback name is poorly stamped it's hard to see, I guess they don't want there name out there.

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Backpack with Character!

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A great pack that will last a lifetime and then some. This pack is great for the office or for traveling. I researched before I purchased and knew what to expect. The pack is everything I hoped and expected. Great buckles, great stitching, great fit, finish and quite adjustable. I followed the recommended strap break instructions - only took about 20 minutes and made a big difference. Only suggestion is for the addition of a internal key strap - I knew it didn't have one when I bought it so as I said, not disappointed. I think an internal key strap would be a worthwhile addition.

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Wow!

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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!

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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

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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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Exclusively my favorite travel companion

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This backpack is the most insanely well built leather product I have ever bought.
It is the only product that I've come across that is Classy, Rugged, functional, beautiful, and tough all in the same package.
This was my first purchase from Saddleback Leather, and the start of a long line of future purchases.
I've now owned my backpack for about 1 year, I travel between the southern states, and northern B.C. Canada quite a bit and it has been, and will exclusively remain to be my favorite travel companion.

Jeremy

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A Backpack for Life

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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

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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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D-Ring Dilemma

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My wife gave me this bag for Christmas last year. I travel constantly for work and get compliments on this bag everywhere I go! It is very nice and the quality is unmatched to any other leather bag I have seen. There are only 3 things I think everyone who is considering this bag should know.
1. It is quite heavy, but this is also a sign of the quality and durability.
2. The seam at the bottom of the back can chafe your lower back. The optional lengths for the shoulder straps make it so its rides too high and chafes, or rests lower on my belt but then carries the weight too low on my back and can cause some lower back aching on long travel days. I chose the chafing and now my lower back is almost as leathery as my bag!
3. The D-rings that are used on both ends of the shoulder straps are secured with a threaded end and an attached nut. If you do not frequently tighten the nut; the d-ring opens and the shoulder straps just fall off. Can be very annoying. The other day as I checked into a hotel the guy behind the desk complimented the bag. I said thanks. As I swung it off my shoulder the bag went flying and I was left there with just a shoulder strap in my hand. The guy said, "Much cooler than practical huh?" I replied, "Pretty much." If this issue could be fixed I would gladly give this bag a 5 star rating.

All that being said, I do not plan on using another backpack for the rest of my life. My wife and are fans of Saddleback. She uses the small clutch purse daily, I use the wallet, gave wallets as grooms men's gifts and just ordered an iPad cover today.

Great products but there is always room for improvement.

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Possibly the best backpack ever!

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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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