Squared Backpack

62 Reviews
SKU: 01-20-0006
$675.00
$675.00

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Lining Natura Pigskin

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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!

Would love to see this is a size medium

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Beautiful update! I owned an original and this update takes into account any feedback I would have provided. I have also barrowed one of the round bags for multiple weeks which is close resemblance to the square bag and found it extremely comfortable. Would love to see this made in a medium for those of us with smaller frames or who need something a bit more compact for city life. Te front pocket is a great addition pulled from the original version. I am sold.















Put me at the top of the preorder list for a medium, cash in hand!















Unbelievably good.

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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.

Give it Time

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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.

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.

Oops!

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I think I goofed. I was attracted by the glowing reviews, and I bought a backpack about 4 months ago. Although I love the quality, I find that I never use it. Two reasons: first, it is just too heavy! Second, the shoulder straps are ridiculously stiff and difficult to use. This backpack is a case of manly appeal taken to such absurd lengths that the product sits in the closet instead of on my back. Sorry, Dave, I love your company ethos, but this bag misses the mark.

Solid Oak, Stainless Steel and Saddleback leather!!

by -

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!!

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

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

A show stopper

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I have a lot of saddleback stuff, but this gets the most attention. Every day someone asks me about or want to check it out.







It's a beautiful piece, and my wife even lets me leave it out, which is saying something. It's built like a tank, has plenty of compartments and d rings.







That said, it's *very* heavy for a backpack. It's also not as spacious as it appears. It's best for things like laptops or other things that can stack. -- books, iPads, notebooks, etc. would not be good for things like clothing as the bag is fairly stubborn about keeping its box shape and doesn't really "break in" like other saddleback bags, and it's not the most comfortable thing in the world. As such, it's not a very versatile bag, but man is it an eye catcher and all your friends will want one.







As a fashion accessory, it's a 10. Judging it just as a backpack, it gets a 10 for build quality and durability, a 5 for utility and a 3 for comfort.







If you're only carting around a laptop and notepad from point A to B, there's no more stylish way to do it. If you're out sightseeing or carrying all day, your back will thank you if you pick a lighter pack.

perfect "Business" backpack

by -

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Oops!

by -

I think I goofed. I was attracted by the glowing reviews, and I bought a backpack about 4 months ago. Although I love the quality, I find that I never use it. Two reasons: first, it is just too heavy! Second, the shoulder straps are ridiculously stiff and difficult to use. This backpack is a case of manly appeal taken to such absurd lengths that the product sits in the closet instead of on my back. Sorry, Dave, I love your company ethos, but this bag misses the mark.

Solid Oak, Stainless Steel and Saddleback leather!!

by -

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!!

More spacious than you think

by -

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.

Attention Grabber

by -

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

With me wherever i go

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I call it "My ridiculously over-engineered leather backpack" and I tell everyone it is bullet-proof. So far no one has doubted me.







My backpack is now about two years old and has been all over the US with me. It's just the right size to hold my Macbook Pro 15", power supply, a portfolio and some folders in the main compartment, and all the iPhone charger cables, business cards, etc in the accessory pockets. My IPad goes in the front deep, narrow pocket and my aircard and two small notebooks go in the side pockets.







The quality, fit, and finish of this backpack cant be beat. The acid test? The folks who comment on the most are TSA agents, who see thousands of bags a day. Takes something special to get a rise out of them!

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

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

A show stopper

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I have a lot of saddleback stuff, but this gets the most attention. Every day someone asks me about or want to check it out.







It's a beautiful piece, and my wife even lets me leave it out, which is saying something. It's built like a tank, has plenty of compartments and d rings.







That said, it's *very* heavy for a backpack. It's also not as spacious as it appears. It's best for things like laptops or other things that can stack. -- books, iPads, notebooks, etc. would not be good for things like clothing as the bag is fairly stubborn about keeping its box shape and doesn't really "break in" like other saddleback bags, and it's not the most comfortable thing in the world. As such, it's not a very versatile bag, but man is it an eye catcher and all your friends will want one.







As a fashion accessory, it's a 10. Judging it just as a backpack, it gets a 10 for build quality and durability, a 5 for utility and a 3 for comfort.







If you're only carting around a laptop and notepad from point A to B, there's no more stylish way to do it. If you're out sightseeing or carrying all day, your back will thank you if you pick a lighter pack.

perfect "Business" backpack

by -

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!

Reviews

Story

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.

Reviews

Great Backpack, Great Company

by

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!

Would love to see this is a size medium

by -

Beautiful update! I owned an original and this update takes into account any feedback I would have provided. I have also barrowed one of the round bags for multiple weeks which is close resemblance to the square bag and found it extremely comfortable. Would love to see this made in a medium for those of us with smaller frames or who need something a bit more compact for city life. Te front pocket is a great addition pulled from the original version. I am sold.















Put me at the top of the preorder list for a medium, cash in hand!















Unbelievably good.

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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.

Give it Time

by -

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.

A fleeting Glimpse! Part One

by -

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.

Oops!

by -

I think I goofed. I was attracted by the glowing reviews, and I bought a backpack about 4 months ago. Although I love the quality, I find that I never use it. Two reasons: first, it is just too heavy! Second, the shoulder straps are ridiculously stiff and difficult to use. This backpack is a case of manly appeal taken to such absurd lengths that the product sits in the closet instead of on my back. Sorry, Dave, I love your company ethos, but this bag misses the mark.

Solid Oak, Stainless Steel and Saddleback leather!!

by -

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!!

Attention Grabber

by -

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

A Backpack for Life

by -

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

A show stopper

by -

I have a lot of saddleback stuff, but this gets the most attention. Every day someone asks me about or want to check it out.







It's a beautiful piece, and my wife even lets me leave it out, which is saying something. It's built like a tank, has plenty of compartments and d rings.







That said, it's *very* heavy for a backpack. It's also not as spacious as it appears. It's best for things like laptops or other things that can stack. -- books, iPads, notebooks, etc. would not be good for things like clothing as the bag is fairly stubborn about keeping its box shape and doesn't really "break in" like other saddleback bags, and it's not the most comfortable thing in the world. As such, it's not a very versatile bag, but man is it an eye catcher and all your friends will want one.







As a fashion accessory, it's a 10. Judging it just as a backpack, it gets a 10 for build quality and durability, a 5 for utility and a 3 for comfort.







If you're only carting around a laptop and notepad from point A to B, there's no more stylish way to do it. If you're out sightseeing or carrying all day, your back will thank you if you pick a lighter pack.

perfect "Business" backpack

by -

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!

Wow!

by -

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Oops!

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I think I goofed. I was attracted by the glowing reviews, and I bought a backpack about 4 months ago. Although I love the quality, I find that I never use it. Two reasons: first, it is just too heavy! Second, the shoulder straps are ridiculously stiff and difficult to use. This backpack is a case of manly appeal taken to such absurd lengths that the product sits in the closet instead of on my back. Sorry, Dave, I love your company ethos, but this bag misses the mark.

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!!

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.

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

With me wherever i go

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I call it "My ridiculously over-engineered leather backpack" and I tell everyone it is bullet-proof. So far no one has doubted me.







My backpack is now about two years old and has been all over the US with me. It's just the right size to hold my Macbook Pro 15", power supply, a portfolio and some folders in the main compartment, and all the iPhone charger cables, business cards, etc in the accessory pockets. My IPad goes in the front deep, narrow pocket and my aircard and two small notebooks go in the side pockets.







The quality, fit, and finish of this backpack cant be beat. The acid test? The folks who comment on the most are TSA agents, who see thousands of bags a day. Takes something special to get a rise out of them!

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

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

A show stopper

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I have a lot of saddleback stuff, but this gets the most attention. Every day someone asks me about or want to check it out.







It's a beautiful piece, and my wife even lets me leave it out, which is saying something. It's built like a tank, has plenty of compartments and d rings.







That said, it's *very* heavy for a backpack. It's also not as spacious as it appears. It's best for things like laptops or other things that can stack. -- books, iPads, notebooks, etc. would not be good for things like clothing as the bag is fairly stubborn about keeping its box shape and doesn't really "break in" like other saddleback bags, and it's not the most comfortable thing in the world. As such, it's not a very versatile bag, but man is it an eye catcher and all your friends will want one.







As a fashion accessory, it's a 10. Judging it just as a backpack, it gets a 10 for build quality and durability, a 5 for utility and a 3 for comfort.







If you're only carting around a laptop and notepad from point A to B, there's no more stylish way to do it. If you're out sightseeing or carrying all day, your back will thank you if you pick a lighter pack.

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!