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$582.00



  • Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter pigskin
  • Inspired by our Original Backpack
  • Comfortable, padded, rounded lower back edge
  • Exterior pockets have pockets behind them to tuck in oversized items
  • Comfortable and removable shoulder straps and pads
  • 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

    We use natural Markings Equal Inclusion of Exceptional Imperfection Ornamentation

    "... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates against any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."

    Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see something as it really is.

    This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the masks life has given them.

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    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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    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!

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    It's a beast!

    by |
    After everyone telling me how awesome their first generation Tank backpacks are, I decided to give the sibling squared backpack a try. This thing is a BEAST. I took it for its first spin out to the supermarket to see whether or not I could fit most of a week's groceries in it and I could, with just a few items to spare. It's a lot bigger than the photos suggest (see Dave's video for more accurate size reference) and feels very nice on the back....until you've got a 20 lbs. of groceries in it. I found that the straps, while they seem better designed than the old Tank straps, pull harshly on my shoulders. I expect that's a "new leather" issue, and not an issue with the bag. The neoprene patch near the bottom edge of the bag didn't do a whole lot to ease my discomfort either, but I again expect this is an issue with it being brand spanking new. With lighter loads, it felt a lot better.

    Comes with the quality you should expect from Saddleback. Big enough to pack a few days worth of clothes in and have room in the spare pockets for extras. Front pocket under the flap is useful for notebooks, computers, even packages of prosciutto! But if you're looking for a pack with a little more diversity and a multi-day functionality, I would go with the front pocket.

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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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    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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    With me wherever i go

    by - verified purchaser |
    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!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Attention Grabber

    by - verified purchaser |
    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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    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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    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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    Best Saddleback Product

    by - verified purchaser |
    This backpack is, I think, the best product Saddleback sells. It fits my outdoorsy personality yet I use it for business most every day. Why be typical and carry a briefcase (although Saddleback's are awesome)? I choose to rage against the machine and carry this quality piece of man-bag instead. A whole lotta cow must of been used to make this ample-sized backpack. I've owned the old, original, discontinued backpack that this one was modeled after, and this one is far better. It holds a ton of gear but isn't overly huge or too stiff. The weight is just fine, and it's comfortable to carry. I use this when I go camping, to the office, or traveling. All-around great bag that is fun to carry. Quality is the best.

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    Backpack with Character!

    by - verified purchaser |
    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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    6 months down, ~ 1194 to go!

    by - verified purchaser |
    When I received and opened up this backpack just before starting my final semester of undergrad studies, I instantly knew this pack and I were going to be in for some awesome adventures for a long damn time to come. 6 months, one tumble off of the motorcycle, an attempted escape down a talus slope, at least one full thermos of coffee and countless minor encounters with trees, rocks and the labrador puppy later, this bag and I are just getting warmed up.

    I've never had a bag of this quality before, and I admittedly own too many backpacks. While I do own packs that are either slimmer, lighter or larger, none occupy the niche that the square backpack has carved out for itself. As best as I can put it, it's the labrador retriever of backpacks -while others species may have it outstripped at certain attributes by default, you will not find a more well rounded specimen the world over. Nor will you find one that is ready to be at your side (well, in this case on your back) through absolutely anything.

    After using it daily, I've found this pack aptly handles an academic loadout: a notebook, my iPad (in a thick foam case), engineer's pad, pencils, pens, map markers, sharpies, rulers, compass, calculator, planner, structural geology textbook, research papers, tracing paper (for stereonets) and other miscellaneous school stuff with no problem. It also has no problem holding my day-trip field gear: rock hammers (sledge and pick), field books, sample bags, Brunton, at least two water bottles, the rain shell, binoculars, markers, and a couple of samples that I've whacked off of an outcrop.

    The durability of the backpack astounds, as I made the mistake of lashing it to the back of my motorcycle to accommodate a lovely lady and it took a leap at about 35 mph, fully loaded. NOTHING inside was hurt and the bag has some cosmetic scratches from the unavoidable road rash. Some stitching was rubbed off in addition to the blemishes on the leather, so after some superglue delivered via hypodermic needle, melting with a lighter, and a leather linament rubdown this tank is still running like a champ - but now with character.

    In summary, Saddleback has created a gem of a backpack in a world increasingly contaminated with absolute crap. Some people gripe about this bag's weight. I say get tougher. Some people jab "Was that made in World War I?" I reply "If it were, it would still be under warranty." Others shiver when they see the cost. I tell them that it's the last backpack I'll ever own and I'll ask them how much they've spent 30 years from now. This backpack was a huge purchase for a college senior but it is one that I have made without a minute of regret. If anyone wants pictures of the bag post-crash, or has any questions, email me at rhetthowell@mail.weber.edu and I'll be more than happy to add to this review.

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    Brilliant

    by - verified purchaser |
    This is the first saddleback product I've purchased but won't be my last. My expectations for this backpack were high before seeing the bag. I've seen the videos and read all of the reviews but nothing prepared me for the sheer quality and craftsmanship of this backpack. It's sturdy, heavy, and rock solid to its core. I thought the 100 year warranty was a bit of hyperbole but upon a thorough inspection of the pack I realized it could last a hundred years or more. I could list endless reasons why I love this bag but no video, testimonial, or written review can give justice to the greatness of this backpack. It has to be seen and held to be believed.

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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.

    Was this review helpful?


    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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    Exclusively my favorite travel companion

    by - verified purchaser |
    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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    Attention Grabber

    by - verified purchaser |
    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

    Was this review helpful?


    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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