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  • 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

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    "... 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 marks 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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    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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    Brilliant

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    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.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    More spacious than you think

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

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    Solid Oak, Stainless Steel and Saddleback leather!!

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

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    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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    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.

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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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    Amazing "Do It All" Bag!

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    I must say that I am very impressed with my Squared Backpack! I have had my bag for 4 months now and I am loving it more and more as time goes by.

    I love the two "hidden pockets" behind the two side pockets. It makes it so much easier when taking things that require quick access (You don't want to be the guy holding up the line opening up your bag). I use those hidden pockets everyday!

    This should go without saying, but I love this backpack because it is a backpack! I have had other Saddleback Bags before and this backpack seems to be able to live a double life of work and play! I have the Chestnut color and it seems to fit in regardless of it being taking to a suit & tie meeting, hiking and taking a trip to the mall. I also like that as a backpack all the weight is distributed across my whole back and not just one shoulder.

    I have used this bag daily for back and forth to work. I have also taken it on mission trips through the church. I can load it up or rock it light; either way I look forward to using this amazing "Do It ALL" Bag.

    thanks,
    Be Encouraged :-)

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    An amazing Gone Walkabout and every day use bag...

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    This bag is so beautifully made it can do no other than clearly illustrate the huge amount of time spent over both its design and indeed its production. I've owned several bags for travelling over the years; and this is THE ONE!

    Most recently it has been around and across Australia. It carried all I needed for a day trip or a few days walkabout into the Blue Yonder. It kept my camera and water cool, my cloths clean and it stretches or augments to accommodate practically anything, and has enough opening adjustments and D rings to include kit ranging from a tripod and/or substantive medic kit to a bed roll. Aussie stubbies fit in the open side pockets as easily as OS maps and my wife's SheWee (proper desert walkabouting)! Plus the internal pockets are just as well thought through to fit Apple Mac/iPhone chargers along with your iPhone, Leatherman and small camping stuff like firelighters....

    It's just a bag......... No......... My Tobacco leather literally grows with me; it tans in the desert sun, stains in the bar, scuffs on the rocks I've brushed past and the sand I've throw it down on. It has scars from my abuse of tugging it free from closing subway doors and being used as protection though undergrowth. It has changed shape to fit my shoulders and back perfectly. It stretches, compacts and bends as it almost turns into bespoke packaging for what I carry in it the most. It gets stared at from people across the street, compared to by those on the train sitting opposite me, smiled at by females who define the Guy Carrier, smelt by the blind person 100 meters away who delights in the novelty. It's a memory treasure trove of a bag.

    SBL even has a continually growing fan club of anyone from a pianist, a bin man, a diplomat, a customs officer, a chap on his way to work on a Tuesday and a perfectionist. All of whom I suddenly find myself talking to.

    Ponder it, keep an eye on Dave's Deals, rediscover it after a year and 3 weeks of distractions. But trust me, your life and others around you will change for the better after you invest in it. It can do no other than gracefully and majestically grow old with you, your memories and your experiences!

    Thank you Dave, and all your family and employees, for growing and expounding such an amazing outlook on life and business.

    Enjoy.

    --

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    It's a beast!

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    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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    Thoughtful Improvements/Great Backpack

    by - verified purchaser |
    The Squared Backpack is quite improved over the original version known even at Saddleback as "the Tank". I ordered the previous one a year ago, and loved the look of it, but it was too big, too heavy, too rigid. I sent it back, disappointed. Was glad to see this new version which is slimmed in various ways: lighter, less lining, and more flexible but still structured. I was still concerned about the weight, but one can remove the inner leather divider (makes a nice mousepad) and save almost a pound, etc. For carrying clothes, use an inner rectangular pack-it cube about 11x17; there will still be room for other things, and clothes won't bunch. Pockets behind the strapped exterior pockets expand carrying capacity (they fit a large water bottle or like). Suggestion: add a waist/hip belt to shift some of the weight off the shoulders. This can be done with an alternative strap (even the one included to cinch the top of backpack), but would be great if Saddleback included such a belt as an option for long hauls. Great looking bag. Love the leather: the new tobacco brown is richer and darker. For those who may be deciding (like I was) between this and smaller utility duffle, choose the backpack. Holds just as much and more versatile.

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    Some Drama

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    Getting the bag was a bit of a debacle. I had ordered a front pocket that left the factory with some unfinished stitching, after sending it back I waited a little while for a replacement. The second one was scratched by whoever packaged it, with the serrated edges of a tape roller. I didn't bother unwrapping the plastic, sent that back too. After getting in contact with customer service there was an indefinite wait on the front pocket, so I switched to this one. I will say that SBL customer service is exemplary, if not for them I probably would've given up. Finally, after several months of back and forth I received a perfect bag, and it is PERFECT. All the preceding drama aside, it is phenomenally built. The quality of materials is top notch, it can't be argued. I already owned a couple small pieces of SBL, so I had an idea of what to expect, but what a tank. I admit, I'd still prefer a Front Pocket, but this one suits all my needs. It's a general purpose and school bag. Basically I take it everyday, something of a "murse" if you will. The front sleeve is a really cool feature, I keep my ipad and a wireless keyboard inside. The side pockets are large, and one fits my SBL Paul Bunyan wallet perfectly. The interior pockets are a nice addition, but I don't really need them so much as I need the interior space. Which is kind of why I'd prefer the Front Pocket. It's ever so slightly bigger than this one. Also, Dave, kudos on the outside pocket design. I stuff crap in those hidden pocket areas all the time when I don't feel like taking the bag all the way off. Overall I can't say enough good things, quite an impressive bag. I only have one suggestion. I'm broad shouldered and barrel chested, but only about 5'9. The shoulder straps have a tendency to slide outwards on my chest. Tightening the straps or changing the nipple rivet hole don't help here either. It would SO helpful, if there was a horizontal strap across the chest to keep the straps (and by extension weight) more centered on my core. Maybe a two piece design that could slide off the shoulder straps if some people don't like/need the chest strap. I've rambled long enough. Great bag, great quality from SBL.

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