I bought the briefcase for my husband who is in law school. J loves loves the bag and he is very picky about almost everything. J told me he wants a briefcase that is not too small, not too large, leather preferred, high quality and affordable. Writing my doctoral dissertation would be an easier task ! We (mostly I) search all over and one day I click on saddleback leather website. I am so impressed and jealous with his bag. The leather is thick. The color is handsome. J has a new companion going with him everyday from classroom to courtroom. Oh and when he stopped at a traffic light on a bike wearing the bag as a backpack, people would compliment how amazing his briefcase is ! Thank you so much Saddleback !
With love from Tucson, AZ
$459.00 to $489.00SKU: #01-10-0002
- Large Dark Coffee Brown now shipping with lighter colored pigskin lining
- Large Chestnut now shipping with lighter colored, suede side of pigskin lining
- Free shipping, 30-day satisfaction guarantee - longer for gifts
- Covered by our 100 year warranty
- Unpretentious, simple design
- Converts to a backpack for impromptu hikes
- Removable shoulder strap for carrying as a portfolio or briefcase
- 3 internal pockets: 2 for pens, 1 for laptop charger and small notebooks
- Perfect for laptops, tablets, notepads and binders
- Handle is riveted to a metal bar for extra strength
- 8 Exterior D-rings can be used to tether tripods, slumber bags, blankets, or firewood
- Interior key clip for runaway keys
- No breakable parts, e.g. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.
- Made of tough full-grain leather which takes hits well and looks even better with age
- Built with only a few pieces of leather to minimize seams and weak points
- Lined with strong, supportive pigskin leather
- Stitched with marine-grade thread
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Adjustable strap length: 34 ½” - 59 ¼”
- Exterior: 14 ¾” W x 11” H x 4 ½” D
- Interior: 13 ¾” W x 10” H x 4” D
- Carbon and Tobacco: 6.7 pounds
- Chestnut and Dark Coffee Brown: 5.7 pounds
- Exterior: 16 ¾” W x 12 ½” H x 4 ½” D
- Interior: 15 ¾” W x 11 ¾” H x 4” D
- Carbon and Tobacco: 7.6 pounds
- Chestnut and Dark Coffee Brown: 6.4 pounds
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 marks life has given them.
A while back, I was on a small island off the coast of Panama and was making my way to a fabled surf spot called Wizard Beach, only accessible by foot.
This is my third big purchase from saddleback. The first was a large classic briefcase in chestnut, second was a medium front pocket backpack in carbon black. I loved the carbon black so much that I went on to get a medium briefcase in carbon black, which is perfect. It is siting on the table right beside me as I type this review, while breathing in the intoxicating leather aroma.
i never write reviews for any other products I buy. Saddleback is the only company I will take 10minutes to write a review for, gladly. Why? Because there is no other briefcase like that. I have looked at all the major brands. The quality is unmatched.
Everything about this briefcase is perfect. Now I have the thin briefcase for days I want to go the office only, or meet clients without carrying the large classic. I use the large classic for the days I go to gym and then to the office. It fits all my gear: water bottle, shoes, wraps, clothes, towels, as well as my office files and papers.
I was debating between the large and the medium ($30 difference) and ended up going for the medium. I did not regret it. The size is just nice. The large would have been too big for me.
If you are reading reviews right now to decide, I say do not hesitate. If you like the corporate look, go for carbon black or chestnut. Both are really sweet colours. Personally, I like black more. If you are a cowboy or the adventurous sort, definitely go for the tobacco. Dark coffee brown in my opinion is the most neutral. Fits well in all situations.
I never ever thought I would buy more than 1, given the high-ish price. Now I have 3.
After this purchase, you will probably need:
1. A backpack to carry around to the coffeeshop on weekends or your off days. The weight distribution is pretty decent.
2. Classic briefcase in the event you need to carry more things. A medium one is better if you are below 6". My large sometimes feel too large. I'm around 6".
3. Wallet and cardholder.
It is going to be pretty sweet.
This is one great bag!!! It's almost too classy for me! I bought the chestnut thin in medium. It smells fantastic and looks even better. The way it's constructed, it's not going to tear up anytime soon. Your products are pricey, but, I can truthfully say, they seem to be worth it.
It started innocently enough. I read a woodworking blog where the author talked about some of the products he really likes.
I started with a belt. I've had it for over a year now and can honestly say it is the best belt I have owned.
Recently my laptop bag started falling apart and I decided to splurge on a new one. I decided on the thin briefcase because I didn't want to carry around too large of a bag. It's large enough for a MacBook Pro, iPad, and a bunch of other stuff.
Seemed logical to throw in the laptop sleeve for my MacBook Pro. While I was at it might as well throw in a new large leather wallet.
It arrived and is all that it claims to be. Amazing construction and quality. Beware, that the products are addictive.
I'm thinking seriously about the iPad case, cable bag, large notebook and maybe the moleskine cover. The gadget bag would make an amazing camera case... hmm. :-)
Buy it! It's worth the money.
I love this bag and everything about it! I bought the black large one and it's absolutely beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing it age. My main concern before buying it was that someone said it was heavy. Not an issue I can tell you! I have removed one of the paddings from the shoulder strap since I have no plans using it as a backpack. Before buying it I was thinking about maybe removing some of the D-rings at he bottom of the bag since I have no plans strapping anything to it. I now know that I will keep them. They add character to the bag in a nice way.
I bought two wallets at the same time and I must warn you, it's addictive! I'm sure I haven't bought my last Saddleback product.
Hi everyone, after owning the large thin briefcase for about a month now I felt it was time to leave a review. The chestnut color looks better in person than in the photo's and I can't imagine the build quality being any better. Life with the bag has been great and should only get better as the leather ages, like the other customers It's safe to say I have developed an addiction to Saddleback leather products :)
I've had this one about 3 years and absolutely love it!! Purchased the big one. Ended up buying backpack too a year later.
I love Saddleback products and when I got a new 17' laptop I knew exactly what my next purchase would be to carry it around. The large thin briefcase in DCB looks great and snugly carries laptop in separate compartment, with plenty of room in other compartment for files, books, whatever. Inside pocket holds pens, phone, and keys.
I'm a lawyer and whenever I carry it to courthouse I get compliments on my Indiana Jones bag. Even had a couple people stop me and say "Hey, is that a Saddleback bag?" "Cool bag"
I carry it 3-4 days a week and it's not even beginning to break in yet, no wonder these bags have a 100 year warranty.
If you are hesitating buying a SBL bag because of the price, pull the trigger and do it. You will not regret it.
I knew this was going to be a good bag because a friend at work told me really liked his and I trust his judgement. I got my Thin Briefcase (Large) today. All I can say is Holy Cow! This bag is like nothing I have ever seen before. It will withstand the apocalypse. For all of the complaints I read here about the bags being heavy? Yeah, but they're heavy in a good way. This bag is not for the faint of heart. This is a solid, rugged bag that yes, my children will likely fight over after I'm gone. You lift this bag and you KNOW you have quality in your hands.
I originally thought the briefcase was a tad pricey, and now I'm thinking I got a deal. It exceeds every expectation I had. I know where I'm going luggage shopping in the future.
I just received my Thin Briefcase in carbon and I love it! I was nervous about the color but the price was right so I figured I would take the risk. The Carbon (now discontinued) is actually coffee or a really dark chocolate brown color. It is extremely handsome and well made. I probably should have ordered the Large but the medium should be fine for my EDC. Looking forward to wearing it in.
Just received a Large Thin Chestnut Briefcase for my daughter's law school graduation. Am very pleased with the Quality, Expedient Delivery, and Exceptional Customer Service. This is my third purchase in the last eleven months. Bought a Large Classic Chestnut Briefcase for myself, a Medium Chestnut Notepad Holder for my daughter, and now the Large Thin Chestnut Briefcase. It's a real pleasure dealing with Saddleback Leather. They make a great product, second to none. I only wish I had purchased your products earlier in my career. Thanks again.
I agree with lawyer Mitch, I also have a 17" laptop comp. that fits just fine in the large thin briefcase. I've had it several years and no signs of weakness in the construction. Its excellent for carrying manila file folders and a legal pad in the side pocket which allows some give. I carry three different electrical accessory plugs for the computer, notary stamp and seal as well as occasional snacks in the front compartment ahead of the laptop and sometimes an additional file folder. I put my thumb drive on the interior leather key clip and business cards and pens in the interior pockets. I also have a Classic Tablet Bag (for my Samsung tab) which is just as nice and spacious for all my plug accessories and cell phone clipped to one of the exterior pockets. Often I carry them both with me with no problem with the excellent leather shoulder pads. Compliments flow when people see them. I highly recommend Dave's products.
Did a lot of research on various brands and ultimately settled on the medium in chestnut. Fits my macbook pro 13' and a bunch of other things I need each day at work. It's everything I hoped it would be and I'll get a lot of use out of it over the coming years. It's great knowing I don't have to baby the bag and that if anything goes wrong it's all under warranty. Now I just have to save up for the duffel bag...
Being the proud owner of several SBL products, it is time to write a review! I recently picked up a "Dave's Deal" DCB Thin Briefcase and absolutely love it. I am still looking for the imperfection that caused the 15% discount. This was the first "DD" I went with and I'm sorry I waited so long. The briefcase is just what I wanted. It is big enough for the things I need to bring home each day, but not big enough it's a hassle to keep with me. The strap was a little long for where I like it to sit, but it's designed to be taken in and look classy. I carry a Window's Surface Pro 2, a 5x8 SBL Moleskine Notebook and a few documents and it's more than capable of this each day. More books, documents and it would start to get crowed, but that's not what this is designed for. Slim and basic. Just the way I like most things. I look forward to loading and unloading it each day. I feel like my 3 year old and his toy box! I seriously have a SBL addiction!
Typically I'm an impulse shopper. If I see something I like, I buy it. However, this was not as simple of a process for me. I've been lusting after some SBL gear for at least 3 months now -- glancing at the website probably 2 times per day (obsessive I know). I finally decided to pull the trigger on the thin briefcase in chestnut. Man is this one handsome bag! I've been using it for a couple of days now and I love it. Looks great, feels great, smells great. Worth every penny.
I got the medium and it absolutely fits everything I need to carry. I have an HP elitebook 8470p for work. I believe it's a 15 inch laptop (13 inches horizontally). Fits perfectly, with room to spare. This was the difficult deciding factor. I was really worried the lap top wouldn't fit, but it definitely does.
The chestnut color is beautiful. Originally I was drawn to the tobacco color. But for work, I'm glad I got the chestnut -- a but more formal. I work in a formal office setting (suit and tie), so it fits in nicely. Already got some great markings on the bag and have received a TON of compliments.
The only thing missing is a place to carry a water bottle. I always have some sort of beverage with me, so that would be nice. But given its thinness I can't envision the bag with that. That being said, I'm totally hooked and figure that buying the classic briefcase is an easy way to solve my water bottle issue. Why have 1, when you can have 2 awesome bags!!
If you're on the fence... hop off and buy this thing. You won't regret it.
This is my first MAJOR Saddleback Leather purchase. I've got a couple wallets, a phone sleeve (it fits the Moto X perfectly), a laptop sleeve, and I've given out the smaller items as gifts.
I had to take time to save up enough for this purchase but it was well worth it. I hit a Dave's Deals at 25% off of a Medium Chestnut. The only issue I could find was small scratches that I myself would have put into this bag in an open section of leather. I love it.
This bag, the medium, fits two laptops in the back compartment. I can fit a 17' Samsung Series 7 in it and a Lenovo Yoga 11s that's in a Saddleback sleeve. Up front I can keep an external hard drive, a notebook, pens, charger, etc.
With two laptops it's heave but that is my own doing, perfectly okay with it though. I'm 6'0, 165, and I'm on the fence of if it might be too small for my size. Honestly though, the bag really is perfect. I don't need bells and whistles and pockets. I wanted a bag that travels as hard and as much as i do. It feels like I have one now.
I was given a $400-$450 Tumi leather briefcase before this. The plastic coated leather ends started cracking and the bag was wearing quick after 2 years of use. One of my kids will use this Saddleback briefcase when they're in college or for their first job, that's an awesome feeling.
I bought one of these for myself after getting my younger brother one in chestnut for his birthday. He works at a major bank headquarters and gets many compliments from his top brass. If he only knew how close I was to keeping it and getting him a card! I liked it so much I had to get one for myself. I must admit most of my Saddleback products (I've developed an unhealthy addiction) are either dark coffee brown or tobacco because I love those colors, but I decided to go with the carbon black since I felt this was a better choice for work.
I'm a engineer and inspector in the petrochemical industry and I have to say the large thin briefcase in carbon black was a perfect choice for me! I receive compliments wherever I go... from craftsmen in rural fabrication shops to engineering and sales managers in Houston engineering offices, the people I do business with notice the beauty and quality immediately. And I love the new black. It reminds me of weathered motorcycle leather. It's truly beautiful. I can't wait to see how it looks after a decade or two of additional use.
It's the perfect size for my normal day to day. It easily swallows my Dell M6400 mobile workstation (which is a huge, thick laptop), a Saddleback 8.5"x11" notepad holder, a folder of project files/drawings, a cable bag full of all my accessory cables, my safety gear, and smaller inspection equipment.
I couldn't be happier with this purchase! As others have said, short of a litigator, the thin briefcase is probably the right size briefcase for most people. Thanks for another great Saddleback Leather product!
I have owned this briefcase for 6 months and am extremely pleased with it's perfomance and durability. Unexpectedly, the simple and well designed interior and exterior pockets have kept this bag better organized than my previous backpacks and satchels. As stated by others, the bag initially feels heavy but the shoulder strap is padded well and once you learn to use the strap, the bag carries well even through busy airports at a brisk walk.
I own all kinds of briefcases. But this is the tip of the top of the cream! Only beef, please make the rings optional, Dave! Then they'll be perfect!!! Keep it, dude. And the friendly staff and Dave's stories all add up to out of this world. Love my satchel and large gadget back. Went to a store I won't name, known for great designer leather from Italy. And they wanted to know where I got my gadget bag!
I already own the large classic briefcase but found it a little too big for my needs and a bit cumbersome to carry around, so I was searching for a good replacement. The thin briefcase in medium more than fit the bill. It is the perfect size and has plenty of room. The look of this briefcase is classic and timeless. I was already familiar with the quality of Saddleback Leather products, but I am still amazed how great their products look and perform.
I struggled with purchasing the thin front pocket briefcase or the thin briefcase, so I hopped on the computer and live chatted with customer service. The folks in their customer service are fantastic. I asked many questions and they helped me narrow it down to the thin briefcase. The briefcase has a divider and a pocket on the inside to make it 2 compartments and a pocket, compared to just 1 open compartment for the thin 2 pocket briefcase.
I bought this product about 18 months ago. It's great. I can't say enough good things about the one I have.
One of the clips failed and SB fixed it and shipped it free of charge (they even refunded my postage cost).
Just a brilliant bag and company.
If you don't already own one, you may be too late. I have the carbon black one, but before they changed the dye. I have to say, the one I have is way better looking. If you like coffee or chestnut, no worries. If you like carbon black or tobacco, you are fresh out of luck.
That's just my personal preference of course. You might love the new dye.
But you can't go too wrong with anything on here.
I bought the briefcase after being intorduced to Saddleback leather via a Ipad cover my wife bought for me. This is the most incredible bag ever. I was reently inn a very bad automobille accident that left me in the hospital and totaled the car. My briefcase was completely unharmed other than blood from a head injury. The service folks at Saddleback quickly helped me with the correct conditioner and a cleaning process although, I've just left the stains therre as a reminder. I have several pieces now and I'm getting the duffle next.
After owning this bag for one full year...
...It has been on over 100 flights
...It has been rained on and fully dampened several times
...It still looks amazing/new and I sort of want it to age faster to establish some cred :P
...It is still my favorite worldly possession
...There is no other work bag I would rather have, and I am not jealous of anyone else's work bag
...Many people are jealous of my bag and many people compliment it when they see it for the first time
...I am still glad I chose chestnut
...I am still glad I chose the medium (I have seen the large in the wild a few times, it's VERY LARGE. If you don't have a 17" laptop, just get the medium. Medium is normal work bag size, and I think it should be called "regular" because medium makes it sound small.)
Points for improvement:
1) I don't particularly like how it leans forward when sitting on the ground because the back panel is more rigid than the front.
2) The stiching has pulled out slightly on one side of the handle. It happened like 6 months ago and hasn't gotten worse, and its not worth sending in for repair until it does. It's just cosmetic, there is a rivet right there.
Still though, I would buy the exact same bag if something were to happen to mine. I would recommend this over the classic briefcase if you are looking for a laptop bag for your corporate job.
After drooling over these cases for a long time, my wife finally bought me the Large Thin Briefcase for my birthday - Saddleback Leather is my new love language. I couldn't be happier. I was torn between the classic large or the thin large but I finally decided on thin. In the end the classic was to deep for my needs but I love the look of it. When the case arrived in the mail it was so much better than any picture or video on the internet from anywhere. It is the perfect size, I don't find the weight to be an issue at all, the shoulder strap is much more comfortable than any other case I have owned, the leather is fantastic. The DCB color is great. Whether a Dave's Deal or not this is worth every penny. Buy one and cross it off your bucket list.
I bought the Large in Chestnut color as a college graduation gift for myself and couldn't be more happy. It is everything I wanted going into graduate school where I wasn't wanting to wear a standard backpack all day. I couldn't even count how many compliments I have received on the briefcase and absolutely love the character it has gained over the past few months. I'm already looking to buy another Saddleback product; I just need more time to decide which!