I've used this bag during most every workday since 2009. This bag is hardly showing any wear, though LOTS of character! The only 'problem' I have had with it is that every now and then, with the way that it gets laid in my truck, I pick up the strap to grab my bag and one of the clasps connecting the bag and the strap releases. It releases because it brushes up against the release mechanism, not because its breaking. Only annoying a few times a year. I'm sold on these products and wish I had more money to spend on myself!!!
$459.00 to $489.00SKU: #01-10-0002
- Logo may vary from what is shown
- 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
- Holds up to a 15" Macbook, and most 15" laptops
- 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
- Holds up to a 17" Macbook, and most 17" laptops
- Carbon and Tobacco: 7.6 pounds
- Chestnut and Dark Coffee Brown: 6.4 pounds
This is an amazing piece. I have my 13"laptop in it, together with my SBL Moleskine cover, external hard drive and some nick nacks. The combination of pigskin and cow leathers make it super sturdy. The new ones come with suede side of pigskin, which I actually prefer in a briefcase like this since you probably do not have to wipe it clean that many times. My passport wallet has the rougher side of pigskin and I can say that this is better. Like others have said, the smell is intoxicating. The stitching is flawless. I've just held it on my lap every evening just looking at it. I ordered the dark coffee brown which is a great color and also has virtually no scarring.
Backpack mode works well and I've taken it to work on my bicycle already. You'll have to reverse one of the shoulder pads to make it right in backpack mode, but that's fine.
For a simple briefcase, there is no better option.
This past weekend I just received my firtst Saddleback Leather (SBL) briefcase, the Thin Briedcase Medium in chestnut. Everything about this bag screams excellence. I love the simple yet classic design, the perfect weight, the smell, the color. I tried justifying all the reasons I should keep it and bottom line is that although this bag may grow on me, it will not grow with me... and I'm not talking about it not aging beautifully.
What does it fit?
You've probably seen all the youtube videos on this bag to make sure you can fit all your stuff, no?
I can see how people who buy a classic briefcase or front pocket would want to downsize to this one. If I worked in environments such as law firms, corporate offices or in any setting that requires light packing this would be the bag for me. The medium fits my 13 MacBook Pro Retina in its SBL MacbBook Air sleeve, a couple notebooks along the laptop (in the same compartiment arranged side by side), a large book (900 pages) in the front compartment along with a couple smaller items. If you plan to pack your MacBook power supply with the extended cable, there is no room for a mouse in that pigskin interior pocket.
This may sound silly, but when you pack the bag with a 2-3 books and your laptop, there is no room for a bagged lunch and as a student this was a big one for me.
What I wish someone told me before pulling the trigger:
Everyone seems to sing the same song, "if you think about it, just buy it and you won't regret it." I can see why they say that from a quality and worthwhile investment standpoint. But here is what I wish someone told me: measure your current bag!!! Duh! For years I carried a 17" Thule nylon bag that finally gave up. When I got the 14" 3/4 SBL bag it felt small, almost too small in comparissoon to what I trained my mind to think is a normal ratio. If this will your be your only briefcase and if you didn't just change career paths, imho I think your new bag should fit at least as much stuff as before, otherwise it will feel like a downgrade. So yes, I returned it and will wait a little longer to purchse the Front Pocket Large in chestnut. I decided to not go for the classic because it is at the other extreme... measuring twice the width of the thin briefcase.
What I wish I knew about returns:
Your retun shipping cost for will vary depending where you live: I paid $20 for slowest USPS shiping option from Michigan plus $5 for a $400 insurance on the packet, altogether $25. Thats said, be an infomed shopper or you may end up paying in return fees the diference between your dream bag and the bag you can now afford. So if you have just enough money for a SBL bag but you are not at least 90% sure the medium Thin Briefcase is the right bag for you, I would advise you to wait.
I hope you found this review helpful and that it will serve as a guide in making an informed decisison.
Dave you are a real genius! Like how did you come up with such a product?! Despite what I paid for I shall say that to me it's worth a 100 times more. Every morning I wake up to the joy of wearing my dark coffee large thin briefcase to work. This surely will last me a life time! I wish you long continuation in hard work. Respectfully, Julien.
I've had my bag for about a year now. At first I felt I made a mistake in getting chestnut over dark coffee brown, but with each passing day, I love the colour more and more. This bag has been one of, if not, the best purchases I have ever made. It works as a fantastic book bag, briefcase, and overnight bag. Its hard to put into words how I feel about this bag. I feel like it grows with me. It just keeps getting better with age and I'm looking forward to many future years of use.
I'd like to thank saddleback leather for such a great product.
I have been purchasing leather products for several years now...have numerous wallets, coin purses, etc...
I've had three different Classic Briefcases, one large and two medium. I absolutely loved them and all three of them have been with me all over the world. One problem: just too heavy when fully loaded. I was using it for work and even with only the bare essentials it would get very heavy, very fast. Plus, I found it too unwieldy to use on public transportation. To be fair: I am 5'8" on a good day and 145 lbs. just out of the shower...and I broke two vertebrae last year so I am sensitive to weight. I loved all of my Classic Briefcases but ended up selling two of them and finding a home within the family for the other.
Enter the Slim Briefcase. I purchased the medium in black. Fantastic color! my others were either tobacco or dark coffee brown.
Much lighter than the Classic, and I can still carry all of my work essentials. I am able to fit a large padfolio, lunch, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, workout clothes, first aid kit, small umbrella, and a EDC pouch with room to spare. Much lower profile than even the medium Classic and easy to carry. I also like that it is very simple on the outside; plenty of room on the inside. Even enough room for a minimalist to use as a overnight or weekend bag (I could certainly do so).
Over the next two days, this great bag will see service on a day hike through a national park and a visit to one of the Smithsonian museums. Can handle all sorts of duty.
Boardroom to tent. Can handle it all. Pick one up today.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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!
Love this bag! The first one I ordered was as an 'attaboy' from my boss for some good work done. He asked what I wanted, gave me a price range and I came back within five minutes with the bag I'd been coveting for a while. I ordered a 'large' and was a little surprised at just how large and hefty it was. Loved the craftsmanship, but as a little guy (5'9" and 155) the bag felt a little big on me. My problem was solved when somebody wanted the bag more than me; my truck was broken into and my bag, laptop and Saddleback wallet were all stolen. I was honestly most upset about the bag. I re-ordered myself the wallet and bag but got the smaller size this time. Hooray for Dave's Deals! The small briefcase fits me perfectly. I especially like the change from the screw-style carabiners that held the old strap to the new clip one. The screws would work themselves loose after speeding down bouncy oilfield roads. I've gotten more compliments from strangers on this bag than anything I've owned. Keep up the great work!
The large dark coffee brown thin briefcase far exceeded my expectations. The quality is outstanding, the design is simple and elegant, and the functionality is very well thought out. It is a true beauty! It certainly is the last one you will ever need to buy...unless you become addicted to their products, which will probably happen. I started out with the ID wallet, and don't plan on stopping with this briefcase.
I bought the thin briefcase in chestnut around 9 months ago and it hasn't left my side since. From my day to day uses at university to hiking jungles in Costa Rica, this bag gets the job done. Can't wait until I can get my next piece!
Been using the thin briefcase for about a week....still has that wonderful leather smell...love the heft of the thin large briefcase....chestnut is a wonderful color and heads turn when I commute by train to work. Leather is softening and developing nicely. Highly functional with no frills ...love the masculine appeal! Will cost ya...but worth every single cent! My first saddleback leather...and I am addicted ....!
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A slim briefcase with a smaller profile than our original classic briefcase, with two interior compartments holding up to a 17" laptop.
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.