I received today my Large Thin Briefcase in Carbon, it is great. You can feel the quality of the leather and the metal parts. I bought it on the Dave's Deals part of the website, it is supposed to have a defect that you can see from 10 feet if you were looking for it. Honestly, I've been looking at it inches away from my face and I can't find anything. It definitely was a great deal. I recommend the Dave's Deals to anybody, their products are so well made that you won't regret it. The Thin Briefcase is a good size for my 13" Aluminum Macbook, and it still have plenty of space for more stuff. Definitely will buy more stuff from Saddleback. Good job guys!
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.
Wore this briefcase to work for the first time today and got three compliments. Two of them mentioned how nice it was more than once and one co-worker asked if he could have a closer look inside. Just have to artfully dodge those "How much did this run ya?" questions somehow...
The bag is very sturdy. Chestnut is the way to go for all SBL products, as far as I'm concerned. It looks like something out of the Old West. Beautiful and I have no doubts it will hold up for a very long time.
I have an Old Bull Belt, ID wallet, and now this heirloom piece. SBL is not cheap but their quality is simply not comparable to anything you'll find in stores so I feel it's justified.
It's already been over a year since I got my dark coffee medium thin briefcase. It goes back and forth to work with me every day. Apart from slight softening of the leather and very minor wear marks it is just as new. What I love about this bag is that it works really well in a corporate environment (I work for a multinational). It fits my 15" notebook perfectly, and just stands out in a crowd shouting you mean business.
I carry it around as a briefcase, so without the carrying belt. After about three months the excessive D-rings started bothering me, so I took a Stanley knife (please don't kill me Dave) and just removed the 8 D-rings that serve no purpose if you don't use this as a backpack or strap it to your luggage. They are easily removed including the leather and you hardly notice they were ever there in the first place. I left the two D-rings to be used with the carrying belt as well as the big O-ring which I actually find kinda stylish. Very happy indeed with how it looks now!
Given how little it aged over this year and how awesome it looks after polishing it up a bit I expect I could use this bag the rest of my career (which would be more than 30 years). Only thing I could think of now would bring me off this bag is if Dave would design a briefcase version of the suitcase. That would be the ultimate briefcase imho, and I'd just have to upgrade.. (just don't go overboard on the straps/D-rings ;))
Just ordered the notebook holder to go with it. Pay a bit more for quality, it's well worth it!
I picked the thin medium briefcase on Dave's deals. It just came in yesterday. Couldn't be happier. This is hands down the best briefcase I've ever seen.
To begin, I will admit I was one of those individuals who was reluctant to purchase a Saddleback Leather briefcase. I surfed the web and found a number of knockoffs. I actually purchased two knockoffs thinking I was making a smarter purchase. And boy was I wrong. After 2 months, my first knockoff (cost me $50) started to fall apart. Then I spent a little more money on the second knockoff (cost me $125) which started to fall apart after 4 months. I finally committed to purchasing the Saddleback Leather Thin Briefcase over 7 months ago and I am very pleased with this briefcase. It is as good today as the first day I bought it. I feel confident this bag will stay with me for many years to come. In a nutshell, I learned the hard way, that Saddleback Leather is the ONLY company to choose when purchasing a long-lasting leather briefcase or leather "anything". :-D
I got a new job that would have me traveling to customer sites, talking to people that operate VIP jets. I wanted to "look the part", but in my own way. I wanted something well made and authentic. Like it was built just for me.
After watching Dave's videos and learning about the business, I ordered the medium bag. I travel light, with a Macbook (13" w), a few files and accessories. It's perfect. If you have a bigger laptop, get the large.
It's been perfect, and I enjoy the bag more and more. I get compliments from all walks of life, from the girl at TSA security, to CEOs, to men that make custom aircraft interiors. People can recognize that care and attention went into the bag.
Periodic conditioning with the leather milk has it looking better than new.
I know of 3 people that went to buy a Saddleback bag after seeing mine. I expect a Christmas card from Dave and crew :-)
..I honestly did, but it's just is not a frequent travelers briefcase. That said the final straw was not its extreme weight, lack of interior space or large size that has difficulty fitting under an airplane seat. Rather, it was that the large front flap on the case that is secured by a single middle strap has developed a significant curl on both ends. The curl is so significant that my colleagues are asking why my briefcase has wings.
I tried to return it for some partial credit against a new purchase but they refused. I just don't have time to deal with a bad briefcase so I'm going to donate it to Goodwill; someone will love it. Don't get me wrong, the quality is good for what it is but it's designed very poorly for the frequent traveler.
I am a lawyer who used the same Atlas Briefcase for 20+ years and decided it was time to get a new one. After spending an insane amount of time reviewing briefcases on the web (not to mention coming back to Dave's site for days on end), I went with the Large Thin Briefcase in Chestnut. I have used it for over a week and am extremely pleased. To paraphrase a favorite movie scene, I love the smell of chestnut in the morning.
The case looks great. It is stiff when you first get it (took a while just to open the strap), but it loosens up quickly (I can now open it with one hand). It's amazing how much fits into it. It naturally expands the more it is used. Unlike other briefcases which curve inward at the top (and prevent a full case from sometimes closing), the thin case is tall and the same width at the top as the bottom. I have carried a laptop, two hardback books, an Ipad, and some files and it all fits. Also love the pocket that carries my checkbook and chargers.
Don't pay attention to the reviews that complain about the heaviness of the case. It's full grain leather, so it's not going to feel as light as much inferior (in my opinion) italian-style leather. And those of us who carry lots of stuff home in our cases would not notice any difference. In fact, after carrying a load home last night and emptying the case at work today, the thing felt positively light (and I usually carry it as a portfolio and not using the shoulder strap). I do agree that, if I could make it perfect for my use, I would eliminate most of the D hooks, especially those on the bottom. I suspect that very few people who own this case will use it as a backpack (the large classic briefcase would be better for that). On the plus side, it makes the case unique.
Finally, if you are undecided between the Medium and the Large, go with the Large. I am just under six feet tall, and the Large looks great, plus, it gives you much more room. Dave, this is a winner. Just bought a matching Chestnut medium note pad as a Dave's Deal. Whoever designed this website should be arrested for encouraging addictive behavior.
I just wanted to review the large thin Saddleback briefcase I received today, in tobacco. As soon as I caught a glimpse of it through the packaging I could tell it was GORGEOUS. It's a really, REALLY beautiful bag. I don't know how I can describe it any better than that. I was very pleasantly surprised. I had previously bought a tow belt from Saddleback, and returned it as I was not impressed with the design at all (although the leather was lovely). So I was somewhat reluctant to take a chance on them again.
Most important thing I must note to those thinking about getting this - I kept reading that the bag was too big and too heavy in the large size. You're kidding right? I don't know what the fuss is all about. It's the correct briefcase size and just the right weight. I'm 5'6" tall, and although I work out, I'm no Arnold. Size and weight wise, I found it perfect.
And the colour... It's just gorgeous. Makes it look like an Indiana Jones bag. The marks on the leather give it a lot of character. I don't doubt the leather will last as long as they're claiming.
One more thing I really liked - the double shoulder pads. When you have the bag slung over your shoulder and back, you can use one pad for your shoulder and the second over your chest, so the strap doesn't mark your clothes.
I didn't like three things about the bag. One is that the D rings aren't optional. They're not that intrusive, except for the 'cow ring' under the handle that digs into your back when you have it slung over your shoulder. I've tucked it under the handle to stop that happening, but I may just take my Dremel to it with cutting discs to get rid of it and the rest of the rings if I decide I can live without them. Second thing is the spring clip that attaches the strap to the bag seems to be a weak point to me. I have this suspicion the metal here will erode with time from the friction, but we'll see how it goes. It's guaranteed after all. And thirdly, once you get the shoulder strap adjusted to the right length, there is a lot of excess length that really doesn't have anywhere to go. It would have been nice to have a better provision to tuck it away nicely.
All in all though, I don't regret getting this at all. I shouldn't have waited so long.
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.
Not unlike most who have purchased from Saddleback I was looking for something unique and more importantly something that will stand the test of time. What I wan't expecting was how brilliant the Tobacco Thin Briefcase truly was when I opened and unwrapped it from the package. Literally my first words were "WOW!….This briefcase is awesome". I am completely impressed with the design, unique character and strong makeup of this briefcase. The life that the leather takes on after use is fantastic. Every new mark just adds to the brilliance. I can now fully appreciate the statement "They'll fight over it when you're dead". Great product…Great Service.
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.
I've been thinking about purchasing a Saddleback bag for years, but my frugality usually got the best of me. With a recent move and job change I decided it was time to pull the trigger. I purchased the Medium Thin Briefcase in Chestnut Brown and I love it. I was worried it might be too small, and too tight for a laptop but it fits my 14" work laptop with room for additional items. It's not huge, but I suspect more room will become available as the leather relaxes. I don't usually spent large quantities of money on items which I don't need, but I plan to use this bag for the rest of my adult life and will easily get my money's worth.
I love this bag. I have zero regrets with this purchase, and that says somehthing coming form a stingy guy like myself. I now look forward to walking around with it to see how many compliments I get. Sounds ddd I know, but it's true.
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 recently purchased the medium sized thin briefcase in carbon. I bought it to replace my Saddleback Classic Briefcase as my every day bag. I absolutely love my classic brief but I found myself carrying fewer things on a daily basis so the classic brief has been semi-retired to my weekend and flight carry-on bag.
As with all of my SBL products, the quality is exceptional. I picked mine up on Dave's Deals (as I do with all my SBL bags) and for the life of me I cannot find a reason why this was 15% off. It looks perfect to me.
I carry a 13" MacBook Pro inside a SBL sleeve, a few medical journals, a handful of papers, MacBook charger, iPhone charger, USB drive, pens and a small notebook. All of this fits perfectly.
After reading some negative reviews I felt I wanted to address a few things that people complain about.
1. Weight. Yes, this is a heavy bag. It is made of sturdy leather and there is a lot of it. Realize this before purchasing.
2. "Stiffness". Yes, this is high quality leather and it is stiff at first. It may take a long time to break in this bag. Have you ever seen a 5+ year old SBL bag? Soft and supple...but it takes some work to get there.
3. D Rings. Thats part of the design and allure IMHO. I use a couple of them for attaching luggage tags and for clipping it to a spring clip when I put it in my trunk.
Would recommend this bag to anyone.
Let me start by stating that I own quite a bit of Dave's product. A large waterbag, this briefcase, a large dry bag, notebook holder, satchel, cable bag , 2 pouches, and a belt pouch. None though gets used like this briefcase. It is used on a daily basis for work and I'm not very happy with how it has held up in just over a year and a half that I have owned it. I admit I don't treat it gently, but I do not abuse it and have treated a couple times with the leather milk. The flap is beginning to show signs of cracking where it bends while opening. I am concerned that if this is happening in such short period of time the bag not hold up for a few more years, let alone a lifetime. While only cosmetic, scratches are very noticeable, areas that receive a lot of contact are turning a different color, this along with the cracking makes me somewhat concerned about the tanning process.
I must say though that the construction of this bag is is excellent though, stitching hardware, etc. I just feel for how much I have invested in these products I expect a little more.
I'm happy with my medium chestnut briefcase and can confirm that it does (just) fit a 15" MacBook Pro.
However, if you're not into dangling chrome rings, you might want to consider something else. This fairly small bag has 11 (!) chrome rings, of which 2 are useful (for the shoulder strap), 3 are marginally useful (if you want to carry the bag as a backpack, a bit gimmicky, but OK), and 6 are completely useless. They are supposedly for "lashing", but I cannot think of anything I would want to lash onto a briefcase.
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.
Great bag. Nice looking and extremely well made. The chrome is a bit much, but useful if ever needed. I've seen a lot of comments about the size of the large. Don't be scared to get the large, you're a man and should have a man size bag. If you want a satchel to fit on your messenger bike - look somewhere else.
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 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 had been looking at Saddleback products for several months trying to decide which would best fit my needs. Ultimately, I selected the thin briefcase in DCB and found one on Dave's Deals. Ordering was easy and it arrived within 4 days. The briefcase was beautiful and I could not find any flaws that resulted in the 10% discount.
Unfortunately, the briefcase was too large and gave the appearance I was carrying a suitcase, rather than a briefcase. For reference, I am 6'0" and 190 lbs. I contacted SLC customer service and they could not have been more helpful. They emailed a return authorization and UPS shipping label.
The same day I returned the large briefcase to Saddelback, I located a medium thin in DCB on Dave's Deals. I could not be happier. It is perfectly proportioned and holds everything I need. This typically includes a leather portfolio (soon to be an SLC large notepad holder) and 1/2" three ring binder or various documents behind the divder. In front of the divider it holds my medium Moleskine, Kindle, and leather checkbook holder. The pocket stitched to the front of the divider is quite large and holds various power chords, gum, small first aid kit, and multi-tool. The back slash pocket is perfect for magazines, newspaper, or file folders.