I'm coming up on my one year anniversary of ownership of this wonderful bag. Holds up in a manner in which I don't believe I will be able to take advantage of the industry leading warranty. One unanticipated outcome is that I started to bring my lunch to work. Avoiding the cafeteria, packing healthy, and in general subscribing to a healthier diet has lead to a 20 lb weight loss! Thanks Saddleback!
$650.00 to $680.00SKU: #01-10-0002
- 100-Year Warranty, details here.
- Free Shipping, details here.
- 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 so you can keep your stuff organized
- 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 pigskin leather for added strength
- Stitched with marine-grade thread and reinforced with copper rivets for super durability
- 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
- 5 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
- 6 pounds
Slim Fit is the new word not he street for great fashion and that you are a fit person! this bag is that! it's slim and fit in all ways, it's brutally well crafted like all the SBL shit! it's awesome, it's sexy, it's low profile in the crowds.... I have 2 large one, a carbon black (discontinued) and a Tobacco and I love them! they are amazingly easy to carry and use!
If you are looking for an extremely durable bag, this is it. I am extremely pleased and sure they will argus about it after I'm dead.
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.
It's been two years since I purchased my Large Thin Briefcase. From the time I opened it, I have been waiting to write this review. I wanted to write a review for it immediately just based on the leather smell when I opened the package for the first time. I decided to wait and use it for a while and see how it works. Two years later it has discoloured to a darker tobacco colour. Simply love what its turned into. It still feels as solid as the day I got it. I still get compliments on it, often from the same people. This bag has travelled with me through a few airports, I often keep a closer eye on this bag over any other, its just that nice that someone would love to swipe it from me. I use it every single day to take my Mac and iPad with me to work and back home. This briefcase has worked without flaw. Yes its a bit clunky and heavy, but thats what makes it so awesome! I can now tell that what Dave says is true. This will last a lifetime! I've looked at many leather bags since I've purchased this briefcase and NEVER have I found one to be built to the same brute strength that this is. Many often look the part, but then when you get closer, you realize its not the same. It's at that point I know that the briefcase I purchased is the LAST one I'll ever buy. I can truthfully say I really gave a lot of thought before spending the money I did on it... weeks to be honest. I'm glad I bought it, I have ZERO, nada, zip, zilch, naught regrets.
I bought this (medium / dark coffee brown) as a gift to myself for a new job which had me moving to one of the largest cities in the country and living downtown. I walk to work every day so this is my main case.
1. HIGH, high quality. It's built like a Sherman tank. It's not the "soft" leather you find on competing products. I did buy the leather oil/conditioner sold on here however haven't used it yet.
2. You'll get compliments. I get 2-3 a week, mostly because it sticks out in a sea of canvas and company branded stuff.
3. See number 1.
1. The strap is too long. If you use the higher holes in the strap in effort to "shorten" it, the end of the strap will stick out past the clasp. Because of this, it will start to curl.
2. Having only one loop on the strap is a bummer too. Again, if you use the high holes in effort to have a shortened strap (so it hangs above your waist), the loop on the strap is position so high you'll have a large amount of slack flopping around. I used a velcro cord wrapper and positioned it low to mitigate the flopping around.
3. Some of the stitching on the strap is starting to fray.
3. If you are one to carry a ton of "stuff", this isn't the bag for you. Ultimately the lack of pockets and storage has been a good thing for me as I've simplified what I carry each day, but again - if you need all sorts of pockets, look elsewhere.
In the end, I guess most of my beef is with the strap but that's important piece of a bag thus I'm deducting one star - your mileage on the strap may vary. I wish the review template on here allowed for pics so you could see what I'm illustrating above.
So glad I bought this. I bought a large because I have a 17 MBP that I occasionally need to carry. I carry this bag everyday in a large city were I have to walk quite a bit and take cramped public transportation. I carry 4 thin text-books, a large Moleskin notebook, a pen/pencil bag and a charger for my phone. Everything fits with room to spare. It is heavy; I am glad that I did not buy the full size briefcase as I may not be man enough to drag it around all day. I was able to fold up the incredibly long strap and it looks good and tucked away. Would rather save for 5 years to have a briefcase like this, than settle for a different product.
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!!!
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 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
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.
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 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 ....!
I've been carrying a bag every day of my life since I entered grade school. At first it was a big canvas military backpack, then a Timbuk2 messenger bag, and now the medium thin briefcase from SBL.
If you're looking for the bag to carry every day, this is probably the best one money can buy. At 4lbs, it's got some heft to it but isn't the 6lb monster the Classic briefcase is. My daily carry includes an ipad (or occasoinal laptop), DS, all my chargers/cables, earbuds in case, pen and paper pad, wallet and occasional other materials with room to spare. It's a bigger bag than you might expect given it's the smallest briefcase SBL offers.
After a few weeks use it's already developing a really nice look to the leather, softening up in the joints and getting a couple battle scars from the weekly grind.
My only complaints would be in the strap hardware that attaches to the bag. If you're the type who would remove the strap occasionally, or convert it to a backpack, it can be quite difficult and slow to unscrew the hinged latches. They aren't quick release by any means.
Beyond that tho. This is the day-to-day office warriors dream, and it's tough enough to stand up to any boardroom jungle. Couldn't be happier.
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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.