Thin Front Pocket Leather Backpack

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SKU: 01-20-0009
$485.00
$485.00

Color

Lining Natura Pigskin

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Ratings & Reviews

8 reviews

4.8   (8)
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Versatile

by

I bought this backpack about three years ago and have used it for EVERYTHING! Overnight pack, airplane carry on pack, camera pack, Video Production pack. The possibilities are endless! The extra pockets provide great storage for cellphone, ID, extra equipment, etc. The only downside I found is that the bag is so big I tend to overload it and it gets a little heavy when I have all my camera lenses and flash units together in one bag.







You can't go wrong with this one!

 

The Perfect Backpack.

by

Just received my TFPBP in black. It is a little bigger than I thought it would be, but that is just fine. It is a beautiful bag. The front pocket is about 9 inches long and about 6 inches high. The side pockets are about 4 inches long and about 5 inches high. I wanted to mention this because I did not see those measurements anywhere. One the best things about this bag is the strap length. I'm an overweight person and this is the first SBL bag that has had back pack straps that fit loose! For the first time I have not had to use the very last hole! I love this bag and I plan on having it for the rest of my life. It fits well and is not too big or bulky. The leather is beautiful and it smells great! I highly recommend this bag.

 

Initial Impressions: Almost perfect EDC bag, just a smidge too small

by

Had the bag only a couple days, so not a complete review. I've owned the Large Front Pocket Backpack (LFPBP) for 3 years and have been less pleased over time. I wrote a review for it a year ago and noted a few design issues. Though similar, this is a refined version. The reposition of the lower strap to the side and the upper strap positioned slightly lower changes the way the bag is carried. My main complaint of the LFPBP was a hump formed in the top of the bag that's uncomfortable on the shoulders. I believe this is due to strap locations and the middle of the bag lacking support. If you read some of the reviews you'll see other people with the same issue, this does not seem the case with this bag. Overall better comfort. Great for EDC, but I wouldn't take it on a trip. The goal to be less cumbersome is a success, but, I feel it sacrificed a bit too much capacity. Dave also dropped D rings to make the bag lighter, so it does lack some utility compared to the big front pockets.

 

Exccellent Daily Carry!

by

I have been the happy owner of several SBL bags over the years. I love the thin front pocket backpack. It is the perfect replacement for my Messenger which just a bit too large. Perfect size for my daily carry.

 

A rugged/quality and flexible compact BP that fits comfortably for light and organized loads.

by

I own (many SBL products) the Front Pocket BP, Square BP, and Simple Canvas BP (SCBP) as well. The Thin Front Pocket Backpack will be replacing my small SCBP.







My favorite feature on this bag is the ability to not have to unbuckle the side pockets and stuff items behind them (i.e. cell phone, keys, etc.) when out running around. Another great thing about this BP is the round bottom and the straps being fixed to the outside edges (keeps straps off sides).







Overall, this is a solid BP, that get a lot of compliments, is very flexible/organized with light loads and fits comfortably for extended use. I'm glad Dave brought this new design to the collection. I've found it very handy for classes (attending one class in a day and needed room to spare for food, snack, pens, stapler, calculator, etc.) and family use.







I'm glad to see that Dave is now offering 1st Responders and retired/active/reserve military a 15% discount as of 18FEB17 ! Thanks Dave!

 

Evolution towards Perfection

by

I have been an everyday user of the famed Saddleback 'Tank' backpack since 2012 and lived up and grew strong enough to lug its weight and idiosyncracies. That bag has now been passed on to my 18-year old son.







This TFPBP in Chestnut is the culmination of what the next evolution of SB backpacks for its avid users through the years. Lighter, thinner, and with less bulk; without sacrificing the durability and its ability to develop 'character' as the years go by and scratches are accumulated. I love the minimal straps that are long enough even to accommodate the additional bulk of wearing a thick leather jacket. Its profile is thin enough for me not to worry it'll hit diners at a crowded restaurant as I pass by. And the weight is Godsend. Coming from using a Tank, the weight issue has now become extremely manageable. Did it sacrifice capacity? It sure did. But it gave back so much more that it is a pure joy to use and bring with me everywhere I go even in short errands.

 

Beauty meets utility

by

First let me say, I love this bag. I decided to take the leap and buy one for myself after going through a horrible time of having to replace backpacks because they fell apart on me ( I'm a backpack abusers anonymous dropout). When I first ordered the bag, I was nervous about the size. It seemed very large across the back and wasn't sure if it would be too big for me. Nope, it's a perfect size. It has become my new EDC and I haven't had trouble with the compartment size. I can fill it with books, my laptop, other electronics, things needed for overnighters and the straps evenly distribute the weight so my shoulders don't scream after a couple hours.







The design is perfect, I can use my bag in more formal settings such as meeting new clients or attending meetings at different schools, as well as, use it while I run around for the day. The pockets are a good size for me since it helps me not clutter my bag with the black hole of no return.

 

Used as "personal item" to carry on flight

by

(Medium tobacco thin front pocket):







It arrived stiff of course, “heavy”, and the color looked darker than it did online (which I appreciated).







I spent a few days rolling, bending, beating it up. Once soft and broken in, the backpack felt EXTREMELY comfortable to wear and could fit a change of clothes plus my electronics. And it looks great. A full quart size bag of liquids fits perfectly in the front pocket. I ordered both this one and the large front pocket backpack, thinking I would use the bigger pack for road trips and the lighter one for flights...but the large was ginormous. The medium backpack looked dwarfed by the large and even though I'm not a petite lady, I couldn't imagine wearing the gigantic one on my back ever. It was just too big for me. I brought the thin backpack as my “personal item” on my flights and was pleased to find the straps slid right over my carry-on handle to secure the pack there. It's a pleasure to travel with and fits everything I need.

 

A Great Backpack!!!!

by

This is the bag I’ve been seeking for a long time. The reviews here sum up the backpack perfectly, i.e., great for an everyday pack, carry on, overnight, classes, etc. I’d like to add that the quality is outstanding. This is a bag that you will stare at constantly, turn over, inspect, bend, open and close, time and time again. You may even catch yourself glancing at it while it sits beside you. I'm a private pilot and it arrived just as I was packing for an overnight. I unboxed my new prize, loaded it up and it flew with me from Boston to New Jersey and back again today; a great inaugural trip. I even was blessed by the smell of the new leather in cockpit from time to time. It was, I’ve got to say, a bit reassuring knowing it was along for the flight. I am so looking forward to breaking it in, softening it up and bringing in on its next adventure, wherever that might be.

Reviews

Story

The Thin Front Pocket Backpack is the lighter and leaner version of our Front Pocket Backpack. Perfect for the urban commuter who’s not really into carrying a briefcase, but doesn’t want to look like a 10th grader either. This is a backpack for grownups. It’s 4 inches deep instead of the 8 inches in the original Front Pocket Backpack. The same style, half the bulk.

Ratings & Reviews

8 reviews

4.8   (8)
  • 3 stars
  • 0 reviews
  • 2 stars
  • 0 reviews
  • 1 star
  • 0 reviews
 

Versatile

by

I bought this backpack about three years ago and have used it for EVERYTHING! Overnight pack, airplane carry on pack, camera pack, Video Production pack. The possibilities are endless! The extra pockets provide great storage for cellphone, ID, extra equipment, etc. The only downside I found is that the bag is so big I tend to overload it and it gets a little heavy when I have all my camera lenses and flash units together in one bag.







You can't go wrong with this one!

 

The Perfect Backpack.

by

Just received my TFPBP in black. It is a little bigger than I thought it would be, but that is just fine. It is a beautiful bag. The front pocket is about 9 inches long and about 6 inches high. The side pockets are about 4 inches long and about 5 inches high. I wanted to mention this because I did not see those measurements anywhere. One the best things about this bag is the strap length. I'm an overweight person and this is the first SBL bag that has had back pack straps that fit loose! For the first time I have not had to use the very last hole! I love this bag and I plan on having it for the rest of my life. It fits well and is not too big or bulky. The leather is beautiful and it smells great! I highly recommend this bag.

 

Initial Impressions: Almost perfect EDC bag, just a smidge too small

by

Had the bag only a couple days, so not a complete review. I've owned the Large Front Pocket Backpack (LFPBP) for 3 years and have been less pleased over time. I wrote a review for it a year ago and noted a few design issues. Though similar, this is a refined version. The reposition of the lower strap to the side and the upper strap positioned slightly lower changes the way the bag is carried. My main complaint of the LFPBP was a hump formed in the top of the bag that's uncomfortable on the shoulders. I believe this is due to strap locations and the middle of the bag lacking support. If you read some of the reviews you'll see other people with the same issue, this does not seem the case with this bag. Overall better comfort. Great for EDC, but I wouldn't take it on a trip. The goal to be less cumbersome is a success, but, I feel it sacrificed a bit too much capacity. Dave also dropped D rings to make the bag lighter, so it does lack some utility compared to the big front pockets.

 

Exccellent Daily Carry!

by

I have been the happy owner of several SBL bags over the years. I love the thin front pocket backpack. It is the perfect replacement for my Messenger which just a bit too large. Perfect size for my daily carry.

 

A rugged/quality and flexible compact BP that fits comfortably for light and organized loads.

by

I own (many SBL products) the Front Pocket BP, Square BP, and Simple Canvas BP (SCBP) as well. The Thin Front Pocket Backpack will be replacing my small SCBP.







My favorite feature on this bag is the ability to not have to unbuckle the side pockets and stuff items behind them (i.e. cell phone, keys, etc.) when out running around. Another great thing about this BP is the round bottom and the straps being fixed to the outside edges (keeps straps off sides).







Overall, this is a solid BP, that get a lot of compliments, is very flexible/organized with light loads and fits comfortably for extended use. I'm glad Dave brought this new design to the collection. I've found it very handy for classes (attending one class in a day and needed room to spare for food, snack, pens, stapler, calculator, etc.) and family use.







I'm glad to see that Dave is now offering 1st Responders and retired/active/reserve military a 15% discount as of 18FEB17 ! Thanks Dave!

 

Evolution towards Perfection

by

I have been an everyday user of the famed Saddleback 'Tank' backpack since 2012 and lived up and grew strong enough to lug its weight and idiosyncracies. That bag has now been passed on to my 18-year old son.







This TFPBP in Chestnut is the culmination of what the next evolution of SB backpacks for its avid users through the years. Lighter, thinner, and with less bulk; without sacrificing the durability and its ability to develop 'character' as the years go by and scratches are accumulated. I love the minimal straps that are long enough even to accommodate the additional bulk of wearing a thick leather jacket. Its profile is thin enough for me not to worry it'll hit diners at a crowded restaurant as I pass by. And the weight is Godsend. Coming from using a Tank, the weight issue has now become extremely manageable. Did it sacrifice capacity? It sure did. But it gave back so much more that it is a pure joy to use and bring with me everywhere I go even in short errands.

 

Beauty meets utility

by

First let me say, I love this bag. I decided to take the leap and buy one for myself after going through a horrible time of having to replace backpacks because they fell apart on me ( I'm a backpack abusers anonymous dropout). When I first ordered the bag, I was nervous about the size. It seemed very large across the back and wasn't sure if it would be too big for me. Nope, it's a perfect size. It has become my new EDC and I haven't had trouble with the compartment size. I can fill it with books, my laptop, other electronics, things needed for overnighters and the straps evenly distribute the weight so my shoulders don't scream after a couple hours.







The design is perfect, I can use my bag in more formal settings such as meeting new clients or attending meetings at different schools, as well as, use it while I run around for the day. The pockets are a good size for me since it helps me not clutter my bag with the black hole of no return.

 

Used as "personal item" to carry on flight

by

(Medium tobacco thin front pocket):







It arrived stiff of course, “heavy”, and the color looked darker than it did online (which I appreciated).







I spent a few days rolling, bending, beating it up. Once soft and broken in, the backpack felt EXTREMELY comfortable to wear and could fit a change of clothes plus my electronics. And it looks great. A full quart size bag of liquids fits perfectly in the front pocket. I ordered both this one and the large front pocket backpack, thinking I would use the bigger pack for road trips and the lighter one for flights...but the large was ginormous. The medium backpack looked dwarfed by the large and even though I'm not a petite lady, I couldn't imagine wearing the gigantic one on my back ever. It was just too big for me. I brought the thin backpack as my “personal item” on my flights and was pleased to find the straps slid right over my carry-on handle to secure the pack there. It's a pleasure to travel with and fits everything I need.

 

A Great Backpack!!!!

by

This is the bag I’ve been seeking for a long time. The reviews here sum up the backpack perfectly, i.e., great for an everyday pack, carry on, overnight, classes, etc. I’d like to add that the quality is outstanding. This is a bag that you will stare at constantly, turn over, inspect, bend, open and close, time and time again. You may even catch yourself glancing at it while it sits beside you. I'm a private pilot and it arrived just as I was packing for an overnight. I unboxed my new prize, loaded it up and it flew with me from Boston to New Jersey and back again today; a great inaugural trip. I even was blessed by the smell of the new leather in cockpit from time to time. It was, I’ve got to say, a bit reassuring knowing it was along for the flight. I am so looking forward to breaking it in, softening it up and bringing in on its next adventure, wherever that might be.