Thin Front Pocket Backpack

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SKU: 01-20-0009
$469.00
$469.00

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4.8   (18)
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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.

 

Great looking, well built, smidge small.

by

I needed a bag for the commute to an IT job. I picked out the TFPBP as a compromise in size and weight. It's lightweight and comfortable.







With a padded laptop sleeve permanently installed, I can carry two ultralight laptops, iPad, power supplies, battery, buds, knife, pen light, pens, notebook, first aid stuff, business cards and badges.







That loadout leaves zero usable space without squeezing the expensive electronics. If wishes were horses, I'd have room for a light jacket plus either a water bottle or an umbrella. Say 180 more cubic inches TOPS. That would still be way more compact than the regular FPBP and would allow the side pockets a little more volume, too.







I considered the FPBP, but maneuvering on subway, I really hate people flinging their [email protected]$$ bags around, knocking babies out o' dey mommas arms and taking up two peoples space.

 

Great bag--a little small

by

Great bag--I own several Saddleback items--side pocket duffel, thin briefcase, and wallets--this is one of my new favorite pieces. The one issue I have with the bag is that its a bit on the small side. Would be ideal if they offered this in a medium (current version) and a large size--two inches taller/longer--similar to the thin briefcase. Recommend but would welcome a bigger version from Dave.

 

The Perfect Leather Backpack!

by

I normally do not write reviews although I purchased tons of products. This is the exception! My husband is the pickiest guy on this planet. I purchased another well-known brand leather backpack for him and whenever he uses it, profanity just flying out. He is the IT guy and this back fits his daily uses. He LOVES this backpack! He LOVES nothing before. He even said, Dave's leather designs made other Leather Companies out there look stupid. After received this leather backpack, I went back and purchased 3 more items (Canvas...Backpack, Tool Bag, & Bi-fold Wallet). My husband only wants quality, smart engineered products and Dave's designs met that. They look good, functional, and practical unlike most products. I went back on site to look for an Old Bull Leather Belt 1.5 size 30 but disappointed that Dave does not have this size. :( I am looking for a leather belt that my husband can wear his concealed pistol, something tough. Thank you for making a grump happy. :)

 

You're thinking too much - just buy this bag

by

Let's get the one drawback out of the way first - it would be nice if it were a tiny bit larger. With that said, I've never not taken it anywhere because of capacity, and - critically important - I've yet to find the plane seat anywhere in the world where, fully packed, it will not slide (or wedge) under the seat in front of me. That's huge. Now for the best stuff - a pack like this makes you want to get off your butt and go on an adventure, i.e. like in the picture. Secondly, not one time have I had this one when I didn't get a compliment, and sometimes several, while wearing it. Bonus - the compliments often come from attractive women, making a great conversation starter. I repeat - quit thinking and buy this bag.

 

Perfect for EDC!

by

This backpack is the perfect size for EDC. Smartphone in an otterbox in the left pocket, saddleback leather wallet in the right pocket, key ring in the pouch behind that, and my phone charger, knife sharpener, leatherman, airpods and glasses case fit perfectly in the front pocket. The leather feels great, the stitches are wonderful and I get compliments on it everywhere I go!

 

Campin'

by

I am going camping next week and I already have the perfect backpack to take - THIS ONE!

 

Pleased as punch

by

I got this bag a couple of weeks ago. It looks good and I've already gotten a few compliments. Couldn't be happier. My only regret is that I won't live long enough to use it until it wears out. It's got a 100-year guarantee after all.

 

Incredible City Bag

by

Simply an incredible city bag. I had some small SB Leather products prior, but had wanted this bag for a while. I did a lot of research on leather backpacks and happily decided on this beauty. It is perfect for around town, a short overnight, or a day trip. I am 5'9", 150 lbs and this fits me perfectly. It is impeccably well-made, has a masculine attractiveness, functionality, and class. My sons are salivating over it and my wife simply loves it. I absolutely couldn't be happier. Wonderful product. I wouldn't buy anything but SB for my leather products.

 

One down and another to go

by

Just took my bag out of the box...it was just the bag I wanted, never felt real comfortable with my satchel, its a great bag, but....this is right up my alley, big enough for my day trips, camping trips, and yet light enough to carry....I absolutely like the way it fits on my back, not crazy about the carrying handle, I'm more use to my big backpack and briefcase handle, but hey I plan on carrying on my back most of the time anyway....now for my next purchase......

 

The one I have been looking for...

by

Just received my TFPB in coffee brown.







The quality is unmatched. I have purchased several bags and backpacks trying to find a great leather pack that can stand up for work or weekends out.







My Dad visited the store in TX while traveling and called me immediately and said you have to check these guys out. This is the best leather I’ve ever seen. These are works of art. Always listen to Dad. He was spot on!







Dave, as a business owner I love the continuing story from the community that owns a Saddleback bag, your family’s contribution to the greater good in areas of need, and I cheers the entrepreneur in you because that spirit and the travel that goes along with it many times is captured in your products over time as they are used. The stories the bags could tell.







Already planning to pass this one down to my boy.







All the best,







DR

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.

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4.8   (18)
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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.

 

Great looking, well built, smidge small.

by

I needed a bag for the commute to an IT job. I picked out the TFPBP as a compromise in size and weight. It's lightweight and comfortable.







With a padded laptop sleeve permanently installed, I can carry two ultralight laptops, iPad, power supplies, battery, buds, knife, pen light, pens, notebook, first aid stuff, business cards and badges.







That loadout leaves zero usable space without squeezing the expensive electronics. If wishes were horses, I'd have room for a light jacket plus either a water bottle or an umbrella. Say 180 more cubic inches TOPS. That would still be way more compact than the regular FPBP and would allow the side pockets a little more volume, too.







I considered the FPBP, but maneuvering on subway, I really hate people flinging their [email protected]$$ bags around, knocking babies out o' dey mommas arms and taking up two peoples space.

 

Great bag--a little small

by

Great bag--I own several Saddleback items--side pocket duffel, thin briefcase, and wallets--this is one of my new favorite pieces. The one issue I have with the bag is that its a bit on the small side. Would be ideal if they offered this in a medium (current version) and a large size--two inches taller/longer--similar to the thin briefcase. Recommend but would welcome a bigger version from Dave.

 

The Perfect Leather Backpack!

by

I normally do not write reviews although I purchased tons of products. This is the exception! My husband is the pickiest guy on this planet. I purchased another well-known brand leather backpack for him and whenever he uses it, profanity just flying out. He is the IT guy and this back fits his daily uses. He LOVES this backpack! He LOVES nothing before. He even said, Dave's leather designs made other Leather Companies out there look stupid. After received this leather backpack, I went back and purchased 3 more items (Canvas...Backpack, Tool Bag, & Bi-fold Wallet). My husband only wants quality, smart engineered products and Dave's designs met that. They look good, functional, and practical unlike most products. I went back on site to look for an Old Bull Leather Belt 1.5 size 30 but disappointed that Dave does not have this size. :( I am looking for a leather belt that my husband can wear his concealed pistol, something tough. Thank you for making a grump happy. :)

 

You're thinking too much - just buy this bag

by

Let's get the one drawback out of the way first - it would be nice if it were a tiny bit larger. With that said, I've never not taken it anywhere because of capacity, and - critically important - I've yet to find the plane seat anywhere in the world where, fully packed, it will not slide (or wedge) under the seat in front of me. That's huge. Now for the best stuff - a pack like this makes you want to get off your butt and go on an adventure, i.e. like in the picture. Secondly, not one time have I had this one when I didn't get a compliment, and sometimes several, while wearing it. Bonus - the compliments often come from attractive women, making a great conversation starter. I repeat - quit thinking and buy this bag.

 

Perfect for EDC!

by

This backpack is the perfect size for EDC. Smartphone in an otterbox in the left pocket, saddleback leather wallet in the right pocket, key ring in the pouch behind that, and my phone charger, knife sharpener, leatherman, airpods and glasses case fit perfectly in the front pocket. The leather feels great, the stitches are wonderful and I get compliments on it everywhere I go!

 

Campin'

by

I am going camping next week and I already have the perfect backpack to take - THIS ONE!

 

Pleased as punch

by

I got this bag a couple of weeks ago. It looks good and I've already gotten a few compliments. Couldn't be happier. My only regret is that I won't live long enough to use it until it wears out. It's got a 100-year guarantee after all.

 

Incredible City Bag

by

Simply an incredible city bag. I had some small SB Leather products prior, but had wanted this bag for a while. I did a lot of research on leather backpacks and happily decided on this beauty. It is perfect for around town, a short overnight, or a day trip. I am 5'9", 150 lbs and this fits me perfectly. It is impeccably well-made, has a masculine attractiveness, functionality, and class. My sons are salivating over it and my wife simply loves it. I absolutely couldn't be happier. Wonderful product. I wouldn't buy anything but SB for my leather products.

 

One down and another to go

by

Just took my bag out of the box...it was just the bag I wanted, never felt real comfortable with my satchel, its a great bag, but....this is right up my alley, big enough for my day trips, camping trips, and yet light enough to carry....I absolutely like the way it fits on my back, not crazy about the carrying handle, I'm more use to my big backpack and briefcase handle, but hey I plan on carrying on my back most of the time anyway....now for my next purchase......

 

The one I have been looking for...

by

Just received my TFPB in coffee brown.







The quality is unmatched. I have purchased several bags and backpacks trying to find a great leather pack that can stand up for work or weekends out.







My Dad visited the store in TX while traveling and called me immediately and said you have to check these guys out. This is the best leather I’ve ever seen. These are works of art. Always listen to Dad. He was spot on!







Dave, as a business owner I love the continuing story from the community that owns a Saddleback bag, your family’s contribution to the greater good in areas of need, and I cheers the entrepreneur in you because that spirit and the travel that goes along with it many times is captured in your products over time as they are used. The stories the bags could tell.







Already planning to pass this one down to my boy.







All the best,







DR