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Front Pocket Leather Backpack

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$619.00

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What People Think

5

Great bag!

I bought this bag towards the end of 2018. I returned it a couple times cause the stitching was bad but third time was a charm and now I’ve had this bag ever since. I really love it because of its versatility! I’ve carried to this to the beach, to work and to the lawyers office. This is seriously a nice bag. Get compliments on it and it’s really rugged and tough. It’s my go to travel bag.. Currently my first and only bag from SBL but perhaps more in the future. Developed some nice patina after almost 3 years. (:
19th Apr 2022
Antonio Ramos
5

Best Damn Gear Ever for Wo(men)

This was my first Saddlback bag ever. I now own three so I'm going to same mostly the same thing about all over them - they're my favorite gear ever. I'm a woman, and I buy only from the "men's" collection. So personal opinion, would love to see this perhaps labeled adventure or rugged, or whatever.. just not "men's". Just like I think some guys would like the 41 line... I think it would open a whole new demographic. If not, that's ok, I kinda like the exclusivity of it too :P .
I first started with the Front Pocket Leather Backpack, since I was traveling all over the world launching operations for a startup in places like Africa, Australia, and SE Asia. I needed something I could throw around a rickshaw, or withstand the elements of the desert or outback while protecting my expensive gear - laptops, drones, navigational equipment, DSLR, and my notebooks. That backpack was ALL that plus looks. Got complimented everywhere, plus I could take it into meetings and still look professional.

Next I bought the Rounded Leather Satchel when I moved back to the US and needed more of a low key briefcase type that could hold my Macbook Pro 13". I knew it was a gamble, but unlike the description.. it actually fits mine - just at a slight angle and no case. It's still got the rugged look I love that tells people I have a story, looks great if I take it on a short outdoor adventure (backpack style), or wearing a business suit and heels to go to a meeting. MEN and WOMEN love it.

Now, I got the Baby Beast for my bf so he'd have a gymbag/carryon replacement. After I saw my brothers' Baby Beast in action while we traveled Mexico (when all else fails and there's no more room in the truck... USE THE DAMN STRAPS.. and these bags will securely attach anywhere. I promise no end of sierra curves or topes (speedbumps) will knock these bags off). So I had to get one for my bf.. but the truth is.. I'm claiming shared custody on this one.

Bottom line, if you like adventure (man or woman), this is the line. Sometimes I travel to remote parts of the world and sometimes I just like going into town with my satchel. Either way, I love knowing that the expensive crap I like to buy can be protected by Saddleback leather and the last thing I want to worry about is the durability of my gear protecting it.
And I like looking good doing all that.

Now I'm working on my Private Pilot's License... so next on the list is the Flight Bag. The adventure continues.
14th Mar 2022
Crista Casas
5

Bulletproof construction that looks better every year

I've had this for several years. It's my "under the seat" airport bag. It holds several 15 inch Macbooks, toiletry bag (also from Saddleback), clothes, and whatever else I need. It never leaves my side when I'm on the road. Every year it gets more character and charm. Is it expensive? Yes. But man up and "buy once, cry once".
1st Sep 2021
Craig L.
5

They’ll fight over it when I’m dead.

As a very non-traditional executive, I reject most traditional executive practice and privilege - such as my refusal to wear a suit and carry a brief case. My Saddleback Backpack holds all the paper and files I need, my laptop, notebook and a few hand tools. And a change of clothes if my wife and I get away for the weekend. And a flashlight, tent and sleeping bag if I squish it hard enough… I get compliments on my backpack routinely and gladly share where it came from - thanks for an awesome product!
22nd Jul 2021
Daniel J.
5

Lifetime purchase. I travel quite

Lifetime purchase. I travel quite often to Africa and this bag has been my wingman. From where am settled, I can bounce from place to place and spend a night because everything I need is in this bag. And the tobacco color works great on not showing dust. Thanks Dave and your team.
14th Apr 2021
Kenn K.
The front pocket full grain leather backpack is designed to be strong and water resistant with no breakable parts.

Design Of The Front Pocket Leather Backpack

There is no luck in making a quality leather backpack. And this leather backpack with pockets is no exception. It was purposefully designed with no breakable parts like zippers, snaps, or velcro. And any stress spot is reinforced with Polyester straps hidden beneath the leather and riveted.

 

The body of this leather backpack is built with just two big pieces of leather, which means there aren't many seams. The fewer the seams, the stronger the backpack because backpacks come apart at the seams before anywhere else. And then we only sew 5 stitches per inch, so there are as few holes as possible. Quality can be measured in Seam Feet (how few feet of seams a bag has. We made that term up).

Materials Used To Create This Leather Backpack With Pockets

This backpack is made out of strong materials. The full grain leather is very tough and more resistant to water. The lining is made from pigskin, which is even stronger than cowhide. The hardware is made from 316 Stainless Steel, which is very strong and will not rust. The thread used to sew the backpack together is Polyester, which does not deteriorate in the sun as nylon thread does.

This front pocket full grain leather backpack is designed for durability, with no breakable parts like zippers or snaps, and stress spots reinforced with Polyester straps.

Full Grain Leather

The leather of this backpack is the strongest and most water-resistant we can find (full grain), and then we line it with pigskin, which is stronger than the cow skin. It's rare for a low-quality company to use full grain to make a leather backpack because it's so expensive. When I say "Full Grain Leather" I mean that it still has all of the tough, tightly woven fibers on the top of the hide.

A Genuine Leather Backpack is Missing The Strength

Most companies shave off the scars and blemishes from the top of the hide (watch how they shave it here at minute 6:30) and shave off the strongest and best part of the hide (the grain) while doing it. They shave it down to genuine leather. They do it, so they don't have to cut around the marks and throw those pieces into the trash as we do. We throw away 25% of the hide. They don't throw hardly anything away. But since it still has leather, they can call it a genuine leather backpack. It will not last nearly as long and is missing the beauty.

A Vegan Leather Backpack is Plastic Garbage

Vegan leather is ridiculous. It doesn't even make sense. It's usually polyurethane or PVC, which is a plastic. Do you want to wear a plastic backpack? No? We don't want you to either. You and I both know that will not last longer than your carebear backpack as a kid.

This front pocket full grain leather backpack is designed for durability, with features such as reinforced seams and heavy-duty hardware.

Seriously Strong Hardware in this Leather Backpack with Pockets

I know using 316 Stainless Steel custom hardware is kind of like killing a fly with a shotgun, but we did it anyways. Check that one off the list of potential problems. Our large pieces of hardware on our backpacks are rated strong enough to hold a 750 lb. bag of cats before it gives. Seriously, I hope you google it to understand more. If your life is going to depend on any metal, let it depend on 316 Stainless Steel.

The Best Thread to Hold It All Together

Then we sew it all together with thick and strong Polyester thread. It's industrial strength and doesn't deteriorate with exposure to the Sun's UV rays like Nylon thread does. This Leather Backpack is very strong from the nature of the materials we use.

Functionality of this Leather Backpack

This Leather Backpack with pockets has a floppy interior laptop back pocket. All three exterior pockets have a hidden pocket behind them for quick access and longer things. This includes the side pocket on each side. The lower d-rings on the bottom of the backpack are great for strapping on tripods, blankets, and wet river shoes. The shoulder straps are minimal, comfortable, and adjustable. In fact, you can remove the shoulder pads for whatever reason. Like if you are tying down something with a nice finish on the roof rack of your Land Cruiser and you don't want the rope to leave a mark. You can put this shoulder pad under the rope. I know there aren't many ways to innovate for functionality on a plain leather backpack, but when I found a chance, I took it.

The full grain leather backpack is designed to be strong and water resistant, with few seams and a durable construction.

From a Brown Leather Backpack to a Black Leather Backpack, You Have Options

We know not everyone has the same style. So this leather backpack with pockets comes in three colors of brown, and we also make it as a black leather backpack. The brown options are classic tobacco, chestnut, and dark coffee brown. So find the style that will suit you. Any color you choose with be a good choice with the quality and features of this leather backpack with pockets.

The Hiking Through the Panamanian Jungle Full Grain Leather Backpack Bedtime Story is about a trip my brother and I took where the ankle-high grass turned into dense underbrush and a double canopy overhead as we found ourselves in the middle of a dense Panamanian jungle.

Very Spacious Main Compartment

The interior main compartment has enough space for your 17" laptop, a charger, other electronic gear, some personal items, your passport, a book, or possibly a few books. You could probably even fit a monkey in there if you had to. But we wouldn't recommend that. This is a very durable leather bag with plenty of room.

Adjustable Shoulder Straps

We want this leather backpack to be easy to carry on and off your back. So we made the most comfortable straps that are easily adjustable. This makes for easy access as you take it off to grab something out and toss it back on your back.

More than a Laptop Bag

It is more than a big laptop bag. It also makes a great day bag or even a perfect carry-on for your next adventure or business trip. The durability is amazing, and it still retains the elegant look of class. From the 316 stainless steel buckles to the top flap design, everything was done on purpose with lots of thought.

The full grain leather backpack was designed to be strong, with no breakable parts like zippers or snaps or velcro, and few seams for a durable finish.

Product Details

Fits all 17" laptops

Shipping with our Tube Shoulder Pads.

Dimensions (W x H x D) 

12.00" x 17.00" x 7.00""

Weight: 6 lbs

The Hiking Through the Panamanian Jungle Leather Backpack Bedtime Story

My brother and I were dropped off by a boat on one of the Bocas del Toro islands heading to a famed surf spot called Wizard Beach. Everything seemed fine as we started on the trail up a nice grassy knoll with my Leather Backpack on my back, a fancy camera around my neck, and a leather suitcase in my hand. Jonathan was carrying our sole surfboard and a small leather satchel, and we were good to go.

This full grain leather backpack is designed for durability, with features including reinforced stress points and tough, water-resistant leather.

But in no time at all, the ankle-high grass turned into dense underbrush and a double canopy overhead as we found ourselves in the middle of a dense Panamanian jungle. But that wasn't the problem. The problem was that the muddy trail was up and down and slicker than snot. It felt like we were hiking in roller skates on wet ice even though I was wearing my hiking Teva sandals. Seriously, never had I experienced any mud like that. It was all we could do to stay on our feet, and it's times like this you appreciate a solid leather backpack on your back to let your hands be free to grab trees and roots and walk with a stick in hand.

 

I'm not saying that we would have been forever lost in the jungle and eaten by monkeys there if it weren't for my trusty leather backpack. Still, I'm just saying it's a really good idea to wear a backpack to keep both hands free when you're out and about off the pavement.

The Hiking Through the Panamanian Jungle Leather Backpack Bedtime Story is about a brother and sister who, while on a hike to find a surf spot, found themselves in the middle of a dense Panamanian jungle. Despite the difficult conditions, they appreciated having a full grain leather backpack to help them navigate through the mud.

We finally got to Wizard Beach, put my leather backpack down, and learned why everybody had talked it up so much. It was no fable. The waves were monsters. Not like Zicatela Beach in Puerto Escondido, but they were huge. So Jonathan looked at me, and I looked at him, and we mutually decided that it wouldn't be a good idea to go out that day. I had a runny nose, and he had picked up a splinter in the jungle on his little finger, and waves like that could only make our ailments worse. So we stayed on the beach for a few hours, taking it all in, and then made our way back to the little dock again. It's not always the destination but the journey to get there that makes a trip fun.

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  • Posted by Antonio Ramos on 19th Apr 2022
    5
    Great bag!
    I bought this bag towards the end of 2018. I returned it a couple times cause the stitching was bad but third time was a charm and now I’ve had this bag ever since. I really love it because of its versatility! I’ve carried to this to the beach, to work and to the lawyers office. This is seriously a nice bag. Get compliments on it and it’s really rugged and tough. It’s my go to travel bag.. Currently my first and only bag from SBL but perhaps more in the future. Developed some nice patina after almost 3 years. (:
  • Posted by Crista Casas on 14th Mar 2022
    5
    Best Damn Gear Ever for Wo(men)
    This was my first Saddlback bag ever. I now own three so I'm going to same mostly the same thing about all over them - they're my favorite gear ever. I'm a woman, and I buy only from the "men's" collection. So personal opinion, would love to see this perhaps labeled adventure or rugged, or whatever.. just not "men's". Just like I think some guys would like the 41 line... I think it would open a whole new demographic. If not, that's ok, I kinda like the exclusivity of it too :P .
    I first started with the Front Pocket Leather Backpack, since I was traveling all over the world launching operations for a startup in places like Africa, Australia, and SE Asia. I needed something I could throw around a rickshaw, or withstand the elements of the desert or outback while protecting my expensive gear - laptops, drones, navigational equipment, DSLR, and my notebooks. That backpack was ALL that plus looks. Got complimented everywhere, plus I could take it into meetings and still look professional.

    Next I bought the Rounded Leather Satchel when I moved back to the US and needed more of a low key briefcase type that could hold my Macbook Pro 13". I knew it was a gamble, but unlike the description.. it actually fits mine - just at a slight angle and no case. It's still got the rugged look I love that tells people I have a story, looks great if I take it on a short outdoor adventure (backpack style), or wearing a business suit and heels to go to a meeting. MEN and WOMEN love it.

    Now, I got the Baby Beast for my bf so he'd have a gymbag/carryon replacement. After I saw my brothers' Baby Beast in action while we traveled Mexico (when all else fails and there's no more room in the truck... USE THE DAMN STRAPS.. and these bags will securely attach anywhere. I promise no end of sierra curves or topes (speedbumps) will knock these bags off). So I had to get one for my bf.. but the truth is.. I'm claiming shared custody on this one.

    Bottom line, if you like adventure (man or woman), this is the line. Sometimes I travel to remote parts of the world and sometimes I just like going into town with my satchel. Either way, I love knowing that the expensive crap I like to buy can be protected by Saddleback leather and the last thing I want to worry about is the durability of my gear protecting it.
    And I like looking good doing all that.

    Now I'm working on my Private Pilot's License... so next on the list is the Flight Bag. The adventure continues.
  • Posted by Craig L. on 1st Sep 2021
    5
    Bulletproof construction that looks better every year
    I've had this for several years. It's my "under the seat" airport bag. It holds several 15 inch Macbooks, toiletry bag (also from Saddleback), clothes, and whatever else I need. It never leaves my side when I'm on the road. Every year it gets more character and charm. Is it expensive? Yes. But man up and "buy once, cry once".
  • Posted by Daniel J. on 22nd Jul 2021
    5
    They’ll fight over it when I’m dead.
    As a very non-traditional executive, I reject most traditional executive practice and privilege - such as my refusal to wear a suit and carry a brief case. My Saddleback Backpack holds all the paper and files I need, my laptop, notebook and a few hand tools. And a change of clothes if my wife and I get away for the weekend. And a flashlight, tent and sleeping bag if I squish it hard enough… I get compliments on my backpack routinely and gladly share where it came from - thanks for an awesome product!
  • Posted by Kenn K. on 14th Apr 2021
    5
    Lifetime purchase. I travel quite
    Lifetime purchase. I travel quite often to Africa and this bag has been my wingman. From where am settled, I can bounce from place to place and spend a night because everything I need is in this bag. And the tobacco color works great on not showing dust. Thanks Dave and your team.