Squared Leather Backpack a.k.a The Tank

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Meet the Squared Backpack, a.k.a., The Tank. It’s a new take on the original Saddleback backpack, updated to be lighter, more comfortable, and ready for modern living (laptop sleeve added, you’re welcome).



This leather backpack is over-engineered with no breakable parts like zippers, snaps, buttons etc. and is reinforced at all stress points with rivets and hidden polyester strapping. It’s built with the largest pieces of leather possible so there are fewer seams, and we sew at only 5 stitches per inch so there’s more leather between the needle holes and fewer holes to start a tear.


Our cow leather is the strongest we can find (full grain boot leather, but thicker) and the pigskin lining is stronger than the cow leather. The thread is unbelievably strong industrial marine grade UV resistant polyester thread and our custom hardware is the amazing 316 Stainless Steel (please please google it). It’s the metal of choice when your life depends on it. A fine alternative to the typical carry on luggage.


This laptop backpack has a 13” laptop pocket on the front and can fit a 17" laptop in the interior. Both tall side pockets have a hidden pocket behind them for quick access or for sticking in longer things. The lower d-rings are great for strapping on tripods, blankets and wet river shoes. The shoulder straps are minimal, comfortable and adjustable.

Product Details


H = 17" 1/2
W = 11" 7/8
D = 5" 7/8

H = 15" 3/4
W = 10" 1/4
D = 5"
Weight = 5.55 lbs.

-New updated version of the orig Tank and Squared Backpack. 
-Lighter weight  (3lbs lighter)
-No back exterior back panel pocket (Orig tank had) 
-New backpack strap design (all one piece of leather) 
-Straps are NON-detachable. Pads are same as briefcases - can be removed. 
-New top grab handle design (orig tank had tall handle, like a briefcase) 
-Exterior side pockets are still large but unlined (orig tank was lined, Square BP was also unlined) 
Pockets are also same depth/size as on orig Tank (Square BP side pockets were deeper/larger). 
-New Tank has buckle closure on the side pocket - 1st Edition Tank had toggle closure, 2nd edition had buckle closure.
-Kept same exterior front pocket (laptop). -Interior 2 front pockets have been removed (from orig Tank) - added an interior pigskin back panel pocket. 
-Construction has been improved - flap, back panel and side gussets are all one piece of leather. The new design will no longer have the back bottom seam that customers complained about (digging into their backs).
-No exterior back panel pocket (orig tank had a back panel pocket).

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