What People Think
My Saddleback was stolen so I purchased another brand. Big Mistake
That bag had been everywhere with me and many times people would stop and ask if it was a Saddleback or they would stop and compare stories about their Saddleback.
Then about two months ago my car had it's window smashed out and my bag was stolen. My insurance was going to replace the bag and I decided to replace my Saddleback with another equally priced brand that seemed to be a decent product too.
Wow, was I wrong. Within four weeks of getting the bag the leather was already starting to have unrepairable damage, the hardware holding the handle was starting to bend and the front clasps were getting so bad I have now stopped closing the bag all together because it is so hard to get open again.
If you are thinking of buying a bag other than a Saddleback think long and hard. My new bag is already junk while my Saddleback is in some thief's house and his family is going to fight over it when he's dead.
Beast Mode Bag
Don’t think it.... DO IT
A bag that will grow across a lifetime with wearing and character
Holds All 17" Laptops
Converts to Backpack Mode
Shoulder strap adjusts from 34" - 59" L
Dimensions (W x H x D)
17" x 12" x 8"
Front Pockets: 6.75"W x 8"H
Shoulder Strap: 34" - 59" L
Weight: 7 lbs
Design of the Leather Briefcase
This full grain leather briefcase is over-engineered to last a lifetime (or a few lifetimes). There are no breakable parts like zippers, magnets, snaps, or buttons. Every stress point is reinforced with rivets and hidden polyester strapping. And it's built with the largest pieces of leather possible. It's lined with pigskin and has a false bottom to hide your passport, spare cash, or other secret things. The two front pockets have pockets behind them too. This leather briefcase fits a 17" laptop and can be worn in backmade mode.
Materials in our Leather Briefcase Backpack
This leather briefcase is made of Full Grain Leather, which is the strongest there is. Leather is like a roof. First, there is plywood, tar paper, and then shingles. The grain is like shingles. It's the toughest and most water-resistant part of the leather. And then, we line the leather with pigskin, which is more durable than cow skin. Our thread is some of the best in the world. The strong industrial marine-grade polyester thread doesn't deteriorate like Nylon when the sun touches it. Our custom hardware is 316 Stainless Steel which means our clasps can hold up to a 750 lb. bag of cats. It's the metal of choice for when your life depends on it.
All of Our Leather Bags Use Full Grain Leather
We only use full grain leather. Sure, we pay a higher price to purchase full grain leather to make our bags. And we pay more by using traditional craftsmanship. To us, these are essentials to offering a leather briefcase with a 100 year warranty.
The Hardware in our Leather Backpack Briefcase
The hardware on this backpack briefcase is all 316 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel. That's the good stuff. The kind that doesn't corrode, pit, or rust like other metals. It's the best for when your life depends on it, and it's what we use because your life could depend on this briefcase (ya never know, right?).
Polyester, Great for Strong Thread in Leather Bags, but Not Great for Underwear
Polyester is awful for underwear or sheets, but it is the best for thread. We found the strongest polyester thread and used it in our leather bags. It's a marine-grade, UV resistent polyester thread that doesn't deteriorate when sun hits it.
Leather Briefcases Lined With Pigskin
Did you know pigskin is actually stronger than cowhide? It is, and that's what we line our leather briefcases with. Not only is it stronger, but it is also more flexible and has a nice feel. We could have left it with just thick full grain leather, but we wanted to give you the best of the best. By using both, you get the best for the inside and the outside of this large briefcase.
The Functionality of Our Leather Briefcase Backpacks
Most of our leather briefcases convert into backpacks, including this one. Run the adjustable shoulder strap through the o-ring on the back of the briefcase, and clip it to the d-rings on the bottom. Now your hands are free to carry more luggage through the airport. This leather briefcase has a false bottom to hide your passport, spare cash, and other secret things. The d-rings are great for strapping on blankets, jackets, and wet sandals. And even the main strap has a hole at the very tip, just in case you overstuff your bag or want to put an umbrella under the flap. The two front pockets actually have pockets behind them too.
Two small internal pockets are located in the main compartment, which is great for holding things such as pens, pencils, and other things that you might put in small pockets. The internal compartment is split into two main areas with a large capacity to hold a large laptop or two. So you can fit that huge 17" laptop in here without a problem.
External Pockets that Mean Business
These larger pockets are buckled closed, so you don't have to worry as much about someone coming and opening it up quickly and taking anything. And behind each external pocket, you will find a hidden pocket. This pocket is great for things you might access more often, such as a cell phone or a USB hub, depending on how secure you need it to be and your own packing method.
Hidden Compartment In This Leather Backpack Briefcase
Yes, this briefcase has a hidden compartment that is large enough to fit a passport. It is located on the bottom of the leather bag and can be easily accessed by lifting a strip of leather. You will see it right away. The false bottom is great for hiding things such as money, your passport, or anything else you might not want anyone to find.
Emergency Cigar Holder
When I tell you we thought of everything, we did. In between the front pockets is a pocket that is good for carrying a cigar, a flashlight, pens or pencils, or Epi pens.
Removable Shoulder Straps
Not everyone wants a shoulder strap; they might prefer the hand strap, and for the backpack feature, we made it removable. The durable shoulder strap is also made of the finest full grain leather, just like our leather bags, and has the same quality stainless steel hardware. In addition, it is super strong, so no matter what you carry, it can handle the weight more than any other leather backpack or bag out there.
A Unique Leather Briefcase Laptop Bag
Not only is it sturdy, hard wearing, and elegant with a great style, but it is also more unique than most. This grabs attention and makes it easier to remember you. After a meeting with this, people will talk about you as the guy with the cool briefcase. You can solve world hunger, and they will walk away saying, "remember the guy with the incredible leather briefcase that solved world hunger?" Or you give a presentation to a client and get the job because they want to see the Saddleback leather briefcase again.
Great for Traveling
It is also functional as a great carry-on for short trips or long trips. You can fit your large laptop and maybe even a change of clothes and other gear. For example, you might not want to put your suit jacket inside, but an extra t-shirt and shorts to wear.
A Sweet Nighttime Story for Little Ones
When the Costa Rican cop tried to pull us over, we decided we didn't have the time or money for that, so we didn't stop. The adrenaline flowed through our veins like used beer through the Munich sewers during Oktoberfest. And I believe my Leather Briefcase in the back gave us courage. This reminded me of our other trip to Tunisia, North Africa, but Jonathan had a diplomatic passport then, so it didn't bother us to stop.
When my little brother, Jonathan, who now handles corporate sales for me, downshifted and put on the gas, I looked back and saw the cop running to his car. Well, there was so much traffic on that road that it must have taken a little bit for him to merge onto the street. And by then, we had put a good number more cars between us. So over the next 10 minutes, we flew over some hills, smashed dozens of potholes, and passed a bunch more cars on the crowded highway.
Did you know that you hardly feel it if you hit a fairly big pothole at 80 mph?
Good thing for us, Costa Rica is known for having more potholes than there are stars in the heavens, and that's what helped us out. The cop had to slow down to go around them so he wouldn't destroy his car, and we were driving a rental car. That would have been different if it had been a Land Cruiser or a leather briefcase. After about 10 minutes at breakneck speeds, we turned down a little side road just in case the policeman had radioed ahead. And a glorious side road it was. It was an absolutely gorgeous place to explore, complete with waterfalls, while we let everything calm down. That cop never did catch us, so technically, I guess the chase is still on.
Now I can't guarantee you'll enjoy that much adrenaline running through your veins if you take the risk and get this awesome quality briefcase, but I'm not saying you won't. Believe me; you'll love it and won't regret it for a second. And it will give you courage and possibly more strength to do the right thing at the right time. Serious.
But hear me loud and clear, I'm not suggesting that it's okay to try to outrun the police, and I don't condone it. In fact, it was wrong, and Jonathan shouldn't have done it. It was all his fault. But it was a lot of fun.
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