EDC Leather Satchel

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Product Overview


Unbreakable- This leather satchel is over-engineered with no breakable parts like zippers, snaps, buttons, etc. and is reinforced with polyester straps and rivets at all stress points. It's built with just two main pieces of leather 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.

Holds Everyday Carry- I designed this man bag to keep my pockets empty while driving, sitting in restaurants and walking in strange places. I carry my Leatherman Tool in the bottom and on top of it put my wallet and iPhone and then my keys on top. There's a slim back pocket for my Field Notes, pen and a plane ticket.

Clips On Pocket- And the clips are sewn and riveted to the leather satchel instead of the shoulder strap so the satchel can clip to the handle or side d-rings of my briefcase to make into an exterior pocket.

One Handed Closure- The leather toggle and loop closure is nearly indestructible and can be opened and closed quickly with one hand. 


Leather- Our cow leather is full grain leather, and thicker than boot leather. The top layer of a leather hide is where the grain lives. Grain on leather is like shingles on a roof. Low to mediocre quality companies shave off the grain to get rid of the scars of the hide. They save a ton of money that way. But they're shaving off the toughest and most resistant part of the leather. What would you think if someone shaved the shingles off of your roof? To make our leather satchels, we throw out a lot of leather.

Lining- Our pigskin lining is stronger than the cow leather and that's why we can offer the 100 Year Warranty. I think it's a better lining than some pretty shiny nylon fabric with a neat world map on it. 

Thread- The German thread is abnormally strong and far more expensive than the cheap nylon version. It's the kind of thread you'll want if your life is depending on this leather satchel staying together. You'll be able to tell the story later as opposed to if your man bag was made of a lesser thread. It's a  a marine grade UV resistant polyester thread that they use to sew parachutes, sails etc. 

Hardware- We designed our own custom clasps and d-rings. Using 316 Stainless Steel hardware is like killing a fly with a shotgun, but we NEVER have a problem it. It's the metal of choice for when your life depends on it.
One thing to note is that this new EDC Leather Satchel will not clip onto the older hardware (the non-stainless steel hardware - Pre 2016). The new stainless steel clips do not fit over the old hardware which was thicker.

Product Details
100-Year Warranty

Dimensions (W x H x D) 
6.50" x 8.50" x 0.50"
Weight: 1 lbs
Strap Length: 47.5"- 63.5"



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  • 4
    EDC Satchel

    Twelve years ago I was gifted an SBL thin leather briefcase in chestnut (the double gusset ones without any small exterior or interior pockets that convert to a squared backpack). In the time since the bag has accompanied me on multiple expeditions on five continents. Indeed, it is the ONLY bag that survived the trips intact; all others have long been sent to a landfill or a recycling plant.

    So...instead of investing in a new SBL backpack or briefcase at inflation-era prices, I decided to upgrade my current one (what I have deemed as "old reliable"). I wanted an SBL bag with exterior pockets that would allow me quick access to smaller items without having to open up the full briefcase. These satchels are ideal for that...they attach easily to the handle and D-Rings on each side of my older briefcase, adding four exterior pockets with a balanced load. The versatility is ideal as well, for I can remove one or both Satchels depending on my needs. Of course, the SBL quality, look, and feel matched great, too (once these satchels get broken in).

    My only issues are weight and security.

    Regarding weight...alone, the satchels are light and easy to carry. However, when I clip two satchels to my old briefcase, it adds about two pounds of extra weight to my base bag. At the end of a long trek, I feel it.

    Regarding security...The drawstring enclosure on these satchels is an easy pick for professional thieves. I do not recommend clipping these satchels to any side bag or backpack in a crowd. In that situation, I stuff the satchels in the briefcase or take out the straps and sling them cross-body to my front, and trek on!

    Overall, a well-designed, versatile and functional option for us lifelong SBL customers who need to upgrade an existing product. Well done, Dave.

  • 3
    Great satchel, just wish it was bigger..

    I love this satchel and use it every day! I am a huge fan of saddlebacks products. My only complaint is that I wish it were designed similar to the pockets on the "front pocket leather briefcase". I feel that the satchel would be comparable to its current size while drastically increasing what could fit inside.

    If saddleback updates the design I WILL BE BUYING IT!

  • 5
    EDC Leather Satchel is a great companion item

    Great bag. I have it attached to my medium leather briefcase. Provides easy/quick access to my iPhone, iPad mini, car keys, wallet, etc., without having to open the briefcase. Love it!

  • 5
    Love the versatility. Literally goes

    Love the versatility. Literally goes with me everywhere. Attached to my Thirteener during the work week, solo carry during the weekends.

  • 1
    Without bag compatibility it is a non-starter

    My saddleback leather briefcase is ‘only’ ten years old and fulfilling the promise that my children will likely fight over it when I am gone. I love my briefcase.
    That being said why would you design the EDC satchel to be incompatible with the older hardware. The forethought to make the EDC satchel hardware compatible is less than 2mm. The decisions that led to this negative engineering accomplishment are short sighted at best. I would use the word incompetence.