This full-grain leather bag is over-engineered in that it has no breakable parts like magnets, zippers, buttons or snaps and is reinforced with rivets and hidden polyester strapping wherever there is stress. It's designed with the fewest and biggest pieces of leather that made sense. The reason was to have fewer seams. And those seams only have 5 stitches per inch so that there is more leather between each hole. Holes are really just the beginning of a tear in any leather briefcase.
Our cow leather is the toughest we can find because it's full-grain. The grain of leather is like the shingles on a roof. If you take off the top part of the leather (grain) to get rid of the scars then that's like taking the shingles off of the roof. No good. And then we line the leather with pigskin, which is stronger than the cow leather. Our custom hardware is 316 Stainless Steel. If you are a metallurgist then I'm sure you just gasped. It's the metal you want to be used when your life depends on it. And if all of that isn't enough, our thread is unbelievably strong and UV resistant industrial marine-grade polyester thread. It doesn't deteriorate when the sun hits it. Honestly, there is no other laptop bag like this.
Our leather briefcase converts into a laptop backpack with the shoulder strap. The side straps can be removed for use as an emergency size 36 belt, tie-down or tourniquet (hopefully you won't need that). But on the bag, they are great for holding wet umbrellas and blueprint tubes to the top of the flap. There is a hidden flap on the bottom for hiding passports, extra cash, and other secret things. The d-rings are designed to strap on blankets, dirty boots and fly rod tubes. And just a small detail, but the main strap has a hole all the way at the tip for closing when your laptop bag is really overstuffed.
Shoulder strap adjusts long from 34" - 59".
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Medium: 14 x 11.25" x 9"
Weight: 6.5 lbs
A Nice Story to Go to Sleep With
So, in the morning, as we three, clean-cut smiley white guys emerged from the cheap hotel, everybody looked at us with suspicion. The government suspected us of bringing money to or training the rebels and the rebels thought we were government spies. Why else would any sober gringo carrying a leather briefcase visit Ocosingo? Unless, of course, it's just where the last truck we hitched a ride with dropped us off?
But it was a morbidly interesting place with the relatively fresh bullet holes and anti-government messages of the rebels on the walls. Only a few years back, Ocosingo was the site of a major bloodbath where about 150 Zapatistas and Mexican soldiers were killed in a firefight, some found shot in the back of the head after surrendering. Tensions were still high. One could make an argument for it being the least touristy town on Earth. So, shortly after our silent breakfast, we headed out.
But the cool thing was, Ocosingo wasn't far from where we wanted to be. The massive Mayan ruins of Palenque were breathtaking, and if you looked into the jungle you could see the majority of the ruins still unexcavated.
And then when we got to the jungle waterfalls of Las Cascadas de Agua Azul, we grabbed a vine, hacked it and used it as a rope swing into the river, Tarzan style. The place was amazing as the clear blue river stepped down for miles creating a series of huge waterfalls. It was my original briefcase's first big trip of many, but it easily could have been its last.