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THIN FRONT POCKET LEATHER BACKPACK
Finally found Perfection!
thin front pocket leather backpack
Design of this Leather Backpack
This is the 2nd edition of the Thin Front Pocket Leather Backpack with a few changes that I think you’ll love. The original backpack was everyone’s favorite, and we rarely got a complaint. Still, I made some slight changes that may be overkill, but they’re more consistent with our lowest possible seam-feet approach to design.
No Breakable Parts In This Thin Leather Backpack
This slim leather backpack is still built without breakable parts like zippers, magnets, velcro, or snaps. It is still reinforced at all stress points with hidden polyester straps and strong rivets. At Saddleback Leather Co, we build full grain leather designs that stand the test of time. Breakable parts are things you find in a department store backpack, not here.
Less Is More When It Comes To Seams in a Leather Backpack
The body of this slim leather backpack is still only built with two big solid pieces of leather, but now all three front pockets of the backpack are all made of just one solid piece of leather. You see, the fewer seams a leather backpack has, the fewer seams there are to start a rip. And not only that, but we only allow 5 stitches per inch of our seams, so there is more leather between holes and, therefore, fewer holes to start a tear. I once interviewed a second-generation sailmaker in New Zealand. He referred to a sewing machine as a perforation machine and said the fewer holes, the stronger the sail. That stuck with me. It’s the same with this leather backpack.
Materials in this Slim Leather Backpack
This leather backpack is entirely made of full-grain leather, the strongest and most water-resistant leather. And it’s a little thicker than boot leather. We could have saved money, used something less pricey like top grain leather, or saved even more and made a genuine leather backpack. But we didn’t worry about the price of the best natural leather. We wanted to make something that would last, so we used the best full grain leather.
Cheap Leather Backpacks
Sure, there are companies across the pacific making a backpack or briefcase every minute to sell to the next sucker at the department store. But they are made of trash materials that will not last. So do some research. If you are shopping for that before you make a purchase, check the specs. If the seller publishes those details, I think you will see what I am talking about.
Pigskin Lined Backpack
And then, we lined the leather backpack with heavy-duty pigskin, which is stronger than cow skin. This also makes it easier to see inside in a dimly lit area since pigskin is a lighter color, allowing the light to reflect deeper inside.
The Best Thread
Our thread is an expensive German industrial-grade polyester thread typically used for sewing sails on ships and quality boots because of its strength and resistance to deterioration from the sun.
Surgical Grade Stainless Steel Hardware
Our custom 316 Stainless Steel is not your regular Stainless Steel. Instead, it’s the metal of choice when your life depends on it. In fact, our clasps are rated to hold up to a 750 lb. bag of cats over a cliff without breaking. There’s no other leather backpack like this.
The Thin Front Pocket Leather Backpack has three exterior pockets with a hidden pocket behind them for quick access or for sticking in longer things. The main backpack strap has a hole at the very tip just in case your bag is way, way overstuffed. The shoulder straps have an adjustable and comfortable shoulder pad to distribute the backpack’s weight.
Makes a Great Slim Laptop Backpack
The Thin Front Pocket Leather Backpack is perfect as a slim laptop backpack. You can fit a 15” MacBook Pro as well as a 13” MacBook Pro. Not only that, but you can also fit your charger and charging cord, as well as a few other things like an iPad, your wallet, your phone, pens, pencils, and maybe a few other accessories. This backpack is perfect for those who want to travel light but still have everything they need.
A Great Backpack for Business Or Pleasure
People will notice when you walk into a meeting with a backpack like this one. See, full grain leather adds sophistication. A level of class that you just can’t get with some modern designs made of cheap materials. It’s perfect for business or pleasure. See, even though it is elegant, it is also durable enough for a hike through the rainforest. Yes, it can handle a little rain. So even though you carry your laptops around in it everyday, take time off. Empty the collection of business stuff, load it up for a fun trip, and jump on a plane to some exotic place. It is spacious enough for your carry on essentials, and the durability can’t be beaten.
Adjustable Shoulder Straps
We know one size fits all is typical talk from a company that didn’t care to spend the time and money to make it adjustable. We know when you pass this classic leather backpack down to your kids or grandkids, they might not be the same size as you. So we made the shoulder straps adjustable to be easy and comfortable to wear it. When you carry these backpacks on your back, we want you to be able to forget it is even back there.
Fits a 15” MacBook Pro
The Interior photo shows both a 2019 13” MacBook Pro and a 2019 15” MacBook Pro.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Interior: 12" x 16" x 4.50"
Weight: 4 lbs
No Regrets in Slovenia Bedtime Story from Uncle Dave
Back in 2005, I was spending a little time in Slovenia and kept hearing of a little hike I needed to take along the Radovna River, about an hour away from Ljubljana. So I grabbed my leather backpack and headed to Vintgar Gorge. I started down the trail and couldn’t believe that such a place even existed. It was stunning and one of the most beautiful hikes I had ever been on. And that’s high praise coming from a curious man raised in Oregon.
Coming out of the gorge, I ended up walking around Lake Bled and rowing a cool wooden rowboat out to The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on the island out in the middle. Of course, it was raining on my head and on my leather backpack for almost the entire 4 hours. Good thing it was thick and made of full-grain leather, so none of my gear inside got wet.
I’ve done quite a few things in this short life that I regret, but that hike was not counted among them. No one ever regretted doing a good thing. Spending too much time in nature, owning a quality thing, or spending too much time with loved ones are all good things. Imagine someone on their deathbed saying, “Man, I really regret sponsoring that little kid to go to school in Rwanda 40 years ago?” Or “I sure do regret taking time out of my busy schedule to go hiking that one time?” Or, “Why in the world did I decide to be the most humble and mature one in my family to make things right with them?” This one is perhaps the last regret you’ll hear on a deathbed. “Hey grandkids, gather around. You know that old worn in and weathered leather backpack next to this deathbed? I just wanted y’all to know that I really regret buying it 60 years ago.” I don’t think so. No one ever regretted doing a good thing.
Like I said earlier. I’ve done a lot of things in this life that I regret, but some of my biggest regrets are things that I didn’t do. Not all big things. For example, I was in North Africa once, on the edge of the Sahara, and didn’t buy a pair of leather sandals and a leather satchel that I had found in the medina. My leather suitcase was already full, and I didn’t want to lash them to my Leather Backpack, so I walked away and regret it to this day. We all do things we regret, and we always will, because we’re humans. But it’s the good things that I want to encourage you to do. Live your life doing as many of those as you can. No one ever regretted doing a good thing.
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