Filed Under: You'll want to keep it, as long as you can lift it.
This is a very big backpack, and quite heavy, even empty. That's the first thing you should know.
From time to time I see a nearly brand-new one for sale on Craigslist, and conclude the owner bought it without knowing just how substantial these bags are. Dropped a laptop in, put it on their back and said, "Nope, can't do it."
That’s the only way to explain why someone would give one up. As Saddleback Leather Co. likes to say, “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead.” You’ll want to keep it, as long as you can lift it.
The one pictured here is the Tobacco Brown. Like most Saddleback products, the Backpack also comes in Carbon Black, Dark Coffee Brown, and Chestnut. You’ve got the option of a pigskin or suede lining; the suede costs more, and adds even more weight. If you’re conflicted about which color to get, here's a tip: match it to the shoes you'll most likely wear while carrying it. For me, that was my Luccheses.
Saddleback’s got this categorized in the “Casual Bags” section of their website, the only place you can buy one. Okay, casual if they say so. But I’ve carried one while wearing a suit into a boardroom full of board-like people, and it’s right at home. The nicest bag in the room, usually, despite being a backpack.
You’ll get attention, and compliments. Other Saddleback owners point it out right away and applaud, and folks unfamiliar with the brand can’t seem to resist rubbing it, like a pregnant belly. Be warned, strange hands will touch your bag.
I like to travel with mine, and usually I remove one of the straps, attach the remaining strap to the opposite D-ring, and hang it off one shoulder. There’s a nice place for a water bottle on both sides, behind the side pockets, and a pocket on the back for sliding a magazine or iPad or something flattish like that without having to unbuckle the main compartment. Inside, there's room for as much as you would want to carry, including an any-size laptop.
One hundred year warranty on this remarkable bag. It's expensive, at $582 for the bag with pigskin lining, or $622 for the suede. But the leather smell fresh out of the box is worth it alone.
Pick one up, if you can.
Visit Saddleback Leather Co.: Here.