Saddleback Leather Thin Front Pocket Backpack Review

Saddleback Leather Thin Front Pocket Backpack Review

hi this is life Johnson I’m associate
editor for macro and today I’m gonna be looking at the Saddleback Leather thin
front pocket backpack I’ll be honest with you I’ve used the Saddleback bag
for years now you mainly use the messenger bag but you know we’re
covering Macbook bags here at Macworld and because i’ve know how good that
messenger bag is that i been i wanted to see what one of their real backpacks
look like so I’ve been using this for about two weeks now and so this is the
subtle but thin front pocket backpack this is why they call it the the the
front pocket it’s got a front pocket here it’s got a side pocket here and it
is the thin one they make a bigger one in this this costs four hundred and
sixty-seven dollars no it’s not what the thing is you probably never buy another
bag again and they make another one that’s bigger and it cost about a
hundred dollars more but the thing is is okay so we’re going to see one of the
biggest things here the bigger one actually has a sleeve for your macbook
generally a Mac and Mac world when we talk about good laptop bags we don’t you
know include those that don’t have laptop sleeves but you’ll see here that
I actually just included sleeve all the time even if I had a bag that I do it in
so let’s show you this is a full grain leather it’s thick I mean they call this
Saddleback Leather company trust me as a former cowboy this is actual saddle
leather you could use this stuff like I am from Texas and I used to work on a
ranch it’s it gets a lot more malleable the more you use it and this is quickly
you know a lot of stuff is super you know you’re looking at careful – you can
see that it’s already getting very comfortable and see this is the thing
there are no breakable parts on this it is I can break anything well you know
there’s no snaps there’s no zippers it’s the stuff that’s just gonna get
breakdown yeah and so you know this is takes
really but you know the more you use this and I know from my own messenger
bag this gets really quick to do it’s almost time so this gives you an idea so
here’s the main enclosure or Gomi so I’ve packed this with all my stuff this
is you know literally what I would have brought today so here we go we have my
hoodie here so you got that that’s a big bit of space right there
and got my Magic Mouse got another mouse Logitech mouse and I got the dongle on
it because you know we’re Mac users and got my Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones
and sunglasses and then we have the iPad nine point seven inch iPad and oh look
another MacBook and then we have my lemming baby my 15-inch MacBook Pro and
as you can see I keep this on a sleeve so it doesn’t get scratched up and then
get it but the thing is the only thing that you really have to worry about as I
say in my written review is you know nothing is really going to affect this
from the outside unless you know you fall into a river or you know someone
takes a sledgehammer to it I mean if this is some really tough stuff and you
know as you can see here that if they’re easy even like this little band here
that you can use to tighten it up and so as it’s leather it’s all leather and and
so on the back here you have these adjustable straps see even that it’s
even connected to down here with buckles now the interesting thing is I thought
this would be super uncomfortable but it’s it’s a it’s a it’s an it shows you
how well this thing is designed that it’s actually really comfortable when
it’s heavy they put these in the exact right spots and you know these are
optional they come with it I mean they will come with it oh yes I can
and so yeah well that’ll give you a night while we’re talking here I can put
all this stuff back in here and give you an idea of what it looks like this is I
know from experience with my other bag it’s pretty darn waterproof and once you
is so water proof that you know I was reading some people talking about how
you you know I love this bag man but I wouldn’t take it on Safari or something
cuz he was talking about actually wading through rivers and stuff with it and he
says you know it’s so water proof that it needs holes in it to drain the water
out because it’s nice literally going through the rivers and stuff I wouldn’t
recommend doing no and that’s what I say my review out like I said this you know
you can take care of this as you but I haven’t done anything to that
other bag in years and this this is that good quality of leather as I say there’s
some there’s something you sometimes hear leather products and you have to
use put it you know put oil on it everything basically it becomes another
pet it requires so much love and attention this is not one of those bags
you could but there’s no need to do it and you can basically to go it’s that
that good of weather and another important point see back here they also
have a little quick stuff it that’s actually how I have my umbrella stuffed
in here it’s actually in the back one so don’t forget what I got in here don’t
actually have anything in here but there’s a deck of cards on the other
side sometimes put my magic mouse in there so yeah I could do that right now
and yeah they fit in there even with the umbrella in there so this is it and it
is for pant now the you know I was already talking about how I love the
engineering of this bag with the stress you know how it doesn’t feel heavy it is
four pounds empty and of course they get super heavy the more that you you do it
i think i mess something up here but it’s with my packing but that’s fine but
but yeah you know it’s significantly more heavier than more you put into it
but the nice thing is is this thing once you put it on look at it you don’t feel
it I mean it doesn’t feel as heavy as it should feel it’s actually pretty
comfortable if you know I go around San Francisco all the time I live up on the
hills here I take this hiking I take this commuting and it’s always
comfortable that’s guess it can you can actually just take my off yes and I used
that because that’s what’s comfortable for me and that’s the nice thing as you
can slide it up and down and so technically you don’t even have to put
them on usually when I see the product photos they actually don’t have them on
but I keep them on and they gives you an idea of remember how saying that the
leather is very malleable and stuff it’s it’s only took a couple of days for this
to feel good oh it smells wonderful and matter of
fact they sent me this is the chestnut when it comes to four different colors
and also has a pigskin lining I should say it’s you know outside of cowhide but
since the interiors his pics again but the tobacco color one I don’t know what
it is I also have a folio backpack I mean excuse me
laptop bag briefcase that I will also be talking about and that tobacco one
smells so nice I don’t know what it is about that leather but this one smells
wonderful too and you know have heard people talking about that they look all
weird because they’re sitting there sniffing the thing all the time yes it
does smell absolutely wonderful and but the tobacco colored one smells better so
yes this one cost four hundred and sixty-seven on saddleback calm I believe
it’s that same amount on Amazon the I don’t know off the top of my head with
the price of the big you know the normal one is it’s put about a hundred dollars
more again though you know this this is a lifetime bag and I can yes it actually
has a 100 year warranty that’s how interested they are in these I mean
that’s how confident they are in these bags and having years one and put it
through hell honestly it’s yeah it lives into that and in a part and a lot of big
part of that it’s not only the quality of the leather but the buckles and
everything you know there’s nothing that easily breaks like a zipper and stuff
and the big negative is like that I started out with was you know that there
is no dedicated sleeve to this thing you know if you there is one in the bigger
one I want to emphasize that you know there is actually one of the bigger one
and I can put you know 15 inches as big as MacBooks ago to these days and so
everything you saw how much I had in there you know everything fits fine and
here even with the sleeve but but yeah there is no dedicated sleeve in there
and you saw I just carry my regular MacBook without which I which I use for
quick on-the-go writing but I just carry it without a sleeve it’s pretty tough
that’s the nice thing about Apple stuff it’s pretty tough anyway but if you’re
worried about something it’s scratched you know that that is something cuz they
consider you are going to want a leave and of course they make leather
sleeves for this stuff but it’s but I I’m most I think interested in the
comfort of this and you know that there’s a there’s another bits you know
it’s the buckles do slow you down a little bit even wonder the most shoes so
you know if you’re wanting something where you could just slip around grab
your wallet or something it’s gonna take a little bit more time to do that every
time so there’s that so the lack of the sleeve those you know that slow down of
course the cost but again you know you’re this is a big investment it’s
like I offered like I say in the written review it’s kind of like an Apple
product it’s a combination of substance and style
so yes it’s 4.5 out of 5 and yeah it is editor’s choice and the main thing
that’s keeping it you know is that lack of a sleeve and like I said normally on
our backpack roundup we actually require that there be a sleeve in there but in
this case I you know where I went without it because I love this bag and
you know it would be great so once again if you want a little bit more detailed
information I think I’ve said all of it here actually uh check out our written
review on macro calm and we’ll see you in the future for more bag reviews

9 thoughts on “Saddleback Leather Thin Front Pocket Backpack Review

  1. I’ve owned this backpack a year and love it. It’s so sturdy and comfortable. I hike with my bag and don’t use the padded straps. I’ve been through rain and snow with these bags with no issues.

  2. Excellent review. Very informative and nice to see review based on actual use over a period of time.

  3. I dont think being slower at getting stuff out would essentially be a bad thing. I see it as harder for someone to check your backpack pockets while your walking around. 👌 I'm a big dude though, I'm not sure if I want the big bag or smaller bag. I'm 6'2 and 240lbs. Would I dwarf this bag? 🤔

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