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Flight Bag Leather Briefcase

We think this is the strongest and most durable leather briefcase in the world. It was our intention in the design room and we think we may have hit it. They'll fight over it when you're dead.

SKU
01-10-0023

Product Details
100-Year Warranty

Dimensions (W x H x D) 
15" x 11" x 5""
Weight: 6 lbs

What People Think

AS GREAT AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE...

My watching turned to dreaming. I was determined to have this bag. If there were a bag that checked off every box on my list, this one surely was it! Well, I ordered it during the recent warehouse sale. It finally arrived a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. I chose the chestnut color as that's the color that has always appealed the most to me. I have received COUNTLESS compliments on the bag! I can't wait to purchase more items!
07.06.21
Josh H.

FLIGHT BAG COMES TO AUSTRALIA!

We like leather in Australia but I haven't seen anything like Saddleback products before. Bought the Flight Bag, waited a long time for it to cross the globe but it sure was worth the wait! First day on the train and I got a comment on what a great bag it was! I love this bag.



 
08.03.21
Mark E.

FANTASTIC BAG! AS SADDLEBACK SAYS

Fantastic bag! As Saddleback says, I will enjoy the bag in my lifetime and then be sure that my son enjoys it through his...and so on. These things last forever.
 
 
 
 
 
 
03.03.21
Mary K

Design
This leather laptop bag is over-engineered with no breakable parts like magnets, zippers, snaps, buttons, etc. Just a few pieces of strong leather put together in a good looking way. And is reinforced at all stress points with rivets and hidden polyester strapping. Leather that is pulled on, stretches, but these straps don't. The leather briefcase is built with the largest pieces of leather possible 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. The closure is a classic Gladstone bag closure which does not require a zipper. Zippers break. Our lining that backs up the leather is tougher than the leather which is better than some pretty shiny lightweight nylon fabric with an old world map on it to make you feel adventurous.

Materials
Leather: Our leather is the strongest we can find (full-grain boot leather, but thicker). It's important to understand this. The top layer of a leather hide has all of the grain in it. The grain is the toughest, most protective and longest lasting part of the hide. The grain is like the shingles on a roof. The best part. Most companies shave off the top layer (grain) of the hide to get rid of scars so they can use almost every inch of the hide in production and therefore save money. But in doing so, it's like they're shaving the shingles off of your roof. There ought to be a law.

Lining: We use pigskin lining, which is stronger than the cow leather, instead of some pretty shiny fabric with a world map on it.

Thread: he thread is unbelievably strong industrial marine grade UV resistant polyester thread. It's what they use when people could die if the thread fails. Like on sails and parachutes. We use it to hold together leather briefcases. This thread is much more expensive than the common nylon "snowflake" thread that falls apart with sunshine or heat or if you just look at it crooked.

Hardware: Our custom hardware is the amazing 316 Stainless Steel (please please google it). It's the metal of choice when your life depends on it. A metallergist told me that is was way overkill and that I really didn't need it to be so strong. I guess it's like killing a fly with a shotgun for a leather briefcase, but we NEVER have problems with our hardware.

Functionality
This mid-1800's English style Gladstone Bag closure is just plain cool on this leather briefcase. It opens wide and stays open until you say otherwise. Pilots love this feature to put next to their seat. For closure, I chose a single leather strap with holes punched all the way out to the very tip, just in case your bag is way overstuffed or you want to stick your umbrella or blueprints under the strap horizontally or leave the laptop bag open to stick your stuff out vertically. The front pockets are built and then sewn on, so there are hidden pockets behind the pockets. This is a more expensive way to design a leather briefcase because it requires more leather, but it's also way more useful.

Product Details
100-Year Warranty
Interior Key Strap

Bedtime Story

For The Kids About a Al-Shabaab on Vacation

The last small plane we were on was from Nairobi to Lamu. From there we took a 2 hour small boat ride to an island off the Northern Coast of Kenya, next to Somalia where a Kenyan friend of ours told us was a really super cool place for holiday. We didn't know about all of the Al-Shabaab terrorist activity and kidnappings in the area or we probably wouldn't have chosen it for our family vacation, but ignorance is bliss? The last night there was a little freaky. Okay, a lot freaky hanging out and discussing theology with the witchcraft practicing angel prophet of Islam, but that's for another place and time (or bag description).

So we finally get to our destination called Mike's Camp, run and owned by a British Kenyan named Mike. A charming chap who had made a barefoot luxury Gilligan's Island resort built almost entirely from woven reeds. The walls and floors were 100% woven and the ceilings were thatched. All of it was supported by branches and sticks.

It was SUPER COOL. Unbelievable. And that's why billionaires fly in to stay there all the time. Since we're not billionaires, we flew into Lamu and then took the little skiff to the island, but there are people who fly in at low tide, land on the beach and walk up the sand dunes to the camp. It's where you completely unplug. No laptop bags allowed. To read about the Angel prophet of Islam and our walk through the terrorists, go to the Slim Leather Briefcase page.

Anyways, each of those small plane bush pilots that land on the beach or take people to Lamu, have a smaller flight bag briefcase next to their seat. It's just what you dowhen you need all of your things in one small cramped place.

SKU 01-10-0023

Flight Bag Leather Briefcase

$629.00
Availablity: In Stock
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  • Posted by on 11th Aug 2021
    5
    The Perfect Work/Travel Bag
    This is the perfect leather bag I've been searching for. I chose the natural leather which has already aged nicely over the last year. I've gotten many compliments. The quality of the bag is unparalleled. You can tell the bag will last forever. The leather smell is also incredible. Although I haven't gone into the office with this bag yet, I use it to store all my work material and its perfect.

    I recently traveled with the bag and it's an awesome personal item. All the pockets are placed perfectly so you can access what you need quickly and easily on the fly. There is a spot for your keys, passport, laptop, book, light sweater, etc.

    If you are debating getting this bag, get it! I am very happy with my purchase.
  • Posted by on 9th Aug 2021
    5
    Great, almost perfect bag
    Quality of construction and overall design is great with the flight bag. The Gladstone opening is really convenient and much more functional than the traditional flap style opening. The flight bag has a nice amount of space in the interior, but not so much that it is unbearably heavy when loaded. This bag would be perfect if a water bottle sleeve/packet was added to the outside which would open up the interior space a bit more.
  • Posted by on 3rd Aug 2021
    5
    Flight Bag comes to Australia
    We like leather in Australia but I haven't seen anything like Saddleback products before. Bought the Flight Bag, waited a long time for it to cross the globe but it sure was worth the wait! First day on the train and I got a comment on what a great bag it was! I love this bag.
  • Posted by on 6th Jul 2021
    5
    As great as I thought it would be...
    My watching turned to dreaming. I was determined to have this bag. If there were a bag that checked off every box on my list, this one surely was it! Well, I ordered it during the recent warehouse sale. It finally arrived a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. I chose the chestnut color as that's the color that has always appealed the most to me. I have received COUNTLESS compliments on the bag! I can't wait to purchase more items!
  • Posted by on 2nd May 2021
    5
    Awesome bag!
    After 3 years of indecision and list of bad bags, I had finally pulled the trigger on Saddleback Flight Bag.

    It has been almost 3 months now and I am in love with the bag. Got it in chestnut colour. Thankfully, we can travel within Australia and this bag has been living under the aeroplane seats. Very robust and getting a nice patina. I am definitely a major fan on Saddleback. Saddleback's customer support has been second to none. Thank you.
  • Posted by on 22nd Apr 2021
    5
    Love this Bag
    I am using this flight bag as a briefcase and love it. The feature I love most is the Gladstone opening. I usually have it open beside my chair and can easily look down and pull out whatever book, notebook or pen/pencil that I need for the moment. I have tried other briefcases in the past but the "fold over" flap on top of the bag seemed to always be in the way. Now when using this bag and changing from one project to the other I can easily look down and see where everything is and easily take out the new project and put the old one back in it's place. Fantastic idea for moving in and out of the briefcase. PLUS the quality of the leather and craftsmanship is wonderful. Love everything about this bag and am totally satisfied with this purchase! Thanks Dave to you and your company. Keep up the great work.
  • Posted by on 21st Apr 2021
    5
    Absolute game-changer
    I already thought I was gonna like this bag - in fact, I planned on buying it for a year or more without ever getting it to the top of my priority list. In retrospect, that was a mistake. I didn’t realize it would actually improve my life!

    And yes, I mean that literally: having a briefcase that stands upright and open, no matter what, means that I can throw things in, pull them out, and always know where they are. No more guessing and hoping and disappointing myself; no more straight-up losing important stuff because I set it who-knows-where. And of course it’s so handsome that no one ever complains when I leave it out around the house.

    The flight bag is really that “mobile office” ideal that every briefcase aspires to. Goodness, what a useful hunk of leather.
  • Posted by on 18th Apr 2021
    5
    Outstanding!
    I bought the flight bag about two months ago and I’ll be honest, I haven’t treated it gently. It was a replacement for my college bookbag because nylon backpacks are not a good look for men of a certain age. That being said, this flight bag is awesome. It still hasn’t been broken in completely despite my best efforts. It holds a surprising amount of “stuff” and looks great. I am very pleased with the construction, heft, and design. It can quickly acquire scuffs and patina but those go away easily with some leather conditioner if you want to dress it up. I use this bag every day and look forward to many years of continuous use.
  • Posted by on 2nd Apr 2021
    5
    Awesome!
    I've been a longtime fan of SBL. I've been itching for a new bag for a while and decided to pull the trigger on a flight bag in tobacco. I carried it for a couple of days before I realized that I didn't care for the color (in particular, my sample had some orange hues). I didn't want to return it after I used it and contemplated selling it locally. Reading through the FAQ, I found a mention of mink oil. I spent an evening rubbing down the bag and it's developed the most wonderful dark brown weathered color. I can't wait to get some scars and sun on this bag. Highly recommend.

    The flightbag carries my 16" MBP in the inner pocket, something that I couldn't verify otherwise. A couple of books, large headphones, a large cable/dongle bag, and a 32oz yeti bottle. The front pockets carry my pens, extra charger and cable, and HP12c.

    I have a medium thin briefcase, xlarge classic briefcase, and medium classic briefcase. This is now my favorite bag. I'm looking forward to the covid overreaction subsiding and getting out in the world more with this beauty.