Front Pocket Leather Backpack

There is no luck in making a quality leather backpack. And this backpack is no exception. It was purposefully designed with no breakable parts like zippers or snaps or velcro.


Product Details
100-Year Warranty

Dimensions (W x H x D) 
12.00" x 17.00" x 7.00""
Weight: 6 lbs

What People Think


I have had my eyes on this backpack for a long time, and finally decided to make the investment. Wish I would have done it sooner! Best everyday backpack money can buy!

Justin G.


I had been eyeing one of these Bags for years. Finally went ahead and got one. After all the research and reviews I must say everybody was right. This bag is amazing I am sold and I am a fan. I will be purchasing more items in the future.


I love the sturdy hand crafted look and feel, and I've had nothing but complements from everyone who sees it.

Gerald B.

There is no luck in making a quality leather backpack. And this backpack is no exception. It was purposefully designed with no breakable parts like zippers or snaps or velcro. And any stress spot is reinforced with Polyester straps hidden beneath the leather and riveted. The body of this leather backpack is built with just two big pieces of leather, which means there aren't many seams. The fewer the seams, the stronger the backpack because backpacks come apart at the seams before anywhere else. And then we only sew 5 stitches per inch so there are as few holes as possible. Quality can be measured in Seam Feet (how few feet of seems a bag has. We made that term up).

The leather of this backpack is the strongest and most water resistant we can find (full grain) and then we line it with pigskin, which stronger than the cow skin. It's rare for a low-quality company to use full grain to make a leather backpack because it's so expensive. When I say, "Full Grain Leather" I mean that it still has all of the tough tightly woven fibers on the top of the hide. Most companies shave off the scars and blemishes from the top of the hide (watch how they shave it here at minute 6:30) and shave off the strongest and best part of the hide (the grain) while doing it. They do it so they don't have to cut around the marks and throw those pieces into the trash like we do. We throw 25% of the hideaway. They don't throw hardly anything away. 

I know using 316 Stainless Steel custom hardware is kind of like killing a fly with a shotgun, but we did it anyways. Check that one off the list of potential problems. Our large pieces of hardware on our backpacks are rated strong enough to hold a 750 lb. bag of cats before it gives. Seriously, I hope you google it to understand more. If your life is going to depend on any metal, let it depend on 316 Stainless Steel.

Then we sew it all together with thick and strong Polyester thread. It's industrial strength and doesn't deteriorate with exposure to the Sun's UV rays like Nylon thread does. This Leather Backpack is very strong in the nature of the materials we use.

This Front Pocket Leather Backpack has a floppy interior laptop back pocket and all three exterior pockets have a hidden pocket behind them for quick access and for longer things. The lower d-rings on the bottom of the backpack are great for strapping on tripods, blankets and wet river shoes. The shoulder straps are minimal, comfortable and adjustable. In fact, you can remove the shoulder pads for whatever reason. Like if you are tying down something with a nice finish on the roof rack of your Land Cruiser and you don't want the rope to leave a mark. You can put this shoulder pad under the rope. I know there aren't many ways to innovate for functionality on a plain leather backpack, but when I found a chance, I took it.

Product Details
Fits all 17" laptops
Shipping with our Tube Shoulder Pads.

The Hiking Through the Panamanian Jungle Leather Backpack Bedtime Story
My brother and I were dropped off by a boat on one of the Bocas del Toro islands heading to a famed surf spot called Wizard Beach. Everything seemed fine as we started on the trail up a nice grassy knoll with my leather backpack on my back, fancy camera around my neck and leather suitcase in my hand. Jonathan was carrying our sole surfboard and a small leather satchel and we were good to go.

But in no time at all, the ankle-high grass turned into dense underbrush and a double canopy overhead as we found ourselves in the middle of a dense Panamanian jungle. But that wasn't the problem. The problem was that muddy trail was up and down and slicker than snot. It felt like we were hiking in roller skates on wet ice even though I was wearing my hiking Teva sandals. Seriously, never had I experienced any mud like that. It was all we could do to stay on our feet and it's times like this you appreciate a solid leather backpack on your back to let your hands be free to grab trees and roots and walk with a stick in hand.

I'm not saying that we would have been forever lost in the jungle and eaten by monkeys there if it weren't for my trusty leather backpack, but I'm just saying, it's a really good idea to wear a backpack to keep both hands free when you're out and about off the pavement.

We finally got to Wizard Beach, put my leather backpack down and learned why everybody had talked it up so much. It was no fable. The waves were monsters. Not like Zicatela Beach in Puerto Escondido, but they were huge. So Jonathan looked at me and I looked at him and we mutually decided that it wouldn't be a good idea to go out that day. I had a runny nose and he had picked up a splinter in the jungle on his little finger and waves like that could only make our ailments worse. So we stayed on the beach for a few hours taking it all in and then made our way back to the little dock again. It's not always the destination, but the journey to get there that makes a trip fun.

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Front Pocket Leather Backpack

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  • Posted by on 3rd Mar 2021
    Love it.
    Love it.
  • Posted by on 1st Feb 2021
    Best Backpack Ever!
    I had been eyeing this piece for quite a while, but at just over $600 all in, it was an investment I needed to think about. Truth be told, I didn’t need it. I own several pieces by Saddleback Leather already; a Large Messenger (discontinued), the Every Day Carry (EDC), the leather Organizer Pouch, and the Indiana Satchel in both tobacco leather and waxed canvas. That said, this particular piece just kept calling my name, so I bought it as a Christmas present from me to me... and I’m so glad I did!

    As is always the case with Saddleback, the leather was stiff and rigid when it arrived... but in the six weeks I’ve been carrying it, things are starting to soften up nicely. I throw it in the back seat of my truck and I toss it on the floor by my desk, so it’s finally starting to get a bit of surface wear and look interesting. I really can’t wait to take it on some long trips so it can start to tell my “story.”

    The construction is top notch... more space than I’d ever imagined. I’m particularly fond of the open pouches behind each of the pockets. They’re great for easy access to my phones, wallet, etc, but secure enough that i don’t worry about losing them. If there was anything I could change about it, it would simply be to add one more D ring at the top where I could clip the inordinate amount of keys I am required to carry. (I’ve ended up just clipping them where the straps attach, but I would really prefer to have them hang off to the side of the bag.)

    A Saddleback customer for years, it is not uncommon that people notice and ask about the bags I carry, but this one really gets noticed! I’ve had multiple people stop and ask about it as I am coming and going. I opted for the laser engraved initials on the front flap, and it looks so good!

    If you have any doubts about whether or not this piece is for you, I would encourage you to take the plunge. It’s a beautiful piece of art with amazing function and form.
  • Posted by on 31st Jan 2021
    This thing is a beast!
    This thing is a beast! Just after buying it, I took it on an overnight trip to Austin. I was able to carry my Surface and its charger, portfolio, the book I'm reading, water bottle, various phone/watch chargers and cords, AND my toiletry bag.

    At the hotel and at my morning meeting, people kept commenting on how beautiful and unique the bag is.

    I hesitated to tell them where I got it simply because I don't want everyone else to buy one! But I couldn't help but brag on Saddleback Leather from my hometown of Fort Worth.
  • Posted by on 12th Jan 2021
    Best Christmas Gifts EVER
    I purchased two backpacks for my college aged children for Christmas!! The were a hit! I can't wait until I can save up for my very own backpack!
  • Posted by on 7th Jan 2021
    Worth every penny!
    I love the sturdy hand crafted look and feel, and I've had nothing but complements from everyone who sees it.
  • Posted by on 6th Jan 2021
    Beautiful and tough
    What can I say that hasn’t already been said? The back pack is extremely tough, beautiful in design, and has a great amount of storage for wherever you’re off to. Just looking at the back pack makes you want to go on a hike.
  • Posted by on 1st Dec 2020
    One of my best purchase
    One of my best purchase for a leather full pack. It is comfortable and leather smells so fresh. The leather quality feel great.

    It certainly buy another product from them.
  • Posted by on 14th Nov 2020
    What’s in the ugly green bag
    From the moment the bag arrives in its ugly green, biodegradable packaging, you know it is going to be an excellent product. This is not the first Saddleback Leathers and it will not be my last. The smell of the bag is intoxicating as you open the box, the texture of the leather is supple, and the quality is second to only the company itself. The dark coffee colored bag goes with almost any business attire and it the right size for about any trip.
  • Posted by on 8th Oct 2020
    I like it a lot.
    I like it a lot. It’s built like a tank.