Review: Saddleback Briefcase will bring out the cowboy in you
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Review: Saddleback Briefcase will bring out the cowboy in you


I live in Nashville, TN, and the stereotype of guys here is that we're burly dudes with cowboy hats and boots who drive pick-ups with gun racks. I'm 165 pounds, go hatless and prefer tennis shoes to boots. I also drive an Escort (gun not included).

But I can ride a horse and -- yippee ki yay -- if the Saddleback Briefcase from Saddleback Leather (http://www.saddleback.com) doesn't bring out the cowboy in me. And it may bring out the cowgirl in you ladies.

Saddleback Leather specializes in bags made of real saddle leather. The Saddleback Briefcase is a full quarter-inch thick, meticulously cut and hand-stitched, and simply jaw-dropping. You'll have to pony up about US$520 for this baby. That's a lot of loot, but I doubt there's a more durable briefcase in existence. And, unlike most of its ilk, this will only look better (more authentic, perhaps) as it experiences wear and tear.

According to Saddleback Leather owner Dave Munson, their bags are constructed of 4-5 ounce full grain leather, which comes from the top layer of the cow hide (the toughest part). They come with only three major seams, no breakable parts and are reinforced with hidden nylon straps. They come with a 100-year guarantee. But I suspect they'll last longer than that.

I can cram a 15-inch MacBook Pro, my iPad, a digital camera, a lot of accessories and two second cousins into the Saddleback Briefcase and -- with its spacious pockets and stiff leather -- it does change shape. Of course, I'm exaggerating a bit. I didn't place a camera in it.

A nice touch: you can convert the bag to wear like a backpack. Disconnect the shoulder strap completely. Attach the end of the shoulder strap that is closest to the buckle of the shoulder strap to a rear bottom d-ring. Run the shoulder strap through the d-ring beneath the handle along with one shoulder pad and then attach the other end of the shoulder strap to the opposing rear bottom d-ring. The shoulder strap is adjustable from 36 to 59 inches.

The Saddleback has absolutely no froufrou in its looks or design. Want lots of weenie pockets? Not here, bucko. There are two Texas-sized compartments, one of which contains four smaller compartments, and a rear pocket for magazines or an iPad. There's also a fake bottom compartment good for hiding valuables such as -- if you want to live dangerously -- cash, a wallet, passport, etc.

You buckle this baby closed. You want a briefcase you can Velcro shut or zip shut? Look elsewhere.

An interesting aside: the Saddleback Briefcase comes with a little book of Bible verses. I find that a nice touch, but your mileage may vary.

Another interesting aside: a chunk of the amount that you sent to Saddleback goes directly to one of those aid organizations on the company's web page.

Still another interesting aside: the removable side straps double as a belt for a size 34-36 inch waist -- or as a tie-down in a pinch.

The Saddleback is comfortable, but a bit on the heavy side (six pounds, 11 ounces when empty) so you mamby pamby types should avoid it. This is a briefcase that John Wayne would have carried. So if you've got 500 smackers and need a briefcase that's tougher than a love child between Clint Eastwood and Michelle Rodriguez, well, man up! (Or woman up, as the case may be.)

Macsimum rating: 9 out of 10

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$100.75
Apple Inc.
+0.64
GOOG
$577.36
Google Inc.
+1.00
MSFT
$46.36
Microsoft Corpora
-0.08
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics (G...
WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Sandbox is the unlimited sequel to our Strategy & Tactics: World War II. We've abandoned historical restrictions and turn limits making your task deceptively simple - take command of any European... | Read more »
apeFilter (Music)
apeFilter 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Shred It! Review
Shred It! Review By Jennifer Allen on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: GORGEOUS BUT BASICUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It might look lovely, but Shred It! is a pretty shallow endless runner/snowboarding game.   | Read more »
It Came From Canada: Angry Birds: Transf...
Anyone afraid that throwing Transformers into the Angry Birds mix would result in a Michael Bay-level of childhood pillaging can rest easy. While Rovio’s famous fowls may be a 21st century staple, Angry Birds: Transformers wears its affection for the 80s on its sleeve. But is mere retro reverence enough to justify this crossover? We find out in... | Read more »
Galaxy Trucker Review
Galaxy Trucker Review By Rob Thomas on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: IN FOR THE LONG HAULiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad We got a great big convoy, rockin’ through the night… the endless night of outer space, that is. And the ships are made out of pipes. Don’t question it. It’s Galaxy Trucker and it’s now on iPad! | Read more »
Moon and Sun – children’s book Review
Moon and Sun – children’s book Review By Amy Solomon on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: Moon and Sun is a fable-like children’s book with lush illustrations.   Developer: Marcio Monteiro Price: $3.99 Version: 1.0 App Reviewed on: iPad 3 | Read more »
Kairosoft Finally Brings The Pyraplex to...
Kairosoft Finally Brings The Pyraplex to iOS Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 30th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Yeti’s Parole Officer Review
Yeti’s Parole Officer Review By Jennifer Allen on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Yeti’s Parole Officer proves that looks aren’t everything in this entertaining, if plain, piece of interactive fiction.   | Read more »
Record Keeper and World Wide Words – Two...
Record Keeper and World Wide Words – Two New Final Fantasy Games Arrive on iOS in Japan Posted by Ellis Spice on September 30th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
iPollute Review
iPollute Review By Nadia Oxford on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: iPOLLUTE, uPOLLUTEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad iPollute is a delightful-looking pollution simulator, though it’s a bit light on “game” content.   | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.