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Saddleback Classic Medium Briefcase in chestnut
Saddleback Thin Medium Briefcase in chestnut
I was looking into purchasing a SB briefcase but I was having a very difficult time choosing between the Classic and Thin. Not only that but I couldnt decide between thin medium vs thin large briefcase OR classic medium vs classic large briefcase. My head was spinning and I spent days searching forums for pictures of these bags being held by human beings with a reference to the size of said human being. I wanted an idea of how the bag would look in relation to my frame. After my failed search, I just decided to purchase BOTH the classic medium briefcase and the thin medium briefcase. I'd like to comment on just the size of the bags to help those that may have been in the same predicament that I was.
After recieving both bags today and after seeing them in person, the thin medium is the right bag for me. I am 5'8" and 155lbs and I just like the size and slick look of the thin medium. The classic medium is also fantastic but just a bit too bulky for me IMO. If I were going to get a classic briefcase, the classic medium would be the right size for my frame. I think that the classic large or thin large briefcase would both likely be too large for me.
Laptops! I also was concerned about the fit of a 15" laptop into these bags (I plan to purchase the next line of 15" macbook pros!). The 15" macbook pro DOES fit into both briefcases! The fit is snug in the thin medium and VERY snug in the classic medium but you can make it work if you need. I doubt that you would be able to include a sleeve though.
On to the pictures (sorry guys, no fancy camera):
Just caught this post. Very informative. I suppose if you, at 5'8", felt the medium briefcase was too bulky then I, at 5'3", might feel similarly. That said, I think for my daily and travel needs, I would be better with the space in the regular over the thin. Guess I'll just have to deal with a briefcase that is a bit big for my frame?
I probably should have phrased that differently. What I meant to say was that I thought the medium classic was too bulky for the specific look that I was going for (slightly more professional and sleek) and also my needs (Didn't think I would utilize all the room in the classic). If I was going for the look and utility of the classic, then the medium would be the right size. I don't think it looked awkwardly large on my frame. If you need the space then I would say go for the medium classic. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. If you decide it doesn't look right for you, their return policy is pretty good. I just returned my classic and spent about $20 on shipping so not much of a loss.
I'm looking for a new wallet and am strongly considering one from Saddleback Leather. Initially, I figured the medium bifold would be the obvious choice for me, but after reading some reviews on this site and others, it seems a lot of people complain that it's too thick. So now I'm leaning toward the small bifold. I prefer a thin wallet and don't like to stuff it full of anything more than the essentials, which for me is a couple of bills, three plastic cards, and some medical and auto papers. I'll have to get used to the stacking pockets though, as I'm used to horizontal card slots. I briefly considered the credit card wallet, but I really prefer the traditional billfold style of wallet with a cash pocket. Anyone with the small bifold wallet care to share comments or pics? There seems to be a lot of talk in this thread about the medium bifold, but not much about the small. I'm torn between chestnut and dark coffee brown, but am leaning toward the latter. I'd really like to see pics of a DCB wallet with a year or so of wear.
Just as a follow-up: I pulled the trigger on the small bifold wallet in DCB and received it today. It's beautiful and was exactly what I expected, so I'm happy with the purchase. The color is gorgeous, quality and craftsmanship superb (dare I say unbeatable for the price), and the dimensions (L & W) are perfect, IMO. If I had to nitpick about something, my one very minor complaint is that the wallet is tad on the thick side, but it's by no means a deal-killer and is still comfortable in the back pocket, and I'm sure will only get more comfortable over time. On the whole, I love the wallet and don't think I'll have any problems getting used to the stacking pockets. Definitely glad I went with the small bifold and not the medium, as I had originally intended. Can't wait to break it in!
Also, I'd have never known about Saddleback Leather if not for SF, so thanks! Too bad they don't keep up with this affiliate thread anymore. When placing an order on their website, they ask where you heard about Saddleback, and offer a drop-down list of a dozen or so sites and forums to choose from. Surprisingly (then again, maybe not) SF wasn't on the list.
In my research prior to buying my bag, I saw a lot of questions regarding what size bag people should get based on their height/weight, so I wanted to share some information and a picture here in hopes of helping those with the same question. I purchased the Large bag in the Dark Coffe Brown color, and I am about 5-10 or 5-11 and about 175 lbs, below is a picture from the front and side with the bag on my shoulder.
You can also see a much larger version of the picture (didn't want to make the page load all awkwardly here) if you go to the review on my site and click the picture:
My Saddleback Leather Briefcase Review
Just a quick update after 12+ months of daily use, two pictures below, and more at the link. Definitely still very happy with the bag, and as one person previously said, it is not appropriate for very formal occasions, however I work in a fairly casual environment and I think it is ideal for that. It is all relative to your personal style and environment. I've also carried the bag around NYC commuting into our office there a few times, and while it is not ideal for a 15 minute walk from the train to the office, it is certainly not horrible.
Updated Saddleback Leather Briefcase Review
I'm actually planning on keeping the XL for other things. Don't want to reduce the utility by hacking it up.