Here is my addition to the mix. This is a classic briefcase, large, in DCB.
My two major concerns when buying were 1) the colour, 2) the size. I am happy with the colour for a casual bag -- I debated between this and the chestnut and I'm glad I went with DCB, since it caught my eye first. For size, the bag is large enough to fit my 15" laptop (MBP) and I would not want it any larger than it is.
I'm extremely pleased with the bag -- the construction and look lives up to it's reputation. I had a problem out of the box with one of the clasps on the shoulder strap (explained below), but Saddleback customer service has agreed to fix the issue at no cost to me (pretty amazing...)
Above is a 15" MBP in the bag.
Again, 15" MBP above. I can't imagine a 15" computer would fit into the medium briefcase.
Above is a comparison to a standard bottle of beer (Brookly Lager, in case you care).
Above, a size reference. I am 6'2" and 180lbs.
Above, a second size reference. In this pic, I am still 6'2" and 180lbs...
Above, here is a size comparison with the Saddleback briefcase next to a Briggs and Riley Span Expandable Rolling Briefcase.
Above, a shot of the interior of the bag.
The Logo on the front. The stitching is even everywhere, which gives it a great aesthetic appeal to me. It looks to be carefully machine-stitched.
Above is the evil screw-clasp. I had an issue with one of the two clasps on my strap: after any tension, it was extemely difficult to open the screw clasp. Out of the box I needed pliers to get it open -- good thing there were two flattened edges on to allow for this. But this was a serious issue, because for me an important functional feature of the bag is to convert to a backpack. After calling customer care, they immediately said they'd fix this issue at no cost to me. Another minor issue with the screw clasp is that it takes slightly longer to open compared to a spring-loaded clasp (even if you didn't need pliers to open it..)
These must be newly-introduced, but I'm not sure why they went with these things. I hope they go back to some kind of spring-loaded one, because I haven't seen this clasp in other reviews of the bag.
Above, the O-ring at the top of the bag, which allows conversion to a backpack.
Above, the bottom of the bag.
I'm thoroughly impressed with the bag. Stlye-wise, these are either for you or they aren't. But having looked at and used many bags over the years, this seems like a great value. I plan to purchase more items from them in the future.
Edited by jamesphw - 11/17/12 at 10:15pm