Originally Posted by Wheeled Goat
Thanks for the replies!
I appreciate the offer to take pics, Karl! Did your Dark Tobacco pouch start out as light as the SBL website's pictures? I'm beginning to think those pics depict a lighter color than is reality, though I'm sure there's a lot of varation since we're dealing with a natural product. But on the other hand, as professional as those photos are, I would think they would be mighty accurate.
Thanks too for clarifying the whole sheen issue. Makes sense that the leather wouldn't really have that unless buffed. Strange, though, that all the Chestnut pics I come across seem to have it. Probably just some weird camera thing.
Dark Coffee, eh, Jonathan? Interesting. Again, I wonder if I'm getting the right impression from SBL's website photos. That looks awful dark - darker than the Chestnut, even, which is at the upper range of my preference. SBL's Dark Coffee photos don't look that far off from black - certainly darker than the photos of my "likes". It sure helps put my mind at ease that I'm able to exchange within 30 days, though.
One of the pics I referenced above - the dude holding the snake - was captioned as "Costa Rica" - and I found under the SBL's FAQ that the Costa Rica picture is one of a Tobacco bag (doesn't say light or dark). I was hoping you'd be able to say "Yep, it started out as a X color bag and using Y oil on it will get it to about that hue." (Kind of like the bag in the Slovenia pic is described something like "Dark Tobacco, lightly oiled and soaking wet".)
I definitely like the brown color. Not yellow, not red. Something in the neighborhood of THIS. Is that about what you're talking about when you say "you just can't beat the color" of your Dark Tobacco bag?
I do have one more question: I'm also buying a new laptop. Considering one that's listed as 16.2" wide. The Large Briefcase is listed as 16" wide. Is that 16" the width of the material for the back/front? I'm guessing the large could accomodate the 16.2" by pushing the accordian-like material outwards, but do you think it would be a weird/ugly fit doing that?
Thanks so much for taking the time to address my concerns! I can only imagine how old it gets answering the same questions all the time. Please know your efforts are greatly appreciated.
I'm feeling good these days with the new diet, and I think the quitting smoking thing is gonna stick this time! It's like my 4th or 5th attempt, and now I feel like it's the right time. Won't it be great to say I owe my final and successful quit attempt to my SBL Bag?! Seems like I'm biting off an awful lot, combining quitting smoking with a weight loss goal, but I'm going about it the right way, I'm in the right mindset, and I think I'm gonna pull it off!!
Sorry about the late reply. I've been on the road visiting the folks the last few days.
When it comes to customer pictures on the site or anywhere, it's difficult to tell what they started out like because we just don't know what the customers did to their bags. I would almost guarantee that the pic from Costa Rica was a Dark Tobacco bag. From what you've told me, it really sounds like you want a Dark Tobacco. I'd considered going with that color and if you don't like it, changing to a Dark Coffee. (my favorite color)
As far as the laptop goes, the Large briefcase will comfortably fit a regular 17" size laptop screen. But if they are telling you that the size is 16.2" wide, they probably mean 16.2" diagonally measured which means it is actually much less in width than 16.2". When you see any tv or laptop screen advertising a certain size screen, they are measuring the screen from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
Before you purchase one of our bags, it is best if you take a tape measure and actually measure the width of the laptop to be sure.