Originally Posted by Wheeled Goat
Thanks for sharing your experience! .... All that said, I can totally feel your pain in dropping that much moolah and not getting what you want. Surely, you should have something that makes your toes tingle when parting with that much cash. I'm just saying: close your eyes, forget about all the fretting and agonizing you've done over your color choice, and clear your mind. Take 5 long breaths, and pretend you're some kind of Zen master sitting on an extremely high mountain in the Himalayas looking down on the clouds. Now open your eyes and look at that amazing bag you have in your possesion. You know others are going to be jealous and envious. I am.
Thanks. It's pretty much what I'm going to do. After a good night of sleep I calmed a bit down, and the colour isn't really that bad, even though my taste still prefers a "more professional look" colour-wise, like the SB personality test shows. I've also noticed we're two quite different persons. E.g., you're trying to lose weight, I'm fighting for my life to not be too skinny. You don't want a too dark bag, while the looks of the light tobacco and dark coffee versions don't appeal to me at all. You don't want a shiny briefcase, I want it to shine as much as possible. Speaking of which, you wondered about the chestnut's shine. I don't know if you've ordered one yet, but if it helps you in any way, I can say my bag's a bit more matte in real life than in my photo. If the other chestnut bags follow that trend you shouldn't worry too much about that. Sorry if that made your choice even harder
Originally Posted by becact
I am debating between your large satchel and the large briefcase. Besides the size difference, what are the main differences? I will be wearing this mostly with the shoulder strap; for example the strap over the left shoulder and the bag on my right side. Is the briefcase too thick at 9" to do this very well? Will it stick out too much from the side of the body?
I'd say it depends on how much you carry, and which design you like better. For me (6'', 175 pounds), studying at a university, I feel the medium briefcase is a bit big and bulky, but carrying it is fine. I can't have it on my right side per se, but must rotate it further towards my back, like a messenger back, or else my arm would crash into it as I walk. I feel it's most comfortable when when the lateral part of the bag is resting on the lateral side of my right butt cheek, if that makes any sense. Most of the time I won't stuff my bag full. In other words, I went with the briefcase purely because of aesthetics. In my eyes the satchel is a more feminine product, so I never had to worry about that.