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post #16 of 113
You are wasting your money if you buy and SBL bag in black.
post #17 of 113
Thread Starter 
Some guys have complained about the quality of the construction over at AAAC: http://askandyaboutclothes.com/forum...ad.php?t=74845 But I may still try a SBL bag eventually. I wish the 14" bags didn't have such an extreme depth (9", if I remember correctly).
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Originally Posted by montecristo
You are wasting your money if you buy and SBL bag in black.
Agree strongly.
post #18 of 113
I bought one of the light tobacco brown 14" "briefcases" over the summer and like it a lot. Its definitely a very casual look (although that should be obvious just from the pictures) and the construction isn't as refined looking as on some bags but the quality does seem to be good to me. I haven't noticed any loose or fraying stitching or anything like that.

I too was worried about the fact that its 9" deep but it hasn't bothered me in practice. I think the fact that its narrow at the top helps. Also as the leather breaks in it doesn't take up that full 9" unless you fill it up.
post #19 of 113
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Originally Posted by montecristo#4 View Post
You are wasting your money if you buy and SBL bag in black.

can you elaborate?
post #20 of 113
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kert
can you elaborate?
Great quality black leather doesn't look much different from cheap black leather, especially in a casual bag like this, where you aren't going to try to put a shine on it, as with shoes. Black leather isn't going to look any better with age, either. Much of the charm of the SBL bags is in the complex "antiquing" effects that the light- and dark-brown colors will develop with use and age (see the photos in my original post for examples). Moreover, the black color just doesn't seem to jibe with the rugged design of the SBL briefcases -- it's no accident, I think, that the website has few photos of black bags.
post #21 of 113
yes, that's why i haven't bought it yet. i really want a black leather bag, but the SBL might be a little too rugged for what i need it for. it seems like it's got a lot of mixed reviews also.
post #22 of 113
One other thing. You can buy these direct from the company on ebay and save quite a bit over the full price. The ebay user name is againsttheflow.
post #23 of 113
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Originally Posted by DMcG View Post
One other thing. You can buy these direct from the company on ebay and save quite a bit over the full price. The ebay user name is againsttheflow.

thanks for the info. still really undecided on this bag.
post #24 of 113
Gotta reiterate that its a great bag it just WON't EVER STAND UP without books or stuff in it
post #25 of 113
Ok, I received my chestnut messenger yesterday. One substantial mofo, if I may say so myself. Looked it over, could not see any stitching or leather flaws but construction is indeed rather rustic. Now, has a single compartment inside which makes organising things difficult (see "impossible") but looks fantastic.
Heavy, too (in a good way). Has a definite air of ruggedness to it, and feels like it could take a lot of abuse.
post #26 of 113
Thread Starter 
Would you mind posting a couple of photos, skalogre? The ones on SBL's site are rather idealized -- it's nice to see more ordinary pics of the bags.
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post #28 of 113
Can anyone who has it post a picture of them wearing it with their approx height... I'm having trouble deciding if I would rather go 14 or 16". I'm 6' ~200lbs. I would use it definitely for travel, but I think I would like to use it for a daily bag too. 14" laptop some books odds and ends The gadgeteer link shows a very petite woman with a smaller bag so it's hard for me to get an idea on someone more my size. I think the 16 bag may be more fitted for my size, but may be too much for an everday bag and for what I need to carry in it...
post #29 of 113
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Originally Posted by bonanz View Post
Can anyone who has it post a picture of them wearing it with their approx height... I'm having trouble deciding if I would rather go 14 or 16". I'm 6' ~200lbs. I would use it definitely for travel, but I think I would like to use it for a daily bag too. 14" laptop some books odds and ends The gadgeteer link shows a very petite woman with a smaller bag so it's hard for me to get an idea on someone more my size. I think the 16 bag may be more fitted for my size, but may be too much for an everday bag and for what I need to carry in it...
Hmm, don't think I can help you there as I got the messenger, not the briefcase...
post #30 of 113
i have a large tobacco brown one...with a laptop, some text books and other odds and ends the bag is pretty damn heavy to haul around for anything longer than walking from class to class. other than that it's good...but this was definitely a form over function buy that i kinda regretted.
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