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I like the smell of leather



I like the smell of leather, originally uploaded by ABMann.

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Ok, so you guys know how much I love my Saddleback Leather bags, right? Rugged, well built and generally the pretties bags around?
Well, ignoring the fact that they can survive croc attacks, spear attacks, salt water diving and general wear and tear with the best of them, they are, apparently, eminently repairable:

Oh.. They also make good coolers.

Not that I’m biased or anything…. but you should all get one.

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alyska From: alyska Date: June 27th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
The bag on your head looks new.

Adding another satchel to your Saddleback collection? (Not that I could blame you, of course..)
abmann From: abmann Date: June 27th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, that's my satchel. Took the photo on November 25. 09. It's the most recent and more-fitting photo of my bags since I found that video today. :)
alyska From: alyska Date: June 27th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aah. I was slightly confused, as your bags have looked more well-worn than that the last time I saw them. Curse you and your re-utilizing old images to confuse me! =)

(And making posts like this that trick me into going to look at the site again to fawn over all of the new pretty things he's been adding. Mmm...leather.)
abmann From: abmann Date: June 27th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed! I was on there a few weeks ago and almost convinced myself I totally could use another bag, like a duffel bag for the gym. Sure!

I do need to rub mine down, come to think. It's been at least six months. I should pick up some of that leather milk awesomeness. The kiwi oil I have is good but doesn't smooth some of the deeper scrapes.
alyska From: alyska Date: June 27th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to remember what it is Jeff has over at the studio for conditioning his leatherwork. Mink oil or atom wax or something like that. I think it's similar to leather milk, but am not sure.

I also still waffle between the satchels and the messenger bags -- I'd eventually (budget acquiescing) like to get something a bit larger than my current purse, but smaller than my gaming bag; but even with the dimensions listed on the site, have a hard time picturing actual sizes. I wish they had retail locations so I could mess about and see what would fit all of the crap I carry around!
abmann From: abmann Date: June 27th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The messenger bags are the same thickness as the small satchel, actually. You get more vertical space. I think the messenger bags could hold the two hardcover Vampire books and that's about it, or your laptop.

I find if I'm taking my laptop with me somewhere I generally always take some reference material so need more space. Thus the briefcase and why I went with the satchel - better general usage.

Your little pouch will clip to any of their bags, you know. :) So you get bonus storage with any future purchase!
alyska From: alyska Date: June 27th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't carry my laptop around with me on a regular basis, unfortunately (too heavy.)

What I'm really looking for is something I can carry a notebook (something, say, 6x9") my two ID cases (about the size of cigarette cases) some writing implements, and possibly a point and shoot camera (I want to carry a camera with me more, but can't haul all of my gear with me.)

I had an Army surplus map case (third one down in the first post, with the interior pictures) that I carried as a purse in high school that worked out almost perfectly, right down to the elastic pen holders (which I know a saddleback bag wouldn't have, but that's not a big deal.)

The passport/map case bag I had just previous to this one also worked fairly well, though was a touch small for the notebook, and would not have held a camera.

[/is too particular about her bags]
abmann From: abmann Date: June 27th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember your previous map/passport bag. It was neat.

I like pockets. I get so crazy abut where this should go in various pockets and spaces. Every time i add or remove something from my daily bag, I reorganize everything.

As demonstrated, the satchels can hold an awful lot o' stuff.
alyska From: alyska Date: June 27th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am much the same way..and trying to squelch my "need" to carry so damned much stuff (especially when my body really hates it when I do so.)

Is that the small or medium satchel? (I think I've asked you that before, and you said something about them changing the aspect of them, but I can't remember exactly..)
abmann From: abmann Date: June 27th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also - map courier bags are so damn cool.
alyska From: alyska Date: June 27th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
My gaming bag is actually a military surplus cartographer's bag. It's been working out pretty well. =)
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: June 27th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll concede it looks nicer in general, but unless they make big single strap models, I'll stick to my Kata.

I might go for the National Geographic bag in the future though, just because I have a thing for that burlap look.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 27th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you mean by "single strap models"? The closure? All the satchels are single buckle and the briefcases don't really need all three set for regular use.

I only use all the buckles when I'm travel to make it harder for the TSA.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: June 27th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thinking ahead of myself again.

I meant I need something large enough to basically be a backpack, but I prefer it to be single-strapped like a satchel. I doubt you need all three straps at once unless it's something that could use the insurance of closure, like a document of some sort.
jenx From: jenx Date: June 28th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
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