It’s a busy time of year. After heading to research conferences in San Diego and Pittsburgh, you can consider me exhausted. But today, I got home and had a bit of free time after finishing up some house chores to snap a few pictures of my travel companion: my tobacco brown Classic Briefcase from Saddleback.
Over the last 5 months, it has endured the daily commute, being overstuffed with everything from electronics to an oversized brownie pan. But none of that holds a candle to the abuse that comes with six flights, five taxi rides, four security checkpoints, three cities, two hotel bellhops, and one heavy load. And against all this, the bag held up phenomenally. The most damage any single event caused was a flight on United Airlines: On one older plane, it appears that the powers that be decided to put three seats where once there were two, without changing the attachment points underneath. This meant that in addition to my narrow seat, the storage space under the seat in front of me was even narrower, much smaller than other flights of the trip. The rules of flight still require a “personal item” carry on to fit underneath, however, and I did my best to adhere. The result was a minor scuff on the top of the case (left), and one of the belt-loops jamming into the front panel, leaving an indent (below) Nothing it couldn’t handle: The scuff will buff out, and the panel dent is just a bit of extra patina.
You might also notice upturning near the edges: If you’re going to put a lot of heavy gear in a bag, this may be the result. The clasps pushed and upturned these points, creating a new wear point. Fortunately, the paracord stitching reinforcement holds strong, and I expect that the bag would hold up against dozens of trips to come. Saddleback makes a seriously durable product, one that I think looks great and gets better with each scuff and bend.
Hoping to give an update on a pair of Tellason John Graham Mellor’s, as well as an update on how the Wolverine 1000 Miles are breaking in in the next week or two, and review a few things I haven’t talked about before. Be sure to check back, or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter!