This leather backpack is over-engineered with no breakable parts like zippers, snaps, buttons etc. and is reinforced at all stress points with rivets and hidden polyester strapping. It’s built with just two large pieces of leather so there are fewer seams, and we sew at only 5 stitches per inch so there’s more leather between the needle holes and fewer holes to start a tear.
Our cow leather is the strongest we can find (full grain boot leather, but thicker) and the pigskin lining is stronger than the cow leather. The thread is unbelievably strong industrial marine grade UV resistant polyester thread and our custom hardware is the amazing 316 Stainless Steel (please please google it). It’s the metal of choice when your life depends on it. There’s no other leather laptop backpack like it.
This simple leather backpack has two simple exterior pockets with a hidden pocket behind them for quick access or for sticking in longer things. The lower d-rings are great for strapping on tripods, blankets and wet river shoes. The main strap also has a hole at the very tip, just in case you way way overstuff it. The shoulder straps are minimal, comfortable and adjustable.
11" W x 15" H x 7" D
fits all 15” laptops
Fits under airplane seats
A Nice Sunday Afternoon Dinner Leather Backpack Story
The second time I killed my dog was on December, 15th 2002 at 2 a.m. I had just come up out of Mexico with my first 8 bags and was carrying them back to Oregon when I did it. I had decided to go through Wyoming this time since I wanted to see what it looked like in the wintertime frozen over. With it being 8 degrees in an ice storm, it looked like what I imagine Hell would look like if I ever started liking onions. It was cool. In fact, so cool that they closed that stretch of highway shortly after I started on it. And who knew how many days I would have been stuck in Rawlins with weather like that if I hadn’t risked it.
So, on I went driving the Iron Pig, which I thought meant the ice would respect me like the mud and sand always did. My 1971 FJ55 Four Wheel Drive Toyota Land Cruiser even had 33” mud terrain tires (not ice tires) on it. I thought I was invincible until I was rolling down the road, not the way your supposed to roll down the road.
When we came to a stop, I looked over at Blue and he was just laying there lifeless. I grabbed him up in my arms and his head just hung limp with no signs of life. I desperately yelled out a few desperate and pleading words to God and immediately Blue came back. Maybe he wasn’t dead and maybe it just seemed like he wasn’t breathing, but either way, he was alive and he was with me.
After the tow truck pulled my Land Cruiser back over, we drove about 75 more miles to a motel where Blue and I licked our wounds and went to sleep. I didn’t have any seat belts in the car and Blue had gotten the toolbox full force. The next day we drove almost all the rest of the way home to Portland. And it was cool because the rig strangely looked better than it did the day before.
Those Land Cruisers are over engineered to last. You can bend ‘em, but you can’t break ‘em. Nothing fancy. Just designed to get you there and get you back. That’s it. The scratches and the scrapes only added character and made people wonder what the story was. I pretty much used that same thinking to design this Simple Backpack. It’s the kind of bag that can take you around the world and get back looking better than it did before you left. Watch the Around the World video with it and you’ll see what I mean.