Kodiak Leather Buffalo Leather Pilots Bag- $249

A quality and stylish briefcase is a real attention grabber and is a key element to a fashionable men’s and women’s wardrobe. Briefcases can hold the minimal – laptop and a few folders or the carry all – books, tech, folders and even cloths as an indispensable travel companion. 

Kodiak Leather’s Pilot Bag seems to fit the bill for both office and travel in its style, function and durability. 

About Kodiak Leather Co.

Kodiak Leather Co. of Utah is a startup in Lehi, Utah founded by Jared Morse, an outdoorsman who was frustrated by the lack of reasonably priced leather bags that would hold up through all the wear and tear of daily use. This inspired Jared to create Kodiak Leather Co. and our custom leather bags. After finding only the highest quality leather and hardware, he set out to build a bag that would last a lifetime.

Fast Forward 4 Years…
 
After having 4 successful Kickstarter campaigns, the Buffalo Leather Satchel, The Classic Weekender Duffel, the Sitka Leather Messenger, and the most recent Yukon Garment Bag,  they have come full circle on offering a wide variety of travel bags , briefcases (similar to the satchel and the messenger), as well as some smaller, everyday carry items like journals and wallets.
 

Construction

The Pilot Bag is made from a thick top grain buffalo leather and a high grade thread. Premium brass hardware and YKK zippers are used in the bag.

The bag is available in 2 leather finishes: antique brown and dark walnut (pictured). The dimensions of the bag are 5 “deep x 18″ length x 14″ height. The bag has 2 zippered exterior pockets and 2 pouch pockets with a magnetic snap closure. Behind the flap that covers the pouch pockets there is a pocket that has a velcro tab to keep it closed.

There are 2 zippered main compartments with a laptop pocket and dividers. There are also interior side slots for cards, a device pocket and 2 pen holders.

The interior of the bag is lined with a dark brown fabric liner. On the sides of the bag is a strap and buckle system to cinch in the bag.

The removable strap is a combined use of quality nylon and leather. In addition to the removable strap there are two regular top handles with a 2 snap closure.

Function

This bag can easily serve as your carry all office and travel companion to hold a laptop, cords, accessories, books, folders, clothes, and even camera gear. The outside pockets and flaps make ideal spots for wallets, passports, keys, passes, newspapers and other small gear to place in while traveling. Heck, having a newborn son, I would even consider it as a very convenient and classy baby bag that could make many other dads envious.  

Aesthetic

The buffalo leather used for this bag is soft and lightweight and has a very stunning antique distressed finish. The zippers, as stated above, are of high quality making it easy to zip and open when full. Although some many prefer more buckled hardware as opposed to the magnetic snap closures on the front pocket, I appreciate the convenience of getting in and out of the pockets quickly. I’m not a huge fan of the velcro tab in the front pocket but understand why it was put there. I see the velcro wearing out in time but it is a very small detail that does not bother me in the grand beauty and construction of the bag. 

The bag overall has a great feel to it when carried with the snapped handle or the shoulder strap. The weight is evenly distributed and as mentioned before, is not super heavy like a lot of leather bags on the market. I feel confident in saying that my shoulder and back will not suffer if carrying this bag for a longer period of time (unless of course you have very heavy cargo).

Conclusion

Let’s be real- most leather briefcases come with a hefty price tag. Understandably so given the materials and labor that goes into making them. What I am very impressed with about this pilots bag and all of Kodiak Leather Co. products is a very fair price that does not, in my opinion, sacrifice the quality or integrity of the product. The Pilot Bag is a welcome addition to my leather bag collection and one that I look forward to using for many years and handing down to my son. Check it out this bag -here- as use code: ‘ABANACH20’ to receive a generous discount for taking the time to read this review!

Kobuk Leather Backpack by Kodiak Leather: Kickstarter Announcement

We are pleased to announce a new Kickstarter from our long time friends over at Kodiak Leather! They have a unique new leather backpack called the Kobuk that looks to a unique take on the traditional leather backpack. Just as their other items, this is top notch quality made with top-grain leather and the design itself is slick.

Some of the top features according to their Kickstarter page are as follows:

  • Top-grain leather
  • Padded, adjustable Backpack Straps
  • Zippered opening to keep items secure
  • Adjustable buckle closure on main bag opening
  • Adjustable magnetic buckle closure on front pocket
  • Zippered side pocket to keep phone, wallet or keys secure
  • Easy access open side pocket for water bottle or other smaller items
  • D-ring on each side for carabiner, water bottle, ID, or luggage tags
  • Fully padded laptop sleeve on the back wall of the bag (Will fit 13″ or 15″laptops)
  • Large front pocket with flap for added security and weather-proofing
  • Top backpack handle for easy carry
  • Interior phone pocket on front of laptop sleeve
  • 3 interior pen holders on front of laptop sleeve
  • 1 interior metal doghook for keys on front of laptop sleeve

More Pictures

Interested?

If this looks like something you would like to support you can check out their Kickstarter page here.

Leatherback Leather Backpack – Kickstarter Announcement

One of the more unique and stylish leather backpack designs is currently on Kickstarter. The Leatherback leather backpack by Victory Leathercraft is a leather backpack that stands out. We have reviewed a lot of leather backpacks here at Best Leather so it is refreshing when we find an item that steps outside of the norm.

This backpack is made from full-grain English vegetable tanned leather and it looks fantastic. Pete, the creator, wanted to design a backpack that wasn’t only durable and practical, but also visually stunning. I think he did a great job.

Some of the main features of the bag are as follows:

The backpack can be worn like any other, with its wide, comfortable English bridle leather shoulder straps. It can also be carried by its top carry-handle. Lastly, the shoulder straps can be snapped together end-to-end, giving the option to wear it as a single-strap messenger bag.

The top flap is secured with a special catch that only releases when pinched & pulled upwards. Unlike magnetic catches or traditional snaps, anyone trying to open the bag by tugging at the flap will have no success.

Inside the bag there is a main compartment, a separate compartment big enough for a 15” laptop or tablet, plus a centrally placed smartphone pocket and two pen holders. There is also a leather strap with a trigger-snap on the end for easy retrieval of any keys you might wish to attach, meaning you won’t need to rummage around the bottom of the backpack to find them.

Interested?

If you are interested in learning more about this leather backpack you can head over to their Kickstarter page. The campaign wont last long so make sure to check it out soon!

Sitka Leather Messenger Bag by Kodiak Leather – Kickstarter Announcement

Kodiak Leather has a new messenger bag that they are running a Kickstarter campaign for. This is a full-grain buffalo leather bag that is the perfect for carrying everyday items. They have run a a few very successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past and this looks to be another success.

The main features of the Sitka Leather Messenger bag can be found below:

The bag is perfect for camera gear, laptop gear as well as any everyday items that you might find yourself carrying around. No matter what you are putting in the bag you will be pleased with the quality and the style.

Interested?

If you are interested in learning more about the messenger bag and learning how you can get your hands on one of them head over to their Kickstarter page. There you will be able to learn more about the bag, how to enter and a whole lot more. Don’t miss a chance to own a Sitka leather messenger!

Priemio Handmade Passport Holder and Weekender Bag Kickstarter Announcement

Today we are happy to share a Kickstarter from a leather company called Priemio. In their Kickstarter they are showcasing a couple different products, all of which look fantastic and are handmade. Between these two items you will be all set for your next vacation or trip out of town! You can read more about the products below, or you can hop on over to their Kickstarter page for a more in depth look.

The first product is a handmade buffalo leather weekender bag that is perfect for that weekend getaway. Some of the features include:

  • 100% genuine 3mm thick buffalo leather
  • 100% handcrafted and handstitched
  • Bag measurement 21″ x 10″ x 11″
  • Detachable and adjustable 100% full leather Strap with leather pad for comfort
  • Tough leather handles to carry the bag
  • 1 Exterior front pocket to carry passport holder, pen, tablet, magazine and other basic necessities
  • 1 Interior pocket to hold 15″ laptop and charger
  • 5 solid brass feet to protect bottom of the bag and keep from touching the ground
  • Sturdy Metal Zippers with leather attachments to match the style

Check out some pics of the bag below:

The next product they have on their Kickstarter is a handmade leather passport holder. I recently visited Canada for the weekend and this would have been perfect to carry my passport around! Some of the features of the passport holder are:

  • 100% genuine 3mm thick buffalo leather
  • 100% handcrafted and handstitched
  • Slots to hold Cards, Boarding Pass, Cash and Pen
  • Fits in men’s trousers pockets

Take a look at the passport holder below:

Interested?

if you are interested in learning more about these items and seeing how you can get your hands on them, head over to their Kickstarter page where you can learn more.

Kodiak Leather – Classic Weekender Duffel Kickstarter Announcement

Kodiak Leather was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a maker of some of the best bags and duffels on the market. Not to mention that they all come for a reasonable price.

Kodiak Leather has recently launched a new Kickstarter campaign for their Classic Weekender Duffel that’s made out of 100% full grain buffalo leather. This is an amazing looking duffel and is a project that we are excited about and more than happy to share with our readers.

Below you can see some of the main features of this bag:

  • 100% full grain buffalo leather
  • Large interior compartment, measures 21″ x 11″ x 11″
  • Detachable and adjustable  100% full leather strap with leather pad for comfort
  • Tough leather carry handle on one end
  • Sturdy brown nylon interior lining
  • 2 exterior pockets with easy access buckle straps with magnetic closure (same as buffalo leather satchel)
  • 1 exterior zipper pocket on front; perfect for carrying phone or other smaller items
  • Separate shoe compartment on bottom of bag; access through zipper on side of duffel
  • Interior zippered pocket; perfect size for an ipad or books
  • Full leather attachment to interior side panel for credit cards, phone, and other items
  • Leather pen holder stitched to inside of bag
  • 5 solid brass feet to protect bottom of bag and keep from touching the ground
  • Sturdy YKK zippers
  • Heavy duty brown nylon interior lining
  • Exterior measurement 23.5″ x 12″ x 12″

There is a lot more info about this duffel on their Kickstarter page that you can check out. If you are looking for a top notch bag at a great price then donating to this Kickstarter is a great idea. Below are some more pictures:

Meqnes Handmade Moroccan Leather Weekend Bag Review — $795

The French word for leatherwork is maroquinerie. If you take a closer look, you’ll notice the root word Moroccan embedded in it. In fact, you might transliterate the word as “Moroccan artistry.”

“If the French guys give you a name, you know it’s a serious business.” That’s what Kamal Jahid said when I spoke with him over the phone about his upcoming Handmade Moroccan Leather Weekend Bag by Meqnes.

“Tourism is changing Morocco,” he said. In their rush to see site after site, tourists readily pay the same price for lower quality. That makes high quality no longer worth it. A people that were once famous for their leatherwork now create cheap products for undiscerning masses. And the craftsmen are not teaching their children either, so the art is dying.

That’s why Kamal and his co-founder David Liebers created Meqnes. They went directly to these marketplace artisans to talk in person. “They are generous and authentic–real people who sit down with you and ask about your family.” Together they made a deal: Meqnes would get a pledge from Kickstarter backers, and the artisans would then fulfill the order. Not having to stock these products lowers the risks for the artisans.

And it ensures that the world will get to see real maroquinerie once again.

Construction

Meqnes will make these bags from a thick calfskin leather sourced from Poland. It’s full-grain, vegetable tanned leather. When you knead it between your fingers, it’s especially thick and full—feels hardy, like it’ll last forever. I mean it—just touching it is a huge selling point.

As you may have guessed, I am using one of just three prototypes of the bag. But it isn’t the final version to be produced with the Kickstarter funds. So while the leather is top notch, the prototype’s metals aren’t. This is because, as David, explained, “It was difficult to get them in small quantities, so the zippers and buckles will be a lot higher quality in the final version, made with solid brass from a designer Italian company.”

Functionality

The dual handles are firm and comfortable. The shoulder strap is made from a single thickness of leather, which, again, is sturdy stuff. The strap is also removable if you’d like to minimize. At roughly 12”x12”x24”, the bag fits IATA (International Air) standards, so it’s an excellent carry-on companion.

When you zip the bag closed, the flap where the zipper ends hangs disconnected unless you also affix it to its clasp. This adds an extra step, which is a bit of a hassle if you’re frequently opening and closing the bag. The same goes for the buckle that crosses over the zipper and fastens in the center. And the pockets on the front are real buckles, which look amazing, but aren’t designed for quick access. These are each cool looking features (I love how they look), but they’re a slight drain on the user experience–giving up functionality in exchange for the aesthetic.

If you’ve watched the Meqnes Kickstarter video, you’ve heard Kamal talking about the bag’s structure. This really is a stand-out feature. By contrast, I was trying to find a tube of lip balm in the bottom of a different bag, and I could never quite tell whether I had searched the whole thing, because I could only see into the part I was holding open–it was frustrating. Not so with the Meqnes weekender. You just pull open the top, and you can see all four corners of the interior. Nothing gets lost because the sides don’t collapse. This made me smile. What’s more, the velvet red interior reflects light and makes it easy to spot even small items inside. (And it really is quite bright–I even undersaturated the color in a few shots to recover some of the blown-out reds.)

The interior has one large pocket across the back wall. Big enough for a laptop, and perfect for tucking in your shaving kit and other small items. And I like the simplicity.

Aesthetic

I asked Kamal about how fashion changes people’s perceptions, and he said, “You have no idea how many deals I’ve closed in airports.” So his advice? “You gotta be proud, man. Get a suit and go out there and change the world.”

Kamal designed this bag to match that philosophy. It’s a bag that makes a statement.

I have the Bullet Black version, which has a rich and deep hue, and which shows the distinct patterns of wrinkles across the leather surface. The seams show the stitching, a white thread. And each stitch has its own unique but subtle length and angle–proof that it’s handmade. The felt interior shows through at the seams, splashing a nice accent color that you mostly only notice up close. Overall, it has an exotic feel, a tone reminiscent of the streets of Rabat or Marrakesh.

I rushed this bag’s review process because I wanted to tell you about it before the Kickstarter ended. That means I haven’t yet carried it around in a crowded public space, but I don’t doubt Kamal’s claims that it will turn heads. It really is a sharp looking piece of leatherwork.

The central evidence, though, is in the photos. You be the judge.

Conclusion

I like this bag. I like its backstory too.

If you want a fashionable accoutrement, one made of heavy leather and with an exotic air, I recommend the Handmade Moroccan Leather Weekend Bag by Meqnes.

Personally, I love it.