Saddlebag iPad Sling
Great Bag - Except for the Magnet Closure
This is a very nice bag. The leather is top-quality, as is the lining. Very well made. The inside and outside pockets work very well, and the iPad pocket is large enough for an iPad inside a light sleeve. It would be nice to have an inside pocket with a zipper or Velcro closure, but it's not essential.
The only problem that I have with this bag is the magnetic closure. That is why this is not a five-star review. The magnet does not always keep the bag closed - if the bag tips over, there is a not-insignificant chance that the contents will spill out. That is a problem if you are carrying a tablet. Also, the magnet is a single point, so there is no tightening it if you have less in the bag than usual. Finally, after seven or eight months of use, the interior magnet came loose and is floating around the lining of the bag.
The magnet knocks two starts off function, and one off quality. With a functional closure, this would have been five stars in both.
Despite the closure issues, I would definitely buy this bag again - just with the knowledge that I would have to have a new closure mechanism added.
September 2, 2014
I love this bag!. The only problem is that the magnet is not strong enough to hold the bag closed. I'll have to get a shoe shop to install some sort of better closure so I don't walk down the street with the bag gaping open.
August 26, 2014
Perfect - after modification
This is my second sling. I bought the original 10? years ago. It was a beautiful smooth oxblood leather -- but electronics are getting bigger, and the bag wasn't!
This one is 10% or so bigger. The inside pockets have been moved to the front -- excellent change!
It's the standard Levenger leather -- smooth & soft but may not be as durable as the last bag.
It holds everything: Outside side stash big enough for two pairs of glasses. Inside pockets big enough for phones etc, but just a little too tight for a small hard-cover Moleskine -- we needed another quarter inch.
Ipad, journal, AND big headphones, etc. Correct dimensions for all my stuff.
Sits high on your back - but that's where it belongs.
1. The old bag relied on a pin to keep the cover closed. This one uses a magnet. The magnet is not strong enough to keep a loaded bag closed. This would have required me to return the bag, but it is otherwise nearly perfect. So I had my shoemaker add a pin (dead center under the buckle). Problem solved.
2. The sides bulge out. The cover flap would not keep out rain. Two rivets pinning the sides more firmly to the Ipad slip resolves this entirely.
Photographs show modifications.
So now it's almost perfect and I can retire the old sling. I'm going to miss the oxblood leather, though.
June 28, 2014
I bought this bag for travel and to use as a purse when I arrived. I have a large wallet from Levenger and it crowds my other bags. I would like a bit more security on the clasp and inside pocket perhaps but all in all it is great.
June 5, 2014
A few snaps shy of greatness
I had my eye on this for a while and it was given to me as a gift. It looks great, feels great, but the fit is not as secure as I would want. It slides a little more than one might expect when turning one's torso. This is not a game changer. My caveate is that if the bag tilts to much or even turns upside down, the smaller contents may fall out. The compartments are also unsecured and provides negative opportunities when traveling. A great bag that missed a few security measures. A few snaps or zippers shy of greatness.
May 25, 2014
Classy & cool
Extremely satisfied with my ownership of this saddle sling bag, a dream fulfilled after wishing it for years. Pricey, yes, but class and quality cannot be compromised. This product can probably be improved on by making the sling just a little bit longer, say 3" more. Shipment is secured and accurate as declared upon purchase.
April 25, 2014
I have been looking for a quality leather bag that I could use for travel. This is the one. It fits nicely over your shoulder and stays there, does not slip off and holds all that you need as a carry-on when traveling. My I-Pad, glasses, wallet, and phone plus room for a few extras fit neatly in the bag. When you reach your destination it serves as a purse that looks good and is easy to use.
Another quality product from Levenger.
January 8, 2014
Not just for ipad and not just for men
I have been looking for a high quality bag that will carry a Microsoft Surface tablet. IPad bags are too small and those that are large enough are typically too large, usually designed for a 13 inch lap top. This bag, although labeled as an iPad sling, fits the Surface perfectly. (there is no room to spare so if your tablet is longer than a Surface RT, it will not fit. A slightly wider or thicker tablet should be OK) The leather is good quality, and interior and exterior pockets are well placed and a good size. I would have liked an interior zippered pocket, but that's my only suggestion for improvement. Overall, I love this bag!
December 14, 2013
Fifteen Years Never Disappointed
I recently handled and carefully inspected this bag at the retail location at Tyson's. Again, this is careful craftsmanship along the Tussing line of leathers. Since a retail store was involved, I hesitated; then, when we received a twenty percent off coupon, I immediately knew what I wanted. So, it hasn't arrived yet, but I feel I can honestly appraise this article, without hesitation. This is now over 15 years that I have been ordering from Steve and Doreen. I can honestly say I have never been disappointed. This all started back in 1997 as a young lawyer, I could barely afford their Waterman Phieas, back in the days when fountain pens were the new (old) thing. Since that time I have gone through the Rhodes Scholar folio, the larger folio, and countless golden tortoises rollerball. And then I saw something happen, slowly, but happen. What I knew was a great store already, slowly emerged into one of those classically conservative American staple stores of quality. In the league of LL Bean, Orvis, perhaps Brooks before the Italians bought them. My point is even in a bad economy (or perhaps more so, given conservative principles), people will pay a little bit more for quality when they know it will last.
October 8, 2013