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Polare Men's Top Quality Full Grain Leather 16'' Briefcase Shoulder Messenger Bag Fit 15.6'' Laptop
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- ✔ HIGHEST QUALITY MATERIALS. Crafted from pure full grain leather imported directly from Italy, decorated with silver hardware for a professional and trendy yet sturdy appearance.
- ✔ HANDCRAFTED. Strong stitching, handcrafted by professional artisans for long lasting durability that only looks better with age. Each naturally developed piece of leather is exquisitely unique, featuring its own distinct patinas and textures.
- ✔ MULTIFUNCTIONAL CARRYING OPTIONS. Includes shoulder straps and handle for flexible usage as a laptop bag, messenger bag, or briefcase.
- ✔ PERFECTLY SIZED BOTH FOR PROFESSIONAL AND CASUAL UTILITY. Dimensions: Length 16.1 in.±(41cm) x Width 8 in.±(20.5cm) x Height 12.6 in.±(32cm) with an approx. 3 in. handle. Net Weight: 6.17lbs(2.8kg). Fit laptops with up to a 15.6 in. screen size.
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I’ve been looking for a men’s leather messenger style bag to upgrade from my backpack to a more professional look for quite some time now. To give you an idea of the length of my search, if you could look at my purchase history on Amazon, you’d see I bought the Oxford in Crazyvinkat color from Leabags on Amazon in July of 2015. That one didn’t meet my needs so I returned it; I believe my review for it was fair and true. Since then I’ve searched in stores and online, purchased and returned a few different bags and have been disappointed. I even scoured the internet looking desperately for the bag used by the character “Thomas Yates” in the show House of Cards because I liked the look. I didn’t have any luck finding it so I’ll never know if I would have liked it beyond its looks, or could have even afforded it. The best I could find was a Reddit post from someone looking for it as well. Since I was not having much luck overall, I even considered non-leather bags and bought a messenger from Timbuk2 after a friend’s recommendation. While I have nothing glaringly bad to say about that bag, I just didn’t like it and returned it. I could tell from its canvas build that I definitely preferred leather.
In searching online, including Amazon, I looked for men’s leather messenger, men’s leather briefcase, men’s shoulder bag and all sorts of other iterations and sifted through page after page of results not really feeling drawn to any particular item. Even when first seeing this bag I wasn’t blown away and was a bit skeptical. Perhaps it was my disappointing experiences with other products. It also could have been the multiple bags of a similar style (which one is real and which is the knock off?). In the end, I liked the looks and the dimensions given and decided to make the purchase. I figured what was the worst that could happen, another bag I dislike and have to return if need be. I must say that I was especially swayed towards giving it a chance based on all the positive reviews.
When the bag arrived, I was impressed by the packaging that went into protecting it. It was inside a plastic bag, wrapped in a foam wrap, with another layer of plastic wrap used to compress it all and hold it tight inside of the shipping box. It was well taken care of on its trip to my place. After opening it, I was immediately hit by that distinct leather smell (which I happen to enjoy a good deal) and the heft of the bag. It’s definitely not lightweight, the leather is thick and sturdy, all pieces measuring between 5/32” and 3/16” thickness. Most seams are double stitched, which I believe you can see pretty well in the pictures from the seller and verified purchasers. The hardware is all nickel-plated and gives a nice contrast to the organic brown tones of the leather and seems to be of decent quality with 3/16” thick round-stock material used to make the D-rings, three matching belt buckles and matching rivets. Overall, the bag is a good size. In taking a tape measure to it as it sits on my desk (it does stand on its own), I get 16.5” for the length, 8” width and 12” tall. The leather is not taught so these dimensions are in a “resting” state. On the outside of the bag are two pockets, one on each side, that are small but useful. I use one for car keys and the other for a small umbrella (pictured). The shoulder strap is adjustable with 25 holes and a forth belt buckle which matches the three on the bag. I’m 5’ 11” and weigh 195lbs and feel the bag fits me quite well.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with this purchase and would recommend it.
CONS: I would have liked it to have some more pockets/dividers inside. It has the two large pouches and the two small pockets attached to the pouch divider. Also, the two pockets are DEEP so small items end up at the bottom of those. I ended up buying a pouch to house the smaller items I carry with me.
Also, something I can’t stand is every website I go to now I get an advertisement for this bag, I ALREADY BOUGHT IT, STOP TRYING TO SELL IT TO ME AMAZON!!!
I can’t list the modifications as a con as I bought the bag expecting to make them, and I actually enjoyed the process.
MODIFYING THE BAG: I’m not a huge fan of the three straps all being belt buckles without any of the quick connection/release style. I noted that other reviewers had pointed this out and modified the bag and I decided to do the same before purchasing. I copied one reviewer and purchased the swivel lever snaps from Buckle Guy as I found that hardware was a similar nickel-plate and the same 3/16” thickness. I didn’t want to have the belt buckles as my connectors to the swivel lever snaps so I also purchased D-rings to replace the two outer belt buckles. Also, my preference was to go a different direction than using a conch and instead went with Chicago screws. I found a 10 pack on Amazon by Tandy that has a similar appearance to the nickel-plated hardware and also resembles the existing rivets.
For the mods I made to this bag, the tools used were regular pliers, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, a 1/8” punch and a screwdriver.
For the upper straps, since there are pre-punched holes in the leather like a belt, it was simple to thread the swivel lever snaps, fold over the excess belt material and run it back through the same belt loop on the bag. I found that by pulling the excess belt to the point it almost tucks into the next belt loop on the back side of the bag that the swivel lever snap hit where I wanted it to in order to close the bag tight enough so the hardware wouldn’t clank together when closed and moving (walking with it on my shoulder). After finding the location I liked, I lined up two of the already existing belt holes and ran a Chicago screw through them, keeping the screw side facing in.
For replacement of the belt buckles, the rivets needed to be removed. I saw another reviewer mentioned doing so and posted a question asking how they went about doing that. Before I got an answer, I decided to just go for it and grabbed my tools. I used the pliers to grab the backside head of the rivet and pulled, twisted and crushed the rivet head a little bit to give my wire cutters a way to get under the head. After that it was a matter of crimping and breaking off the head and cleaning up the remaining rivet stem and shrinking (crushing) its diameter small enough to pop out of the hole. The tools will mar and scuff the leather a little bit so this isn’t a brute force operation, and also why I chose the back of the rivets on the non-visible side of the straps. It was relatively easy and took a few minutes. Once the rivets are out, I followed the same process as the swivel lever snaps above, threading the D-rings and then using a Chicago screw in the existing rivet hole. I did find that these rivet holes were not as big as the belt holes so I used a 1/8” punch to slightly open them up (using the gradual taper of the punch to my advantage). Leather tools would probably be optimal but I imagine anything with a taper, like a pen, would work in a pinch.
For my last modification, there is an extra belt loop on the shoulder strap which I believe is intended to corral the excess belt strap after making an adjustment. This doesn’t stay in place and usually slides off and down to where the shoulder strap connects to the bag. I didn’t like this and so I removed the rivet as I did above and replaced it with a Chicago screw, taking advantage of one of the existing belt holes on the shoulder strap. The holes on the loop needed a little more convincing to allow the Chicago screw to fit but once together it really looks good and is very functional. The loop still surrounds the entire shoulder strap, but is only connected by the Chicago screw to the adjustable portion and will move along with it if any adjustment is made.
OTHER: I did treat this bag with Leather Honey Conditioner. I used disposable rubber gloves and made sure to get the conditioner all over the outer leather. I’m not sure if I used a thin or thick coat as I’m not experienced on leather treatment. I can say that I used about 1/3 of the bottle. I then let the bag sit for over 24 hours before again using disposable gloves and a micro-fiber cloth to wipe off any excess. At that point, the excess had mostly dried so it was more of a gentle rubbing of the treated leather. The cloth did pick up some brown color but not enough to make me feel I was harming the bag. I would say that the conditioner did darken the bag slightly, but not in a bad way. Also, the leather is now more malleable/flexible, and after using the bag for some weeks after the treatment, I’ve noticed that it really has developed a beautiful weathered look with a marble-like appearance displaying different shades of brown as opposed to one solid color. The pictures don’t do it justice.
PURCHASED ITEMS: Other than this bag, I purchased these items to go along with it, or to modify it.
• Honey Leather Conditioner (Amazon)
• Tandy Leather ¼” Nickel Chicago Screws 10 pack (Amazon)
• 1 ½” Nickel Plate Swivel Lever Snap Quantity 2 (Buckle Guy)
• 1 ½” Nickel Plate D-Ring Quantity 2 (Buckle Guy)
• RusticTown Retro Style Leather Pencil Pouch (Amazon)
The leather pencil pouch from RusticTown on Amazon, is shaped and sized to where it appears to be made exactly for this bag (pictured). I was surprised and happy about that.
That’s all for now. I hope that some will find this review useful. If anyone has any questions about the bag or about any of the modifications I made, feel free to ask and I’ll try an answer them. Thank you for your time.
EDIT: 4/25/16 Added a picture of a 15" computer inside the bag to answer a question.
Seriously, I wanted a bag that can look at home in the pickup or on the motorcycle. I wanted a bag I could mistreat, abuse, or bounce around for a decade because the best leather bags have a patina. They tell a story. I've had this bag for a month and I know I can rely on this one every day and in every way - going to work, grabbing books from the library, day trips to the beach, concerts in the park, and getting lost deliberately while motorcycle riding.
I also have a side gig building websites so I have ample room for my 16.5" (Gateway NV 76) laptop, gear bag, camera, mi-fi, light meter and other accessories. Inner pockets (2) will fit 3 DVD (or a VHS cassette for you old dogs out there).
Finally, I am particular about what I buy as my grandparents had an upholstery company and they worked with leather - alot - and I grew up around it. I'm even sitting in his leather rocking chair right now which he made around 1959. Here's what I think you will appreciate about this bag.
Packing - It is compressed and wrapped in a thin, padded foam 'envelope' and then again in a larger bag. Then someone with a packing tape fetish binds that sucker up tight. I was rewarded for my meticulous and cautious approach in unwrapping it with that wondrously rich smell that well-treated cowhide can produce. It reminded me of spring training in my youth.
Stitching - Two rows, not one. No dropped stitches. No crossing lines. If you overpack, this matters.
Leather - High quality, no scars, no brands, sturdy, uniformly processed and pre-treated. Sorry, goat skin is as sturdy as a lettuce wrap.
Hardware - The description says silver but they mean color, not material. It feels like nickel plated steel (magnet verified) except for the buckles and the trigger spring snap hooks at the ends of the shoulder strap.
Reinforcements - All steel rings are both stitched AND steel riveted. Converts to a backpack. (good for motorcycle riding)
Interior - It has a nylon lining on all internal facing sides. Nice to have if you carry liquids or damp towels / clothes / flip flops.
Strap - More than expected holes for adjustments; hooks have a swivel to prevent strap contortion cursing.
Bottom - The bag is basically two bags sewn together; the seams create the base that allows the bag to stand up. Until you have a bag that does not stand up on its own, you don't realize how much you miss it. (Talking to you Lamb skinners out there)
Why It's A Keeper:
Belts - The three belts are real belts. Some places will sew in a 6-9" strap which will fail within a few years. These belts completely circumscribe the bag and weave in / out of places allowing you to control how wide / narrow the bag is. It is really a nice touch and necessary when fitting it under your postage stamp sized airplane seat.
Shoulder pads - The two leather pads "tent" around your shoulder, grabbing each side, and keeps it from sliding off your shoulder. Ever wear pants that were too loose in public...reach up for something on a high shelf...and have them fall to your ankles...on laundry day? And now there is a Target that you can never go back into? It's like that - but different.
Extra bottom leather pads - Remember I said the bag is two bags sewn together? The bottoms have been reinforced with ANOTHER piece of leather. That means the bag's center spine is three layers thick and is rigid. Helps to stabilize the bag when standing / loading.
Last but not least - When I graduated nursing school, I gifted myself a Saddleback Waterbag which ran nearly $800. A dozen years, a couple thousand miles, and 3 continents later - it is patina perfect. My Polare bag has all the necessary materials, quality and craftsmanship to be it's timely companion at a fraction of the price.
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The 3 straps (two of which are removable, belt anyone?) offer a lot of flexibility to how the bag is used, especially due to all the extra D rings on the bottom and sides of the bag. You would easily strap things to these extra rings to carry even more.
The strap is the same thick leather used on the rest of the bag but doubled up, and the bag can be converted into a backpack if you need to take the load off your shoulder. The thick leather will be a bit stiff when you get it, I suggest packing it as full as you can with bunched up clothes or paper overnight to stretch it out a bit.
Inside there are two large compartments to hold your stuff, with two accessory pockets in one of the compartments along with a key strap. On the outside of the bag there is a document flap on the back and two pockets on the sides large enough to hold water bottles.
The bag fully expanded can hold a fairly large amount of stuff, but when empty compresses down to a standard messenger sized bag. The bag is rather heavy on its own, but this is expected due to it being made of almost entirely thick leather.
Loving this bag, and find myself frequently browsing the rest of Polare's inventory for other great looking bags.
The not-as-good: It was slightly scuffed upon reciept, however, it is unfinished leather, so I expect it to show scuffs in time anyway.
The straps are a little tough to adjust as the eyeholes for the straps are quite tight. I expect them to stretch out with use. The leather rings which hold the buckeled strap in place are also quite tight, and again, I expect them to loosen up over time.
Though there are many options on Amazon, some at fairly cheap prices, I was not pleases with reviews on other products that complained of cheap leather, horrible tanning, or bad smells. Most of these reviews were about bags from overseas and from vendors who did not receive great product or customer service reviews when I looked at their websites.
Though this bag was significantly pricier, it is a case of ‘you get what you pay for”. Firstly, the company website was pleasing and the products were well marketed. Though the amazon.com page was good, the Polare webpage was what sold me. I saw the number of quality products they had on sale and I knew I was going to get a quality product.
Now that I have the bag, I am super pleased. It comes vacuum packed to save space, so it takes a few days to “stretch out”. I am pleases with the quality fo the leather, and the styling. The buckles are a nice stainless steel look that makes it really stylish.
The bag itself can be used as a briefcase, a messenger bag or a backpack which is handy. The interior is utilitarian…it is lined with a canvas interior and it has good storage space.
I would happily order from Polare.com again.
- include a back strap to fit around the luggage handle so its easier to travel with
- add more pockets inside to have more organization options.
Still, overall I really like this bag and am using it every day.
It is quite heavy, especially once it is full, however the bag handles the weight well.
The only issue that I have found is that the centre strap can't be tightened enough and can be loose if the bag isn't fully expanded.
Aside from that I am extremely happy with the purchase.