Exploring in Style
with a New
LederMann Leather Gear Bag
Story and photos by Greg Aragon
travel a lot and I need luggage that can keep up with me. And when it
comes to a bag that I can carry every day, I recently found a great
one. It's the Leather Briefcase Gear Bag by LederMann.
From a dusty trail to a business meeting or dinner party,
this classy, Western-styled piece is always welcome and appropriate.
It is made from high quality, full grain leather that is so strong and
rare that the company says it is found in only about "2% of other
bags out there." The fibers of this leather are unprocessed and
retain their natural strength, making it perfect for luggage that travels
a lot and takes a beating.
The Leather Briefcase Gear Bag by LederMann is classy
Because the leather is high quality, LederMann uses
some of the best methods to assemble its products. For stitching the
company uses heavy-duty, industrial-strength nylon threading, and at
all stress points it employs machine-pressed, heavy duty rivets. Consequently,
the bag is not cheap. It lists for about $455, but as any leather connoisseur
knows: you get what you pay for and good leather lasts a very long time.
The gear bag, which features a silky suede lining, is
also ample, with plenty of room for my computer, camera, clothes, canteen,
chargers, chords and other accessories in the main compartment. It measures
16 inches wide, 12 inches tall and 6 inches deep. And because it is
a made from supple leather, it can easily stretch to fit even more items.
The Gear Bag is silky smooth leather with lots of
pockets and room
The briefcase bag looks good at the office
or on the trail
The briefcase boasts two large, 7-in-tall front pockets
that are about 2 inches wide; and two exterior covered side pockets
that have leather strap and buckle closures that are 5 inches tall.
There is also a leather key strap hanging inside, along with two, open,
interior pockets for gadgets, wallet, keys, cards, etc., and a large
magazine pocket on the back.
The bag is closed with two, long security straps that
buckle to the front pockets. It is carried by an adjustable shoulder
strap with two comfortable shoulder pads. A nice thing about the it,
is that there are no zippers or snaps on it, which means less breaking
The bag comes as a briefcase, but one of its coolest
features is that it can easily be converted into a backpack by running
the shoulder strap through the large O-ring on the top of the bag and
then attaching it to the two D-rings at the bottom of each side. I loaded
the backpack with gear and took it on a three-mile hike recently and
it not only held-up wonderfully, but it was also comfortable and well
balanced on my back.
The gear bag can also be converted to a backpack
The bag also gets a lot of compliments. Whether I'm
at the airport, walking through a new town, or on the trail, people
are always asking me where I got it and how much I paid. Maybe this
is what LederMann owner Des Ng had in mind when he began crafting his
high-quality briefcases and backpacks in 2002.
There is a handy back pocket for magazines and documents
"I had been searching for a sturdy, mens
leather bag that I could use every day," says Ng. "It had
to be comfortable to carry and large enough for my things. Yet I also
wanted it to have some character and distinction."
Besides the Gear Bag, LederMann sells a full line of
handsome, heavy-duty leather bags and briefcases. "Whether youre
an Indiana Jones-type adventurer, a college professor, a successful
businessman or something in between," LederMann says it has a bag
for your lifestyle. The company, which guarantees its products "100%
against any defects in materials and workmanship," offers briefcases
and backpacks in vintage, rugged and classic styles and boasts more
than 40 timeless designs with a wide variety of sizes, shapes, pockets
For more information on the Leather Briefcase Gear Bag
and all other LederMann leather bags, visit: