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I’ve never really been a luggage guy. A stiff nylon box with wheels attached to it, no thanks. You obviously can’t deny the convenience of a roller, but sometimes you just have to do things differently. When it comes to a weekend jaunt or an overnight business trip, duffles reign supreme. Finding that precarious balance of style, function and build can be tricky. I think I found a solid candidate however, Buffalo Jackson’s Jefferson Leather Duffle.
The Jefferson Duffle is made up of full grain leather, the wax finish and vegetable tanning process provide for a “pull up” effect which is the way the leather seems to darken or lighten when handled. The interior features a largely cotton lined interior in a herringbone pattern. We see YKK solid brass zippers as hardware. Along with the double grab handles, the Jefferson also has D rings which you can attach the included shoulder strap for handling heavier loads hands free.
There’s a scene in the classic romcom, Joe vs. The Volcano where Joe visits a high end luggage boutique and a very passionate, somewhat eccentric salesman excitedly expounds on the features of a certain steamer trunk. I could totally see this duffle in that shop. The Jefferson has just about everything you need, and not much else you don’t. My favorite feature is hands down the shoe compartment. Segregating shoes or dirty laundry is crucial for me and not having to carry a plastic bag is nice. There’s plenty of space, bordering on too much – if you were to pack this bag it would not only be heavy (The bag weighs a few pounds empty) but somewhat cumbersome. I would really have liked a small slotted pocket on the exterior for quick stashing of small essentials like phones, wallets or keys. This bag shines as a weekend get away bag or as a classy gym bag.
The classic design of the Jefferson seems to handle any scenario with finesse. I could totally see a hot shot business exec toting one into the country club locker room, yet could also see a blue collar guy throwing it in the pickup for a weekend camping trip. One of the absolute best things about leather is the fact it will look better with use, it will develop character and you’ll come to treasure it. So don’t be careful, throw it around and use it! The thick full grain offers a very appealing presence, this bag is like a puppy..people will comment on it..to a fault.
Buffalo Jackson’s Jefferson Leather Duffle does a great job of blending modern features with old world craftsmanship. The hefty price tag is definitely a hold up. You can get something just as durable in a non leather material for a fifth of the price, but you’d be hard pressed getting this aesthetic. The shoe compartment is a major selling point but the heavy weight of the bag is something to consider. All things considered, it’s a high quality bag that will not only perform, it will do it looking stylishly. As the great Deon Sanders put it, “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.”
It all started last week. My wife and daughter were at the community pool, it was a blistering 90 plus outside and the place was packed. We grabbed a patch of grass by the fences, about 30 feet from the water. We had brought our phones and wallets with us and obviously couldn’t take them in the water, so we took turns swimming with our daughter. It was ridiculous. It was after that ordeal that I started looking for a secure option to store our personal belongings when out and about. That’s how I found out about the Loctote Flak Sack II Anti Theft Backpack.
The Flak Sack is built like a traditional drawstring pack with some very interesting features. The fabric is made from Loctote’s proprietary Flaknit, a highly slash and abrasion resistant material. Loctote states this bag scored an impressive A9 cut level. I believe this is an actual ANSI based guideline, so this rates up there for safety equipment used in industrial applications where contact with dangerously sharp materials is performed frequently. The drawstrings are also made of slash resistant textiles. The bag has a large open compartment with a smaller RFID blocking fleece lined interior. We also see a steel reinforced locking strap to keep prying hands out.
The bag weighs about 2lbs empty (including lock) and measures in at 18”x14”
The Flak Sack II functions much like your standard drawstring bag. The material is a little rigid and less pliable than nylon, which is kind of expected given the security features. The main compartment makes stowing gear pretty easy, but this bag will fill up quick, and you can’t stuff it to the brim. I found out the hard way because you can’t cinch it completely shut and get the lock on if it’s packed. So definitely try to keep the bag about 75% loaded at most.
The drawstrings are also slash resistant. I think it would have been great if they had steel cable running through them to add even more reinforcement. There’s video of guys making multiple attempts at slashing them though with little success though, but you’d have to be at it awhile and cause a scene to get this bag open. The locking function is pretty easy once you see it done on video. Once secured the bag is cinched so tight you can’t even get a finger inside the bag.
The major selling point for me is the ability to lock it to stationary objects like posts or fences. I wish I had this bag in college. You could leave your expensive electronics locked to your bedpost! The RFID blocking feature is a nice bonus, although I pity whomever wasted their time trying to get into my laughable finances in the first place.
Drawstring bags aren’t typically great looking, usually towing the line between teenager at soccer practice and gym bro man bag. However Loctote did a nice job “adulting” it up a bit. The material is inherently thicker, so the bag has a more quality look and feel to it. The leather accents really do a great job at adding a subtle flair to the bag. It comes in a few other colorways like heather and digital camo if you want something a little more conspicuous.
I want to point out that no anti theft device is fail proof. However, Loctote’s Flak Sack II definitely adds peace of mind when storing your goods. The fact that the Flak Knit material is so resistant to cuts and punctures just adds to the “It” factor. I like the fact that I’m wearing a bag that could quite literally double as a shield against edged weapons. I wish it was a little bigger and cost a little less, but that’s the price of innovation. All in all, it’s definitely worth a look if you travel with a lot of expensive goodies and find yourself away from your pack at times.
I’ve been impressed by a leather wallet assembled with rivets, but how about a whole duffel bag? The Mr. Lentz Medium Duffel Bag is a beautiful, sturdy, threadless overnighter that I’m happy to recommend for a variety of uses.
About Mr. Lentz
Mr. Lentz is an artist, a creator, and a cowboy. He believes in the value of creating something with your hands and from the heart. Each product is made to order. The leather and metal only products are a trademark of the company. In Mr. Lentz’ own words: “You just can’t beat that mixture.” Mr. Lentz also enjoys sharing his talents on his blog, encouraging others to get out and go back to the classic ways of doing things. Overall he’s a guy who puts a lot of passion into his work, and I definitely suggest dropping by his about page to read more.
All Mr. Lentz items have the Lentz brand a product number.
Leather & Construction
Let’s talk about the two things in Mr. Lentz’ favorite mixture: leather and metal.
First, leather. Premium, full-grain, USA sourced leather makes up this duffel. It is as strong as it is pretty. It smells amazing. This is just plain, simple, quality leather. My favorite kind. Thickness is good for plenty of durability without overly weighing you down, based on the size of the bag. Edges are cut cleanly and smooth.
Next, metal. There’s a lot of durable thread out there, but none has the longevity of metal. If a well made leather item does need repair, it’s usually because the thread has worn out. Mr. Lentz avoids it entirely here. It only takes a few rivets to replace an entire row of thread. It would be challenging to make a direct comparison between the two options as to which has more pull strength, but in my experience the rivets hold up very well. It’s a unique concept and I’m a fan.
This is the first bag that I’ve used around this size. It’s not as large as what I’d usually think of when I think of a “duffel.” This is a true overnighter; there’s just enough room for a change of clothes and a few other small items. I’ve also tried it as a basic computer or camera bag. My 13″ MacBook Pro fits, but only at an angle. A tablet computer would be a better choice for this bag. My small mirrorless camera fit with plenty of room–this would be an awesome camera bag with the help of a camera packing cube. I haven’t tested this myself, but I also suspect it could work well as a tool bag. It’s a really good size for a variety of day-outing or overnight applications.
A carry sample: small dopp, jeans, belt, paperback, socks, two t-shirts, wallet, charger, earbuds.
One of my first thoughts when I realized this bag was assembled solely with rivets was, what about small items? Couldn’t something like a pen slip through the gaps between rivets? So I tested this out. I was able to force a pen through the spaces between rivets, but it took a reasonable amount of effort. Only items much smaller than a pen would face any risk of falling out on their own. Everything larger will be well secured under the side panels, which can be secured with snaps, and the cover flap, held down with two buckles. The duffel isn’t waterproofed, though good conditioner can help prevent water damage.
Nothing bigger than a button will make it through gaps between rivets.
The Mr. Lentz duffel uses strong, simple design to stand out. The appearance is clean and sophisticated, but simultaneously very rugged. The brass buckles and rivets are polished and lend themselves well to exhibiting sturdiness.
This duffel is a beautiful palette of natural tan colored leather. I personally think most leather products are at their best without dye, and I love the appearance of this bag. I’ve heard criticism of natural colored leather about it being too plain or lacking character, but that’s just nonsense. The individual markings and grain patterns from the cow are highly visible, ensuring you’re buying a one-of-a-kind product. Over time as this bag is used, treated with conditioner, and exposed to the sun it will continue to develop a beautiful patina. This patina will make it even more uniquely your own. This bag is beautiful now and will be more beautiful in the future.
Some of the natural, unique leather markings on my duffel.
I just love using products that focus on everything important and nothing that isn’t. The Mr. Lentz Medium Duffel Bag is a great example of this philosophy. Strong, beautiful leather skillfully (and cleverly) assembled into a highly functional design. This multi-purpose bag is going to treat you well for a lifetime–Mr. Lentz guarantees it with his 100 Year Guarantee. The price isn’t low, but you’re getting what you pay for. I recommend this duffel as a Bestleather Buy It For Life item.
Optional internal storage (+$80) provides a place for keys, wallet, etc.
As a baby we require a diaper bag. As a boy, we need a backpack. As a man, we need a quality leather duffel. A leather duffel for travel is a must have for someone who looks for quality and statement pieces. Although high quality handmade leather bags tend to be on the pricey side, their quality should last a lifetime and even be able to be passed down to the next generation.
Kodiak Leather 30L Weekender Duffel is an exceptionally gorgeous bag, with all the pockets and room one needs for a weekend+ trip. And, in my opinion, is very affordable given the style, leather, design and overall quality. I was very excited to add this piece to my leather collection as my first leather duffel bag. I am now a man.
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.
The 30L Weekender duffel 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 10″ deep x 20″ length x 11″ height. The bag has 2 zippered exterior pockets measuring 6″x7″. There is 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 with an interior zippered pocket measuring 6″ x 9″ as well as side card, device and pen holders. 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.
This is a great functioning bag for a weekend or even a longer pack. The zippers are heavy duty and I can tell they will hold up over time and use. For me, it is just a perfect sized bag fitting plenty of clothes, books, travel gear and even a couple pairs of shoes if needed. I tend to pack minimally so this bag could suit a week’s travel trip for me. If you are one that needs more space, there is also a new kickstarter page for a 45L duffel as well as a 60L duffel available with more pockets and features as well. The pockets are not that deep which for me is perfect as I won’t feel the need to stuff them and have a hard time finding a specific item. But if you are looking for a wider or deeper pocket, then you may consider the larger option. The side pockets to me are suitable for a wallet, regular sized smart phone, keys, passport and a small notebook or charger even. The inside pocket falls into the same category- not quite wide or deep enough for a toiletry bag or book but enough room for small accessories, change, keys, etc..
As mentioned above, the color and look of this leather is just gorgeous with a more distressed look with plenty of cracks and contrast in the leather. I personally love this look as it looks already as if is an heirloom item and will continue to get that rugged look over time. I also like the fact that the bag is lined with a nice nylon fabric to protect any clothing. Lastly, although a small detail, I really like the fact that their are brass raisers on the bottom of the bag to somewhat keep the bag from resting or dragging on the ground. Most may not see the benefits of these, but I feel it’s a nice detail if not just a style touch.
There are so many options for leather weekender duffels on the market and they range in price based on the intricate work and, or course, high quality leather used. I feel this bag lays somewhere right above the middle ground with the top grain leather, lightweight yet very stylish and functional. And at a reasonable price. Kodiak Leather also features regular promotions and sales so keep your eyes peeled! Check out this bag –here-.
Watches and leather..two luxurious things many luster over. The two combined makes for quite the fashion statement. Although I own only 2 watches, I love to interchange the bands based on season, formal attire or just fun!
Besides specializing in bags, wallets and other leather goods, Olpr’s watchbands have been quite popular due to the customizable nature with leathers and a wide range of classic and colorful thread colors.
Olpr. Leather Goods makes custom leather and thread watch bands using rich Horween leather that is sure to spice up your wrist wear.
About Olpr. Leather Goods Co.
Olpr. Leather Goods Co. is a small family business, started in Ukraine. All of the items are made to order, but they also have a showroom in the workshop where the customers can come and choose something from stock.
One day, Viktor, the company’s tailor, decided to sew the kind of wallet he had always wanted—a simple pocket wallet with a straight seam. It was so well made that he sold it the next day. He made another; he sold another. Soon, we were making leather goods for all of their friends. Their goods became so popular that they were invited to the arts markets. They sold everything they made. They had found their calling—creating leather goods.
The Internet gave Olpr. the exciting opportunity to sell their goods outside Ukraine. They could share their passion all over the world. But the distance caused a problem-shipping to the U. S. could take up to a month. That was not the type of service they wanted to provide, so they moved to North Carolina to be closer to their many American friends who value the handmade leather products.
All of the leathers used are the full-grain cowhides sourced from Horween tannery. High grade thread comes in several different colors ranging from the classic white, brown and black to more fun colors like orange, blue, green. The buckle is stainless steel. The bands are available in various widths and lengths. They also carry bands tailored to fit apple watches.
I absolutely love the fact that not only are these watches made from high quality leather, but you can customize them to fit your skin, wardrobe, or just overall style. I personally wear a lot of blues and light colors so chose a sky blue thread color that compliments the natural Horween brown and has a gorgeous pull up effect. I can’t wait to see what this leather looks like through age. The buckle is very basic and lightweight which is one thing to keep in mind. I actually prefer this. I own some watch bands with a very clunky and heavy hardware and although that is a statement, it is nice to have a buckle with a low profile to put the attention on the leather band and, of course, the watch.
At $49 for a Horween leather customizable watch band like this, I truly believe it is a great value. Other customizable bands I have come across can easily go for $100 and over. The leather is gorgeous with some natural marks and scars from the hide and the thread colors are fun to mix and match. I am already contemplating another color combination! Check them out -Here-.
Though it may come as a surprise when we need leather tools, we actually tend to need them for more jobs than we realize. Whether you’re making a hole in your new belt or you want to tidy up the seam of a coat, leather tools can be useful for everyone.
More often though, people looking for leather tools are interested in the crafting field. The cost and quality of leather tools vary and understanding that can help to ensure you find a set that suits your needs. Take a look at our guide for more information on the best leather tools.
Why do People Need Leather Tools? What Kind of DIY Projects Require the Use of Leather Tools?
Leather tools have a whole host of specific jobs. Some tools are designed for cutting, whereas others serve as chisels, and some to bevel edges. While these seem very specific to leather crafting workshops, you’ll find tools similar to these in woodworking workshops too.
Beveling tools can be used to create more rounded edges of tables and other types of furniture, while rotating saws are similar to the rotating blades found in leather crafting. If you’re looking to punch holes through fabric, you’ll need a leather punch - a great tool for any workshop that may need to work with leather fabrics.
In the household, you may find you need a punch for making a new hole in a leather belt or for fixing a handle back on to a handbag. Equally, you may find that leather cutting tools are great for neatly trimming peeling back leather from couches or on clothing.
For those with antique leather furniture, you know you need to polish and oil it to ensure it stays healthy. However, what do you do if the leather starts to fray?
A burnisher can be used to prevent fraying on your sofa, maintaining and preserving it. You can also use it to prevent fraying on sleeves of leather clothing and on the bottom of handbags.
What are the Most Common Types of Leather Tools?
There are many tools used for different effects, especially as you become more of an expert in leather crafting. The basic tools, however, are not only useful to a leatherworker but also in an everyday workshop or even your home.
Edge Bevelers - These are for Rounding Out Edges of Leather for a Softer Look
Rotary Cutter - A Rotating Blade That Cuts Leather
Round Knife - Tool Used for Cutting and Skiving
Diamond Chisel - This Chisel Punches Holes All the Way Through the Leather
Stitch Awl - Used to Create Holes for Stitching and Widening Those Holes, if Necessary
Groover and Creaser - These Tools Cut and Widen a Channel in the Leather, Making it Easier to Stitch
Burnisher - To Remedy Frayed Edges
Stitching Needles and Horse - The Horse Holds the Leather and the Needles are for Sewing Leather Specifically
Punches and Hammer - Used for Punching Holes in the Leather
What is the Best Way to Store Leather Tools?
Storing your leather correctly will keep it supple and durable. When leather is stored incorrectly, it becomes stiff and unmovable, making it nearly impossible to work with. Moreover, when stored badly, the leather starts to become brittle, flaky, and dry, which results in a poor-quality finished product.
Instead, when leather is stored well and correctly, it is flexible, soft-to-the-touch, and durable. It won’t develop a bad smell and will remain easy to work with.
Try to prevent wrinkles by laying leather flat or hanging it. Hanging it with acid-free paper will help to keep it in a neutral state - just like how our own skin likes the atmosphere.
Leather is breathable, so think about ensuring that fresh air can get through it. Stale musty air will sit in the material and degrade the leather. If the storage place has fungus, dampness, and/or mold can get into the leather if you are not careful.
Store in a cool, dry place that has a flow of air coming through. Make sure that there isn’t a chance of dampness and that the leather won’t get wet, which can cause it to rot. That said, you don’t want the air to be too dry at the same time, as this will dehydrate the leather.
Remember if you have a lot of leather to store, you can always contact a professional leather storage company.
Are Leather Tools Easy to Use? Do You Need Specific Skills or Training to Use Leather Tools?
While leather tools don’t need any specific training to use, watching a few training videos to come to grips with the techniques will be useful. Many of the tools are sharp, so understanding their purpose and where to apply them will give you a leg up.
Stitch Awl - You can use a stitch awl for making holes in leather, which is great for extending belt loops and lace holes. You need to put the pointed end against the leather and flex the leather back over the awl while pushing it through. This creates the hole. You can also use this when you need to stitch something to leather.
Bevel - If you have an item of leather clothing with a rough edge, you can use a bevel to give it a softer, curved edge. This is particularly useful for a handbag edge that rubs against your arm or leather trousers. Dampen the leather first as this makes it easier, and run the bevel slowly and smoothly along the edge of the leather.
Round Knife - A round knife is a great guide for anyone sewing fabrics, not just leather. You can use the knife to press into the fabric to show where you need to stitch and to make the process easier. Just press and rock the knife back and forth and then move it along.
Punch and Hammer - If you are looking to make larger holes, you may need to use a punch and a hammer. This may be true if you are looking to hang leather on a rod, for example. Lay the leather flat on a surface and position the punch. Slowly and firmly tap the punch on the top with the hammer.
What Makes Leather Tools Good/ Sturdy/ Durable/ Valuable?
Leather tools are designed to last a long time. They are made from industry-strength metals such as steel and iron and are usually bound in hardwoods or durable plastics. The tools tend to last longer when they are more expensive and have wooden housing over cheaper plastic casings.
That said, higher prices don’t necessarily pertain to good quality. Look for tools that are made by brands with a good reputation, and consider reviews when making a purchase. Equally, a long guarantee or warranty shows a company’s faith in its product, ensuring the quality of the components that make up the tools.
Leather tools last longer if they are maintained. They need to be cleaned frequently and polished to ensure that none of the oils from the leather leave residue on the tools. You should also make sure you sharpen all blades. If they are kept clean, tools should last at least ten years and should work perfectly the whole time.
How to Choose the Best Leather Tools for Your Needs?
When you’re choosing leather tools, it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. While there are basic tools that most people start out with, your particular requirements will determine the tools you will need to purchase.
Firstly, try to think about the job at hand. Is this is a one-off leather job or are you considering taking up leather work as a hobby? If this is a simple job, you only want a cheap set of tools to get the job done. If you’re looking to progress in leather work, you want a durable beginner’s set, which will last as you learn and use them for practice.
Secondly, think about your budget. While higher priced tools tend to be of better quality, we can’t all afford to splurge endlessly. Think about how much you can afford to spend and look for something in that price bracket.
Consider the materials. Wooden and metal tools are more durable and tend to not break as easily. Plastic can smash on the floor or break if stepped on and tends to become brittle over time. Wooden tools are also easier on the hands.
Look at reviews online, as people who have had bad experiences tend to let the world know. Look for the issues with any products and keep an eye out for leather tools which specifically mention your requirements.
Quick Take: The Best Leather Tools
Before you get any further, here are our recommendations for the best leather tools:
Very Easy to Use and Cuts Holes into Leather Very Easily
Free Awl Allows You to Mark the Hole More Easily and Accurately
See-Through Ruler Makes it Simple to Use and Increases Accuracy
Can Bend if You are a Little Too Heavy-Handed
Sometimes the Punch Wheel Gets Jammed, Making it Hard to Change Settings
This is a good hole punch for leather and can handle many different thicknesses. It has different punch settings and is very durable. The wheel can be a little stiff, but the ruler and awl make the job simple and comes with the free punch tool.
For those with heavy loads to carry, we understand that finding a good quality backpack will make our journeys far easier. Whether you’re carrying books for college or taking your baby supplies with you, a leather backpack is durable, lightweight, looks good, and can take some weight.
That said, the market is flooded with many different models to choose from, so finding the best leather backpacks can mean trawling for hours on the internet. Luckily enough, we’ve composed this guide that shows you what to look for in a backpack, the type of backpacks you may find, and the pros and cons of some of the best designs out there. Check out our comprehensive guide below.
Best Leather Backpacks Comparison Chart
P.KU.VDSL Canvas Backpack, AUGUR Series Vintage Leather Rucksack, 17" Laptop Backpack, Military Satchel Backpack for Men Women Traveling Hiking
What Makes a Good Leather Backpack? Are All Leather Backpacks the Same?
Not all leather backpacks are made equal. As with most modern world commodities, leather backpacks can be of high-quality or low-quality, and the price often reflects this.
When considering a purchase, first look at the materials. You are looking for high-quality leather that’s thick yet moves well. The flexibility of the material will stop it from tearing, while the density will ensure that it can hold a decent amount of weight. Equally, the flexibility means it will be a little more comfortable. Rather than just sitting solidly on your back, a flexible leather backpack will mold to your back and hang without digging in. Ask yourself if it is real leather, whether it is thick enough to be durable for your needs, and whether it has any kind of protection against scrapes and stains.
Next, consider the stitching. Look for double stitching to show strength, using thicker threads and tight machine work. Bad stitching will cause the backpack to unravel. Look closely at the stitching around the top of the backpack by the straps as this is the most vulnerable area. Moreover, consider the stitching around the bottom of the bag. Is it protected from scrapes on the floor?
Also, consider how the straps are made. Those without leather straps may use cotton or fabric straps which are prone to tearing under weight.
The fastenings should also be of high quality. Consider whether they are snap poppers, zips, or buttons. Remember that cheap zippers will get stuck or split, while poor quality buttons can pop off or break in half.
Desirable Features of a Good Leather Backpack
If we’re asking ourselves what we’re looking for in a leather backpack, we can begin to paint a picture of the final product. The important features to look for depend on your lifestyle and what you’re using your bag for.
That said, you should consider the design. The aesthetic appeal of the bag will certainly be what catches your eye. Are you looking for a plain, traditional design that’s low key and matches anything? Perhaps you are looking for a patent leather bag for a little shine and shimmer, or perhaps a glitter painted leather for a little added flair. Have the coloring and design in mind when you begin looking.
P.KU.VDSL Canvas Backpack, AUGUR Series Vintage Leather Rucksack, 17’’ Laptop Backpack, Military Satchel Backpack for Men Women Traveling Hiking
Secondly, think about comfort. If you are carrying heavy loads in your bag, you’ll want wider straps to distribute the weight so they don’t dig into your shoulders. You’ll also want a bag that’s wide to spread the weight across your back. A more structured bag will hold weight better and pockets will allow you to organize the heaviness better.
Next, think about pockets in detail. Do you need some organization inside your backpack? If so, look for a backpack with compartments. Perhaps you like to keep a few things handy, like a wallet, keys, and phone. Pockets on the outside give quick access to your necessities. Some even come with phone holders and money wallets.
Size is important when we consider what we’re taking with us. If we’re carrying school books, a pencil case, binders, and all the other study trimmings, we’ll need something larger. If you commute on public transport, you’ll perhaps want to consider a more compact design.
Other features to look out for include the sturdiness of the zippers, buckles, poppers, and other clasps. If these break off easily, you’ll have a broken bag that won’t shut or you may lose your belongings. Equally, you might want different carry handles. Some leather backpacks can convert to messenger bags or briefcases, appearing more suitable for versatile situations.
For an understanding of the durability of a particular backpack, you can start by looking at reviews online. This should give you an idea of a backpack’s lifespan and how well it holds up under pressure.
What are the Different Types of Leather Backpacks?
The type of leather backpack you’re searching for will be determined by your use of it. If you’re a frequent traveler, you may be looking for a carry-on case for the airplane. If you travel light, flying with only hand luggage to make the journey easier, yet something with enough storage and organized compartments to make sure all your possessions are in order is essential.
Solo Reade 15.6 Inch Vintage Columbian Leather Backpack, Espresso
Or those looking for a school or college bag, you need a durable backpack able to carry heavy loads. You’ll often find these designs to be more traditional in shape with symmetrical features. Designed for school bags, these leather backpacks are usually affordably priced.
Some women hate carrying a purse. Swinging at your side while dancing in nightclubs, afraid that someone will pull it off you in a crowd, and scared of constantly losing it - carrying a purse can be a nightmare. However, a small leather backpack can pop onto your back and be safe at all times. A mini leather backpack is big enough to hold essentials but small enough not to get in the way.
What are the Different Types of Leather Used on Backpacks? What Type of Leather Stands the Test of Time and Survives the Elements?
OK so while some backpacks might proclaim they’re made of leather, not all leather is the same quality. Let’s start by saying that faux leather, show leather, fake leather, imitation leather (and so on) are not real leather. Usually fashioned from synthetic materials, this type of leather does not come from animals at all.
Equally, on the same subject, vegans and eco-warriors can look for some forms of ‘leather’ made from mushrooms. Fungus leather is fast becoming an animal-free alternative.
For those looking at real leather, you’ll find it lasts a long time and is very durable. You either find cow leather or lamb hide in the making of leather backpacks. Now, while both are good quality, the grades can depend on how long the bag will last. Full grain and top grain leathers are the most expensive and best quality. Corrected grain, patent leather, and split leather are of lower quality.
That said, thicker leathers with coarser grains and patent leathers are more resistant to the elements as they can withstand water. Softer leathers, while high quality, are not so durable to wet and cold, and stain easily from dirt, grime, and oil.
Quick Take: The Best Leather Backpacks
Before you get any further, here are our recommendations for the best leather backpacks:
Made from durable materials, this backpack combines canvas with cow leather for a vintage military aesthetic. The plus-size backpack measures 32cm by 46cm by 20cm. It has a whole host of pockets and can easily accommodate a laptop.
Large Enough to Fit an A4 Pad of Paper and a 17-inch Laptop
Durable Material Will Last a Long Time and is Able to Carry Heavy Loads
Has a Variety of Pockets, Including One for a Cell Phone, Inside Zipper Pockets, and Side Pockets
Has a Great Deal of Canvas Which Tears Easier than Leather
Bottom of the Bag is Canvas Which Can Wear Away Over Time
A great bag for everyday use, this backpack allows you to carry books and laptops easily, without worry of it breaking. The main problem is that there is a lot of canvas on the bag - especially the bottom, which weakens its overall longevity. However, it has great reviews and looks very stylish.
With a five-year guarantee, this full grain leather bag is of top-quality. It features a beautiful blue lining that compliments the coffee exterior and has a neat finish which hides a quick access pocket and zip-down organizer.
Has a Five-Year Guarantee to Back the High-Quality
Very Smart Finish Making it Great for Professional Use
Leather is Full Grain Leather - the Best Quality Leather on the Market
Padded Straps for Extra Comfort - Especially When Carrying Heavy Loads
Zip-Down Organizer and Quick-Access Pocket Make This a Great User Experience
Blue Lining Inside is a Little Bright
Very Masculine Looking Bag, Not Really Suitable for Women
While the lining is a little more eye-catching than one would expect, this smart bag is well-organized and can carry heavy loads. Made from top-quality leather, this backpack can handle heavy loads and has padded straps for a more comfortable experience.
Measuring 17 by 12 by 5 inches, this leather backpack is designed for sturdiness with heavy-duty zippers and padded straps. The bag includes back support and is gender neutral with a sophisticated finish.
There's nothing quite like luxurious leather in a vehicle. The appeal of leather seats is undeniable, and there are countless advantages to having this type of high-end upholstery. While the rich style is a plus, a leather interior is known to be durable, breathable, bio-degradable, and timeless.
In order to maintain its luxurious quality, it's all about proper maintenance and care. We're outlining some quick and easy cleaning techniques and products to keep the luxe in your luxury interior. Continue reading about the top five best leather car cleaners and how to properly maintain your vehicle's interior.
What Makes a Good Leather Car Cleaner?
There are countless leather car cleaning and care products on the market. Before making a purchase, it's worthwhile looking into what makes a good leather car cleaner.
Leather in the interior of a vehicle is meant to last a lifetime if well maintained. For light to medium levels of dirt and soil, a highly-rated leather cleaner will do the trick. While some people are quick to purchase a leather conditioner, proper cleaning is all that is truly needed in keeping your car's leather luxurious.
If a vehicle's leather is exceptionally dirty, it is recommended to use a cleaner on small sections at a time and to repeat these steps until fully cleaned. When used regularly, a highly-rated car cleaner should be quick, easy, and effective in keeping the leather in prime form.
The upholstery in a vehicle is either pigmented, aniline, or semi-aniline. In addition, all leather in vehicles is coated with a synthetic clear coating. Therefore, it is more pertinent to clean your leather interior rather than to condition it.
Dirt and other objects can cause scratches and wear on your car's leather, leading to a shiny appearance and exposure to the leather hide underneath. Grime, grease, body sweat, and dust can get trapped in the pores and crevices of leather. Using a cleaner with protectants will help reduce abrasion and increase sun fade resistance.
Regular vacuuming will help reduce the mess and overall wear on the upholstery in a vehicle. From there, applying a highly-rated leather car cleaner to the interior will help maintain its quality and longevity.
We're helping you keep the luxe in the luxury of your vehicle's interior by searching for the best leather cleaners. Continue reading for our list of the top five leather car cleaners on the market today.
Quick Take: The Best Leather Car Cleaners
Before you get any further, here are our recommendations for the best leather car cleaners:
This universal cleaner comes in a 20 pack and is equipped to handle gentle surfaces yet remove tough stains. At under $10 (and a money back guarantee), it's no wonder this is one of the highest-rated leather cleaners on the market.
All You Need is Water with This Non-Abrasive Sponge
No UV Protectant
May Need More than One Sponge for Larger Areas
These magic sponges truly are magical. The leather-friendly, non-abrasive, extra thick sponges enable you to clean anything without regret. Not to mention, a 20-pack (all for under $10), will keep you covered for many cleanings.
This multi-surface cleaner, made with the newest advancement in nano-technology, effectively lifts away dirt and grime. Including a UV protectant, this is an ideal cleaner and UV guard for the upholstery of any vehicle.
Multi-Surface Cleaner for Leather, Upholstery, Fabric, Metals, etc.
Removal of Stains is Not Guaranteed
Can Leave a Greasy Film on Some Surfaces
This cleaner is highly-reviewed and recommended by thousands of happy customers. Having a multi-surface cleaner in your cabinet is a must, especially when it also works so well on the leather interior of a vehicle.
This is a highly-rated leather cleaner, effective for the leather interior of a vehicle. This all-in-one spray will clean, condition, and provide UV protection on a car’s leather with a non-greasy finish.
Made with only the best European leather oils, this is an easy-to-use leather cleaner and conditioner. This third generation family business has been a consumer favorite for years and provides a money back guarantee.
Cleans and Conditions Leather Surfaces Except Suede
Specialized Conditioning Emulsion Absorbs Quickly with No Residue
No UV Protector
Can Dull the Smell of the Natural Leather
Proudly made in the U.S.A. by a third generation family business, this cleaner and conditioner has proven to be an effective leather cleaner for auto interiors, furniture, purses, shoes, and leather garments. With a money back guarantee, this non-sticky, non-streaky/ staining formula remains one of the top-rated car cleaners on the market.
Our cars are often our pride and joy. But like everything in life, they experience wear and tear over time, dropping their value. In order to try and retain your car’s worth, maintenance is imperative. In this sense, a leather steering wheel cover will help to protect your steering wheel from scars and marks, scratches, scrapes, and discoloration.
For the average driver, a leather steering wheel also provides a better grip, more ergonomic comfort, and a more sophisticated aesthetic. This is why we’re providing a comprehensive guide to the best leather steering wheel covers available today. Outlining the pros and cons, we will dive into which products provide which aspect and how they are best suited to your needs. So check out this guide to steer you to a protected car.
Best Leather Steering Wheel Cover Comparison Chart
SEG Direct Black Microfiber Leather Auto Car Steering Wheel Cover Universal 15 inch
What Makes a Good leather Steering Wheel Cover? Are All Leather Steering Wheel Covers the Same?
When you're looking for a steering wheel cover, you need to think about more than just price. The price can help you to understand the quality of the product, but also stops you from exploring your own requirements and differentiating between the covers.
Firstly, consider the material. Better quality leather is more expensive but it will protect your steering wheel better. This is because it is denser, doesn’t scratch or wear easily, is very durable, and lasts a long time.
Secondly, look for a steering wheel cover that is designed for comfort. Some have grooves cut into the design for your hands to fit, while others are smoother or skin-tight for a narrower grip. Other leather steering wheel covers are padded, which provides extra comfort for your hands but may be an issue if you have small hands.
You should also think about the seams. While some have fancy seam designs, sometimes these can rub on your palms while you are driving, causing sore skin and calluses on your hands.
Think about the overall look you are going for. You will want to search for a leather cover that matches the interior of your car, while some are personalizable and include patterns or textures to improve the feel and look of your car.
What Kind of Leather is Typically Used on Leather Steering Wheel Covers?
Steering wheel covers tend to use harder types of leather that have a more durable finish. Soft leather is nice to touch but would wear away quickly on a steering wheel. Also, because there is regular skin contact, the oils from your skin destroy softer leather, so tough, durable leather is necessary.
Full-grain or top-grain leather are the most expensive types of leather for steering wheel covers but they are also the most durable. Very shiny and dense, these leathers tend to keep their appearance, are harder to the touch, and are less flexible.
Nubuck, split, and bonded leather are cheaper options because they’re mixes of softer leather and other materials, reconstituted to be either. While they’re cheaper, they don’t last as long - especially on a steering wheel that deals with a lot of body oils and dirt.
The Benefits of Using a Leather Steering Wheel Cover
While steering wheels appear to be covered in leather some of the time, often this is a cheap imitation or low-grade leather. Alternatively, steering wheels are made of plastics.
Without a steering wheel cover, the steering wheel gets dirty. Constant touching from your hands leaves oil and grime on the wheel which cakes into the material and plastic, staining it over time and discoloring the wheel. This drops the value of the car as it looks worn and tired. To avoid this, a steering wheel cover will take the brunt of the dirt and oils.
This is also applicable to real tangible damage. Older steering wheels especially were made from strange foam that easily got bumps, scratches, and holes in it. Steering wheel covers protect against this and keep the wheel in one piece.
Also, for those traveling on long journeys or commuting frequently, leather steering wheel covers increase comfort and an ergonomic design can help to enhance your experience, prevent back problems, and increase blood flow to the brain. In this sense, a steering wheel cover can provide padded placement for your hands, to relieve stress from the wrists, hands, arms, and back. Moreover, the softer touch can prevent calluses on your hands.
Steering wheel covers are also engineered to improve the look of your car. Available in a wide range of colors, designs, and textures, steering wheel covers bring a touch of class to the car.
How Will a Leather Steering Wheel Cover Stand up to Water, Messy Hands, Sweat?
Steering wheel covers are engineered specifically to stand up to wear and tear and protect your steering wheel from receiving this treatment.
In general, steering wheel covers are made from tough, high-quality leather and are therefore mostly waterproof. Similarly to hiking boots, while the material is a little porous, the cover can protect from soda spills, coffee stains, and water damage.
Secondly, your steering wheel cover is taking all the dirt and grime from your hands that would usually go on your wheel. While it may not be visible to the naked eye, small amounts of dirt build up over time, so a steering wheel cover protects the wheel from being subject to all this grime.
Leather is a great material for those with kids because it is wipe-clean. With this in mind, having a leather steering wheel cover makes cleaning your car easier after mucky hands have been touching all the surfaces. With a wet wipe of a damp cloth, you can clean off sticky messes from a steering wheel cover without affecting the original wheel.
The sweat from your hands will also transfer on to your steering wheel and covering it helps to protect against this, as sweat can sink into the material and degrade it. To help enhance the lifespan of your steering wheel cover, you can polish the leather to remove bodily oils.
How to Clean and Care for a Leather Steering Wheel?
Like our skin, leather is natural and needs similar care. Think about how you would care for your own skin and this will give you some hints.
Firstly, to clean leather, you need a soft damp cloth. You can use soapy water for this. Gently make small circles with the damp cloth removing any dirty, muckiness, or stickiness. If you’re really struggling to get sticky patches off your steering wheel, you can use alcohol to remove them. Bear in mind, however, that alcohol dries the leather so should be used sparingly and should be moisturized afterward.
Cleaning your steering wheel with dry cloth (Source)
Once the leather is clean you need to leave it to dry. Leather is porous, so the water needs to evaporate from the cells holding it to prevent you locking in dampness and causing mold.
Once completely dry, you can polish the leather. This is will give is a shine and a moisturized coating. While some polishes condition and polish the leather, some don’t. Make sure to check. If your polish is for moisturizing and conditioning your leather, you must do this first.
For both polish and wax, rub on with a soft, dry cloth. Be thorough and rub in small circles. Leave for a few minutes before rubbing off again, leaving the surface shiny without excess.
How to Choose the Best Leather Steering Wheel Cover for Your Needs?
When selecting a steering wheel cover, it’s a very personal choice. You need to think about what you’re looking for. Is the look more important than the feel? Consider your own requirements first.
If you are concerned with the design, you need to select a color that complements the interior of your car. There is a whole range of designs and colors to choose from, leaving you in your element to select a design you like.
Next, think about the texture and feel. Does it feel good to grasp it? Does it have enough grip? Is it padded and comfortable or slim and fine-fitting for smaller hands? Is there an irritating seam that will rub your palm?
You need to measure your steering wheel to ensure that the one you want actually fits. It would be a shame to find a model you like only to realize you can’t stretch it over your wheel. Look at how it is installed (a zipper, poppers, or stretch-on) and consider if it fits your wheel. Search the design using your dimensions.
Think about cost. Leather is expensive, so you need to think about the grade that’s most suitable to fit your budget without breaking the bank. Remember that while cheaper models cost less upfront, they often have to be replaced later or maintained more due to the lower quality. This may end up costing more over time.
Quick Take: The Best Leather Steering Wheel Cover
Before you get any further, here are our recommendations for the best leather steering wheel cover:
If you’re in the market for a steering wheel cover, you’ll no doubt find that you have steering wheel cover options coming out your ears. When it comes to selecting a high-quality leather steering wheel cover, you may want to check out our pros and cons before making a purchase. We’ve scoured the market and think these are a great fit - here’s why.
This 15-inch leather cover is made from a smooth leather that is skid-proof and stable to the touch. The microfiber leather is durable and eco-friendly, while the elastic allows this to fit wheels from 14.5 to 15-inches.
Microfiber Leather is Durable and Lasts a Long Time
Heat-Resistant and Doesn’t Warp or Melt in a Hot Car
Smart Design Doesn’t Interrupt the Aesthetic of the Car
Super Easy to Put on and Fits an Average Medium Steering Wheel
A Little Larger Than Expected
A Little Too Thick for Small Hands
This is a lovely, smart cover but is a little thick for smaller hands. This is larger than expected but the special grippy leather makes it a comfortable cover, increasing safety with the added friction to prevent the wheel from slipping.
Is your beautiful leather sofa feeling a little dry and tough? Do you keep catching your leather couch flaking? Do you remember feeling a little cozier in that leather armchair?
The likelihood is that your leather needs a little tender loving care. Just like our bodies and our hair, the naturalness of the leather needs a little love. In the same way we condition our hair and moisturize our skin, leather conditioners oil the hide to soften it and give it back its stretch. This helps to prevent wrinkles, creases, flakes, and dryness.
Want a comfy hug from your smooth, soft, shiny, sofa? Check out this guide to condition your leather furniture.
Best Leather Conditioner For Furniture Comparison Table
Conditioning your leather couch using a commercial conditioner is extremely important as it helps to keep the furniture soft and supple. By conditioning the fabric, you allow it to ‘give’, reducing its brittle state. When dry, leather begins to crack and come apart as it hardens and becomes splintery. By conditioning the fabric, you moisturize the leather, which keeps it flexible.
As leather is a natural material that comes from animals, it is used to having a supply of water and blood to keep it elasticated and flexible. Conditioning your leather furniture retains this moisture, reducing cracks from wear and tear over time.
By keeping the leather supple, you’ll benefit from a longer lifespan for your leather furniture. The material can breathe and flex without trouble, moving with weight as people sit on the cushions.
You’ll also find you benefit from more comfy sofas, as the leather is softer to sit on. When conditioned, the leather becomes less stiff, making it more easily moveable. This gives your sofa a more cozy feel.
As with human skin, leather needs moisture to shine. Human skin stays soft and free from wrinkles when we apply a moisturizer that buffs the skin. Conditioner works the same way, leaving your leather furniture with a cleaner-looking sheen and a smooth shiny finish.
Leather Conditioner vs Cleaner
Comparing leather conditioner to leather cleaner, you’ll soon realize that they both do different jobs. Applied first, the leather cleaner has the job of taking off the dirt, debris, and grease from the leather. If you’re a person who polishes your leather after conditioning, you’ll find that the cleaner takes off the layer of polish that may still be remaining.
This gets down to the nitty-gritty of the leather, cleaning inside the cracks and wrinkles, making sure the leather is free from dirt and grime.
A leather conditioner comes after the cleaning stage and is as important to increase the lifespan of the leather furniture. The conditioner sinks into the leather making it more supple by moisturizing it. Like human skin, the moisturizer makes its way into the dry crevices and re-elasticated the leather by adding moisture to the dryness.
You can clean leather without a conditioner but you’ll end up exposing the fabric to the sun which will dry it out and reduce its lifespan.
With human skin, we have a layer of oils which help to protect the skin from drying out. Leather needs this too, and where cleaner strips the leather back to the material, the conditioner adds a protective layer that creates flexibility in the fabric.
What to Look for When Selecting Conditioner
While conditioning your leather upholstery is important to keep it looking neat, choosing the right conditioner is integral to prevent you from damaging the leather.
Choose Natural Oils
Sometimes you find leather conditioners which seem to give a real improvement almost instantly. However, after a few days, your sofa seems dry again.
Like shampoos, you’ll often find that leather conditioners contain silicon products to make the leather appear soft while actually just putting a coating over the top. When this wears off, the sofa seems dry again.
Try to choose products that contain natural oils as a leather conditioner should replace the oils that occur naturally in the leather.
Careful with Sodium Chemicals
Alternatively, there are salt based products (sodium) to help cake the conditioner, and while this helps give the conditioner a good consistency, you’ll find it dries the leather out as a side effect. Try to stay clear of products that have sodium-based chemicals as this will leave your leather upholstery brittle in the end.
Know Your Leather
You need to ensure that you don’t just buy any old leather conditioner. There are different grades of leather, that usually refer to how rough or smooth the leather is. Each has a different softness and needs to be treated with the correct corresponding conditioner.
By using the wrong conditioner, you can swamp the fabric in oil, leaving stains. If the conditioner is too light, it won’t do anything and the leather will remain hard.
Some leather conditioners are suitable for all types of leather but you can find this on the bottle or packaging.
Quick Take: The Best Leather Conditioner For Furniture
Before you get any further, here are our recommendations for the best leather conditioner for furniture:
Choosing to preserve your leather is a great way to make sure your furniture has a healthy lifespan. However, picking the correct product for your leather upholstery and furniture is imperative, to ensure you give your furniture the care it deserves
Two-in-One Clean and Condition Saves Time and Money
Customers Note the Product Restored the Original Color of Their Leather
Some Customers Report an Unpleasant Smell
Product is a Little Watery so You Need to Apply a Lot
This leather cleaner saves time and money by cleaning and conditioning the product with one application. While a little watery with a strong fragrance, it protects against the sun’s UV rays and helps to restore color.
Founded 50 years ago, this product has been used by millions of customers. It only needs to be applied twice a year and contains honey – an incredible conditioner for leather. It repels water, rain, and snow while containing no silicone, solvents, or odors.
Consistency is Like Honey, so Can be Gloopy and Leave Stains on Leather
This leather cleaner has a tried and tested recipe that has been used by many customers over a long period of time. It doesn’t clean the leather, however, so you will need to buy something else to prepare the leather before applying this. It is important to be very sparing with this and to follow the instructions clearly, to avoid marking the leather with oil stains.
A U.S.A.-made leather conditioner, this brand has been on the market for over 130 years. An all-in-one solution, this leather revitalizer cleans, polishes, and conditions the leather. It protects from water damage while restoring the leather’s condition.