The Original Briefcase Tribe is rated
4.4 out of
Rated 4 out of
crafted well, no bells or whistlesI purchased this bag while living in Finland. It arrived 7 days after the order went through, which is amazingly fast.
I can carry my 13" laptop, my lunch, and a water bottle perfectly.
If I could change anything, I would add in an exterior pocket which could be accessed. However, the reason why I bought this bag, and no other is because I like the simple design.
Also, there are not enough holes in the strap. I had to go down to a clothing store and use their belt punch to create 4 more. Now I can ride my bicycle in comfort, while looking stylish.
Have been wearing it for a few weeks. As an expat, it's great to sport such a great Canadian craft every day.
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 3 out of
Great looks bad hardware, lintThis is actually my second original briefcase tribe. Which is interesting since they were slightly different. Anyway, quick and dirty is this. It looks great, the patina only gets better but the hardware will break. Both the closures over the two compartments in front and also from the lobster claw that attaches to the leather. Others, you will see have seen the leather fail as have I. In addition since it's unlined I have tons of little brown pillings all over my books, gym clothes or anything else that can take on leather scraps. Again, it looks great and both men and women will compliment the bag.... but it could use some beefier hardware, better stitching and anchoring and a guarantee. I say this as I prepare myself to order a $75 replacement strap for the bag.... which will be my last if this thing kicks it again I'm off the Roots leather train. Stand behind your products rather than charge me $75 for a new strap.
Date published: 2018-11-25
Rated 2 out of
Poor HardwareGreat leather and awesome look. The more worn it gets, the better it looks. Unfortunately, the hardware isn't durable. I'm now replacing my second set of buckle closers on the front. The store staff are getting a little testy and suggesting that I'm abusing the bag. I still like the bag but will choose something a little more durable next time.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 1 out of
Incredibly disappointed.Disclaimer: I am an otherwise big fan of Roots and their quality and products. HOWEVER, I was extremely disappointed with this bag, especially with for the price I paid for it. There are a number of flaws with both its design and function and the advertisment picture is also very misleading. First of all, the leather is not as stiff as the picture makes it seem. Though there is plastic panelling in the middle compartments, the outer walls are soft and have no structure. Thus, the bag cannot stand alone, and looks frumpy and very unlike what a briefcase should look like. A simple fix for this would have been to add a panel on the back of the bag, instead of leaving it completley unlined...very misleading! Second: you don't need a degree in engineering to see that the loop which holds the strap to the bag is absolutely insufficient for the size of the bag and the normal weight it should be carrying. See a couple reviews below, for someone who made this exact complaint and in fact broke the loop after brief use. This is a very obvious design flaw and it boggles my mind that the craftspeople and designers at Roots would fail to see this. The stitching doesn't even go through the other side of the bag, I'm not sure how they thought 2x 2cm wide little loops could hold the stress of such a large bag. Again, very disappointed, and even more dispointed to have to pay the shipping to return this product which I was convinced I would love from the (ultimately misleading) pictures. I highly dissuade anyone from purchasing this bag. Don't just take my word, but do read the other reviewer's comments about the poor structure and design; criticisms are valid and accurate.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of
Wow! What a bag!Bought this for my husband for his birthday. He knows what he likes and boy, does he like this. He absolutely loves it. Has been looking for a bag like this for years and finally the search has ended. Perfect in every way - and he's hard to please! Quality all the way. If you're thinking of buying it, stop thinking and just do it. And great service from the Roots team. Prompt customer service and delivery all the way to Australia! Thank you Thank you Thank you.
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 5 out of
What a Great briefcase.I have the Cargo Messenger Tribe bag. It was my baby until I needed a bit more room. A new computer and more books demanded it. This Original Briefcase is perfect. I love the leather, the smell, the room, and the straps and clips. I can look professional in a suit or just look stylish in a pair of jeans at a coffee shop.
Since I have so much Tribe leather I was worried that I'd look a little too Safari-ish, A women in the store looked and told me that that isn't a bad look to have...So I bought it. I'm happy I did.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of
wonderful bagthis bag is wonderful...spacious but not too spacious....looks fabulous...feels nice as well...the price is excellent and the quality un matched.
Date published: 2010-12-16
Rated 5 out of
Best Laptop Bag EVERI received this bag as a birthday gift from my brother. I had been looking but nothing seemed right to my liking. I travel for work twice a month and I wanted something to use as my laptop travel bag. This proved to be exactly what I wanted. At first, it was a little tight with the laptop in it but soon stretched for the perfect size. Easy and comfortable for carrying through airports and the perfect size for fitting under the seat in front of me. I'd recommend it to anyone - including the numerous people that have commented on how nice it is!