How to Break in a Saddleback Leather Bag

Breaking in a Saddleback Leather Bag: The How-To Guide

Break it in or break it down? That’s the question when it comes to breaking in your new saddleback leather bag. While you might be tempted to use brute force, we want your bag to last for years and years, so this is definitely not the way to go. Instead, follow these simple steps and you’ll have a beautiful, broken-in bag without any of the fuss.

Step 1: Soften Up Your Bag

The first step is to soften up your bag by oiling it with a leather conditioner like Neatsfoot Oil. This will help the leather fibers relax and become more pliable over time. Start by massaging the oil into the entire surface of the bag with a soft cloth. Be sure to pay special attention to any areas that may be prone to stretching or wear and tear such as straps, buckles, and handles. Allow the oil to penetrate for at least 12 hours before wiping off any excess oil with a clean cloth.

Step 2: Wear It In

Now comes the fun part—wearing it in! Fill your bag with items that won’t add too much bulk but will still allow you to work on breaking it in gradually.

We suggest using lightweight items like books, folders, and notebooks rather than heavy items like laptops or textbooks.

As you use your bag throughout the day, keep an eye out for any parts that need extra softening such as zippers or buckles. You can further break them in by rubbing them gently between your fingers or using a rubber mallet on them if needed.

Step 3: Keep It Clean

Finally, don’t forget about maintenance! Keeping your leather clean is key for preserving its longevity and looks over time. Make sure you regularly wipe down your leather with a damp cloth and use saddle soap every few months to remove dirt from deep within its pores (just make sure you stay away from harsh chemicals!).

Following these simple steps should ensure that your Saddleback Leather bag stays looking good as new for years to come!


Breaking in a Saddleback Leather Bag doesn’t have to be difficult! With just a few simple steps—like oiling it with conditioner and wearing it in gradually—you can create beautiful results without having to put too much effort into things like brute force (or worse).

Plus, regular maintenance (such as cleaning) will help keep things looking good as new over time.

If you’ve followed these steps, congratulations– hopefully you are now the proud owner of a well-broken-in Saddleback Leather product! We hope that this guide has been helpful and that you enjoy your new gear for years (and decades) to come.

As always, feel free to reach out to our team with any questions or concerns; we’re here to help in whatever way we can. And if you have any tips of your own for breaking in leather goods, be sure to share them in the comments below so that other owners can benefit from your wisdom!

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