Overall: 4.8 / 5 based on 25 reviews
24 of 25 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Excellent customer service -
By: Nick123 from Edinburgh, Scotland
I bought this bag in May 2009. I used it mainly for business and leisure travel and hence about 4 -5 times per year. The bag is very useful for 2-3 days trip. However, the stitch on the leather patch holding the shoulder strap became loose recently. I contacted customer service who offered me an exchange or refund. I went to my local Orvis store today and had a brand new overnight bag! Well done Orvis for standing by your customer and honour your 100% satisfaction guarantee!
Great Briefcase! -
By: ZSH0 from Dallas, Texas
I use this bag every day...both for my laptop and files during the week and my fishing rod and a change of clothes for the weekend. The bag has developed a great patina that makes it only look better with age. It has both a rugged and classy style that fits in anywhere and always garners compliments. My only complaint about the bag is with the strap. I am on my second Battenkill Overnight (the first one got stolen) and with both bags, the lining on the leather pad frayed after limited use.
battenkill briefcase -
By: chili from connecticut yankee
Top 250 Contributor
This is an excellent value. It' s both an overnight bag and a very functional briefcase with plenty of space for a laptop. I will be using it for legal work and writing in addition to using it as an overnight bag. It's not just for left brain work. It's a "whole brain bag" perfect for drum and rattle & packing up for drumming circles, too. This is poetry in motion and I hope to take it around the world. I love Orvis. Excellent products and excellent customer service in addition to the best warranty anywhere. And thank you for taking a stand on environmental responsibility, too.
By: dcgtb from Washington, DC
Top 1000 Contributor
Best briefcase I have ever owned. It is extremely versitile and I look forward to using it for the rest of my life.
Good Decision -
I finally convinced myself to replace a longtime friend, a leather bag I've had for years. Decided on the Battenkill Overnight Briefcase after a great deal of looking and hand wringing (there are so many choices, and a briefcase pretty much becomes another body part). I don't see using this bag for other purposes, but as a briefcase it's perfect. My laptop slides in nicely, and the rear compartment easily holds a number of legal-sized client folders and documents. If I could change anything, I'd re-size some of the small compartments in the front section so as to be more compatible with modern devices, but that's a personal preference only. Durable. Great looking. Professional without being stodgy. Lots of compliments from clients and other lawyers. Very pleased with my choice
My old friend is back! -
By: magicman from Newport Beach, CA
I had one of these 10 years ago and got promoted and my spouse felt it wasn't "classy" enough for the corporate world. I missed it dearly and recently saw a gentlemen with one and felt I needed to get my old friend back! There is nothing better than the look, feel and utility of this briefcase. I'm glad Orvis and Battenkill are back in my life!
Unbelievable customer service -
I bought one of these briefcases some 12 to 15 years ago and have travelled overseas hundreds of times with it since. Lately one of the handles wore through and was about to fail so I took it to the Orvis store on Dover St, London. They apologised profusely that they couldn't repair it so would have to give me a new one! Their main concern was that I would be sad to lose an old friend; but I gained a new one. Fantastic customer service for a highly recommended product. Thank you to Orvis and your store team!!
Time for An Upgrade -
I keep briefcases a LONG time. I've had my Orvis Battenkill for over 20 years. It's more than a little frayed around the edges, but I couldn't part with it. I even had it patched to keep it alive a while longer. But it's finally time to retire that case. Amazingly, Orvis still makes it! Why mess with perfection? I'm ordering another one. I'll be set for another 20+ years. This case is simply amazing. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Keep coming back... -
First of all, I love Orvis products and the Battenkill product line. I have a full set of Battenkill luggage and used the Bullhide briefcase for many years...so I recently purchased the Overnight Briefcase. Here is my experience with this product.... I ordered the briefcase online with embossed initials and express shipping. The briefcase never showed up and I re-ordered. It arrived, looked great and I filled it up; laptop, notebooks, etc... About 4 weeks later the bracket that holds on the shoulder strap broke. Currently, I am dragging it around as a regular briefcase even though I really need the shoulder strap. I just haven't stopped long enough to go through the hassle of sending it back for repairs. Interestingly, the only issue I have ever had with any of my Battenkill luggage is a broken handle bracket. Seems like a pattern with the hardware. However, in spite of this negative review, I am NOW about to order the Battenkill Backpack to try it as a back up while the briefcase is being repaired or replaced. I know that Orvis stands behind their products and will take care of me...
Response from: Orvis Customer Service Team
Posted: 8/25/2010 4:22:05 PM
Orvis contacted this customer and thanked him for his honest feedback. . We welcome customer comments and suggestions—we learn a great deal from our customers, and we are always striving to improve our products. Orvis will happily refund or exchange any purchase. We want our customers to be happy with all of their Orvis purchases.
The best carry on for all the stuff you carry on -
I have had my bag for 2 years and use it for vacation trips. Just a perfect bag for all the stuff I need to carry on. On a usual trip it holds two fly cases, salt water fly reel, camera (Panasonic Lumix FZ27) and battery charger, 7-15x35 binoculars, Bose quiet headphones (in case), newspapers, magazine, my prescription medications and assorted glasses and sun glasses. Oh yes, there's still some room. Design fits in the overhead without any odd protruding parts to get caught. Compared to the new case I note a couple of difference. The new leather panels that attach the handles to the bag may provide a more "even" carrying than the one point attachment for each end of a handle. HOWEVER, it seems to lack the leather wrap at the top of the handle, this makes the case easy to grasp and carry. Perhaps for $10 more they could have had both.
Hanging Travel Kit
Battenkill® Luggage is built for the long haul. We use the most rugged, abrasion- and weather-resistant 18-oz. cotton canvas available, paired with oil-tanned, full-grain leather, solid brass hardware, and heavy-duty zips. Double stitched inside and out with heavy nylon thread for strength, it’s designed to take any abuse you can throw at it.
Attractive, Strong and Durable
Engineered for long-lasting strength and water-resistance, Battenkill luggage will withstand dirt and wear better that most other types of luggage. Our bags are constructed of premium quality fabrications and our seams are edge-bound to resist breakdown. As your Battenkill luggage ages, expect pieces to take on an attractive patina with time and use. Colours will change subtly – this is completely normal and only enhances the unique appearance of each piece. What doesn’t change, however, is the legendary durability of our luggage – count on a lifetime of service when you choose Battenkill luggage.
Easy Care and Cleaning
Cleaning Battenkill canvas fabric is easy: just gently wipe with a sponge using a mild detergent and warm, sudsy water. Additional stain-resistant products, such as Scotchguard™, may be applied if you choose. For the leather accents on Battenkill canvas bags, we recommend Gokey Leather Conditioner by Orvis. It conditions and provides water resistance, while allowing the leather to breathe.
The Battenkill Luggage Line: Designed to Meet Your Demanding Travel Needs
Our exclusive Battenkill Luggage combines traditional materials with modern designs that offer high capacity, easy transport, and convenience, no matter where your travels take you. From the Overnight Briefcase, with room for paperwork and overnight essentials, to the Family-Size Rollacase™—big enough for a two-week trip—there’s a Battenkill Luggage style that suits your needs.