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Komal C Buffalo Hunter Review

This attractive leather bag is affordable and easy to use, but it has some limitations
Komal C Buffalo Hunter
Photo: Komal's Passion Leather
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Price:  $74 List | $62.99 at Amazon
Pros:  High quality leather, attractive, good price point
Cons:  Heavy, poorly designed shoulder strap, flimsy and baggy inner liner
Manufacturer:   Komal's Passion Leather
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 15, 2020
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  • Comfort - 25% 5
  • Packing & Organization - 25% 6
  • Electronics - 15% 4
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Wear & Tear - 10% 6
  • Volume to Weight Ratio - 10% 3

Our Verdict

The Komal C Buffalo Hunter is an attractive and durable leather bag with an excellent price point. It's not particularly feature-rich, but for the most part, it's straightforward and well-constructed. The shoulder strap is poorly designed, and the inner liner is annoyingly flimsy, but if you're on the hunt for a professional-looking bag for easy commutes and fair weather, this is a reliable option.

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Pros High quality leather, attractive, good price pointWaterproof laptop sleeve, weather resistant, easy to use, great features, ambidextrous, brightly colored interiorDurable, comfortable, simple but thoughtful storage, customizableWaterproof, comfortable, lightweight, highly durable, ambidextrous shoulder strapIncredibly durable and weather resistant, ambidextrous strap, spacious
Cons Heavy, poorly designed shoulder strap, flimsy and baggy inner linerExterior water bottle pocket is small, shoulder padding can get bunched up, tips over easily when set downMinimal features for electronicsTips over easily when set down, doesn't have very many pockets, expensiveStiff when new, boxy shape, buckle on shoulder strap is bulky, very loud to open
Bottom Line This attractive bag provides great value, but it isn't ideal for cycling or inclement weatherThis well-featured bag is feature-rich, fully ambidextrous, and highly weatherproofThis tried and true design continues to be one of the best simple messenger bags on the marketWith thoughtful features and burly weatherproofing, it's comfortable, lightweight, and ready to be your go-to bagChecks all the right boxes of what makes a great messenger bag, including looking super stylish
Rating Categories Komal C Buffalo Hunter Timbuk2 Especial Stash Timbuk2 Classic Arc'teryx Granville 10 Topo Designs Messenger
Comfort (25%)
5
7
8
9
8
Packing & Organization (25%)
6
8
7
5
7
Electronics (15%)
4
9
5
7
8
Ease Of Use (15%)
8
7
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Wear & Tear (10%)
6
9
8
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9
Volume To Weight Ratio (10%)
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8
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Specs Komal C Buffalo... Timbuk2 Especial... Timbuk2 Classic Arc'teryx... Topo Designs...
Measured Weight 2.73 lbs 2.18 lbs 2 lbs 1.15 lbs 2.66 lbs
Measured Volume 12 L 20 L 21 L 10 L 13 L
OGL Volume/Weight Ratio 4.40 9.17 10.50 8.70 4.89
Dimensions 16 x 12 x 4 in 17.5 x 12.2 x 4.72 in 14.6 x 12.2 x 7.1 in 16 x 10.5 x 5 in 17 x 12 x 6 in
Shoulder preference Either Either Either but optimized for left Either Either
Number of Compartments 2 3 2 2 2
Number of Large Pockets 2 5 3 1 3
Number of Small Pockets (i.e. sleeves for pens, thin items) 3 4 5 1 1
Number of Zipper Pockets 1 3 3 2 3
Key Clip? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reflective Material? No Yes Yes, on bottom straps No Yes
External Side Pocket No Yes No No No
Sleeve For Laptop? Yes - 15" Yes - 15" Yes - 15" Yes - 12" Yes - 15"
Stabilizing Cross Strap No Yes Yes Yes No
Available Sizes One Size One Size XS, S, M, L 10L and 16L One Size
Size Tested One Size One Size Medium 10L One Size

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Buffalo Hunter is a classy leather satchel with simple features and good craftsmanship, especially for the price! While it isn't suited for rainy weather, cycling, or anyone that needs lots of accessory pockets, for the right person, it's a steal.

Performance Comparison


Keeping it classy with the leather Buffalo Hunter.
Keeping it classy with the leather Buffalo Hunter.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Comfort


Depending on what you're carrying and how you commute, this bag is nothing special, but adequate. The main issue is the strap; it's thin, so if you have a heavy load, there's not a lot to distribute that weight, and the bag is hefty even when empty. There's a small and thin "pad" that helps a little, but it's very minimal.

The strap is also quite long, and if you adjust it to be shorter, the metal buckle ends up on the top of the shoulder or past it — and the pad isn't designed to be removed or to pass over that buckle. You'll either need to resort to no shoulder padding or having your bag hang down by your bum or thighs. It's a shame because this could easily have been remedied with just a bit of forethought. This also isn't the best bag to consider for cycling because there's no crossbody strap to keep it in place.

This bags looks stylish next to a bike, but the two are not...
This bags looks stylish next to a bike, but the two are not compatible. For the shoulder "pad" to be usable the bag hangs very low and there's no crossbody strap to keep it in place.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Packing & Organization


The Buffalo Hunter offers a lightly padded laptop sleeve secured via a Velcro strap. It also features two medium-size drop pockets, and one pen holder inside the main compartment, a large exterior front pocket under the main flap, and a large rear zippered pocket. These features are minimal but sufficient, depending on your needs.

Our main issue is with the saggy canvas liner on the interior. The lack of integrity makes it challenging to feel professionally organized, kind of like wearing an oversized sweatshirt under a fitted blazer — a bit bizarre. If you place something too heavy in the drop pockets, they sag and can easily fall out, and to use the pencil sleeve, we had to physically hold the fabric taut.

There's amble space in the Buffalo Hunter, but the pockets are...
There's amble space in the Buffalo Hunter, but the pockets are minimal and the loose inner liner is awkward.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Electronics


The Buffalo Hunter is made from nice thick leather and has a padded laptop sleeve that holds up to a 15" computer and secures with a Velcro tab. There are a few places for smaller devices and cords, though somehow nothing feels quite right. The smaller pockets don't zip and are flimsy. The larger pockets are really large; the full size of the bag. If you are the kind of person that organizes your things into their own zippered pouches, it won't matter much, but if you like having dedicated places for things built into the bag, you will likely feel disappointed. When it comes to weather, you will also need to be careful. While the exterior is robust and handles getting doused with water quite well, there are no corner wings on the flap to keep water from sneaking inside.

Except for a laptop sleeve, dedicated space for electronics and...
Except for a laptop sleeve, dedicated space for electronics and their accessories is limited in the Buffalo Hunter and it's also not a bag you want to expose to wet weather regularly.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Ease of Use


This is mostly an effortless bag to use — the top grab handle is large and comfortable, the clasps for the front flap are hidden stealthily, yet intuitively under adjustable buckles, and the shoulder strap adjusts via a standard slide buckle. However, a couple of things are less than ideal. The loose inner lining is disappointing and makes interacting with the pockets less enjoyable and easy than it would be if it were better designed.

The front flap is heavy, and the straps that adjust for length don't have a ton of range, so you can't overpack. Which, honestly, you wouldn't want to anyway because the shoulder strap is so poorly executed. If you want to be able to use the tiny "pad" on the strap, you will need to be okay with a low hanging bag, which may fall down to your bum or even your thighs. If you adjust the strap shorter, the pad is no longer usable because it's not made to pass over the slide buckle.

The clasp hidden under the buckle of the Buffalo Hunter.
The clasp hidden under the buckle of the Buffalo Hunter.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Wear & Tear


We have some mixed feelings there. The outer leather is lovely and thick and will wear well. It comes already weathered-looking, so scuffs and scratches blend right in. However, the internal liner does not inspire the same level of confidence. It's loose and baggy and could easily get ripped or damaged; it's really a shame that more attention wasn't paid to this aspect.

The outer leather of the Buffalo Hunter is beautiful and highly...
The outer leather of the Buffalo Hunter is beautiful and highly durable.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Volume to Weight Ratio


This bag weighs 2.73 pounds and is just 12 liters, so it didn't end up with a very good score in this category. However, if you're looking for a nice leather bag, you likely don't mind lifting a bit of extra weight.

The thick leather of this bag make it rather heavy, but it's worth...
The thick leather of this bag make it rather heavy, but it's worth it for the right individual.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Value


Value is very high for this attractive bag. It's affordable, particularly for the excellent materials and craftsmanship you receive, especially compared to other comparable bags of a similar look.

Conclusion


In most respects, we really loved our time with the Buffalo Hunter. There are problems with the shoulder strap and internal liner, but the rest of the bag is well executed and very attractive. For the price, which is more than reasonable, this is an excellent leather bag great for school or the office.

This leather bag is affordable and classy, ideal for the casual...
This leather bag is affordable and classy, ideal for the casual commuter that isn't dependent on an excess of pockets or features.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Penney Garrett