For those that prefer a more rugged type of material, these leather backpacks aren't just for business professionals or school students anymore. Women use them instead of carrying a purse, they're available in various sizes that fit perfectly over the shoulders and still have the space inside to carry what is necessary. Men sometimes prefer them over a briefcase or messenger bag, backpacks can free up your hands to carry other things. The bags are manufactured from premium leather which is mostly buffalo or cowhide, sometimes can be very soft to the touch depending on the process. Some leather bags have more of a shine to them which comes from a process called buffing. These are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing the right leather backpack. While at times you may find a scratch in the leather, it isn't a flaw it is actually in the hide itself which gives more character to the bag. Over the years manufacturers have designed leather backpacks to accommodate laptop and various mobile devices. Many contain a padded computer sleeve, interior pouches to hold cables, flash drives or discs and exterior pockets for added storage space. Some contain a zipper closure at the top while others may have a snap or buckle closure on the front.