It isn’t cheap to find good saddle bags these days but excellent ones can still be made with a little time and dedication. The U.S. Army M-1924 model is the culmination of a century of design improvements and feedback from real field use. This model, in one form or another, saw service across the West, through multiple wars, the staking of trails and the migration of a people across a continent. Being a government contract item the design specifications are readily available through the General Services Administration.
The plans are printable and can be scaled or drafted into patterns to transfer to appropriate leather; latigo or veg tanned. Click the image for a full-screen version. Clicking again should provide oversized, printable versions for easy use and reading.
Even if you don’t own a horse, this design works well equally on a motorcycle or scooter and add a touch of class in any case. Mine ride on a Vespa Super Sport. I’ll share the Quartermaster version when I get them loaded.