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I have a Zatchel satchel too. Perhaps I've worn it less, but I'm still quite happy about it. The leather is thick, tough and stiff, and rain does nothing to it, the dye won't bleed and the surface has not scratched. It is not soft grainy flexible leather. The satchel is quite slim, it won't hold much more than my iPad, phone, wallet, keys and a small notebook. But that keeps the bag light and manageable.
The saddle shape may be more difficult - some items may fit, others won't because of the curved shape.
You might also consider a preloved bag. Last year when I started seeing a lot of saddle bags on the streets, all of them were vintage (natural leather tones, not metallic). Lots on eBay, very inexpensive.