I agree that the leather does feel a bit dry when new. Let me know what you go with to moisturize? I have Obenauf's at home I could try.
I used the 257 on travel as a carry on and it was nice. A bit heavy when loaded to carry on the shoulder though.
As a daily carry into work it's a bit big as I don't carry much to and from work. (sometimes lunch, water, tablet, umbrella)