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Filson 256 or 257

post #1 of 50
Thread Starter 
I just ordered a Lenovo 15" notebook and want to get something to carry it in. I'm trying to decide between a 256 and 257. I have a feeling the 257 would be too large/heavy for everyday use(college).

I'm also unsure which colour to get. I'm leaning towards tan. Any owners willing to share some pictures and help me?
post #2 of 50
I'd be interested in seeing some pictures as well - am a few days (weeks) away from pulling the trigger on a 256.

Thanks!
post #3 of 50
257. I have the same laptop for work and the 257 is perfect.
post #4 of 50
What else do you need to carry with you? If that's mostly the laptop and a few papers, go with 256. If you need to carry a lot of books, documents, etc... go for 257. Otherwise 257 is just too much capacity for a simple laptop
post #5 of 50
If you're going to use a padded laptop sleeve, consider the 257. I use a tan 257 to carry a 15-inch Macbook Pro, and with a Waterfield padded sleeve, it takes up quite a bit of space.

--Andre
post #6 of 50
Thread Starter 
I usually cary an a4 notebook and a few books. I didn't plan a sleeve. Is there padding in the Filsons?
post #7 of 50
There's no padding in the 256 or 257 beyond the natural give of the cloth (which is not much). The much bigger 258 has padding.

--Andre
post #8 of 50
Copying PG on this:

Choose the one that goes better with RLBL suits
post #9 of 50
I went with the larger, which I use every day in law school. Works great and I don't find it too large at all. I really like the extra zipper pocket set-up on the larger bag as that is where I store my wallet, keys, sunglasses, pens, etc.... I carry a laptop but a small thin one (MB Air) bit still would not want the smaller version of the bag....
post #10 of 50
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by A Y View Post
There's no padding in the 256 or 257 beyond the natural give of the cloth (which is not much). The much bigger 258 has padding.

--Andre

I didn't know that. I think I will get the larger 257. Thank you all for helping!
post #11 of 50
Good choice. It will serve you well for years to come.
post #12 of 50
I was at the aiport last week when a guy noticed my 257 and said "Great little messenger bag you got there. I need something like that to go riding with!"
post #13 of 50
Thread Starter 
My 257 arrived yesterday and it's great. It looks great and is definitely the right size. I snapped a few pictures today:


post #14 of 50
My 257 arrived from Crane's last week. FWIW, I find it to be just the right size, much smaller than the Tumi laptop bag that I used when travelling for business. In fact, I originally ordered the 256 and found it way too small for my needs as a grad student (laptop, couple of notebooks, 1" binder or two, sunglasses, headphones, etc.). It also looked a little "mursey" on my frame when I wore it over my shoulder (6'1" 170). The 257 is a great bag.
post #15 of 50
I use the 257 with my laptop as well. I have no complaints.
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