damn, all this trouble over a cheap looking, but decently designed, canvas bag? just drop the filson and get a leather bag instead, it is more durable, and it doesn't look cheap like canvas does, and when leather get a patina it looks nice, when canvas gets a patina you know it is dirt stains smudged with moldy wax that makes your bag looks like it needs to be washed.
I can buy 3 Filson padded laptop cases for the price of a leather bag. And the Filson says despite wearing a suit and looking better than most of those around me I'm still a woodchuck at heart. Can't really see throwing a leather bag in the rig and driving through moose shit down two tracks a couple of months a year either. If you don't know what SSS means when a wolf shows interest in your dog while bird hunting you likely will never understand.
The duffle shrank around 10%. Not as much as I hoped for and it's still a little large for carry-on but I think I could easily get away with it. The duffle looks even better after a wash, looks as if I've been using it for a few months at least. Interestingly, the bag did not change color at all, not even the slightest, which leads me to believe, exactly how much wax is impregnated into the twill canvas, if at all? I coated the underside of the flap with a little wax and the whole thing changed color. So what exactly did Filson put into their canvas?
As you can see, the handles aren't attached to my bag. I've cut them off to shorten them. I'll reattach them once I buy some rivets.
Good job. Like I said the only way to get the wax out is dry cleaning. 20-30 years ago before they came out with dry cloth everyone I know myself included dry cleaned our Filson hunting britches so we didn't sweat to death in them. And at teens and twenty's below zero they get stiff as hell with that wax treatment. And cold to boot. Make sure you treat that leather with conditioner now.