Me -- tan zippered tote.
Mind you, a co-worker remarked, "that looks like the sort of bag a revolutionary would carry!" ...
Yes. Flown >100,000 miles with it in the last 14 months. Works well. It's showing very little wear--just some leather scuffing and mild grey smudges on the fabric--they give it character. The only time I haven't flown with it since I got it at the end of 2010 was when I went to England in March. The mechanics of the handle take up a little bit of room in the bag and I carried on my Filson Pullman instead.
It is quite distinctive, though. If you want to cut a lower profile, one of the darker colors would be better -- the bag is still a Filson, but doesn't jump out quite as much from a distance.
Being retired Navy the green reminds me too much of the big green weenie, the Army Seriously though no offense to those that served in the Army.
Nice collection. I like brown but your limited in selection with that color. I went with tan for the fly rod case and gun case (unscoped) because green is the common color of Boyt and several other gun case manufactures, so a tan gun case says even at a distance Filson. But is almost impossible to keep clean as is the tan fly rod case. Where I can't get brown I get green for that reason. For what it's worth I purchased a sportsman bag from a member on here that he was selling because he felt it was too large for a camera case and wanted a small duffle instead. The sportsman bag is the perfect size for a range bag so it may be a bit large for a camera bag. If you start shooting I highly recommend the sportsman bag however.
What are your thoughts on the large travel bag if you don't mind me asking? I keep thinking my next bag will be the classic Pullman but I keep looking at the large travel bag instead. There are not a lot of reviews on the Filson site for it.
If you don't mind me adding input here-
I've been trying to tackle the same issue: Large Carry On vs. Pullman vs. Large Travel Bag. I went to the filson store and picked the brains of just about everybody in there. It was pretty unanymous that the Pullman is the way to go.
First of all, being able to fully open the Large Carry On and Pullman completely knocked the Large Travel Bag out of the competition.
The exterior pockets of the Pullman are more easily accessible than the Large Carry On. It has a more box-like design, like a traditional suitcase, which makes it easier for packing. Also it has duel handle straps that come from the front and back of the bag, which creates a more even weight distribution when you carry it by its handles.
As far as anyone in the store could tell, there were only two downsides to the Pullman:
#1. The rings for the shoulder straps are on the back side (same as the Large Carry On), so when it is heavily packed, it's awkard to carry by shoulder strap unless you are carrying it on the opposite shoulder (if the bag is on your right side, cross the strap over to your left shoulder).
#2. The bag is designed to to take full advantage of Carry On size limits; so if you've stuff the bag so big that it's bulging, it will probably exceed the maximum size allowed to carry on and will have to be transported as a check in bag.
I'm leaning toward the Pullman. The restrictiveness of the Travel Bag was a deal breaker. The Large Carry On bag kind of looks like an oversized man purse to me, and seems a bit awkward to maneuver. Plus, the Pullman is less expensive than the Carry On and is, in my opinion, it's the best bang for your buck!
I have the Pullman and the wheeled carry-on. I carried the Pullman to and through England for an 8 day trip in March, stuffed very full. The shoulder strap could be better--I lugged it all the way across Heathrow, through part of O'Hare, and through customers at Dulles. I wouldn't worry about exceeding maximum size--I haven't had anyone give me a second glance. The squishy nature of the bag makes getting it into standard (e.g., A320, 737, 757, 767) overhead bins no problem. Opening fully in half is great. The lack of wheels and a handle is the biggest disadvantage of the Pullman compared to my wheeled carry-on. When I don't have to push the carry-on limits, I take the wheeled bag...
Why are you concerned about keeping the cases clean? If that's the primary concern, isn't nylon (say cordura or ballistic) a better solution?
No I am not familiar with that place but it is beautiful!! Haven't done much in Wyoming but I have fly fished all over including the birthplace of FF, England.
Yeah I tie my own flies too. If you haven't bought hackle in awhile your in for a shock. The craze last couple of years for women to put feathers in their hair? Saddle hackles. Demand and price is through the roof. I have plenty of pheasant tail feathers for pt nymphs though:
4 of us Retired Navy guys get together in SD first couple of weeks in November. Pretty much limit out every day and it is a great time. Commander from Spearfish brought out antelope backstrap last year. We ended making one of the top 10 meals I've had in my life with bacon wrapped pheasant pheasant breast, rare lope done on the grill, wild rice casserole and pheasant pate on garlic bread. We all cook well but the Admiral especially so. The best meal I ever had in my life was at the Hyatt Regency in Hong Kong back in 79 on my way to the Iranian hostage situation. Worst in Mombasa Africa.
To get close enough for a shot at antelope with your pistol water holes would be your ticket. Nothing wrong with a 270 either!
Because the fly rod and gun case both hang on my primary accent wall of my home when not in my vehicle. Right above my fine china hanging on they wall- painted plates of a bedded whitetail buck, a grouse and pheasant. They are the first thing people see when they walk in my house. Actually for fine china once my previous roommate of 25 years left I replaced all of her crappy stoneware with Mikasa white china. Yeah I have plenty of other cases. Like Crane's I have a lot of fly rods and have a 6" piece of PVC pipe with slots for the reels cut out and it can hold half a dozen rods. But talk about lacking style.... I also have a 3 gun ballistic cloth case made by a lady in Iowa for the US Olympic shooting team. Eventually I would like to purchase several Filson rod and gun cases to replace all the others. Those I would not mind getting dirty so much.