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Any comparison pictures that definitively show the difference between the 256 and 257?

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Originally Posted by mike134 View Post

I just picked up the medium duffle and it is very large.  Larger than a carry-on size limit if filled to capacity.  The "large" size would be for well over a week of travel (at least the way I pack). 

Also, I think if you filled the large duffle up, it would be way heavier than you would be willing to carry.  Although, perhaps you are some sort of muscle man?  I've seen pictures of people carrying the large size, but it always looks less than half full. 

These guys say the large is for "a month-long trip" http://www.formatmag.com/news/filson-large-duffle-bag/

I've used a medium by itself (with North Face backpack) for trips longer than one month, really depends on how you pack. FWIW I've carried a fully packed medium duffle on multiple domestic flights as well as a few European budget airlines. Never an issue for me and was never asked to check size. I'm pretty sure one could squeeze it into the check-in box as well
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Originally Posted by Essential View Post

Any comparison pictures that definitively show the difference between the 256 and 257?

Check near start of thread
post #1473 of 3704
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Originally Posted by mustardontoast View Post

I'm a rookie in regards to Filson. But which bag would you recommend for traveling for a week or so, the medium or the large duffel? 

First off, I personally am not a fan of the duffles. They are not sturdy enough and are not as functional as the other bags. Funtion is very important on a multi-day trip.

With that being said...

I just took a large carry-on (style #70242) on a 5 day fishing and sailing trip and it was packed pretty full so, unless you are an extremely light packer, I don't think it would cut it for "a week or so".

The pullman (style #70243) has a similar design (fully opens and lays flat with internal straps) but is a bit larger. I know a few people who have it, and none have had issues with using it as a carry on, as long as it's not heavily packed and bulging.

The travel bag-large (style #70248) is slightly larger than the pullman, but only opens along the top similar to the duffle bag. Again, if it is not filled to maximum capacity, it can be used as a carry-on... But not using it to it's full extent kind of defeats the purpose of owning it.

My final suggestion is the outfitter bag-extra large (style #70239). I think these bags are really cool, and are not as monstrous sized as the pictures on the Filson website would lead you to believe (before seeing one in real life, I expected it to be the size of a small coffee table or ottoman)! This will definitely be a sufficient bag for a multi-week trip! You would definitely have to check this bag if traveling by air though.

I can get by without doing any laundry on a 7 day trip with my large carry-on (#70242), garment bag (#70270), and my briefcase (#70256) ; but I'm usually traveling for work, in which I need to bring a couple suits (the garment bag is not only great for suits, but also extra shoes and toiletries). If this isn't the case for you, go with the outfitter-extra large and I'm sure you'll be much happier with having too much space, as opposed to too little space.

I hope this helps!
Edited by raneym305 - 7/10/12 at 8:34am
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I recently picked up a Medium Travel Bag and a Small Duffel Bag.

On both bags, when zipped up, there are holes at each end of the zipper track. On the Travel Bag, the holes are about 3/8", and on the Small Duffel, the holes are about 1/4".

Could someone who also owns these bags let me know if they have the same holes? They're mostly protected by the leather tabs, but it seems odd to me that the zippers wouldn't be slightly longer.

I'm probably just being overly concerned, but I'd at least like to verify that the bags are supposed to be like this, and they didn't mess up in the construction of mine.

Thanks!
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just noticed this .... http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatSectionView.process?IWAction=Load&Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=1451
Edited by Thanks SF (a new me) - 7/11/12 at 8:23am
post #1476 of 3704
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Originally Posted by mustardontoast View Post

I'm a rookie in regards to Filson. But which bag would you recommend for traveling for a week or so, the medium or the large duffel? 

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Originally Posted by mike134 View Post

I just picked up the medium duffle and it is very large.  Larger than a carry-on size limit if filled to capacity.  The "large" size would be for well over a week of travel (at least the way I pack). 

Also, I think if you filled the large duffle up, it would be way heavier than you would be willing to carry.  Although, perhaps you are some sort of muscle man?  I've seen pictures of people carrying the large size, but it always looks less than half full. 


These guys say the large is for "a month-long trip" http://www.formatmag.com/news/filson-large-duffle-bag/

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Originally Posted by raneym305 View Post

First off, I personally am not a fan of the duffles. They are not sturdy enough and are not as functional as the other bags. Funtion is very important on a multi-day trip.

The large is indeed large. We have a couple that we use for skiing & fishing trips (we stuff them full and ship them out ahead of time - they hold 50-60 lbs. of gear - you do not want ot be lugging these things through airports). We've had them for 15+ and have taken a real beating over the years. The are extrememely tough & durable (one has developed a tiny rip in the canvas that we 'mended w/ a piece of duct tape inside & out). As for being functional confused.gif - it is a duffle bag, a bag does ot get any more functional than that.
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Originally Posted by romafan View Post

The large is indeed large. We have a couple that we use for skiing & fishing trips (we stuff them full and ship them out ahead of time - they hold 50-60 lbs. of gear - you do not want ot be lugging these things through airports). We've had them for 15+ and have taken a real beating over the years. The are extrememely tough & durable (one has developed a tiny rip in the canvas that we 'mended w/ a piece of duct tape inside & out). As for being functional confused.gif - it is a duffle bag, a bag does ot get any more functional than that.

Don't get me wrong, Filson makes a damn good duffle. I've purchased a small and a large; but the small is now used as a gym bag and the large was commandeered by my little brother. I just find the lack of additional compartments and/or interior straps hindering when using the duffles for a multi-activity trip (i.e. separating shoes, wet clothes, dress shirts). When traveling, I often need a nicer outfit for going out on the town or taking out a client, as well as an outfit I can work out or hike in. Even for an overnight trip, I find the Sportsman a much more practical bag than a small duffle. My wife also has a tendency to put her dirty clothes in my bag's when traveling together.

But that's just my two cents. If you just need a bag to throw your stuff in and have the opportunity/time to iron and/or wash your clothes that should be kept nice, go for the duffle. It's less expensive the other Filson bags with comparable size and will last you a lifetime!
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Originally Posted by Jeff H View Post

I recently picked up a Medium Travel Bag and a Small Duffel Bag.
On both bags, when zipped up, there are holes at each end of the zipper track. On the Travel Bag, the holes are about 3/8", and on the Small Duffel, the holes are about 1/4".
Could someone who also owns these bags let me know if they have the same holes? They're mostly protected by the leather tabs, but it seems odd to me that the zippers wouldn't be slightly longer.
I'm probably just being overly concerned, but I'd at least like to verify that the bags are supposed to be like this, and they didn't mess up in the construction of mine.
Thanks!

My 257 has these holes, which are about 3/8". My medium travel bag is at home so I can't check that right now.
post #1479 of 3704
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Originally Posted by raneym305 View Post

Don't get me wrong, Filson makes a damn good duffle. I've purchased a small and a large; but the small is now used as a gym bag and the large was commandeered by my little brother. I just find the lack of additional compartments and/or interior straps hindering when using the duffles for a multi-activity trip (i.e. separating shoes, wet clothes, dress shirts). When traveling, I often need a nicer outfit for going out on the town or taking out a client, as well as an outfit I can work out or hike in. Even for an overnight trip, I find the Sportsman a much more practical bag than a small duffle. My wife also has a tendency to put her dirty clothes in my bag's when traveling together.
But that's just my two cents. If you just need a bag to throw your stuff in and have the opportunity/time to iron and/or wash your clothes that should be kept nice, go for the duffle. It's less expensive the other Filson bags with comparable size and will last you a lifetime!

I gottcha - sturdy as in "will not cause wrinkles". Yes, a duffle is not the way to go for keeping stuff nice &/or separate. It is decidedly not a good choice for if you need a suitcase - it's for jamming a lot of stuff into.
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Originally Posted by romafan View Post

I gottcha - sturdy as in "will not cause wrinkles". Yes, a duffle is not the way to go for keeping stuff nice &/or separate. It is decidedly not a good choice for if you need a suitcase - it's for jamming a lot of stuff into.

By "sturdy" I mean, the large duffle can bend or fold in the middle while carrying it by the strap if it's not packed full enough. This doesn't alter the comfort or weight distribution at all, it was just something that aesthetically bothered me. Unlike most cheap duffle bags, Filson's don't have any plastic or cardboard reinforcements in the bottom to keep it stiff.

Again, this is only my two cents. Mustardontoast, if this doesn't bother you, or you only plan on using the duffle on long trips in which the bag will be fully packed, then I guess this is a non issue. I just wanted to share my thoughts.
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Does anybody have information whether a 13" MB air fits into the rather narrow opening of a medium field bag?
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does anyone have any experience with the PASSAGE WOMEN'S BUSINESS TOTE? Style #73036

 

my gf is interested in it and I wanted to see if anyone had any feedback about it.

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Originally Posted by tomatic View Post

Does anybody have information whether a 13" MB air fits into the rather narrow opening of a medium field bag?

I have the 13 MBA in a SF bags sleeve and it will not fit in my med. field bag.

Hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by f800gs View Post

I have the 13 MBA in a SF bags sleeve and it will not fit in my med. field bag.
Hope this helps.

Great, thanks!
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So far Filson's supposedly "amazing" customer service has been far less than amazing for me.

Over a month and a half ago my Filson shoulder bag's strap broke off so I contacted Filson about it and they said I could send it to them and they would take a look at it and decide if they can repair or replace it. Since I live in Canada I had to pay over $40 to mail it back to them. I received a delivery confirmation 4 days later from Canada Post saying that the package was received by Filson but I never got a reply from them about it. After another week had passed I contacted them again to ask what was going on with it since I never heard anything from them and they told me they received the bag and it was sent to be repaired a week earlier and it would be getting mailed out within 3 days. Another 2 and a half weeks went by with no update and no bag so I contacted them once again and they told me that they just received the bag and it had just been sent in for repairs and it will be once again sent out within 2-3 days. This has now been over a month and a half that I have been without my shoulder bag that I only bought because I was under the impression that their products were supposed to be made of such high quality that they will last for years and years. My bag broke within 2 years of owning it and it wasn't even used all that heavily for the first year.
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