Originally Posted by mustardontoast
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