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post #2821 of 3704
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Originally Posted by Silk View Post

Eastdane has 25% off from now until 20 October 2013 with the code INTHEFAMILY25. There's free international shipping if you spend above a certain amount (almost all the Filson items will qualify).

Here you go: http://www.eastdane.com/filson/br/v=1/20501.htm

Enjoy.

 

awesome tip brotha, just purchased my zip tote in navy.  the actual filson actually had it on backorder where I was going to buy from!

post #2822 of 3704
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

here's a super quick modification that I made to my zippered tote bag:

1. find and extra thin belt from the wife/girlfriend and thread it through like so:

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2. then put the outside handle under the belt - which holds it down so it won't flop around. The belt will become a shoulder strap and the inside handle will become the other shoulder strap.

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3. Now the tote can become a convertible back pack.

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Now your hands are free again.

I've had it like this for a year and there's been no problem with durability and its actually comfortable. the belt tucks into the outside pouch pocket when not in use. I've done this when riding a bike/commuting (no more fugly sport backpack/bike tote), and especially for travel with other luggage.


The above pic was from a Europe trip starting in Prague. The tote bag was my extra carry on. If you've seen one you know its cavernous and can hold tons of stuff.



Hey Doc,

I figured out a brilliant and simple way to carry the zippered tote without it slipping off of one's shoulder. First, put your arm through both straps and put it up on your shoulder..so far all is normal. The trick is to make sure the pocket with the "key holder" is facing your body. Once the straps are up on your shoulder, reach into the pocket and pull out the key holder....then attach it to a belt loop so that the bag sits comfortably but there is enough tension that the straps can't slip down. It works wonderfully, and isn't even visible. I was walking around yesterday and my daughter fell asleep in my arms and the damn bag was driving me crazy. I came up with the idea out of desperation...quite impressed with myself that it worked.
Edited by Alter - 10/20/13 at 5:20am
post #2823 of 3704
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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

Hey Filson fans,

First off, I apologize, as the question I'm about to pose has probably been asked before in this thread. I acquired my first Filson product a little over a year ago (dopp kit in tan) and love the quality and design. Now, I'm looking to purchase a versatile, small/medium size bag for travel (carry-on) and which can also work as an every day, office type of bag. I am leaning toward the 256 Original Briefcase. My only hesitation is that I'm in my 20s and fresh out of college, and still trying to shake the idea that briefcases/messenger bags are douchey, as is the perception of most when you carry one on a college campus.

Any thoughts? Any other styles I should consider? Thoughts on the most versatile color? As someone a few posts up mentioned, seems like navy is a great color that looks good when in casual attire as well as a suit. That said, I also really like tan, and it would be nice to match the dopp kit I already have.

Lastly, who's got the best prices on Filson products? Seems like the seller "FilsonGuy" in the SF marketplace is reputable with great discounts on new products. Anyone dealt with him?

Thanks for any input!

Douchey compared to what? IMO the people who would think a good briefcase or messenger is douchey for college and beyond are douches with no clue. As good as the 256 is the 257 is probably the better way to go. The Filson colors are tan and otter. Those two colors have been around forever. The new colors aren't bad but I'm so old school Filson it isn't funny. If you like tan then get the tan. Don't concern yourself with whether or not it'll work with a suit because it does. IMO a tan 257 is one of the most recognizable and iconic pieces that Filson makes. Mine has been in boardroom meetings and around campfires in a hunting camp. All I get is compliments and things like nice bag who makes it kind of stuff.
post #2824 of 3704
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Originally Posted by Crane's View Post

[quote name="Flyswatter" url="/t/133759/filson-bag-thread-with-pictures/2800_40#post_6667574"]Hey Filson fans,First off, I apologize, as the question I'm about to pose has probably been asked before in this thread. I acquired my first Filson product a little over a year ago (dopp kit in tan) and love the quality and design. Now, I'm looking to purchase a versatile, small/medium size bag for travel (carry-on) and which can also work as an every day, office type of bag. I am leaning toward the 256 Original Briefcase. My only hesitation is that I'm in my 20s and fresh out of college, and still trying to shake the idea that briefcases/messenger bags are douchey, as is the perception of most when you carry one on a college campus.Any thoughts? Any other styles I should consider? Thoughts on the most versatile color? As someone a few posts up mentioned, seems like navy is a great color that looks good when in casual attire as well as a suit. That said, I also really like tan, and it would be nice to match the dopp kit I already have.Lastly, who's got the best prices on Filson products? Seems like the seller "FilsonGuy" in the SF marketplace is reputable with great discounts on new products. Anyone dealt with him?Thanks for any input![/quote]Douchey compared to what? IMO the people who would think a good briefcase or messenger is douchey for college and beyond are douches with no clue. As good as the 256 is the 257 is probably the better way to go. The Filson colors are tan and otter. Those two colors have been around forever. The new colors aren't bad but I'm so old school Filson it isn't funny. If you like tan then get the tan. Don't concern yourself with whether or not it'll work with a suit because it does. IMO a tan 257 is one of the most recognizable and iconic pieces that Filson makes. Mine has been in boardroom meetings and around campfires in a hunting camp. All I get is compliments and things like nice bag who makes it kind of stuff.

I'd second a 257. I was trying to decode between a 256 and 257 as a school bag and found that the 256 is full after a few books, laptop, and a water bottle. With the 257 I could fit all of that easily with extra room when I need to put other things. I've gone on a few trips with the 257 as well and it makes a great carry on as your "personal item" that you store under your seat.

Here's a comparison review:
http://filsonfan.com/2012/11/26/briefcase-showdown-filson-256-vs-257/
post #2825 of 3704
The 257 always felt too big for me since I managed to pack everything I needed in the 256
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Originally Posted by quuz View Post

Filson 256, bought it last year while on vaccation in the US. Been using it every day since for university

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Stuff I bring with me everyday:

Two thick books
Two notepads
Macbook air 13"
Laptop leather sleve
3 pens
Walle
Macbook charger
Moleskin portfolio

Sometimes I stuff an extra book in the bag withut a problem. I really think the 256 is the perfect sice if you are going to university (unless you study law and have to carry around an awful law book :P )


Only thing thats bothering me is the ugly stains my jeans has left on the "back side" of the bag, does anyone know how to wash this away?

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Im also considering getting a small duffle 70220 to use as overnight bag since I travel and commute alot.
post #2826 of 3704
+1. I he'd and haw'd for ages over the 256/257 debate and in the end got the 257. It's slightly heavier but I figured I'd rather have the room than not. Imagine having a bag that looks cool but is practically limited because it doesn't actually fit everything you need. So far my only regret is it's damn heavy and slips off my shoulder, etc. And I ended up buying it after college, so sortof dumb on that one...



PS - thanks for the tip on eastdane, just finally pulled the trigger on a green tote (no zip) and green dopp kit / toiletry bag
post #2827 of 3704
After using a 257 for a few years in a business casual environment, I ended up downgrading to a 256. The 257 is nice but since I only carry a MacBook Pro and the occasional book, it was too bulky for office use. I prefer the slimmer silhouette of the 256 for office/everyday use.

Looking back, I probably could have gotten away with the 256 during college as I never really had many classes scheduled back-to-back and I always lived on or near campus. But a 257 is probably a safer bet if you're carrying multiple school books and a laptop/tablet.
post #2828 of 3704
Not related to bags, but I have been looking for a Filson Mackinaw coat Regular or Seattle fit. Is there any way to get it cheaper at an outlet or wait for a sale. For now it is out of my price range. No luck on ebay thus far.

Thanks,
post #2829 of 3704
@flyswatter

When I used my 257 as a personal item bag on an airplane I was able to fit 5 shirts, 5 boxers, and 5 pairs of socks as well as an 11" laptop, water bottle, a small book, and my toiletries. The bag looked stuffed but it worked.

Converge and quuz show that you really need to know what kind of things you'll be needing the bag for. There are some days when my 257 is mostly empty and would have been better suited using a 256. If I were a wealthier man I would buy a 256 as well but I don't have that luxury. What you can do is pick one that you think would handle the large majority of the things you need the bag for. In the future you can save up and buy the second bag if you would like to have both.
post #2830 of 3704
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Originally Posted by Brooks View Post

@flyswatter

When I used my 257 as a personal item bag on an airplane I was able to fit 5 shirts, 5 boxers, and 5 pairs of socks as well as an 11" laptop, water bottle, a small book, and my toiletries. The bag looked stuffed but it worked.

Converge and quuz show that you really need to know what kind of things you'll be needing the bag for. There are some days when my 257 is mostly empty and would have been better suited using a 256. If I were a wealthier man I would buy a 256 as well but I don't have that luxury. What you can do is pick one that you think would handle the large majority of the things you need the bag for. In the future you can save up and buy the second bag if you would like to have both.
Agreed. I use my 256 on most days, but when I need more room I carry my 261 zippered tote.
post #2831 of 3704
Hi,

any experiences with Filson bags (Pullman or large Duffle) as check-in luggage? I'm somewhat concerned about the straps tearing off once the bag hits the transportation system behind the scenes...
post #2832 of 3704
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Originally Posted by Schnurretiger View Post

any experiences with Filson bags (Pullman or large Duffle) as check-in luggage? I'm somewhat concerned about the straps tearing off once the bag hits the transportation system behind the scenes...

 

You'll be fine. I would, though, remove the shoulder strap and pack in in your bag. 

post #2833 of 3704

Checked in both my Large wheeled duffle and medium travel bag twice and it's fine, but yes, remove the shoulder strap. 

post #2834 of 3704
Do you guys know if this is a Filson bag? I'm hoping it's bigger than my 256.



post #2835 of 3704
laptop bag I think
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