If anyone happens to have a Filson Sporstman's in Otter Green that they want to get rid of, give me a message! Thanks
Edited by BluePlateKing - 11/17/13 at 10:23pm
It is quite a beauty. It's also veg tanned, which is just something to keep in mind. It won't perform in the rain like Horween's chrome tanned hides, or the Oil Finish Twill, for that matter. It will, however, produce an unbelievable patina, for sure. Hard to say whether it's worth that price point, though...my 256 is still going strong and very satisfying. But Filson and Horween...so tempting...
I like Filson's bridle leather quite a bit, but I wish they offered more options with the tan color, rather than always defaulting to the dark brown or black. Anyway, doesn't all leather stretch? It's inherently pliable, isn't it?
No doubt Wicket & Craig's hides are fantastic. But I think Horween's longstanding reputation earns them in a spot in the top leather producers.
"Bridal" leather is another thing altogether.
I feel like the Navy or the Tan would work. I do think, as you wondered, the green on green would be a little much.
I recently picked up a medium duffle, but realized its too big. I'm sure this has been discussed, but i was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the pullman and the sportsman's bag? I'm looking for a bag as carry on, that can fit enough for more then weekend.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
(not really fond of the medium travel bag)
Thanks for the explanation. I hadn't realized there was such a difference in bridle leather vs. something like CXL. I ride, and I wear an Aero in Horween FQHH, so I'm probably just enthusiastic about Horween because it's the best jacket I've ever had. Anyway, you make excellent points, and I appreciate the info.
I'm with you—the copper rivet is the way to go.
I usually only have about 5 pounds total in my 256, but I always feel like it could take much more than that, if I needed or wanted it to. I've also found it's possible to convert it into a makeshift backpack by running the shoulder strap through the handles. Not comfortable for hours on end, but when I have loaded it down quite a bit, it makes a long walk a lot more comfortable. Is 20 lbs your normal carry load?
Looks like the handles on that 127 (Horween tote) are bridle leather, so it seems like they're anticipating your point about the load-bearing. Wish it had D-rings on the ends, so you could use a shoulder strap as well, if desired. My main resistance to that tote, though, is the wide open interior. I know some people like a very custom organization, but I prefer being told what to do in that regard, or at least given some direction about where might be best to store what. It also looks a little froufrou when compared to the twill. I guess I'm just talking myself back into my 256, which remains fantastic.
Also worth noting, a lot of employers offer a Brooks Brothers Corporate discount, which is good for 15% off every day. May even stack on their 30% deals. Haven't tried it, but may be worth a shot if you're in the market for one. Just ordered a Large Duffle off of there ($258 - 15%). Not complaining.