Hi all - I'm confronted with the age old question - 256 vs 257. Was hoping to get some insight from those who have a strong preference for either one of them.
My criteria - I am looking for a daily carrier (I am a corporate drone/office worker, would be carrying a 15" MacBook Pro and maybe some papers on a daily basis) -- so initially was looking only at the 256. But I'm drawn to the carry-on versatility of the 257 (I travel a decent amount for work) and also general versatility for the occasions where I want the incremental space to throw in a change of clothes/water bottle/more papers. Just seems like more potential bang for the buck...
My chief concern is that the 257 is just too large, and not worth owning over the 256 for the occasional versatility -- I've googled around at pictures of people carrying the 257, and it also seems that this bag "wears big" and may look kind out of place for every day carrying... I am somewhat taller fwiw -- 6' tall, and ~170 pounds -- so perhaps that helps mitigate the "too large looking" issue?
I've read this review -- http://filsonfan.com/2012/11/26/briefcase-showdown-filson-256-vs-257/ -- which also casts doubts on my 257 choice...
Be great to hear any thoughts on this topic, thank you in advance!
I've got the 256 and generally carry a laptop, some papers, a small umbrella, a sunglasses case, and a small bag about the same size as the small umbrella. I'm sure you've seen, but there are also some compartments for pens, phone, business cards, etc.
For your everyday use, I think the 257 would be overkill. I've considered buying the 258 for when I travel, but haven't pulled the trigger.