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Originally Posted by milw50717 View Post

I believe that the panniers are really meant to be removed and then carried, rather than being left on the bike as they are held on by snap-on fasteners.If you were going to leave them on the bike I think you would have to fettle with them in some way to more securely attach them to the bike, or at the very least least pass a lock cable through them.

To be honest, when it comes to bikes and concerens about theft I'd think more about not making your bike stand out from the crowd when locked up. A cheaper pair of panniers that are more easily secured to the bike and of a more suitable and darker material - yep, waterproof plastic - would be a better choice IMHO.

That's what I ultimately decided. I'm going to just use a wooden crate and then can toss my filson tote or 257 into it for my office commute. This will then be my briefcase for the day. I prefer this to carrying panniers around (and its a whole lot cheaper).
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Originally Posted by dcg View Post

Regarding the purchase of Filson by Bedrock - happened across the Glassdoor employee reviews for Filson the other day, and they're pretty damning. 1.4 out of 5 with nine reviews, only one of them positive. Quite a bit of commentary around the management by Bedrock. Interesting read: http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/C-C-Filson-Reviews-E140898.htm

Not what I would have expected, and sad to see. I've had some great recent experiences with several individuals in their customer service area. I hope they get some better leadership in place.

I cannot more strongly take back the above comment regarding positive experience with Filson CS. baldy[1].gif
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Originally Posted by milw50717 View Post


I believe that the panniers are really meant to be removed and then carried, rather than being left on the bike as they are held on by snap-on fasteners.If you were going to leave them on the bike I think you would have to fettle with them in some way to more securely attach them to the bike, or at the very least least pass a lock cable through them.

To be honest, when it comes to bikes and concerens about theft I'd think more about not making your bike stand out from the crowd when locked up. A cheaper pair of panniers that are more easily secured to the bike and of a more suitable and darker material - yep, waterproof plastic - would be a better choice IMHO.

 

Ortlieb 

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Does anyone by chance own the Photographer's backpack? I agree with some earlier comments regarding the price for a backpack but I imagine it would be just right for what I'm looking for. Really haven't seen anything similar on the market. Any comments or photos is appreciated.

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Just got the medium duffle in olive from Haberdash. My second filson purchase, the other being the briefcase in tan which I've had for about 2.5 years now.

It is exactly what I expected. Pretty big for a medium, but I knew this from all the reviews. As far as its practicality, it is definitely overkill for an overnight or gym bag, but could work as a weekend bag since it can be crunched down. I have a two week trip to Europe coming up in the Fall and I think this will be perfect for that along with a backpack. I'm pretty sure this would fit as a carry on as well. The olive color is also really nice. Kinda wish I had gotten my briefcase in olive now.
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Originally Posted by 177itch View Post

After about 18 months of daily use, I began to notice some things about my 257 that I wish were different. So instead of finding a different bag, I made the desired modifications.

The first being the removal of the flap. In California where it never rains I didn't need the added protection. It also always felt like an extra step to get inside the bag, so I wanted it gone. I originally took it to my cleaner to make the modifications, but they said their machines couldn't handle the Rugged Twill. So I took it to my cobbler, and two days later... no flap!



Now that the flap was gone, I relocated the snap to the outside of the front pocket. I did this just so the bridle could be reused. All I had to was add a snap to the outside of the bag and hand stitch the the bridle to the outside of the pocket. I used some buttons that I already had. Mine were a tad larger than Filson's so I used a concho I had laying around.






Overall I'm very pleased with the results. It suits my needs better and now stands out in the sea of 256 and 257s in Orange County.

 

 

This looks awesome!  Who is your cobbler?  Does your cobbler also deal with leather straps? Would love a rec - I live in Los Angeles... 

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