Originally Posted by Zaarin
How well would a 256 fit a: MacBook Pro 13inch, charger, typical textbook and a notebook? The daily commute would be very long so I prefer a lighter version (compared to the 257).
Originally Posted by asdf
This will fit fine.
I carry a 15.6 inch non-sleek PC, sleeve, calculator, pens, power source, and and a textbook or two pretty easily.
I carry a similarly sized laptop, thin sleeve and accompanying accessories for work in a 256 as well. Things get a bit tight when I have to carry more than just a handful of files (no textbooks) but I can manage. There are very few times when I long for a bit more room (like a 257) but the 256 makes me pay attention to packing lightly.
I have a 257 as well but can count on one hand the number of times I needed to take it on a trip vs. the 256. I bought the well used 257 via ebay and it had several yrs of wear but was structurally sound. The only significant damage was a 1" length of the zipper that came unstitched. I contacted Filson to inquire about repair (at my cost) but because it had an X'd out tag, they would not repair even for a fee.
I asked them to provide me the correct dimensions/size of the zipper so I could source a replacement and have it repaired locally. Rather than provide dimensions, they simply mailed me a replacement part. It took a few months but a new zipper eventually arrived. It was a pleasant surprise and a great example of excellent customer service.
The bag still closes so I haven't yet had the repair done. Additionally, I cleaned it up with warm water & dishwashing soap and treated the dry leather bits with RM Williams Leather Conditioner and/or Obenauf LP. It cleaned up nicely, the leather came back with a nice patina and now I just need to rewax the canvas and have the zipper replaced. It was certainly $55 well spent.