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In other news - has anyone else noticed within the last week that Filson has quietly reintroduced its "Filson Restoration Department" bags exclusively at Nordstrom?

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Thanks for the quick reply! Interesting. I find that the soy waxed cotton also looks a lot more "patchy" than the original tin cloth or shelter cloth but I'm not sure if that's just due to photo coloring etc.

Upon inspecting the photos I realised that the otter green mr porter version also has a waxed canvas for the "rolled up top" bit. Not sure which particular waxed canvas they use, whether it's the original tin cloth or the soy waxed version.


The otter green Filson twill 257 definitely seems to hide dirt better than my Tan twill small duffle. I will take all these into consideration into choosing which of the two bags I will go with. Thanks a lot for your input. Appreciate it!


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Originally Posted by nevadabob View Post

I can't speak for the durability of the soy cotton, but it weighs just over a third of what the twill cloth weighs, and darker colors always seem to hide dirt better than light colors.

Filson seems to be in a new habit of releasing new gear and selling it for a quarter to half a year - that seems to be the case with all of its soy-wax goods. Only one jacket remains on the Filson website.

The Mr. Porter version, I would guess, would be the more rare bag since it was made for one particular outlet, rather than all of Filson's catalog of vendors.
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Originally Posted by illition View Post
 

 

 

Anyone have any insights into this? I have now confirmed that the Otter Green is the Mr Porter version but still unsure about the Tan version.

 

I'm also unsure about how the Soy Waxed finish will hold up, and if the dimensions of the two bags are the same. 

 

Will appreciate any feedback at all. :nodding:

 

I have a number of Filson bags including some of the Mr Porter collaboration pieces.  While that Mr Porter you're looking at looks somewhat plain, it like has Harris Tweed on the inside of the flap, the straps and the top of the roll top.  Not sure though.  

 

They look to be the same style with just subtle differences, so I would go with the bag your prefer aesthetically and which bag you think will be more versatile in that regard.  I don't think the waxed pocket or roll top will be any less quality.  The only issue would be that at some point in the future the wax will wear off, but that could take years and years and even then it'd be up to you to re-wax it if you wanted to, but it wouldn't be necessary.  Also with the tan version I can see the straps are clearly lined with wool and possibly Harris Tweed. 

 

If the side straps on the green are black along with the grab pull thing, then that'd be a deal killer for me.  

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Thanks for the input!

It does also have the Harris Tweed on the inside of the straps and Pocket. 

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Thanks for the help thus far. I really am leaning toward the green version now because i'm not sure about the 'patchy' look of the tan soy waxed canvas. 

 

The waxed tin cloth on the green version does not look nearly as patchy as the tan one, possibly because the green version is the original tin cloth whereas the tan is the newer soy wax 

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Originally Posted by nevadabob View Post

In other news - has anyone else noticed within the last week that Filson has quietly reintroduced its "Filson Restoration Department" bags exclusively at Nordstrom?

Found this on the Nordstrom blog - https://blogs.nordstrom.com/men/take-a-tour-of-filsons-factories-pop-innordstrom-new-classics/#more-35189.

Some info of interest (or not):

  • Two factories in Seattle and one in Idaho.
  • Approximately 600 leather hides are delivered weekly
  • the current Seattle storefront will scoot a few blocks west, right beneath corporate headquarters (which also houses one of their three stateside factories).
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Don't really understand why anyone would buy anything "Restoration Dept" unless it was a style that they no long make.  You can just trash a Filson bag for years and get the same look yourself.  Prices are out of this World too.

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The red tweed is kinda ugly. I have the blue one and it has something like black watch, which blends in much better.

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Originally Posted by illition View Post


Anyone have any insights into this? I have now confirmed that the Otter Green is the Mr Porter version but still unsure about the Tan version.

I'm also unsure about how the Soy Waxed finish will hold up, and if the dimensions of the two bags are the same. 

Will appreciate any feedback at all. nod%5B1%5D.gif

Sorry to say this in a filson thread but I think Filson doesn't really do backpacks very well. As such I went with Brooks for the bagpack: http://www.brooksengland.com/catalogue-and-shop/bags/cycle+bags+&+accoutrements/PICKWICK+Backpack/
That said, this is coming from a guy who sold 6 of his filson bags and is only left with the 256 and 246 so take it however you will shog[1].gif

Another option with similar nods to quality would be MSPC although it's not made of twill cloth:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/69313281740207125/
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Considering its only in areas that are 'unseen' unless the bag is put down or the front pocket is opened up, I think its alright.

 

But anyway I think the red tweed is quite a nice touch of colour to the bag! Thanks for the opinion anyway! 

 

Would you mind sharing the colour on the Blue one? 

 

 

 

Do you mean the Blue Mr Porter Rolltop? If you do, could you please share how you like the bag and if you would recommend me getting it? 
Any ideas if it fits a 15" MacBook Pro Retina? 

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Guys.

 

I did some math recently as I'm always in search of the perfect sized weekend bag.  Here is my little spreadsheet that lists the sizes. I also included the new Meridian Duffle and their 48 hour bag:

Brand Bag Name Model # Height Width Depth Sq. Inches
Filson Sportsman 70073 18 11 7.5 1,485
  Medium Travel Bag 70246 18 13 11 2,574
  Medium Duffle 70222 24 13 10.5 3,276
  Small Duffle 70220 18 10 11 1,980
  72 Hour Briefcase 70140 16 12 4 768
  Meridian Duffle 70344 22.5 12.75 8 2,295
  48 Hour Bag 70328 19 11.5 7 1,530
            0
            0
            0
Frost River Curtis Flight Bag 656 14 20 10 2,800
            0
            0
Floto Venezia Duffle SKU 18 21 11 10 2,310
Polo Canvas Bedford   22.75 11.75 11.5 3,074
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for my 2 cents, I thing the green backpack is better. Darker so matches with more and won't show dirt over time, one solid colorblock versus the 'patchy' multicolored tan. As Filson is becoming more ubiquitous, I'd rather have a navy or green one, more subtle.

Also regarding that particular backpack, in my opinion it's a pain to roll and buckle it every single time. I went with their 'normal' backpack in navy and enjoy being able to just zip it and go. Same reason I sold my 257 (besides that it was too heavy), it was the zipping, then closing the flap, then snapping the handle, etc. Took way too much fuss to open and close the damn thing.
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I don't ever zip up my 256. Just close the flap and snap it down.
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Mgrennier,
I have thought about weekend bag vs carry-on before. The distinction is that the carry-on might need to hold my laptop, work clothes in Eagle Creek folders for a day or two, and supplies specific to air travel (NR headphones) or being abroad (more cables, adapters). For a max carry-on, I am probably looking at 2500 to 3000 cubic inches so something like the Meridian or the medium travel bag sounds perfect (the former too expensive and the latter discontinued).

For weekender, I am thinking I could get by with far less space and a smaller bag because I just need casual clothes and maybe an extra pair of shoes in anything but winter weather. So I see your list in sort of this light - two categories. Anyway my two cents....

(Also I calculate the medium duffle as nearly 3900 based on the dimensions provided by Filson. This jibes with my own experience as it being much more a checked bag than a carry-on - and brilliant one at that. As a weekender, I could see for skiing or wintertime climate, for sure)
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

for my 2 cents, I thing the green backpack is better. Darker so matches with more and won't show dirt over time, one solid colorblock versus the 'patchy' multicolored tan. As Filson is becoming more ubiquitous, I'd rather have a navy or green one, more subtle.

Also regarding that particular backpack, in my opinion it's a pain to roll and buckle it every single time. I went with their 'normal' backpack in navy and enjoy being able to just zip it and go. Same reason I sold my 257 (besides that it was too heavy), it was the zipping, then closing the flap, then snapping the handle, etc. Took way too much fuss to open and close the damn thing.

 

Thanks for your input. It seems like everyone here so far voted for the Green Backpack Mr Porter edition! 

 

Well after much back and forth negotiation in my head, I too decided to go for the Green backpack! I should be getting it in a couple of days time and will share more photos when I get it! As well as any photos from my upcoming trip, if any. 

 

I agree. I'm looking for a bag that can really last a long time, and while I'm all for the rugged and worn out look, there gets a point (for me at least) where it is simply too worn out or dirty looking for me to use on a daily basis. This is why I feel the green might work with me better. However, I have used light gray or light khaki coloured bags in other (cheaper) materials and have never gotten them to that state of dirtiness, most of the time the bag tears or fails somewhere and I have to change to another. This is why I have decided to purchase a Filson bag which should (hopefully) last me a very very long time. I figured that if I really bash the Otter Green backpack, it will in due time fade to a somewhat tan/khaki colour anyway. Lol. (albeit a very very long time) 

 

I like my current otter green 257 I have for that same reason, it is subtle but if you know Filson, you know its a Filson. I hope I won't find the roll and buckle too much of a hassle in due time. I'm used to relatively troublesome bags and do just fine with the Filson 257. All my previous backpacks all included a tightened cord and a flap and buckles over it, so I think it will be fine! I found one of the ways to reduce the weight of the 257 is to change the shoulder strap to a Nylon version, feels much lighter and more comfortable to carry around! 

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soletrane - you're RIGHT about the size of the medium duffle.  I had a typo in my calculations.  I'm going to try to edit the spreadsheet if I can.

 

The actual dimensions of the Medium duffle is 3,795 square inches - (24.5 x 13.75 x 11.5) - according to Filson's website.

 

Thanks for the correction

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