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post #5146 of 5977
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Originally Posted by mgrennier View Post
 

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 13.75 11.5 3,795
  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
post #5147 of 5977
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Originally Posted by Churchill W View Post

I don't ever zip up my 256. Just close the flap and snap it down.

Same here unless it's going through TSA X-ray.
post #5148 of 5977
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Originally Posted by mgrennier View Post

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

What's your criteria for a weekender? Capacity? I think the medium travel bag - which I believe you have - is a great weekender. Best compromise between capacity, pockets, price and accessibilty to interior. Only downside, imho, is a boxy shape when stuffed and the fact that it is discontinued.
post #5149 of 5977
Hi lads..I know i'm probably going to get a bit of grief here, but how does one keep stains/rubs away from the tan bags? I just don't like them looking gnarly. My 257, 222 and 240 are picking up some horrible stains, especially on the bottom, with the 257 and 240 having their backs becoming all shiny and shit..!
I've tried brushing with a stiff bristled brush, "shampooing" the offending area, but it just seems to become worse..
Patina, to me, looks awesome on leather, just not on canvas, especially to work.
post #5150 of 5977

Soletrane - you're right in that the Medium Travel bag is a great size for a weekender.  The boxiness of the bag is not my favorite.  I'm considering selling it and trying out the Meridian duffle or the 48 hour bag.  

 

I actually like when my weekend bag is a bit smaller than I think I "need" because all I end up doing is overfilling it with stuff I really don't need.  I like the Frost River Curtis bag, but it's a good example of being just a bit too big for a "weekender".

 

In the summer time I've used my Sportsman because it forces me to pack less, which I think is nice.  

 

The sad thing is that I'll think I'll always be searching for the perfect weekender bag.  

 

I guess it's kind of like women and their purses.  

post #5151 of 5977
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Originally Posted by ap10046 View Post

Hi lads..I know i'm probably going to get a bit of grief here, but how does one keep stains/rubs away from the tan bags? I just don't like them looking gnarly. My 257, 222 and 240 are picking up some horrible stains, especially on the bottom, with the 257 and 240 having their backs becoming all shiny and shit..!
I've tried brushing with a stiff bristled brush, "shampooing" the offending area, but it just seems to become worse..
Patina, to me, looks awesome on leather, just not on canvas, especially to work.

 

I'm in the same boat as you. While I like overall patina on the bag, including some lightening and patina in the colors, i'm not too keen on patches or specific stains (which tend to just make the bag look uncared for or dirty) Of course this is all personal opinion. 

 

I have some stains from rubbing on my raw denim and from what i've read, the best way is to clean it off as quickly as possible. I did that with some wet wipes and later used plain water to clean it and tissue to dry it off. the stain from the denim came off easily. But given that my bag is otter green, i think that also has a part to play because the darker color hides stains better. 

 

I'm not sure about stains which have been left there for long, and about the surface becoming shiny but I too would be interested to find out. 

 

Shouldn't it be the case that this 22oz rugged twill is MORE resistant to stains than other cheaper bags (with standard nylon etc.)? I have some cheaper sling bags which don't pick up denim stains, but my 257 in Otter Green has noticable denim stains after just 3-4 days of use. I would think that the 22oz rugged twill being waxed and water-resistant should be adverse to picking up stains easily. but please correct me if im wrong. 

post #5152 of 5977
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Originally Posted by mgrennier View Post

Soletrane - you're right in that the Medium Travel bag is a great size for a weekender.  The boxiness of the bag is not my favorite.  I'm considering selling it and trying out the Meridian duffle or the 48 hour bag.  

I actually like when my weekend bag is a bit smaller than I think I "need" because all I end up doing is overfilling it with stuff I really don't need.  I like the Frost River Curtis bag, but it's a good example of being just a bit too big for a "weekender".

In the summer time I've used my Sportsman because it forces me to pack less, which I think is nice.  

The sad thing is that I'll think I'll always be searching for the perfect weekender bag.  

I guess it's kind of like women and their purses.  

There is sort of an Internet consensus that the Filson travel bag is their best carry-on/weekender, but I always had my doubts if you have to carry a full bag any distance as a boxy shape is sub-optimal when walking. I think a more vertical, narrow orientation like the Meridian is much easier to carry based on my own experience.

I have the older Sportsman. I have used it successfully for a week long beach trip. The internal dividers keeps clothes organized and neatly stacked. Though once you start putting a laptop, power cords, an extra pair of shoes or a sweater though, it gets stuffed really quickly. But I agree with you that a moderate sized bag - like the 48hr - enforces a certain discipline about taking only what you need.

Re: women and purses. As an aside, having kicked a very long and expensive wristwatch habit, I realized for those people who are always "in search of the perfect X" (like me) - the more you forum post, the more you buy and pretty much get diminishing marginal returns on satisfaction on each successive purchase. Once I just stuck with one watch and used the hell out of it for years, the satisfaction came. It's probably the same with bags, I am just earlier in the life cycle ;-).
Edited by Soletrane - 10/26/15 at 4:32pm
post #5153 of 5977
Illition,
I think it has less to do with the quality of the materials than the nature of the materials. Twill, untreated leather and other organic materials tend to be more absorbent of dyes, stains than even cheap nylon.

This is easy to see with my tan sportsman after just months of use - on the bottom surface that touches the ground. My otter green large carry-on has seen much more use including being checked luggage and I would have to inspect closely to see dirt or stains. My moss green (darkest of all and heavily waxed) medium duffle is checked regularly and still almost looks new. Lesson learned for me: go darker for checked bags and heavier use.
post #5154 of 5977
Soletrane,

Thanks for the reply! It sounds like my otter green 257 shouldn't do too bag then since I will never have it checked anyway. But my tan small duffle might. I guess I will learn to love the patina.

On a side note, does anyone know anything about the stretch of bridle leather on Filsons? Do they tend to stretch? Referring to my earlier post, I finally got my Filson green roll top backpack mr porter version. However; even tho the bag is really amazing, I really wished the shoulder straps were Abit longer.


As seen from the photo, the bag sits very high up on my back. I know that these bags should sit higher up so that the weight is well distributed and I try to do this with my backpacks, but for this particular Filson, it sits too high for my liking and it Abit uncomfortably tight. I am confused because this is already on the very last hole on the leather loop and I can't make it go any longer. I have considered punching another hole but then the loose end may not be long enough to stay in the buckle and give a tight hold.

I have been loading my backpack full and trying to hang it off a chair to "stretch" the leather. I have also applied some mink oil to try and accelerate this process and I heard that a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water can help stretch the leather. However I've also read some articles that bridle leather doesn't tend to stretch at all.

From those who have owned Filsons for a long time, do you feel that the bridle leather tends to stretch, even slightly? I have 3 Filsons but they are all only lightly used and owned for less than a year so I don't know how the bridle leather ages just yet. Or if anyone knows any method to stretch the bridle leather ever so slightly; even a couple of cm. I would appreciate any input!

Cheers!
post #5155 of 5977
Call up Filson and see if they offer them with longer straps or if they sell (or can fabricate) extension straps similar to the below.

post #5156 of 5977
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Originally Posted by milw50717 View Post

Call up Filson and see if they offer them with longer straps or if they sell (or can fabricate) extension straps similar to the below.

 

 

Thanks for the input! Thats a suggestion thats very helpful that i never really considered. 

 

I called up Filson London and they say they don't sell anything of the sort at the moment, but I could probably try Filson headquarters in the US. 

 

One option i'm looking at is using the Leather shoulder strap (from my 257) and my small duffle. And cutting the leather, punching holes, to make the extension myself which will be made of the same Bridle Leather Filson uses. so that it keeps the consistency. 

post #5157 of 5977
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Originally Posted by illition View Post

Soletrane,

Thanks for the reply! It sounds like my otter green 257 shouldn't do too bag then since I will never have it checked anyway. But my tan small duffle might. I guess I will learn to love the patina.

On a side note, does anyone know anything about the stretch of bridle leather on Filsons? Do they tend to stretch? Referring to my earlier post, I finally got my Filson green roll top backpack mr porter version. However; even tho the bag is really amazing, I really wished the shoulder straps were Abit longer. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


As seen from the photo, the bag sits very high up on my back. I know that these bags should sit higher up so that the weight is well distributed and I try to do this with my backpacks, but for this particular Filson, it sits too high for my liking and it Abit uncomfortably tight. I am confused because this is already on the very last hole on the leather loop and I can't make it go any longer. I have considered punching another hole but then the loose end may not be long enough to stay in the buckle and give a tight hold.

I have been loading my backpack full and trying to hang it off a chair to "stretch" the leather. I have also applied some mink oil to try and accelerate this process and I heard that a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water can help stretch the leather. However I've also read some articles that bridle leather doesn't tend to stretch at all.

From those who have owned Filsons for a long time, do you feel that the bridle leather tends to stretch, even slightly? I have 3 Filsons but they are all only lightly used and owned for less than a year so I don't know how the bridle leather ages just yet. Or if anyone knows any method to stretch the bridle leather ever so slightly; even a couple of cm. I would appreciate any input!

Cheers!

I was at the Filson NYC store with my 261 and a sales associate (B) pointed out to sales associate (A) that my 261 looked like a miniature version of the bag. Sales Associate A said the straps on the 261 stretch and the rugged twill shrinks.
post #5158 of 5977
I think this is the method I will be going with. I have these leather straps from my 257 and 220 and have attached them as such.

I will then cut the strap and punch holes to fit into the buckle loop! I know many might think I'm crazy for doing this mod but I feel the bag will fit me a lot better by extending the strap this way.
post #5159 of 5977

How long have you owned the 261? Strange, i've never heard of rugged twill shrinking before. But I wouldn't mind anyway since the 257 and Rolltop backpack could be slightly smaller.

 

With the method I put above, I will be able to have long straps without compromising the bridle leather by stretching, and if they ever do stretch naturally, I can always remove the additional bit, or shift it up the holes.  

post #5160 of 5977

^ You'd be better off having a leather craftsman make you a couple of extensions with buckles. Don't hack up straps off another bag if you can avoid it. Bridle leather is readily available for saddlery, belts, etc. It may not match perfectly but will look better in the end.

 

I ordered bridle for my DIY shoulder straps recently.

 

 

 

You may try asking Filson in Seattle to sell you a length of their bridle leather. It's worth a shot. they gave me a zipper a couple of years back when I needed a repair.

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