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post #5161 of 5977
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post
 

^ 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.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the suggestion, I considered that idea but personally, I wouldn't be able to live with it unless the leathers matched correctly.

 

Do you happen to know what kind of bridle ladder is used by Filson?

post #5162 of 5977
8oz dark brown bridle leather from wickett and craig.

Older bags have thicker leather...
post #5163 of 5977
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Originally Posted by illition View Post

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.

It's about 5 years old.
post #5164 of 5977

Interesting. Could others comment whether this is a normal thing to happen?

Do all rugged twill Filsons tend to shrink slightly?

post #5165 of 5977
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Originally Posted by illition View Post

 
Thanks for the suggestion, I considered that idea but personally, I wouldn't be able to live with it unless the leathers matched correctly.

Do you happen to know what kind of bridle ladder is used by Filson?

Filson sell spare shoulder straps for their luggage, which may help ensure a close match of materials
post #5166 of 5977
i bought the 256 in black about 6 months ago and have been happy with it, although i took off the removable strap on day 1 as i use it as a casual briefcase for work.

yesterday i went on an interstate business trip, so decided to use the strap for the first time at the airport. 2 initial observations:

1. holy shit this thing is uncomfortable.
2. holy shit this thing is waaaay too long (i'm 6'1).

when i got home i noticed some of the areas around the padding had torn which i'm pretty disappointed with. has anyone experienced this? hopefully it doesn't get worse (especially since i live in australia and there are no official stockists here).
post #5167 of 5977
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Originally Posted by conqueror View Post

i bought the 256 in black about 6 months ago and have been happy with it, although i took off the removable strap on day 1 as i use it as a casual briefcase for work.

yesterday i went on an interstate business trip, so decided to use the strap for the first time at the airport. 2 initial observations:

1. holy shit this thing is uncomfortable.
2. holy shit this thing is waaaay too long (i'm 6'1).

when i got home i noticed some of the areas around the padding had torn which i'm pretty disappointed with. has anyone experienced this? hopefully it doesn't get worse (especially since i live in australia and there are no official stockists here).

 

I find the original leather strap to be quite uncomfortable, and i've ordered a Nylon version for mine instead. (Although mine is a 257) But I followed the same color scheme Filson uses for their Tin Cloth Otter Green briefcase 

 

 

Its lighter, more comfortable on the shoulders and also less bulky/intrusive. Also, it can easily be tucked into the large slot on the back side of the briefcase (unlike the leather strap) 

post #5168 of 5977

Yup. I've just done exactly that! Ordered from Filson store london (quite expensive at 34GBP) but when it comes i'll cut it to length, for temporary use. 

 

When I have the time I will probably get the cut strap rounded nicely, and have the edges painted or burnished 

post #5169 of 5977
I have carted around a fully loaded Sportsman around Terminal 5 Heathrow more times than I care to think about. The standard leather strap does gets more comfortable as it breaks in and becomes curved from usage. Or maybe your shoulder just gets used to it? However it will never be as comfortable as something like the Tom Bihn Absolute Strap which is the gold standard for a shoulder strap but does not go aesthetically with most Filson luggage (maybe a black piece). I have actually thought of keeping both straps on the Sportsman - the original and the Absolute - and just switching to the Absolute when I am going to do a lot of walking.
post #5170 of 5977
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Originally Posted by illition View Post
 

 

I find the original leather strap to be quite uncomfortable, and i've ordered a Nylon version for mine instead. (Although mine is a 257) But I followed the same color scheme Filson uses for their Tin Cloth Otter Green briefcase 

 

 

Its lighter, more comfortable on the shoulders and also less bulky/intrusive. Also, it can easily be tucked into the large slot on the back side of the briefcase (unlike the leather strap) 

 

Isn't it too light for your green 257? 

 

 

post #5171 of 5977
Looks too light for my taste.
post #5172 of 5977
I took the wide pad from my Filson briefcase to a cobbler and had him sew a piece of suede chamois to the under side and cut matching strap holes. Threaded the revised pad back on the strap and solved the slipping-off problem and the comfort problem. After all these years it is bent to fit my shoulder and wouldn't trade it for anything.
Carry on,
~ ZM
post #5173 of 5977
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Originally Posted by illition View Post
 

 

I find the original leather strap to be quite uncomfortable, and i've ordered a Nylon version for mine instead. (Although mine is a 257) But I followed the same color scheme Filson uses for their Tin Cloth Otter Green briefcase 

 

 

Its lighter, more comfortable on the shoulders and also less bulky/intrusive. Also, it can easily be tucked into the large slot on the back side of the briefcase (unlike the leather strap) 

 

 

Same color scheme as this in Filsons line 70016:

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I like it, but of course to each his own I guess

post #5174 of 5977
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Originally Posted by illition View Post


Same color scheme as this in Filsons line 70016: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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I like it, but of course to each his own I guess
Looks darker in the stock picture to me.
post #5175 of 5977
Just got an email from Filson to promote some new products. Noticed that they slightly changed the style number and added a 110 in front of those products and the 256 and 258. I think these were numbered 70256 and 70258 before. Now they seem to be listed at 11070256 and 1107258. Wonder if this is a new generation and means they changed something on them.
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