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post #5176 of 5981
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Originally Posted by Churchill W View Post

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.

 

 

Good question, and thanks for the heads up. I think it's fair for you to expect them to provide you with that info, particularly if they're hoping you'll promote something for them.

post #5177 of 5981
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Originally Posted by kentpope View Post


Good question, and thanks for the heads up. I think it's fair for you to expect them to provide you with that info, particularly if they're hoping you'll promote something for them.
Sorry worded that incorrectly. They weren't asking me to promote products for them. I just meant they were advertising new products.
post #5178 of 5981
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Originally Posted by Churchill W View Post


Sorry worded that incorrectly. They weren't asking me to promote products for them. I just meant they were advertising new products.

 

Haha, my bad. I realized that was probably what you meant after I posted.

post #5179 of 5981
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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 agree 100%
I've roughed up the bottom of the pad, but it's gnarly! Try carrying a fully loaded 222 through an airport, looking all cool and stuff..

Solution...
http://www.chapmanbags.com/men/shoulder-strap.html
post #5180 of 5981
Sometimes I catch some bags online that are downright Filsonish. This one was particularly nice using Horween leather on the bottom. Like the strap too. U.S. Made too. Fills that medium travel bag mid size bag niche. About the same price new as the Filson ones are selling used on EBay



post #5181 of 5981
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

Sometimes I catch some bags online that are downright Filsonish. This one was particularly nice using Horween leather on the bottom. Like the strap too. U.S. Made too. Fills that medium travel bag mid size bag niche. About the same price new as the Filson ones are selling used on EBay



I imagine that bag is made by Vermilyea Pelle, which is a one man operation (a guy by the name of Dustin) in the PacNW.  He's incredibly talented and a genuinely good guy.  While his materials are simliar to Filson, canvas and leather is far from a unique combination, so he's well within his right to make bags with a similar aesthetic.  I've bought boots from Dustin (when he collaborated with Nick's Boots) and have a couple of his belts, but I have yet to own any of his bags.  I have, however, handled them at Portland Trading Company (Portland, Maine), and they're downright fantastic.  I'm deeply invested in Filson bags, but I've been thoroughly tempted by Dustin's bags for quite a while.

post #5182 of 5981
A while ago, there was some conversation here about how folks keep their straps together. FWIW, there's a "Filson Luggage Grip" up for bid on the big auction site right now that someone may find useful.
post #5183 of 5981
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

Sometimes I catch some bags online that are downright Filsonish. This one was particularly nice using Horween leather on the bottom. Like the strap too. U.S. Made too. Fills that medium travel bag mid size bag niche. About the same price new as the Filson ones are selling used on EBay




Omg Soletrane, why did you have to go and show me that now that I have my 246 baldy[1].gifshog[1].gif
Kidding aside, that's a good alternative there. Would be interested to hear more accounts from existing owners icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #5184 of 5981
Cathpah, the only identifying info is that it is produced by RJL LTD. But I checked out the Pelle website and it looks very similar. I noticed some nice features of these bags: copper rivets, leather bottom, use of Horween leather, nice strap pad and solid tumbled brass hardware (not plated). Seems slightly upgraded in terms of specs over the Filson equivalents.
Edited by Soletrane - 11/1/15 at 8:41pm
post #5185 of 5981

Those bags seem so close to the Filson design that I'm surprised they're not patent infringements.  Even the way in which the leather straps slide through the leather bits on the bag sides make it look so eerily similar to a Filson.  Interesting, if nothing else.

post #5186 of 5981
I like Filson bags (obviously) but I am also cognizant of the declining value proposition as Filson regularly ups the retail price. At a certain point, I would consider quality US made alternatives like the one in the photo I shared.

Fortunately, I already have several pieces from small to large bought at great prices so no pressing need to buy any more, really. Famous last words.
Edited by Soletrane - 11/2/15 at 4:35pm
post #5187 of 5981

Well, Soletrane, I'm counting on that greasy stained Filson bag with no straps to fetch a good dollar as I have one on that large online auction site right now.  I think I'm going to sell that (Medium duffle) and my medium travel bag simply so I can fund one of the new ones they just released. 

 

Honestly for no other reason than the fact that I'm hooked on the quality of the bags and enjoy the act of the search.  

 

Crazy, no doubt.

 

Speaking of other really nice bags - I do have a Frost River waxed canvas that I really like, as it's an awesome bag and very roomy, with good leather and nice hardware, but it's just not the RIGHT one.  Crazy as that sounds...

 

I bought it before THEY jacked up their prices about 30% overnight this year....

post #5188 of 5981
Good luck on the sale of the two Filson. They should fetch a nice price!

I had a Frost River bag. I don't like the looks nearly as much as Filson but they were high quality and formerly a good deal until they jacked up the price. I think they should have used the price hike money toward using a heavy duty brass zipper and more leather on the straps and handles.
post #5189 of 5981

Agree on the need for a brass zipper on the Frost River.  It's honestly a very nice bag.  I like the quality of the leather as it's VERY soft.  The canvas has more of the waxed look than the Filson twill, but that's OK.  I hesitate a bit when I pull the zipper on the FR as I feel it's definitely a potential point of failure.  

 

I have the Curtis bag which is basically the Flight bag with a couple pockets on the outside.  I, luckily, bought it before their huge price jack.

 

In one day, I have over a 100 views on my medium duffle, so we'll see what happens!

post #5190 of 5981

The Vermilyea Pelle bags look really impressive, similar to what I imagine Filson used to be before they started cutting corners.

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