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post #5236 of 5977

Ernest Alexander seems to make quality bags that rivals Filson for sure too.

 

I walked by their shop in SF, and it looked real legit. 

post #5237 of 5977
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Originally Posted by letsi View Post


Looking forward to seeing your reviews on the Pelle bag too.

I've started looking into independent leather artisans and case makers after my experience with Filson and Bexar...
Will update on a leather briefcase that is fully hand-stitched with Lin cable that I have commissioned with one on an leather work blog.
That should stop the problem of threads coming off mounting points on a leather bag which happens to be the first problem I posted about Filson on this thread couple years ago...

Same for me. I am sitting on a $890 gift card from Filson and seeing the recent decline I have no interest of spending my money there. Will hopefully sell my gift card for around $750-800 on ebay and go after a Frank Clegg. I like my older 70252, but clearly the new ones aren't worth $890.

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Sightsofsounds - I'm also interested in hearing what you think about the Vermilyea Pelle bag arrives.  I now officially have my eyes on the Chromexcel Weekender Duffle although, if I'm being honest, I don't NEED another bag.  

 

(but that's not the point now is it????)

 

Let us see pics!

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Rydude87, I had two of the Ernest Alexander bags.   The briefcase and the weekender.   They are excellent quality bags (US sourced waxed canvas and quality bridle leather, solid not plated brass etc) , and I think the company is still owned by the founder who seems to be stand-up guy with a nice back story in moving from an analyst type job to following his dream of being a mens clothing designer.

 

I did give away the weekender to a good friend without ever using it (I like to cull the collection to only what I use regularly) & I use the briefcase for business travel only (pack it in my checked bag to use at my destination).

 

If I find bags from Duluth Pack and Frost River well-built but too rustic or 'country' for my tastes then on the other end of the spectrum, I find the Ernest Alexander bags just a bit too refined and while well constructed, didn't quite lend themselves to that eventual beat-up, rugged look I like.   To my mind, Filson has always seemed to capture that middle ground really well.

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Hey guys.  I need your help in choosing a bag.  A LOT of my business travel is for one night only.  I try to be an extra-light packer.  I'm going to give you some of my specs, and please help me choose a bag (if you're willing):

 

- For my one night trips, I only pack an extra dress shirt (maybe two), a pair of jeans, socks, underwear.  I usually pack that in an Eagle Creek folder which keeps everything compact.  I also pack my toiletry bag and my electric razor.

- I wear my suit coat that I can wear both days (most times I end up throwing over the back of the chair in the meetings) and I wear the same pair of shoes both days.

- I really like the quality, history and story around the Filson bags.  I'm a fan so I'd like to find something of theirs, if possible.

- I'd like to be able to pack my laptop, notepad and charger IN the same bag so I'm only carrying one bag in total.  (I think it's ridiculous to see grown men with a roller bag AND a laptop bag for one night trips).  

- This must be carry-on size of course.

- The bag will ideally look ok to carry into the meeting, although the bag will just be thrown into the corner during most meetings while I have my notepad and laptop out (if I'm presenting)

 

I've tried the Sportsman for these trips (great size wise, but my macbook pro doesn't necessarily "work" in there.  It fits, but I alway thought it a bit awkward.

 

I've carried my FIlson 72 hour bag which is nice but it's a LITTLE BIT TOO cramped for this purpose.  I just flew back from Philly today and it was tight.

 

I've carried my Medium Travel bag which is close but not cigar.  It is just too big and boxy for one-night trips - although this may be my best option.

 

What do you say?  Any recommendations? 

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Mgrennier, the 48 hour duffle seems like bag that was designed for this type of overnight trip. I can't speak to it as I haven't seen one in person. Though for large rectangular non folding objects like laptops and Eagle creek folders I would consider going with a Pullman or tote as they carry much better for these types of contents.

The new small Pullman seems like a solid option. You would sacrifice on the fly accessibility to the main compartment compared to a duffle but the shape is rectangular and the capacity is there for a pair of shoes too.

For a minimalist option, the zippered tote might be able to meet your needs too. It is compact but with a good capacity. If the dimensions fit your folder and laptop it could work.

I have the discontinued large tote and the discontinued large carry-on and the suitcase rectangular shape works better for carrying laptops for rectangular wide objects than a duffle. They also carries closer to the body compared to the travel bag shape or duffles.
post #5242 of 5977
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Originally Posted by mgrennier View Post

Hey guys.  I need your help in choosing a bag.  A LOT of my business travel is for one night only.  I try to be an extra-light packer.  I'm going to give you some of my specs, and please help me choose a bag (if you're willing):

- For my one night trips, I only pack an extra dress shirt (maybe two), a pair of jeans, socks, underwear.  I usually pack that in an Eagle Creek folder which keeps everything compact.  I also pack my toiletry bag and my electric razor.
- I wear my suit coat that I can wear both days (most times I end up throwing over the back of the chair in the meetings) and I wear the same pair of shoes both days.
- I really like the quality, history and story around the Filson bags.  I'm a fan so I'd like to find something of theirs, if possible.
- I'd like to be able to pack my laptop, notepad and charger IN the same bag so I'm only carrying one bag in total.  (I think it's ridiculous to see grown men with a roller bag AND a laptop bag for one night trips).  
- This must be carry-on size of course.
- The bag will ideally look ok to carry into the meeting, although the bag will just be thrown into the corner during most meetings while I have my notepad and laptop out (if I'm presenting)

I've tried the Sportsman for these trips (great size wise, but my macbook pro doesn't necessarily "work" in there.  It fits, but I alway thought it a bit awkward.

I've carried my FIlson 72 hour bag which is nice but it's a LITTLE BIT TOO cramped for this purpose.  I just flew back from Philly today and it was tight.

I've carried my Medium Travel bag which is close but not cigar.  It is just too big and boxy for one-night trips - although this may be my best option.

What do you say?  Any recommendations? 

I use a 258 for this exact purpose.
post #5243 of 5977
Okay needed a replacement strap for my large carry-on. After all this discussion on the leather quality of Filson luggage, bought a Frost River strap: solid brass (not plated) and the same leather supplier as for Red wing footwear. Top strap is Filson. From a recent bag. Bottom is Frost River. It is slightly lighter brown than the newer bag strap but matches the color and texture of my old Filson bag better.










Edited by Soletrane - 11/15/15 at 1:20pm
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I would bring both straps to a leather worker and pop the rivets and swap the hardware. Then you will have the original filson buckle and clip with your bag along with the new leather strap.

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I finally broke down and bought a 257. Mine looks nothing like I have seen before. I got it in tan and it is far more brown than tan. Bought it from filson. Anyone else seen a tan that looks like this?
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Ertu, great idea. But I lost the original strap for my old large carry-on so nothing to switch. The Filson strap I showed was for my Sportsman 266. I will leave it on as OEM.

I would have mixed feelings about switching it out - in any case - as the Frost River brass is solid brass and much heavier than the plated hardware on the Filson strap.

I also bought a dog leash from Frost River. Same leather. The leash gets a lot of heavy usage very quickly - will see how that ages compared to the Filson leather straps.
post #5247 of 5977
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Originally Posted by petroengineer View Post

I finally broke down and bought a 257. Mine looks nothing like I have seen before. I got it in tan and it is far more brown than tan. Bought it from filson. Anyone else seen a tan that looks like this?

I had posted mine up a couple weeks ago, and in the pic looks a lot lighter than it actually is. And agree it does look more brownish tan than a more yellow tan despite what this pic looks like.

post #5248 of 5977
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

Ertu, great idea. But I lost the original strap for my old large carry-on so nothing to switch. The Filson strap I showed was for my Sportsman 266. I will leave it on as OEM.

I would have mixed feelings about switching it out - in any case - as the Frost River brass is solid brass and much heavier than the plated hardware on the Filson strap.

I also bought a dog leash from Frost River. Same leather. The leash gets a lot of heavy usage very quickly - will see how that ages compared to the Filson leather straps.

 

About the buckles, back then I remember asking Filson through the phone about this and they said it was solid brass. I took a good look at my buckle on my Filson bag and I now I have doubts. How do you check if a piece of hardware is solid brass? 

 

Tomorrow I will give Filson a call about this and lets see what they say.


Edited by ertu - 11/15/15 at 6:23pm
post #5249 of 5977
If you do a search on the phrase "brass plated roller buckle" and "Filson" - you will see it comes up a lot including in Filson's own ad copy.

If you compare the hardware on the Frost River strap to that of Filson, it seems pretty clear the former is brass. You can sometimes determine if it's brass with a magnet. A magnet will not stick to brass.

A second test is a scratch test which will show white below if not brass
post #5250 of 5977
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

If you do a search on the phrase "brass plated roller buckle" and "Filson" - you will see it comes up a lot including in Filson's own ad copy.

If you compare the hardware on the Frost River strap to that of Filson, it seems pretty clear the former is brass. You can sometimes determine if it's brass with a magnet. A magnet will not stick to brass.

A second test is a scratch test which will show white below if not brass


I called Filson and they did confirm to me that it is not solid brass after I told them I did the 2 tests I found out from a google search and verified that parts of the buckle is magnetic (because solid brass is not magnetic). I just don't like the feeling of this. Now the 2 Filson bags I got just feel cheap because Filson got stingy and decided to use cheap plated brass instead of solid brass, all to save $5-10 worth of buckles (it would be even less for them if that buy them in bulk, which they do).

 

The CS representive said she would ask the product team about this but then it would take several weeks to get back to me because of the holidays. I don't really expect much of an answer anyways, the bags and buckle are in front of me and I can see and test the evidence myself, Filson really just cheaped out on the bags.

 

They said they offered to refund (even though I didn't buy the bags at Filson (I bought them at Brooks Brothers) , which was a nice gesture, but it would have to be a Filson store credit. But the problem is, I already have 2 bags from Filson and am not interested in any other their other product lines, which makes the store credit not really usable for me.

 

I definitely would not have bought the bags if I knew the hardware was not solid brass, it seems like such a silly thing to cut corners on. I am just really disappointed that Filson would resort to this just to save a tiny tiny bit of money.

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