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post #5266 of 5977

Hi Mgrennier. Thanks for the kind words. I travel with the bag again tomorrow through Friday. I'm so looking forward to using it that I've already packed - definitely a bag geek move. At least from the first trip, the size was great. The bag is more vertical than boxy, making it easier to carry by my side. For a laptop you're going to have to throw it in on top, but my Surface fits in their no problem and a larger laptop would as well. I'm only taking one bag this week (no briefcase) so I'll have my gear in their, too, and don't expect any problems. The one zipper opening, not being u-shaped, definitely means some scraped knuckles, but it opens large enough. No problem packing and finding stuff, but it's not a u-shape just so you know what you're getting into.

post #5267 of 5977
Have a 257 in tan incoming. Debated the 256 but my current laptop bag gets cramped with files, papers, laptop, and iPad so I opted for the extra space with the 257.

I need a bag(s) for two other purposes. Am I off base on which bag best suits each scenario?
1) business travel with 1-2 night stay -- standard packing for business plus spare clothes and shoes for a trip to gym. Would also bring my 257 for laptop and papers. I'm thinking the medium travel or sportsman are best?
2) long weekend trip plus 10+ day travel (car, not plane) -- plenty of clothes plus a couple pairs of shoes and maybe some electronics, if I can forgo the 257. Medium duffel for these longer trips? Seems like the medium travel or sportsman would be stretching it for 10+ days.
post #5268 of 5977
Ellsbebc,
I have the older sportsman which has the large zippered side pockets and I have used for trips up to a week (summer beach vacation) but for business trips, the relatively narrow central compartment means it gets cramped if you throw in a pair of shoes or a thick sweater in addition to the dress shirts, pair of pants, socks, undergarments and toiletries. The medium travel bag may work better.

The medium duffle can easily handle a 10 day trip. I have used it with my Sportsman as a carryon on business trips up to 2 weeks in winter weather and longer this fall. If you are just mostly carrying clothes and shoes, its capacity is immense given the dimensions. If you're packing ski parkas and ski boots and heavy sporting gear - it might be a different story. A stuffed medium duffle is about as large a bag as I find practical to hand carry.
Edited by Soletrane - 11/24/15 at 12:17pm
post #5269 of 5977

Mgrennier asked for some photos of the Meridian packed. Here are two.

 

post #5270 of 5977

How is the nylon strap (and how wide is it?)? I never did like 1" wide leather belt strap (with the small shoulder pad) on the Filson bags. I was thinking of replacing it with a wider nylon one for more comfort.

post #5271 of 5977
Quite comfortable, actually. Over the shoulder and messenger style.
post #5272 of 5977
I use this with my 240, 222, 257...works brilliantly - no slippage, good weight distribution and looks great too!
The OEM Leather strap is rubbish, practically!

post #5273 of 5977
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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




Damnit, I'm such a bag whore. Just bought one of these on eBay. Interested to see how it compares to Filson.

Description seems identical to this Vermilyea Pelle bag: http://vermilyeapelle.com/products/20-waxed-canvas-and-brown-chromexcel-weekender-duffle

Fabric color may be different - the VP looks more brown; may just be lighting.
post #5274 of 5977
DCG,
This is exactly the bag I would buy if I was looking for a max carry-on leather and canvas type bag right now (e.g. Meridian duffle or Medium Travel Bag). Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one.

Ebay is a goldmine if you hunt for high quality products but with less brand recognition. I got a very nice briefcase in Horween leather today at a crazy lower price as proof positive.
post #5275 of 5977
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Originally Posted by dcg View Post

Damnit, I'm such a bag whore. Just bought one of these on eBay. Interested to see how it compares to Filson.

Description seems identical to this Vermilyea Pelle bag: http://vermilyeapelle.com/products/20-waxed-canvas-and-brown-chromexcel-weekender-duffle

Fabric color may be different - the VP looks more brown; may just be lighting.

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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

DCG,
This is exactly the bag I would buy if I was looking for a max carry-on leather and canvas type bag right now (e.g. Meridian duffle or Medium Travel Bag). Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one.

Ebay is a goldmine if you hunt for high quality products but with less brand recognition. I got a very nice briefcase in Horween leather today at a crazy lower price as proof positive.

Hope to see reviews on the above bags. Some one posted earlier saying he'll be receiving one VP bag soon too but seems to be MIA from this thread...
post #5276 of 5977
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Originally Posted by ap10046 View Post

I use this with my 240, 222, 257...works brilliantly - no slippage, good weight distribution and looks great too!
The OEM Leather strap is rubbish, practically!

 

i might be interested, where did you buy the strap?

post #5277 of 5977
Never had tried the Filson fabric strap. The only thing I can say about the standard leather strap is that it matches the other leather details on the bag very well and the pad over a few trips will conform to the shape of your shoulder and the strap softens up.
post #5278 of 5977

40% of Filson at Gilt with the code BLACKOUT40 but the discount maxes out at $100. Still a great deal.

 

You should be able to use FREESHIP to get free shipping as well.

post #5279 of 5977
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Originally Posted by kentpope View Post
 

40% of Filson at Gilt with the code BLACKOUT40 but the discount maxes out at $100. Still a great deal.

 

You should be able to use FREESHIP to get free shipping as well.

 

 

Just a heads up. Looks like this might be account-specific. I got an email about it.

post #5280 of 5977
@ertu...Chapman Bags. On order
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