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post #5371 of 5977
Large duffel is way too big imo. I bought one and packed for my wife and I for a weeks stay in mn. When I got back I asked Filson if they would credit the bag if I bought 2 med and they were super nice about it. Very happy with the med.
post #5372 of 5977
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Originally Posted by gambit402 View Post

Does anyone have the large duffle? Just wondering because if filled it seems like it would be too dam heavy to carry and that using two smaller bags might be better? I'm trying to figure out a functional setup so that I could use bags individually or take them all for a family trip. I have two young girls and my wife packs a lot of "just in case" stuff.

Setup 1:
266 sportsman
Small duffle
Medium duffle

Setup 2:
Small duffle or 48 hour
Meridian
Medium duffle

Setup 3:
48 hour duffle
Small duffle
Medium duffle

Am I over thinking this?

 

I don't know the nature of your travel, but to me it seems in all your 3 scenarios, your first two bags are somewhat redundant.   Meaning if you have one, you can get by without the other.

 

Case in point, I used to have set-up 1.   However, I found the 266 Sportsman and the small duffle were redundant so I gave the small duffle to a good friend.   The 266 is much, much better at keeping your gear organized and accessible, bonus: it keeps its shape when half-filled.   Anything that can't fit in the 266 goes into the spacious medium duffle.   The medium duffle would be checked (air travel) or in a car trunk and not contain anything very valuable.

 

A versatile 3 bag set-up for business travel might be a briefcase or the Filson zippered tote as your airline personal item (also morphs into your daily carry when you arrive at your destination), the Meridian/small duffle/Sportsman as your carry-on (becomes your main bag if you take 2-3 day excursions while on a longer trip) and then the medium duffle as your checked bag.   This is a small/medium/large type scenario has worked  great for me in the context of business travel and airline regulations (e.g. including one personal item, one carry-on rule).  

post #5373 of 5977

Good to know. I started thinking about the walks from the airport parking lot to check-in and then from picking it up and walking to wherever we gotta go. My back and shoulders started hurting from thinking about it. I thought about 2 medium bags too, but wasn't sure if it was redundant.

post #5374 of 5977
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post
 

 

I don't know the nature of your travel, but to me it seems in all your 3 scenarios, your first two bags are somewhat redundant.   Meaning if you have one, you can get by without the other.

 

Case in point, I used to have set-up 1.   However, I found the 266 Sportsman and the small duffle were redundant so I gave the small duffle to a good friend.   The 266 is much, much better at keeping your gear organized and accessible, bonus: it keeps its shape when half-filled.   Anything that can't fit in the 266 goes into the spacious medium duffle.   The medium duffle would be checked (air travel) or in a car trunk and not contain anything very valuable.

 

A versatile 3 bag set-up for business travel might be a briefcase or the Filson zippered tote as your airline personal item (also morphs into your daily carry when you arrive at your destination), the Meridian/small duffle/Sportsman as your carry-on (becomes your main bag if you take 2-3 day excursions while on a longer trip) and then the medium duffle as your checked bag.   This is a small/medium/large type scenario has worked  great for me in the context of business travel and airline regulations (e.g. including one personal item, one carry-on rule).  

I definitely hear what you're saying and agree that the first 2 bags in each scenario are somewhat redundant. My thought was I would have one that has much more organization and one I could just throw stuff into. I was also afraid to give up some space, especially when it's a family trip.

 

I bid on the 266, and it's an awesome bag, but maybe the 48 hour duffle and meridian would work better? One could be carry-on and the other personal.

post #5375 of 5977

Honestly,is Filson test-running going up in quality/price?!  Comments like the Hermes analogy, and better materials are planned.  I was surprised to see this offering.  Filson with Horween,  I'm so confused now. Maybe Filson is trying all angles in a lost identity kind of way.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Filson-Medium-Duffle-Bag-Limited-Edition-Horween-Leather-Sold-Out-495/172018171442?_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131231084308%26meid%3D09ad699b3c30430c887ccd1fa1c6951b%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D391336322682

post #5376 of 5977

Gambit402,

 

(re: large vs medium duffle) I walked about a quarter mile or so with a full loaded medium duffle (hotel to hotel) on my shoulder.   This is about as long as I would want to carry this bag, frankly, and I am pretty good at carrying heavy things due to the type of sport training I do.   The medium duffle is a good compromise between maximum capacity but some portability.  I would never go larger unless someone had very bulky gear and was strictly going by car from point A to B.

 

(re: multiple bag selection) The other thing to keep in mind is that the aspect ratios are different.   Some bags are more tall and narrow - Meridian, 48h, the zippered tote and I find they are great for packing laptops or work clothing in Eagle Creek 'folders'.  Everything is oriented vertically and from the top opening you can see the sides of all your contents.      Other bags are more broad and flat - small duffle and the Sportsman - and you lay things down in layers where more likely one item is laying a top another.    The other consideration is twill vs tin cloth.   Twill is usually heavier and gives more structure; tin cloth is lighter but more floppy. 

post #5377 of 5977
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Originally Posted by gmanoftheroad View Post
 

Honestly,is Filson test-running going up in quality/price?!  Comments like the Hermes analogy, and better materials are planned.  I was surprised to see this offering.  Filson with Horween,  I'm so confused now. Maybe Filson is trying all angles in a lost identity kind of way.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Filson-Medium-Duffle-Bag-Limited-Edition-Horween-Leather-Sold-Out-495/172018171442?_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131231084308%26meid%3D09ad699b3c30430c887ccd1fa1c6951b%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D391336322682

 

It was a limited production type thing.   I like the external pockets, but the MSRP was really high.  You could buy a fully Horween duffle for that price - as I have posted before.  

post #5378 of 5977
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post
 

Gambit402,

 

(re: large vs medium duffle) I walked about a quarter mile or so with a full loaded medium duffle (hotel to hotel) on my shoulder.   This is about as long as I would want to carry this bag, frankly, and I am pretty good at carrying heavy things due to the type of sport training I do.   The medium duffle is a good compromise between maximum capacity but some portability.  I would never go larger unless someone had very bulky gear and was strictly going by car from point A to B.

 

(re: multiple bag selection) The other thing to keep in mind is that the aspect ratios are different.   Some bags are more tall and narrow - Meridian, 48h, the zippered tote and I find they are great for packing laptops or work clothing in Eagle Creek 'folders'.  Everything is oriented vertically and from the top opening you can see the sides of all your contents.      Other bags are more broad and flat - small duffle and the Sportsman - and you lay things down in layers where more likely one item is laying a top another.    The other consideration is twill vs tin cloth.   Twill is usually heavier and gives more structure; tin cloth is lighter but more floppy. 

Great point about the twill vs tin cloth. The tin cloth is lined with 6oz dry finish cover cloth (whatever that means) so doesn't that make it just an ounce shy of the twill?

post #5379 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




Wondering if anyone has anymore information about this bag? Is it confirmed fro VP? Certainly looks very similar but in brown. Think I prefer the green
post #5380 of 5977
I would say yes. The bottom of my bag looks exactly the same but less overall width.
post #5381 of 5977
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Originally Posted by gmanoftheroad View Post

I would say yes. The bottom of my bag looks exactly the same but less overall width.
Interesting. Do you have the brown 20 inch duffel currently listed on the site? Can I ask what your impressions of the bag are? Would you say it's between a small and medium filson duffel?
post #5382 of 5977
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Originally Posted by snapehead View Post

Wondering if anyone has anymore information about this bag? Is it confirmed fro VP? Certainly looks very similar but in brown. Think I prefer the green

I found that pic on EBay by made by a company called RJL LTD. There is a little blurb description where he talks about making these for 25 years etc. No mention of VP though looks very similar.
post #5383 of 5977
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Originally Posted by gambit402 View Post

Great point about the twill vs tin cloth. The tin cloth is lined with 6oz dry finish cover cloth (whatever that means) so doesn't that make it just an ounce shy of the twill?
In weight it might be similar, but in durability it is not. I looked at the 24 hrs bag (former 72hrs) and the tin cloth looks good, it will age quickly and nicely, the cover cloth is a nice soft cotton inside, but i shyed away from it because i worried about how fast it will wear. I've had Barbour jackets in a similar fabric, they're great but they do fray within a season or two at the cuffs and at the friction points. For me the point of a filson bag is partly in the twill and its strength over time. I really liked the 24hrs bag, and the 48 duffle looks very similar, but they look too light to me for repeated use, unfortunately (or fortunately for my wallet).
post #5384 of 5977
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

I found that pic on EBay by made by a company called RJL LTD. There is a little blurb description where he talks about making these for 25 years etc. No mention of VP though looks very similar.

Hmm very interesting. Do you happen to have a link to the listing? I'd be very interested in exploring further. Thanks so much
post #5385 of 5977
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Originally Posted by gambit402 View Post

Great point about the twill vs tin cloth. The tin cloth is lined with 6oz dry finish cover cloth (whatever that means) so doesn't that make it just an ounce shy of the twill?
I think the width of the bag is also key. If you have a duffel bag that is tall and narrow (briefcase proportions) like the 48h, it doesn't lend itself as well to packing stacks of clothes with the least amount of folding though it might be easier to walk with. Case in point, the medium travel bag was a favorite for travel because it was wide and square which made packing clothing very easy.
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