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Originally Posted by dcg View Post

I would be embarrassed to admit how many I have (or even to count the actual #).

Possible that @nevadabob has me beat. That's what I'm counting on, anyway smile.gif

Think it's a no contest that I'm led to believe, if majority of the bags (non-product shots) in the link below are his...

http://www.styleforum.net/t/133759/lightbox/user/197158
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Originally Posted by mgrennier View Post

All these posts have me wondering:  who on this site has the most Filson bags?  I get the feeling that Soletrane is up there.  

A lot but not a heavy hitter. Maybe 8 or 9. 4 totes (2 given as gifts), 2 duffles (1 given away), Sportsman, Large Carryon and now the Meridian.
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Thanks damnhammer.  Just ordered it. 

 

Like @Soletrane couldn't pass up half off!

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Lol. You know I would consider buying the Filson Tin Cloth Tutu at half price so you know the Meridian was a done deal.

Hoping this is the final one (for a while).
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Originally Posted by Peli View Post

Just bought myself an original briefcase in tan. This thing is solidly built!

This is the most functional piece of Filson I own. I carry it daily and despite it being babied, it's finally starting to show some character after a couple of years.

I sold my Filson small duffle. After years of use I decided that it just wasn't functional for me. I've become fond of panel loading duffles that allow you to see the entire inside of the bag, making it much easier to see and access the contents. I doubt I'll purchase another duffle with a traditional center zipper. I found the inside of my Filson to be dark, hard to access, and the interior pockets were useless. I don't fly often, but when I did I found that the lack of exterior pockets made it a poor choice for a carry-on because there was no easy stash point for my passport and other items.

I still have my Filson large duffle and used it on a road trip last month, but my panel loading duffle has since replaced it.
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Suited, what is a panel loading duffle? Is this when the entire zips open like a flap?

I found the small duffle okay for hauling a full load of something if you just want to throw it the back of your truck. Nice size and proportions. But not a great travel bag for me as I was continually digging through it. The medium duffle - I just stuff silly, check it at the airport, and don't open it until I arrive at my destination. Perfect.
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

A lot but not a heavy hitter. Maybe 8 or 9. 4 totes (2 given as gifts), 2 duffles (1 given away), Sportsman, Large Carryon and now the Meridian.

Still just a Filson noob smile.gif. But respect for being a fellow member of the "owns more than one of the same model bag" club. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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How do you guys rate Filson's dry duffel? It's super cheap on their site but I'm curious if it's a piece of crap, hence the price, or is it actually durable?

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I don't really consider myself an extravagant filson disciple. But I starting thinking about my inventory and it's a tad more comprehensive than I thought. Sickening, actually.

Pullman (beautiful 12 year old bag)
Tin Cruiser (awesome)
Tin Short cruiser (just ordered)
Sportsman Bag (really nice)
Padded computer bag (2nd; top shelf bag)
4 Alaskan guide shirts (very robust, but wish they were wool)
Tin hunting coat (awesome)
Double Mackinaw hat (the balls in bad weather)
Mackinaw medium weight jacket/liner (great, can wear in all conditions)
Mackinow wool cruiser (artwork)
Merino socks (quality of which you can't get anymore)
Filson Boots which suck (gave to my son)- moved over to danner.
Merino long underwear (awesome)
Edited by Gresh - 1/13/16 at 7:29pm
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

Suited, what is a panel loading duffle? Is this when the entire zips open like a flap?

I found the small duffle okay for hauling a full load of something if you just want to throw it the back of your truck. Nice size and proportions. But not a great travel bag for me as I was continually digging through it. The medium duffle - I just stuff silly, check it at the airport, and don't open it until I arrive at my destination. Perfect.

A panel loading duffle means that 3 sides of the "lid"of the bag can be unzipped and opened like a flap. Most of these bags won't be as stylish as a Filson, but most of my travel is geared toward outdoor activities rather than checking into The Plaza, so functionality is most important to me. The large duffle I have can also be converted to a backpack, something I find immensely useful. Here are two examples of panel loading duffles:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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Thanks suited for the informative post! Filson has U shaped openings (Sportsman) and clam shell designs (Pullman) but nothing quite like that since the discontinuation of the compartment case.
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I grabbed what was readily available as I ran out the door this morning...

 

 

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With just 5 bags, I feel relatively normal icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Thanks to the lead from dcg, I impulsively bought a tan Filson Meridian at 50% off at Mr. Porter.   No way I could see myself buying anything short of a full leather bag at the full MSRP of $495, but at half-price, it became an intriguing proposition.

 

My main use of a travel bag is as a carry-on for international business travel.   Previous Filson bags fell short either being too large or too wide or carried awkwardly.   The one exception - the defunct large travel tote (ref 70135) - was perfect functionally but didn't have the Filson aesthetic.

 

So enter the Meridian.   The Meridian, I suspected, was Filson's attempt to cater more to the weekender or carry-on market (the trolley strap is a big hint for that!).   And doing so has addressed some of the criticisms of the popular duffles when used for less outdoorsy pursuits like business travel.  

 

My first impression when picking it up was "wow - this is light" for a canvas, leather, and brass bag and that it was substantively sized (22.5" in length) and quite tall (close to max carryon size of 45 linear inches).  Finally, it has a few more details (zippered external pocket, fabric backing behind the sewed leather portions of the strap, brass feet, leather bottom) which gives it a slightly more urbane look than the Filson duffles.

 

I haven't taken it on a trip yet, but I packed it with an approximation of a week's business travel (for me) including a pair of shoes and a laptop and it was still comfortably at 80% capacity.   The weight was about 13lbs (compared to my Filson large carry-on's 20lbs for the same load).    It carried well on the fabric strap and was quite manageable given the amount of gear held inside.    The tin cloth material (15oz) makes the sides of the bag very 'expandable' but it still has some structure by the reinforced bottom.   Most importantly, it was relatively narrow and didn't jut out awkwardly from the body when fully packed.

 

So overall:

 

Pros:

Design is optimized for weekender/large carry-on type bag that will be carried (as opposed to a bag to throw a lot of gear into and put into your car trunk)

Adequate amount of pockets (zippered external, two pouches internal)

Reinforced bottom with leather on outside and brass feet to give structure and to provide protection on main wear points

Aspect ratio maximizes capacity without compromising portability (relatively narrow for its size)

Tin cloth and fabric strap make the bag about 2/3rd the weight of a twill bag and give great 'expandability'

Styling shows Filson DNA but makes the look a bit more urbane (probably even more so in black color)

Capacity of the bag is sizeable for a carry-on - this is clearly the duffle that is in-between the medium and small duffle in capacity.

Bag is fully lined which gives the bag a more finished look

Trolley strap

 

Cons:

Light materials (including leather bottom) will make the bag feel 'cheap' or 'cheaper' to some compared to a bag like a Pullman

$$$ (at full MSRP)

Bag can be a bit shapeless on the sides due to tin cloth material - this is offset by more rigid bottom.

Leather portions while no worse than on other newer Filson bags does not seem to be at the same quality as I have seen on earlier bags or bridle leather from other companies.

Brass portions are still plated steel when at this price range solid brass should be standard.

Zipper opening while adequate could be longer to improve access to bag interior (length of zipper is limited by placement of strap clips on each end which are placed relatively high to avoid 'bag flip'

Could possible benefit from one or two more pockets on exterior (though having just one zippered pocket is a vast improvement over having none on the duffles) 

 

We'll see how it works on a trip...

 

I have attached a pic of the Meridian on the left next to it's older sibling the Large Carry-on 242.    The 242 is not the best functionally as carry-on (despite its name) but you have to admire the old school Filson construction.

 

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