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First weekend with the new Filson Meridian.  I have to tell you, this is the bag I've been looking for from Filson.  I've used the small duffle, the medium duffle, the medium travel bag and a few others.  I think they really got it right with this one.  Great size for a long weekend.  I'll run it through a bigger test next week when I travel with it for 5 days.  I get the feeling that it will be up to the task....

 

Here is the bag next to my boots so you can get a feel for the size.  

 

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Does anyone know where to buy the Filson small field bag in Toronto, Canada?

 

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Originally Posted by mgrennier View Post

First weekend with the new Filson Meridian.  I have to tell you, this is the bag I've been looking for from Filson.  I've used the small duffle, the medium duffle, the medium travel bag and a few others.  I think they really got it right with this one.  Great size for a long weekend.  I'll run it through a bigger test next week when I travel with it for 5 days.  I get the feeling that it will be up to the task....

Here is the bag next to my boots so you can get a feel for the size.  




Glad it's working out for you, and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts/pics!
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Filson fans.  I have posted two items on that big auction board, in case you're interested.  One is a very vintage, Filson large duffle bag - this thing is 20+ years old and is very rustic. 

 

The other is a Medium Travel Bag - nearly new.  

 

I'd rather sell either (or both) to one of you guys on this site, just let me know via DM if there is any interest.  

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Carryology.com has a great wrap-up on the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market including a few photos from the Filson display.   A couple of years ago, it's where I saw the prototype for the Meridian.

 

The top left tote is about the most masculine tote I've come across!:

 

 

The full leather small duffle looks awesome but I figure it could be $$$ given prior Filson pricing on leather briefcases and even Horween trim canvas bags.

 

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More New Filson vs. Old FIlson:

 

New Filson: Duffle - Medium #11070325; 20x13x12; $395

 

Old Filson: Duffle - Medium #70222; 24.25x13.75x11.5; $345

 

By all means identical but for the size and the price. $50 more for 715 cubic inches less; roughly the equivalent of Filson's Original Briefcase #256

 

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re the post above: Looking at the new bags makes me wonder if my Filson obsession will come to an end shortly. There's not much to distinguish the top two shelves' goods from other brands. In fact, if I saw one of those in the wild, I would ask "Is that a Filson?" instead of knowing "There goes another Filson."

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Originally Posted by nevadabob View Post
 

More New Filson vs. Old FIlson:

 

New Filson: Duffle - Medium #11070325; 20x13x12; $395

 

Old Filson: Duffle - Medium #70222; 24.25x13.75x11.5; $345

 

By all means identical but for the size and the price. $50 more for 715 cubic inches less; roughly the equivalent of Filson's Original Briefcase #256

 

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re the post above: Looking at the new bags makes me wonder if my Filson obsession will come to an end shortly. There's not much to distinguish the top two shelves' goods from other brands. In fact, if I saw one of those in the wild, I would ask "Is that a Filson?" instead of knowing "There goes another Filson."

 

Interesting.   I can see the rationale from Filson's perspective - there were consistent complaints that the Medium was "too big" and the Small "too small".  

And now the Medium Duffle is at the 'maximum sized carry-on' hitting the 45inch linear inches bang on.   

This gives you (approximately) 5.5K cubic inches for Large, 3.1K cubic inches for Medium and 2.0K cubic inches for Small.

 

However, what bugs me is the upcharging on the new smaller Medium duffle!  

I guess the older version will sell out within a few months and that will be that.

 

Having said that, I love the old medium duffle for checking rather as a carry-on  

It is about the maximum sized bag I would want to take via air anywhere short of a polar expedition.

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Hi, owner of a 256 and 220 here. I'm considering a Sportsman presently, all three variations of it: the 70266, the Original Sportsman Camera bag, and the Heritage Sportsman. For those who have handled the Sportsman Camera Bag, is there padding integrated into the walls and base of the bag or is it built like an unpadded Domke where the padding is removable?
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Originally Posted by ertu View Post

Does anyone know where to buy the Filson small field bag in Toronto, Canada? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I don't know for sure who stocks that particular model but in terms of general people who carry Filson that might have that model, check Oliver Spencer, Te Koop, Uncle Otis, and I think there are another 2-3 places with Filson stuff too.
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

Interesting.   I can see the rationale from Filson's perspective - there were consistent complaints that the Medium was "too big" and the Small "too small".  
And now the Medium Duffle is at the 'maximum sized carry-on' hitting the 45inch linear inches bang on.   
This gives you (approximately) 5.5K cubic inches for Large, 3.1K cubic inches for Medium and 2.0K cubic inches for Small.

However, what bugs me is the upcharging on the new smaller Medium duffle!  
I guess the older version will sell out within a few months and that will be that.

Having said that, I love the old medium duffle for checking rather as a carry-on  
It is about the maximum sized bag I would want to take via air anywhere short of a polar expedition.

Size of the new medium duffle is great and as you say, has been a long time coming. Unfortunately, this may be a case of too little, too late - leather issues plus increased price, and added to that I see that they're using dry tin cloth for the interior pockets. I've seen this on the new briefcases, and it's awful; much too flimsy. Seems to me a purely cost cutting decision, as I can't imagine anyone who actually uses the bags preferring this. That said, possible that it's less of an issue for a duffle vs. briefcase.
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Originally Posted by dcg View Post

Size of the new medium duffle is great and as you say, has been a long time coming. Unfortunately, this may be a case of too little, too late - leather issues plus increased price, and added to that I see that they're using dry tin cloth for the interior pockets. I've seen this on the new briefcases, and it's awful; much too flimsy. Seems to me a purely cost cutting decision, as I can't imagine anyone who actually uses the bags preferring this. That said, possible that it's less of an issue for a duffle vs. briefcase.

Having just bought the Meridian, very much a "New Filson" product I am curious to see first-hand how it holds up functionally including the use of tin cloth. At this stage, having carted around some of their more revered traditional twill bags across airport terminals, like mgrennier I am willing to trade some durability for a lighter, less blocky, easier to carry bag.

My other recent purchases of modern Filson have been pretty satisfying I got to admit - the indestructible heavy tin moss 34oz duffles and tote. And on their other end of the spectrum, the multi-colored large tote - while more Ralph Lauren than Filson in appearance - still is a great bag - light, capacious, and easy to carry. At the discount prices I find these bags I am happy.
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In light of the decrease in quality for increased price, does anyone have any opinions on the bags from Vermilyea pelle?
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Snapehead, gmanoftheroad posted a review of his VP bag in early Dec. Sightsofsounds also I believe purchased one too. I think dcg mentioned buying a VP like bag on EBay also.
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A couple airport shots of the Meridian duffle. Packed for a 5 day trip. This has fast become my favorite Filson. Wish there was one more outside pocket for a water bottle but pretty damn perfect bag. Also- the relatively skinny profile allows it to hang from the shoulder nicely (as opposed to the medium travel bag, for example).[IMG]

Side note: if you're not using the Eagle Creek folders yet, you're missing out. The orange folder in my bag is holding 5 dress shirts, pair of jeans, dress slacks, couple t-shirts and a sweater. It compresses down nicely and it fits the Meridian like a glove.
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Thanks for the 'action shots' mgrennier!   I have yet to use mine on a trip, but glad to know it is working so well for you.   I did pack some clothes in mine though just as a beta test & I was surprised how much the bag could hold and still be a relatively light and portable bag.   The dimensions and design are very much on point as a max sized carry-on.   The wide nylon strap - which distributes the weight over almost it's entire length - was also a pleasant surprise.

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