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post #5611 of 5981

Mikhail100.  I have the 24 hour tin cloth briefcase in Navy.  I've had it for about a year now.  I also liked it because of the outer pockets. The Original briefcase (256) was on my very short list and I did have one for a couple weeks but I didn't like the fact that there were no outside pockets - there just wasn't enough space for chargers, and the extra stuff that you end up carrying every day.  The outside pockets on the 24 hour bag are perfect.  

 

Regarding wear and tear of the Tin Cloth compared to the 22 oz twill. There is no doubt that the 15 oz tin cloth will wear a bit faster than the 22 oz twill.  Simple physics.  In fact, the bottom corners (which of course get the most wear) are starting to wear down a bit - but it's not all that bad, honestly.  (I can post some close up pics if you're interested).  The rest of the bag is just perfect for me. 

 

I get the feeling that I'll eventually want a different bag but that's more a matter of my personal desire for occasional change than anything to do with wear and tear of the bag.  

 

I find the quality of the bag perfect.  Note: this is not one of those highly polished, amazing leather, high end bags you see out there.  (like a high-end Gucci leather bag, for example).  It's a Filson.  It's got a certain character to it.  You can feel good in the boardroom or the outdoors.  In a suit or jeans and a sweater.   I am very rough with my Filson(s).  Last night, for example, I was flying back from Charlotte and just jammed it into the space under the seat in front of me.  I don't worry about babying it - I just cram it in there.   I know it's going to come out OK - and will look no worse for the wear.  In fact, it will look even better.

 

Will this bag last 25 years?  Yes - it will - and if not, I'll send it back to Filson and ask them to stitch it up and send it back.  No problem. 

post #5612 of 5981

This isn't mentioned that much on the forum, but the tin cloth duffels have been around for much longer than the 24 hour bag.   You can get a sense of tin cloth durability on the Filson website under the reviews heading for these bags.   I took a look once - it did not seem that these duffels were being overly criticized for durability issues.

 

My personal take on this is that durability is that it is just one element in the mix.   Based on my experience If a bag is so heavy that you eventually start to reach for other bags instead or if the design is suboptimal then durability of the issue becomes secondary since you won't use the bag all that much anyway!   My old - and now long discontinued - large carry-on 242 ticking all the boxes for old school Filson twill durability and the purportedly better leather - but failing for me in terms of l usage for the very thing its name indicates!


Edited by Soletrane - 2/18/16 at 11:00am
post #5613 of 5981

Anyone pick up the new Rolltop Backpack yet? Looks like an 'improved' version of the limited offering they did of the Mr Porter edition.

http://www.filson.com/roll-top-backpack-11070388.html

 

I do like the contrasting colours of the tincloth and twill. And the front pocket is better designed as well. On the Mr Porter edition the pocket is slightly wider than the flap is, and for that reason the pocket is always slightly open. 

 

I do still love my Rolltop backpack though:

 

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IF anyone is keen, I might consider selling the Mr Porter version to swap for one of the newer ones (obviously can't hang on to both)

 

It is very lightly used, was bought direct from Mr Porter. Probably used the bag about 15 times or so and just for carrying books to school. Nothing fancy 

post #5614 of 5981

Thanks mgrennier! I'm not expecting the bag to be invincible. As long as it doesn't fall apart in the next few years, I'm fine with that.

 

A question on maintenance if you don't mind. Do you do anything special to care for the bag? I'm thinking about two things:

1. Scotchguard. With rain being a common occurrence around here, would Scothguard be ok to use? I've never owned an oil tin cloth before so not sure if Scotchguard will destroy the oil finish.

2. Leather straps. With the high humidty, I'm worried that the leather parts will degrade. Is there some sort of wax or something else to apply to protect the leather?

 

Thanks again.

post #5615 of 5981

Hi guys greetings from Hong Kong! First time entering this forum and just read the recent posts in this thread.

 

Filson is really uncommon here and I have seen no more than 10 people using filson bags.

 

I own a tan small field bag #70230 and an otter green briefcase #70256. Any suggestions on the next purchase? Is the zippered tote a good choice in terms of size? As I am only around 5.6 feet tall so maybe I'm not considering the big ones like #70257

 

Thanks guys and nice to meet you all!

post #5616 of 5981

Mikhail100 - Regarding your question of maintenance.

 

The canvas has some kind of waxy feel to it already which makes it mostly waterproof (water resistant is probably a better word).  I think that's enough, usually.  I'm not sure how Scotchguard would react to the waxy material.  Never tried that.  I've only had my bag out in the rain maybe once - and that was a relatively short jaunt from the car to a coffee shop - no damage at all.  One time, I did apply some of the Filson Oil Finish Wax to a small section of the bag just to see how it looked.  (again, mine is the Navy color).  It darkened that area a little bit and made it a bit more shiny in that part.  I decided NOT to do the rest of the bag.  Looking at it now, the spot I waxed looks exactly like the rest of the bag, so I'm sure it wouldn't have hurt it.  Long story short - I don't think you need to do much of anything to the cloth as it appears to be mostly water resistant.  

 

Others may have more knowledge on this.

 

For the leather straps, I occasionally us a bit of Obenauf's Heavy Duty Leather Preservative.  I use this on my boots and other leather goods (belts, etc.) and it's just the best stuff.  Rub some on, let it soak in then rub it in some more - or maybe even buff it with a horsehair brush.  

 

Again - the Filson is meant to last a LONG time - so you don't need to do a LOT to the bags.  A little care and feeding is good but I wouldn't over-do it.  

 

It's a Filson bag - beat it up!

post #5617 of 5981
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Originally Posted by Mikhail100 View Post


2. Leather straps. With the high humidty, I'm worried that the leather parts will degrade. Is there some sort of wax or something else to apply to protect the leather?

I have variously used Obenaufs oil, Obenaufs HDLP and Lexol conditioner to treat the leather on my bags.
post #5618 of 5981
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Originally Posted by chris33hk View Post
 

Hi guys greetings from Hong Kong! First time entering this forum and just read the recent posts in this thread.

 

Filson is really uncommon here and I have seen no more than 10 people using filson bags.

 

I own a tan small field bag #70230 and an otter green briefcase #70256. Any suggestions on the next purchase? Is the zippered tote a good choice in terms of size? As I am only around 5.6 feet tall so maybe I'm not considering the big ones like #70257

 

Thanks guys and nice to meet you all!

Hey there,

 

I'm also the same height (170cm) and I don't think it really affects how the bag looks. Either way the 256 and 257 are the same size (except for the thickness of the bag) 

 

From alot of reviews, and personally the 256 is a very basic size. Meaning if you carry notes, books, some small items it will function perfectly. 

 

But if you need to carry anything more the 257 is a more appropriate size. 

 

I currently own the 257 and really like the look of it. 

This is how it looks, on a headless me for reference. 

 

If you're looking for a backpack, I really think the new Rolltop packs look cool (I also own the Mr Porter version and love it) **See a few posts up**

post #5619 of 5981
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Originally Posted by milw50717 View Post


I have variously used Obenaufs oil, Obenaufs HDLP and Lexol conditioner to treat the leather on my bags.

I will second this as those are the two products I use on my leather bags.  Actually I don't use the Obenaufs on my Holland Bros. bag and my Coach leather duffle bag as that leather is too fine for it.  I used some leather cream on those and the Lexol.  For Filson leather, Obenaufs and Lexol.  

post #5620 of 5981
5'6 guy checking in here!

I've owned a 257 and found it both heavy and a little big for my frame. Sold it and might get a 256 at some point, so I think you made the right choice there.

I also now own a tote, not the zippered one. On the one hand I like the idea of a zippered tote becuase things don't fall out and your stuff is more private becuase it's covered but I find the Filson zippers sharp so my hand or items going in can get snagged, and I find the zippered totes a little wide and bulky. I got one of the newer version tin cloth versions with the contrasting outside pockets and have been happy with it, other than it continually slipping off my shoulder (!).

I also own the backpack. Forgot the model number, but the one that's zippered and has the laptop sleeve inside and single large outside pocket. I find it rather heavy and honestly it doesn't hold all that much. I use it a lot less than I thought I would!

I've really wanted to like Filson, and I appreciate the heritage and build quality, but for a guy 5'6 I find a lot of their bags just too thick and heavy and overkill. I like the look but half the time I need to pack a second bag or skip packing a bunch of things because they're not as practical as I thought.
post #5621 of 5981
The zippered tote 261 is a versatile bag as it can act as a briefcase, carry-on, weekender, etc. I had two.

But it's the open tote I use the most (maybe recently discontinued in twill?). For hauling gear or supplies in a relative compact format - like gym stuff - it can't be beat as it has easy access, stuff stays ventilated and the bag fits neatly upright in a gym locker or behind the driver's car seat.


Edited by Soletrane - 2/20/16 at 9:40am
post #5622 of 5981
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Originally Posted by speedy611 View Post

 



Hi, new poster here. This thread is an amazing resource and a dangerous temptation! 

 



TL:DR - I like Filson stuff. Do I get medium or large duffle? 

 



Longer version…

 



I’m in Australia. I use a 258 padded briefcase daily, with a modification (more on that below). I have a tan pullman which I love. Also a wool mackinaw cruiser vest and a scout vest. I’m a fan :-). Pictured is the bags hard at work in remote Western Australia. 







 



On the briefcase - I ride a folding bike (brompton). It has a carrier frame for luggage, most of which is proprietary. I really wanted to be able to carry my 258 on it. So, I took out one of the internal dividers and used it to cover the frame, and it now matches pretty well. The frame attaches to the bag using a couple of velcro cable straps. This allows me to remove it in 30 seconds when not required. 







 



I have a question for the assembled wisdom, if I may. I’m about to buy a Filson duffle but am struggling to decide between large and medium. Usage will be for sailing, skiing and general travel, where I’ll be happy to check it in, haul it, and not baby it (unlike the pullman). 

 



My problem is knowing if the medium is big enough. According to the dimensions, it’s a bit larger than the pullman in volume. But I need to be able to get boots, towels and so on for some trips, and on others, a 7-10 days of business and casual clothing - 2 suits, 2pair dress shoes, quilted jacket, jeans, shirts, gym gear. (Electronics and dopp go in my 258). 

 



Will the medium be large enough? Or do I just go with the large and enjoy the larger opening zipper, and more room to find what I’m looking for inside? 

 



Your input is appreciated! 

 



Mark


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Update:

A quick update to this question I posted a couple of weeks ago. Many thanks to Soletrane and Classy Canuck.

After more consideration, I have gone for the large duffle instead of the medium. I think Soltranes' comment sealed it - a large duffle that isn't completely full will still squash into a space that the medium which is full would. So, more flexibility.

I also concluded that longer zipper means easier access.

Interestingly, if the choice had only been the 'new' medium duffle, which seems considerably smaller than the old medium, I would have only considered the large.

And, during this process, Filson have moved the pricing up considerably! Thankfully I've found a good price below the old RRP.

So, large tan duffle is ordered, and I'll report / post once it arrives. It has a 3 week business/pleasure trip, Australian sailing vacation and some skiing in it's very near future.

...now I wonder if my wife would appreciate a Filson Tote for her birthday.... ;-)
post #5623 of 5981

Glad it worked out for you Speedy611!   Yes, with the current line-up, anything smaller than a "large" is carry-on sized.

 

Having said that, I am tempted to pick up an old 'medium' for posterity before they are all gone (once a popular style is discontinued, the supply runs out very quickly in my experience).   I am thinking 'navy' for some variety.

post #5624 of 5981
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

5'6 guy checking in here!

I've owned a 257 and found it both heavy and a little big for my frame. Sold it and might get a 256 at some point, so I think you made the right choice there.

I also now own a tote, not the zippered one. On the one hand I like the idea of a zippered tote becuase things don't fall out and your stuff is more private becuase it's covered but I find the Filson zippers sharp so my hand or items going in can get snagged, and I find the zippered totes a little wide and bulky. I got one of the newer version tin cloth versions with the contrasting outside pockets and have been happy with it, other than it continually slipping off my shoulder (!).

I also own the backpack. Forgot the model number, but the one that's zippered and has the laptop sleeve inside and single large outside pocket. I find it rather heavy and honestly it doesn't hold all that much. I use it a lot less than I thought I would!

I've really wanted to like Filson, and I appreciate the heritage and build quality, but for a guy 5'6 I find a lot of their bags just too thick and heavy and overkill. I like the look but half the time I need to pack a second bag or skip packing a bunch of things because they're not as practical as I thought.

Yes I know exactly the problem...

 

When I use my 256 briefcase, I am not able to use the original leather straps since they are too long for me even though I adjusted it to the shortest. If I use the original leather straps, nearly the entire 256 falls under my hip when I wear it on my back lol

 

So I usually use my 230 leather straps on both 230 and 256 and it seems to be better.

 

By the way do you think of purchasing another filson? and does your tote look perfect to you?

post #5625 of 5981


Thanks Soletrane. 

 

I hear you on the old medium. I think the navy could be very classy in the right circumstances. I wonder how it'd patina though? 

 

This has been a good / bad week for my Filson collection depending on how you look at it - I ordered the large duffle, and while poking around for that, came across a nice, very gently used medium field bag in tan. I threw in a lowish offer, a rather to my surprise, won the auction. So, I think I'm well set up now: 

 

258 Padded computer bag in Otter

232 Medium Field bag tan

Original Pullman, tan

Large duffle, tan. 

 

Mix and match as required. :-)

 

I'll post pics once they arrive. Oh - one more thing - on medium field bag - when did they move to a fabric rather than leather shoulder strap? 

 

thanks again for the help, and keep us posted if you get the navy duffle?

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