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post #5851 of 5981
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Originally Posted by mgrennier View Post
 

gambit - I agree with you on the choice of the heavier twill.  

 

I have the 24 hour briefcase and I love it.  The extra pockets on the front (compared to the Original briefcase, for example) just make it too damn convenient.  I am always sliding in a water bottle, or my sunglass case in the slots behind the pocket and keep a small camera and other random stuff in the pockets.

 

BUT - the moment they come out with a similar bag with the heavier 22 oz twill, I'll probably buy it the day it comes out.  

 

The lighter-weight cloth on the 24 hour bag is awesome, but just not quite as awesome as the 22 oz twill.  

I really like the functionality of the 24 hour bag. If they came out with one in 22 oz twill AND made the the front pockets like an accordion style where the pockets are flat when empty and only extend out when thing are put in there (not sure what it's called), then I'd jump on that. I just don't want the pockets sticking out for no reason.

 

I have the lighter tin cloth on the Meridian duffle and love it. Not sure why Filson discontinued that model, but it's worked great for me.

post #5852 of 5981
Gentlemen,

I have just received my Filson 257 Briefcase today and could not wait to fill it up. I have a 15" MacBook Pro, an iPad Air with keyboard, a planner, and a tape measure. I think most of the weight is from the MacBook Pro. One concern I have is that I can't keep my chargers and wires organized in it. Any help would be appreciated. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks in advance and I love everyone's helpfulness and hospitality on this forum.






post #5853 of 5981
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Originally Posted by rickyslam View Post

Gentlemen,

One concern I have is that I can't keep my chargers and wires organized in it. Any help would be appreciated. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks in advance and I love everyone's helpfulness and hospitality on this forum.







I have the 256 and I use this case from Amazon to carry all my cables, my external harddrive, my external battery, and someimes my Kindle as well.

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Universal-Travel-Electronics-Accessories/dp/B002VPE1QG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473397115&sr=8-1&keywords=amazon+basics+cable+organizer
post #5854 of 5981
I am looking for a big that fits as hand lockage i airplanes. Do anyone have experience with this model: Filson Duffle Bag Medium
Would it fit as hand lockage?



Or is there some of the other models from Filson that is better? http://www.le-fix.com/brands/filson

Thanks a lot!
post #5855 of 5981
Simon89,
The current generation of Filson medium duffles are sized at the 40 linear inch max carry on size of most domestic US airlines. The small duffle, the sportsman will also fit and so will the 48-hour bag. The recently discontinued Meridian is also another max carry on sized duffle. The Pullman bags are another option if you like clamshell designs that open like suitcases.

I use a small duffle when it's my only piece of luggage (carry on only) and I use the sportsman when my carry-on is a companion to a larger checked piece. I can fit a LOT in a small duffle as long as I don't have bulky footwear in the bag. Not the easiest bag to pack due to the relatively narrow opening But it is a nice compact, portable bag that I can walk around a terminal with for a couple hours no problem.
post #5856 of 5981
Speedy 611,
Just curious - what was your method to fold 2 suits in your Pullman? I am going on a 2-day business trip and would like to take my old 242 large carry-on which is similar size and design to the new Small Pullman. Only need to pack one suit. Thanks.
post #5857 of 5981

Hi all

I am joining the discussion with my own experience using the green Otter Filson 257 bag.

I've purchased the bag at half price on eBay at excellent condition with two small dark stains at the back of the bag. Here are images:

 

Front view

 

 

In the picture the bag is closed up tight (zippers and storm flap) - usually I am going with zipper opened wide and the storm closed over the opening as I found it faster to access. I have found that one of the zipper is rough going and the other one is smooth as butter. The only time the rough zipper was smoother was when I applied lip cream on the zipper teeth but it soon returned to its original state. If someone has encountered similar behavior I would appreciate any advice how to decrease the zipper traction.

 

Back view

 

 

At the back of the bag you can see the shoulder strap affixed to one of the handles, I will explain why and how I did this.

 

Top view open

 

 

This is the view that awaits me every morning right after hitting the switch light on. The Klean Kantheen on the right, my green A5 notebook with pens attached, the Lenovo thinkpad Yoga (12 inch) placed in the inner sleeve facing the front of the bag. The Three slots within contain medications, wireless mouse and my faithful Swiss knife.

 

 

Closer top view

 

 

Facing the back of the bag you can see the notebook peeping, my 9-yo leather wallet fitted nicely into the leftmost pocket, the wireless dongle at the small pocket and a lip balm in one of the pen slots. Since I am using a journal bandolier with pen slots I have no real use to these slots. In the right most pocket I have placed a small leather zipper-pouch that contains my business cards. In the space between the two slides I am placing the small Lenovo charger cables wrapped really nicely. Also, not seen, is a small black pouch used to contain additional small cables for USB etc.

 

 

Closer top view 2

 

 

This close view shows the hidden in the shadows mouse (center) and the medication and alcohol cleaning gel.

 

 

Clip view

 

 

While I like to walk with the bag at hand (heavy as it is), sometimes I need both hands free and then the shoulder strap comes handy. The padding is good and sturdy though I would have appreciated that some sort of friction surface could be used to keep the bag from sleeping right off my shoulder, especially if going with a nylon coat. Anyways, since I am mostly go with bag at hand, the strap dangles below the bag and can potentially snug on any protruding objects that come across. So, to solve this annoying difficulty, I have devised a clasping apparatus at the back of the bag. It is composed of an S-shape black carbine (NiteIze S-Biner) tightly attached by a Flex cuffs to one of the handles and a small key ring attached to a thin flexible nylon cord, attached to the Flex cuff.

When I want to affix the strap to the bag, I place strap shoulder pad between the carbine and the cord and clasp the ring onto the upper carbine loop. Works great

 

 

Carbine extension

 

 

Another annoyance is the relative short strap for the key holder (thumbs up for having the key holder in the first place, so crucial for not losing your keys if the bag topples over). To extend it I simply added a key ring and a relatively long carbine and I slid in it all the relevant keys.

 

To sum my experience, I feel that this bag is a robust and tough bag for tough use and will serve me for many years to come and with style that is very unique to Filson. The Canvas is tough and it will mold itself onto the items it contains as it slowly stretches to overlap them.

 

CG

post #5858 of 5981
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Originally Posted by guttman View Post
 

Hi all

I am joining the discussion with my own experience using the green Otter Filson 257 bag.

I've purchased the bag at half price on eBay at excellent condition with two small dark stains at the back of the bag. Here are images:

 

Front view

 

 

Back view

 

 

At the back of the bag you can see the shoulder strap affixed to one of the handles, I will explain why and how I did this.

 

 

CG

 

Unique bag indeed! I have three questions to ask:

1.) How do you use two side pockets on your 257? 

2.) Have you ever tried to remove those two stains on your bag?

3.) Does Canvas smell bad when aged?  

post #5859 of 5981
@guttman - For the zip there were a couple of suggestions on the previous page - hard wax (such as candle wax) or graphite powder (from a pencil lead).
post #5860 of 5981
Is there a big size difference between the Filson 256/257 and the Filson 24 hour? Or is it just a difference of front pockets mostly?
post #5861 of 5981
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Originally Posted by tekaddict View Post

Is there a big size difference between the Filson 256/257 and the Filson 24 hour? Or is it just a difference of front pockets mostly?

I have not owned a 24 hour brief before so I might be wrong but based on pictures and dimensions, I believe the main body section for the 256 and the 24 hour should be the same width (+- 3inches). The pockets (1 on both sides on the 256 and 2 front pockets on one side for 24 hour) for both should take up around the same width

257 would have 2 more inches in the main body compartment. I'm having a dilemma if I want a 258 on top of my 257 for the extra space on the large front pocket.
post #5862 of 5981
Filson are back to having an online digital catalogue - http://www.filson.com/monthly-catalog/#p=1 - that can be printed/saved to PDF.
post #5863 of 5981

tekaddict.  

 

i currently own a 24 hour bag and previously owned a 256 (although not at the same time so I couldn't compare them side by side)

 

The bags are basically the same dimensions - except for the addition of the 2 pockets on the 24 hour bag.  In fact, it kinda looks like Filson just slapped on the two front pockets - along with a few other cosmetic changes (for example: lack of leather strip where the main zipper is on the 256) to make the 24 hour.

 

The biggest difference though - and it's a huge difference -  is that the 24 hour has the lighter tin cloth vs. the 22 oz twill.  Makes the bag lighter, I'm sure, but less durable. 

 

Also - the waxed tin cloth is a bit more "dark tan" than the lighter tan of the 22oz twill.  That may just be due to the wax, perhaps.


In any case - the 24 hour is my favorite bag so far.  If they ever come out with a 24 hour-type bag with the 22oz twill, then I'd probably buy that one.  I think the two outside pockets are just too damn convenient and I find myself really enjoying them.

 

Hope that helps.

post #5864 of 5981

Hi chev4x4

1. I use the side pockets for mainly small things that I need to access fast like keys, headphones secured in a small pouch, sunglasses etc.Since the side pockets are stiff and affected by the inner content buldging, it can be difficult to fit inside other buldging big things and in any case it lacks any zipper or top closer making them more suitable for large and flat items that if they fall off you will notice immidiately (my wallet as seen above is placed within the bag where the zipper can protect it from malicious eyes and hands).

2. Never tried to remove the stains since they are dark and not worth the effort. As I see it, its part of this bag's looks. :)

3.My bag is relatively new so can't comment on "aging". Maybe other members with much more mileage can comment on that.

 

CG
 

post #5865 of 5981
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Originally Posted by milw50717 View Post

@guttman - For the zip there were a couple of suggestions on the previous page - hard wax (such as candle wax) or graphite powder (from a pencil lead).

 



Yeah, tried it. the Candle wax worth a try, though. I think there is either a manufacturer defect that the canvas is stretch askewed.
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