Originally Posted by laughter95
longskate88, do you think you could post some pictures of your filson 256, preferably with some things in it? i'm contemplating buying one in my final year of undergraduate studies, but i want to make sure that there's enough room for my laptop/binder and maybe a thick textbook. i don't want to have anything bulky. ...or could someone talk me into buying the bigger 257 model? thanks for the input.
Here ya go, you could squeeze in a thin laptop in addition to what's in the pic. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to carry mine, it can get heavy with all the stuff in it, and it's a little bulky to carry via the shoulder strap since it's a rigid bag. I walk a few miles a day carrying it around our large campus, and it works. I don't carry a laptop though, and rarely any sizeable book. I use it more like a purse, it has water, food, sunglasses, iPod, phone, flashdrive, pencils, calc, then a spiral notebook and various loose papers. To be honest, I don't know how I would get through the long days without something to carry that stuff in. I'm currently beating the crap out of it (wadded it up into a ball and sitting on it right now, it's slowly loosening it's structure). I'd avoid the 257 unless you like a heavier bag, and will be able to carry it fully loaded. More room= more stuff. Minor thing, I like how the 'flap' on top is short. It doesn;t reach all the way over the front of the bag, so it's easier to access the bag this way. Also, no velcro is a plus. You don't have to snap the flap shut, it carries perfectly well with all the zippers and flaps open.