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Help me decide a leather weekend bag

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I just read through a ton of search archives on weekend bags. Need some opinions for a leather weekend bag. I'm looking for something for weekend trips (drives or carry-on) that can hold enough clothes for a couple days and no more. Don't want something too big. I know there's always a debate about weight/practicality of leather, but I'd still prefer leather. Whisky/Tan would be even more awesome. I don't have too much of a budget, thinking $200-$350 would be ideal. I know this pretty much prices out a lot of the nicer stuff like Glaser, Lotufclegg, Mulberry, Mulholland and such. Any suggestions? So far this is what I've found:

- Cutter & Buck Weekender ($162) 11.25H x 19W x 9D - Pretty darn cheap and looks good...but not sure about the quality
- Floto Venezia ($299) 11H x 21W x 10D - Positive SF reviews, people seem to like this one quite a bit.
- Jack Spade ($276-$395) 12.5H x 20.5W x 9D - Tobbacco looks great but it's not on sale, strap isn't leather also
- Custom Hide Weekender ($369) 11H x 22W x 10D - Not sure if I like this design as much, looks aesthetically a bit too stiff

Any thoughts between these four? I'm open to recommendations as well. I couldn't find any leather filson's are there any other good affordable brands that I'm missing? Thanks.
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The Floto Venezia is the sharpest looking one IMHO.
Edited by tumadre - 8/5/11 at 2:01pm
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Taking cost into consideration, my preference ordering would be this:

1. Floto
2. Cutter & Buck
3. Jack Spade
4. Weekender
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I've had a Floto for about a year. It's held up well despite being banged up on planes, trains and automobiles mostly in Italy, the Caribbean and a half dozen US cities. Holds a lot of clothes for a duffle. You can buy one new on Ebay from the company for a lot less than $300.
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Anyone have any recommendations on what polish to use to touch up any scratches on the Floto? I actually have this Cenzo Vecchio, which as far as I can tell is nearly identical to the Floto Venezia.

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