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Filson 256 or 257

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by milosh, May 22, 2009.

  1. milosh

    milosh Senior member

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    I just ordered a Lenovo 15" notebook and want to get something to carry it in. I'm trying to decide between a 256 and 257. I have a feeling the 257 would be too large/heavy for everyday use(college).

    I'm also unsure which colour to get. I'm leaning towards tan. Any owners willing to share some pictures and help me?
     
  2. stylemaven

    stylemaven Senior member

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    I'd be interested in seeing some pictures as well - am a few days (weeks) away from pulling the trigger on a 256.

    Thanks!
     
  3. b-ill

    b-ill Senior member

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    257. I have the same laptop for work and the 257 is perfect.
     
  4. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    What else do you need to carry with you? If that's mostly the laptop and a few papers, go with 256. If you need to carry a lot of books, documents, etc... go for 257. Otherwise 257 is just too much capacity for a simple laptop
     
  5. A Y

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    If you're going to use a padded laptop sleeve, consider the 257. I use a tan 257 to carry a 15-inch Macbook Pro, and with a Waterfield padded sleeve, it takes up quite a bit of space.

    --Andre
     
  6. milosh

    milosh Senior member

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    I usually cary an a4 notebook and a few books.

    I didn't plan a sleeve. Is there padding in the Filsons?
     
  7. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    There's no padding in the 256 or 257 beyond the natural give of the cloth (which is not much). The much bigger 258 has padding.

    --Andre
     
  8. agavilanes

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    Copying PG on this:

    Choose the one that goes better with RLBL suits [​IMG]
     
  9. Dob

    Dob Well-Known Member

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    I went with the larger, which I use every day in law school. Works great and I don't find it too large at all. I really like the extra zipper pocket set-up on the larger bag as that is where I store my wallet, keys, sunglasses, pens, etc.... I carry a laptop but a small thin one (MB Air) bit still would not want the smaller version of the bag....
     
  10. milosh

    milosh Senior member

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    There's no padding in the 256 or 257 beyond the natural give of the cloth (which is not much). The much bigger 258 has padding.

    --Andre


    I didn't know that. I think I will get the larger 257. Thank you all for helping!
     
  11. Crane's

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    Good choice. It will serve you well for years to come.
     
  12. Spatlese

    Spatlese Senior member

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    I was at the aiport last week when a guy noticed my 257 and said "Great little messenger bag you got there. I need something like that to go riding with!"
     
  13. milosh

    milosh Senior member

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    My 257 arrived yesterday and it's great. It looks great and is definitely the right size. I snapped a few pictures today:
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  14. fatty15

    fatty15 New Member

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    My 257 arrived from Crane's last week.

    FWIW, I find it to be just the right size, much smaller than the Tumi laptop bag that I used when travelling for business. In fact, I originally ordered the 256 and found it way too small for my needs as a grad student (laptop, couple of notebooks, 1" binder or two, sunglasses, headphones, etc.). It also looked a little "mursey" on my frame when I wore it over my shoulder (6'1" 170).

    The 257 is a great bag.
     
  15. jesask

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    I use the 257 with my laptop as well. I have no complaints.
     
  16. goldenbraid

    goldenbraid Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful bag, just perfect. You made the right choice. Congrats! Nice pics too.. thanks.
     
  17. Bricktop

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    The 256 is a little snug for my 15" Macbook Pro in a sleeve. I think the 257 may have been a better choice, in retrospect.
     
  18. skovbo13

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    On my quest for the perfect bag, I recently discovered Filson and now can't decide between the 256 or the 257.

    The bag needs to be compact and light enough to carry around on a daily basis, holding a leica M camera plus lens, one tiny extra lens, a few rolls of film, a sketchbook, map and maybe a handbook or two. While traveling I would need to fit in a 13" macbook pro plus sleeve and maybe a water bottle alongside my other stuff as well.

    So far I've been using a Billingham Packington, but the bag is monstrous and quite heavy, which makes it almost unusable for daily use.

    In the picture posted above from sartorialist it seems like the 256 would be sufficient for my needs, especially since the canvas seems rather expandable, but I'm still unsure if maybe the 257 wouldn't be the better investment.

    The bag should have roughly these proportions:

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    Comments anyone?
     
  19. click here

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    Do filson bags ever go on sale?
     
  20. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    On my quest for the perfect bag, I recently discovered Filson and now can't decide between the 256 or the 257.

    The bag needs to be compact and light enough to carry around on a daily basis, holding a leica M camera plus lens, one tiny extra lens, a few rolls of film, a sketchbook, map and maybe a handbook or two. While traveling I would need to fit in a 13" macbook pro plus sleeve and maybe a water bottle alongside my other stuff as well.

    So far I've been using a Billingham Packington, but the bag is monstrous and quite heavy, which makes it almost unusable for daily use.

    In the picture posted above from sartorialist it seems like the 256 would be sufficient for my needs, especially since the canvas seems rather expandable, but I'm still unsure if maybe the 257 wouldn't be the better investment.

    The bag should have roughly these proportions:

    Comments anyone?


    I have the 257 and think it is much more versatile than the 256. I also think the larger size looks nicer if that makes any sense.
     

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