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Figured I’d show off something I just got that y’all would enjoy. Topo Designs Klettersack. I love the cordura, The zippers are beefy and sexy, and it smells nice (something I don’t like about my Filson bags.)

Made in USA and hits at about $180 but $100 on backcountry. This is the kind of amazing product slowly reminding me how overpriced Filson is becoming in some aspects. This bag feels solid, and I love the feel of this canvas. Really recommend this company to any curious.
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I have one of these. Picked it up at the Topo store in Ft Collins a few weeks ago. Great little bag. I got the all black ballistic nylon & black leather version. Not sure what you mean by canvas though? Are you referring to the Cordura/Nylon?
 

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On the way back, I picked up a large leather zip pouch in moss. Here are pictures of both the leather computer sleeve and pouch from the outlet from our trip. View attachment 1205182View attachment 1205183View attachment 1205184View attachment 1205185
nice i got the vintage leather laptop case in dec, very sleek and love the texture. Fits my 15” mac pro well.

Just bought the small duffle on sale. Considering a 256 or a good condition 257 in the future. Still dunno why the 257 was discontinued though
 

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Still dunno why the 257 was discontinued though
It’s a mystery to many why Filson does these things. Like retiring the 120 year old slogan “Might As Well Have The Best” for the most part, or discontinuing vastly popular and time tested products like the Original 266, Large Pullman, MTB, 257, 242 Large Carryon, Outfitter, 240 Small Carryon.

Sure Filson did try to replace some of these titans with new updated versions, but most or all of them ended up failing to compare in popularity (Small Pullman, Large Twill Carryon, Outfitter). I remain quite surprised that they haven’t yet discontinued the Rucksack, considering Filson has a few other cheaper to make Backpack options.
 

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nice i got the vintage leather laptop case in dec, very sleek and love the texture. Fits my 15” mac pro well.

Just bought the small duffle on sale. Considering a 256 or a good condition 257 in the future. Still dunno why the 257 was discontinued though
Honestly, when compared to the 256, it's a larger bag with an extra divider so the internal usable space isn't that much more. Externally, it's much larger in comparison and looks bulky from the added width and the stupid snap handles. The 256 is a cleaner, and more universally versatile bag then the 257. If you need additional space over the 256, the 258 seems like a better upgrade with a similar aesthetic to the 257.
 

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Honestly, when compared to the 256, it's a larger bag with an extra divider so the internal usable space isn't that much more. Externally, it's much larger in comparison and looks bulky from the added width and the stupid snap handles. The 256 is a cleaner, and more universally versatile bag then the 257. If you need additional space over the 256, the 258 seems like a better upgrade with a similar aesthetic to the 257.
I think you're right about the 257, generally speaking, as it relates to the 256. I have both bags in tan. I go back and forth between the two but usually find that the 256 works better for daily carry (and really carries a LOT more than you'd think).

That said, a question for the group. Some of you have removed the center divider to make it a bag with a bigger middle pocket. I find myself not using the extra divider to store stuff (i'm able to put my trinkets on/in the one divider). For those that have removed the divider, are you finding it to be a good move on your parts? Any regrets?
 

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nice i got the vintage leather laptop case in dec, very sleek and love the texture. Fits my 15” mac pro well.

Just bought the small duffle on sale. Considering a 256 or a good condition 257 in the future. Still dunno why the 257 was discontinued though
This article has been very helpful to myself and many other people on this thread. It’s what I used when deciding between the 256 or 257. My first Filson was the Tan 70258 and I quickly exchanged it for a Otter Green 24 HR (not realizing the 257 existed). This was very early on in my Filson hobby. I thought that the 258 was too much like luggage and hadn’t the use for the extra space. The 257 remains the perfect in-between; it’s compact like a 256 and when packed right, has some of the extra space found on the 258. I later sold my 24HR and replaced it with my 257. The 24HR is also a great bag, and between the two (256 vs 24HR), I’d go with the latter. Would you rather have extra space or be almost totally maxed out is the question you should be asking




What’s in my 257. You certainly Can’t fit all this in a 256, but I’ve managed it in a 24HR. Also the snap handles come in handy when you want to roll up a rain jacket when traveling, but it’s not for everyone. With this setup I can still carry my travel cigar humidor but you could just as easily replace that with anything it’s size, like a pouch.

Also here’s an excellent video I shared recently, which might assist you


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There’s still plenty of extra space for travel needs, and maybe your lunch. I myself love the 3 pockets and extra divider, using them for easy access to my charging cords and mouse. It’s nice not having to open up separate pouches or have stuff scattered all over. Plus it’s nice putting my laptop in extra divider so I can load up the back pocket (closest to your body) with softer goods for more comfortable carry.

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Figured I’d show off something I just got that y’all would enjoy. Topo Designs Klettersack. I love the cordura, The zippers are beefy and sexy, and it smells nice (something I don’t like about my Filson bags.)

Made in USA and hits at about $180 but $100 on backcountry. This is the kind of amazing product slowly reminding me how overpriced Filson is becoming in some aspects. This bag feels solid, and I love the feel of this canvas. Really recommend this company to any curious.
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Is it canvas? I thought most of their packs were Cordura.

I don't have any Topo backpacks, but do have their dopp kit, a hip pack and some smaller pouches. I do like those, but none of their packs really appeal to much to me. For those type of packs I prefer Gregory or Osprey, but there is certainly a less technical appeal to them for everyday streetwear.
 

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I think you're right about the 257, generally speaking, as it relates to the 256. I have both bags in tan. I go back and forth between the two but usually find that the 256 works better for daily carry (and really carries a LOT more than you'd think).

That said, a question for the group. Some of you have removed the center divider to make it a bag with a bigger middle pocket. I find myself not using the extra divider to store stuff (i'm able to put my trinkets on/in the one divider). For those that have removed the divider, are you finding it to be a good move on your parts? Any regrets?
I kept the divider but removed the 3 pockets that I found to be bulky (replacing them with leather pouches).
I’m pleased with the modification, but regret not being more careful undoing the bar-tacking (I tore into the divider itself while removing those pockets.D137D96B-16B3-48C8-96D7-5636F0DB1EAA.jpeg
 

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I think you're right about the 257, generally speaking, as it relates to the 256. I have both bags in tan. I go back and forth between the two but usually find that the 256 works better for daily carry (and really carries a LOT more than you'd think).

That said, a question for the group. Some of you have removed the center divider to make it a bag with a bigger middle pocket. I find myself not using the extra divider to store stuff (i'm able to put my trinkets on/in the one divider). For those that have removed the divider, are you finding it to be a good move on your parts? Any regrets?
I can’t speak to the 257 but I did remove a divider from my 258. It’s straight forward, just go slowly. On the 258 the extra divider is attached to another divider that is sewn to the actual edge seam of the 258. So it’s easy to remove as the extra on isn’t integral to the bag. That might be different on the 257. Personally I wouldn’t want to have to cut (rather than undo stitches) the divider out if that ended up being the choice.
It made a big difference to my use, stopping bigger things getting hung up as I shoved them in.
Lastly I repeat what I’ve said previously- you can get a heck of a lot in a 256. I lived out of mine as a mobile office on a 4 month round the world trip.
 

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I'm a lawyer and started with a 256. Eventually I found I needed just a little more room. Got a 257 and never looked back. That being said, I'm now contemplating a backpack. Any fellow lawyers here using a Journeyman or similar for your daily carry?
 

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I can’t speak to the 257 but I did remove a divider from my 258. It’s straight forward, just go slowly. On the 258 the extra divider is attached to another divider that is sewn to the actual edge seam of the 258. So it’s easy to remove as the extra on isn’t integral to the bag. That might be different on the 257. Personally I wouldn’t want to have to cut (rather than undo stitches) the divider out if that ended up being the choice.
It made a big difference to my use, stopping bigger things getting hung up as I shoved them in.
Lastly I repeat what I’ve said previously- you can get a heck of a lot in a 256. I lived out of mine as a mobile office on a 4 month round the world trip.
Agreed - and I've traveled the world too (although 95% US domestic travel) - and i travel a LOT - nearly every week with my 256. It's a great bag and will continue to be my go-to, most likely. That said, I've decided to carry the 257 recently - mostly because of a recent long trip where I wanted a bit more space for sunglass case, Bose QC35s, and I just felt like I was carrying more stuff. That's where 257 shines. That said, I'm really not happy with the extra internal divider. It adds weight and doesn't really offer me any functional benefits. May cut it out or, possibly, just cut out the pockets (note: "cut out" is the wrong term - I'll carefully and gently remove the threads).

I've thought, many times, about selling the 257 but I find myself going back to it enough times where I may as well keep it.

If I need EXTRA space, then I can always switch to the Journeyman, but that's a rarity for me, it seems.
 

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I keep wanting to add to my collection, but I am finding it hard to do so. I only have two bags: 256 (Original Briefcase) and 246 (MTB). The combination of the two seems like the most perfect way to travel. I bring the 256 as my personal item and the 246 as a carry on. I can travel for weeks at a time. And if I am only going somewhere for a few days, the MTB can be packed 50 or 60% and still carry very well and look nice, unlike the old Medium Duffel I had which was awful. I originally considered a 257, but I didn't like the internal divider and I also disliked the snaps on the handles.

Anyone else pack a 246+256 combo? Is it just me, or is this a pretty slick way to travel? Took me years to find this combo!
 

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I keep wanting to add to my collection, but I am finding it hard to do so. I only have two bags: 256 (Original Briefcase) and 246 (MTB). The combination of the two seems like the most perfect way to travel. I bring the 256 as my personal item and the 246 as a carry on. I can travel for weeks at a time. And if I am only going somewhere for a few days, the MTB can be packed 50 or 60% and still carry very well and look nice, unlike the old Medium Duffel I had which was awful. I originally considered a 257, but I didn't like the internal divider and I also disliked the snaps on the handles.

Anyone else pack a 246+256 combo? Is it just me, or is this a pretty slick way to travel? Took me years to find this combo!
Pretty close. Actually was intending on a Talon Otter Green 256 but the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself to me in the form of a 1st edition like-new #257 and only for $237, so I took it and haven’t looked back.

Decided to take a new photo instead of recycling the same ones. The MTB is unloaded for my weekly travels. I love how the MTB looks full, the quintessential Filson look.
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