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MTB arrived yesterday. I really like it a lot. More then I thought I would, in fact. I'll try to take some pictures of it with my VP Weekender and share them here very soon.
Here is a fully stuffed LTB. Hopefully not the last picture (still waiting for American to locate it after last night’s flight).
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This in a UK national newspaper today...
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I fear we may be seen like this by “outsiders”!!
I don’t think many people pay attention to other people’s luggage. But when they do, I tend to get comments expressing admiration for the (1) bag itself; (2) how compactly I am packing; (3) how strong I am to carry a bag without wheels. All good. Not that I care too much as I use Filson entirely as a personal stylistic preference since It just feels right. Just like I prefer using a DSLR to my iPhone. Or chinos rather than slacks. Or a dive watch to a dress watch. Lace-ups to loafers. Or an SUV to a sedan....

I guess if I was obviously struggling with a heavy duffle like the hipster apparently was in the newspaper article, perhaps there would be more people around me thinking I was stupid not to have a wheeled bag. But hey that’s why they invented teenage sons or airport luggage carts. My son was actually carrying my overloaded duffle in a bear hug last trip telling me it’s good training for wrestling!
 

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Now if the article mentioned a collapsible bike instead of a skateboard I would say it looks to me like you have a stalker Speedy :fonz:
Surely I can't be the only one to cringe at the thought of resting a leather bag on the sandpaper-like surface of a skateboard?
 

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Bagspotting yesterday. A tan Journeyman with a tan large twill carry-on 70081. I thought the Journeyman looked great in tan. The large carry-on which was only half full looked a bit floppy. A good “personal item” and “carry-on” combo.
 

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Interesting that they are using this leather on a lot of the FRD bags. It’s strange in that it almost has a waxy feel to the outside. It’s also 1.5 times as thick as their ‘normal’ bridle leather. I’m sure it will darken with age but I’m curious how the finishing process was different on this leather.

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From my understanding (and talking with the FRD folks), this leather is much more expensive, and this is the reason it’s used more on the “limited” workshop bags and restoration bags. It also softens much more over time. This is why you see talon bags with that lightened, suede-like side.
 

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All this recent discussion about the Journeyman made me pull it out and sub it today for my field satchel as my work EDC. Verdict? It really is a very well made daypack and it’s looking better with time as the tin cloth and twill patinates slightly differently.

Looking at it, I can see why it cost more than the Ranger due to cost of construction (pockets, lining, zipper). But I still feel a bit too much like a student or intern carrying one to work. Especially since I don’t commute by train or bus or anything arduous or long.
 

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I just had to have one of these bags. 🤷‍♂️
That’s very striking! The leather is beautiful. Does the red twill fade with time? I think a more washed out colour would appeal to me more, but perhaps the pop is what you like? Anyway, congrats.
 

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I am looking at getting the 48h duffle, missed out on the one sold by speedy611 a few pages back, so scanning eBay and other sources at the moment.

The style of this bag if fantastic imho, but I'm having some concerns regarding the material. I have a couple of 22-oz twill/canvas bags, and one tin cloth backpack (model #017). I feel that the latter is not as rugged and durable as the twill bags. It's like it gets worn at the "wrinkles" of the cloth. The softer twill does not show this wear at all. I do not use my tin cloth backpack a lot, but I really like its appearance and functionality. Would perhaps use it more If I felt that its material was more durable. Am I exaggerating or have you tin cloth bag owners also observed this?
I am a big fan of mine, but don't really have too many occasions to use it as in its name is good for two nighters. I did bring it along for a seven day trip, but it was more an auxiliary bag for my Osprey 60 liter duffle.

I have not had any issues with the tin cloth as of yet, but you are right it is less rugged than the twill and I have worn out holes in the latter. The used tin cloth backpackI picked up also has tears near the drawstring from wear and tear, so your concern regarding tin cloth is not unwarranted. I would still recommend the 48-hour though. It's great with all of its pockets. I like it so much I am on the hunt for a 24-hour to daily carry instead of my 256 or leather field satchel.
 

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I am a big fan of mine, but don't really have too many occasions to use it as in its name is good for two nighters. I did bring it along for a seven day trip, but it was more an auxiliary bag for my Osprey 60 liter duffle.

I have not had any issues with the tin cloth as of yet, but you are right it is less rugged than the twill and I have worn out holes in the latter. The used tin cloth backpackI picked up also has tears near the drawstring from wear and tear, so your concern regarding tin cloth is not unwarranted. I would still recommend the 48-hour though. It's great with all of its pockets. I like it so much I am on the hunt for a 24-hour to daily carry instead of my 256 or leather field satchel.
I have the 48 hour and have traveled quite a bit with it. I've had it for about two years now.

I've had no concerns with the wear and tear on the tin cloth. Mine is holding up very well and is in great shape.

I've also had the 24 hour bag (which is basically the same bag, just smaller) - it was also a great bag but I did notice a bit more wear and tear on the corners of that bag along with the front pocket zippers not being as sturdy as the traditional Filson super-strength zippers (it was actually the fabric around the zippers that failed on mine - Filson took care of me though). Each of these issues were caused by my daily carry of the 24 hour bag - the 48 hour bag will just get a lot less use. Even if you travel a ton, there is no way it will go through as much wear and tear as any daily carry bag.

I can't recommend the 48 hour bag enough. I think it's one of the most well-designed bags that the modern Filson company has produced.

There are some real purists on this forum who will only do the thicker twill bags. I have a lot of respect for them and their wants, but trust me, the 48 hour bag will suit you VERY well for years and years and years.

The only risk of you hanging out on this forum is that the desire to buy the next and the newest (or maybe better said as the 'oldest') bag on this forum is very addictive. That desire will undoubtedly be stronger than any risk of the 48 hour bag failing.
 

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