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Filson YKK Sportsman #266 in Tan. July 2007 Build Date. It's in great new-like condition, especially for a First Edition.

 

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Little test to see how sharp you guys are. Below is a Talon Era Otter Green Filson. Going with the theory that Otter Green, in some form or another, was around in the early 1990's before 1995, which I have provided some evidence that could very well make that true. That's not the purpose of this post however. Can you guys find something in this listing that would make you think otherwise it being a first edition (even if it were Tan)

I'm not referring to model number, twill color, leather shading, or anything actually having to do with the bag itself. Just a little levity, nothing serious, just having a laugh. Actually to give you a clue, the answer is in the tags.

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Little test to see how sharp you guys are. Below is a Talon Era Otter Green Filson. Going with the theory that Otter Green, in some form or another, was around in the early 1990's before 1995, which I have provided some evidence that could very well make that true. That's not the purpose of this post however. Can you guys find something in this listing that would make you think otherwise it being a first edition (even if it were Tan)

I'm not referring to model number, twill color, leather shading, or anything actually having to do with the bag itself. Just a little levity, nothing serious, just having a laugh. Actually to give you a clue, the answer is in the tags.

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The Bridle vs Harness leather?
 

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The tags are dating the bag to 2010+ With Filson branded zippers imo. The fact that at least one of the pictures is an old stock image, I wonder if the other two are of the actual bag.
 

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Both are astute guesses and formulations but not quite what I had in mind. Actually a Filson layperson who lived in the 80’s & 90’s could answer this, if that helps you.
 

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Both are astute guesses and formulations but not quite what I had in mind. Actually a Filson layperson who lived in the 80’s & 90’s could answer this, if that helps you.
I had a Filson bag for most of the 80's, but some a**hole stole it, after breaking in to my car. I have been using a Chapman bag for years, even though I bought a replacement Filson 7 or 8 years ago. Something about the Filson just kept calling to me, from it's resting place in the closet, so now it's back in full use. It is simple, and yet, complex. Does everything I need a bag to do and more, I wonder why I was using that Chapman bag for all these years (although it's a damn good bag). Anyway, I don't think the bag in question was from the 80's, looks more recent than that.
 

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Little test to see how sharp you guys are. Below is a Talon Era Otter Green Filson. Going with the theory that Otter Green, in some form or another, was around in the early 1990's before 1995, which I have provided some evidence that could very well make that true. That's not the purpose of this post however. Can you guys find something in this listing that would make you think otherwise it being a first edition (even if it were Tan)

I'm not referring to model number, twill color, leather shading, or anything actually having to do with the bag itself. Just a little levity, nothing serious, just having a laugh. Actually to give you a clue, the answer is in the tags.

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I’m going to guess you are referring to the address. It’s been a while since I read the history of Filson locations, but did they change locations in the late ‘90s? Something tells me they had to move during the Stan Kohl era due to a sports stadium takeover.
 

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:fonz: You guys are killing it with the guesses. I hadn't even considered that @TinMan3 . However to a layperson, there would be no way they would get that...unless they were Jeopardy James lol.

The correct answer is the web address or at least the remnants of one. You can see "com" on the right side which leads me to believe a "www" is also featured, not to mention a "or" which is probably followed by a phone number. That's why I gave the hint of a layperson around for the 80's and 90's, when the internet wasn't so complex and chatrooms and instant messaging still existed (miss those days). In 1991 the internet was opened to the public but most small companies (like Filson) couldn't afford the bandwidth so to speak, so things like mailed catalogs were still prominent resources. Many of you old timers like myself can recall the famous (or infamous) Sears Catalog and all the splendor featured within.

During the early 1990's Filson didn't have a website and instead relied heavily on the famous Filson catalog...which is now filled with some pretty cool photos and some overpriced products like $60 Christmas ornaments :lol:, but still features many of the products that once graced the pages of the pre-internet catalogs.


This is on my wishlist btw and at a fair price too:

 

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:fonz: You guys are killing it with the guesses. I hadn't even considered that @TinMan3 . However to a layperson, there would be no way they would get that...unless they were Jeopardy James lol.

The correct answer is the web address or at least the remnants of one. You can see "com" on the right side which leads me to believe a "www" is also featured, not to mention a "or" which is probably followed by a phone number. That's why I gave the hint of a layperson around for the 80's and 90's, when the internet wasn't so complex and chatrooms and instant messaging still existed (miss those days). In 1991 the internet was opened to the public but most small companies (like Filson) couldn't afford the bandwidth so to speak, so things like mailed catalogs were still prominent resources. Many of you old timers like myself can recall the famous (or infamous) Sears Catalog and all the splendor featured within.

During the early 1990's Filson didn't have a website and instead relied heavily on the famous Filson catalog...which is now filled with some pretty cool photos and some overpriced products like $60 Christmas ornaments :lol:, but still features many of the products that once graced the pages of the pre-internet catalogs.


This is on my wishlist btw and at a fair price too:

Heck, the internet didn't even exist for commerce in the 1980's....
 

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So, woe is me (tongue firmly in cheek). I have all of the Filson bags I need for the time being. Lately, I've been turning my eyes to the accessories Filson has been selling. Here is a shot of some of the cast/forged iron pieces I've picked up the last couple of years. Finex was sold in the Portland store for a bit. I'm not sure if it made the website. The keychains and ladle/spatula were made by the same guy in Washington. The bbq flipper isn't from Filson...it's a custom job I had made by Ponderosa Forge in Sisters, Oregon. The flipper and spatula are my go-to utensils forost things cookin'.541B7D91-3B0C-4729-9F41-F422DBE0F6FF.jpeg
 

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So, woe is me (tongue firmly in cheek). I have all of the Filson bags I need for the time being. Lately, I've been turning my eyes to the accessories Filson has been selling. Here is a shot of some of the cast/forged iron pieces I've picked up the last couple of years. Finex was sold in the Portland store for a bit. I'm not sure if it made the website. The keychains and ladle/spatula were made by the same guy in Washington. The bbq flipper isn't from Filson...it's a custom job I had made by Ponderosa Forge in Sisters, Oregon. The flipper and spatula are my go-to utensils forost things cookin'.View attachment 1293055
“ all the bags I need”. Since when was need the reality around here...?! ;-)

More seriously, that’s lovely equipment. Do you use it on a grill type barbecue or straight over an open fire?
 

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Need and want are two very different things! By the way, I am looking for a Whidbey Island Tote and am waiting for the price to drop on the Supply Tote from Sierra Trading Post...

Most times I use the skillet and its bigger brothers on the stove top. It does make a mean Sloppy Joe on a camp fire and I have roasted chicken on my big green egg in the skillets. Here's a shot from this morning with an appearance of my smokey watch for good measure.
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Need and want are two very different things! By the way, I am looking for a Whidbey Island Tote and am waiting for the price to drop on the Supply Tote from Sierra Trading Post...

Most times I use the skillet and its bigger brothers on the stove top. It does make a mean Sloppy Joe on a camp fire and I have roasted chicken on my big green egg in the skillets. Here's a shot from this morning with an appearance of my smokey watch for good measure.
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Really like the octagon pan, how tall are the sides? And to keep it on topic, used my 256 to carry paperwork to a bank meeting today. Bank guy ask "Is that a Filson bag???, I've wanted one for years". I told him to get one, might be the last bag he ever needs.
 

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I’m going to cheat a little here. 2 part post coming up for reasons that will be obvious in a moment.

Like many of you, Filson gear has become an intrinsic part of my day to day:
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For all our discussion of the minutiae on materials and heritage and place of manufacture, it’s a good time to for me to remember how practical, functional and enjoyable this stuff is. It’s nearly 5 years since I got my first bag - the Otter 258. I was very unsure about it when it arrived in a hotel room in Utah. It was stiff and heavy and sort of anachronistic....
 

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