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My 24 Hour bag smells......musty, I bought it used on ebay and have tried to get the musty odor out with Febreeze (didn't work), something called ZorbX that I found at the grocery store (didn't work). Any ideas on something that might work?
Tin cloth is a whole different animal. Normally I would say to spray it down with cheap vodka, but that might only work with Rugged Twill. If it were summer I would say to turn the bag inside out and leave it out in the sun, but you're in IL and it's not exactly warm there as we speak. The only other thing I would recommend trying is buying activated charcoal and stuffing the bag with it. That has worked with other members. It might need a good hand washing and rewaxing as well.

Speaking of Tin Cloth, not sure I like the way this looks with patina, hopefully my Navy will eventually come out different

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Tin cloth is a whole different animal. Normally I would say to spray it down with cheap vodka, but that might only work with Rugged Twill. If it were summer I would say to turn the bag inside out and leave it out in the sun, but you're in IL and it's not exactly warm there as we speak. The only other thing I would recommend trying is buying activated charcoal and stuffing the bag with it. That has worked with other members. It might need a good hand washing and rewaxing as well.

Speaking of Tin Cloth, not sure I like the way this looks with patina, hopefully my Navy will eventually come out different

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I like the way tin cloth looks and the patina on this bag is nice, just smells (at least to my nose) I like the idea of turning it inside out and letting the sun do it's magic, but as you noted, this will have to wait for a few months due to being in Illinois and it's winter. Spraying with cheap vodka is a possibility as well.
 

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I like the way tin cloth looks and the patina on this bag is nice, just smells (at least to my nose) I like the idea of turning it inside out and letting the sun do it's magic, but as you noted, this will have to wait for a few months due to being in Illinois and it's winter. Spraying with cheap vodka is a possibility as well.
What color is your 24HR? That was my first Filson (after the Tan #70258 I exchanged it for), mine was Otter Green...but you'd probably expect that. I sold it right after joining this forum, actually my very first post was asking this thread's members if they wanted to buy it :lol: .

I've always kinda regretted selling it as I really liked it, with all it's pocketed glory, but as a minimalist I couldn't help it.

Also Activated Charcoal is a good idea because it can work while you work, just set it and forget it.
 

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I'm still confused as to what your objective is here. When you first posted were you making a statement or did you want to have a discussion. That's normal etiquette in a forum, it involves posts and replies. Some will agree with you and some will not, but nowhere in this thread can I see unfair or uncalled for replies other then your posts, such as the one that I have quoted. As @TinMan3 put so eloquently when you have a large group of people who are passionate about a particular brand or product you can expect some push-back, however those that have responded to you (including me) have certainly provided you with resources and facts, to help educate you on the subject matter. So it's not just emotionally motivated.
If you notice my last post, it was very tongue-in-cheek. It feels weird having to explain humor, but if you thought I meant a serious attack on you or any of the esteemed posters here who do contribute a lot of knowledge on Filson and vintage bags, then I apologize.

But since you seriously asked, I'll briefly sketch out how I believe some responses come from an emotional place. Guy says I think the Filson Mackinaw has both major positives and major positives. Given the high expectations that Filson as a brand has built, let's examine some of the negatives that I haven't seen discussed much elsewhere. Followed up some specific details.

And the responses come in a few different kinds:
  • Since you don't wear Filson coats, let us "educate" you -> translation: your observations come from an ignorant place, and are of no value. (I think I explained this earlier) A guy who's seen his share of tailored coats, and wool coats in particular, doesn't need to see every wool coat in existence to make a reasoned observation. Especially with the unlined Mackinaw which exposes pretty much everything to the eye. (Plus I know enough of Filson's history to know what I'm talking about)
  • Details like the kind you pointed out aren't important -> translation: blahlahlah, I don't care and I don't wanna listen. For the record, some of the details I notice enhance longevity, some enhance comfort and usability for the user (e.g. I remember the buttons are not sewn on with a shank, and I had trouble pushing the button through the thickness of the wool, because this no vertical gap between the button and the bottom fabric), and some enhance fit (I don't take credit for this one: someone mentioned lining the sleeve would lessen the "grab" the coat has on your sweater sleeve).
  • A variation on the above: He's talking about some namby-pamby finishing details; real men just care if the coat works or not! Wrong; the "details" are actually basics that even Walmart and Men's Wearhouse garments frequently get right; am I wrong to expect a storied institution like Filson (which as someone above reminded has a guarantee on their quality) not to flub these basic elements of sewing together a coat. I think some even asked "Why even check the inside?" (paraphrasing here). And the answer would be, "Ever heard of the expression Check under the Hood?"
  • Filson Mackinaw is durable! -> this is a change the subject move. My response is, "Perhaps, but these details, if improved on, will make it more durable". Plus, durability is highly individual anyways. One guy who's been wearing the same coat for 20 years with little sign of damage could hand it off to another guy of the same size, and he could break something within 2 weeks. If I look hard enough, I'm sure I'd find stories of Filson Mackinaws not making it through ___, or not lasting past __ years.
  • Filson Mackinaw is warm! -> another change the subject move
  • Filson Mackinaw is versatile -> see above
  • Name me another coat that is as __ as Filson -> I already acknowledged that the Mackinaw has a rather distinct design, so if you ask the question narrowly enough, of a person with enough of a discriminating taste, then obviously the answer would be only Filson! But there are enough decent replacements if you broaden the criteria in terms of form, material, and vintage, while holding the price point steady: duffle coats, pea coats, Austrian loden coats, you get the idea... I couldn't possibly name them all.
  • I don't like the wording you chose -> I'm sorry, are we being the thought police here. So people aren't allowed to say they are disappointed in something apparently? This quote gave me a hearty laugh: "Whether it could be done better or whether it is worth the price or not is up the user." If the user doesn't get to decide worth, who should he accept it from? Basically any seller can stick him up for what amount, and impose the seller's standards and sense of worth on the buyer? Funny, but not how it works in a free country.
  • Raise a tangential topic, I respond to it, you come back with "When are we discussing this topic?" Fairly self-explanative, but just interesting to point out.

Lastly, notice how I never bring up the issue of "respect"/civility but some of the long-timers do. What a weird thing to bring up? I'm just talking about a piece of clothing. Unless the Mackinaw is someone's child, I didn't know until today that offense is even a remote possibility when a person discusses clothing and clothing only (not even a hint at any person; just clothing quality, vs what I'd expect at a price point and from a company like Filson).

It's possible the whole thing got off on the wrong footing, if some perceived my initial post as some sort of "attack" that they need to "defend" against. If so, sorry for the misunderstanding, I just thought this is a place to discuss the minutiae of clothes with people I guessed might know these garments inside out. And incidentally, I notice some people keep picking on the raw seams idea, as if that's my only concern. I will say I haven't see any filson bag/briefcase with raw fabric edges exposed; they're either tucked in or cotton taped. Why not use the same technology on the coat? And can you find too many shirts with raw seams on the inside, above some minimal price point, and not talking about some weird designer pieces. If the shirts don't have clean single- or double-needle stitching down the sides, but rather overlock seams, the people who know will not accept the quality level. Well, shouldn't we expect just as much from a coat, if not more?

Anyways, I thought I'd respond in full to try to clear up any lingering misunderstandings, but this'll probably be the last I say on this. @McRiz I'll take some pictures next time I visit my father.
 
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I want to visit this town. 17 people and they have an unofficial mayor. This is the form of kayaking that I am into. I have a vessel I am looking at buying soon. Maybe incorporate a little Filson Dry Pack and Duffel's into it depending on how @mgrennier likes his.

Awesome Filson Collaboration production. Something for everyone, even classic trucks with a really creative flooring @speedy611

 

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If you notice my last post, it was very tongue-in-cheek. It feels weird having to explain humor, but if you thought I meant a serious attack on you or any of the esteemed posters here who do contribute a lot of knowledge on Filson and vintage bags, then I apologize.

But since you seriously asked, I'll briefly sketch out how I believe some responses come from an emotional place. Guy says I think the Filson Mackinaw has both major positives and major positives. Given the high expectations that Filson as a brand has built, let's examine some of the negatives that I haven't seen discussed much elsewhere. Followed up some specific details.

And the responses come in a few different kinds:
  • Since you don't wear Filson coats, let us "educate" you -> translation: your observations come from an ignorant place, and are of no value. (I think I explained this earlier) A guy who's seen his share of tailored coats, and wool coats in particular, doesn't need to see every wool coat in existence to make a reasoned observation. Especially with the unlined Mackinaw which exposes pretty much everything to the eye. (Plus I know enough of Filson's history to know what I'm talking about)
  • Details like the kind you pointed out aren't important -> translation: blahlahlah, I don't care and I don't wanna listen. For the record, some of the details I notice enhance longevity, some enhance comfort and usability for the user (e.g. I remember the buttons are not sewn on with a shank, and I had trouble pushing the button through the thickness of the wool, because this no vertical gap between the button and the bottom fabric), and some enhance fit (I don't take credit for this one: someone mentioned lining the sleeve would lessen the "grab" the coat has on your sweater sleeve).
  • A variation on the above: He's talking about some namby-pamby finishing details; real men just care if the coat works or not! Wrong; the "details" are actually basics that even Walmart and Men's Wearhouse garments frequently get right; am I wrong to expect a storied institution like Filson (which as someone above reminded has a guarantee on their quality) not to flub these basic elements of sewing together a coat. I think some even asked "Why even check the inside?" (paraphrasing here). And the answer would be, "Ever heard of the expression Check under the Hood?"
  • Filson Mackinaw is durable! -> this is a change the subject move. My response is, "Perhaps, but these details, if improved on, will make it more durable". Plus, durability is highly individual anyways. One guy who's been wearing the same coat for 20 years with little sign of damage could hand it off to another guy of the same size, and he could break something within 2 weeks. If I look hard enough, I'm sure I'd find stories of Filson Mackinaws not making it through ___, or not lasting past __ years.
  • Filson Mackinaw is warm! -> another change the subject move
  • Filson Mackinaw is versatile -> see above
  • Name me another coat that is as __ as Filson -> I already acknowledged that the Mackinaw has a rather distinct design, so if you ask the question narrowly enough, of a person with enough of a discriminating taste, then obviously the answer would be only Filson! But there are enough decent replacements if you broaden the criteria in terms of form, material, and vintage, while holding the price point steady: duffle coats, pea coats, Austrian loden coats, you get the idea... I couldn't possibly name them all.
  • I don't like the wording you chose -> I'm sorry, are we being the thought police here. So people aren't allowed to say they are disappointed in something apparently? This quote gave me a hearty laugh: "Whether it could be done better or whether it is worth the price or not is up the user." If the user doesn't get to decide worth, who should he accept it from? Basically any seller can stick him up for what amount, and impose the seller's standards and sense of worth on the buyer? Funny, but not how it works in a free country.
  • Raise a tangential topic, I respond to it, you come back with "When are we discussing this topic?" Fairly self-explanative, but just interesting to point out.

Lastly, notice how I never bring up the issue of "respect"/civility but some of the long-timers do. What a weird thing to bring up? I'm just talking about a piece of clothing. Unless the Mackinaw is someone's child, I didn't know until today that offense is even a remote possibility when a person discusses clothing and clothing only (not even a hint at any person; just clothing quality, vs what I'd expect at a price point and from a company like Filson).

It's possible the whole thing got off on the wrong footing, if some perceived my initial post as some sort of "attack" that they need to "defend" against. If so, sorry for the misunderstanding, I just thought this is a place to discuss the minutiae of clothes with people I guessed might know these garments inside out. And incidentally, I notice some people keep picking on the raw seams idea, as if that's my only concern. I will say I haven't see any filson bag/briefcase with raw fabric edges exposed; they're either tucked in or cotton taped. Why not use the same technology on the coat? And can you find too many shirts with raw seams on the inside, above some minimal price point, and not talking about some weird designer pieces. If the shirts don't have clean single- or double-needle stitching down the sides, but rather overlock seams, the people who know will not accept the quality level. Well, shouldn't we expect just as much from a coat, if not more?

Anyways, I thought I'd respond in full to try to clear up any lingering misunderstandings, but this'll probably be the last I say on this. @McRiz I'll take some pictures next time I visit my father.
You have chosen a route on this topic that is truly sad. Ultimately, you made a couple of observations based on TEN MINUTES of simply handling ONE COAT and suddenly you are an expert in all things Mackinaw Garments. Please come tell a community of users (some for decades) that you know better and anyone who disagrees or even tries to add a counterpoint is jaded. LOL

I’m sorry, but the bottom line is, most of what you are saying in the above post is “I know better and your counterpoints aren’t valid because my observations (in 10 minutes of observing a single garment) experience with other garments and opinions prove differently”. What a joke.

I also find it hilariously laughable that you completely misinterpreted my sentence to the exact opposite of what it actually said. My original post stated “Whether it could be done better or whether it is worth the price or not IS up to the user.” Meaning you choose, and no one else if you don’t like it MOVE ON. Guess what? No one here is twisting your arm to buy a Mack cruiser. Go buy something you’re happy with and stop creating problems that shouldn’t exist.

You’re clearly just hot and bothered that your observations weren’t shared by the majority of a fanatical community. What the hell did you expect? Seriously, think for just a second about what you are posting and where. Oh and your “tongue and cheek” message was hugely loaded, not funny, and downright offensive. I won’t be responding to you anymore and I hope to God you don’t respond either.
 

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Love this customer review. It embodies everything I love about the Mackinaw Cruiser, its customer base and the company. C.C. Filson would be proud.

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All I can contribute, is that I think the fact that I can wear a daily coat that is 60 years old and people don’t know it’s 60 years old is pretty cool. A real classic garment.
 

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What color is your 24HR? That was my first Filson (after the Tan #70258 I exchanged it for), mine was Otter Green...but you'd probably expect that. I sold it right after joining this forum, actually my very first post was asking this thread's members if they wanted to buy it :lol: .

I've always kinda regretted selling it as I really liked it, with all it's pocketed glory, but as a minimalist I couldn't help it.

Also Activated Charcoal is a good idea because it can work while you work, just set it and forget it.
Mine is tan and I bought it as it is a little larger, with more organization options than the medium field bag that I use for a daily carry bag. I think I will be getting some activated charcoal this week and giving that a go.
 

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All I can contribute, is that I think the fact that I can wear a daily coat that is 60 years old and people don’t know it’s 60 years old is pretty cool. A real classic garment.
I love your coat. It’s really a nice looking piece.
 

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Mine is tan and I bought it as it is a little larger, with more organization options than the medium field bag that I use for a daily carry bag. I think I will be getting some activated charcoal this week and giving that a go.
I’m in the Chicago area so I suffer the same weather as you. Even though we don’t get enough sun this time of year, it does happen. Don’t give up on turning it inside out and letting it air out outside, preferably with the sun lighting it up a bit. If it were me, I would try that for a couple several hour sessions. I would also do the activated charcoal.

You might not totally eliminate the must by doing these things. If you can get it much better, start using it. Use will get the rest of the must out as the bag picks up other daily scents.

My $.02. I’m no expert though. I do anxiously await your report of how this all works for you. I have a must problem with some of my Filson hats that I keep at my cabin. In that case, it’s oddly part of the charm. Those always improve with use.
 

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I’m in the Chicago area so I suffer the same weather as you. Even though we don’t get enough sun this time of year, it does happen. Don’t give up on turning it inside out and letting it air out outside, preferably with the sun lighting it up a bit. If it were me, I would try that for a couple several hour sessions. I would also do the activated charcoal.

You might not totally eliminate the must by doing these things. If you can get it much better, start using it. Use will get the rest of the must out as the bag picks up other daily scents.

My $.02. I’m no expert though. I do anxiously await your report of how this all works for you. I have a must problem with some of my Filson hats that I keep at my cabin. In that case, it’s oddly part of the charm. Those always improve with use.
The strange thing is, it's only this one Filson bag that has the odor, my other bags (1 small field, 2 medium field, 48 hour and 256 briefcase) all have zero odor. All but the briefcase have been purchased used, so I suspect a storage issue with the previous owner. Will try "out in the limited Illinois sun" if we get a sunny day here. The musty smell isn't overpowering, just noticeable when the bag is sitting near, such as on car seat next to me. I do use it, and no one else has mentioned an odor from it, so either it's not that bad, or people are too polite to say anything :)
 

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The strange thing is, it's only this one Filson bag that has the odor, my other bags (1 small field, 2 medium field, 48 hour and 256 briefcase) all have zero odor. All but the briefcase have been purchased used, so I suspect a storage issue with the previous owner. Will try "out in the limited Illinois sun" if we get a sunny day here. The musty smell isn't overpowering, just noticeable when the bag is sitting near, such as on car seat next to me. I do use it, and no one else has mentioned an odor from it, so either it's not that bad, or people are too polite to say anything :)
Another option to try is white vinegar - sometimes used for household cleaning. Spray on, leave to dry / evaporate, repeat. I’ve had quite good success with this but it does require lots of applications (10-20) and some patience.
 

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I will also throw in my 2 cents
I bought a used 257 and it came with quite a strong smell that even my wife complained about.
That was about half a year ago and the smell is all but gone on its own through just use and airing out.
Perhaps the smell was from the previous owner keeping the bag cooped up - Filsons are meant to roam about freely
 

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Hello Filson people, sorry for the interruption. If any of our UK team is looking for a weatherproof leather original briefcase or weatherproof leather journeyman backpack then I'm going to be selling one or both of mine for what I think is a sensible price. Both have very little use and come with the dust bag. Please PM me if interested. Sorry again to interrupt!

Edit - not sure if I'm allowed to do this, it's been a while since I posted. Will delete if not allowed.
 

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