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I thought I would try to do my part as a new member here and post some pictures. I recently bought a 256 Original Briefcase from one of the discount sellers on eBay.

I own several pieces of Filson clothing, but this is my first bag. Having read through a good section of this thread I know there is an ongoing discussion about the quality of the leather over the years.

I am quite happy with the leather on this particular bag. It was not dry or stiff feeling when I got it although I did apply some Obenauf's LP.

The backside of the shoulder strap is smoother than the hand strap and creases/wrinkles less when bent the opposite way. In the pictures below the hand strap is on the left and the shoulder strap is on the right.

I would love to hear your thoughts/comments.

Best,
Matthew

Front Side of Straps


Back Side of Straps


Reverse Bend


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Nice comparison and input. Can definitely tell the difference between the sets of leather used for the straps vs handles. As the bag ages over the years, you'll be able to see more subtle differences between all pieces of leather that was used to construct the bag that aren't showing now.

My 257 is a good example:
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Also, your bag was made at the end of 2016. Maybe someone else in the forums could shine a little light on when Filson decided to change up some of their materials (i.e. switch from 22 oz twill to the rugged twill they use now, etc.)

I do have a made in 2019 48 hour and I gotta admit the leather does feel kinda off compared to my fairly new 2014 duffle (for fair comparisons sake). I don't really care enough to get rid of it and don't think it really effects the structural integrity of the bag... plus I like the style lol.
 
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I thought I would try to do my part as a new member here and post some pictures. I recently bought a 256 Original Briefcase from one of the discount sellers on eBay.

I own several pieces of Filson clothing, but this is my first bag. Having read through a good section of this thread I know there is an ongoing discussion about the quality of the leather over the years.

I am quite happy with the leather on this particular bag. It was not dry or stiff feeling when I got it although I did apply some Obenauf's LP.

The backside of the shoulder strap is smoother than the hand strap and creases/wrinkles less when bent the opposite way. In the pictures below the hand strap is on the left and the shoulder strap is on the right.

I would love to hear your thoughts/comments.

Best,
Matthew

Front Side of Straps


Back Side of Straps


Reverse Bend


Build Tag
Welcome! Thanks for the photos, looks like good leather and the conditioning will keep it supple.
Although the thread title says “bags” we pretty much veered off just bags a long time ago, as perhaps you’ve seen. So feel free to share your clothing too. And at the risk of causing trouble, what’s next on your list...?!
 

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Welcome! Thanks for the photos, looks like good leather and the conditioning will keep it supple.
Although the thread title says “bags” we pretty much veered off just bags a long time ago, as perhaps you’ve seen. So feel free to share your clothing too. And at the risk of causing trouble, what’s next on your list...?!
I’m glad you asked. Today I received a Filson field watch that was on sale and one of their bandanas. I'll post pictures in the next day or two.

I am also considering a belt and maybe a wallet.
 

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I’m glad you asked. Today I received a Filson field watch that was on sale and one of their bandanas. I'll post pictures in the next day or two.

I am also considering a belt and maybe a wallet.
Have a tri fold wallet my wife got me about 4 years ago and just got a a tan belt. Love both items
 

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As a birthday present to myself I was planning on buying my first ever Filson Bag, a 256 Original Briefcase. I had wanted the Root Color but it was sold out the week before Father’s Day and I decided to wait to get the one I really wanted.

To my surprise, the Summer Sale kicked off the next week and the bag I wanted was not only available but half off! Decided that was a good enough excuse to also grab a Medium Duffel in Root while I was at it

I wasn’t sure if I would kick myself not getting Otter Green, but upon arrival I really love the color combo with the black leather. It’s also a bit better fit for my day to day style. I’m super happy with both bags! Amazing quality and at a pretty unreal price.

On top of that, when I ordered the 256 originally it was oversold and it never showed up. I called Filson and they were apologetic and refunded me immediately. They preceded to track down a store in Edina, Minnesota that had the bag I wanted and gave me their number. I called and Arthur the Store Manager helped me purchase my bag over the phone and even expedited shipping for free (without asking me or even telling me, just being helpful). He was super personable and my experience was great, even with the mishap.

I anxiously awaited for my 256 to arrive today, and to my surprise he threw in a Filson Koozie, Bottle Opener, and Card with a handwritten note and a recommendation to a local winery and bottle of wine (we reminisced about my home, Oregon, over the phone, as he used to live here). I was blown away! Seriously, this experience with their service and products has made me an instant lifelong customer. I’ve waited years to buy this bag and the story to getting it makes it that much better.

Novel over...Pics below!
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This is good to know, thank you for this. I just bought a truck and am thinking of which bag will best suit my needs of cables, straps, etc etc.

anyone using anything other than a med field bag? I was thinking of just using a small duffle but wouldn’t mind something that would fit under the rear seat, although that’s a richer fit (2020 GMC Canyon)
over the winter, I used my Sportsman for gloves, hats, etc in the back of the Jeep. Now that summer is here, I don’t use anything for that purpose. Just a few baseball hats in the storage compartment for when the top is off.
 

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Nice comparison and input. Can definitely tell the difference between the sets of leather used for the straps vs handles. As the bag ages over the years, you'll be able to see more subtle differences between all pieces of leather that was used to construct the bag that aren't showing now.

My 257 is a good example:
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Also, your bag was made at the end of 2016. Maybe someone else in the forums could shine a little light on when Filson decided to change up some of their materials (i.e. switch from 22 oz twill to the rugged twill they use now, etc.)

I do have a made in 2019 48 hour and I gotta admit the leather does feel kinda off compared to my fairly new 2014 duffle (for fair comparisons sake). I don't really care enough to get rid of it and don't think it really effects the structural integrity of the bag... plus I like the style lol.
really, you guys kill me. here again are measurements taken at the same location on both a talon era outfitter, and a brand new sportsman (the blocks give the calipers clearance to clear the double seam of the pocket, and spread the measurement over a larger surface area to avoid crushing the material and giving false readings).

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really, you guys kill me. here again are measurements taken at the same location on both a talon era outfitter, and a brand new sportsman (the blocks give the calipers clearance to clear the double seam of the pocket, and spread the measurement over a larger surface area to avoid crushing the material and giving false readings).

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Lol dude you gotta relax. I'm not hating on the new stuff here and still buying and recommending it if you saw my earlier posts. I'm just answering Matt's questions.

But hey, if those measurements do precisely measure the weight of the twill based on thickness, then guess you're right. I have no background or knowledge on fabric/textiles so my only argument with the method is that the talon era piece could be more tightly woven and therefore being heavier. Also, here's something I found on the thread posted several years back..
 

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Indicative of absolutely nothing, my 256 I bought on a visit to the mothership in Seattle last September has a manufacture code indicating it was made in February 2017. It was new with all tags and (I think) the only tan 256 they had in the store that day.

Who knows, maybe I bought a 2.5 year old display model with new stock being shipped out to other stores or internet buyers.

I have not measured it with a Hewlett Packard 57 Ten Eighty dual-column gas chromatograph with flame analysation detectors but it does seem to meet my purposes well.
 

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As I mentioned in my previous post I recently purchased one of the Filson field watches during the Summer Sale and thought I’d provide a short review with some pictures.

I bought the 36mm size as I have rather small wrists (6.5”) and non-diver watches over 38mm tend to look a little weird on my wrist. I was glad to see Filson offered these watches in a smaller size.

The sale price of $99 seemed to bring it into the value range for a watch with a Swiss quartz movement, sapphire crystal and 100m water resistance. After getting the watch in hand I would almost say it might still be a decent value at $150-$175 (but probably not at the retail price of $350). It looks like these watches sold out pretty quickly at these prices and I am very happy I got one.



Case
The fit and finish of the satin brushed case is very well done and is definitely on par with my Hamilton Khaki Auto in most respects. All surfaces are satin and the case sides are vertically brushed which is a nice departure from the typical horizontal brushing.

The mid case is flat in profile but there are cutouts on the top edges at 3 and 9 to allow for the overhang of the bezel - a nice little detail. There is also a cutout in the bezel to show off the copper collar on the oversized crown.



Another nice detail of the case is “C.C. FILSON CO.” engraved around the rehaut, something usually only seen on Rolex watches.



Crown
The oversized crown is chunky, easily gripped and threads smoothly. There is a copper collar between the crown and case and an accent on the end, both of which appear to be genuine copper, but may very well be anodized that color. Around the copper accent on the end it is signed “C.C. FILSON CO. / SINCE 1897” reminiscent of a cartridge casing, another nice touch for an outdoor inspired timepiece.



Dial and Hands
At first glance the dial appears to be plain white with black numerals and markers, but upon closer inspection there is a lot more going on. The black numerals and batons at the 5’s are applied. What’s more interesting is the rest of the minute markers and the Filson logo are embossed and painted black giving the dial a three dimensional quality. The surface of the dial is not just a flat white, but has a texture like that of fine paper.

One design choice that I don’t agree with are the silver hands. While they are nicely brushed to match the case finish, they are not very legible against the white dial. I would have preferred something darker like gray or black. The hands are filled with luminous material, but there is none on the dial.



Crystal and Caseback
The sapphire crystal is single-domed which creates some optical distortion at acute viewing angles. While this does give it a vintage feel I would rather have a double-domed crystal for clear viewing at any angle. There does appear to be a hint of blue anti-reflective coating which is a nice feature.

Instead of a screw-down caseback they used four screws to secure the back in place. It is engraved with the Filson logo and other pertinent information about water resistance and case material.



Conclusion
Overall it seems like a durable and well-built watch that wears comfortably on my wrist. That being said I don’t think I would pay the full retail price for it, but I believe it would still be a good value at even 50% above the sale price.

I decided not to discuss the movement or the strap in this review as there is not much to say about either. The movement is a reliable, Swiss-made Ronda quartz and the strap is pretty flimsy and made in China.

One final note – as most of you know Filson’s sister company, Shinola, produced their previous watch offerings and I was curious about who manufactured this watch as there is no Shinola branding on the watch or in the marketing. Removing the case back reveals a logo for the Bedrock Watch Co. So I guess at its heart it is still a Shinola Watch.



And a wrist shot for good measure (the strap is a Worn & Wound Model 2 Classic in Wheat).


Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions.

Best,
Matthew
 
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And here are some of my recent Filson related purchases.

I did not buy the knife from Filson, but it is one they currently carry.

 

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As I mentioned in my previous post I recently purchased one of the Filson field watches during the Summer Sale and thought I’d provide a short review with some pictures.

I bought the 36mm size as I have rather small wrists (6.5”) and non-diver watches over 38mm tend to look a little weird on my wrist. I was glad to see Filson offered these watches in a smaller size.

The sale price of $99 seemed to bring it into the value range for a watch with a Swiss quartz movement, sapphire crystal and 100m water resistance. After getting the watch in hand I would almost say it might still be a decent value at $150-$175 (but probably not at the retail price of $350). It looks like these watches sold out pretty quickly at these prices and I am very happy I got one.



Case
The fit and finish of the satin brushed case is very well done and is definitely on par with my Hamilton Khaki Auto in most respects. All surfaces are satin and the case sides are vertically brushed which is a nice departure from the typical horizontal brushing.

The mid case is flat in profile but there are cutouts on the top edges at 3 and 9 to allow for the overhang of the bezel - a nice little detail. There is also a cutout in the bezel to show off the copper collar on the oversized crown.



Another nice detail of the case is “C.C. FILSON CO.” engraved around the rehaut, something usually only seen on Rolex watches.



Crown
The oversized crown is chunky, easily gripped and threads smoothly. There is a copper collar between the crown and case and an accent on the end, both of which appear to be genuine copper, but may very well be anodized that color. Around the copper accent on the end it is signed “C.C. FILSON CO. / SINCE 1897” reminiscent of a cartridge casing, another nice touch for an outdoor inspired timepiece.



Dial and Hands
At first glance the dial appears to be plain white with black numerals and markers, but upon closer inspection there is a lot more going on. The black numerals and batons at the 5’s are applied. What’s more interesting is the rest of the minute markers and the Filson logo are embossed and painted black giving the dial a three dimensional quality. The surface of the dial is not just a flat white, but has a texture like that of fine paper.

One design choice that I don’t agree with are the silver hands. While they are nicely brushed to match the case finish, they are not very legible against the white dial. I would have preferred something darker like gray or black. The hands are filled with luminous material, but there is none on the dial.



Crystal and Caseback
The sapphire crystal is single-domed which creates some optical distortion at acute viewing angles. While this does give it a vintage feel I would rather have a double-domed crystal for clear viewing at any angle. There does appear to be a hint of blue anti-reflective coating which is a nice feature.

Instead of a screw-down caseback they used four screws to secure the back in place. It is engraved with the Filson logo and other pertinent information about water resistance and case material.



Conclusion
Overall it seems like a durable and well-built watch that wears comfortably on my wrist. That being said I don’t think I would pay the full retail price for it, but I believe it would still be a good value at even 50% above the sale price.

I decided not to discuss the movement or the strap in this review as there is not much to say about either. The movement is a reliable, Swiss-made Ronda quartz and the strap is pretty flimsy and made in China.

One final note – as most of you know Filson’s sister company, Shinola, produced their previous watch offerings and I was curious about who manufactured this watch as there is no Shinola branding on the watch or in the marketing. Removing the case back reveals a logo for the Bedrock Watch Co.



And a wrist shot for good measure (the strap is a Worn & Wound Model 2 Classic in Wheat).


Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions.

Best,
Matthew
Well, Bedrock owns Shinola as well as Filson, so I would bet it's really a Shinola.
 

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That’s what I was thinking as well.
I have one Shinola watch, that I bought at a discount place, Nordstrom rack?, in Phoenix a year or so ago, not a bad watch for the $85 I paid for it. Battery easily replaced, and I do prefer Automatics, so don't wear it that often, but an OK watch.
I would have snagged one of the Filson branded watches as I like the look, and the Filson badging.
 

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