- Oct 30, 2014
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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.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.
Front Side of Straps
Back Side of Straps
My 257 is a good example:
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.