Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LawrenceMD, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. concealed

    concealed Senior member

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    awesome tip brotha, just purchased my zip tote in navy. the actual filson actually had it on backorder where I was going to buy from!
     


  2. Alter

    Alter Senior member

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    Hey Doc,

    I figured out a brilliant and simple way to carry the zippered tote without it slipping off of one's shoulder. First, put your arm through both straps and put it up on your shoulder..so far all is normal. The trick is to make sure the pocket with the "key holder" is facing your body. Once the straps are up on your shoulder, reach into the pocket and pull out the key holder....then attach it to a belt loop so that the bag sits comfortably but there is enough tension that the straps can't slip down. It works wonderfully, and isn't even visible. I was walking around yesterday and my daughter fell asleep in my arms and the damn bag was driving me crazy. I came up with the idea out of desperation...quite impressed with myself that it worked.
     
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  3. Crane's

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    Douchey compared to what? IMO the people who would think a good briefcase or messenger is douchey for college and beyond are douches with no clue. As good as the 256 is the 257 is probably the better way to go. The Filson colors are tan and otter. Those two colors have been around forever. The new colors aren't bad but I'm so old school Filson it isn't funny. If you like tan then get the tan. Don't concern yourself with whether or not it'll work with a suit because it does. IMO a tan 257 is one of the most recognizable and iconic pieces that Filson makes. Mine has been in boardroom meetings and around campfires in a hunting camp. All I get is compliments and things like nice bag who makes it kind of stuff.
     


  4. Brooks

    Brooks Senior member

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    I'd second a 257. I was trying to decode between a 256 and 257 as a school bag and found that the 256 is full after a few books, laptop, and a water bottle. With the 257 I could fit all of that easily with extra room when I need to put other things. I've gone on a few trips with the 257 as well and it makes a great carry on as your "personal item" that you store under your seat.

    Here's a comparison review:
    http://filsonfan.com/2012/11/26/briefcase-showdown-filson-256-vs-257/
     


  5. quuz

    quuz Senior member

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    The 257 always felt too big for me since I managed to pack everything I needed in the 256

     
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  6. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    +1. I he'd and haw'd for ages over the 256/257 debate and in the end got the 257. It's slightly heavier but I figured I'd rather have the room than not. Imagine having a bag that looks cool but is practically limited because it doesn't actually fit everything you need. So far my only regret is it's damn heavy and slips off my shoulder, etc. And I ended up buying it after college, so sortof dumb on that one...



    PS - thanks for the tip on eastdane, just finally pulled the trigger on a green tote (no zip) and green dopp kit / toiletry bag
     


  7. converge

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    After using a 257 for a few years in a business casual environment, I ended up downgrading to a 256. The 257 is nice but since I only carry a MacBook Pro and the occasional book, it was too bulky for office use. I prefer the slimmer silhouette of the 256 for office/everyday use.

    Looking back, I probably could have gotten away with the 256 during college as I never really had many classes scheduled back-to-back and I always lived on or near campus. But a 257 is probably a safer bet if you're carrying multiple school books and a laptop/tablet.
     


  8. palma

    palma Senior member

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    Not related to bags, but I have been looking for a Filson Mackinaw coat Regular or Seattle fit. Is there any way to get it cheaper at an outlet or wait for a sale. For now it is out of my price range. No luck on ebay thus far.

    Thanks,
     


  9. Brooks

    Brooks Senior member

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    @flyswatter

    When I used my 257 as a personal item bag on an airplane I was able to fit 5 shirts, 5 boxers, and 5 pairs of socks as well as an 11" laptop, water bottle, a small book, and my toiletries. The bag looked stuffed but it worked.

    Converge and quuz show that you really need to know what kind of things you'll be needing the bag for. There are some days when my 257 is mostly empty and would have been better suited using a 256. If I were a wealthier man I would buy a 256 as well but I don't have that luxury. What you can do is pick one that you think would handle the large majority of the things you need the bag for. In the future you can save up and buy the second bag if you would like to have both.
     


  10. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    Agreed. I use my 256 on most days, but when I need more room I carry my 261 zippered tote.
     


  11. Schnurretiger

    Schnurretiger Senior member

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    Hi,

    any experiences with Filson bags (Pullman or large Duffle) as check-in luggage? I'm somewhat concerned about the straps tearing off once the bag hits the transportation system behind the scenes...
     


  12. JackFlash

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    You'll be fine. I would, though, remove the shoulder strap and pack in in your bag.
     


  13. OlafG

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    Checked in both my Large wheeled duffle and medium travel bag twice and it's fine, but yes, remove the shoulder strap.
     


  14. ClassyCanuck

    ClassyCanuck Senior member

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    Do you guys know if this is a Filson bag? I'm hoping it's bigger than my 256.

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  15. ceoceo

    ceoceo Senior member

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    laptop bag I think
     
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