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Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

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

  1. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    Saphir Renovateur is not a very good conditioner; I would suggest using Lexol conditioner or Obenauf's.
     
  2. letsi

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    Thanks for the advice :) unfortunately I'm currently in Singapore and there's no retail stores for Filson over here :/
     
  3. Kwaker

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    That's definitely a bad piece of leather.
    I feel that your only option is to ship to Filson for repair or replacement.
     
  4. LaymanX

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    Anyone have an idea when the Filson x Magnum bags will drop and what the stockists will be?

    The details online are pretty vague... thanks!
     
  5. letsi

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    Just an update to whoever's interested, had a chat with the Revolveclothing guys. They'll be sending me a replacement bag :D
    I know who's getting my money for my next shopping spree. Cheers :slayer:
     
  6. milw50717

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    Good to hear that Revolve sorted you out.

    FWIW a decent cobbler (or other leather worker) could likely have replaced that section of leather. It really is just a bit of leather cut into shape, folded over for the D ring and then stitched into place. The hardest thing would have been to find matching leather.

    Reminds me to condition all the leather on my bags.
     
  7. letsi

    letsi Senior member

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    Thanks, unfortunately no cobblers are able to do a decent job for that here...
    In relation to conditioning, I did condition my leather trims of my 257 with Lexol leather conditioner prior to usage :embar:
     
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  8. milw50717

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    http://www.mirrco.com.sg/ ?

    I'm sitting on the fence with Lexol at the moment. I have been using it for a while and I'm beginning to think it dries the leather out. I know that it is an emulsion and you do end with a dry finish, but I now seem to be applying a layer of Obenaufs after the lexol to have a bit of wetness left in the leather.
     
  9. letsi

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    Mirrco's no good. They're more focused on repairing check in luggage cases :(

    I'm on the fence with Lexol too but it seems to do a good job with my shoes so :brick:

    On a different note, anyone knows what happened with filsonfan.com? Been half a year since they posted any updates...
     
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  10. Kwaker

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    The leather was defective ... no conditioner would have prevented that tear.

    I wouldn't blame the Lexol ... the leather was defective, so no conditioner would have prevented that tear.
     
  11. ap10046

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    Guys,
    Please could one of you gents tell me if a 13" MBP could fit inside a 232?
    I don't like the zipper on the 240.

    Much obliged!
     
  12. Coldsnap

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    Black Filsons don't really age well do they? I have a black ops duffer I've been beating the hell out of for the past 2 years, it's just developed a shade of dirty green.
     
  13. milw50717

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    That's why it is called a duffer, duff being slang for something that is inferior, useless or worthless :D

    Ahem. I need another coffee.

    Maybe try rewaxing the bag to see what that does to the colouring. My OG 232 field bag had lightened in colour after a few years use, with some edge areas having almost a pale yellow hue. Rewaxing with some home-made Greenland wax darkened things back up nicely. Not sure that this will return your bag to black, but worth a shot.
     
  14. Coldsnap

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    Haha duffer. Forgot then L. Its been a damn good gym bag.
     
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    I've had the limited black 256 run by Apolis and sold it within a month — Too many white streaks + Dust/Lint magnet. Tried to wax it with Filson and Domke but it didn't look as nice compared to doing the same with an Otter Green.
     
  16. Isolation

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    I found mine to be okay, but I've only had it for half a year to a year. Even if it doesn't look great in a few years I'd still consider it a decent purchase, though perhaps the other ones are better for long term value.

    The thing is sometimes darker colors are just better for when you're dressed more conservatively and there's no real way around it unless you go straight for a leather briefcase I think.
     
  17. trvlr472

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    Saddlesoap for the leather.. Obenhauf's LP is one of the best but if you don't clean the leather first you shellac the dirt into the leather and eventually that will ruin it. That is what the CEO of White's boots said in an interview I read. Saddlesoap cleans and conditions at the same time so it makes the chore much easier. Obenhaufs also sells a leather cleaner if you want to use that.but Saddlesoap is really what you want to use on bridle leather. Over-treating leather with oil or LP will ruin it. It gets spongy and then cracks and tears. Use common sense.

    Unless you're dragging you're luggage around in a swamp all the time and getting it wet and covered with mud I'd say Saddlesoap a few times a year is enough of maintenance which reminds me that I need to Saddlesoap my field bag and briefcase. I've only done it about 3 times in the last 10+ years with one application of LP and a few oilings added in there. That was before I really did any real reading on leather care. For bridle leather it's only Saddlesoap for me from here on out. Oil and Obenhauf's is for boots and even for boots Obenhauf's LP needs to be used sparingly and only if you're using them in wet conditions.

    I have a few Filson pieces of luggage that are around ten years old. I've only re-waxed them once and the briefcase and fieldbag have been used everyday for that ten years. I just put them in the tub and scrubbed all the loose dirt off of them inside and out, rinsed them off inside and out waited a couple of days for them to dry and then spent a few hours re-waxing them with Filson's wax by hand. You can heat the wax up and brush it on then throw them in the dryer for about 15 to 20 minutes but I wouldn't worry about re-waxing for a few years at least unless you're constantly running around in the rain and getting them covered with mud to the point you're always having to scrub them clean.

    The dryer is necessary to spread the wax and help it soak into the fibers even though you should use a hair dryer when applying it or you'll end up with white spots and streaks all over the piece of you brush it on. The heat helps the wax soak into the material. My extra large fFilson rolling duffle looks like crap because it was too big to re-wax it by hand and I haven't found a dryer big enough to put it in. The same wax and dryer treatment works on their waxed clothing also. I did it on my rain jacket. I did make my own homemade wax that I used on the extra large duffle and the rain jacket.

    One last thing. You're wife ain't gonna like it too much if you throw something you just re-waxed in her dryer. Especially if you make you're own wax like I did and don't add enough of the right "scented wax" to it. My rain jacket stunk for months of linseed oil. I was embarrassed to wear it for some time. You could smell that thing coming from 100yds away if you were downwind and when it got down around 0 degrees it was real stiff. It's more waterproof though with my home made stuff. The Filson wax smells much better and is more pliable when freezing temps are the norm although it costs about 10 times the price of making you're own.

    Luckily, I don't work in an office. They would have banned that jacket from the building. It's OK now about 6 months later.
     
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  18. trvlr472

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    I've got everything on Otter Green. I like it the best. Dark enough to hide certain types of stains and light enough to hide other types of stains. However, I don't work in an office so I can see the appeal of the other colors for that purpose. Otter Green is a little on the "woodsy" side but once it starts getting used it works the best for achieving a patina without looking gross.
     
  19. milw50717

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    Makes you wonder why waxed cotton replaced oil cloth for clothing back in the 20th century.

    Did you use raw linseed oil or boiled ?

    Boiled generally contains a solvent that allows it to dry faster than raw, not sure how that would react or remain with heating to mix with waxes.
     
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  20. theinsanemao

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    Just got the Navy Medium Travel Bag in the mail today from BB's corporate sale. I had a feeling the leather wouldn't be lighter.

    [​IMG]

    Also pictured is the 257 in Olive. The picture makes it looks huge in comparison but it's just the angle. Excited to use both of these for upcoming trips!
     
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