Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

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

  1. BluePlateKing

    BluePlateKing Senior member

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    If anyone happens to have a Filson Sporstman's in Otter Green that they want to get rid of, give me a message! Thanks
     
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  2. greyarealove

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    I don't know what the rules are towards advertising a sale in the Marketplace, so if this is against the rules, I will delete the post ASAP. I am selling a practically new tan 257. $200. http://www.styleforum.net/t/369766/filson-257
     


  3. Austin Tremblay

    Austin Tremblay Well-Known Member

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    It is quite a beauty. It's also veg tanned, which is just something to keep in mind. It won't perform in the rain like Horween's chrome tanned hides, or the Oil Finish Twill, for that matter. It will, however, produce an unbelievable patina, for sure. Hard to say whether it's worth that price point, though...my 256 is still going strong and very satisfying. But Filson and Horween...so tempting...
     
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  4. wdahab

    wdahab Senior member

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    If I've been informed correctly, the current bridal leather used by Filson is from Wicket & Craig, which is arguably the best source of bridle leather you can find (CXL and other pullup leathers stretch too much, so its a different category) at least in the USA.
     


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    Dingusberry Senior member

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    Which colour should I buy if I am mainly going to use the Filson bag with my sage Barbour Bedale?
    I really like the otter green colour, but wouldn't that be too much green with the sage Bedale?
     


  6. Gauss17

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    I personally really like the navy.
     


  7. Austin Tremblay

    Austin Tremblay Well-Known Member

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    I like Filson's bridle leather quite a bit, but I wish they offered more options with the tan color, rather than always defaulting to the dark brown or black. Anyway, doesn't all leather stretch? It's inherently pliable, isn't it?

    No doubt Wicket & Craig's hides are fantastic. But I think Horween's longstanding reputation earns them in a spot in the top leather producers.

    "Bridal" leather is another thing altogether. [​IMG]
    I feel like the Navy or the Tan would work. I do think, as you wondered, the green on green would be a little much.
     
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  8. wdahab

    wdahab Senior member

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    Heh, meant bridle both times of course :).

    Bridle leather is specifically made so that it *doesn't* stretch, because it needs to withstand the strength of a horse. It's pliable sure, but it's both strong and has very, very minimal stretching. CXL straps would stretch under the weight of your bag, leading to pull marks and potential unevenness. While it's wonderfully strong against general wear and tear, it's not designed to withstand heavy weights pulling along a 1.5" wide strap. I've also never seen CXL at a weight heavier than 9-10 oz, and that's rare. Bridle leathers are frequently 11-14 oz.

    CXL trim would be lovely, but I think in the long run you're better off with bridle leather for the actual shoulder strap. Use the right tool for the job.

    As for best bridle leather maker, Horween doesn't make a bridle leather. So when I say W&C is arguably the best maker of it, well, Horween isn't in that competition. Horween probably is the best *overall* tannery, but someone who makes riding equipment would probably disagree.

    As an aside, one of the brass rivets on my 257 popped right off (under about 20 lbs of load) last night. Decided to replace it with a copper rivet, since I've found brass rivets, while prettier, are not even close to as strong. It will match eventually when the other rivet pops.
     


  9. RAYZ-ACE

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    Hello

    I recently picked up a medium duffle, but realized its too big. I'm sure this has been discussed, but i was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the pullman and the sportsman's bag? I'm looking for a bag as carry on, that can fit enough for more then weekend.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    (not really fond of the medium travel bag)

    Thank you!
     
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  10. hooker4186

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    The Pullman is awesome. A black hole. I traveled internationally for three weeks with one and a Saddleback briefcase and it was more than plenty. I also had no issues carrying on and with putting it in overhead bins but YMMV. Also of note - BB carries the Pullman so if you can wait for one of their 30% off sales, you can get one for good discount (I did).
     


  11. Austin Tremblay

    Austin Tremblay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the explanation. I hadn't realized there was such a difference in bridle leather vs. something like CXL. I ride, and I wear an Aero in Horween FQHH, so I'm probably just enthusiastic about Horween because it's the best jacket I've ever had. Anyway, you make excellent points, and I appreciate the info.

    I'm with you—the copper rivet is the way to go.

    I usually only have about 5 pounds total in my 256, but I always feel like it could take much more than that, if I needed or wanted it to. I've also found it's possible to convert it into a makeshift backpack by running the shoulder strap through the handles. Not comfortable for hours on end, but when I have loaded it down quite a bit, it makes a long walk a lot more comfortable. Is 20 lbs your normal carry load?

    Looks like the handles on that 127 (Horween tote) are bridle leather, so it seems like they're anticipating your point about the load-bearing. Wish it had D-rings on the ends, so you could use a shoulder strap as well, if desired. My main resistance to that tote, though, is the wide open interior. I know some people like a very custom organization, but I prefer being told what to do in that regard, or at least given some direction about where might be best to store what. It also looks a little froufrou when compared to the twill. I guess I'm just talking myself back into my 256, which remains fantastic. [​IMG]
     


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    I had always been a straight tan guy. I still own all tan and think that it would complement the Bedale well, but I have seen the navy in person, and think that I may have to pick one up in the future. I'm not sure how it will look worn, but off the rack, it looks really sharp.
     


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    Also worth noting, a lot of employers offer a Brooks Brothers Corporate discount, which is good for 15% off every day. May even stack on their 30% deals. Haven't tried it, but may be worth a shot if you're in the market for one. Just ordered a Large Duffle off of there ($258 - 15%). Not complaining.
     


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    Agree with the above. Pullman is the largest Filson that will fit within carry-on requirements (US). Note that fully packed, it's heavy and not particularly enjoyable to carry around for long distances (my opinion). For that reason, I use a 22" wheeled Briggs and Riley whenever it'll fit everything I need. The outer dimensions are similar, but being soft sided and having no wheels/handle, the Filson will fit a lot more if necessary. And I hate checking bags.
     


  15. wdahab

    wdahab Senior member

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    Also note that *today* is BB 30% off corporate day. What a coincidence you should bring that up. And yes, it applies to Filson.
     


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