Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

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  1. intellx

    intellx Active Member

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    Chips, with your 15inch MBP stuffed in there how many additional things do you think you could carry? I'm contemplating a 257, but am also considering a 258. Ideally, I'd love to be able to fit my 15" MBP and an overnight set of clothes if possible. Talking undershirt, shirt, pants, socks, etc. A toothbrush, contact case/glasses and all that would be nice as well. Think it's possible? Looking for a daily bag that can also double as an overnight bag if necessary.
     


  2. forex

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    Chips, with your 15inch MBP stuffed in there how many additional things do you think you could carry? I'm contemplating a 257, but am also considering a 258. Ideally, I'd love to be able to fit my 15" MBP and an overnight set of clothes if possible. Talking undershirt, shirt, pants, socks, etc. A toothbrush, contact case/glasses and all that would be nice as well. Think it's possible? Looking for a daily bag that can also double as an overnight bag if necessary.

    You definitely need to go with 258 if you want to put clothing in there. It is not much more bigger,I've seen 258 and it is a good size. I can only put my laptop and one of my text books and a notebook inside the bag,anything more would probably not fit.
     


  3. Chips

    Chips Senior member

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    Yeah, I'd have to agree with Forex on the 257. I haven't seen the 258 to speak from first hand experience, but if I wanted to pack my 257 with a laptop and overnight clothes, it would only work for a very tightly packed or rolled pair of jeans. A shirt would also fit, but it would be too snug to be a dress shirt that could lay folded without needing to be re-ironed. If I'm lugging around my laptop, I always have my memory card reader with me, for my point and shoot camera, so that, and the power cord for the MBP would also take up some precious real estate in the bag.

    I think you could get away with a single pair of jeans, socks, drawers, and a T-shirt, along with toiletries just fine though. Thats leaving a Dopp kit behind though, and fitting the toothbrush and other junk in the side pockets.

    As far as it not going with a suit, no big deal for me. I wear scrubs to work the majority of the time. It might look odd with a suit, but not so odd that I wouldn't carry it. I personally am not the kind of guy who has the career, nor need or interest in having multiple man bags.
     


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    You definitely need to go with 258 if you want to put clothing in there. It is not much more bigger,I've seen 258 and it is a good size. I can only put my laptop and one of my text books and a notebook inside the bag,anything more would probably not fit.

    Agree. You are asking too much of a smaller bag.

    Bob
     


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    What is everyone's opinion on the medium field bag in terms of practicality. I also fear it looks too much like a hunting bag (which I realize it is)...
     


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    I have a Filson 256 and would like to get the handgrip installed. Can I order the part from Filson and have a local leather/luggage guy install it or do I have to ship the bag back for a mfr install?
     


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    What is everyone's opinion on the medium field bag in terms of practicality. I also fear it looks too much like a hunting bag (which I realize it is)...

    what are you going to use it for?
     


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    I have a Filson 256 and would like to get the handgrip installed. Can I order the part from Filson and have a local leather/luggage guy install it or do I have to ship the bag back for a mfr install?
    No. You have to send it back to them and pay the $20 which includes return shipping. Its worth it. I ended up sending my 256 back to Filson. Its just too damn small. With a book, my writing pad, my planner, and my sunglass case the damn thing was practically full. When I would stuff things in the outer pockets it killed the slim-line look of the case. I think the 257 will be a better option. Now I'm hemming and hawing between the brown and the tan.
     


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    I'm finding my 258 a bit small..
    1) 13" MBP in a neoprene sleeve
    2) A5 Filofax
    3) Kindle 2
    4) Small Pouch with a few meds, spare keys, etc
    5) Small Pouch with chargers, cables, etc..and its stuffed!
     


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    I carry a 256 daily for work, which handles regular (2 round trip flights/month) business travel and general every day duty perfectly. I carry a 13" Dell laptop w/sleeve and a handful of documents & files. I try to pack very light but found that every once in a [great] while, I need a bit more room.

    My 256 is about two yrs old so it's nicely broken in and I didn't want to start breaking in a brand new 257 so I ebay'd a nicely distressed one. It's not exactly right for business attire but will work well for the occasional flight and/or weekend jaunt when I need more space.

    I'll add some pics of the 256 later but in the meantime, here's my new-to-me 257 which has clearly seen lots of use. I found receipts in it dated 05-06, mechanical pencil lead and a name tag of a PE, which I assume is Prof. Engineer. The receipts were for airport purchases in Anchorage and Sea-Tac.

    It had an X'd out tag. Does that mean factory second or one that was returned/replaced.
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    No. You have to send it back to them and pay the $20 which includes return shipping. Its worth it.
    Thanks for the info.
    I ended up sending my 256 back to Filson...Now I'm hemming and hawing between the brown and the tan.
    I know what you mean. Per my post above, the 256 is perfect for me 99% of the time. For that 1%, I ebay'd a well worn 257. Love it!! IMO you gotta go with tan. The brown just doesn't have enough contrast. Brown looks good after 10 yrs of wear...tan looks good out of the box and looks GREAT after 10 yrs of wear!
     


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    Really like these bags... but I don't think they have the "flap" to slide on to a rolling suitcase (for travel). Anyone find this to be a big problem / is there a solution?
     


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    Really like these bags... but I don't think they have the "flap" to slide on to a rolling suitcase (for travel). Anyone find this to be a big problem / is there a solution?

    You are right, it doesn't have an opened bottom slot to be slid over your luggage handle. However, I prefer to attach/hook it to the front of the luggage down low anyway. That way you are not carrying the weight of your briefcase and suitcase. Down low, you are just balancing the weight.
     


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    I carry a 256 daily for work, which handles regular (2 round trip flights/month) business travel and general every day duty perfectly. I carry a 13" Dell laptop w/sleeve and a handful of documents & files. I try to pack very light but found that every once in a [great] while, I need a bit more room.

    My 256 is about two yrs old so it's nicely broken in and I didn't want to start breaking in a brand new 257 so I ebay'd a nicely distressed one. It's not exactly right for business attire but will work well for the occasional flight and/or weekend jaunt when I need more space.

    I'll add some pics of the 256 later but in the meantime, here's my new-to-me 257 which has clearly seen lots of use. I found receipts in it dated 05-06, mechanical pencil lead and a name tag of a PE, which I assume is Prof. Engineer. The receipts were for airport purchases in Anchorage and Sea-Tac.

    It had an X'd out tag. Does that mean factory second or one that was returned/replaced.


    Great pics. xpost from SW&D filson thread since it shows another great worn-in Filson:

    Got an email from eBags the other day offering 30% off...and for once, the discount worked for Filson! (single use or I would have shared)

    Was going back and forth over whether to purchase a Pullman (243). At 30% off the price was similar to a Red Oxx carry on. Filson looks cooler, but Red Oxx is probably more functional. After some searching I found this pic, which pretty much sealed the deal:

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    (Even though mine will never look like that...the 257 I've used daily for the past 8 months could almost pass as new).
     


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    Was going back and forth over whether to purchase a Pullman (243)...After some searching I found this pic, which pretty much sealed the deal:

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    Is this a picture of a Pullman/243? It looks amazing!!


    (Even though mine will never look like that...the 257 I've used daily for the past 8 months could almost pass as new).

    I know how you feel. My 256 looks brand new even though it's seen almost daily use for a couple of yrs now. I kept wondering how long it would take to really break in. I recently stopped by a flagship dealer to take a look at the 257 and realized how stiff they are brand new. The twill and leather on my 256 is so soft compared to the ones on the shelf. It's easy to see how these things will last a lifetime.
     


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