Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

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

  1. dcg

    dcg Senior member

    Messages:
    4,113
    Likes Received:
    501
    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2007
    Location:
    Philly
    I grabbed a Pullman a few months ago when Cablecar was having a sale. I recently used it on a 5 day trip that included air travel. The pic a page back of a worn in Pullman prompted me to post this mini review.

    I was able to fit in clothes for 5 days, toiletries, 2 pairs of shoes, a suit, a sport coat, and a couple of sundry items. The interior straps worked pretty well at keeping the clothes in place when all zipped up. And you can stick things down in the middle for easy access when only unzipping the top, which worked surprisingly well.

    After packing, I was pretty concerned that they wouldn't let me carry it on as it's a little over the dimensions delta has on their website, and it looks huge all packed up (I think the height is an inch off - I even sent @puthison a message via the twitter to ask about it, as I got the suggestion for the bag from that site, he confirmed that he's never had a problem carrying on either). So, it fit snugly into the little carry-on bag checkers they have at the airport, and more importantly, fit easily into the overhead bin on the plane.

    The only drawback I found is the weight. All packed up it was pretty heavy to lug around the airport. The strap was just long enough that while the bag was hanging from my shoulder it would hit me in the back of the legs as I walked, making it slightly awkward to carry by strap (I'm 5'-10" for reference). The solution is just to carry it from the handles, but the weight could be an issue for longer walks.

    That said, however, I don't have any regrets on the bag, and look forward to travelling with it for a long time. It was the perfect size for me for that length trip, you can carry it on, it is superbly constructed (of course), and looks awesome (of course). I only wish I could justify another Filson right now.


    Thanks for the review; haven't had the opportunity to use mine yet.

    Having looked it over, my one wish would have been for a flap behind the zipper to protect the content from those teeth (especially since the zipper goes around 3/4 of the bag).
     


  2. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

    Messages:
    2,168
    Likes Received:
    858
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Location:
    NBPT, MA
    What does the X'd out tag mean? Were these sold as factory seconds?
     


  3. Crane's

    Crane's Senior member

    Messages:
    6,237
    Likes Received:
    512
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2008
    Location:
    Chasing tornadoes across the plains.
    What does the X'd out tag mean? Were these sold as factory seconds?

    Probably.
     


  4. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

    Messages:
    2,168
    Likes Received:
    858
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Location:
    NBPT, MA
    Probably.


    Thanks for the clarification.

    FYI, I contacted Filson Customer Svc with two questions:

    First, can I order the handgrip and have it installed locally by a leather shop. Second, will Filson repair a bag with an X'd out tag for a fee (at my expense)?

    They responded as follows:

     


  5. entrero

    entrero Senior member

    Messages:
    1,082
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    How did you e-mail them? (no joke)
     




  6. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

    Messages:
    2,168
    Likes Received:
    858
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Location:
    NBPT, MA
    What does the X'd out tag mean? Were these sold as factory seconds?
    Probably.
    Does Filson have an outlet where they sell factory 2nds? or... Do dealers ever get factory 2nd merchandise? I've noticed that many of the well used pieces listed at ebay have X'd out tags.
     


  7. audiophilia

    audiophilia Senior member

    Messages:
    3,252
    Likes Received:
    49
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Any of you have the small wool duffle? Pictures?

    Big enough for a long weekend trip? Cheers.
     


  8. bradzinsky

    bradzinsky New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Man, yeah, I've been feeling the same way.
     


  9. YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,476
    Likes Received:
    255
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2007
    I am the aforementioned @putthison - I've gone on dozens of trips with my Pullman and never had anyone question its size (other than on tiny planes where they're checking all non-hand luggage at the gate). And yeah, it is pretty heavy when it's all the way full. The shoulder strap is adjustable and I've never had trouble getting it high enough on my back/rear. I've fit about a week's worth of clothes in there pretty comfortably.
     


  10. sockpuppets

    sockpuppets Senior member

    Messages:
    298
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    i wanna say that i got that bag in 2005.

    i work as an airline pilot though so i travel with it constantly and i am sure that has helped it's patina develop.


    I'm surprised the tsa doesn't strip search you after spotting that weaponized pin you've got attached to it.
     


  11. mas_cerveza

    mas_cerveza Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    New York City
    I was thinking of sending my 256 in to get the handgrip installed. Do you guys think it's worth it?
     


  12. raybert

    raybert Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Definitely worth it even if you are intending to use the shoulder strap. When I purchased my 256 I got the handgrip installed. I can imagine it would be quite awkward and harder on the fingers without them if carrying a full bag/load. (e.g. books, laptop etc).

    I was thinking of sending my 256 in to get the handgrip installed. Do you guys think it's worth it?
     


  13. mas_cerveza

    mas_cerveza Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    New York City
    Definitely worth it even if you are intending to use the shoulder strap. When I purchased my 256 I got the handgrip installed. I can imagine it would be quite awkward and harder on the fingers without them if carrying a full bag/load. (e.g. books, laptop etc).

    Thanks, I'll probably be sending it off to Seattle in the next couple of days. I'll try to take pictures when they send it back to help others with their decision, or just for Filson pr0n.
     


  14. GBer

    GBer Senior member

    Messages:
    663
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    May 30, 2010
    Do you actually take these bags to work? Seems too casual for my office. Maybe the field satchel might work, but I might get asked if I'm planning to go fishing.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by