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Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

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

  1. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    ^ You'd be better off having a leather craftsman make you a couple of extensions with buckles. Don't hack up straps off another bag if you can avoid it. Bridle leather is readily available for saddlery, belts, etc. It may not match perfectly but will look better in the end.

    I ordered bridle for my DIY shoulder straps recently.

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    You may try asking Filson in Seattle to sell you a length of their bridle leather. It's worth a shot. they gave me a zipper a couple of years back when I needed a repair.
     
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  2. illition

    illition Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion, I considered that idea but personally, I wouldn't be able to live with it unless the leathers matched correctly.

    Do you happen to know what kind of bridle ladder is used by Filson?
     
  3. nevadabob

    nevadabob Senior member

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    8oz dark brown bridle leather from wickett and craig.

    Older bags have thicker leather...
     
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  4. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    It's about 5 years old.
     
  5. illition

    illition Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. Could others comment whether this is a normal thing to happen?

    Do all rugged twill Filsons tend to shrink slightly?
     
  6. milw50717

    milw50717 Senior member

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    Filson sell spare shoulder straps for their luggage, which may help ensure a close match of materials
     
  7. conqueror

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    i bought the 256 in black about 6 months ago and have been happy with it, although i took off the removable strap on day 1 as i use it as a casual briefcase for work.

    yesterday i went on an interstate business trip, so decided to use the strap for the first time at the airport. 2 initial observations:

    1. holy shit this thing is uncomfortable.
    2. holy shit this thing is waaaay too long (i'm 6'1).

    when i got home i noticed some of the areas around the padding had torn which i'm pretty disappointed with. has anyone experienced this? hopefully it doesn't get worse (especially since i live in australia and there are no official stockists here).
     
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  8. illition

    illition Well-Known Member

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    I find the original leather strap to be quite uncomfortable, and i've ordered a Nylon version for mine instead. (Although mine is a 257) But I followed the same color scheme Filson uses for their Tin Cloth Otter Green briefcase

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    Its lighter, more comfortable on the shoulders and also less bulky/intrusive. Also, it can easily be tucked into the large slot on the back side of the briefcase (unlike the leather strap)
     
  9. illition

    illition Well-Known Member

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    Yup. I've just done exactly that! Ordered from Filson store london (quite expensive at 34GBP) but when it comes i'll cut it to length, for temporary use.

    When I have the time I will probably get the cut strap rounded nicely, and have the edges painted or burnished
     
  10. Soletrane

    Soletrane Senior member

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    I have carted around a fully loaded Sportsman around Terminal 5 Heathrow more times than I care to think about. The standard leather strap does gets more comfortable as it breaks in and becomes curved from usage. Or maybe your shoulder just gets used to it? However it will never be as comfortable as something like the Tom Bihn Absolute Strap which is the gold standard for a shoulder strap but does not go aesthetically with most Filson luggage (maybe a black piece). I have actually thought of keeping both straps on the Sportsman - the original and the Absolute - and just switching to the Absolute when I am going to do a lot of walking.
     
  11. chev4x4

    chev4x4 Senior member

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    Isn't it too light for your green 257?


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  12. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    Looks too light for my taste.
     
  13. ZeissMan

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    I took the wide pad from my Filson briefcase to a cobbler and had him sew a piece of suede chamois to the under side and cut matching strap holes. Threaded the revised pad back on the strap and solved the slipping-off problem and the comfort problem. After all these years it is bent to fit my shoulder and wouldn't trade it for anything.
    Carry on,
    ~ ZM
     
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  14. illition

    illition Well-Known Member

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    Same color scheme as this in Filsons line 70016:
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    I like it, but of course to each his own I guess
     
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  15. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    Looks darker in the stock picture to me.
     
  16. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    Just got an email from Filson to promote some new products. Noticed that they slightly changed the style number and added a 110 in front of those products and the 256 and 258. I think these were numbered 70256 and 70258 before. Now they seem to be listed at 11070256 and 1107258. Wonder if this is a new generation and means they changed something on them.
     
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    Good question, and thanks for the heads up. I think it's fair for you to expect them to provide you with that info, particularly if they're hoping you'll promote something for them.
     
  18. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    Sorry worded that incorrectly. They weren't asking me to promote products for them. I just meant they were advertising new products.
     
  19. kentpope

    kentpope Senior member

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    Haha, my bad. I realized that was probably what you meant after I posted.
     
  20. ap10046

    ap10046 Senior member

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    I agree 100%
    I've roughed up the bottom of the pad, but it's gnarly! Try carrying a fully loaded 222 through an airport, looking all cool and stuff..

    Solution...
    http://www.chapmanbags.com/men/shoulder-strap.html
     

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