Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

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  1. audiophilia

    audiophilia Senior member

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    Lots of folks have told me Medium, minimum. The small is SMALL.
     
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    I like the look of a Filson briefcase, but I am not sure this is the best for the workplace. Do you guys think Filson is okay with a suit? Perhaps the olive or brown will not stand out as much?
     
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    For someone who packs pretty lightly (only the boots on my feet, willing to wear a shirts a couple times before washing them), would the small duffle bag (220) be too small for 4-5 day trips? These pictures makes it look plenty big, but for someone who has one - would it comfortably hold a couple pairs of pants, a couple shirts, a sweater, socks, underwear and a small toiletry bag?
    Just to reply to/update my own post here, I've been looking for something I already own that I could compare the 220 to. I had trouble finding something comparable, until I expanded my search beyond *my* stuff. My wife's Vera Bradley Weekender bag measures 18.5L, 12H, 8W, compared to 18L, 10.5H, 11W for the 220 small duffle - so not quite as tall, but a little wider and almost the same length. I put a few things into her Weekender bag as a test and not only was it tooootally adorable, but I think the size would actually work really well. My hesitation about the 222/medium duffle isn't the extra cost - it's that it's outside the carry-on limits for most airlines. I fly on United most of the time, and their max carry-on size is 22x14x9, or 45 linear inches. The 222 duffle is 25x14x13, or 52 linear inches. Maybe that's close enough to get by with on most flights, but I'm hesitant to risk it. I have a Duluth Pack medium safari duffle that measures 23x17x11 (51 linear inches), and man, that thing is massive. There's no way a gate agent would let me even try to put it in an overhead bin.
     
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    I wonder if you only fill it half-full, that should pass the test no?
     
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    Has anyone here done a comparison of the 257 versus the 258? I tried looking but couldn't find...
     
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    Anyone have pictures of their tote?

    like actually handling it?
     
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    Anyone know any good products for the preventing the Bridle leather straps on Filson bags from cracking and drying up?
     
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    Anyone have pictures of their tote? like actually handling it?
    I could try to snap one later. What are you trying to determine?
     
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    Has anyone here done a comparison of the 257 versus the 258? I tried looking but couldn't find...
    - will do this w/end
     
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    The Filson briefcase is iconic and I find it quite acceptable to carry for business. Even in the most conservative settings it does not standout even though as you point out the original tan color does not blend into the back ground like a brown or black bag. Just my $0.02 but I think the green would stand out more than any other Filson color.

    In full disclosure, I have off and on carried a Filson tan briefcase to business meetings, political meetings on capital hill, academic meetings, etc......since 1992. I have never felt out of place carrying a Filson bag.

    I like the look of a Filson briefcase, but I am not sure this is the best for the workplace. Do you guys think Filson is okay with a suit? Perhaps the olive or brown will not stand out as much?
     
  11. Luc-Emmanuel

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    I have the small duffle and it's enough for two pair of pants, two shirts, underwear, socks, small pouch. Add a thick wool sweater and it might be too small. The key is to fill the angle space as the canvas is a bit rigid.
    !luc
     
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    I could try to snap one later. What are you trying to determine?

    Well I already have a briefcase, but I'd like to see how the tote actually looks while being carried. In addition, I'd love to hear your take on it and what you use it for. Also what type of comments do you get for your tote? I hardly see gents with totes in the states so I'm quite curious.
     
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    I like the look of a Filson briefcase, but I am not sure this is the best for the workplace. Do you guys think Filson is okay with a suit? Perhaps the olive or brown will not stand out as much?

    Looks great with a suit. You can go much more formal, but it is such a nice piece of kit, I wouldn't worry. I have received more compliments about my Filson 257 than any of the myriad of bags I've owned.
     
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    I wonder if you only fill it half-full, that should pass the test no?

    So, after my lengthy justification involving measurements and linear inches, I decided to order the medium - mostly because Keyboard Warrior is right. I can always put less stuff in a 222 to make it fit the carry-on guidelines, but I can never put extra stuff in a 220 when it's just going in my trunk. Thanks everyone, and if I can reiterate something lots of other folks have written - give Crane's a call before you order from anywhere else!
     
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    - will do this w/end


    Look forward to it.
     

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