Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

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

  1. GzStudio

    GzStudio Member

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    I have a nice talon 242 in tan (sorry OMG) if you decide to play matchy-matchy......:) It is a nice bag. The leather on it, especially the handle is massively over-built. One thing i noticed is that the early talon 242 does not have the compression straps inside vs. the late model talon, early ykk versions....
     


  2. Soletrane

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    GzStudio, "overbuilt" is a great descriptor. Lots of heavy bridle leather used all over the bag. The handle is like a little brick of leather.

    It's not the most popular bag in the vintage market (clamshell designs are less popular than duffles I think), but in its day, it was one of the most expensive piece of luggage they made.

    Yup, my early Talon version does not have the compression straps and has no zip on the front pocket.
     


  3. Tom Lebrando

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    Hey Soletrane, GzStudio, OMG ...

    Have you guys noticed that some early 242s have brass reinforcement rivets at the attachment point for the handle and some do not? Wonder if this is a possible way to date these bags besides internal straps, Talon zippers and the outside zip pocket.
     


  4. OtterMeanGreen

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    I'd image that your 242 is like an old friend. It reminds you of who you once were(and still am) when you first bought it, and the journey's it has accompanied you on along the way. Don't ever sell it!!! Pass it along to whomever will appreciate it.
     


  5. nevadabob

    nevadabob Senior member

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    Looking at rivets is an interesting thought...I called Filson to see if it could estimate the age on my leather foeld satchel and was specifically asked about the rivets at the handle. Mine has none so I was told that my bag was built in 2000 or earlier as Filson started adding those at some point in 2000. That's for the field satchel...not sure about other bags.
     


  6. mgrennier

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    Nice little collection there, Otter. I too enjoy the brown liquor and have about 80 bottles in my little collection. Many of them signed by legends like Jimmy Russell (of Wild Turkey), Fred Noe (grandson of Jim Beam whose face is on the bottle of the white Jim Beam bottle), Bill Samuels of Maker's Mark and an up and comer like Trey Zoeller of Jefferson's Reserve. I've had the chance to spend some time with all of them over the past few years.

    In fact, on a recent golf outing, I combined my passions for the brown liquor with my Heritage Sportsman bag as I loaded it up with about 5 bottles of bourbon, rye and scotch, Carpano Antica vermouth, Luxardo cherries and the various bar implements to make what I currently call the world's best Manhattan. Of course, I think the zippered 261 would have been a better choice given it's vertical orientation, but a man's gotta make do with what he's got!

    Oh and my bourbon? I like it neat, as well, although I do like to add a drop of cold water to open it up.
     


  7. OtterMeanGreen

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    Thanks @mgrennier, I meant to ask you about your avatar picture but never got around to it. Are those America Oak Bourbon Barrels? I have a friend in Kentucky who makes one of the components used for a Cooperage. 80 bottles!!! I'd love to see a picture of your collection. I'm well aware of Fred Noe, respect him and his family greatly. I've had several examples of Booker's, one of the best widely available barrel proofed bourbons out there. That's awesome that you have bottles autographed, that alone gets my respect. I'd love for a chance to meet some of these superheros (in the bourbon world) LOL what a coincidence, as in my modest collection I possess a bourbon from Jefferson's Reserve. Have you had any of the bourbons listed in my sample bottle collection?

    That's very cool you were able to combine 2 passions; Filson and Whiskey. Why do you think I'm such an advocate for the 266...because those side pockets make for such a secure bourbon holster. Are you also a cigar aficionado? For me a fine bourbon isn't usually without a great stick to pair it with. No points lost for adding some water to open it up a little, many experts do it. I just love the oily rich, viscous mouthfeel, which for me, a neat bourbon can only provide. My favorite so far has to be Geroge T Stagg 17 years aged. (143 proof)
     


  8. mgrennier

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    Yes - I've had all of the ones you just pictured. In fact, I had a glass of the Stagg in your picture just two nights ago at the Conrad Hotel bar in Chicago. I had a couple bottles of the Rowan Creek - gave one to a Cop after he helped me try to find my stolen laptop bag (unsuccessfully, but I rewarded him for the effort.

    The Maker's 46 is an easy-drinker - doesn't get a lot of respect but if you do a blind side-by-side taste test with original Maker's, you can definitely taste the different, more refined notes. You may not know this, but the reason they called it "Maker's 46" is because it was the 46th iteration of their experimental samples and this one tasted the best.

    I'd take some pics of the collection but right now they're in storage in my in-laws basement since we're temporarily renting a house on Sanibel Island, FL for 6 months. I only have a few bottles out. My current daily drinker is Blantons.
     


  9. Fueco

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    I picked this 256 up from Ebay a few weeks ago for use around town. I work from home and am self-employed, so my need for a briefcase is minimal. But I really like the Filson bags and quality, along with the items of Filson clothing I've acquired for more outdoorsy pursuits.

    I took my son up into the mountains for a bit of fly fishing. He can't go super-high up yet because he's only been off oxygen for a few weeks (he's a 3 month old who was born 9 weeks premature). He seems to dig sitting by the river. After that, we hung out in downtown Boulder for a while. This bag did the trick to carry a few diapers, milk, and my necessities (tablet and paperback).

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  10. mgrennier

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    Oh and yes, re: my profile pic? Those are barrels from the Breckenridge Distillery in Breckenridge, CO. I was out there for a family wedding and convinced a few family members to go out for a tasting. It's a nice bourbon.
     


  11. OtterMeanGreen

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    WOW REALLY?!?!? Very cool indeed. So that means not only do you know what CA Gold is....but you've been privileged enough to try it? I love my Maker's 46, still haven't tried regular Maker's Mark, but then again I actually just tried Knob Creek Small Batch. I tend to stay away from the mass produced/run-of-the-mill restaurant bourbons, and usually stick to Barrel Proof and Single Barrel. Funny thing is I've been into the hobby for over 2 years and after all that time, I'm finally trying the bourbons people usually use to get into the hobby :lol:. I tend to drink the lower proofed, under $35 Bourbons whenever I go to the cigar lounge, which makes sharing much less painful wallet wise lol (that's where Maker's 46 fits right in). I agree with you on its complexity, straight whisky or not it's quite elegant. I had actually heard where it got its name designation, luckily they didn't settle on batch 45.....otherwise people would've thought it had something to do with the ABV lol.

    That was very gentleman like sharing a bottle with the Police Officer (my sister's a Detective in Atlantic City, NJ). I like Rowan's Creek but I much more enjoyed its older brother, Noah's Mill. Blanton's was my first Single Barrel and very memorable. I make it a rule to never try the same bourbon twice until I've tried every bourbon on the market.....a very fun rule I think lol. Booker's and most of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection are my only rule breakers, because of the very different proofs and batches. What was your first bourbon; the one that electrified you into this exciting hobby? Mine was Woodford Reserve Distillers Select.
     


  12. OtterMeanGreen

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    Awesome little story, I hope the 256 continues to work well for you and age along with you and your son.

    BTW: if you don't mind me asking; what sort of business do you run? I recently sold my business but see myself starting another one that will hopefully outlast myself this time around. This day and age it's tough starting all over again (which is the boat I find myself in). I co-owned and operated a Small Batch Coffee Roaster and Cafe in Central New Jersey.
     


  13. Fueco

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    I run a consignment/resale business through Ebay. It's sort of the perfect combination of all the things I studied in school (photography, web design, marketing) and segues nicely from jobs I've had in the past. I have no employees, and can work whatever time of day.
     


  14. OtterMeanGreen

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    Very Cool Indeed :fonz:
     


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