I have been seriously considering getting the Apolis x Filson bag in the next round of production coming up and showed it to a good female friend of mine to get her opinion of it. Her first reaction was to question if it was a female's bag instead of a male's briefcase because of the handle design on top. It actually took me a few minutes to convince her otherwise by showing her that Filson's is an old fishing/hunting company and they make mens goods. I'm curious if anyone who has that bag or the normal 256 has had similar experiences? Personally I really dislike "tote" style manbags because of this, but think filson's bags are more then masculine even with the handles the way they are.