Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

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

  1. gnu

    gnu Senior member

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    I've got the same thing going, but I can't seen anyway around it... unless you stopped wearing denim.
     


  2. raneym305

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    **I uploaded the wrong picture earlier today

    This post is in response to the question regarding the size of the Original Briefcase for daily use.

    I work in sales and need to make sure that I'm always prepared while in the field. In my bag right now I have:

    A 15" laptop
    BlackBerry Playbook tablet
    BlackBerry Bold phone
    An iPod
    A 1"-thick catalog from one of my vendors
    My field Journal (5"x8" notepad to jot notes down throughout the day)
    My 10"x13" portfolio
    A deck of cards
    Carmex
    Wallet
    Keys
    A stack of post-it notes
    3 pens, a sharpie, a hi-liter
    Some cologne
    A can of almonds
    Laptop charger
    Phone charger
    And probably some other junk that I'm not aware of.

    I walk around downtown Seattle every day with this bag and, although it's not as large as their laptop bag or padded computer bag, I'm not at a lack for space. It fits everything I need and it's not large enough to be a hindrance or uncomfortable to tote around.

    I also travel alot and this, along with a small Filson duffle, will be sufficient for a full week on the road

    I've included a picture of said bag containing all of the items listed above.[​IMG]

    And a picture of how UNbulky it is once packed up.[​IMG]
     
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  3. raneym305

    raneym305 Well-Known Member

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    ** See post #1174
     
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  4. benjamin831

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    Has anyone washed their Filson before? I find the medium duffle a touch too large and was wondering what would happen if I submerged it in hot water, tumble dry it, then reapply the paraffin finish. Would the bag shrink enough to make a noticeable difference?
     


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    I picked up a small Tin Cloth duflel at the flagship store for $99 a couple of weeks ago and I love it! I've hauled it in a rain storm in the back of truck, dropped it in the mud, and (for a brief moment) dipped half of it in the lake... it slipped out of my hands, but I caught it before the whole bag was submerged. All the while, my clothes have stayed completely dry and the bag was dried off in no time.

    I put a fresh coat of wax on it the day I bought it. The sales rep at the store said it wasn't needed, bnut I can 't think that it hurt the bag any.

    For the hell I've put this bag through in less than a month, it was well worth the $99 spent!!!'

    Packed with my Original Briefcase for a 5 day trip to Portland, OR.
    [​IMG]
     


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    It's a duffle you could just collapse it to fit your size
     


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    I doubt you will shrink it a full size, or much at all. Although I gave up on Filson shirts a long time ago because the sleeves shrink past the wrist just by drying with the heat of a wood stove in a tent during winter.

    Washing even with hot water will not get the finish totally off. A trick I used to do before Filson offered dry finish was to dry clean the garment. That way it can breathe and you don't sweat so much, trade off is loss of waterproofing. And it is still dense enough material to bust through brush and thorns. But I think in the end you would be best selling off your current duffel and purchasing a small.
     


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    I'm confused if you are talking about a jacket or a bag..... or if your advice is for his bag and your experience with Filson apparel made of the same material as his bag.
     


  10. Winston S.

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    Small duffle?
     


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    Yes, looks like a small to me. I have almost the same setup: green original briefcase and small duffle.

     


  12. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Senior member

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    Bag. And experience with tin cloth and double tin, cover and shelter cloth pants, jackets, shirts, etc. Doubt that bag will shrink in volume much and I'd be concerned it wouldn't be evenly done if it did by using hot water and a hot dryer. Even if the finish was removed first with the chemicals from dry cleaning. Then there is the bridle leather going through all of that, ouch.

    Off track but the one Filson article I have now that is different is the oil finish black weekender jacket. It is a lint magnet unlike anything else I've owned and the fabric is slightly different from the other classic materials despite being cover cloth. But I've really come to like it.
     


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    Interesting. What is the reason for your assessment? Especially since your Filson garment shrunk beyond wearable. I think the small size duffle is much too small, at 18", its more like a oversized handbag than a duffle. I'm hoping to get it down by 10-20% shrinkage.
     


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    Not unwearable, it is only the shirt sleeves that shrink, not the body or shoulders which is annoying on cover and shelter cloth shirts. Although going through multi-floral rose thorns with wrists exposed carrying a shotgun is enough to make you not want to ever wear them again. I've never had much luck trying to shrink any clothing down to fit with heat but with a duffle you might pull it off. Just reread your OP and you said a touch, that you might do. Post up how it works out. I would think it may pucker in places because it could be uneven shrinkage but being a duffle that shouldn't be a big deal.
     


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    There is some really bad advice going on here that could void the warranty.
     


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