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Official Filson Thread - Clothing/Bags Etc

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by randomkoreandude, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. MrHappyHappy

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    I beat that every single day.
     
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    FTFY, in case Filson is watching.
     
  4. wquiles

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    These are my vintage (new to me) Filson Cruisers. Under the Cruisers I am wearing a long sleeve t-shirt, and a cotton sweater. The first one is the older Mackinaw cruiser (style 110), in Forest Green, size 40. The second is an older Filson Forestry Cloth Cruiser (style 16), also in size 40:
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  5. wquiles

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    As expected, the Mackinaw Cruiser is significantly thicker than the Forestry Cruiser:
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    I also have a 1949 Navy Peacoat, so here are their weights for comparison:
    - Vintage Forestry Cloth Cruiser = 2 lb, 2.5 oz (supposed to be 18oz wool)
    - Vintage Mackinaw Cruiser = 3 lb, 10 oz (supposed to be 26oz wool)
    - 1949 Navy Peacoat = 4 lb, 6.6 oz (supposed to be 32oz wool)


    Will
     
  6. red81

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    just ordered a tin cruiser in the sf fit (size L). i'm 5'11, 185, hopefully it'll fit me right.
     
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    If "sf fit" means seattle fit, I imagine it'll be a bit large on you. I'm 5'10" and 200 lbs, and the medium (in the lined Seattle Cruiser in Mackinaw Wool) fits me just right (albeit a bit snug with a thick sweater underneath).
     
  8. red81

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    yeah, i thought seattle fit was supposed to be slimmer.
    also, edit on my post above: just changed my order to the short cruiser jacket. the reviews had a couple guys roughly my size who said seattle was slimmer; oh well, guess i can always exchange it, keeping my fingers crossed.

    i have one of their tin vests and it's a size 42 and perfect fit.
     
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    Just found this post. It might help.
     
  10. wquiles

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    By the way, I will be visiting Seattle for business in 3 weeks, and I would like to visit their store (signature store?). Is this the correct address?

    1555 4th Avenue South
    Seattle, WA 98134

    Will
     
  11. red81

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    guy's got a few inches on me, but the length is a tad short (looks fine on him, i'd just like mine a little longer).

    it could work out after all, we'll see.
     
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    Yes that's the address. It's just south of Safeco field.
    There's an outlet store about an hour north of Seattle too.
     
  13. wquiles

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    Awesome - thanks!
     
  14. trvlr472

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    I own 2 Filson wool shirts, 4 pairs of their tin cloth dry-finish pants, 20 pairs of their medium weight wool socks, 3 of their moleskin shirts, 2 of their antique tin cloth shirts, the extra large roll around duffle, their small original briefcase, their canvas field bag which I don't think they make any longer, one of their lightweight antique tin cloth shirts, their Makinaw cruiser, their Cover Cloth Weekender jacket and their cover cloth rain jacket. Oh, and one of their wool Outfitter Sweaters as well as their wool gloves and one of their wool hats with the ear flaps.

    Both antique tin cloth shirts fell apart. One of them looks like it was sprayed with sulfuric acid and the other one is on it's way. Neither were though. No point in trying to return either one. They are too old. They just started getting holes right in the middle of the garment. Same thing with the first Weekender coat. It just started falling apart. They replaced it. The light antique tin cloth shirt just doesn't fit right after a few washings but I still wear it. The sleeves are too short but it's wearing nicely. I own a lot of cloths but I don't wear them all regularly so i may have a shirt or something lying around that's 5 years old but has only been worn for maybe 2 weeks altogether. I have two pairs of the tin cloth pants that I've only worn maybe 3 times but they are 3 years old.

    Their wool socks have always been too small. I think they sent med instead of large. I never returned them because I thought they would stretch out eventually. Boy, was THAT a bad call. I never returned them because it has been so long. Those damn socks don't seem to ever wear out and I may have to wrestle them on for another 10 years. I'm finally seeing some wear in some of them and actually ripped one wrestling it on the other day.[​IMG] Good, now I have an excuse to order some more and get the correct size this time.

    The 3 moleskin shirts are doing fine except for one of them that has just now started self destructing just as the 2 antique tin cloth shirts did. Not quite as bad with holes just appearing for no reason at all in the middle of the material but it's deteriorating around the collar area and a few other areas. I haven't worn any of this stuff except sporadically for years so it's hard to call them up and say that their shirt is defective after you've owned it for 5 years but only wore it for 6 months of those five years. The other two moleskins are doing fine. although showing some wear. I've been wearing the moleskin everyday just about for the past 6 months.

    The two wool shirts I just started wearing regularly after owning them for about 5 years so we'll see. The first wool Outfitter sweater I bought was way too small. I think they sent a medium and it sat around until I got the bright idea to give it to my dad who it fits perfectly. Then I bought another one which fit well and I still wear almost everyday all winter long for probably about the last 4 years or so. It's holding up well except for some fraying around the ends of the sleeves.

    The Makinaw Cruiser I have worn every winter, all winter "almost" every day since i bought it around 8 or 9 years ago and it's doing well. It's not treated well either. The only problem is some fraying on the ends of the sleeves where I pull it on and off. The replacement Weekender Jacket is doing fine but it hasn't been worn a lot up until recently since I got the replacement. The Rain Jacket is doing well and it has been worn a pretty fair amount over the last 3 years.

    The field bag, original briefcase and the roll around duffle have held up very well although the duffle has not been used as the field bag and briefcase have. The field bag and briefcase go everywhere with me and I do mean everywhere. Neither shows much wear at all.

    The tin cloth dry finish pants don't ever seem to wear except around the cuffs as all cotton clothing seems to do these days. Probably because it's GMO and inferior to the real thing. I never had the problem with cotton clothing I do these days 35 years ago. It wore like iron. Their hats wear like iron I had one of the crushable travel hats for 12 years or so and the only reason I don't have it anymore is because it got lost.

    I had a pair of their leather Chukka shoes also and just had to retire them after around 7 or 8 years because they started getting cracks and the stitching started coming apart. They were abused for all of that 7 or 8 years though all winter long. I'm looking for a cobbler to see if they can be saved.

    That's my Filson experience.I don't see myself buying too much of anything made by Filson that is made of cotton in the future but their wool and their luggage is great. I'll also make sure the sizing is right before I wait too long to make a call. I remember buying Levi's brand cotton shirts way back in the 70's and that stuff lasted forever it seemed. I could get 10 years out of a shirt and at least 1 to 2 years out of a set of jeans. As a kid I might add. Those days are gone it seems no matter what you buy or what you pay. The sizing problem is another issue that is just absolutely unacceptable. I have had numerous problems with sizing with Filson. It's the 21st century and we get mediums labeled as X-large and 32 waists labeled as 34 or 35? Sweaters labeled as X-large when they are medium? Socks labeled X-large when they are medium?

    Oh, I forgot to add the shorts I bought from Filson that were way too small as well. In my line of work I don't have time to double check everything I order so I just end up having to deal with it down the road. That reminds me, I have to get those shorts to an alterations shop. They are probably five years old as well but I haven't worn them very much. I think they are a size 33 waist but I wear a 34.

    OK. That is the summation of my filson experience over maybe the last 10 years or so. Maybe less. I don't keep every receipt around when it comes to clothing after a couple of years and some have been lost due to computer problems over the years so I have a hard time remembering exactly when I buy all this stuff. I just order it, forget about it and then am surprised when it shows up. If it doesn't fit then it gets put away if I have no time at the moment or it gets sent back if I do. Sometimes it gets put away and forgotten about for a year or two.

    OK. That is my "final" Filson experience.
     
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  15. oboy_oboy

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    Thanks for the comprehensive info. I think.

    Every Filson item is guaranteed for life. All you have to do is send it back or walk it into a Filson store and they will replace, or repair it, free. Boom. Done. If you want the ones that you liked, but that you don't feel lasted or performed as they should, replaced, you should probably just deal w/ the minor hassle of sending them back.
     
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    contemplating on buying either Tan or Navy 256 briefcase..

    It has been discussed before here I believe, but I remember Navy being manufactured with thinner material (though not necessarily flimsier)..

    for those of you who have handled both in person, how much of a difference is there between the two, and does this warrant enough of a decision for me to choose Tan instead of the latter?

    also, how is the aging of the Navy one like? I know Tan is popular, especially how it ages over time, but I haven't seen much photo/reviews of owning the Navy one long term.
     
  17. trvlr472

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    Not true. At least not when it comes to pants and shirts. There is no way they can guarantee a shirt or a pair of pants for life and I wouldn't expect them to. I have returned a few of their items. As far as their tin cloth pants are concerned i paid $120 for each pair and when I went to return a couple of pairs they started asking how long I'd owned them. I got an $80 gift certificate for each pair. The same for another pair of pants I bought. They don't guarantee everything for life and as I said. Not in my experience. If you've owned it for a year or two and then found out it's not working for you there is no straight across refund or replacement. Once again, I don't blame them for doing it that way.

    When it comes to their luggage and other items such as that they may just replace it but not when it comes to clothing. How could I possibly expect a new Mackinaw Cruiser for free once I have owned the one I have for say, 15 years and worn it out? If you are correct and I am wrong I'll find out in the future. I stockpile clothing to a certain extent and after it's maybe 2 years old it's a little different than just calling up a company a week later and saying their shirt is falling apart. Two years later they don't know if you've been wearing it every day or whether you've only worn it for a total of 2 months out of that t wo years.

    My line of thinking is that if I pay $140 for a moleskin shirt I'd better be done for some time to come. I shouldn't have to be calling and returning for sizing problems or anything else. When I decide to start using the item two years down the road in earnest it should last. I shouldn't have to "test' an article of clothing with everyday wear right off the bat to see if it will fall apart or not. Not when I pay Filson prices.
     
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    I recently picked up a Passage-series garment bag for $80 and was wondering—has anyone used it as a carry-on?

    It's my first Filson purchase but I'm fairly certain it's not a particularly high-end item of theirs—I can't even find any mention of it on their website. Does anyone have more info on this series?
     
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    They made those for a few years before discontinuing it around end of 2011. Taking a guess they were made between 2008-2011. They were made under the second most recent ownership group but while they are seemingly Filson durable, they didn't sell very well.
     
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