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The Definitive MANBAG Thread, Part II: 2014~

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Also, here's a recent interview with Frank Clegg that shines a bit of light on the origins of some of his designs. What he said about the handles resonated with me, it's one reason I never got on with the Filson duffle I had - that is, his handles nest into each other and make a smaller circumference to grip than those (like Filson) who use an extra piece of leather snapped around the two handles.
 

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I seem to have killed this thread.
Regardless, I went for the Clegg small travel duffle in cognac. It's a bag that'll test your mettle for sure, especially if you're carrying it any distance. Beautifully made though, built for the ages for sure.
Baltzar had the best price and I'm not surprised anymore; virtually everything I buy that's made in the US (I'm in Canada) is always cheaper if purchased through some other country be it Japan, UK, Germany or in this case Sweden!
 

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Buffalo Jackson recently had a 25% off code so I scored one of their Oversized Weekend Bags that I'd had my eye on for some time. Normally $299 which I already thought was a good deal but with the code is was about $220 shipped which was bonkers. It just arrived the other day and I couldn't be happier.

I'd long been looking for an all leather duffel/large weekender but couldn't find one I really liked. This is the size/setup I was looking for but I'm actually happier with it mostly in canvas for the weight savings. It's stupendously large - like week+ capacity - with the tie downs all the way expanded (which is what I wanted) but can still be squashed down quite a bit with them tied down fully. And I love the large, dual outside pockets. I'm no expert but the leather seems good to good+ and the construction seems solid everywhere.

If you're looking for Filson style stuff, I'd say they are at least worth comparing.

Stock pick from here: https://buffalojackson.com/collections/travel-bags/products/dakota-waxed-canvas-oversized-weekend-bag-field-khaki

 

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I seem to have killed this thread.
Regardless, I went for the Clegg small travel duffle in cognac. It's a bag that'll test your mettle for sure, especially if you're carrying it any distance. Beautifully made though, built for the ages for sure.
Baltzar had the best price and I'm not surprised anymore; virtually everything I buy that's made in the US (I'm in Canada) is always cheaper if purchased through some other country be it Japan, UK, Germany or in this case Sweden!
Aaaaand it's for sale.
Took it to work a few times and quickly realized this bag is much bigger than I need and much tougher than required. Ah well.
 

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xpost but I thought worth sharing here - my recent acquisition...

It's a weekender with a gladstone/doctor's bag opening by Tramontano; which seems to be a little known leather goods maker from Napoli that heralds back to 1865 (!). While I was originally concerned about the stitching, it's more of a cream in real life than the brilliant white it was in the seller's pictures (or even here). As of now I'm smitten with it as-is and don't foresee myself coloring it.


Nice. Where can I buy Tramontano in the US?
 

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Barney's. The quality is nothing really to write home about - I picked up a bag in Napoli 3 springs ago, and the stitching near the internal pocket has come a bit undone.
 

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Nice. Where can I buy Tramontano in the US?
Thanks! Unfortunately, I don't know, but ...

Barney's. The quality is nothing really to write home about - I picked up a bag in Napoli 3 springs ago, and the stitching near the internal pocket has come a bit undone.
Mine has only seen a handful of trips but it has shown zero wear or tear and performed perfectly.
 

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I saw pretty deep discounts on Filson this sale season. Wonder if those stores were dropping the line or if they have relaxed their stance on price control.
 

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Anyone have experience with “This is Ground”? They have this iPad case that seems absolutely perfect for someone like me who plans to use his iPad and peripherals as his primary mobile workstation/way of interacting with the virtual world.

https://thisisground.com/collections/tablet/products/mod-tablet-5?variant=12738037186646

Is it buttery soft, exqusitely handcrafted and styfo approved??


The main thing that i don’t like with Hermès/Valextra/RLPL/Cucinelli etc. is that they spend all this effort on superlative materials, craftsmanship and aesthetics, but don’t really think about usability for the modern user. I bought this Valextra briefcase a month ago and it still looks like it was made for someone who carries paper files, fountain pens and business cards.

But then on the flip side, you get these small companies ‘run by techies for techies’ and the design is great, but the quality of the product is shoddy
 

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I don't have experience with This Is Ground, but my experience with cases like that is not that good. They make for a very pretty picture, but I don't find them very practical. They have a very specific set of pockets. Usually, the stuff that I'd like to fit in there exactly doesn't fit.

The little loop thingy where they put the headphones: that's very impractical. Headphones will get tangled.

The little strap that keeps the field notes book in place? It'll get loose and no longer hold a notebook in place. If it does that to begin with.

The outside pocket for the phone? It'll fall out of there so you won't use it.


Anyway, that's my two cents.
 

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I don't have experience with This Is Ground, but my experience with cases like that is not that good. They make for a very pretty picture, but I don't find them very practical. They have a very specific set of pockets. Usually, the stuff that I'd like to fit in there exactly doesn't fit.
This. I am also skeptical about brands with a short record and lots of self-congratulatory marketing.

Knomo makes a series of portfolios with iPad sleeves like the Knomad, that are comparatively inexpensive and good quality. I got one in calf direct, and one in cloth on Massdrop, but the problem identified by Emthigious applies to them as well, the organizer pockets are almost never the right size for the specific items you intend to carry, so unless you can have one made bespoke, you will be disappointed.
 

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Does anyone have any recommendations for cross-body bags? Prefer cotton/polyester. I really like the Our Legacy Valve Cross Body Bag but it is too much out of my price range. Looking to spend $100.

Here is the OL bag for reference: https://www.notre-shop.com/products/valve-cross-body-bag-in-black-1
Chapman do something like that, will build to suit your colour choice and UK made.
A little more than your budget, but quality stuff.
https://www.chapmanbags.com/men/officers-ipad-bag.html
 

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