Too many Jack Spade bags. Need help making sense of it all.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by mulder, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. origenesprit

    origenesprit Senior member

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    My JS bag fell apart (all the velcro came off, zippers broke, etc.) after less than a year of use. I'll never buy another.
     


  2. chiamdream

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    Echoing the Filson comments posted here. Some of the Jack Spade stuff is decent, and if you can find it on sale, not a terrible deal, but if you're leaning towards Filson, I think it's definitely the way to go. When I was researching this bag, I couldn't for the life of me find a picture of the inside, so in the interest of paying it forward, here's my 257: [​IMG] 15" Mac Book Pro. There's a little section that fits it perfectly. The zippers are serious, and the teeth can definitely scratch up the machine if you care about that sort of thing. With the discount from Crane's, you can't go wrong.
     


  3. mulder

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    Thanks for all the information everyone! I think I might have been swayed towards the Filson. The 257 is looking more and more like the top contender. I didn't even realize it, but I had a Filson catalog sitting under a stack of mail at home. [​IMG] Good sign. I did add Saddleback Leather to my list, but in terms of my current budget, the Filson is more in line with that. But I'm still weighing my choices. I want this to be the right decision. @chiamdream, thanks so much for posting a picture. That helps a lot! I was already think those zippers would be problematic for scratching, but I'm going to have the laptop in a full sleeve, so I think that should negate any scratching.
     


  4. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    people need to get off filson's dick. yes, they make nice bags, but the consequence of their materials is that they are heavy and bulky looking. its annoying that literally every bag thread devolves into OMG BUY A FILSON 257!!!!
     


  5. mulder

    mulder Member

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    people need to get off filson's dick. yes, they make nice bags, but the consequence of their materials is that they are heavy and bulky looking. its annoying that literally every bag thread devolves into OMG BUY A FILSON 257!!!!

    Do you have another bag suggestion? I'm all ears. I'm not dedicated to the Filson 257. It is just getting high praise and it seems like a great bag. I assumed all the Filson kudos was for a reason. Granted, I also know what happens to people who assume. But seeing as how I came to the forums for suggestions, the more the better.
     


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    Teger Senior member

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    there are many, many, many options

    IMO I think that you should wait until gilt has another ralph lauren accessories or lamberston treux sale and snatch up a much nicer bag than a filson at a comparable price.

    I like filson (and own a bag from them), but at the same time I recognize the brands limitations.

    you can probably find some want les essentials de la vie rather cheap too

    if you like the jack spade aesthetic, but want something higher quality, DEFINITELY look into porter
     


  7. Sebastian_Flyte

    Sebastian_Flyte Senior member

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    I can only speak for the two Jack Spade bags I own, but the quality is outstanding-- rugged materials, thick stitching, and big solid zippers.
     


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    foxnwolf Senior member

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    i can't believe i can still make $80 off ebay selling my jack spade bag...
    i was just going to give it to goodwill..
     


  9. XenoX101

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    people need to get off filson's dick. yes, they make nice bags, but the consequence of their materials is that they are heavy and bulky looking. its annoying that literally every bag thread devolves into OMG BUY A FILSON 257!!!!

    +1, if you're into heavy sturdy bags go for it, but to me the decency of a bag is not just about how thick and durable it is, I value design and aesthetic quite highly, moreso than durability. Also lets be realistic, a jack spade bag is more than adequate in durability for someone in the 'burbs/city, if even a tad much.
     


  10. CharlieAngel

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    I just use a Timbuk2 Commuter bag made from olive green/grey ballistic nylon. 9 years, 5 bike wrecks, still going strong. Made in the USA, $45 on eBay, looks like something a 20 year old would wear, don't really care. [​IMG] Filsons have always looked busy to me. Too many zippers, stitch points, etc, on the exterior (actually, I think it's the top handles that blow the aesthetic for me... I'm a shoulder strap guy, cross-body style. Then again, I also ride bikes and motorcycles and don't like backpacks, so that leaves me with...)... Plus, they're look old-fashioned. While that is an acceptable aesthetic to some (I'm a sucker for vintage chambray and western shirts, not to mention ecstatic about the work boot revival), there's something about the Filson look that bothers me. I much prefer, say, a vintage leather mail bag over the 257.
     


  11. mulder

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    Argh, now I don't know what decision to make. LOL! I found a new Jack Spade Drill Nylon for about $150. It's very tempting, especially considering they go for $400 at Zappos. Decisons, decisions. Edited to add: I decided to not go for it. It was an Ebay sale. The more I thought about it, the more I like the look of the waxwear over the drill. It's a tough decision, but it's down to these three: - Jack Spade Waxwear Computer Field Bag - Filson 257 - Ernest Alexander Voldis Grey Waxwear Bag
     


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    What's the verdict? Which one did you go with? How is it working out?
     


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    As a big Jack fans we have managed to get UK distribution rights here at rawdice and have chosen a selection we think works well across casual to smart, we'll expand the range soon, I am biased, but have to say quality is superb, and what I personally have always liked is that the bags age so well. My personal 5 year old Jack messenger just looks better year on year... what was smart is now casual!

    Anyway check it out... and even better 10% off for a short while...

    www.rawdice.co.uk

    we are also stocking some cool wallets from Jack too..

    www.rawdice.co.uk/accessories

    Enjoy
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    Ernest Alexander's messengers are a compromise betwen Filson and Jack Spade and probably better made than both.
     


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