Category: Reviews

First Look: Filson Zippered Tote 261

Last weekend, I picked up a new Filson Zipper Tote (261) and I wanted to share my first impressions of this extremely versatile daily-use bag.

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  • Price: $140 USD
  • Dimensions: 15″ W x 14″ H x 7″ D
  • Layout: (1) main compartment; (2) full-length exterior pockets; (2) exterior end-pockets (utility pockets) and a double bottom.

At first glance, this is one of the simplest bags that Filson makes, but it is also one of the most versatile. It is basically one large, zippered compartment with two long strap handles that allow the bag to be hand-carried or easily slipped over the shoulder. The bottom of the bag (and the sides) are all double-walled, which gives this bag a very rugged feel and provides structural rigidity.

The Filson 261 does not taper at the bottom like many other tote bags, which gives it a more masculine look and maximizes its carrying capacity. The utility pockets on the ends of the bag are large enough to hold 1 Liter water bottles and the full-length side pockets are perfect for an iPad, a newspaper or some reading material.

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I was pleasantly surprised how much this tote bag holds. The 261 would make a perfect gym bag (or daily use bag) and would also make a great travel companion for a 2-3 day weekend getaway (using packing cubes).

I will post my follow up impressions in a month or so, but I can already tell that this bag will become a personal favorite.

First Look: Filson Outfitter Bag 238

Today, I received my new Filson 238 Outfitter Bag (Large) in the mail and I wanted to share my first impressions of this unique piece of luggage.

First, the bag is huge. When full, it measures 20” wide, 18” tall and 14” deep. It is too large for carry on travel, so it would need to be checked at the airport. However, it would make the perfect weekender for camping, hunting, skiing or snowboarding.


  • Price: $415 USD
  • Dimensions: Top 20”W x 12”H x 14”D ; Bottom 20”W x 6”H x 14”D
  • Layout: (1) main compartment; (1) wet/dry compartment; (2) full-length exterior zippered pockets; (2) open exterior end-pockets and (2) full-length interior side pockets.

Comparison Pics to Filson Medium Travel Bag 246

To help you get a true understanding of the size/volume of this bag, I have taken a few pictures of it next to the Filson Travel Bag Medium 246:

NOTE: this is the Large Outfitter bag. Filson also makes an Extra-large Outfitter Bag 239, although I am not sure it would as practical due to the weight when full. The Large size seems to offer the best tradeoff between capacity and ease-of-use.

Build Quality

I own many other Filson bags, but this one definitely takes the build quality up a notch. The main sides of the 238 are double-walled to create full-length exterior zipper pockets and there are also two interior pockets that run the entire length of the bag.

The leather straps are much wider on this bag than on my other Filson pieces and the handles continue in one solid piece across the bottom (unlike the small Duffle Bag (220) and the medium Travel Bag (246) which both use a split strap design underneath).

NOTE: I chose Otter Green, because I tend to prefer darker colors for travel-size pieces that will need to endure rougher handling and wetter/dirtier conditions.

Unique Features

The most unique feature of the Outfitter bag is the spacious zippered compartment (on the bottom) that is nearly 6” tall. It is designed to keep wet/muddy clothing/boots separated from the other gear stored in the main compartment.

In addition, this compartment is designed to collapse when it is not being used, thereby reducing the overall dimensions of the bag and making it much more manageable. In fact, when the bottom compartment is flat, this bag is very similar (in both function and appearance) to the large Filson Travel Bag (248).

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this bag to anyone that needs a go-anywhere, do-anything travel case that can move a lot of wet or dry gear in style. The Large Outfitter exudes quality and seems rugged enough to tackle any task you can throw at it.

What’s new for October?

Hello everyone…

I hope this post finds you well and that you are enjoying the cooler Fall weather. I just wanted to give you a sneak peak at the new content that will be added to the site during the month of October.

First Impressions

I have a Filson 238 Outfitter Bag (Large) in Otter Green scheduled to arrive any day now and I will be posting my initial thoughts/impressions after the unboxing.

In-depth Review

This month, the bag I will be reviewing is the Filson 240 Carry On Bag (Small). I consider it a wonderful hybrid bag, because it works equally well as a daily carry (messenger-style) bag as it does a travel bag for short getaways. I will be posting lots of great pics and telling you everything you could ever want to know!

The Ultimate 256 vs 257 Briefcase Comparison

The question I am most often asked, especially from those looking to buy their first Filson bag, is whether to buy the 256 Original Briefcase or the 257 Briefcase Computer bag. These bags are similar enough in both their size and feature-set to cause considerable confusion for the first-time buyer.

In the Ultimate Briefcase Comparison, I will be breaking down the differences and explaining how the pros/cons of each bag should guide your final decision. I will also be posting lots of great side-by-side comparison pictures so that you can get a better idea of which bag is best for your particular needs.

As you can see, we have a busy month planned.

Thanks for visiting and please stay tuned!