Today’s iconic Filson image comes from Midwestyle. The guys over there have posted a fantastic review of the 260 Tote Bag ($110) that I want to share with my readers.
My wife owns this bag in classic Tan and uses it every single day. From hauling yoga gear, to transporting binders and documents to court, this bag can literally do it all. In addition, at only $110, it is one of the most affordable Filson pieces, so it is a great way to introduce newcomers to the brand.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!