Pack and Go | The Filson Duffel
Published: May 2009
By Thomas Begley
The Filson duffel is built to last a very adventurous lifetime.
A brand-new Filson bag just doesn't look right. It should be broken in, well-worn, telling tales of far-flung travels. After all, the company began by outfitting hunters, loggers, miners, and explorers during the Klondike Gold Rush—and those guys hauled quite a load. The duffel, based on a design from 1900, is built to survive the outdoorsman's lifestyle, with water-repellent, industrial-weight cotton twill, not to mention interior side pockets, two-way brass zippers, grip snaps, padlocks, and a detachable bridle-leather shoulder strap. No, there's nothing high-tech about it, but that's the point: this weekend bag is a vestige of the rugged Old West that's caught on with modern world travelers. You can lament the loss of the days when a bag would achieve a dusty patina over time on the trail, or forge an e-trail to stevenalan.com, where they break it in for you. Then again, you could also buy a squeaky-clean one from Filson and do the job the honest way—on the road.
The ripstop-nylon weekender has leather handles and is waterproof and expandable, $450.
A limited edition of the 20-year-old Bering in vintage leather with braided handles, $600.
This buffalo leather–and-wool bag with palladium-plated brass hardware is stain-resistant, $1,695.
The perforated calfskin duffel has an interior zipper pocket and a detachable shoulder strap, $1,700.