GEAR | Filson Zip-Top Tote Bag


When considering carry-on luggage, most people max out on space as much as possible. Between luggage fees, lost bags, and long wait times for checked luggage, people are schlepping as much as they can with them to the gate and on to the plane. So beyond the primary carry-on bag, I am always trying to be strategic with my "personal item". My three needs for a personal item are: it needs to be big and still fit under the seat, it needs to zip shut, and it needs to have a little give. The L.L. Bean zip-tote ($29) is a great option that I have used many times—its only flaw is a lack of shoulder strap. I've also been a fan of the French-made Tampico bags, but they're made of cotton, so they're not the most resilient. Recently I found the Filson Zip-Top Tote ($285), and think it may be a big winner. It's roomy with pockets on the outside, a zipped security pocked on the inside, and cotton oil finished shelter cloth on the outside of the canvas that's really soft. Filson's lifetime guarantee speaks for itself in terms of durability, their stuff lasts forever, and if it doesn't they'll fix or replace without a question. I had to add a little something though, so I sewed on a Japanese patch by A Love Movement. Perfect. I'm ready to take it for a spin.

5 comments:

elliottwithlove said...

This sounds like the perfect bag! Putting this on my wishlist.

Yennie Solheim Fuller said...

LOVE Filson bags! They're so durable and nice looking at the same time. I also love the idea of sewing on a patch, I need to do that to mine stat!

Tradlands SF said...

This bag should last a lifetime. We found an old Filson waxed chore coat in a barn in Maine that had to be at least 50 years old.

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Ashley Kidder said...

I have the Filson in navy/orange/tan. And it is the best carry-on due to it capacity, pocketing, long leather straps but mostly due to the rectangular shape which keeps the bag close to the body rather than jutting out. Making it very easy to walk in crowded areas compared to a roller or a boxier duffle. Discontinued and very underrated