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Weekender bag showdown - pick your favorite and tell me why!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by portlor80, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. portlor80

    portlor80 Member

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    I've finally saved up enough to purchase a new travel bag. I'm torn between the "slick and sexy" italian-style bags, and the "casual and full of character" canvas&leather styles.

    So, here is what I'm looking at. Looking for a bag that works for a 1-3 night trip. Thoughts/opinions/suggestions/size thoughts/style narratives/etc.

    (I understand Floto quality is probably well below the others listed here, so feel free to take that into account)

    Filson - Medium Duffle Bag (small is also possible if this is too large)
    http://www.filson.com/products/duff...valsProduct=luggage/duffles&fmetaProduct=1019

    Duluth Trading - One Night Stand
    http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens/mens-accessories/mens-bags-briefcases/42109.aspx

    Frost River - Overland Valise
    http://www.frostriver.com/luggage/overland_valise.html

    Frost River - Explorer Duffle
    http://www.frostriver.com/luggage/explorer_duffels.html

    Floto - Venezia Travel Tote
    http://flotoimports.com/VeneziaTravel-luggage.html

    Floto - Venezia Duffle
    http://flotoimports.com/VenDuffle-luggage.html
     
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  2. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Well-Known Member

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    Floto leather looks awful.

    Duluth looks interesting but rather like a rifle case.

    "Overland Valise" looks a little too busy.

    I would go with the Filson
     
  3. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    I think the Filson looks good, it will last, it has a classic look that will endure.

    Regarding Filson, I like the look of the common khaki color but it does get dirty easily if you check your bags. The darker colors are a good option but don't rule out the khaki if you just use it as a carry on. After all you can clean any of these in cold water with a little soap if they do get dirty.
     
  4. portlor80

    portlor80 Member

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    Thanks for the reply - can you elaborate: does the photo of the floto leather look awful, or is your assessment based on a viewing of the actual good?
     
  5. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    I can't speak for MOL but to me, from viewing the pic, that shiny leather looks cheap.

    Have you considered a more modern look? A Tech material? There are real advantages-lighter, easy to clean, water proof or resistant, often more functions and pockets. Here is a nice duffle in black that will take you anywhere.

    http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/black-hole-duffel-45l-gear-bag?p=49335-0-065

    and/or it's backpack version again in black.

    http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/black-hole-pack?p=49330-0-042&pcc=1128

    I like black for travel, especially if it will be checked as baggage.
     
  6. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

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    I rather like the look of that Overland Valise.
     
  7. NotoriousMarquis

    NotoriousMarquis Well-Known Member

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    If you had to save up for the bag, wouldn't you be better off getting something inexpensive and putting your funds toward the weekend away itself?
     
  8. Slippybee

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    I have a number of their pieces and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Not to everyone's taste but the workmanship IMO is faultless and they're just quirky enough to be interesting rather than embarrassing.

    http://www.cherchbi.co.uk/shop/squires-holdall-m/
     
  9. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Well-Known Member

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    ^^ Probably a little out of his price range.
     
  10. Mr. Lee

    Mr. Lee Well-Known Member

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    All of my stuff is from Mulholland brothers. It's a texturized fabric and bridle leather combination that looks great. I use them for car trips but never put them on a plane.
     
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  12. Patek

    Patek Well-Known Member

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    I use this as my travel bag every other week. Not really a weekend bag, more of a short trip bag. Bought it at the Ferragamo boutique during one of their sales.

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  13. PhiloVance

    PhiloVance Well-Known Member

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    I unveiled my Cucinelli weekender just this past weekend for my anniversary getaway. I love it.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

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    I use an older Hartman tweed piece. I like it and have gotten many compliments on it.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. portlor80

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    Not really into the tech fabrich/nylon. But thanks for the suggestions.
     
  17. portlor80

    portlor80 Member

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    Guys. While I like looking at $800 bags, they're not really relevant to me!
     
  18. Patek

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    I wish my bag cost $800.
     
  19. JTA

    JTA Well-Known Member

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    I bought the RM Williams leather weekender and has becoming my carry-on bag for the past ten months. Amazing quality, durability and fair price.

    Considered JW Hulme and Orvis Gokey before however their duffle bag is designed with straps that make it difficult to open during the security check at the airport.
     
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