Reviewed by betsy b from wisconsin on Monday, December 9, 2013
i love filson products and this is a beautiful well made bag which i wanted to love so much. however, this bag has a design flaw with the handles and weight distribution. i read the reviews where others had mentioned the bag being heavy, but i typically carry a lot of stuff so i'm used to that, and how heavy can a bag be?!
well, it's not that the bag is heavy, the handles are set right near the center of the bag so the weight isn't distributed, it's concentrated right there - this makes it feel extra heavy. plus, the handles are made of rounded leather which means that what feels kind of like a load of bricks, digs right into your shoulders. if the handles were located more to the outer sides of the bag, and were wider and flatter, i think it wouldn't feel nearly as heavy.
i wish i had done more testing at home with this before i took an out of town trip as i think i would probably have returned it. i wish i could give it a higher rating, but until this design flaw gets fixed.
Reviewed by Love Sierra from Tennessee on Monday, October 21, 2013
This bag is lovely well made and somewhat heavy. If you can take the weight of the bag, you have got a wonderful bag that will last for years. I am not sure how I will use this bag but I am glad I have it especially at this price. I really like the design and the interior pockets.
Reviewed by dac from Spokane WA on Sunday, August 25, 2013
I am enjoying the Filson Tote. This bag is heavy, durable leather with large pockets easily accessible from the outside. The leather quality is lovely, with a subtle sueded surface on most areas. Zippers work smoothly and the snaps engage themselves via magnets so there's no need to fumble after using them. I use this bag to commute my laptop, binders, and papers to and from the office. The only negative on this bag is that it weighs more than I had anticipated. However, I'd gladly schlep a bit more weight and not have to carry 2 bags just to get everything I need to the office. You could use this as an overnight bag on travel, too, plenty of room inside!