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You’re probably comfortable using a backpack or a briefcase or, hell, even a sling bag. You know what situations they work for and what you’re trying to cart around inside of them. Other bag shapes can be more elusive, like the tote bag, for example. It’s roomy but simple, casual but polished. Do you use it for work or for the beach or for traveling? Simple: yes to all of them.
No bag better adapts to situations you need it for than a tote, and there’s no better tote to do the job than Filson’s rugged twill one. It still has the easy-to-use square shape with handles, but it’s nice. Nice-nice. Not something you got in a free gift promotion. It’s sizable enough to fit a laptop, should you need it, and you could even get away with a night or two of clothes. The high-quality leather and twill in classic bag shape will last you for years to come. If you’ve yet to venture into the world of tote bags, here’s why you should consider it now.
It works wherever you want it to.
Sometimes bags that have too much organization, like sleeves and pockets, get in the way of what you want to do, which is just carry stuff around. You never really have that problem with this tote. It’s roomy, so it can fit a ton of stuff, but it also has a depth element to it that can be really helpful. Whether you’re bringing your laptop and tech chargers or you’re stuffing a full beach towel inside, the beauty of the construction is that it works just as well for either situation.
It’s (virtually) indestructible.
Filson’s roots in adventure mean its products are made with function in mind. It’s the opposite of fast fashion; instead, everything is built to last, from the fabrics used to the style of the bag. Having a bag that wears through easily or has to be replaced constantly is not worth it. You’re better off investing in one that won’t burn out on you. The twill is tough, so it won’t wear through or rip as you use it. It’s also water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about it getting roughed up if you hit bad weather.
The details are perfectly executed.
A lot of bags—and wearable goods, in general—come with flashy details that don’t really do anything. They have no purpose or substance beyond adding a visual element. That’s not true with Filson. On this bag, the details are few but each serves a purpose. Namely, there’s the main large zipper, which not all tote bags have. This adds a level of security to your belongings, without getting in the way of letting you stuff the main compartment silly. The zippers themselves are seamless to use; cheaper bags will come with a cheap zipper that gets stuck and caught easily, making the whole thing annoying to deal with. And the small details of leather on the sliders and the handles are expertly crafted. Like any good leather, they just get better with age.