When it comes to quality outdoor gear with a strong heritage and reputation for rugged durability, most outdoor enthusiasts will tell you that Filson is a proven leader. Serving hunters, fishermen, explorers and others since 1897, we recently put their gear to the test on a whitetail hunt. Yet, as men that love the outdoors, but live in the city, we wanted to see how their goods fair in the urban jungle.
Recognized for their classic design aesthetic as much as their time-tested toughness, the brand has over the years added more products to their line that are appropriate for city-wear. Filson shared with us their Briefcase Computer Bag, Leather Outfitter Wallet, 1” Leather Belt, Fairmount Wool Peacoat and Greenwood Wool Jacket which, we took to the streets to test the durability, function and the aesthetic suitability.
The Briefcase Computer Bag (shown in brown and tan) is one that we’ve carried around the world for a few years now. Made with thick water repellant twill, the bag features two outside pockets for convenient access to files and reading materials, while the inside is divided into four sections (one for a laptop) and has smaller pockets for pens, business cards and accessories. The removable leather shoulder strap, featuring a brass-plated roller buckle and leather pad, has remained sturdy over time. Overall, this bag is an excellent piece for business, travel and everyday use.
The Fairmount Wool Peacoat and the Greenwood Wool Jacket are both made with 100% wool exterior and cotton lining, giving you the warmth and the comfort you need. The four-button, double-breasted, gray peacoat has a enough style to function over a suit, but also works just as well with denim. We found that the military style of the Greenwood, with its articulated elbows and chest pockets, bodes well for more casual everyday use around town.
The 1” leather belt is just the right width to fit almost any occasion. Constructed from the same material used to make saddles, you won’t need to replace this accessory for a long time. The same could be said about the Outfitter wallet, equipped with eight card slots and two full-width slots for cash. Like most high-quality leather it only gets better with time as it molds and softens a bit with daily use.
Although each Filson good is designed for a specific purpose, it’s the versatility of their products that make them a valued component of most men’s lifestyles. This is gear and wear that can stand up to the harsh conditions of the outdoors but function with class in the city.
Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee.