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Old 10-21-12, 01:09 PM
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i have a filson 257 briefcase (waxed canvas) that is amazing. it's not waterproof... but it's close. i've never worried about anything getting wet and nothing ever has. if you dropped it in a puddle and left it there for an extended period of time, yeah, something would get in.

a beer exploded in it while riding last summer and the beer was almost entirely contained inside, with the exception of a little dripping through a corner.

waxed canvas looks great and requires little care (rewaxing it every year or two to maintain the waterproofing... this is really easy and cheap) and is certainly going to be more durable than a lot of synthetics. if i knew i was going to be wiping out and had the choice of carrying my filson or ortlieb backroller, i would take the filson in a heartbeat.

yeah, it's heavier, but it's going to be more durable and look way cooler too. here's my bag after 2.5 years or ownership:
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