Filson's Lightweight, Tough-as-Nails Dryden Briefcase Should Be Your New Everyday Carry


I don't need to tell you that Filson makes bags that can take a beating. The company has built its entire reputation—we're talking more than 120 years of history, here—on creating and selling hard-wearing gear that can stand up to the rigors of the outdoors and, more recently, the modern office. The brand's signature twill bags are no exception. I love them (as does the rest of the Esquire crew), but I'll also be the first to admit that their ruggedness comes with a little extra heft to throw over your shoulder. 

The Dryden briefcase, though, trades twill for Cordura nylon, giving you the same water and abrasion resistance you get with classic models but cutting down on the weight in a big way. Here's why you should consider making it your everyday carry.

The bag’s Cordura nylon is tough, lightweight, and good looking. 


It's crazy comfortable to carry. 

My first thought when I picked up the Dryden was, simply, "Holy shit this thing is light." It's not like carrying other bags is akin to lugging around a box of rocks all day, but the material switcheroo on this briefcase is one you immediately notice. The handles are still made of a bridle leather that'll soften up and mold to your hand over time. There's a strap, so you can sling it across your back. And (bonus) there's even a trolley strap to slide over the handle of your rolling bag. Basically, no matter how you're carrying it, you're gonna be happy.

The Dryden features both a carrying strap and a trolley strap, so you can throw it across your back or slip it over your luggage handle.


It's got those classic Filson good looks. 

Nylon bags can be tough—in the wrong way. I'm talking about promotional briefcases with company logos on them. Schoolkid backpacks. Just, generally, stuff that doesn't look particularly grown-up or professional. No such worries with this bag. The Cordura nylon on the Dryden looks, well, a lot like Filson's twill, just with a slightly different texture and a tiny bit more sheen. It'll fit in at the office, no problem. And it can pull double duty on the weekend, as it's not too dressed up. In other words, no one's going to wonder whether you picked this up at a convention booth. 

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The Dryden has all the classic details of a twill Filson bag.  


It's wallet-friendly. 

True quality comes at a price. Filson's isn't over-the-top, but laying down more than a couple Benjamins for a bag isn't for everyone, especially if you're just starting out in the working world and need a good bag to impress your new office-mates. The Dryden is priced at $175, which isn't cheap, but represents a very real value proposition. Unlike cut-rate options, you buy this one now, and you can use it for years. And the really good news is that, thanks to all that carrying comfort and timeless style, you'll actually want to. 

Prop styling by Miako Katoh. Photography by Timothy Mulcare

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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Jonathan Evans
Jonathan Evans is the style director of Esquire, covering all things fashion, grooming, accessories, and, of course, sneakers. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. You can follow him at @MrJonathanEvans on Twitter and Instagram.
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