On the front organization pouch, there should be two zippers. The single zipper makes it frustrating to get into that “quick access”. Of course, you would adjust to that the more the bag is used, but another zip would make a big difference here. If you like great materials, classic Americana styling, with some simple everyday organization, this bag is a strong choice. To view all member articles, take a look at the best products guides, see photos of the bags I’ve tested on me, or take a look at my ‘what I carry’ lists.
The Dryden has two exterior water bottle holders. The Journeyman is a pretty simple bag, while the Dryden is unusual for a Filson product in that it’s more technical. As far as size, the two bags have about the same capacity, Dryden has 25.5 liters and the Journeyman has 23 liters — but there are more places to put your stuff with the Dryden. The last thing to note before moving on to the features is that the canvas folds and scrunches more easily than the sturdier nylon.
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The lack of frame sheet is the biggest downside of this bag. It’s not a deal breaker, but something to be aware of if you aren’t planning on using the with a laptop. Many people prefer no frame sheet for an EDC type of bag.
Three different exterior zippered compartments at the top, middle, and bottom of the bag stash frequently used essentials, bulkier gear, and smaller items, respectively. Last but not least, two side drop pockets are perfect for slotting in a water bottle, small tripod or umbrella, and more. Filson have attempted to turn the traditional commuter briefcase into a more versatile backpack with this piece, and in many ways they have achieved it. When comparing with some of their vintage tin cloth lines, you see the design cues that have been adapted to appeal in a world that is always on the move and going further than before. The key lash is immediately accessible, a simple four-item organization pocket in the front is useful, but stops you cramming too much in there.