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Filson 101: Comparing the Filson Fit Options

October 28, 2013
Filed in: Filson 101, Fly Fishing, Travel, Way of Life

Filson-AlaskaFit-SeattleFit-ComparisonIn honor of the release this fall of our new Seattle fit, we partnered with a couple friends to highlight the differences between our classic Alaska fit and the slightly slimmer Seattle fit. Both fits can happily coexist in a guy’s wardrobe, but they’re better suited to different activities.

Photos of Alaskan Fit by Scott Eiden.
Photos of Seattle Fit by Collin Hughes.



This month, Portland, OR native and Dolorean frontman Al James wore our Oregon Trail Jacket, Alaskan Guide Shirt, and Mackinaw Wool Vest on a steelhead fishing excursion at the mouth of the Deschutes River. It was a beautiful, crisp fall day and the Alaska fit made it easy for Al to layer his jacket and vest and swap them out in the warm afternoon sun.

“What I love about the Filson Alaska Fit is that it’s cut to wear every day, but roomy enough for outdoor activities that require a range of motion or layering for the elements,” Al explained.  “It can stand up to a brutal day of writing ad copy just as well as it handles bush-wacking to a secret fishing hole. Most importantly, the more you wear it, the better it looks.”



On the other side of the country, David Coggins, New York City-based writer (and fly fisherman when given the opportunity) tested out the Seattle fit during a morning water taxi commute from Brooklyn to midtown Manhattan. The Seattle Cruiser in bonded wool was a great barrier from the chilly morning air, and Coggins kept a lighter Jac Shirt in his Tote Briefcase for later. A longtime Filson fan, Coggins said, “Filson coats were developed to meet the needs of outdoorsmen. You know: heavy duty, plenty of room for layering, with some good flannel mixed in. The narrower silhouette of the Seattle fit’s a good thing for those who aren’t going pheasant shooting on a regular basis. But it still reads Filson, an updated classic, perfectly suited for the modern man.”

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