Wool’s unique ability to wick moisture and insulate even when wet has made it the fabric of choice in cold, wet weather for centuries, and our Mackinaw Wool has been widely regarded as the best of its kind since its early 1900s introduction. Only the longest, strongest fleece fibers are selected, then tightly spun and woven into an uncommonly durable and weather-resistant fabric. We regularly hear of Mackinaw Wool products being passed to the next generation.
Born from the need to protect against thorns and briars in the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest, our oil finish Tin Cloth is relied on by loggers, foresters, sportsmen, and tradesmen. This iconic fabric is a tightly woven cotton canvas that’s been saturated with liquefied wax under heat and high pressure. The result is durable fabric that resists wind, water, punctures, and abrasion for unfailing reliability.
Filson’s classic luggage and bags are made with our signature Rugged Twill, a very dense yet pliable 100% cotton fabric. The already abrasion-resistant material is given a light dry-wax treatment for water resistance and added durability. Our Rugged Twill bags are equipped with custom solid brass hardware and heavy-duty, vegetable-tanned Bridle Leather. Customers have reported decades of service and millions of miles traveled with these exceptional bags.
For straps, handles, belts, and trims, Filson Bridle Leather has no equal. It comes from Pennsylvania’s Wickett & Craig, experts at vegetable-tanning leather since 1867. Cowhides are slowly steeped in a proprietary and natural plant-based solution with tallows and waxes added in the final stages. While this environmentally-responsible process takes longer than tanning with chemicals, it results in a strong, lustrous, and durable leather that patina and character with use.
Down, the soft under-plumage that lies beneath the stiff exterior feathers of waterfowl, protects them from icy weather. Goose down has long been regarded as the warmest and lightest insulation available to protect humans in those same frigid conditions. Filson goose down is sourced under the Responsible Down Standard and processed in bluesign®-approved facilities, because it not only matters what we do, but how we do it.
Filson denim brings our 125-year legacy of manufacturing unfailing goods to an American staple. We’ve sourced the highest-quality denim fabric from around the world and crafted it into purpose-built garments that withstand the abuse of jobsites, field use and everyday wear. From traditional jeans and work shirts to insulated jackets and vests, our denim collection encompasses old-world craftsmanship and leading-edge technologies.
Developed to replace the silk used for WWII-era parachutes, ripstop nylon incorporates crosshatched reinforcing threads to strengthen the abrasion-resistant base fabric. Our strong 600D ripstop nylon from Cordura® provides a lighter-weight alternative to Filson’s industrial-strength Rugged Twill bags, while upholding our strict standards for durability. For some of our technically-advanced garments and fishing vests, ultralight ripstop nylon affords designs and engineering not possible with traditional natural-fiber materials.
ALASKAN GUIDE FLANNEL
Our Alaskan Guide Shirt, introduced 26 years ago, has become a proven mainstay in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and around the world. The sturdy 8-oz. cotton twill features a dense, tight weave for uncommon durability and wind resistance, and is brushed on both sides for next-to-skin comfort. Trusted by bush pilots, ranchers, sportsmen and tradesmen for warmth and dependability, this outstanding flannel has no equal.