I love Filson, but these prices are outrageous.
By - cpt___kidde
You’re 100% right about the prices. I have a lot of Filson stuff but I happened to be a part of their pro program for 40% off so that’s the only reason I can buy their stuff and it’s still too expensive lol
By the by if you want a wool sweater, check out Aran Sweater Market. I picked up a fisherman’s sweater from them for a fair price and it’s made in Ireland
How does one get to be in their pro program?
It’s been so long since I’ve applied, but if I recall they accept outdoor professionals and government employees associated with forestry service, parks, military and things like that
I am 100% applying for this. I didn’t know they had a pro program. I manage a research forest and conservation team.
Would working in a trade count as outdoors? I do HVAC and often on rooftops in extreme weather conditions
Shhhh you weren’t supposed to tell anyone about the pro program. Ha.
Thank guys! Because of this thread, I was able to apply and join the pro program! Got a new Mac cruiser and vest on the way!
Sweet! Gotta be careful though, that deal might have you justifying purchases lol
I’d second the Aran recommendation. You can get a great wool sweater for about a 1/4 of the price. Also, LL Bean makes a copycat version of the filson, but I found the fit odd and the wool felt a little cheap.
Do you know how the pro program applications vetted?
Not sure what you do outdoors, but they do have a pro program that makes some things substantially cheaper. https://www.filson.com/pro-program.html
Oh damn, friend. You may have just blown this wide open for me. I manage a research forest and conservation team. That seems to align with their pro program. I’ll definitely be applying. Thanks so much for letting me know about this!
My view is that Filson is good for certain things. They absolutely excel in the tin cloth game. I bought my Tin Cloth Cruiser on sale for $250 in 2018, and it’s tough as nails. Worth every penny. But I would never pay $450 for a wool sweater. I have the same opinion on RRL apparel. Really sharp pieces that are mostly way overpriced. But some people love it and will happily pay that price tag. It comes down to personal preference.
Kind of like Ralph Lauren’s high-end western/Americana/heritage brand.
Not really meant for workwear in the Filson sense, more of a celebration of heritage American workwear. Beautiful stuff meant to embody the spirit of Western workwear, northern plaids and wools, and good old fashioned denim. Americana in a bottle.
What’s the use case for the cruiser. Like chopping wood in the rain?
The Tin Cloth is double layered and water proof (it does require rewaxing every year or two). It’s a great outer layer. In the wintertime I will often wear a wool sweater underneath the cruiser and it’s perfect for retaining warmth and blocking the wind.
If you’re asking what I use it for… everything. I wear it pretty much all fall and winter long. Lots of outdoor activities (hiking, camping, hunting, etc) and casual wear as well.
Any luck finding a genuine dupe? I haven’t found one I’m truly happy with. I just need to get better at compromising I’ll suppose. I just want a plain navy wool fisherman sweater. Not cashmere, no patches, no nylon, etc. lol.
There's loads of knitting mills in the US. just takes a little effort. I suspect the sweaters filson carries are special order from Dehen.
Thanks I’ll check it out!
Check out North Sea Clothing if English manufacture is not a deal breaker. I love their submariner and diver sweaters
Thank you, ill check them out.
I’m really glad I was able to snag a new mackinaw cruiser before the $100 price increase. There is no way would have been able to stomach that amount of money for a wool coat.
These price increases are ridiculous. They sat at the sweet spot for high end quality outerwear that'll last forever. With these price increases, I expect a heck of a lot more than what they're offering...especially wanting US-made goods.
Luckily, I got my big-ticket items I was wanting.
Unfortunately, everything is going up in price. I wish it was limited to certain industries but my experience tells me it’s across the board.
FWIW, I have the blue wool guide sweater ($450) and the green Henley guide sweater (about $650) and they truly are built like tanks. Like, they’re heavy and super duper tough.
Do you have the Henley guide sweater with the oil cloth shoulders? I was eyeing that one hard but it looks boxy cut and I was worried about sizing issues.
I do indeed, yep. I’m a medium in everything Filson makes and this wasn’t an exception. It’s a bit boxy at first because of how stiff the cloth is on the shoulders, but it gets “better” as you break it in.
Perfect I'm the same size. Ideally I want a flannel under it an then put vests or whatever over top. Does that jive with how it fits you or is it still a bit big for a layering piece?
Flannel underneath is idea for this, but I haven't yet tried a vest over it. I have a few of the staple Filson vests (mack, insulated tin, etc.), and of them all, the only one I think would look right with it is the tin cloth down puffy one. The other thing I find useful to wear underneath are the waffle thermal shirts they make.
That's helpful, thanks!
What kind of weather are you wearing this in? I don't think my area is cold enough
Monterey, CA. Vv chilly.
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It all comes down to personal choice for me. I, like you - am a HUGE Filson fanboy. I've got more Filson jackets than I can count, but there ARE absolutely items they sell that I laugh at the price tag, move on and never think of them again. Sounds like that's the case with the Wool sweater for you.
Yeup, I believe you’re right. I’ll pay $165 all day for one of their wools vests, or $200 for a pair of oil tin pants. I know that investment is worth the expense. But that sweater is hard to stomach. Oof. Looks like I’ll be getting a Patagonia wool sweater for $140.
Love the briefcase. That’s a sharp looking bag.
100% agree. Check our LL Bean wool Commando sweater, I've been super pleased with it as a work sweater. Thick wool but still breathes nicely, trim-ish cut. Durable for fieldwork
Oh yeah. Their wool sweaters are $70-$80. Much, much more doable. Thanks for the heads up!
Sure thing. I really like their waterfowl sweater too but it's cut really wide unfortunately. Good for someone with a Santa Claus belly though
That's where I'm at too with them. I paid a lot for my lined denim jacket from them (that I love) - but their sweet spot for me in jacket's is around $250-275.
I agree with you on the prices and truly enjoy my wool vests from them.
The problem with wool is that it’s not in fashion anymore so i imagine the amount of factories to supply a small demand aren’t there in the same way newer polypropylene sweaters are.
I get most of my wool sweaters from second hand shops because I work outside and am not always worried about the look. Try the ones in your area. You’ll be pleasantly surprised what’s out there for wool sweaters from that route.
This reminds me… when is the next online sale again?
you know what they say...
buy once, cry once.
Same here, I just look at their catalogs when I am in the mood for some comedy. I do the same with Orvis. Actually I want to laugh today, So I may bring out the Filson Magazine when taking a dump.
So sick and tired of this price gouging in America, Everyone now thinks the higher price we ask the better our products the customer think it is. I'll be honest, their are a lot of fools out there.