Originally Posted by Bisakok
Isn't it usually considered more 'hip' to have the oldest, scruffiest looking bag?
I will confess to being affected enough that I'd rather my bag not look like I bought it yesterday. And it doesn't. It looks like I've used it for a year or so. The problem is, I've used the same damn bag for over twenty five years. Whatever the canvas Billingham used on the bag back then was woven from is a frustratingly durable fiber. It looks like it's spent its life as a city bag but it lives in Alaska and has been banged and scraped against rocks or tumbled down them for years. been tugged at by brambles and dragged through devil's club, doused in salt water as it's strapped to a packraft or a small sailboat, even sat in pools of salt water in the bottom of the cockpit for prolonged periods. If you look at it closely, the leather tells its story but the canvas looks basically new.